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100 years ago: Another merchant speaks up for early summer closings

June 27, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 27, 1913:

  • "To the Journal-World. Gentlemen: I see by your paper of the 23rd instant you desire an expression from the merchants re closing half day a week and I am pleased to see you are allowing us space to do so. I am now and have been heartily in favor of closing half a day each week during July and August and in the event of there not being a general closing of the stores I am going to let clerks off a half day each week in any event. However, I trust that a certain half day shall be set for a general closing, thereby allowing one and all to have a good time. Thanking you for the privilege of expressing my views, I am your truly, UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE, J. Gordon Gibb."
  • "Douglas county officials may have peace of mind for a year more anyway for the final population census of Douglas county shows a slight increase over the last year and that means that the county has more than 25,000 inhabitants. The population of the county has increased 442 in the last year and the bulk of this increase has been in the city of Lawrence."
  • "Little Irene Henthorn, five years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Henthorn of Osage City, lost her life this morning when the auto in which the family was traveling crashed into a stone wall and turned over on the road a mile and a half east of Williamstown.... It is one of the saddest accidents to have taken place near Lawrence for some time. Only a moment before the child had been happy and laughing as the car sped over the roads, an instant later her life had been crushed out. The parents and the aunt are prostrated with grief."

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