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100 years ago: Young joy-riders crash into utility pole

October 18, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 18, 1913:

  • "Walter Stevens received a severe cut on his face and his three companions escaped with minor bruises when a Ford car they were driving north on Mississippi street last night crashed into a telephone electric lighting pole in the 900 block, shortly after 5 o'clock, demolishing the car and breaking the pole.... The boys are all 15 and 16 years old. They had been joy riding around the streets all afternoon.... People who saw the car before it crashed into the pole estimate the speed at which it was coming at between twenty and thirty miles an hour. The machine itself is a complete wreck with the exception of the engine, two wheels and the rear axle. So great was the force of the impact that the pole was shattered where the car struck."
  • "An important addition to the department of extension of the University, which will take in a comprehensive course in all branches of engineering, was authorized by the Board of Administration at the meeting this morning. Professor Goldsmith, head of the department of architectural engineering, has arranged the course which will be given through the extension division, and will have charge of the new system.... Electrical, civil, architectural, mechanical and mining engineering will be among the subjects offered for the people who do not have the chance to spend four years at the University. The laboratory work which is required in these courses will be done at the University but the theoretical work will be taught by mail."
  • "Public speakers on almost any subject will be supplied Kansas towns and organizations by the new board of administration, according to an announcement made yesterday by Ed. T. Hackney, chairman of the board. A clearing house, so to speak, for public speakers is one of the latest ideas in educational circles sprung by the board in charge of the state educational institutions. All members of the faculties of the several state institutions are liable to be drafted for this work."
  • "Suit for alienation of affection was brought yesterday in Kansas City by Mrs. Eleanor A. Jores, wife of Ernest F. Jores, formerly of the Baker University faculty, against Mrs. Katie E. Finch, a widow. She asks $40,000 damages -- $20,000 actual and $20,000 punitive. She charges that Mrs. Finch caused her husband to abandon her in 1912. Jores is now organist in a picture show in Kansas City."
  • "What is thought will prove a successful solution of the problem of having matrons in the city school buildings during the noon hour was arrived at in a special meeting of the Board of Education late yesterday afternoon. The board voted to have the teachers in the buildings where a matron was needed take their lunch to school by turns and act as chaperone to the children who bring their lunches. It was thought by the board that the Central and Quincy Schools will be the only ones needing a matron at present. The teachers will receive $2.50 per month additional salary where they act as chaperones."

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