Archive for Monday, February 3, 2014

100 years ago: Pool halls, billiards rooms, bowling alleys to face city ban

February 3, 2014


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 3, 1914:

  • "POOL HALLS OUSTED. -- Pool halls, billiard rooms, and bowling alleys must cease business in the city of Lawrence on January 1, 1915. By a vote of 6 to 4 the city council last night passed the ordinance ousting these places from the city. However, an extension of time was given the pool hall interests. The original ordinance fixed the date of closing at July first, but this clause was amended before the vote was taken last night.... A large delegation of interested citizens and several pool hall owners and sympathizers and the pool hall attorney were in the chamber to watch the procedure.... It was intimated last night that the matter probably would go into the courts, that the pool hall interests would not give up without more of a struggle.... In the meantime the pool halls remain in business in the City of Lawrence, and will be unmolested until the first of next January. However, it is understood that the present laws governing pool halls will be strictly enforced by the police department."
  • "Contracts for $44,000 worth of paving in the City of Lawrence were awarded by the city council last night. The contractors have promised to begin work as soon as possible.... A. R. Young and Company were awarded the contracts for the brick paving and concrete alleys.... It includes work on South Kentucky street, South Vermont street, Ohio street adjoining the University Club, widening of Winthrop [Seventh] street from New Hampshire to Massachusetts and for two alleys. J. R. Ramsey was awarded a contract for asphaltic paving.... This work is to be done on the 700 block of Louisiana street and four blocks in University Place."
  • "A plan to give children of the schools credit for vocational work done outside of the schools, such as driving delivery wagons, carrying papers or making dresses was suggested to the city board of education at its regular meeting last night by Supt. Smith. 'In the light of our own experience and that of other schools, does it not become our duty to seriously consider the property of making another step forward in our industrial and vocational work?' asked Mr. Smith.... 'If the Board thinks well of this suggestion, I desire to further complete this plan by working out a plan for carrying out the idea. If this will aid in bringing the home and school into closer sympathy, it will be worth the effort.'"
  • "Do any of you old timers recall E. S. Wheeler who was a resident of Lawrence in 1872? No particulars are given of the man nor is any description offered but the advertising appears in the want columns of the paper today and if anyone knows anything about this man they will confer a favor by reporting the same to the address given or to this office. Lawrence has been considerable of a port of missing men and many of them have been located. Do you know this one?"


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