Archive for Monday, September 2, 2013

100 years ago: Jewelry, cash, cookies stolen in rural burglary

September 2, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 2, 1913:

  • "Two robbers yesterday afternoon entered and burglarized the country home of M. E. Vermilya, northeast of Lawrence in Grant township. The thieves secured but a small amount of booty but they did considerable damage to the property. Evidently suspecting that there were valuable articles concealed about the house the thieves ransacked the entire place, breaking open drawers, turning over furniture, scattering the contents of bureaus and closets about the room and otherwise devastating the property. It was a thorough search which the burglars made in their efforts to locate articles of value.... An inventory disclosed the missing articles. These include a gold watch, three breast pins, a pair of shoes, five dollars in cash, and four pounds of cookies taken from the pantry."
  • "Chancellor Frank Strong of the University returned last night from his vacation in Colorado and spent the entire day today in his office on the hill. The Chancellor is getting started for the year's work that is ahead.... While away on his vacation this summer Chancellor Strong devoted much time to fishing. However, he brought back no fish stories."
  • "A case of unusual cruelty has just been reported. It appears that a man named Logan, living just over the line in Leavenworth county, was coming home from Lawrence and about three quarters of a mile east of Bismarck his horse played out. He dragged it to the roadside and left it there. This was on Saturday evening. The horse remained there without food or water until Monday morning when it was humanely dispatched.... There ought to be some way to reach a man who would commit such an act. He of course deliberately did this terrible thing and let this dumb brute suffer."
  • "City water will not be used for drinking purposes in the city schools of Lawrence this fall. The Board of Education at its meeting last night ordered that the fountains in the city buildings be closed and the water kept turned off until further notice.... A discussion followed as to what should be done to improve the condition that now exists and how better water could be furnished the pupils."


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