Archive for Wednesday, November 20, 2013

100 years ago: House burglarized while family attends parents’ funeral

November 20, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 20, 1913:

  • "While Robert Petz and his sister Gretchen were attending the funeral of their parents at McPherson, Kansas, the home of the family at 1617 Rhode Island street was entered and robbed of a quantity of jewelry and clothing. The loss was not known until yesterday when the two attempted to use the telephone on their arrival. When the phone did not work an investigation showed that the wires were cut. Later eight rings, two bracelets, three sets of ear rings, two suits of clothes and several dresses belonging to Miss Petz were discovered missing. No clue as to when the robbery was committed can be found as no one has been in the house since November 2, up to yesterday.... The house was securely locked when they left it, according to the son. Entrance was apparently made through a basement window."
  • "The splendid granite monument which was purchased by the members of the Women's Relief Corps, No. 9, to be placed in Oak Hill cemetery to the memory of unknown Union soldiers buried there was set up yesterday. The dedication ceremony will be held next week.... A year ago last September Mrs. M. J. McFarland, past president of the corps, suggested to the members that a granite monument replace the wooden slab which has marked the graves of the unknown dead. The idea was received favorably and through the efforts of Mrs. McFarland and Mrs. A. L. Krause, president, $500 was raised and the granite monument purchased.... The monument stands six feet high. The base of it is more than five feet square and the second base is four feet square. On the east side is inscribed the following: 'G. A. R. One by one they are passing.' On the west side, facing the driveway, the following inscription can be seen: '1913. W. R. C. No. 9. To the memory of the unknown soldiers who sleep in these graves.'"
  • "Twenty Jayhawkers, a squad of coaches and trainers and assistants, boarded the Union Pacific eastbound train at 9:06 this morning enroute for the scene of Saturday's conflict at Columbia, Mo. Into the territory of the enemy moved the Kansas army this morning, on the field where Tiger or Jayhawk must go down to defeat in a very short time. The Tiger may come through that day, sleek and fat.... Again it may be that another knot will adorn the oft-twisted tail of the jungle king, the proud bird of the prairies may eat his fill of the routed rival, it may be, you understand, this simply may be.... Captain 'Bill' halted his invading forces shortly after noon today at Moberly, a favorite resort of the preying bird from Kansas. Here the army will recuperate and organize for the crucial struggle after the long march into hostile territory. The Jayhawkers will forage on Missouri fields until Saturday morning. A practice field has been obtained and the Kansans will work this afternoon and again tomorrow afternoon on Missouri soil. On Saturday morning camp will be broken and the Kansas army will attack the enemy in the land of Columbia, several miles further down into the desolate and forsaken sections of the Tiger state."


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