Archive for Sunday, May 5, 2013

100 years ago: Passengers injured when streetcar overturns

May 5, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 5, 1913:

  • "Crowded with sixty-four visitors returning downtown Saturday night, a street car operating on the hill line left the track at the bottom of the hill, close to the corner of Louisiana and Ontario streets, and turned half over, landing on its side. It was a perfect setting for the most serious accident Lawrence has ever known, but almost miraculously that entire number of sixty-four passengers escaped from the wreckage alive and only one of the number sustained a broken bone. It seemed certain that there must have been several fatalities but one by one the occupants of the car crawled through broken windows or were aided from the wreckage by those who had crawled out ahead until the entire number had been found alive.... Very few of the entire number of passengers escaped without cuts or bruises or torn clothing. The interior of the car was filled with flying glass from the broken windows and there were few who escaped. However, none of the injuries are regarded as serious, a remarkable fact."
  • "Another arrest for violation of the automobile ordinance of the city was made this afternoon when Jerry Simmons was taken into custody on a charge of running his car with the muffler open. The ordinance prohibits this and the officers say that Simmons was running on Massachusetts street this morning with the muffler of his machine open."
  • "In making excavations in front of Sol Marks' store last week the workmen dug up a section of wooden gas pipe which was laid in 1869 and 1870. All the first gas pipes were made of wood and the theory was that the gas would preserve the pipes. This was only partially true and the pipes just dug up were in a fair state of preservation."
  • "Douglas county farmers are wearing the prosperity smile this morning, Rainfall 2.31 inches, now why shouldn't a farmer smile? That was the rainfall since Saturday -- 2.31 inches. And it came just when the growing crops were most in need of it. The entire county was dry and farmers were beginning to feel rather doubtful, but the crops have been saved now and with a favorable conclusion of the season record breaking crops seem assured. The chinch bugs have gone, too. Rain and chinch bugs never could get along and the little pests have been vanquished by the forces of Jupiter Pluvius."
  • "Next Sunday is mothers' day. This is not a legal holiday and it is not intended that this shall be more than just a day that is devoted to making acknowledgment of motherhood and showing our affection in a public way by wearing a flower."


Xwards 5 years, 1 month ago

So what is the current name for Ontario Street?

Sarah St. John 5 years, 1 month ago

My list of old street names is from an 1869 map and unfortunately it only goes from 6th to 14th street, as follows: Pinckney = 6th Street Winthrop = 7th Henry = 8th Warren = 9th Berkeley = 10th Quincy = 11th Hancock = 12th Lee = 13th Adams = 14th

So I know that Ontario Street was 15th or higher, but other than that I am in the dark! If anyone can provide me with a link to a map that goes higher than Adams/14th (but still has the old names on it), I'd be super-grateful and award you the Golden Jellybean Award of History Appreciation!

Sarah St. John 5 years, 1 month ago

I apologize for the crummy formatting. I had them in a nice neat list, I promise.....

Xwards 5 years, 1 month ago

I found it......Ordinance 973 renamed the east/west streets. Ontario Street is 17th Street. I used to live in University Place near 17th (f/k/a Ontario) Street and is a steep hill!

Ordinance 973 can be found at:

Tom McCune 5 years, 1 month ago

I love the old-style journalistic writing. It wouldn't be acceptable today, but it seems like it embodied more "truth" even if less "fact."

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