Old Home Town

100 years ago: Window-peeper arrested; new fire truck tested on hills; choral society organized
March 1, 2015
“Today is regular fire drill day and the fire men are kept busy in placing the new apparatus….”
100 years ago: Old ‘shape-singing’ book surfaces in Lawrence
February 28, 2015
“The book was printed May 9, 1837, and was published by Lazarus B. M’Clain at New Lisbon, Ohio.”
100 years ago: Keeping horses in reserve, fire department transitions to all-motor
February 27, 2015
“It has long been realized that many of the runs in Lawrence are too long to be made with the horses….”
100 years ago: Downtown clock showing two different times
February 26, 2015
“The town clock on the Merchants bank, which has shown its formerly honest face in Lawrence without shame, has been caught in an act of rank duplicity….”
40 years ago: Citing bridge deterioration, city limits loads crossing Kansas River
February 26, 2015
In order to avoid violating the ordinance and paying a fine, heavily-laden trucks would need to use the Kansas Turnpike.
25 years ago: Douglas County Bank to rebuild main branch
February 26, 2015
Two years earlier, the bank had outraged some residents of the Old West Lawrence neighborhood by razing eight older homes it owned.
100 years ago: Church groups discuss city regulation of pool halls
February 25, 2015
“It affords a loafing place where the atmosphere is not the best and the boys learn things that will do them no good….”
40 years ago: City to discuss emergency weight limit for aging Kaw bridge
February 25, 2015
A recent bridge inspection had shown continued deterioration of the bridge concrete and corrosion of its steel beams.
25 years ago: Old barbed wire building placed on state historic register
February 25, 2015
There was no show of support from the building’s lease-holder, The Chelsea Group, developers of the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza.
100 years ago: Storm cleanup work continues on telephone, telegraph lines
February 24, 2015
“The telephone men say that the weather for the last four years has celebrated George Washington’s birthday by demoralizing the telephone system. But that this is the worst case in their experience.”
40 years ago: Observant neighbor helps police catch burglars
February 24, 2015
The four men were to be charged with the burglaries of three apartments at 905 Emery Road.
100 years ago: Storm brings down telephone, telegraph lines
February 23, 2015
“Branches off the trees were strewn in profusion over the streets and sidewalks this morning.”
40 years ago: Mid-block crossing signals on Mass Street remain controversial
February 23, 2015
“The state law has changed since they put the lights in,” City Manager Buford Watson said.
100 years ago: YMCA speaker suggests reasons, solutions for poverty
February 22, 2015
“Feeblemindedness, laziness, ignorance, drink, vice and immorality were given as the reasons for the existence of poverty from the individual standpoint.”
40 years ago: Wintertime DST reinstated this week
February 22, 2015
The move was made in response to energy conservation concerns.