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100 years ago: Police take interest in domestic troubles of ‘youthful couple’

November 29, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 29, 1913:

  • "The family troubles of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Fleeming, a youthful couple of this city, have been causing the police of three cities considerable worry this week. The Kansas City police spent considerable time seeking for the lost wife when informed by her husband that she had left him and their small child. In the mean time the Lawrence police were on the case. Last night Mrs. Fleeming appeared in Lawrence, but after a brief stay continued on to Topeka. The husband followed in an effort to persuade his wife to return.... The troubles of the young couple do not seem serious and the Lawrence police believe that their difficulties can be adjusted and peace restored in the Fleeming household."
  • "This was the first football-less Saturday for Lawrence followers of the sport since the opening of the season and consequently it was an unusually quiet day. Lawrence fans missed the excitement of the football season today, the only interest being in the Army-Navy game and that many thousand miles away."
  • "Because of the honors won on the gridiron by their football team the Lawrence High School students are to enjoy a holiday on Monday. The Board of Education special session this afternoon declared in favor of a holiday for the victors. But there will be a general assembly of all students of the school on Monday morning at 9:30 in the High School auditorium to formally celebrate the victory. All students are expected to be present at this occasion. Plans are also under way for a big banquet for the victors, to be attended by all the students of the school."
  • "In Topeka, women from all parts of Kansas attended the first state wide political conference of the new Kansas voters. Welfare laws for women and children and a formal declaration of principles were discussed. The matter of affiliation with any political party or organization was not taken up."
  • "Declaring that she was brought to Kansas City from Los Angeles, Cal., on a promise of marriage but that the happy day was continually postponed against her will, Mrs. Minne Elwell, a pretty brunette and a divorcee, yesterday brought suit in the circuit court in Kansas City to recover $25,000 heart balm from George D. Nabb, president of the Nabb Mercantile Company of Baldwin, Kan. She lives in the Elmore apartments at 1015 Jefferson street. Nabb is reputed to be wealthy. In her petition Mrs. Elwell says Nabb sent her money to come here and that since he has kept her in expense money and that they have often traveled together."
  • [Editorials page] "In Kansas City the mothers held a meeting to discuss how to get the girls to help in the home. It was brought out that it was nearly universal for girls to shirk all the house work they could. You Lawrence mothers who think your daughters are so helpless can take courage. But you also ought to take a resolution that you will make the girls work. A workless, untrained girl makes a poor woman."
  • "Is the world declining in manners? What has become of that courtly old gentleman who used to bow so gracefully? The children seem to be more mannerless than ever but that may be because we are getting older and notice it more. Are we really becoming more mannerless? Many people say we are. Good manners pay such an immense profit that it is a wonder more people do not cultivate them like corn or cabbage."

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