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100 years ago: Human bones found in Lawrence back yard; pranksters suspected

May 5, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 5, 1914:

  • "What would you think if you found the bones of a human leg and arm lying in your back yard in a pile of ashes? In most towns one would naturally think there had been foul play, but here in Lawrence we would say that the medical students had been up to some prank. Just such a sight as is described above was found in the alley between Tennessee and Ohio streets in the 1100 block this morning. The situation was not one that would lead one to think that the body of a human had been burned there for the bones were on a pile of ashes made by burning paper and there was no flesh on the bones as there would have been had the entire limb been placed in a fire. All of the flesh had been dissected from the bones, and it is probable that they had been taken there and placed on the ashes as a joke."
  • "The weather department has sent out the danger signal and predicts frost. A frost at this time would do more damage than could be estimated. The fruit is now at the most dangerous period. If you have smudge pots you had better put them out. It may not frost but if it does there is going to be a lot of damage done."
  • "Hereafter prisoners who are lodged in the city jail will be compelled to earn their bread by the sweat of their brow. The city rock pile has become exceedingly large and the commissioners plan to have it crushed and used in construction work done by the city. The resolution was offered by Commissioner Holyfield providing that the commissioner of streets and public utilities be instructed to employ labor to crush all the city rock, and where possible to use the city prisoners."
  • "Fire Chief Wm. F. Reinisch has submitted his report for the eleven months, June 1, 1913, to April 30, 1914. It shows a total of 55 fires and makes a strong appeal for more fire equipment.... 'This one station has to cover too much territory with our present system of horse apparatus. We answer all alarms sent to us; from Haskell Institute to the south we go north and east to the gates of Bismarck Grove; we go to Iowa and Fourth streets, which is over two miles and we cover all University territory. We take all our apparatus on first alarms and any second alarm would leave the city absolutely unprotected. I also wish to call your attention to the fact that the University depends on us for fire protection, and to get there with horses means that a fire once started would have full sway there for about eight minutes. It seems as if this institution, which means so much to Lawrence, should have better protection. This protection can be given in several different ways; either to establish more stations over the city, or to motorize the department complete.'"
  • "Last night at the meeting of the board of education, Prof. C. E. Olney was chosen principal of the high school for the ensuing year. Prof. Olney has been principal of the high school for the past 21 years. He served his first term in 1894. There have been 1249 students graduated from Lawrence High school under his principalship. The enrollment has increased from a little over 400 to 671 during that time. The departments of domestic art and science and manual training have been added and the school changed from a three years course to a four year course."
  • "About a half dozen west side boys aged from ten to fourteen are to be taken before the juvenile court to tell why they broke a pane of glass and entered the home on West Ninth street formerly occupied by T. E. Smith. The boys come from good families."

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