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100 years ago: Winter makes surprise early appearance in Lawrence

October 27, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 27, 1913:

  • "There was a miniature blizzard yesterday morning, with snow and wind, the essentials of a well organized storm. However, the snow passed away quickly and left only a biting north wind that prevailed all day and all last night. The sun assumed command again today and pleasant weather prevailed. The snowfall yesterday morning measured .26 of an inch."
  • "Insignificant perhaps is the ordinary hitching post, but just now the public tying place is the subject of considerable discussion in the city of Lawrence. Merchants, city officials and the public in general have taken an unusual and sudden interest in the hitching post since the receipt of a petition from farmers near Lawrence looking for better accommodations on shopping days. Several solutions have been suggested as a means of settling the problem but as yet no definite action has been taken.... It has been suggested that the matter be turned over to the city and that the council regulate hitching under its police powers. The suggestion is that the city secure a hitching place and name a watchman to care for the farmers' rigs and their contents. A small fee might be charged or the expense might be borne by the city. The farmers are said to many of them favor paying for a place where their goods would be safe and not subject to being stolen.... It has also been suggested that arrangements be made whereby farmers can put their teams in barns and that a contract be made between the owners and the merchants of the city whereby the farmers' teams would be taken care of while he is shopping. It is believed that barn owners would make a low rate on a proposition of this kind.... And so the hitching post controversy broadens out and the subject continues to be discussed wherever merchants meet for conversation."
  • "The Commercial Club may ask that the city fathers pass a jay driving ordinance and make better arrangements for handling traffic on the streets. At present there is no law in Lawrence against cutting across a street, or driving on the wrong side, and there is continual danger of serious mishaps on busy days. It has been suggested that a traffic police be named, or that one of the regular officers be detailed to handle the crowds on the streets on Saturdays and other days when business is heavy. All cities of the size of Lawrence and many smaller ones have jay driving rules and enforce them, but in Lawrence a man who drives down the wrong side of the street or cuts diagonally across from one side to hte other is not subject to any criticism of an effective nature."
  • "Prompt action with chemical fire extinguishers probably saved a five passenger automobile belonging to the Hunsinger garage from destruction at 8:45 this morning when gasoline dripping from the engine caught afire. The car was standing in front of the garage in the 900 block on Massachusetts street when gasoline under the car became ignited and set fire to a quantity of oil in the pan under the engine hood. It is thought the gasoline caught from a cigar stub. The blaze was extinguished before damage other than blistering the varnish on the hood was done."
  • "There are several dangerously exposed sewers in this city. In some places the manhole is left open almost large enough for a man to fall through and a child could easily go through and get killed. This is an open menace and the city ought to stop it."
  • "W. R. Green of Rural Route No. 7, is happy over the return of his lost pocketbook which he advertised in the Journal-World. The pocketbook contained $15 in cash and checks amounting to $135. It was found by C. F. Sweezey of Hamlin, who was going through the county in an automobile and returned it to Mr. Green. The finder refused any reward and returned the entire amount, only deducting the cost of sending the money back. This is one instance of an honest man in the world."

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