Archive for Saturday, November 9, 2013

100 years ago: Local motorist’s car catches fire while in transit

November 9, 2013


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

  • "In some unaccountable manner a car driven by H. M. Henry, of Lawrence, caught fire yesterday evening while traveling on the California Road, west of the city and was practically destroyed. The fire started under the front seat close to the gasoline tank. It burned rapidly and completely gutted the machine leaving only the steel outline of the car. The engine was saved by the high wind which blew the flames toward the rear of the car.... Mr. Henry carried insurance on his car and the loss is not as great as would otherwise have been the case."
  • "Three thousand dollars a day! That has been the income of Douglas county during the week ending last night. A total of $18,004.92 of tax money had been collected up to six o'clock last night, a daily average of $3,001.64. However at that rate it would require 165 days to collect all the taxes assessed against property owners of the county, for there still remains $478,000 to be paid into the county treasury."
  • "Company H, K. N. G., the local company of guardsmen, was inspected yesterday evening by Colonel Wilder S. Metcalf, Commander of the Regiment. The boys passed a good inspection in every way, 'as usual' added the Colonel. The local guard company has been well up to standard for a number of years. Captain Samuel G. Clarke is proud of the showing that his company makes."
  • "The T. F. Pine family of Grant Township is holding a family reunion today. All of the children, who have been scattered for a number of years, are visiting at the old home place and enjoying a good time together."
  • "WHAT'S LONDON SHOWING IN MEN'S STYLES? Do you know? If not you are not up-to-date, for London sets the styles for men as surely as Paris does for women. Men's clothing and furnishing dealers keep a sharp eye on what they are wearing in Piccadilly. Their stocks are quick to reflect the newest note. Their advertising instantly reflects the stocks. A man is too busy to go buzzing around the stores every day to see what is going on -- but he is not too busy to glance at the advertising in the daily papers like the Journal-World. Live, up-to-the-minute men find that it keeps them well informed on the thinks they want to know."
  • "William Howell, a farmer living near Clinton, was injured last night when his motor car plunged into a ditch about a mile east of Eudora. Mr. Howell was able to leave for home this morning after spending the night at the Simmons Hospital. The accident occurred at a point where a new bridge is being built. It seems that Mr. Howell did not notice that the bridge was impassible and drove into the cut instead of taking a sideroad around the bridge. His car was considerably damaged in the fall. Others in the car were but slightly injured."


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