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100 years ago: Still no clues in KU Athletic Department burglary

May 4, 2014


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 4, 1914:

  • "No trace has been found of the robber who broke into the office at McCook Field and stole the gate receipts of the Kansas-Nebraska game last Friday night. Manager W. O. Hamilton said this morning that as near as he could estimate about $82 was taken. 45 or 50 silver dollars were among the loot. Hamilton had these in his pocket at one time on Friday evening, but they were so heavy he took them out and put them back in the locker. It is evident that the person who took the money was familiar with conditions and in all probability saw the money left there. It must have been some student of the university or visiting high school boy. There are two lockers in which the money might have been put. The fact that only the one containing the money was touched and the other unmolested shows that the robber knew what he wanted and where it was to be found."
  • "The Water Company is at work on its two new wells. The first one was finished today and the second one will be finished tomorrow. The wells are 35 feet across, and are at a depth of 12 feet. There is a lot of water that comes into such a well and when two of them are connected it will mean a big addition to the supply of water."
  • "'Prospects look mighty good for a large crowd and a successful meeting,' said DeWitt C. Croissant, Extension Secretary of the University this morning in commenting on the Merchants' Week program which begins tomorrow morning. Assurances have been received from a large number of business men that they will be here, and many who have not taken the trouble to write will be on hand when the convention begins. The retail merchants of Kansas have taken to the idea of getting together to talk shop and compare ideas and are extending their thanks to the University for arranging the program. The sessions begin tomorrow morning and continue three days."
  • "For a number of years John Lawson has been saying that if he ever got rich he was going to establish a home for widows. Now that talk did not amount to much so long as he was in comparatively reduced circumstances, but it is becoming seriously. He has struck it rich in Labette county. He purchased a farm near the old Bender farm and since that time oil has been struck in the vicinity and he is in a fair way to become one of the oil magnates of the country. Mr. Lawson's idea of a home is in a fair way to be realized. Now the question is will he make it a go since he is a rich man?"
  • "L. H. Davidson of Glasco, president of the Red Line automobile route, is expected in Lawrence this week, and E. O. Perkins, president of the local association of benzine drivers, hopes to get a large number of them together for a trip over the proposed route between here and Topeka. This route promises to make a strong bid for the automobile traffic from Kansas City to Denver. It crosses the state in an almost direct line and is said to be singularly free of sand, the dread of all autoists.... Workmen are now at work painting the guide posts and it is expected that they will reach Lawrence before long. Between here and Topeka, three hills are being cut down at present and already a number of concrete culverts have been put in, and while the road will not be as level as the one north of the river it will avoid the sand. The Red Line has recently been adopted by the Midland Trails association as the official route through Kansas. Regarding the association, President Davidson, who is to be here this week, speaks as follows.... 'It is absolutely free of sand across Kansas and has an ideal road bed for permanent construction. It is the best marked road in the United States.... These tourists from the east will pass over ideal roads and gain a favorable and true impression of Kansas and her progressive citizens, pass through the best farm lands the sun shines on and will see why the big wheat markets of the world pay more for Kansas wheat. they all recognize Kansas oil as the best. Even the Florida real estate men claim the silt of their everglades is washed from the plains and valleys of Kansas and it will grow anything. Let us unite in showing the east what makes Kansas prosperous and that we have the best dirt roads in the world.'"
  • "The first regular meeting of the city commissioners will occur tomorrow morning at nine o'clock in the council chambers. This is the first of the regular Tuesday morning meetings. When asked this morning as to what would be taken up at the session tomorrow morning, Mayor Francisco said that no regular program had been outlined, 'It will depend upon the wishes of the people of Lawrence,' said the mayor. The commissioners are trying to learn the expression of public opinion before launching any definite and radical legislation. There are a number of matters that will receive the attention of the commissioners before many days. It is thought best however to move slowly and take up one thing at a time. The commission is open to suggestion and expect an attendance of representative citizens at the meeting tomorrow morning."
  • "The Y. M. C. A. will open a sort of employment bureau now that school is about to close. All high school boys wishing summer work may leave their names with H. W. Boltz, secretary of the Y. M. C. A., and all persons who want help this summer should communicate with him and he will do his best to get the parties together."


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