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100 years ago: Reckless driving must stop, mayor says

June 11, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 11, 1914:

  • "This fast driving on the streets of Lawrence must stop, said the mayor this morning. 'We have made this statement before and you may say that this is the second warning. If speeding does not stop, an example will be made of a few of the speeders which we think will break up the practice.' The mayor had a determined look in his eye when he made the statement this morning. He had just been called over the phone by a woman, whose little girl had nearly been run over on Indiana street by a speeding machine. 'This is not the first complaint from that street by any means,' said the mayor. 'Lives are being jeopardized every day by the reckless driving of our citizens who have automobiles. It must stop.'"
  • "Wednesday, June 24, will be the second annual picnic of the Past 75-ers. Last year this was such a great success that it was enjoyed by the newspapers fully as much as by the 100 people who spent the day in the park.... The street railway company will carry all invited guests both ways without charge. There will be no special invitations but all who were there last year are invited again and also any other citizen who is 75 years of age. The picnic proved a fine thing last year and it was greatly enjoyed. It is under the management of the daily newspapers and is the outing they provide annually for their elderly friends.... A lot of people at the last picnic have not seen each other since that time. Old people go about less and see fewer people. These will be glad to meet their friends once more and have a reunion."
  • "The First Regiment Band will give a concert tonight at South Park. Whether other concerts are given during the summer will depend upon whether support is given to the band. The Band has asked the city commission for an appropriation for the summer. This the commissioners so far have not seen their way clear to grant owing to the scarcity of funds at their disposal. If pressure were brought to bear and the officials were convinced that the people were strong for these concerts they might make an appropriation.... Last year the city gave the band $100. Mayor Francisco thinks this is too small. In a communication to the commissioners the band asks for $300 from the city and say they will try to raise the balance by popular subscription. The expenses of the band according to this communication are $1,200 a year. Toward this the state pays $350.... Some arrangement ought to be made at once whereby these concerts can be given this summer. There is nothing that will liven things up more and be of more interest to the people generally. Yet it is hardly fair to ask the Band men to give these concerts all summer without compensation. It requires a great deal of their time to practice and to play. They pay a leader $600 a year and in other towns the band is paid for summer concerts."
  • "For a short time Tuesday night it looked very much like the people in and near Lawrence could receive some rain, but we were disappointed. However, some folks who live near the creek and river, saw some water. Mrs. M. A. Wood, living six miles north of Lawrence, called this office last night and stated that Mud Creek running near their place had risen 6 or 7 feet, yet they had not had any rain. North of them yet the creek was out of its banks and no rain in that particular locality. At any rate there is some consolation in knowing that some one received a rain."
  • "C. E. Tuttle, a real estate man, living at 931 Missouri street, was accidentally shot today when thrown from his buggy on the Dunkin hill near the residence of Prof. Templin. Mr. Tuttle was driving in the country and it is supposed that the team he was driving became frightened and in the mixup a 22 calibre rifle which he had in the buggy with him was discharged and the bullet struck him in the head just back of the temple. The doctor said that the wound might prove fatal. Mrs. George, a colored lady, who was walking along the road, found him probably two hours after the accident. Doctors Chambers and Anderson were summoned. Mr. Tuttle was taken to his home in an ambulance. The team which he was driving did not leave the scene of the accident but stayed where the driver had stopped them before the accident occurred. The body was lying on the ground when it was found. Mr. Tuttle has a wife and four children."
  • "Floyd Lutz was today sentenced to two years in the state penitentiary at Lansing. Lutz is the first man to go to the state penitentiary for the sale of intoxicating liquor from the Douglas county district court. He has served several sentences in the county jail on liquor charges but was found guilty in the May term of court of the persistent sale of intoxicating liquor."

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