Archive for Thursday, May 9, 2013

100 years ago: Speed limits too slow, Lawrence drivers say

May 9, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 9, 1913:

  • "Lawrence automobile owners are agitating a revision of the present ordinance regulating the speed of cars in the city limits. They contend that the present limits are too low and that the rate of speed permitted should be hiked.... Under the present law the speed limit on Massachusetts street is ten miles an hour. Auto drivers contend that this is an unreasonably low limit and that many cars are unable to climb the hill in the 800 block at this rate of speed and are obliged to travel faster in order to make the grade. They want the limit fixed at fifteen miles an hour on this street. They would also have the speed on the side streets hiked to 20 miles an hour.... Auto drivers further contend that if the limit was raised there would not be the violations that there are at present. Those who are complaining said that they would like to see the speed limit raised and then strictly enforced and all offenders made to pay the penalty."
  • "Nick Jaferojulos, a Mexican laborer for the Union Pacific, was severely injured this morning when he fell off a hand car and was run over by the car. About eight or nine Mexicans started out this morning from the U.P. depot on a hand car on their way to work. They had scarcely left the yards when Jaerojulos fell off in front of the car and it passed over his body. He was picked up and carried to the depot where it was difficult to determine how badly he was hurt. He was sent down to Kansas City to a hospital where after an examination the physicians stated he would recover."
  • "There are rumors of another cafe to be erected on Mount Oread this summer. E. G. Soxman, who has been in the confectionery business for a number of years in Lawrence, has purchased a lot in the 1200 block on Oread Avenue and it is said that he is planning to put up a building there this summer. Mr. Soxman is now in California and the rumor cannot be confirmed or denied. However, he has purchased the property and it was understood before he left that he intended building a modern cafe on it to be ready for opening with the beginning of school next fall."
  • "One of the largest realty deals that has been made in Lawrence for some time has just been consummated in which E. A. Daughterty, of Garden City, became the owner of the Kilworth ranch of 672 acres lying a few miles southwest of Lawrence. The consideration was about $70,000 and the deal was made by C. W. Hemphill.... Mr. Daughterty expects to engage in breeding blooded cattle and hogs and will move to Lawrence some time during the summer and will have children in the university."


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