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100 years ago: District court hears case of woman thrown from Lawrence roller coaster

November 16, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 16, 1913:

  • "The first civil case in the November term of the district court came to trial this morning when the suit of Emma Lehman asking damages aggregating approximately $14,000 for injuries received in an accident on the Woodland roller coaster, August 14, 1911, was begun. The Lawrence Amusement Company and the Roller Coaster Company are named as defendants in the suit. Miss Lehman alleges that on August 14, 1911, she with three companions was riding on the roller coaster and that she was thrown out and sustained injuries consisting of a broken jaw, broken teeth, internal injuries and a cut on her hip. She says she was seated on the outside of the front seat on the car and that when the car was making the turn at the southeast corner on the second trip around the loop she was thrown out, falling eighteen feet to the ground. The defense alleges that she was standing up and fell out and that since standing in the car is against the rules of the Coaster company damages should not be granted for the injuries sustained.... The case is being tried before a jury. It will probably go to the jury late this afternoon."
  • "Complaint has been made of the killing of two fine greyhounds last night on the east side in a most cruel and malicious manner. It is said that three men in an auto ran one of the hounds down and ran over him with the car and failing to hit the second it is said that one of the men in the car drew a revolver and shot him. No cause for the action is known. Neither is the identity of the men in the car known as it carried no rear lights or number."

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