July 31, 1909
DEATH CAME SUDDENLY
TO P. D. RIDENOUR.
HEART DISEASE CLAIMED PIO-
NEER WHOLESALE GROCER.
Had Been Ill at Home About Ten
Days, but Fatal Termination
Was Not Expected by
THE LATE PETER D. RIDENOUR.
Peter D. Ridenour, pioneer wholesale grocer of Kansas City, died suddenly of heart disease at 11:00 last night at his home, 1416 East Eighth street. He was 78 years old, and as the result of complications due to old age has been kept home from the store at 933 Mulberry street, in the West Bottoms, for over a week. His fatal illness is believed to have begun ten days ago when he first complained of shooting pains in the vicinity of his heart.
At his bedside when he died were his wife, Mrs. Sarah L. Ridenour and his son, Edward M. Ridenour. The family physician, Dr. Lester Hall, and Dr. R. T. Sloane, who had been called in, were in attendance, but neither believed death would result from the indisposition.
BORN ON OHIO FARM.
Besides the widow and the son, Mr. Ridenour is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Catherine Lester, Mrs. Alice Raymond and Miss Ethel Ridenour, all of this city, the last named living at home. Four brothers are living, T. M. Ridenour in Colorado, Irving W. in Richmond, Ind.; Elisha at Liberal, Mo., and Samuel Ridenour, who through the death of his brother will become president of the Ridenour Baker Grocery Company, lives at the Washington hotel.
Funeral arrangements have not been made.
Peter D. Ridenour was born May 5, 1831, on a farm of one half mile south of the village of College Corner, O. His parents were of Dutch extraction and pioneers of the state. The town received its name form its location in the northwest corner of the land donated to the Miami university. In 1837 his father bought a store in the town and in it for the next seven or eight years young Ridenour gleaned the knowledge of the grocery business so useful to him in after years.
At the age of 26, Mr. Ridenour married Miss Sarah Louise Beatty at Xenia, O., and moved to Lawrence, Kas. Part of the trip was made in boats because there was no railroad leading into Kansas City or in fact any other town in the vicinity of the Sunflower state.
BEGAN BUSINESS IN LAWRENCE.
With his brother, Samuel, who also had left the old home in Ohio to come West, Mr. Ridenour started a small grocery store at Lawrence taking as partners in the business Harlow W. Baker of that city and later his three brothers. This was in 1858.
By the death of Mr. Ridenour last night Samuel Ridenour became the sole survivor of the original Ridenour Baker Grocer Company. This firm was incorporated thirty-one years ago when having grown to dignified proportions it was moved from Lawrence to its present ho me on Mulberry street. Such has been its progress in Kansas City that it has been able to establish branch stores at several points. Both Peter and Samuel Ridenour grew wealthy. P. D. Ridenour's estate probably amounts to about $300,000.
Mr. Ridenour was known as a public spirited citizen. Three years ago he was vice president of the Commercial Club and was offered the presidency but he refused because of his advanced age. He maintained a large farm near Dallas, twelve miles from Kansas City, where he had intended to spend the remainder of his life.
Labels: bakers, Commercial Club, death, doctors, Eighth street, grocers, history, Lawrence, Mulberry street, pioneers
July 31, 1909
DEATH PENALTY PAID
BY NEGRO MURDERER.
CLAUD BROOKS HANGED AT THE
COUNTY JAIL YESTERDAY.
With a smile and a "Good-by everybody," Claud Brooks stepped into eternity. He made the scaffold his stage, and for a few brief seconds seemed to enjoy being enough of a spectacle to cause fifty men and boys, all white, to crowd to see him.
In fourteen minutes after 9:15, when Marshal Joel B. Mayes sprang the trap, he had been pronounced dead. The law had taken its vengeance for the death of Sidney Herndon, struck down in cold blood eighteen months ago.
Brooks taunted one of the deputies with being nervous and asked another not to tie him so tight, as he would not attempt to resist. A few moments later he dropped to his death.
With appetite Brooks at breakfast ate the catfish which had been provided for him according to his wish. Then he asked for whisky, which also was given him. And then for two hours the Rev. E. S. Willett, Rev. J. W. Hurst, Rev. S. W. Bacote and Rev. J. C. Dickson prayed and sang with him. Half an hour before the execution he was given the sacrament. And then the nervousness, if he previously felt any, vanished.
Into the room where the gallows stand there was admitted a motley crowd of some fifty. There were policemen by the fives. There were boys who looked barely over 17. There were men of many types, not to mention several well known in the business life of the town.
Outside, crowds threatened to storm the jail to gain entrance. Marshal Mayes asked the police to protect the entrance into the jail wagon yard, which the crowd appeared to take by storm. Some half a hundred got into the criminal court room, from which the gallows was shut off by brick walls.
Still others stood outside, waiting to catch a fleeting glimpse of what was once a human being. Children of tender years and women with the imprint of respectability were among the number.
Eighteen months ago Brooks killed Sidney Herndon, owner of the Navarro flats at Twelfth and Baltimore, four feet of stature and crippled. He killed him with a hammer. The motive was robbery. The negro got more than $100. Out of this he bought a suit of clothes and hired a carriage to take him to the Union depot so he could escape. The rest he lost gambling and gave away. He was tried, convicted, his sentence affirmed by the supreme court and not considered otherwise than proper by the governor.
Labels: alcohol, County Marshal Mayes, crime, death penalty, jail, ministers, murder, race
July 31, 1909
MAYOR CRITTENDEN NAMES
Confirmation at the Hands of the
Upper House of the Council
Is Expected Monday
Appointed Superintendent of the Workhouse to Succeed Patrick O'Hearn.
Cornelius Murphy was yesterday appointed superintendent of the workhouse by Mayor Crittenden to succeed Patrick O'Hearn, whose resignation has been demanded and accepted. Mr. Murphy will have to be confirmed by the upper house of the council, and it is thought that this will be done at the meeting Monday night.
Mr. Murphy is a man of good judgment, a fine disciplinarian and thoroughly understands the handling and treatment of prisoners of the stripe that are confined in the workhouse," was the statement given out by the mayor.
For fifty-two years Mr. Murphy has been a resident of Kansas City and during that time has been active in Democratic politics. In the earlier days he was identified with the Marcy K. Brown wing of the party, and later when "the rabbits," under the generalship of J. B. Shannon, put Brown off the political map Murphy cast his lot with the Shannon bunch. He is a brother of Daniel Murphy, a former presiding judge of the county court.
During his political career Mr. Murphy served two terms as county marshal, was superintendent of mails when George M. Shelley was postmaster and for two years was inspector of detectives while Colonel L. E. Irwin was chief of police. In recent years Mr. Murphy has been conducting a livery and sales stable.
Labels: Mayor Crittenden, politics, workhouse
July 30, 1909
PIONEER BLACKSMITH DIES
LEAVING $150,000 ESTATE.
Henry Nevins Came to Kansas City
in 1869, and Opened Shop
on Third Street.
Henry Nevins, pioneer horseshoer of Kansas City and in the early days a fair prototype of Longfellow's "Village Blacksmith," died at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the family residence, 1032 Olive street. He was 70 years old.
He was born in Tipperary county, Ireland, and came to this country when a young man, spending some years in Canada, where he learned the blacksmith trade and where he married. Later he crossed the line into the United States, settling first in Burlington, Ia., and from there removing to Kansas City in 1869.
He first opened a shop at Third street and Grand avenue and for twenty years Nevins's blacksmith shop was a landmark.
In those early days when railroads were in their infancy and mules and horses were yet the main standby for transportation, the blacksmith was a most important person.
Nevins met the situation with an energy that never seemed to tire, and it is on record that during rush seasons he has been known to stand in the smith forty-eight hours at a stretch, without sleep, eating in the shop meals brought to him by his wife.
Early in his career in Kansas City Mr. Nevins began to put his savings into real estate, and this policy he continued throughout his career. But once in his life did he part with real estate he had purchased, and that was about eight years ago, when he sold to the Armour Packing Company the property at 306 West Eighth street for $10,000, and for which he had paid $900 in early days. For an other property next to the Gillis opera house, which cost him $800 he recently refused an offer of $800 a foot.
Practically all his wealth is in inside Kansas City real estate and a conservative estimate of his estate places the figure at $150,000.
Later he moved his blacksmith shop to 512 Walnut street, and when that property became too valuable for a blacksmith shop he moved once more to 512 Grand avenue, where he continued in business until five years ago, when he retired, owing to advancing age and continued ill health.
He leaves a wife and six children, three sons and three daughters. The children are: John M., James H., William J., Elinore, Catherine Marie and Rose.
The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Aloysius's church, and burial will be at St. Mary's cemetery.
Labels: Armour plant, blacksmiths, cemetery, churches, death, Eighth street, Grand avenue, immigrants, Olive street, pioneers, real estate, Third street, Walnut Street
July 30, 1909
ASSAULTED AN EX-MARSHAL.
Lewis Masterson Slashed T. N.
Hughes's Throat With a Knife.
T. N. Hughes, ex-city marshal of Independence, was accosted in that city yesterday morning by Lewis Masterson, who had some words with him about a trial which had taken place in the police court the day previous. Masterson struck Hughes a glancing blow and Hughes knocked him down. Hughes knocked Masterson down a second time and was shoved into a ditch by the push of a woman. Before he could get up Masterson had his knife out, and running over where Hughes was getting up, slashed him across the throat.
It required eleven stitches to sew up the wound. The wound is not necessarily dangerous unless blood poison sets in. Warrants were sworn out for Masterson's arrest, charging him with felonious assault. Mr. Hughes was formerly superintendent of the McCune home.
Labels: Independence, McCune Home, violence
July 30, 1909
SEEKS HEIRS TO AN ESTATE.
Fulkerson, Formerly of Kansas City,
Dies in Arkansas.
Heirs for an estate estimated at $10,000 to $90,000 are sought in a letter to Chief of Police Frank Snow from Little Rock, Ark., in which is told the death of Z. K. Fulkerson on June 10, who left an estate.
Fulkerson was proprietor of the "K. C. Restaurant" in Little Rock, and is believed to have gone there from Kansas City. He often mentioned having a brother in Kansas City, and as he left no will, the administrator of the estate, J. L. Eastin, 1719 State street, Little Rock, would like to obtain news of the heirs.
Labels: Arkansas, Police Chief Snow, probate
July 30, 1909
TOO HOT FOR HER HERE.
Visiting Oklahoma Woman Returns
to Her Home at Enid.
It was so hot in Kansas City yesterday afternoon and evening that Mrs. Anna Baker of Enid, Ok., cut short a stay which she intended to make here, and last night returned to her home..
She told officials at the Union depot that the farther north she came the hotter it got.
Labels: oklahoma, Union depot, visitors, weather
July 29, 1909
A NEW TELEPHONE DIRECTORY.
Bell Company's New Booklet Is Re-
plete With Information.
The July issue of the Missouri & Kansas (Bell) Telephone Company's Kansas City directory is now being delivered to subscribers. The directory appears in an entirely new form, made necessary by the large increase in the number of subscribers. The old style cover which persisted in rolling up and breaking, has been replaced by a handsome, index bristol cover. The front section of the directory contains several pages of useful information, including a page write-up of Kansas City, compiled by E. M. Clendening, Secretary of the Commercial Club, postal information, office buildings, directory of both Kansas Cities, street directory of both Kansas Cities, libraries and reading rooms, theaters, table of weights and measures, information for taxpayers, street car routings, railroad time tables, carriage and automobile rates and a two year calendar. Subscribers' names are listed double column in new style type. The classified business directory is printed on yellow paper. The listing therein now includes business addresses. This section of the directory contains a goodly showing of classified advertising of a varied nature.
In speaking of the new directory, Homer Montfort, Advertising agent of the company, said: "The telephone directory of today has many uses aside form that for which it was originally intended. Its value as a social and business directory is beyond question. We have added the new features at considerable expense, with a view of making the directory more valuable to our patrons, and we will gladly receive suggestions as to other useful features that might be added. Our Kansas City directory is used for various purposes approximately 250,000 per day or 91,000,000 times per year."
The new directory is said by telephone men to be the handsomest ever issued for the purpose. There are 30,000 directories in this issue.
Labels: books, Commercial Club, Edwin Clendening, telephone
July 29, 1909
PROHIBITION VOTE PROBABLE.
But When, in Missouri, Gov. Hadley
"The question of state-wide prohibition probably will be submitted to the voters of Missouri," said Governor Herbert S. Hadley at the Union depot last evening. "Whether or not it will carry I am not prepared to say. It is also a question with the prohibition forces as to whether this is an opportune time.
"My understanding is that the members of the anti-saloon league do not favor the submission of a state-wide prohibition at this time because of the fear that it might be defeated. They are in favor of a slower, and they think surer ways of eliminating the saloons and the liquor traffic."
Governor Hadley was apprised Wednesday of the inquiry made by the prohibition chairman Charles E. Stokes of Kansas City, as to the number of petitioners necessary to secure a call for a special election under the initiative and referendum.
Governor Hadley said last evening that the law under which it is proposed to hold this election is the one which was held up in the house, and which he personally insisted should be passed by legislature.
Governor Hadley believes, however, that if the question is submitted, that the anti-saloon league people will join forces with the state-wide prohibition people.
Labels: alcohol, Herbert Hadley, prohibition, Union depot
July 29, 1909
RAINSTORM BRINGS RELIEF.
With Electrical Display, Comes
After Day of Sweltering Heat.
After a day of sweltering heat, Kansas City found relief at 11 o'clock last night when an electrical storm burst over the city. Early in the evening dark and heavy clouds began to appear in the West and moved rapidly towards the northeast, seeming to roll over and over. Shortly before 11 o 'clock a strong wind sprang up surcharged with moisture, bearing a warning of the approaching thunderstorm.
Crowds which had thronged the parks began to hasten homeward and the cars were overcrowded with those who attempted to reach shelter before the storm came. Large drops of rain fell for a few minutes followed by a considerable downpour, accompanied by wind, lightning and thunder.
P. Connor, weather forecaster, had almost promised that Kansas City should have fair weather last night and this morning. Such thunderstorms as Kansas City had last night have been extremely prevalent through the Southwest this past week.
July 28, 1909
FIND MORE CHILD LABORERS.
Two Without Certificates Are Dis-
covered by Factory Inspector.
Two more children under the age of 14 years have been discovered working by Assistant State Factory Inspector W. J. Morgan. Their employers sent them home by order of the inspector. This makes four such cases handled by Mr. Morgan since he opened his office here last Thursday.
"Many under 16 are working without the certificate required by the law," said Mr. Morgan yesterday, "but on the whole I am agreeably surprised to find conditions better than I had been led to expect."
Assistant State Factory Inspector Elasco Green of St. Louis is working here at present, giving instruction to Assistant Inspector B. H. Darnell of St. Joseph, who is a new appointee.
Labels: children, employment, St Louis, St.Joseph
July 28, 1909
NEAR TO DEATH IN POOL.
With Twenty Swimmers Close at
Hand, Bather Goes Down
Third Time at Y. M. C. A.
With more than a score of persons swimming within ten feet of him yesterday afternoon in the swimming pool in the Y. M. C. A. building, P. H. Hanner, a deaf mute 23 years old, living at 517 Washington, was almost drowned before he could attract the attention of anyone. Hanner struggled several minutes and had sunk for the third time before it was realized that he was drowning. It took two hours to resuscitate him.
When Hanner's limbs began to tire and he realized that he couldn't reach safety, he tried to motion for help. No one saw him. He could not cry out, and the water with its splashing bathers , made invisible his signals for help.
He sank for the first time and rose to the surface; a moment later his lungs filled with water. In desperation he waved his hands. The second time he sank he began to think that the end was near.
"That's a pretty good diver," said someone. "See how he stays under water."
Just as he was sinking for the third time, one of his companions noticed the agonized expression on his face. The attention of several others was called, and he was pulled to safety. The ambulance from police headquarters was called and Dr. F. R. Berry induced artificial respiration until he recovered consciousness.
Labels: doctors, hearing impaired, swimming, Washington street, YMCA
July 28, 1909
BODY FOUND IN PASTURE.
Dead Man About 55 -- No Clue as to
The partly decomposed body of an unidentified man about 55 years old was found yesterday afternoon in the middle of a wooded pasture on the farm of John Davidson, three miles northeast of Independence. Nothing was found in his clothes to identify him. Several German newspapers were in his pockets. He was about 5 feet 6 inches tall and had dark brown hair, tinged with gray. Two coats, a pair of boots and two shirts clothed the body, which was taken to Ott's undertaking rooms in Independence about 8 o'clock last night. The coroner's office was notified.
Labels: death, Independence, undertakers
July 28, 1909
PINS HER TWINS TOGETHER.
Clever Idea of Woman to Be Sure of
A huge safety pin was used by Mrs. E. B. Morris of Chillicothe, Mo., yesterday morning to pin her twin boys, Ben and Eddie, 3 years old, together, so that they could not get lost.
Carrying a babe in her left arm and a grip in her right, with Ben's chubby fist grasping her dress, and his twin brother, Eddie, pinned to him, the quartette attracted no little attention as they passed through the Union depot yesterday. They were on their way home from a few weeks in Kansas.
Ben, his mother said, has a habit of clinging to her clothes, while Eddie has a penchant for wandering. So that she would not have to watch Eddie while traveling, she conceived the idea of pinning his clothes to Ben.
Labels: children, Union depot, visitors
July 27, 1909
O'HEARN MUST QUIT
AT ONCE, SAYS MAYOR.
TOLD TO RESIGN.
Pardon Board in Charge of Institu-
tion Today -- Crittenden Not
Ready to Announce Suc-
cessor -- Board's Report.
The resignation of Patrick O'Hearn as superintendent of the workhouse, effective this morning, was demanded by Mayor Crittenden in a letter to O'Hearn mailed last night. The letter should be in the hands of O'Hearn when he reports at the institution today. The action of the mayor was based on the official report of the board of pardons and paroles, and the demand that the superintendent be removed without further ceremony.
"I have mailed a letter to Mr. O'Hearn asking for his immediate resignation. He should receive it by the early mails tomorrow," said the mayor.
"But suppose he does not resign?"
"I have no fears in that direction. It will be safe to say that Mr. O'Hearn will not be superintendent of the workhouse after tomorrow morning. The whole thing is a closed incident. Officially I asked the board to investigate workhouse conditions. It has done so, and its verdict is in my hands.
HASN'T NAMED SUCCESSOR.
"The workhouse has been a source of much annoyance and tribulation to every administration. Naturally my administration came in for the share of odium and criticism that springs up regularly year in and year out. I am glad I had the investigation made. It was the means of disclosing conditions at the city's penal institution that should and will be corrected."
"Who is to be O'Hearn's successor?"
"I have several men of integrity and sound judgment who are good disciplinarians under consideration, but I do not know if any of them would accept the position for the salary, which is $150 a month. A man possessed of the requirements to make a satisfactory superintendent of the workhouse is not looking for $150 a month job. He is better employes and better paid."
The mayor said that possibly by tonight or tomorrow he will be able to announce the name of the new superintendent, and that in the meantime the board of pardons and paroles will exercise jurisdiction over the workhouse.
GUARDS TO BE DISCHARGED.
It is thought that most of the guards under the O'Hearn regime will be discharged.
There was talk in political circles last night that Edward Winstanly, city purchasing agent was being considered as O'Hearn's successor, but the report was not taken seriously. It was argued that the man who will be appointed must have had some experience in handling prisoners.
"Everything that belongs to the city will be returned," declared the mayor.
This means an effort will be made to recover the two calves and a black mare, claimed by the city, which testimony at the hearing showed had been sent from the workhouse during O'Hearn's administration.
O'Hearn was appointed superintendent in April, 1908. His wife is matron of the institution, but whether she will be asked to resign has not been determined.
The report of the board of pardons and paroles deals with conditions past and present at the workhouse, and contains many recommendations for improvements.
Labels: employment, Mayor Crittenden, parole board, workhouse
July 27, 1909
SEPARATE CHUTE FOR WOMEN.
Central Station Holdover to Be Re-
modeled Along Modern Lines.
If the plans of Walter C. Root, a member of the tenement commission, are carried out, the holdover and "chute" will not be so uninhabitable in the future. Accompanied by Commissioner Thomas R. Marks, Mr. Root visited the holdover yesterday. He will superintend its remodeling.
The plans call for a separate chute for female prisoners while police court is in session and they are awaiting trial.
Labels: Central station, Commissioner Marks, tenement commission, women
July 27, 1909
SHE DIDN'T INTEND TO KILL.
Mary O'Neill Pleads Not Guilty to
Charge of Husband.
Mary O'Neill, who took a shot at her husband, Frank P. O'Neill, in the general office of the Muehleback Brewing Company at Eighteenth and Main streets Monday evening, was arraigned in the justice court of James B. Shoemaker yesterday afternoon.
She pleaded "not guilty" to the charge of assault with intent to kill preferred against her by her husband. Hearing was set for 2 o'clock in the afternoon of August 5.
The defendant was released on $700 bond.
Labels: breweries, domestic violence, Eighteenth street, Judge Shoemaker, Main street
July 27, 1909
HELPED MAKE HISTORY
IN KANSAS CITY KAS.
BYRON JUDD, RESIDENT SINCE
1857, IS DEAD.
Held Many Positions of Trust and
equipped First Horse Car Line
in the City -- Was 85
In the death last night of Byron Judd, a pioneer resident of Kansas City, Kas., the city was deprived of perhaps its most widely known and lovable characters. He was a man of rare ability, and was noted for his keen, incisive mind. Every enterprise of worth which marked the early transition of a straggling Indian village into the metropolis of the state is closely interwoven with the name and personality of Byron Judd. Although his advanced age of late years prevented his active participation in the affairs of the city, his mind retained the vigor of youth and his counsel upon questions of moment was highly valued and eagerly sought.
ANCESTORS IN MAYFLOWER.
Byron Judd was born August 13, 1824, at Otis , Berkshire county, Mass. His parents were farmers and pointed with pride that their ancestry could be clearly traced to the landing of the Mayflower. He received his education at the state normal and at Southwick academy. As a young man in his ho me town he held many minor offices, among which were school commissioner, township assessor and selectman.
In 1855 he left his native state and journeyed westward to Iowa, being made deputy land recorder at Des Moines, a position he held until his removal in 1857 to Kansas City, Kas., or, as it was then known, Wyandotte. In 1869 he was elected a member of the board of aldermen of the city. In 1863 he was elected county treasurer of Wyandotte county. He was married in 1865 to Mrs. Mary Louise Bartlett.
During the early days of Wyandotte he engaged in the banking and land business which he carried on for many years, having been the first land agent in the city. He was president of the council in 1868 and was elected mayor in 1869. This administration was remarkable for the spirit of enterprise displayed and was in fact the beginning of that civic pride which has since characterized the city.
EQUIPPED FIRST HORSE CAR.
Mr. Judd was made United States commissioner in 1870. In 1871 he organized the First National bank of that city and served as president and cashier of the institution. He remained a director in the bank for many years. In connection with W. P. Overton and Luther Wood he went to St. Louis and purchased the material and equipment for the first horse car line in the city.
He was elected state senator in 1872 and served in that capacity until 1876. Although a staunch Democrat, he was not in sympathy with the border warfare and many of the outrages committed during that period were fearlessly denounced by him.
His is survived by his only daughter, Mrs. Sarah Judd Greenman, public librarian of Kansas City, Kas.
Funeral arrangements have not been made.
Labels: banking, Civil War, death, Des Moines, history, Kansas City Kas, libraries, pioneers, politics
July 26, 1909
OF TWO SMALL BOYS.
SAW SIGHTS AND FRIGHTENED
Johnny and Tommy, 10 and 8 Years
Old, Respectively, Had High
Time While Folks Had
Visions of Kidnaping.
Without permission of their respective parents, Johnny Sinclair, 10, and Tommy Beels, 8 years old, took a day off from home and spent the whole of Saturday night and Sunday in wandering about the towns and parks surrounding Kansas City, much to the consternation, grief and anxiety of their families.
When the boys were missed Saturday night it was learned that they had gone with an employe of Electric park. Mont Shirley, 29 years of age, who has a longing for the companionship of small boys, being evidenced by his having led other urchins on several days' tours of the surrounding country on previous occasions.
Johnny Sinclair is the only son of Aaron Sinclair, janitor of the Boston flats, 3808 Main street. Johnny's father gave him a dollar Saturday noon and told him to do what as he wanted with the money.
BOYS WENT TO PARK.
Barefooted and without his coat, Johnny looked up his younger friend, Tommy, youngest son of H. T. Beels, 107 East Thirty-ninth street, and proposed a trip to Electric park. Tommy was willing and thought it best not to go into the house for his hat and coat, for his mother might thwart their schemes. So the boys left the Beels home about 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon.
When 5 o'clock came Mrs. Beels missed her son. Within a few minutes, however, he telephoned his mother that they were at Electric park and were going to take a boat ride with a man whom they had found congenial. Mrs. Beels told the boy to come home immediately.
Tommy had other views in the matter and when Shirley suggested an extensive tour of the city, to include Kansas City, Kas., Lansing, Leavenworth, Forest, Fairmount, Swope and Budd parks and all at his own expense, the boy readily fell in with the plan. Mothers were not interviewed.
Dire thoughts of drowning, kidnaping and disaster beset Mrs. Beels when her boy did not materialize at supper time. Persons in charge of the park were questioned and it was learned that the two boys had gone away from the park with Shirley. None knew where.
SEARCH PARTIES ORGANIZED.
Mrs. Beels, at midnight, went to the Sinclair home and inquired there for her son and learned that Johnny Sinclair was also missing. That was the first idea of Johnny's whereabouts which the Sinclairs had. Search parties were organized and the park secured.
Yesterday morning a young man went to the Sinclair home and told that he had seen the two boys and Shirley at the Union depot and that they were going to St. Joseph and H. L. Ashton, a friend of the Beels family, who is well acquainted with the mayor of that city, called him over long distance 'phone and had the town searched for the runaways. Then came a telegram that the three had been seen early Sunday in Leavenworth.
Meanwhile Mrs. Sinclair and Mrs. Beels were beside themselves with fear and anxiety for their children. They secured the promise of the park authorities to drag the lake in the park this morning, and the search for the missing increased in strength and vigilance each hour.
Shirley's family had been notified of the disappearance, and Charles J. Blevins, Shirley's brother-in-law, hastened to Leavenworth, hot on the trail. He returned empty-handed.
TELL OF JOLLY TIME.
About 11 o'clock last night the boys returned home, dusty, wet and tired. They had a wonderful story to tell of their trip and adventures. They had been through every park in the city, and seen the National cemetery and Soldiers' home at Leavenworth from a car and had a jolly time in general. Saturday night was spent in Kansas City, so Tommy Beels says, and the three went to a rooming house. He did not know the location. Late last night Shirley gave the two boys their carfare and put them on a Rockhill car at Eighth and Walnut streets and left them.
Shirley is said to have a habit of giving young boys a good time at his own expense. Two years ago, it is claimed, he took two boys to Leavenworth and stayed there for three days, after which the boys returned safe and sound.
Shirley works in the park and every Saturday he has been in the habit of spending his week's wages upon some boys whom he might meet. His brother-in-0law, Mr. Blevins, said that Shirley is nothing but a boy himself. When he was 4 years of age, according to relatives, Shirley fell upon his head, and he has remained stunted, mentally, ever since. Shirley longs for the companionship of children, and he is attractive to them since he plays with them and talks with them as though he were 9 rather than 29 years of age.
INTERVIEW CUT SHORT.
Johnny Sinclair, nervous, excited, scared and tired, last night told a clear and fairly consistent story of how Shirley and Tommy Beels and he passed the time between Saturday at 2 p. m. and 11 o'clock last night, when the boys returned home.
In the main details Johnny clung to his story. He fell asleep while being questioned by his father, and that ended the questioning. In substance, he says:
"Shirley invited Tommy and me to go to Swope park, while were were at Electric park, where he was working. We went to Swope park with him and in the evening we went down town and went to several nickel shows.
"Then we went out to Swope park again, but late that night. Shirley wanted to go down town to cash a check. When we got down town the saloons were all closed, and we finally went to bed at a place near Eighth and Main streets.
SAW LEAVENWORTH SIGHTS.
"The next morning we had a nice breakfast of beefsteak and potatoes and coffee, and then we went over to Kansas City, Kas., and there we took a car for Leavenworth. We saw the penitentiary and the Soldiers' Home from the car, and the National cemetery, but we didn't stop there.
We went to Leavenworth and spent the time just running around. That's all we did. I was never there before, and it was fun. We had a dinner of bologna sausage and cheese, and about 8 o'clock we started for home."
Besides the fright which was occasioned the two families of the boys no harm was done, except one of the boys was forced to take a hot bath and swallow a dose of quinine after he reached home. Johnny's original $1, which started the trouble, remains intact. Shirley stood the expense on his pay of $12, which he drew from the park on Saturday afternoon.
Shirley lives one block southeast of the park.
Labels: amusement, children, Electric park, fairmount park, Leavenworth, Main street, missing, runaway, St.Joseph, Swope park, Thirty-ninth street, Union depot
July 26, 1909
SORRY SHE TOOK A
SHOT AT HUSBAND.
MRS. FRANK O'NEILL'S BULLET
JUST GRAZED HIS NECK.
Wife Says She Was Nervous and
Excited, and That Shooting in
Muehleback Brewery Was
Only to Frighten Him.
A daintily dressed woman talking through the grate of the cashier's window in the general office of the Muehlebach Brewing Company to her husband, a bookkeeper, at 7:30 o'clock last night, attracted little attention from the beer wagon drivers who happened to be about. Sharp words between members of the opposite sexes in the vicinity of Eighteenth and Main streets even at such an early hour in the evening are not unusual.
Suddenly the woman, Mrs. Mary O'Neill of 431 Ann avenue, Kansas City, Kas., opened her chatelaine bag and inserted her hand.
"Mary, what are you going to do?" asked her husband, Frank P. O'Neill, of 3719 Woodland avenue. Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill have been separated since January 1.
The woman drew a small revolver from the bag and fired at close range, the bullet grazing Mr. O'Neill's neck beneath his right ear and lodging inside the neck band of his shirt. Mrs. O'Neill then dropped the weapon and gave herself up to John Glenn, night watchman of the brewery.
JUST SHOOT TO SCARE HIM.
At No. 4 police station Mrs. O'Neill occupied a cell but a few feet from the operating table where Dr. J. M. McKamey was dressing her husband's wound. She was highly excited, nervous and penitent.
"I did not mean to kill him at all," she said, "but he has mistreated me every time I have approached him for money for my support, and I could not help but be on my guard all the time. When he told me to get out of the office tonight I got excited and fired when I only wanted to frighten him.
"My husband and I were married in a Catholic church two years ago," Mrs. O'Neill went on. "He married me without letting me know that he had been married twice before, and that both of these former wives are still living. During the last days of December last year I was sick and somewhat of a burden to him. On the evening of the New Year he left me sick in bed and never came back.
"I have since kept house for my brother, John Semen, at my home on Ann avenue, Kansas City, Kas. The two trips I have taken to see my husband and ask for money from him to buy clothes for myself have not been successful.
NOT SURE HE'LL PROSECUTE.
Frank O'Neill was not sure last night that he would prosecute his wife. His father, Sergeant F. P. O'Neill of No. 6 police station, however, said he would prosecute.
"I have never mistreated my wife," said the son. "It is true that I have been married before. Mary's shooting at me without warning from her, although my mother called me over the telephone half an hour before, and said Mary was on the way to the brewery to kill me."
Dr. McKamey said that O'Neill's would would easily heal.
Mrs. O'Neill is 28 years old.
Labels: breweries, doctors, domestic violence, Eighteenth street, guns, Kansas City Kas, Main street, marriage, New Years, No 4 police station, No 6 police station, Woodland avenue
July 26, 1909
NORTH END BEATS TAME NOW.
Clean Up's and Better Lighting
Fatal to Police Excitement.
So many years ago that the oldest member of the police department scarcely remembers it, No. 2 police station in the West Bottoms was a busy point and the number of arrests there for a single night ranged from five to forty-five. Now it is a back number and the happy patrolman walking beats in the No. 2 district has a snap equal to that of being a line man for the Marconi system. This is the result of a forgotten clean-up in the early '90s. Such a clean-up is now relegating No. 4 district to an unimportant one in the city.
Captain Thomas Flahive, lately removed to No. 5 station in Westport, used to book all the way from five to twenty-five "drunks" and "vag" at the Walnut street holdover, and Lieutenant C. DeWitt Stone on his advent there promised to increase the average so that no safe limit could be ascribed to it.
"But now there is a slump in crime there," Stone said last night. "We still make arrests but they are invariably tame ones and the time is about here when there will be practically none at all. Drag nets and the brilliant lighting of McGee street, formerly as wicked as any place in the North End, has wrought a change for the better, fatal to the excitement attendant on being an officer."
Labels: Captain Flahive, crime, McGee street, No 2 police station, No 4 station, No 5 police station, North end, police, Walnut street police station, West bottoms, Westport
July 26, 1909
THOUGHT SHE HAD A MILLION.
Miss Jessie Pomfret, Writer and
Pomfret Estate Claimant, Dies.
Miss Jessie Pomfret died yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in Independence from consumption. She had been ill for the last two years.
No arrangements have been made for the funeral, but the body will be taken to her home in Daviess county. Miss Pomfret, while a resident of Independence, was engaged in newspaper work. She went to Rock Island, Ill., and then to Chicago, afterwards to Cincinnati, where she became interested as one of the heirs of an English estate of $17,000,000. She spent considerable money in investigating the Pomfret millions of which she expected to get a share of $1,000,000.
The Pomfret estate consists of an establishment in Red Lion street, London, and cash in the Bank of England. With it goes either a coloneley in the British army or a seat in the house of commons.
Lemuel Pomfret, brother of William Pomfret's father, induced the family to change the spelling of the name from Pomfrey to Pomfret. William Pomfret was the lineal descendant of Colonel Pomfrey, w ho held a commission from King George. He deserted the British army and joined Washington's forces.
The estate reverted to the crown, but was afterward restored to the family.
Labels: Chicago, death, England, Independence, probate, women
July 26, 1909
FOUR JOY RIDERS ARRESTED.
Dale Gardner Just Strolling Around
When He Found Rig.
"Strolling around" was the reason given by Dale Gardner to the police yesterday for being up at 2 o'clock a. m. At Thirteenth street and Baltimore avenue his eyes fell upon a horse and buggy. The buggy did not belong to him but he got in and drove around the city. Later he invited three companions to drive with him. Eylar Brothers, to whom the horse and buggy belonged, missed it and made a report to the police.
Patrolmen Thomas Eads and Edward Matteson arrested Gardner and his friends at Sixth and May streets just as the sun was rising.
All were charged with disturbing the peace, and their bonds fixed at $26.
Labels: Baltimore avenue, buggy, crime, May street, police, Sixth street, Thirteenth street, undertakers
July 25, 1909
WABASH PASSENGER TRAIN SLIDES INTO THE RIVER.
FOUR KNOWN TO BE DEAD AND 30 INJURED.
Embankment Undermined by Missouri River, Near Orrick, and East Bound Train Slid Into the Water --- Trainmen Buried Under their Engine -- Passengers Reported Missing.
A washout made by the recent floods which had washed away practically all the support of the tracks, caused a part of Wabash train No. 4, out of Kansas City, to plunge into the Missouri river at Hull's Point, Mo., two miles east of Orrick about 10:15 o'clock last night. Orrick is thirty miles east of Kansas City.
Four are known to be dead and thirty-nine injured, some seriously.
The engine, baggage and express cars are in the river, almost entirely covered by water and the bodies of the engineer and fireman, a baggageman and a baby are buried in the wreckage.
The train consisting of engine and nine coaches left Kansas City for St. Louis at 9 o'clock last night in charge of Conductor W. M. Frye of St. Louis.
There were four sleepers on the train, one of them for Des Moines and according to Conductor Frye's story he carried sixty-eight passengers.BIG CONSIGNMENT OF MONEY.
In the baggage and express car was Harry Eckhert, Pacific express messenger, who had charge of between $30,000 and $40,000 consigned to St. Louis.
Immediately after the news of the wreck reached Kansas City a relief train was sent out and all of the injured were brought to Kansas City.
The train bearing the injured and other passengers arrived at the Union depot at 2:30 o'clock this morning. Seven ambulances with surgeons were in waiting and the injured were given temporary treatment in the main waiting room before being taken to the hospitals.
An hour after the wrecked passengers reached Kansas City, a new train was secured and the uninjured passengers were sent on to their destination.RIVER ATE BANK AWAY.
The train was running at 35 miles an hour when it reached the line of track, a quarter of a mile in extent, which had been undermined and washed away by the Missouri river. Into this space the train suddenly plunged, though passengers say that they felt the shock of the grinding brakes. At the point where the derailment occurred the track is practically straight and the river makes no perceptible curve.
The river had eaten its way fifty feet beyond the inmost rail so no vestige of track remained visible. When the engine struck the water it hurled itself forward carrying the baggage and mail car and sleeper with it. The baggage car crashed on top of the engine and the two were forced beneath the water, the engine being completely submerged and the baggage car standing on end in the water. The mail car overturned in the water and the clerks were forced to climb over the wreckage before they could get to safety. Every one of them was injured in some degree by the force of the shock.
The washout occurred after 6:30 o'clock, for at that time another Wabash passenger train, eastbound, went over the track in safety and no danger was noticed.DIED AT POST OF DUTY.
Engineer Flowers and Fireman Bond both went into the river with their engine and were drowned. It is thought that the escaping steam would have scalded them to death even had they not been held under the water by the weight of the engine. Baggageman Harry Eckert was caught in his car which sank to the bottom of the stream and he was drowned like a rat in a trap.
The death of little Donald King, the infant who was thrown from his father's arms into the river, was particularly sad. The child was but 2 years old and both parents were with him and his two little sisters, but little older than himself. Just before the train was precipitated into the river his father took him forward to the toilet room. When Mr. King got to the front of the coach the first shock came and he lurched heavily. The child was forced from his arms in some way and, it is thought, fell into the stream through one of the open windows. When the parents were seen at the Union depot last night they were both so dazed they could hardly give a coherent account of the accident.
Ten or twelve people who were only slightly injured left the train at the scene of the accident and went back to Orrick, Mo. Their names could not be learned this morning.BIG CROWD GATHERED.
News of the wreck was not long in reaching the depot and long before the relief train arrived the platform resembled the ward of a hospital. Along track No. 1 on which the train was scheduled to come in, was a long line of cots, while emergency surgeons in shirt sleeves strolled up and down or sat on the cots awaiting the arrival.
At about ten minutes past 2 o'clock there was a stir in the crowd of those waiting, the crowd having steadily increased as the news of the wreck filtered through the early morning air. A "flash" was received that the train had reached Randolph, just across the river, and would be at the station in ten minutes. Policemen showed up from apparently nowhere and took up their station along the track.
Ten minutes, twenty, thirty minutes passed and when shortly after the half-hour the train backed in. The crowd was so dense it was with difficulty the police made a passageway for the surgeons and stretchers.LONG LINE OF WHITE COTS.
Conductor Frye was the first man off the train. As soon as his lantern flashed its signal to the waiting hospital attendants, a line of white cots came into view, while the police had a difficult time keeping back the morbidly curious.
"A man in the sleeper is badly hurt," said Frye.
Men carried in a cot and because of the crowd it was necessary to pass the cot holding the injured man through a car window.
Others were carried or helped out by trainmen, hospital attendants and uninjured passengers, some bleeding and dazed, with temporary bandages wrapped about heads, arms and bodies.
Those who were able were left for the time being to shift for themselves, while surgeons bent over the cots of the more seriously injured to administer temporary relief.
Meanwhile uninjured passengers besieged Frye to know when they could "go on."
"Just as soon as we can get a train crew," was the invariable reply of the patient conductor.PASSENGERS AIDED DOCTORS.
Dr. Robert Sheetz and Dr. G. O. Moore of Orrick were the first physicians on the scene. They impressed those of the passengers who were able to assist them and gave temporary relief to most of the injured by the time the train reached Kansas City.
Miss Irene Dorton, 20, and Mrs. Sam Hackett, 40 years old, both of Orrick, were within a few miles of their home when the accident occurred. They had been visiting friends in Kansas City and were getting their luggage ready to get off the train when they were suddenly thrown out of their seats and across the aisle. Both lost consciousness and were revived by some of the passengers who were not as severely injured. They were attended by Drs. Sheet and Moore of Orrick.
"I can't tell you a thing about how the accident happened," said Miss Dorton, who was hurt the least. "I remember saying something to Mrs. Hackett about getting off the train, but that is all."ONE OF THE WORST INJURED.
Frank Gardner, 40 years old, of Mount Vernon, was one of the worst injured. His hand was gashed and his left arm was almost crushed off. He was in the forward car and was caught beneath the wreckage.
"Our escape from death was simply miraculous," said Miss Mamie Donnelly of Mexico, Mo. "I was holding my little niece, Mary, 6 years old, in my lap, when suddenly a feeling passed through me similar to that one feels when riding a chute the chutes, then came a terrible jar and Mary was thrown clear out of my arms and her little head struck the roof of the car. I caught her dress and she fell back on me. We were both scratched a little but outside of the jar were not hurt."BOTH OF THEM BRUISED.
Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Moore of Pueblo, Col, who were on their way to Huntsville, Mo., were both hurt. Mrs. Moore was badly bruised and cut and her back was sprained.
"We were in the chair car when the accident occurred," said Mr. Moore, "and we felt as if the earth just slipped out from beneath us. My wife was thrown against the side of the car and then into my arms. For a moment it felt as if we were to be engulfed and then all was still. Then came the cries for help. It seemed as if everyone was crying for help even though they were uninjured. Everyone was just panic stricken. I gathered my wife in my arms and we soon found ourselves outside the car. The scene was awful. The engine had bone beneath the river and was followed by several cars, we could not see how many. When I attended my wife's injuries I helped to look after the other passengers who were hurt."BRAKEMAN SWAM ASHORE.
Z. T. Finney, the brakeman, was on the head end of the deadhead sleeper and was pitched far out into the Missouri river when the embankment gave way beneath the train. He was half buried beneath coal from the tender and was cut and bruised. The water restored him to consciousness and he swam to shore.
"I was on the head end of the deadhead sleeper," said Brakeman Finey, "when the crash came. Just before we went into the water I felt the platform sort of sway and a sickening, falling sensation came over me. The next I remember I felt myself hurled over the top of the tender and then all was blank until I found myself swimming back to the train. The engine as it sank into the soft bank came to a sudden stop, and this jammed the cars together and threw me over the tender. That's how I happened to get hurt, although I am lucky that I was not carried beneath the cars."
Finney's injuries, while severe, are not serious.BABY LOST IN RIVER.
"I'll never forget this night as long as I live," said Miss Birdie Dugan of 2829 St. Louis avenue, St. Louis, who was on the wrecked train. "It was terrible to see the injured as they were brought into our car, and to think of the others lying in the river. A man in our car lost his baby right out of his arms, and it went into the river. The poor mother was just a little distance away. There was an awful crash as the car broke in two, and the roof came down and the sides came together and caught so many people so they could not move. Everybody worked to get them out before the other half of the car fell into the river. The accident occurred shortly after 10 o'clock. We left Kansas City at 9 o'clock, right on time."WOMAN DOCTOR AIDED.
Dr. Mary Turner Loahbeck of 2829 St. Louis avenue, St. Louis, Mo., was on the train, and assisted in aiding the injured. "About all that was possible for me to do was to bandage the cuts," the doctor said. "I had no bandages with me, but we secured twenty or thirty sheets from the sleeping cars, and tore them into bandages. I attended about twenty people myself. The people of Orrick, Mo., were very kind. They gave us dry underclothing for the persons who were wet, and offered us all the assistance they were able to render."
Had it not been for the fact that the Wabash train No. 9, being the passenger train from Boston, was delayed at Moberly an hour, it would have met the fate of its sister train. If the train No. 9 had been on scheduled time it would have reached the washout before No. 4. Train No. 9 was due in Kansas City at 9:45, but arrived at 2:40, just after the relief train got into Kansas City. No. 9 was detoured over the Missouri Pacific after having been held for three hours by the wreck.
Labels: accident, children, death, Des Moines, drowning, flood, Missouri river, railroad, St Louis
July 25, 1909
CHINESE DON JUAN
ARRESTED IN CHICAGO.
CLAIMED GAW WING ELOPED
WITH MRS. ETHEL GORDON.
Celestial of Many Love Affairs
and Woman, Who Is Said
to Be From Kansas
White women have a strange fascination for Gaw Wing, a Kansas City Chinese. Gaw has been arrested in Chicago in company with a woman who gave her name as Mrs. Ethel Gordon, also of Kansas City. The two eloped recently, it is claimed, and Chicago was the destination.
Gaw at one time, so it is said, went to Topeka where he fell love with a white school teacher. He flashed his bundle of bills and the school teacher became Mrs. Wing. She was at the police station in Kansas City yesterday looking for her recreant husband.
About a week ago, having forgotten his school teacher wife long since, it is claimed, he and Mrs. Gordon, both known to the police in the person of inspector Edward P. Boyle, left Kansas City. It was common gossip among the Chinese of West Sixth street that Gaw left a wife in Kansas City. This wife to who they refer says she was Mrs. Charles Wilson before she married the flighty Wing. She and the Mongolian also eloped to Chicago and were arrested January 26 of this year and were fined in the municipal court of that city. Mrs. Wilson has a child 2 years old.
Gaw's friends in Chicago paid his fine and he and Mrs. Wilson were released.
They came back to Kansas City and their domestic bark suddenly ran upon breakers. Mrs. Wilson Wing dropped out of sight.
Wing and Charlie Chu, a restaurant keeper at 125 West Sixth street, were fast friends and Gaw spent much of his time at the restaurant. White women came and went and from the lot Wing, it is alleged, selected Mrs. Gordon, who the police say lived at the Madison house, Independence avenue and Walnut street. Gaw, it is said, took up his abode at the Madison house and a rapid courtship followed. Gaw and his new spouse left for Chicago about two weeks ago and from that city last night came the news of their arrest.
Gaw was passing under the name of Charles Foy and Mrs. Gordon was registered as his wife. Inspector Boyle says that he is certain the eloping Chinaman is Gaw Wing. Mrs. Gordon told the Chicago police that she had been living in Chicago for over a year with her brother at 516 North Ashland avenue.
The Chinese and the woman were arrested by Chicago detectives after having been seen to enter a questionable hotel together and register as Charles Foy and wife. They were fined $200 and court costs there yesterday morning.
Labels: Chicago, Independence avenue, Inspector Boyle, marriage, race, restaurants, Sixth street, Walnut Street
July 25, 1909
TRAVELS 5,270 MILES
MRS. E. C. STERLING FINDS HIM
IN KANSAS CITY.
Too Much Mother-in Law Given as
the Trouble -- Left Here on Chi-
cago Street Car Last
After a trip of 5,270 miles in search of her husband, who she says left her on account of "too much mother-in-law," Mrs. Edward C. Sterling of Chicago located her wandering spouse in a cottage at 2912 Fairmount avenue at 12:10 o'clock yesterday morning.
"Yes, I am going to stay right here with my husband," she said, "and we are going to have no more mother-in-laws to bother us. I have the utmost confidence in my husband, and I know that he would not have deserted me of his own accord."
Mr. Sterling refused to make any statement, and regarded his wife with a pleased expression as she told about his numerous excellent qualities.
On the 16th of last February, according to Mrs. Sterling, her husband told her, as they were returning home on a street car after a visit to one of the best theaters in Chicago that the air of the theaters had affected his brain and had made him rather ill. He went back on the rear platform of a car and that was the last she saw of him until he responded to the gentle raps of Sergeant Jerry Caskey on the front door of his house yesterday morning.
Mrs. Sterling in her search visited most of the Western cities. At Los Angeles she was told by her husband's mother that the missing man probably could be located in Kansas City. Accordingly she came here.
Some how Mrs. Sterling imagined that her husband might be a victim of the "affinity" habit, and she was more than overjoyed to find that her fears were groundless.
"I'm going to stay with him," she declared.
Labels: Chicago, marriage
July 24, 1909
HEAT RUINS 12 CARS OF EGGS.
Fire at Independence Ice Plant
Causes $25,000 Loss.
Fire at the ice plant in Independence yesterday morning destroyed the greater part of the product in the cold storage rooms. The machinery of the ice plant was not damaged. Mr. Hatton, one of the owners, stated yesterday that the loss probably would reach $25,000 on the storage goods, but the building could be restored for about $8,000.
Twelve cars of eggs probably will be lost on account of the high temperature, caused by the flames. The origin of the fire is not known.
Labels: Fire, food, ice, Independence
July 24, 1909
VULCANIZER IS WRECKED.
Dr. A. S. Kaulbauch, Dentist, Has
Narrow Escape in Office.
Carrying a pressure of 250 pounds to the square inch, a vulcanizer gave way in the work room of Dr. A. S. Kaulbach, a dentist, at Twelfth and Main street, yesterday afternoon. The vulcanizer was wrecked, several sections narrowly missing Dr. Kaulbach. He was splattered with debris from the room, and two windows were blown out.
W. B. Clark, the crossing policeman, was under the impression that an amateur safe cracker was at work, so loud was the noise of the explosion.
Labels: accident, crossing squad, dentists, Main street, Twelfth street
July 24, 1909
STRUCK BY OUTLAW HORSE.
Former Cowboy Is Injured in
Attempting to Quiet Animal.
George Peterson, 435 Hardesty avenue, attempted to quiet an outlaw horse whch had gotten beyond control of his driver at the corner of Eighth street and Grand avenue yesterday afternoon and received a kick on the upper lip. The wound is not serious.
The horse, with its mate, was hitched to a delivery wagon when it became fractious and tangled the harness. The driver was compelled to loosen it from the wagon and then it furnished amusement for several hundred people. Peterson, who has had considerable experience with outlaw horses, grabbed the reins, but the animal reared and struck him on the face.
Labels: animals, Eighth street, Grand avenue, Hardesty avenue
July 24, 1904
"JOY RIDES" FOR CHILDREN.
Youngsters Will Be Given Treat by
Kansas City, Kas., Citizens.
Joy riding will be engaged in next Saturday by 100 children living in Kansas City, Kas., and the automobiles will be furnished by private citizens. The Salvation Army is behind the movement to take the little ones away from the dirt and smoke for several hours and whisk them around the boulevards and parks.
Max Holzmark, a Kansas City, Kas., furniture dealer, has undertaken the task of securing the automobiles for the Army. His friends will be asked to loan machines and drivers for the afternoon. If there are not sufficient automobiles to hold all of the children it is believed some will be given a long street car ride. The Metropolitan has been asked, and tentatively has agreed to furnish two street cars for the occasion.
Labels: amusement, automobiles, children, Kansas City Kas, Salvation Army, streetcar
July 23, 1909
SUPERINTENDENT CAN'T RE-
MEMBER SPECIFIC ACT.
Fails to Recall Alleged Whipping of
Negro Girl for Insulting Wife.
That men and women prisoners have been kept in the dungeon at the workhouse for periods ranging from eleven to forty-three hours at a stretch is a part of the prison records being investigated by the board of pardons and paroles.
The investigation which Mayor Crittenden requested should be made into affairs at the workhouse was begun yesterday morning in the lower house council chamber. Superintendent Patrick O'Hearn was on the stand both morning and afternoon.
When the afternoon session opened, Frank P. Walsh, attorney for the board, who is conducting the inquiry, asked O'Hearn how many prisoners had been given sentences in the dungeon for stealing food from the dining room table.
"I don't know of any," said O'Hearn, "that was most always used as a threat. When a prisoner was sent to the dungeon it was generally for something else."
"I will read from your own records," said Mr. Walsh. "Do you remember Ed Cox, who was placed in the dungeon on September 2, 1908, for stealing bread from the table and carrying it away in his trousers leg?"
"I remember him," replied O'Hearn. "He fought the guards. I saw that myself."
Walsh -- "Do you recall Paul Tillman, Alice Stark, Sadie Shepherd, Hattie Newton, who served thirteen hours each in there, and Charles Meredith, who served an hour and a half? The records show that each was confined for stealing bread."
O'Hearn -- "I don't recall them in particular; there were so many of them put in there."
Dropping the subject for a moment, Mr. Walsh asked O'Hearn if he had ever sent prisoners out to drive city sprinkling wagons at night, if he had had his own wagons repaired at the expense of the city or if he had shod horses belonging to Mr. Cartright, former guard at Leeds, at the city's expense.
NO CHARGES FILED.
Frank M. Lowe, attorney for O'Hearn, objected. He demanded that he be given a copy of the charges against O'Hearn. He was told that there was none.
"Mr. O'Hearn is not on trial here," explained Mr. Walsh. "Things may crop out which may reflect on Kipple, head guard, some of the other guards or Mr. O'Hearn himself. There have been no specific charges filed. This board is simply making a most searching investigation with a view to bettering conditions at the workhouse. Information has been secured from prisoners, former guards and others. Even rumors are being looked into. What Mr. Lowe asks for we cannot give as we haven't it."
Mr. Lowe was told he would be furnished with copies of the evidence from day to day for his information.
"Do you keep a record of the number of days each prisoner works?" asked Mr. Walsh, resuming the inquiry.
"No," replied O'Hearn, "only the names of the guards were kept. We worked some prisoners one day and another lot the next."
O'HEARN SAYS HE IS BUSY.
Walsh -- Do you make a report to the city comptroller showing the number of days each man works?"
O'Hearn -- "No, I'm not required to. Every day excepting Sundays and holidays is credited as a working day whether the prisoner works or not.
Mr. Walsh tried to get from O'Hearn what his duties were about the institution, but they seemed so varied and even vague that he asked him to describe a typical day's work for himself.
O'Hearn -- Well, I get up early to begin with. On my way to the workhouse I may stop at the quarry for a time. Then I look after the food and general cleaning. I make trips about the yards, the stable, laundry, quarry and spend the rest of the time in my office. I may have to make trips down town after requisitions and see after men working at places on the outside. I always put in a busy day."
Walsh -- Do prisoners gamble in the cell room?
O'Hearn -- I don't think so. That is, I have never seen them.
O'Hearn explained that Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are visiting days at the workhouse. Fifteen minutes is the time limit set on visitors but they often remain longer when overlooked, he said.
DOESN'T REMEMBER WHIPPING.
During the morning session Mr. Walsh asked of Superintendent O'Hearn: Did you ever whip a negro girl for insulting your wife?"
"I don't remember," replied O'Hearn.
Walsh -- "Did Mr. Burger make a hose for you to do the whipping with?"
O'Hearn -- "I can't remember."
Walsh -- "Well, if you ever did a thing like that you surely ought to recall it. Did you or did you not whip the negro girl as I asked?"
O'Hearn -- "I just can't remember whether I did or not."
SENT WOMAN TO DUNGEON.
Edward L. Kipple, head guard at the workhouse, was questioned about prisoners being sent to the dungeon.
Walsh -- "Ever know of prisoners being sent to the dungeon?"
Kipple -- "Y-e-s, sometimes, when they got unruly they were sent there for ten or twelve hours."
Walsh -- "Ever sent a woman there?"
Kipple -- "Believe I sent one. In all I guess I've sent four or five to the dungeon."
Walsh -- "Who has the authority to send a prisoner there?"
Kipple -- "Only Mr. O'Hearn or myself."
Walsh -- "What do you consider a sufficient length of time in the dungeon?"
Kipple -- "That depends on what they do."
Mr. Walsh then read a list of names from the workhouse record of men and women prisoners who had been kept in the dungeon eleven, thirteen, fifteen, eighteen and twenty-four hours. Three had been kept there for thirty-eight hours, one for forty-one and another for forty-three hours. While in the dungeon, which has only one small opening over the door for ventilation, prisoners are shackled with their hands to the wall, making it necessary for them to stand. The dungeon is said to be in a very unsanitary condition.
Kipple testified that he had never seen nor heard of a prisoner being struck with a club while in the dining room, that blankets were never used twice without washing and that he knew nothing of vermin in the cell rooms. He also swore that he had never known of liquor and drugs being secured by the prisoners or of gambling among prisoners.
Claude Marshaw, known as "Goldie," who served a term for peddling cocaine and was himself then addicted to the habit, said that the drug was often spirited into the workhouse. He said that Mike Green and "Red" Crawford, both now escaped, had gum opium and whisky most of the time.
"Who brought the stuff in?" asked Mr. Walsh.
"I don't know, only that they had it. Green would take up a collection every afternoon to get a bottle and he always got the whisky about 7 p. m."
Walsh -- "How about the food out there?"
Marshaw -- "Bad, very bad. In the morning they always had pan gravy in a rusty pan, coffee in a rusty cup, half a loaf of hard, moldy bread and a small piece of meat.
SAW PRISONERS ATTACKED.
Walsh -- "Ever see a prisoner assaulted in the dining room?"
Marshaw -- "Yes. I saw Dan Mahoney beat a man in the dining room and I saw Mahoney, Foley, Gent and an Italian called Mike beat up another one."
Walsh -- "Was 'Riley, the Rat' there while you were there?"
Marshaw -- "Yes, two or three days, but he never even put on prison clothes. He wore 'cits' all the time, Riley did. He and Green and others gambled, playing 'coon-can' and 'craps.'"
Jesse Cooper, a negress who has had short sojourns at the workhouse, said there was vermin in the negro women's quarter, that blankets were not often washed and that the bread was hard and moldy. She also said she that two negro women had each spent two days and nights in the dungeon while she was there.
John Mulloy, a parole prisoner, told of an assault which he had witnessed on a negro boy in the dining room. It started, he said, because the boy did not step fast enough for Dan Mahoney who jabbed him with a club. The boy grabbed at the stick and was beaten over the head until he bled. Mulloy also condemned the meals.
The hearing will be resumed at 9 o'clock this morning. There are many witnesses to bet examined. By the ordinance, passed Wednesday noon, the board of pardons and paroles now has charge of the workhouse.
Labels: abuse, alcohol, attorney, food, Mayor Crittenden, narcotics, parole board, Riley the Rat, workhouse
July 23, 1909
VALUABLE SPANISH COINS.
Two of Carlos IV Design Owned
by City Employes.
There are two men in the city clerk's office, William Scoville, sergeant-at-arms of the lower house, and Ethelbert Allen, a deputy city clerk, each with a Spanish coin of the eighteenth century design and one of them coined during the reign of Carlos IV.
Scoville turned up with his doubloon or whatever it is about the size of a silver dollar, two days ago, having bought it from a tramp. Allen, on looking at it, dug up its mate, which he had owned for five years, but which had been in his family since his grandfather's youth, early in the last century.
The coins were alike generally, but different in detail. Allen's heirloom has on it "Carlos IV," while Scoville's coin has on it "Carolus IIII," like the numeral on a watch handle. Allen's coin is dated 1790 and Scoville's 1907.
Allen's rings like silver, and Scoville's like a piece of hard putty. This peculiarity may be explained by the small Chinese characters stamped upon the Scoville coin. Chinese like Western silver money. At present they use Mexican coins. In earlier times they used Spanish dollars.
Anything that looked like money was money. So the Spanish "dollars" of the Scoville type were coined by the ton, of pure pewter, and passed current in China. To prove them genuine, the Chinese put their own stamps on them.
Collectors regard these "phoney" coins as more valuable than the real article.
Labels: city hall, Kansas City council
July 23, 1909
MISSOURI TO ELLIS ISLAND.
Immigration Bureau Will Be Estab-
lished to Secure Foreigners.
ST. LOUIS, MO., July 22. -- After a conference here today between D. J. Keefe, United STates commissioner of immigration, and John H. Curran, chairman of the Missouri state immigraiton commisison, it was announced that this state will establish an immigration bureau on Ellis Island, N. Y.
There are 11,000,000 acres of unoccupied tillable land in Missouri, according to Mr. Curran, and the purpose of the new bureau will be to get desirable foreigners to cultivate this land.
Labels: immigrants, New York, St Louis
July 22, 1909
WAS IN HIDING TWO
YEARS AS MURDERER.
MISSOURIAN BECAME A WAN-
DERER AFTER SHOOTING GIRL.
Betrayed to Police by a Boyhood
Friend, Fines Stark of Neosho
Learns the Girl He Shot
Is Still Alive.
After hiding from justice for two years in the mountains and deserts of the West, following an attempt to kill his sweetheart on the steps of the South Methodist church at Neosho, Mo., on the night of April 3, 1907, Fines Stark, 36 years old, was captured in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 5. Last night Stark was placed in a cell at police headquarters for safe keeping, while I. H. collier, the sheriff of Newton county, waited for a Kansas city Southern train to take both back to Neosho.
Shortly before train time last night Stark was led from the cell and waited a few minutes while the handcuffs were adjusted to his hands by the sheriff, who evidently wished to take no chances with his prisoner. He looked careworn, and his face was deeply lined. Until the time of his arrest in Salt Lake City, he imagined that his attempt to kill Zea Carnes, his sweetheart, had been successful.
REFUSED TO MARRY HIM.
"I'm mighty glad I didn't kill her," he said. "I've been wandering all over the West, thinking I was a murderer. But I'm going back to face an awful crime, that I wasn't responsible for at the time. I was so crazed with love that I didn't know what I was doing.
"She had refused to marry me and I waited for her on the steps of the South Methodist Episcopal church. As she came down the steps that night with her sister, I fired at her twice with a revolver, and if it had not been for the sister, I would have fired again.
"When the people began running out of the church, I fled into the darkness, for the first time realizing what I had done. I hid in the hills for a couple of days and then beat my way to Arizona. Since that time I've never heard a word from home, until the day of my capture."
If it hadn't been for Samuel Williamson, a boyhood friend, Stark might have still been enjoying his liberty. For the last few months, the fugitive has been a ticket seller for the Sells-Floto circus, though he realized that his constant contact with the crowds might be his undoing. Williamson, who had grown to manhood on an adjoining farm in Newton county, unknown, of course, to Stark, was working in Salt Lake City. On circus day he approached the big tent and at one of the ticket boxes was Stark.
ONCE TALK OF LYNCHING.
"How are you, Stark?" he said.
That was the fugitive's first intimation that he was recognized. He smiled weakly and admitted his identity.
"For God's sake, don't give me up," he pleaded, and to conciliate his friend, refunded the money he had paid for the ticket. At the conclusion of the performance he took Williamson down town and exacted a promise from him that his secret was to be safe. But an hour later a detective placed him under arrest.
Possibly the $300 reward which was offered jointly by the governor of Missouri, the county court and the father of the injured girl, might have been instrumental in Williamson's anxiety to break his word. At any rate, he lost no time in finding the chief of police after he left Stark.
Prior to the shooting of Miss Carnes, Stark had been her devoted lover. They had become acquainted at Pierce City three years previously and when the girl moved with her parents to Neosho, Stark followed her. At last she refused his attentions and the shooting followed.
The community was extremely wrought up over the affair and and at the time there was considerable talk of lynching should the young man be captured. Will Carnes, the father of the young woman, is a contractor in Neosho.
Labels: circus, police headquarters, violence, visitors
July 22, 1909
DUMP THE UMPIRE
INTO BIG POND.
PLAYERS OBJECT TO SOX, SHIRT
No One Knows Result of Indepen-
dence Baseball Game Wherein
Henry McCoy Made Home
Run on a Bunt.
No one knows how the baseball game between the business men's and fair association nines resulted at Independence yesterday. It came to an untimely end when the business men's team tossed the umpire into the lake as a protest against his decisions.
The business men objected at the beginning of the game to the umpire, R. D. Mize, an Independence druggist, because he wore green socks and a red shirt. Mize, to quell criticism and enforce his rulings, carried two large horse pistols and a saber. Over his head he wore a tiny parasol.
Mize's decisions were questioned by the business men, and the game was all but lost when Allen Southern went to the bat. Southern, who prides himself on his batting, lined out a hot one over the head of the pitcher. The umpire called it a foul. That settled him for that game. The business men's team marched up in a body, and before the umpire could escape they carried him on their shoulders to the big pond and dropped him in.
Judge Allen Prewitt's uniform also had a tendency to queer the game. Several reefs had been taken in the costume, which was borrowed for the occasion, and the pearl buttons fore and aft fooled the players, who could not tell whether he was running to or from a base.
The most sensational play was made by Henry McCoy, a surveyor, who bunted the ball when he went to bat. The first baseman muffed the ball, and McCoy made second, where the baseman also dropped it. The runner went on to third. The baseman there let the ball slip through his fingers and McCoy made a home run.
R. W. McCurdy, the corpulent ex-mayor of Independence, didn't make a base.
Mayor Jones and members of the city council helped fill out the team. There were some good players on both sides, but the other kind of players went to bat first and the semi-professionals were shut out.
Labels: druggists, Independence, sports
July 22, 1909
ON BICYCLES TO SEATTLE.
Pennsylvania Boys Expect to Reach
the Coast September 1.
C. E. Clark and S. R. Beckley rode through Kansas City, Kas., on bicycles yesterday afternoon on their way to Seattle. The young men have ridden the entire distance from Altoona, Pa., their home, to Kansas City. they left home June 15 and expect to reach Seattle September 1. The young men worked two weeks in the harvest fields near Odessa, Mo.
"The out-of-doors life makes a fellow feel fine." Beckley said. "We've peddled 1,172.4 miles, and I feel much better than I did when I left home, even if we do have to sleep in hay stacks much of the time."
The travelers carried their extra clothing strapped to the seats of their bicycles. They said they were making the trip merely for the novelty of it.
Labels: bicycles, Kansas City Kas, visitors
July 22, 1909
LOCKWOOD SOLD HIS FIND.
Unidentified Monster Found in North End
to Be a Circus Exhibit.
James Lockwood, who discovered a peculiar reptile near Second and Wyandotte streets Tuesday, was possessed of a spirit of commercialism yesterday morning and placed the long-tailed creature on exhibition near Twelfth and Main streets. After he had been visited by naturalists and curious ones for half a day and had cleared at least $3, he decided to sell his new found possession. A man who claimed that he was a circus advance agent gave him $15 for sole possession. He promptly took down his sign and left his place of business.
No one was able to tell what the creature really is. It was agreed that it belonged to the lizard family.
Labels: animals, circus, Main street, Second street, Twelfth street, Wyandotte street
July 22, 1909
FRESH AIR FOR TWO WEEKS.
Seventy-Five Ill and Infirm Are En-
joying Camp Life.
Located on a twenty-acre tract of land just two blocks from the end of the Swope park car line is the Fresh Air camp conducted by the Salvation Army. Seventy-five persons a day are enjoying camp life.
The camp is in the main for those who are ill and unable to provide the necessities of life. Age is no bar to the pleasures of the Fresh Air camp, and while children only a few weeks old are out there, they have as camp companions some people who are gray-haired and bent from old age and suffering.
Twenty-five large tents provide the necessary shelter while one tent with ten cots in it is used as the hospital tent. The people are given two weeks vacation and then a new lot goes out for two weeks. Captain Garvin is in charge of the camp.
Labels: health, Salvation Army
July 21, 1909
"ALTON" RESUMES SERVICE.
All C. & A. Trains Now Running
Over Their Own Tracks on
The popularity of the Chicago & Alton railroad was again demonstrated Tuesday morning by the number of people who appeared at the C. & A. downtown ticket office, following the announcement that all Alton trains were again running over their own lines.
Although the tracks at Glasgow suffered several bad washouts, the Alton completed their reconstruction with unusual promptness and were able to announce the restoration of their train service a full day ahead of their expectations.
For the convenience of their patrons who prefer a downtown depot, the C. & A. also recently began operating their "Red Hummer" train to and from Chicago daily through the Twenty-second and Grand avenue station.
Labels: Chicago, flood, Grand avenue, railroad, Twenty-second street
July 21, 1909
THREE 'OLD CRONIES' MEET.
W. E. Hutton, E. S. Jewett and
Henry Garland Have Reunion.
In 1867 W. E. Hutton was general Western passenger agent of the Missouri Pacific in Kansas City, and E. S. Jewett was ticket agent. Henry Garland was with the St. Louis, Kansas City & Northern, as the Wabash was known in that year. The three old cronies met again yesterday, Mr. Hutton coming on from his home in Cincinnati for the reunion. Their anecdotes sounded like frontier stories.
"I lived right over there in a hotel kept by 'General' Crafton," said Mr. Hutton as he sat in the Missouri Pacific ticket office yesterday afternoon, indicating the Diamond drug store. " 'General' Crafton had been in the army."
"So he said," added Mr. Garland, and Colonel Jewett had to laugh at the boast of an old hotel man, who "kept tables" in a place run by Ed Findlay's father, where they never closed the door and the ceiling was the limit.
"And there was a millinery store kept by a little woman right there," continued Mr. Hutton, indicating Ninth and Delaware. "Her name was Marsh, and I recollect her trying to get a loan of $2,700 on the place. She afterward sold it for a vast amount of money."
"Wrong there, Billy," corrected Mr. Garland. "She owns the place yet, but she has had a fabulous sum of money from it in the way of rents."
Mr. Hutton told of going to Fort Scott and to Lawrence by stage. The center of the city then was Fifth and Main and gambling was the chief excitement. Colonel Jewett is still in the harness. Mr. Garland retired ten years ago. Mr. Hutton is now in the bond and brokerage business. All three are wealthy.
Labels: Fifth street, gambling, history, Main street, railroad, reunions
July 21, 1909
PONDS ARE ORDERED DRAINED.
Following Recent Drowning of
Boys, Council Takes Action.
The city council in Kansas City, Kas., last night ordered a number of ponds in that city drained. This action was taken following a number of recent drownings. The agitation in the city against ponds which have been permitted to stand for years, a menace to health and to the safety of the children, has grown to such proportions that decided action was necessary.
Labels: drowning, Kansas City Kas
July 21, 1909
AGED BRIDEGROOM DIES.
Veteran of 65 Married Woman of
27 Last May.
Broken alike in health and spirit without his bride of just two months, Henry C. Porter, the lame Civil war veteran, who at the age of 65 married Miss Carrie Clements, 27 years old, in the Moore hotel here May 10, returned to the scene of his nuptials July 10 last and found surcease from sorrow in death at the St. Mary's hospital Friday. On his advent in Kansas City, Porter pawned his watch for $9 in order to pay his room rent at the apartment house of Mrs. Mary A. Millichif at 1231 Walnut street.
"I am a broken down old man and the worst kind of a fool," Porter told Mrs. Millichif as he paid her the money. "I don't want pity; all I want is a little rest and time to think."
The body was taken to Wagner undertaking rooms. Attempts made by the proprietors of the establishment to locate Mrs. Porter have failed. Two brothers of the dead man, R. M. Porter of Williamston, Mich., and F. C. Porter of Englewood, Col., were notified by telegraph and they have replied to the effect that Porter had plenty of money and a pension of $45 a month. Had he lived until August 4 $138 would have been coming to him in accumulated pensions.
The old soldier first appeared here in the early part of last May when he broke into print with the announcement that although 65 years old, with his right leg missing and his right arm paralyzed, he was to marry Miss Clements, lately of Colorado Springs, who was fully a generation his junior.
The ceremony took place in the Moore hotel, Ninth and Central streets. The couple then departed on a tour of the East and were to sail around the Horn of San Francisco later.
Labels: Central street, death, hospitals, hotels, marriage, Ninth street, undertakers, veterans, Walnut Street
July 20, 1909
BABY BITTEN BY A RAT.
Infant, 3 Weeks Old, Attacked by
Animal in Cradle.
A 3-week-old baby, whose ear and hand had been torn by a rat, was taken to the emergency hospital yesterday by the child's mother, Mrs. Anna Holland, who has rooms at 914 East Eighth street. While Mrs. Holland was busy about the place yesterday she heard the infant crying and on going to the cradle saw a big rat jump out. The baby was covered with blood and its wounds are considered very serious. Mrs. Holland came to Kansas City two or three weeks ago from Wichita, Kas., and has been looking for employment. She has two other children.
Labels: animals, children, Eighth street, emergency hospital, rooming house, Wichita
July 20, 1909
MUTE GUEST HARD TO AWAKEN.
Proprietor and Employes of Sexton
Thought J. G. Barnes Dead.
Believing J. G. Barnes of Chicago dead, C. L. Wood, proprietor of the Sexton hotel, his clerks and employes broke into Barnes's room yesterday morning only to discover why he did not answer the call bell or the bell boy when he rapped at the door to awaken him was that he was a mute.
Barnes is a horse dealer. He visited the stock yards yesterday, departing last evening. He arrived in Kansas City from Chicago Sunday evening, and registered at the Sexton. He wrote a call for 8 o'clock on a slip of paper which he handed to Clerk George Brown. Brown forgot that the guest was a mute, and placed the call with the others. He said nothing yesterday morning when relieved by Day Clerk Jacobs.
About five minutes past 8 o'clock the telephone girl told Mr. Jacobs that No. 310 did not answer. Five minutes later a bell boy was sent to the room. He returned and reported that he could get no answer. Jacobs then sent the porter with the bell boy, declaring himself that the telephone was out of order and that the bell boy had "soldiered." Both porter and bell boy returned with the information that the key was inside the door, and that they were unable to arouse the occupant of the room.
Clerk Jacobs notified Mr. Wood, and the quartette made their way to the room. They were joined by others.
Barnes's covers were deranged and one leg hung out of the bed. Mr. Wood took hold of Barnes's knee. As he did, Barnes turned his head and, gazing at the frightened faces around the bed, smiled.
"My, but you are a hard sleeper," declared Mr. Wood when he recovered from the surprise.
Then it was that the mute wagged the message that he could neither hear nor speak. Mr. Barnes told Mr. Wood that as a rule the vibration caused by the ringing of a bell or a hard rapping on the door of his room was sufficient to awaken him.
Labels: Chicago, hearing impaired, hotels, visitors
July 20, 1909
DON'T TRY TO RUB OFF BLACK.
"Stick to Race Type," Major Wright
"Let us stick to our race type; don't try to rub off the black," was the injunction of Major R. R. Wright of Savannah, Ga., to a congregation at the African Second Baptist church, Tenth and Charlotte streets, last night. Major Wright was one of the two negro army officers of his rank in the Spanish-American war. He is president of the Georgia State Industrial college for negroes, and a member of hte Amerian Historical Association.
"The negro as a race is as great as any that ever peopled the earth," continued Major Wright. "If you are ashamed of your color read history.
"At the time of the Gallic invasion hundreds of thousands of Romans went to Africa and there tried to found a new nation. Africa through its mighty chiefs repelled the invaders, and drove them back to Italy.
"When Columbus discovered America there were fifteen large negro kingdoms in Africa. One of them on the west coast was three times larger than Mexico. The king of this great monarchy was one of a dynasty 1,100 years old. Think of this line of kings and then of that which is represented by King Edward of England and then of America little more than a tenth as old. Such powerful kingdoms are not founded on sand."
Labels: Charlotte street, churches, race, Spanish-American War, Tenth street, veterans, visitors
July 20, 1909
MORE POWER TO THE BOARD.
Mayor Would Vest in It Complete
Control of the Workhouse.
Accompanied by a special message, Mayor Crittenden last night had an ordinance sent to the upper house of the council to enlarge the powers of the board of pardons and paroles so as to give it almost complete control of the workhouse, and full control so far as rules of government and their enforcement go. In his message the mayor says "the honesty or efficiency of the superintendent of the workhouse has never been questioned by me, but should an investigation made by the pardon board under their power, as enlarged by this proposed ordinance, prove that he has been faithless, then he, as well as any of his subordinates who are shown to be unworthy, can no longer continue in the city employ."
The ordinance was passed by the upper house unanimously, but referred to the workhouse committee by the lower house, the Republicans voting against the reference. It would permit the pardons board to make all the rules for the management of the workhouse, enforce their observance, try the superintendent or any other workhouse officer for cause. The ordinance would also allow the board to find officials or officers guilty of the evidence should warrant, recommend the dismissal of the offender, which recommendation the mayor is to be bound to act upon.
The ordinance grows out of the recent police developments.
WORKHOUSE HEARING THURSDAY.
President William Volker of the board of pardons and paroles announced yesterday that the investigation which that board is to conduct into affairs at the workhouse will begin at 9 o'clock
Labels: Kansas City council, Mayor Crittenden, parole board, workhouse
July 20, 1909
ROBBED WHILE AT CHURCH.
Two Families Lost Money and Jew-
While the family of D. T. Morris, 2410 Cherry street were at church Sunday morning, a thief broke open the front door and stole $20 in currency besides a diamond ring.
J. J. Kallig of 1429 Madison avenue had practically the same experience. When the family returned from church the house had been entered and $78 had been taken.
Labels: Cherry street, crime, jewelry, Madison avenue
July 19, 1909
LURE OF THE CIRCUS
AS STRONG AS EVER.
CROWDS STREAMED THROUGH
SHOW GROUNDS YESTERDAY.
Performers Were Not in Evidence,
as It Was a Day of Rest.
Parade in Downtown
WE ARE ALL "SMALL BOYS" TODAY.
PARADE STARTS AT 9:30
The route is north from the grounds, on Indiana avenue to Fifteenth street, west of Fifteenth to Walnut street, north on Walnut to Fifth street, west on Fifth to Main street, south on Main to Fourteenth street, east on Fourteenth to Grand avenue, south on Grand to Fifteenth street, east on Fifteenth to Indiana avenue, south on Indiana to the circus grounds.
You have heard people say that the circus is no longer the magnet it once was, but if you were able to persuade yourself into this opinion, take a car out to Seventeenth street and Indiana avenue, where Ringling's circus city is encamped, and behold your mistake; for it's dollars to dill pickles that you'll suddenly be bereft of your enthusiasm.
Crowds streamed through the grounds all day yesterday just because it was a circus that held all the charm that circuses have always held in the popular heart. Big red wagons; forests of pegs and guy ropes; great hollow mountains of belying canvas; roustabouts seeking a minimum of warmth in the scant shade of the vans; squads of cooks and scullions making the next meal ready for the circus army vendors of cool drinks and hot meats, barking their wares; the merry-go-round, grinding out its burden of popular airs, all these things to be seen and heard constituted the lure that drew perspiring thousands to the show grounds, even though no performance was given Sunday.
PERFORMERS' REST DAY.
It was remarked that few of the performers could be seen on the grounds.
"That's because it is their day off," said one who has eleven years of circus experience behind him. "They're at all the parks and other places of interest. More of them are in church than you would guess, too."
No one was allowed in the menagerie yesterday and the animals had the big tent largely to themselves and their keepers. Beasts ranging in disposition from mild to fearsome, crouched, paced and slept behind the bars. A large herd of elephants was lined up on one side of the tent and the huge pachyderms stood quietly swaying their trunks, and munching the wisps of hay they would now and then tuck under their proboscises.
Jerry, the Royal Bengal tiger. lay peacefully asleep in his cage. He is the Apollo Belvedere of the feline species. Out of all tigers and near-tigers in captivity, he was chosen as a model of his kind for the two bronze guardians of the entrance of old Nassau hall, Princeton.
TIGER AS A MODEL.
Jerry was chosen as a model by A. Phimister Proctor, the sculptor, who was commissioned by the class of '79 to replace the two lions that now stand before the famous old hall.
Weather and undergraduate ebullience made their marks on the lions and the class of '79 decided to have them replaced by two bronze tigers which will not only be more durable but more emblematic. They will be presented to the university by the class next commencement week.
Two performances will be given today, the first at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and the second at 8 o'clock at night. The parade will start at 9:30 a. m. The circus will give two performances at Manhattan, Kas., Tuesday.
Labels: amusement, animals, circus, Fifteenth street, Fifth street, Fourteenth street, Grand avenue, Indiana avenue, Main street, parades, Walnut Street
July 19, 1909
WRESTLES WITH CROCODILE.
"Alligator Joe" Gives a Novel Act
at Electric Park.
An attractive programme of amusements is offered by Electric Park this week. Perhaps the most noteworthy is Gargiulo's Italian band which has been engaged to prolong its engagement until next Sunday. Of the new things, however, the one that will probably attract the most interest is the nightly wrestling match between "Alligator Joe," proprietor of the alligator farm and one of the largest crocodiles in his collection. Costumed in a bathing suit "Joe" plunges into a tank of water and mounting the crocodile's back fights with it until it is sufficiently subdued to be led from the pool.
There is a new vaudeville show in the German village. The bill contains a wide variety of entertainment. The programme includes Kelly and Lewis in a novelty balancing and juggling act, Ethel Hunter, a Kansas City violinist, who has made a pronounced hit with music lovers; Murill Window, a singing comedian; the Hamlins, who dance, sing and play a variety of instruments and the American Singing Four, a splendid male quartet.
Labels: amusement, animals, daredevils, Electric park, music, theater, vaudeville
July 19, 1909
SIX MEN HELD UP
IN A SINGLE NIGHT.
IN EVERY INSTANCE ROBBERS
SECURE MONEY AND ESCAPE.
Five Highwaymen With Revolvers
Get Dollar Apiece From One Vic-
tim -- Diamonds and Watches
Among the Loot.
Six holdups occurred in Kansas City Saturday night and Sunday morning. In every case the robbers succeeded in getting money, and some of the victims gave up their watches.
Frank Serrett, 829 South Valley street, Kansas City, Kas., the first victim to complain to the police, reported that two men held him up in the alley between Main and Walnut on Ninth street. While one of the highwaymen searched his pockets, the other man kept him covered with a pistol A watch and $10 comprised the booty.
At 10 o'clock Saturday night George Mangoe, 115 1/2 Central street, Kansas City, Kas., reported that he had been robbed by two men, and his watch stolen. The robbery occurred at Ninth and Wyoming streets.
It took five men to stop and rob James Bone, 4413 Bell avenue, at about 11 p. m., at Forty-first and Bell avenue, at about 11 p. m., at Forty-first and Bell avenue. According to Bone, all of the robbers were armed with revolvers and held them in sight. He gave up $5 to the brigands.
A watch at $7 were taken from J. W. Brown, 1326 Grand avenue, at Thirteenth and Franklin streets by two men.
H. A. Lucius, 215 West Fourteenth street, reported to the police that he had been robbed or $50 near 2854 Southwest boulevard.
G. W. Shaw, Strong City, Kas., entered police headquarters early Sunday morning and informed the police that he had been robbed in front of a saloon near McGee and Third streets. He reported the loss of an Elk's tooth and two unset diamonds.
Labels: Bell street, crime, Fourteenth street, Franklin street, guns, highway robbery, jewelry, McGee street, Ninth street, Southwest boulevard, Third street, Thirteenth street, Wyoming street
July 19, 1909
KLING WINS WITH
Curtis of Brewers Plays Against
With the aid of one Mr. Curtis, a flinger of the tribe of McCloskey in the American Association, Johnny Kling's Athletics yesterday succeeded in checking their toboggan slide in the Inter-City race, defeating the Stevens 5-4 in thirteen innings. The game was replete with sensational playing.
Curtis was touched for fourteen hits and struck out eight men while Van Hammer, the youngster who tossed for the Druggists was found twelve times and struck out ten. The work of the Brewer was not at all sensational and had it not been for the excellent work behind him he might have been humbled by the semi-professionals. Dale of the Athletics led in batting, getting four blows in seven times up. Crum of the Druggists got three in six. Kling failed to hit in seven times at bat.
Because Curtis was played the game will be protested by the Stevens. The game was delayed an hour while the matter of allowing Curtis to play was discussed. Kling flatly refused to proceed unless the Milwaukee hurler was allowed to go into the box and rather than disappoint the large crowd the Stevens finally assented to play the game under protest.
Labels: Johnny Kling, sports
July 18, 1909
KIDS WAITED ALL
NIGHT FOR CIRCUS.
RINGLING'S BIG SHOW CAME
EARLY THIS MORNING.
A Big Crowd Watched Transfer of
Four Train Loads of Wonders
to Grounds at Fifteenth
ONE OF THE THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS IN THE RINGLING BROTHERS' MENAGERIE.
The great circus of the world -- the one which has made the name of Ringling Brothers a household word -- is here. It rolled into Kansas City quietly before daylight this morning. A good big crowd of the circus faithful, old and young, were in waiting at the railroad yards and gave a royal greeting to the sleepy-eyed workmen and unloading caravans. Many of the kids had been up all night to be sure they would not miss anything. It took four special trains to transport here the great army of people, horses, elephants, wild animal cages, parade features and enormous mechanical effects.
It was a strange sight to see forty elephants lumbering along a quiet roadway in the gray light of early dawn. The keepers had their hands full keeping the venturesome youngsters away from the amiable beasts, and when the big animals were ranged in a circle at the grounds waiting until their place in the menagerie was ready, the trailing kids were apparently in a seventh heaven of delight.
It took about two hours to transfer the immense equipment to the grounds at Fifteenth street and Indiana avenue and about the same time is required to erect the twenty tents that constitute the circus city. The big canvas in which the performance takes place is the largest ever made, and the menagerie tent is almost as big. There are 650 horses with the show and in the dining tents are served 3,000 meals a day.
"DARWIN," THE MISSING LINK.
The Ringling tents are perfectly waterproof and the illumination is beautiful. Even the menagerie cages have each a power light, so that the wild animal rarities may be scanned with keener interest. In this valuable department is "Darwin," the missing link, a man-sized ape that feeds on oranges and grapes, shaves himself, likes music, plays cards and ball and is a stout prohibitionist. The human-like creature has caused much comment, both humorous and serious.
This is the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ringling Bros, in the circus business, and the ring acts are mostly European novelties and sensations. Two-thirds of the 400 performers in the programme are announced as making their first appearance in America. The Ringling show has always presented an exceptional and satisfactory list of acts, in which refinement and novelty have been leading characteristics. In fact, the tone and individuality of this big show have brought it to the first place in the circus world.
ALL NATIONS REPRESENTED.
There are acrobats from Persia, riders from Italy, gymnasts from England and Germany, jugglers from Japan, dancers and equilibrists from France, and specialists from twenty-two countries of the world. Acrobats that do tricks on the back of a running horse, which have heretofore been considered difficult on the firm foundation of ground; a man who walks on the top of his head like other people do on their feet; gymnasts who turn triple somersaults in midair before they alight upon swings or recover hands; horses that jump through beer casks, drink out of mugs and unharness themselves and go to bed like a man; pigs that climb ladders and shoot the chutes; elephants that can act out humorous skits with amazing intelligence; horses, dogs and ponies that are educated beyond human belief, and a lot of other things that are out of the common and entertaining, if not astounding, are in the varied circus bill of 100 numbers.
As a thrilling climax a ponderous automobile is driven down a sheer incline, and, shooting into space about twenty feet from the ground, turns two complete somersaults before landing upon a distant runway and wheels with terrific momentum into the racing track. A daring young French woman is seated in the car and steers it in its dreadful plunge and revolving flight. This is the most nervy and puzzling sensation every brought forward by circus ingenuity.
Two performances will be given Monday at 2 o'clock and 8 o'clock.
Labels: amusement, animals, automobiles, children, circus, daredevils, Fifteenth street, Indiana avenue, visitors
July 18, 1909
ANOTHER BOY IS DROWNED.
Charles Pearson Fell From Raft in
Pool of Backwater.
Charles Pearson, 13 years old, son of C. H. Pearson, a stone mason of 2929 Hallock avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was drowned yesterday in a pool of water formed by back waters from the Missouri river at the foot of Fifth street in Kansas City, Kas. Pearson, unknown to his parents, went with a party of boys to the river yesterday afternoon about 3 o'clock. The boys found a deserted skiff in a pool of back water, and using boards as paddles rowed around in it for awhile. Later young Pearson with Frank Decker and Ridge Kirkham, his playmates, climbed aboard an old raft. While playing on the raft the boy lost his balance and fell into the water. Doctors R. E. Barker and Mortimer Marder rendered emergency treatment but could not revive him. The body was taken to Fairweather & Barker's morgue where it was viewed by Coroner J. A. Davis. The drowned boy was a student at the Longfellow school. Funeral arrangements have not been made.
Labels: boats, children, drowning, Kansas City Kas, Missouri river, undertakers
July 18, 1909
ONCE CLOWN, NOW SALESMAN.
Iowan Coming to Meet Old Circus
ST. JOSEPH, Mo., July 17. -- From circus clown to coffee salesman is the odd step that was taken by John W. Swisher, long one of the most famous clowns this country knew. For years he was the principal funmaker with the old John Robinson show, and he and Al White, now Ringling's best clown, were associates of the sawdust track. White will be in Kansas City Monday with the Ringling show, and Swisher will not miss the chance to renew the acquaintance.
When Swisher is off the road he lives at Brighton, Ia., the village where he was born and reared. There, too, live the family of White, as well as the relatives of several other circus performers, and Woods, the horse trainer, now touring in Europe. They winter and spend many evenings talking over the days when most of them worked together.
Labels: circus, St.Joseph, visitors
July 17, 1909
THEIR NEW HOME IS OPENED.
Knights of Columbus Hold House-
warming at 3200 Main Street.
More than 500 guests were present at the opening of the new home of the Knights of Columbus, 3200 Main street, last night. The big stone house which the order has recently acquired was thrown open from attic to basement. A musical programme was rendered.
The building was purchased last fall from H. C. Flower. It had been his home until that time. The house is of stone, and contains twenty-two rooms. The Knights of Columbus paid $22,500 for the place. The house has been redecorated. It is planned to build an addition to cost $25,000, for a lodge hall and a gymnasium.
The local order has over 500 active members. Joseph C. Jordan is the grand knight.
At the reception last night, which was informal, only the knights and their ladies were invited. The lodge members were assisted in entertaining by the following:
Charles O'Lauglin, Misses May and Frances Kelly, Roderick and John McQueeny, Louis Schnier, J. D. Barker, Frances Welch, Miss May Brangan and J. Donelly.
Labels: lodges, Main street, music, real estate
July 17, 1909
BOY DROWNS IN POND;
EFFORT TO SAVE VAIN.
BODY OF 9-YEAR-OLD STARR
ALLISON YET UNRECOVERED.
Playmate, in Swimming With the
Younger Lad, Makes Heroic
Struggle to Rescue Him, but
Starr Allison, the 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Allison, 3532 Windsor avenue, was drowned about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon in a slough immediately west of the entrance to the Milwaukee bridge on the Missouri river.
Clyde Perkins, 13 years old, made a most heroic effort to save his playmate. Twice he was dragged beneath the eddying waters, but becoming exhausted himself, he was forced to release his grasp on the drowning lad to save his own life. The drowned boy's body has not yet been found. Young Perkins is a stepson of K. L. Perkins, a druggist at 3600 St. John avenue.
W. H. Jackson, 3011 East Twenty-third street, was fishing about 100 yards south of where the boys were swimming. Hearing repeated cries for help he looked toward the slough and saw Perkins struggling in the eddy with his little friend. Perkins is said to be an excellent swimmer for a boy his age.
"The Perkins boy was holding to the Allison boy, and at the same time trying to master the swiftly rushing eddy and get his companion to a place of safety," said Jackson. "I believe it was he who made the outcry. While running along the steep embankment of the railroad to get near enough to go in I saw the boys sink twice. The next I saw, Perkins was alone swimming toward the bank just beneath the bridge."
The Perkins boy, after gallant fight to save a human life, was almost exhausted when he reached the bank. Johnson supported him until he was rested. He had swallowed a quantity of water. After a time the two secured little Starr's clothing, and, realizing what the shock would be to the mother, left them with a neighbor next door.
J. L. Allison, father of the drowned boy, is connected with the Allison-Richey Land Company at the Union depot.
"Star went down to Kanoky, as the boys call the place, with some other boys the other day and they all went bathing in the shallow pond," Mr. Allison said. "He was greatly delighted over the new venture, but his mother and I cautioned them.
"This morning when he asked to go down there again with Clyde, his mother refused her consent until he had secured mine. He called me up at my office, but I was out. He begged his mother until she consented after he had promised not to go in the water. We understand the Perkins boy told Starr to stay out, and he certainly made an effort to save our boy."
"Star wanted to go in when we got there," said Clyde Perkins, "but I would not let him. After a short time he went behind some tall weeds and the next I saw he was in the water. Then I told him to stay close to the bank, where it was shallow. While swimming later I saw him wading out from the bank. There is a step off, made by the eddy, and he went down. Then I swam and caught hold of him.
"He was excited and struggled hard or I believe I could have gotten him to shore. After he had dragged me under twice I became so exhausted that I had to release him and make for the bank myself. It seemed to me that I barely made it, too."
W. H. Harrison, former license inspector, Herman Robrock, and Dr. C. O. Teach, neighbors of Mr. Allison, with three men from the latter's firm, went to the slough shortly after the drowning to make a search for the body. Most of the men are expert swimmers. Until 10 o'clock last night they took turns diving from different points in search of the dead boy. Grappling hooks were used and drags made. The men will return to the scene early this morning and renew their search.
Where the eddy swirls about, it has formed a whirlpool, and it is the opinion of some that the whirling waters may keep the body from floating out into the open river.
Labels: children, drowning, druggists, fishing, Missouri river, St John avenue, swimming, Twenty-third street, Union depot
July 17, 1909
TO WED LOVER IN HOSPITAL.
Nellie Lylee Will Marry James Bar-
ton, 'Tho He Can't Recover.
One of the prettiest romances of the year will culminate tonight in the marriage of James T. Barton and Nellie E. Lyle at the Bell Memorial hospital in Rosedale, Kas. The hospital is to be the scene of the wedding because the groom is an inmate of the institution and not able to leave his bed.
While working in a stone quarry at Mankato, Kas., in 1906, a rock fell upon Barton's back and broke it. His life was despaired of, but he recovered sufficiently in March, 1907, to be taken to the Bell Memorial hospital, where he has been ever since. Physicians give no encouragement for his ultimate recovery and so far have only succeeded in keeping him alive.
Soon after the groom was brought to Rosedale there arrived in the Kansas suburb Miss Nellie E. Lyle from Moberly, Mo. She was the stricken man's fiance, and desired to be near her sweetheart. Securing employment she has lived near the injured man, and has done much to make his life in the hospital pleasant.
W. A. Drew, city marshal of Rosedale, yesterday appeared at the court house in Kansas City, Kas., and secured a marriage license for James T. Barton, 32 years old, of Corbett, Wyo., and Nellie E. Lyle, 26 years old, of Moberly, Mo. A nurse at the hospital last night confirmed the rumor of the marriage tonight, but the superintendent said he knew nothing about it.
Labels: accident, hospitals, romance, Rosedale, wedding
July 17, 1909
HAD GOOD CIVIL WAR RECORD.
Aged Applicant for Parole Says Son
Was Knighted for Bravery.
Anderson J. Barker, 69 years old, was fined $500 Wednesday for running an alleged "fake" employment agency, wore only a pair of overalls and a short-sleeved shirt when he appeared before the board of pardons and paroles yesterday for hearing on his application for parole, but despite the costume his appearance was that of a stately gentleman of the "old school."
After telling of his service to his country during the civil war, during which he was twice breveted for meritorious conduct on the field, tears streamed down his cheeks as he told of how he had reared his two sons, both of whom, he said, were heads of Y. M. C. A. organizations, one in a suburb of Chicago and the other in Calcutta, India.
"For saving the life of Lord Frazier in Calcutta on November 9 last," said the aged man, his eyes suffused with tears, "my boy Ben was made a knight by King Edward VII of England on February 9 of this year. The king also decorated him with a gold medal for bravery. My other son, Edwin, is a thirty-second degree Mason.
"I have been engaged in one business in this city for seven years. The police judge heard only the testimony of a policeman and the complainant, and said: 'Five hundred dollars.' I never committed a crime in my life."
While discussing the matter of parole, Barker said he would withdraw his application, and appeal. He did not wish to bear the stigma of having to report to the secretary every week. The board told him there was no stigma attached to a parole and promised to look into his references today, when he may be granted freedom.
Labels: Civil War, clothing, England, parole board, police court, Seniors, veterans
July 16, 1909
FINISHING SWOPE PARK ZOO.
Building Probably Will Be Turned
Over to City August 1.
The zoo buildings at Swope park are receiving the finishing touches, and it was said yesterday at the offices of the park board that in all probability they will be turned over by the contractors August 1.
"A large force of men is now busy grading the approaches to the buildings," said W. H. Dunn, general superintendent, "and this work should be completed by the time the contractors are ready to turn over the buildings. We are daily in receipt of offers of animals for the exhibits, but as yet have been unable to accept them on account of there being no provision for their care."
An important matter in connection with the zoo is the appointment of a head keeper and assistants. These positions, to a great extent, will have to be filled by men who are experienced in the care and treatment of the animals that will comprise the collection. So far as known the park board has not considered any applications for these positions.
Gus Pearson, city comptroller, and one of the moving figures in the zoological society says that just as soon as the buildings are made ready for the reception of them, he has promises of elk from the Elks' lodge, a big eagle from the Eagles' lodge, a camel from the Shriners and lions and other animals of the jungle from private contributors.
Labels: animals, Kansas City Zoo, lodges, Park board, Swope park
July 16, 1909
THIRTY BOYS SEE
KANSAS CITY, KAS., PONDS
CLAIM ANOTHER VICTIM.
Paul Hauber, 14, While Bathing in
a Pool at Kerr's Park Sank
in Twelve Feet of Water.
The deep ponds in and around Kansas City, Kas., which for years have been a menace to life in more ways than one, yesterday claimed another victim when Paul Hauber, 14 years old, a son of Frank J.Hauber, president of the Hauber Cooperage Company, was drowned while bathing in a pool in Kerr's park west of Kansas City, Kas., The boy was unable to swim and although his cries for help were heard by thirty companions, most of whom were in the pond at the time, they became panic stricken and ran out crying while the body of the unfortunate boy sank in twelve feet of water.
The fire department was notified of the accident and George Fuller of No. 1 truck recovered the body. Emergency treatment was administered by Dr. Mortimer Marder, assistant police surgeon, but efforts to restore life were futile. The body was viewed by Dr. J. A. Davis, Wyandotte county coroner, and removed to the family home, 744 Washington boulevard.
Three companions, Robert Johnson of 71 South Forest avenue; Joe Ramel, 1049 Ella avenue, and Floyd Russel of 1117 Ella avenue, were with young Hauber when he undressed and went into the pond. Most of the swimmers who were in the pond at that time were on the opposite side. The boy waded about for some time and being unable to swim kept close to the shore. Becoming too venturesome, however, he stepped on a shelving bank and went in over his head. Two logs were in the water not far from where the boy was struggling and had his companions kept their presence of mind one of these logs could have been pushed within his reach.
The drowned boy was a student at St. Mary's Catholic school in Kansas City, Kas., and was a universal favorite among the younger people of the city. His death is the first broken link in a family consisting of ten brothers and three sisters. Once before the boy had a narrow escape from death by drowning. About two years ago he fell into a pond near his home, and his feet becoming entangled in some wire, he was rescued with difficulty.
Dr. J. A. Davis, Wyandotte county coroner, said last night that an inquest might be held over the body. In any event an effort will be made to provide in some way against the repetition of yesterday's fatality. The pond in which young Hauber met his death yesterday has been the scene of several drownings, one boy having drown there last summer. Chief of Police W. W. Cook last night said that every effort was being made by the police to prevent the boys from going into ponds in and near the city.
Funeral arrangements for young Hauber have not been made.
Labels: children, drowning, Kansas City Kas, swimming
July 16, 1909
BURNED CHECK DUPLICATED.
Substitute Teacher's Tears Are
Turned to Smiles.
Miss May Bolshaw's tears when she discovered a week ago that she had inadvertently burned her pay check for $25 were all for naught. Last night the board of education authorized the issuance of a duplicate check, and Miss Bolshaw, who had counted on this money to assist her in whiling away vacation hours, will be disappointed.
The check was for work performed as a substitute teacher. Miss Bolshaw received it early this month. She did not need the money, and so did not cash it. In the meantime she cleaned her desk and when she burned the old papers she burned the check.
July 16, 1909
HACKMEN FIGHT AT FUNERAL.
Harry Vaughan Sustains Fracture of
Skull and Recovery Doubtful.
Harry Vaughan, 17 years old, a hack driver living at 818 East Fourteenth street, Kansas City, Mo., and employed by the Wood Bryant and E. Landis Livery Company, Fifteenth and Campbell streets, was probably fatally injured yesterday during a quarrel with Tom Harper, a driver employed by the J. W. Snoddy Livery Company. Vaughan was struck on the head with a rock and his skull fractured at the base of the brain. He was removed to the South Side hospital where the attending physicians said his recovery was doubtful. Harper escaped after striking Vaughan and at a late hour last night had not been captured.
The two men with their carriages had been engaged to attend the funeral of Mrs. W. I. Davis in Rosedale. While services were being held at Kansas City and Rosedale avenues and the carriages were in line ready to take up the funeral procession, the two men had an altercation. Harper, it is alleged, threw a brick, striking Vaughan in the head and while the latter was still staggering Harper lifted a large rock with both hands and struck his victim again. He then ran and the last seen of him he was making his way toward Argentine. The injured boy was given emergency treatment by Dr. O. M. Longnecker and Dr. B. T. Sharp.
Labels: Campbell street, doctors, Fifteenth street, Funeral, hospitals, Rosedale, violence
July 15, 1909
SOUGHT RELIEF IN COURTS.
James King's Marital Experiences
Were Too Strenuous, He Says.
James I. King had a strenuous marital experience, according to the petition for divorce he filed in the circuit court at Independence yesterday against Gertrude King, in which he says: "She scolded, she fussed, nagged, threw scalding water on him, struck him in the face, hurled a hatchet at him, cut him with a butcher knife, threatened to poison and 'gas' him, broke the alarm clock, which awakened her, refused to get his breakfast or lunch, took his wages, locked him out of doors, refused to let him attend lodge, cashed in goods he bought at the store if they did not suit her and kept the money, threw grease on his clothing, struck and scratched him and then ran off with his children by a former marriage."
This capped the climax and King sought relief in the courts.
Labels: circuit court, Divorce, domestic violence, Independence
July 15, 1909
NOISE OF THE KIDS
DROWNS SET SPEECHES.
FIRST PUBLIC PLAYGROUND IS
Crowd of 500 Youngsters Rollic So
Enthusiastically That Associa-
tion Directors Abandon Pro-
gramme of Ceremonies.
Thronged with children of all ages and color, the small plot of ground at the northwest corner of Charlotte street and Independence avenue was last night officially opened by the directors of the Playgrounds Association as the first public playgrounds in Kansas City. It was planned to have several short addresses by the directors, but the enthusiasm of the youngsters was such that no attention was given to the speakers, who were relieved of their embarrassment by the band.
Long before the hour announced for the opening the children of the neighborhood had arrived, and were busy with the swings, sliding boards and "teeters," Misses Agnes O'Brien and Elsa Katzmaier, the instructors, were assisted by their supervisor, Mrs. Viola Dale McMurray, in the opening. The instructors will be on duty all day, and will teach the children, according to their ages, games.
GREAT CROWD CAUSED CONFUSION.
Confusion reigned supreme last night, and the real intent of the playgrounds could not be shown on account of the enormous crowd. Mothers accompanied the tiny tots, while older sisters and brothers came "just to see," but were as interested as the younger children. Every little while some child would set up a wail and to the kind hearted young instructors would tell about an older one teasing them. Two or three large boys were put off the grounds because they would not behave.
All nationalities were represented among the children and Italians mingled with the negroes as did the Irish and Hebrews.
THURSDAY FOR NEGROES.
After today the negro children will be allowed there only on Thursday, when the white boys and girls will be barred. Besides the baby game which the instructors will teach, baseball basketball and other amusements will be provided at different hours of the day for the larger youngsters.
Small tables and chairs have been provided for the very little ones who will be closely watched while in the play grounds. All movable apparatus is to be locked up at night. A shelter house extending across one side of the grounds can be used on rainy days. The children will be urged to play in the yard, however, as much as possible.
Between 400 and 500 children were on the grounds at one time early in the evening. When the instructors left the grounds after 9 o'clock, some 200 little ones, who were loathe to leave, remained.
The play ground is in the heart of the thickly populated foreign and negro settlements.
Labels: Charlotte street, children, immigrants, Independence avenue, music, organizations, race
July 15, 1909
HAS ANYONE SEEN THIS BOY?
His Mother Fears He Has Been Run
Over by the Cars.
Has anyone seen a 12-year-old boy with red hair and blue eyes, who is wearing a black shirt and overalls? This description was given the police by Mrs. A. M. West of 207 East Sixth street, of her son, Willie Poffenberger, who slipped away yesterday afternoon. He was small for his age and Mrs. West fears that he has been run over by the cars. Last night Willie had not been located.
Labels: children, missing, Sixth street
July 15, 1909
A LOOPHOLE FOR BONDSMEN.
"Riley the Rat" May Be Convicted
by Default Today.
The fact that Riley the Rat has left town and may not be in the court room today or tomorrow when his two appeal cases from the municipal court are to be called is no warrant for the statement that his bonds will be forfeited. There are two bonds for $1,000 each posted with the clerk of the criminal court to insure Riley's presence.
As Riley has departed for parts unknown, it will not be possible to prosecute the two appeal cases against him, but he will be convicted by default. Whether his bonds are to be forfeited is a matter of doubt. The last time Riley was fined in the municipal court he appealed and the higher court affirmed the judgment of the lower court. The question will be decided when the cases are called today.
Labels: Riley the Rat
July 14, 1909
Takes Wallet Containing $150 Cash
From A. M. Moore.
In a jostle in the rear vestibule of a street car at Eighth street and Forest avenue, at midnight last night, A. M. Moore of 701 West Sixteenth street was relieved of a wallet containing $150 in cash and a promissory note for $140.
He was returning to his home from Forest park. Mr. Moore believed the man who robbed him was tall and slim, with a light mustache.
Labels: crime, Eighth street, Forest avenue, forest park, Sixteenth street, streetcar
July 14, 1909
ATE ICE CREAM; MAY DIE.
Andrew Johnson Found in Budd
Park Suffering From Ptomaines.
Writhing with pain from ptomaine poisoning, Andrew Johnson, 45 years old, janitor of the Fountain place apartments at 1448 Independence avenue, was found at midnight last night in front of a park bench in Budd park. At the emergency hospital Johnson told Dr. F. R. Berry, who treateed him, that he had eaten some ice cream at a drug store early in the evening. Soon after he was attacked by acute pains in the stomach. Emergency treatment last night brought no relief, and Dr. Berry thought Johnson would not live until this morning.
Johnson has a wife and child.
Labels: Budd park, doctors, emergency hospital, food, illness, Independence avenue, poison
July 14, 1909
WORKHOUSE NOT FIT
PLACE FOR INSANE.
PARDON AND PAROLE BOARD
Mrs. Kate Pierson, a Member, Se-
verely Criticises Humane Officer
Greenman -- One Pardoned and
Ten Paroled Yesterday.
Incarceration at the city workhouse of persons who are mentally deficient came in for severe censure before the pardon and parole board yesterday afternoon. Colonel J. C. Greenman, humane officer at the municipal court, was criticised by Mrs. Kate Pierson.
The matter was brought to the notice of the board by its secretary, L. A. Halbert, who made a report upon certain prisoners, among them three insane persons.
"Colonel Greenman thinks it is his duty to have those insane persons sent to the workhouse," said Mrs. Pierson. "As long as he can keep an insane person away from St. Joseph he is happy. He seems to take a certain pride in keeping down the county's expense."
Frank P. Walsh, another member of the board, said in that connection:
"Whatever may be the cause it is a regrettable situation, and one which needs our attention. We must find some place for those who are insane. The workhouse certainly is not the place for them."
BOARD TO INVESTIGATE.
The board decided to make prompt investigation of the reported insane cases and ordered the secretary to secure competent medical assistance to make the necessary examination. The board itself will see to the court order of commitment.
It was asserted that paroled prisoners were often rearrested within a few hours or days following parole. The secretary said in this connection that he had approached a prisoner and asked if he wished to be paroled.
"No, I don't," the prisoner is said to have answered. "I have only three months to serve, and then I am free. If I get paroled I get pinched again right away and have to serve out my parole as well as my new sentence. I'd rather serve it out."
It was decided by the board that the police commissioners be asked about this and also asked to detail a special officer to the board for use in rearresting those paroled prisoners who break faith with the pardon board.
Labels: Col. J. C. Greenman, mental health, St.Joseph, workhouse
July 13, 1909
HE WENT BACK WITH LICENSE.
Chicagoan Spent Weeks Trying Kan-
sas Document in Missouri.
A man giving his name as David Tillman and his address as Chicago went to the office of Van B. Prather, probate judge of Wyandotte county June 28 and asked for a marriage license for Pazatta Jackson of Richmond, Mo., and himself. The license was granted and he went away smiling. Yesterday he returned to the judge's office accompanied by his fiancee.
"Judge, why didn't you tell me that license wasn't good in Missouri?" he asked. "After I got that license I went to St. Joseph, Mo., to meet the girl and get married. When I got there they wouldn't marry us. I was afraid to get a new license for fear I would be arrested, so I had to wait until I could come back here. And what's more it cost me $8 for car fare."
The judge explained that the license could have been mailed to him or destroyed and no offense committed in getting a new one in Missouri. The judge then married couple.
Labels: Chicago, Judge Prather, St.Joseph, visitors, wedding
July 13, 1909
THINKS RIVERS ARE
AT HIGHEST STAGE.
FORECASTER CONNOR NOW
LOOKS FOR FALL.
At Topeka There Was Fall of 0.7
of Foot and at St. Joseph the
Missouri Is Stationary.
SKETCH OF THE JUNCTION OF THE KAW AND MISSOURI RIVERS, LOOKING TOWARD KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI.
With a rise of over half a foot in the Missouri river yesterday, Forecaster Connor of the local weather bureau predicted a maximum stage of about 27.2 for this morning, which he believes from the information to hand will be the crest. Mr. Connor bases this prediction o n the assumption that there will be no more rains in the Kaw and Missouri river valleys.
The rise in the Missouri yesterday was rapid until 3 p. m. Since that hour it has remained stationary. This was taken by the observer to indicate that the mass of water due to recent rains had crested, and that now only the rise of the day before at Topeka and St. Joseph is to be felt here. At Topeka there was a fall of .7 of a foot during the day, while at St. Joseph the river was stationary.
The heavy rains at St. Joseph yesterday held the river up at that point, but the forecaster does not think they will influence the river there to any appreciable extent, and that by the evening it will show a good fall. The volume of water in the Missouri and Kaw rivers which must pass Kansas City, he asserts, will keep the river at a high stage for several days at least, although there is a possibility of a fall by this evening.
The West Bottoms are beginning to feel the flood now in earnest. The seepwater and sewage, together with the storm waters yesterday morning gave several sections of that district the appearance for awhile, at least, of being flooded by the river. In the "wettest block" several of the floors were under water for a couple of hours and many o f the business men and merchants in that neighborhood are ready to move if the water should go much higher.
Back water from the sewers yesterday covered sections of Mulberry, Hickory and Santa Fe street between Eighth and Ninth streets. Cellars in this district were all flooded.
The Cypress yards in the packing house district is a big lake. There are from two inches to several feet of water all over the railroad yards. Yesterday the Missouri Pacific had to run through eight inches of water at one place to get trains out from the Morris Packing Company plant. The railroad men say that they will run their trains until the water rises to such a height that the fires in the locomotives will be extinguished.
At the Exchange building at the stock yards several pumps were used to keep the basement free from water which started to come in Sunday night. Several of the cattle pens are flooded so they cannot be used and the Morris plant is almost surrounded by water. It is believed that at the present rate the water will be up to the sidewalks at the Morris plant this morning. It would take six feet more, however, to stop operations at this plant.
Labels: Eighth street, flood, Hickory street, Kaw river, Missouri river, Mulberry street, Ninth street, Santa Fe street, St.Joseph, stock yards, Topeka, weather, West bottoms
July 13, 1909
OF MISSOURI DEAD.
DR. WILLIS P. KING SUCCUMBS
AFTER LONG ILLNESS.
As a Practitioner and Author, Dr.
King Was Recognized Among
the Foremost of His
DR. WILLIS P. KING.
Dr. Willis P. King, a pioneer physician of Missouri, died yesterday afternoon at 3:15 o'clock at the family home, 3031 Wabash avenue, after a lingering illness of four months. Dr. King had been unconscious for several days. Funeral services will be held at the home at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, after which the body will be sent to Sedalia for interment. Dr. Burris A. Jenkins of the Linwood Boulevard Christian church will conduct the funeral services at the house. The services at Sedalia will be conducted by the masons. Dr. King was 69 years old.
Willis Percival King was one of the pioneer physicians of Missouri. He began the practice of medicine in Missouri in a frontier county in 1866 after having mastered the profession of medicine and having graduated from the St. Louis Medical college, which course consisted only of lectures. For two years after his graduation Dr. King was what was known in those days as a country doctor, riding circuits at times, like the lawyer and preacher. Concerning this period of his life he has written a book, called, "Stories of a Country Doctor," which is now in its fourth edition. The stories are reminiscences of his own life in that capacity.
MOVED TO NEVADA.
After his two years of country practice, Dr. King moved to Nevada, where he remained several years. In the latter '80s he moved again and went to Sedalia, Mo., where he remained until he came to Kansas City, over twenty-five years ago.
Dr. King was born in Missouri, his parents, William and Lucy K. King, having been brought to Missouri in their mothers' arms. The family remained on a farm in Vernon county, and Willis King stayed with his parents until he was 14 years of age.
At that time his thirst for knowledge got the better of him, and since there were no schools anywhere near his home he ran away. In order to pay for his education he worked on farms in the summer time and went to school during the winter. When the Hannibal & St. Joseph railroad bridge was being built he worked at that and made enough money to put him through another year of school. In 1862 he began to study medicine by himself, and from that time on he gave his life to that profession.
WROTE "PERJURY FOR PAY."
When Dr. King moved to Kansas City he was made a surgeon at the Missouri Pacific hospital, and in 1884 he became the assisting chief surgeon at the institution. He served in that capacity for fifteen years, at the end of which time he retired to private practice. About ten years ago Dr. King contracted blood poison from a needle wound received while performing an operation. From that time until his death his health had been so precarious that he could not give much time to active practice.
Dr. King was a lecturer at the Universities of Missouri and Kansas in the medical departments of each institution. He is the author of many treatises on medical science which have won considerable honor for him in the medical fraternity. Four years ago he wrote his last book, "Perjury for Pay," which has had wide circulation.
On June13, 1861, Dr. King married Miss Albina H. Hoss of Pettis county. From that union six children have been born. They are: Robert Emmett King, Willis P. King, Jr., Mrs. Almeda K. Humphrey, Albert H. King, Granville King and Albina King, who is now dead.
Labels: churches, death, doctors, funerals, ministers, pioneers, Sedalia, St Louis, universities
July 13, 1909
FOUGHT OVER 10-CENT MEAL.
Railroad Man and Restaurant Pro-
prietor Land in the Holdover.
A free-for-all fight occurred yesterday afternoon in Main street in front of the city hall, when Harry Fox, a railway laborer, was thrown out of Peter Scando's restaurant, 420 Main street.
The police took all the participants in the fight to headquarters.
Fox, who had been out of employment for several days, as standing in Henry Miller's saloon at 402 Main street when he saw John B. Davis, a clerk for the Burlington camp near St. Joseph. He had worked for Davis two years ago.
"I haven't had anything to eat for two days," declared Fox as he shook hands with Davis. "My pal hasn't had anything either."
Davis consented to buy the two men "the best 10-cent meal in the city," and stopped at 420 Main street. He paid the cashier, and Fox and his friend proceeded to eat.
Both started to leave when they had finished. Alex Feandos, the cashier, halted them at the door.
"Pay me," he said. "Not a step until I get 20 cents."
Fox started to remonstrate when the proprietor jerked off his hat and refused to return it.
"You've eaten about 50 cents worth of food anyway," he said.
Fox picked up a chair and was starting for the cashier when a bottle of ketchup struck the wall near his head. Then Scandos chased him into the street with a double barrel shotgun when the cashier threw him to the sidewalk. He had cocked both barrels of the gun, when Charles Chadwick, a fireman from the station across the street, interfered and took the gun away.
Fox had received a severe beating and was locked up with the proprietor of the restaurant.
Labels: charity, food, guns, Main street, North end, police headquarters, railroad, restaurants, saloon, violence
July 12, 1909
3 DEAD AS RESULT
OF BOMB EXPLOSION.
FIREWORKS DISPLAY NEAR A
CHURCH ENDS FATALLY.
Italians of Holy Rosary Congrega-
tion Were Celebrating St. John's
Day -- Two Negroes Are
The upright figure is sketched from a duplicate of the iron pipe which was also to have been fired. The upper figure is a sketch of the piece which killed the woman and the lower figure is a sketch of the piece which was hurled through the house at 511 Campbell street.
Amidst a throng of 700 persons who gathered at Fifth and Campbell streets last night to watch the celebration of St. John's day, a bomb exploded, instantly killing Clarance Harrington, a negro of 511 Lydia avenue, and Anna Fields, a negro woman of 568 Harrison street; and so seriously wounding Tony Grassiffe, an Italian living at 311 East Third street, that he died at 10:45 o'clock.
The bomb was one used in the pyrotechnical display being held under the direction of the Holy Order of St. John, an organization of the Holy Rosary Roman Catholic church, Fifth and Campbell streets. Tony Grassiffe, one of the victims, was the master of ceremonies and for almost an hour he had been lighting bombs, rockets and Roman candles, while the crowd gathered denser in the street.
Grassiffe finally planted the huge cast iron pipe, loaded with dynamite and a bomb, in the center of a low corner lot. He had been warned to completely cover the bomb with dirt, and to plant it deep. Ignorance or carelessness caused him to leave the bomb in its two feet of iron pipe standing uncovered in the lot. He lighted the fuse and before he could gain his feet the explosion occurred.
NEGROES INSTANTLY KILLED.
Grassiffe's left leg at the knee was completely severed by the bursting projectile. A huge piece of the iron was hurled westward and struck the negro woman full on the right side of her face, tearing it away, and leaving only a small portion of the skull. Another, and smaller piece, struck Harrington in the center of his forehead, crushing his skull and tearing part of it away. The two negroes dropped in their tracks, dead. The woman lay across the sidewalk grasping a palm leaf fan in her hand. The man fell close by her side.
Sergeant D. J. Whalen was standing within three feet of the woman when she fell. He was struck in the chest by a piece of mortar, but was uninjured. Officer Lee Clarry was standing still closer to the negro, and escaped without a scratch.
PENETRATES HOUSE WALL.
One piece of the iron pipe was hurled northward with a force which caused it to penetrate the wall of a house, seventy-five feet distant, and continue its course within, plunging through a two-inch door and spending its force against the other wall of the building.
Seated at a window, not three feet from the point where the projectile entered the wall, was Tony Gafucci. He was thrown from his chair, and lay on the floor of his room, momentarily stunned. The house number is 511 Campbell street.
Instantly after the sound of the explosion, the great crowd surged forward to where the dead bodies were lying. The police officers held them back, and themselves ascertained the condition of the negroes. Seeing that both were dead, the officers hastened to aid Grassiffe, whom they heard groaning and crying for help. They picked the injured man up from the hollow and carried him into a nearby drug store.
The police ambulance was hastily called, and Dr. E. D. Twyman accompanied it to the scene of the explosion. As he alighted at the spot where the negroes were lying on the sidewalk, and stooped down to make examinations, the uncontrollable crowd of negroes and Italians surged forward closer still, knocking over the surgeon.
COULDN'T SAVE ITALIAN.
When Dr. Twyman reached Grassiffe he found the injured man to be in a dangerous condition. Nothing could be done to stop the terrible flow of blood from the severed limb. The surgeon ordered a record drive to the emergency hospital, where every effort was made to save the life of the injured man. He was kept alive until 10:45 o'clock, by means of artificial respiration and then died.
By some means Grassiffe's wife gained entrance to the hospital and, gazing upon the form of her husband, became hysterical. It was necessary for Dr. H. T. Morton to administer an opiate to quiet the woman, who was shrieking strange Italian chants at the top of her voice, pausing now and then to cross herself and mutter a hurried prayer.
The coroner was notified of the deaths and ordered the negroes bodies taken to Moore's undertaking establishment, 1033 Independence avenue.
The celebration last night was held in spite of the constant warnings given out by Father Charles Delbecchi, in charge of the Holy Rosary church. He had just left his church, where he had warned once more of the dangers of fireworks.
Labels: accident, Campbell street, churches, death, doctors, explosion, Fifth street, fireworks, Harrison street, holidays, immigrants, ministers, Third street
July 12, 1909
OUTING FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.
Given Tour of United States and
Europe by Newspaper.
On a tour of the United States and Europe, nine boys and girls about 16 and 17 years old, from Los Angeles, Cal., yesterday passed through Kansas City and were obliged to delay here several hours on account of train service conditions. The party, which was chaperoned by Mrs. Scott Pond-Pope and Miss Catherine Harkness, was at the Coates house. The afternoon was spent in seeing the parks and boulevards.
Four of the girls of the party will go to New York and sail on the steamer Baltic, July 17, for London. They will visit the principal points of interest on the Continent. The rest of the party will spend a day in each of the large Eastern cities, taking in Niagara Falls and a trip up the Hudson river.
Prudence Thompson, Jessie Young, Grace Amestoy and Emma Simpson will go to Europe. Vane McKee, Rufus Brent, Clarance Ballard, Beatrice Morrow and Margaraet Goodell will tour the states. The trip is given the young people under the auspices of a Los Angeles newspaper and is in charge of H. J. Weldon. They left Los Angeles July 1 and expect to return August 28.
Labels: California, Coates house, England, visitors
July 12, 1909
WILL SPEND SUMMER HERE.
Lady Somerset, Formerly of Kansas
City, and Mother, Arrive.
Lady Henry Somerset arrived home yesterday from Paris, France. Lady Somerset, when she left Kansas City for abroad, was Mrs. Adelaide De Mare, the widow of the Pepper building fire victim. while abroad she met Lord Henry Somerset, and they were married a few weeks ago.
Lady Somerset and her mother, Mrs. Craig Hunter, left Paris over a week ago for their home. They reached Chicago without mishap or delay, but from Chicago trouble beset them on account of high water. They should have reached Kansas City Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock. High waters held their train for twenty-six hours, and when they finally reached their home, 1202 East Thirty-fourth street, Lady Somerset and her mother were decidedly fatigued.
Lady Henry Somerset stated last night that her husband's urgent business kept him in Paris. Lady Henry will spend the summer months with her parents in Kansas City.
Labels: England, flood, marriage, railroad, Thirty-fourth street
July 12, 1909
JOE MARKS STOPPED FIGHT.
Ability as Linguist Helped Him to
Put and End to Quarrel.
The versatility of Joe Marks, a cigar salesman, prevented guests at the Coates house last night from witnessing what might have proved a battle royal, when he intervened between two men, neither of whom could speak English, who were about to "mix it up" in the street at Tenth street and Broadway. Joe speaks seven languages and he said last night it helped him a lot. He lives at the Coates house.
The men were quarreling with their wives. The women knew each other, but the men were not acquainted and neither could speak English intelligently. A misunderstanding occurred when they met and were introduced. One of the belligerents was an Italian and the other a Bohemian. In an aside to his wife the Italian said something the Bohemian believed derogatory. They tried to explain in English, but it was useless.
Just as the men were rolling up their sleeves Marks appeared on the scene. He acted as interpreter general and finally succeeded in quieting all parties. His thanks came in three languages.
Marks was returning from the Union depot to the hotel when he overheard the argument.
"If the flood had not tied up the trains I might have been on my way to Iowa," he said, "and in that case someone would surely h ave been hurt. The women were sure to have gotten into it if a fight had occurred."
Labels: Broadway, cigars, Coates house, immigrants, Tenth street
July 12, 1909
THEY'D BETTER BE MARRIED.
Otherwise, Police Are Told to Arrest
Atchison Boy and Girl.
Somewhere in Kansas City yesterday, Nettie Scott, 17 years old, whose home is in Atchison, Kas., was eluding possible detection and assisted in her aim by one believed to be Will Schaffer of the same Kansas town. The chief of police of Atchison wired the Kansas City police to find them if possible.
The telegram requested the police to arrest and hold the two unless they have been married. It is believed the pair ran off to get married but as yesterday was Sunday it is probable that they waited until today before attempting to secure a marriage license.
Labels: romance, runaway, telegram
July 11, 1909
BOUGHT THE FIRST LOT
IN KANSAS CITY.
J. C. EVANS, PIONEER RESIDENT,
DIES AT AGE OF 76 YEARS.
Was Second White Child Born Here.
Became Indian Trader in Early
Days -- Funeral Not
J. C. EVANS.
J. C. Evans, 76 years of age, who was the second white child to be born in Kansas City, died at the University hospital yesterday afternoon as the result of an operation. Mr. Evans had been ill but a short while.
On Dundee place, and on the very highest point of that place, J. C. Evans was born. All around the house was farm land and wilderness, and off to the south and west was the thriving town of Westport. For almost twenty-one years Mr. Evans lived in the house on Dundee's place and did his share towards the building of the greater city upon which he looked with utmost pride in the last years of his life.
Mr. Evans, in those early days, was a trader by occupation, and many were the trips which he took over the old Santa Fe trail down into the Southwest to barter and trade with Indians. With the Indians around Kansas City he had many dealings and was looked upon as a fair man by them.
Shortly before the civil war Mr. Evans married Miss Elizabeth Campbell of Clay county. Within a few months the couple moved from Kansas City to a farm in Clay County, where Mr. Evans had lived until his death.
In 1880 Mrs. Evans died, and four years later Mr. Evans married Miss Sarah M. Plummer of Paris, France, whom he met while she was visiting in this country. Mrs. Evans survives her husband.
Among the interesting facts surrounding the long life of Mr. Evans are two most prominent. It was he who surveyed the first plat of Kansas City, and it was he who bought the first town lot.
Mr. Evans was the son of William B. and Amelia McGee Evans, both of whom were prominent in the pioneer days of Kansas City. Mrs. Evans, his mother, was one of the old Westport McGees.
Eight children survive: Mrs. S. P. Stowers, Millersburg, Mo.; Paul Evans, Mountain Grove, Mo.; Amelia Evans, Clay county; Mrs. J. H. Garth, 1035 Monroe avenue, Kansas City; Mrs. W. R. Soper, Independence, Mo.; Mrs. J. C. McGee, Texarkana, Tex.; J. C. Evans, Jr., Oldham, Mo., and J. M. Evans of Clay county. In Kansas City Mr. Evans has a brother, M. M. Evans, Twenty-fifth and Troost, and a sister, Mrs. William Vineyard, 1475 Independence avenue.
Owing to the condition of the railroad service no definite time has been set for the funeral. It will be held from the First Christian church. Rev. F. V. Lose of Liberty, Mo., will officiate. Burial is to be in the family lot at Elmwood cemetery.
Labels: churches, death, history, Independence avenue, Liberty, ministers, Monroe avenue, Native Americans, pioneers, Santa Fe Trail, University hospital, Westport
July 11, 1909
BUILT FIRST CITY HOSE CART.
William Henry Brundage Dies at
Age of 64.
William Henry Brundage, who built his own factory the first hose wagon used by the Kansas City fire department, died at his home at 2817 East Ninth street of a complication of diseases at an early hour yesterday morning. He was 64 years old. Mr. Brundage is survived by a widow and a son, W. A. Brundage, who is a traveling salesman for the Anderson Coupling Company.
Coming to Kansas City in the spring of 1870, Mr. Brundage established a wagon factory at 507 Grand avenue in the following year. He manufactured all kinds of equippages, among them hose carts and trucks. When the old volunteer fire company was done away with and the new devices installed Mr. Brundage got the first order for fire trucks and is said to have supplied a very superior article for that time.
Twenty years ago the factory on Grand avenue burned and a new one was built at 1420-22-24 McGee street, where Mr. Brundage was a member of the Commercial Club. After his retirement from business he traveled in the South for his health. He returned a few weeks ago. He has a home at 1849 Independence avenue.
At the time of his marriage in 1868 Mr. Brundage at that time was paymaster in the army under General Curtis.
All attempts to locate the son, who is traveling in Kansas, failed yesterday. The Anderson company, however, assured Mrs. Brundage that he would be found some time today.
Labels: death, Fire, history, Independence avenue, McGee street, Ninth street, salesmen
July 11, 1909
WAITS THREE DAYS AT DEPOT.
Little Osawatomie Girl's Train Is
Still Delayed by Floods.
At least one person at the Union depot has suffered a full share of grief and disappointment by the demoralized train service due to the floods in the Missouri valley, having waited three days to get to her destination.
Annie Davis, 8 years old, arrived in Kansas City from Osawatamie, Kas., last Thursday morning, on her way to Bangor, Kas. The Katy trains south into Oklahoma, on which line Bangor is situated, have been annulled and it is doubtful if the girl will be able to get to her destination within the next few days. She will be taken care of by one of the colored maids at the depot.
Labels: children, flood, railroad, Union depot
July 10, 1909
KANSAS CITY GIRL SHOT.
Alice Robinson Probably Will Die as
Result of Accident.
SHREVEPORT, LA., July 9. -- Miss Alice Robinson, a vaudeville singer of Kansas City, stopped over here last night to see some friends who were playing at the summer park. She was on her way to New Orleans to fill an engagement.
While she was walking behind the scenes a fancy shot turn was being performed by the Neill pair. There was a miss bullet fired by Miss Neill which hit her friend in the temple, shattering the skull and penetrating the brain.
Miss Robinson is still alive, but no hopes are entertained for her recovery.
Labels: accident, guns, New Orleans, vaudeville
July 10, 1909
DROWNS IN THE BLUE.
Current Too Swift for Charles
Knapp, a Sheffield Laborer.
While swimming in the Blue river yesterday afternoon below the Kansas City Southern bridge, Charles Knapp, a laborer for the Kansas City Bolt and Nut Company, was drowned. The body was quickly recovered.
Knapp was accompanied by E. J. Slaughter of 3006 East Twenty-fifth street, who was barely able to swim, and could render no assistance to the drowning man. Knapp climbed on a girder and dived out as far as possible. The current was swifter than he calculated and after a few struggles to get to the bridge he gave up and sank.
Slaughter telephoned the Sheffield police station but help arrived too late. The body was taken to Blackman & Carson's undertaking rooms in Shefffield by Deputy Coroner Harry Czarlinsky. Knapp's mother, Mrs. William Brown, lives near St. Clair on the Independence line.
Labels: Blue river, death, Dr Czarlinsky, drowning, laborer, sheffield, swimming, Twenty-fifth street, undertakers
July 10, 1909
WILL CRUISE 2,000
MILES IN MOTOR BOAT.
DR. G. L. HENDERSON AND WIFE
PLAN SUMMER OUTING.
The "Wave" to Leave Kansas City
When River Is Free of Drift.
St. Louis and Chicago the
A cruise on the "Wave," Kansas City's most pretentious motor boat, of almost 2,000 miles, is about to be undertaken by its owner, Dr. G. L. Henderson, who will be accompanied by his wife. The cruise has for its objective points St. Louis and Chicago, but the side trips which will be taken between these places will swell the mileage until it will probably go above the expected 2,000 miles. Dr. Henderson will depart early next week, or as soon as the river is free from the masses of drift, due to the high water. His boat, which has been wintered on the banks of the Kaw, was moved to the Missouri just below the Power Boat Club landing yesterday. The finishing touches are being given it and stores are being placed on board.
The Wave is sixty feet in length and fifteen feet beam. It is built on the steamboat, or sternwheel model, and is very light draft. Its engine, a four cylinder, slow speed model, develops about seventy-five horse power, which is transmitted through a shaft and bevel gearing to a jack shaft and by chains to the wheel. The boat is electrically lighted, a perfect system of storage batteries having been installed recently. A large high power searchlight is a part of the equipment. The main cabin is roomy and is occupied by the owner. A fully equipped bathroom opens from one end.
The galley is in the forward end of the boat, and the crew's quarters in the rear. There is no pilot house, the entire front part of the upper deck being open, but covered with a standing canopy. The gasoline tank has a capacity of 300 gallons, of which the engine consumes four gallons an hour when running. A large refrigerator is let into the bow.
The crew which will take the boat on the cruise will be made up of P. Philip, engineer, and Ray Miller, assistant. Pilot "Art" Bolen will take the boat to St. Louis and it is probable that Dr. Henderson will take the wheel from there himself as the Mississippi and Illinois rivers are well "lighted."
Labels: boats, Chicago, doctors, Kaw river, Missouri river, St Louis
July 10, 1909
CUT IN TWO ON CAR TRACK.
Body of Unidentified Man Discov-
ered at Walnut and Second.
While rounding the curve in the old Holmes street cut on Second street between Walnut street and Grand avenue at midnight last night, J. A. Franklin, the motorman of a Vine street car, noticed that his car bumped slightly at one particular place. He stopped the car, got off and went back to investigate.
In the middle of the track was the body of a man which had evidently been lying there for several hours. More than a dozen cars had passed over the body before any one noticed it. Dr. Harry Czarlinsky was notified and ordered it taken to an undertaker.
From papers found in the dead man's pockets it was presumed that his name is Walter A. Rosh of Enid, Ok.
Labels: death, Dr Czarlinsky, Grand avenue, Holmes street, oklahoma, Second street, streetcar, Walnut Street
July 9, 1909
CHILDREN SHOUT AT
SIGHT OF PENNY ICE.
CROWD PRECEDES WAGON IN
NORTH END STREETS.
Fund Reached $511 Yesterday With
$20 Contribution from Jour-
nal Employes -- First Deliv-
ery to 190 Families.
With a $20 contribution from employes of The Journal, the campaign of the Salvation Army for penny ice was closed at noon yesterday. the attention of the local corps will now be turned toward the establishment of a more extensive fresh air camp at the terminus of the Swope park car line, or at Seventieth street and Cleveland avenue. for this purpose it will be necessary to raise $2.000, the running expenses of the camp being approximately $1,000 a month.
The Army's one ice wagon was busy all day yesterday, and visited 190 families, distributing more than a ton of ice. As it rumbled down the streets of the North End it was preceded by a crowd of children who ran ahead shouting in order to announce its arrival to their mothers.
The system of distribution is simple and at the same time effective against imposition. Each mother or family head has a card to be punched for 1 cent at each purchase of ten pounds. The card is arranged to last until the end of the hot weather season, or about two months. These cards are sent on recommendation or after the investigation by members of the Salvation Army staff.
"We were just a little imposed on last year. Some people took advantage of our free-for-all system," said Ensign Blanche Haezlett, who has charge of that branch of the Army service here, yesterday.
"We thought it best to be more careful," she continued, "for the undeserving poor were getting the best of the honest poor people and at our expense.
"The Army will put on another wagon, as soon as we can purchase or borrow another horse. Then we can reach the McClure flats, the North End and the East Bottoms every day. It will be a great day for the poor when we have formulated a system that will include all of them in its benevolence. That is our idea and with the help of the good people of Kansas City, sooner or later, it will be carried out."
Labels: charity, ice, North end, Salvation Army, The Journal
July 9, 1909
SAVED FROM DEATH
BY GIRL'S QUICK WIT.
ELECTRICIAN GRABBED JUST IN
TIME BY MARY JOHNSON.
Was Suspended From Guy Rope Over
Flood Waters of Missouri With
High Tension Current
Suspended over the waters of the Missouri river from a guy rope on the discharge pope of the new pump in the East Bottoms, while a high tension current coursed through his body, paralyzing him and burning his flesh, A. J. Winnie, an electrician, was saved from death yesterday afternoon by Miss Mary Johnson, who, at the risk of her own life, grabbed his body and broke the short circuit. She was severely shocked as was her brother, Dan Johnson, but between them they rescued the lineman without serious injury to either.
The accident occurred in the early part of the afternoon. Miss Johnson is a daughter of A. D. Johnson of 334 Olive street, the contractor who built the pumping station, and she has been greatly interested in seeing the big centrifugal pump work. With a friend, Mrs. J. Dixon, she visited the pumping house yesterday afternoon. Her brother, Dan, was awaiting them and rowed them to the pump house, which stands some distance in what is now part of the Missouri river. The pump had been turned over to the city Wednesday night but Mr. Johnson remained there to render any assistance that might be needed by J. Nepher, the city inspector, and A. J. Winnie, the electrician who was given charge of the plant.
CLIMBS ON DISCHARGE PIPE.
A test of the pump was favorably commented on by the women and when the big motor was stopped, Winnie worked at the incandescent lights about the room. The pump house is ten feet above the present height of the river and it was planned to place clusters of electric lights on river and shore sides of the building. These would be over openings in the building eight feet in width. To place the lamps on the river side, Winnie found it necessary to get on the roof. To reach that place he clambered out on the big discharge pipe and then with his left arm over the steel guy rope he threw his right arm over the conduit which centered the big opening in the pump house.
Miss Johnson was about to compliment him on his agility, when his body suddenly became rigid, his face took on a look of agony and smoke curled up from his right hand and arm. Miss Johnson had studied electricity. She realized that Winnie had formed a connection with a high tension current, and that it was shocking him to death, having completely paralyzed him so that he could not help himself.
Without a thought for her own safety, she leaned forward and grasped him about the body. Her brother Dan, who was standing a few feet away, grabbed at her at the same time and the current passed through the trio. The force of the hold which Miss Johnson took a Winnie was sufficient to break his grasp of the charged conduit, and he swung helpless from the guy rope.
HEROINE IS MODEST.
The shock which Miss Johnson and her brother received stunned them, but they quickly recovered and, taking hold of Winnie, helped him into the pumphouse.
Winnie was badly burned. It took some time before he recovered sufficiently to realize how he had been saved. The skin was burned from his right hand, and his left arm was seared in several places where the current had passed through his body to the guy rope from which he was suspended. Miss Johnson applied oils to his burns and Winnie announced after thanking her that he would remain on the "job" until his time was up in the evening.
It was not until an hour after the incident that Mr. Johnson or his sister realized how close to death Winnie had been or the risk Miss Johnson had taken when she grasped his swinging body.
Miss Johnson modestly disclaimed any special credit for her part in saving Winnie from death.
"I knew enough about electricity to realize that he was grounded, and the first thing I thought of was to break the connection. To do this I made a grab at him, but did not think that I would get the shock that I did. Brother Dan grabbed me at the same time, or perhaps I would have fallen in the river. As it was, we both received severe shocks, but they did not injure us."
Labels: accident, East bottoms, Missouri river, Olive street, women
July 9, 1909
ANOTHER VICTIM OF THE FOURTH.
Victor Whiteman, 8, Dies From
Burn of Firecrackers.
Another name was added to the list of Fourth of July victims yesterday, when death overtook Victor Whiteman, 8 years old, at the general hospital. He died from severe burns about the body.
Victor was burned last Monday while playing near the home of his widowed mother, Mrs. Alice Whiteman, 4315 East Fifteenth street. He was carrying a number of firecrackers in his trousers pockets, and in a manner not explained they were set off, severely burning his leg.
The boy, in a semi-conscious condition, was carried to the office of Dr. T. T. Sawyer at Fifteenth and Spruce streets, and later transferred to the general hospital. No funeral arrangements have been made.
Labels: accident, chidren, death, doctors, Fifteenth street, fireworks, Spruce avenue
July 9, 1909
HE RODE THE BICYCLE.
But Fred Collins, a Baker, Is Now
Under a Surgeon's Care.
To ride a bicycle was the ambition of Fred Collins, a baker, 1526 1/2 Grand avenue, and yesterday afternoon he secured a wheel and went out on Kensington avenue near Independence avenue to experiment. He started at the top of a hill and when he reached the bottom the machine struck a telegraph post. Dr. E. D. Twyman of the emergency hospital was summoned and set a broken right clavicle.
Labels: accident, bakers, bicycles, doctors, emergency hospital, Grand avenue, Independence avenue, Kensington
July 8, 1909
POTATOES SCARCE AND HIGH.
Lemons Also Jump From $3.50 to $7
a Box in a Week.
Recurring rains have sent the price of potatoes up from 60 to 90 cents to the wholesalers within the last week. Many of the big fields in the Missouri bottom, between Kansas City and Excelsior Springs, are already under water and teaming from the other fields, as yet dry, is impossible owing to the soft condition of the roads. The result is that practically no home grown potatoes are coming into market. Other garden stuff is about normal. Hot weather and delayed shipments have doubled the price of lemons within a week, quotations having gone from $3.50 to $7 a box. The decline will be as rapid, however, if for no other reason than that lemons are being hurried to the city.
Labels: food, weather
July 8, 1909
FOR LIGHTS ON VEHICLES.
Automobile Club Would Have a
City Ordinance Enforced.
At the regular monthly meeting of the Kansas City Automobile Club at the Coates house last night members of the club were requested to be present at the meeting of the streets, alleys and grades committee of the upper house of the council this afternoon. They will ask for the enforcement of the ordinance which requires lights on all vehicles traversing the boulevards after dark.
The question of organizing a State Automobile Association as required by the American Automobile Association in order to secure the benefits of the national organization was brought up for discussion. It was decided to withhold action until the arrival, about July 31, of the national secretary, when a special meeting will be called for that purpose.
Labels: automobiles, Coates house, organizations
July 8, 1909
TO OPEN FIRST MODEL
PLAY GROUND TUESDAY.
Band Music and Flag Raising Pro-
gramme for North End Model
There will be many smiling little faces in the North End next Tuesday. This will be the opening of the city's first model playground at Independence avenue and Charlotte street. In the morning there will be a flag raising in which the children will participate. In the evening a band will be on hand to make music for the occasion.
The grounds are situated on a lot 85 x 100 feet. On it is a pretty shelter house, 20 x 75 feet, where children may play out of the sun and where mothers of the neighborhood may rest in the evenings. The place may also be used for neighborhood meetings.
There will be eight shower baths with hot and cold water, an indoor baseball and basket ball court, sand pits where the children may jump, and sand piles where the little ones may play and make tunnels. There will also be teeter-totters, a merry-go-round, a giant slide, hickory turning poles and rings. In all there will be twelve pieces of the most modern outdoor playground apparatus. All of this was made possible by money furnished by the Kansas City Playgrounds Association. The K. C. A. C. will furnish a male director and the Kansas City Women's Athletics club will furnish a young woman to look after the instruction of the girls on the playgrounds.
Labels: amusement, Charlotte street, children, Independence avenue, Kansas City Athletic Club, music, North end, organizations
July 7, 1909
BELIEVES HE HAS
W. E. MELLIER'S FIND MAY BE
Landscape in Oil on Copper, Dis-
playing Characteristics of Great
Dutch Master, Sent to Antwerp
On a copper plate 6 1/2 by 9 inches in size and weighing a quarter of a pound, which was listed with the surveyor of the port for reimportation by Walter E. Mellier yesterday, is a landscape in oils, its subject matter, cook, dark green coloring, and other characteristics, indicating it was painted by Jacob Ruysdael (1625-1682), one of the greater masters of the Dutch school. If so, $5,000 is considered a fair valuation for the little painting, making that bit of copper worth $20,000 a pound, a price beyond the dreams of Amalgamated.
Mr. Mellier said the copper plate had been picked up in Kansas City. He believes he has a genuine Ruysdael, and is sending it to Antwerp, Holland, where it will be submitted to experts, that its identity may be established.
Mr. Mellier does not say where he got his supposed Ruysdael nor what he paid for it, further than that it was "picked up" in Kansas City. People well informed concerning painting and who have seen it, declare it a genuine Ruysdael, though it is not signed.
Large trees are shown right and left in the foreground, with a prominent clay bank commanding a stream in which there are ducks swimming. To the right there is a shepherd and his sheep, to the left a man bracing himself against a wind which is shaking the trees.
There are a lot of other things in the sixteenth century picture that nobody knew about till a twentieth century camera got a look at it. Then everybody concerned found out about the supposed Ruysdael. The old Dutch master painted in dark colors invariably. This Mellier plate is olive green in the main.
After all the knowing ones had scanned the picture closely and speculated on it, the camera made everything plain by developing a village in the background.
"That was about the most important thing we wanted to find," said Mr. Mellier, as he pointed on the photographic copy of the plate to a village in the center. "Ruysdael always had a church in his scenes. There is the church the picture seemed to lack. He never painted his own figures. He was great on detail. Look at the ducks."
The photograph showed sharply outlined and perfectly painted ducks in every detail.
RUYSDAEL'S STYLE OF WORK.
Jacob Ruysdael, one of the greatest landscape painters of the Dutch school, was born at Haarlem, Holland, in 1635. He studied under his uncle, Salomon. He was so little appreciated that he descended to absolute penury, and the Mennonites, to which sect he belonged, secured for him admission to the almshouse in Haarlem, where he died in 1682.
Ruysdael rendered nature in its various phases with rare truthfulness. His work is noted by power, warm coloring, and a mastery of execution.
The flat and homely scenery of his native country furnished Ruysdael with subjects. With lonely hamlets, watermills, dark sheets of water overshadowed by trees, and a sky usually clouded, he imparted a melancholy character to his landscapes. Dark masses of foliage make the prevailing tone of his coloring a dark green.
July 7, 1909
PLANS A RIVERSIDE
DRIVE FOR THE BLUE.
BOULEVARDS AND PARKWAYS
If Bonds Are Voted Tuesday, Kess-
ler's Ideas of Beautifying the
Blue Valley Will Be
Preparatory and unofficial sketches for the redeeming of the Blue river and its tracks, and the addition of boulevards and parkways on both sides of the stream from the Missouri river to Swope park, have been prepared by George E. Kessler, engineer and landscape architect, for the consideratoin of the park board.
To carry out the plans of beautifying the Blue valley will necessitate funds from a bond issue, and there is not much likelihood of the park board giving it serious consideration unless bonds to be voted next Tuesday carry. If the bonds are approved by the voters the board will go over the territory and determine the applicability of Mr. Kessler's suggestions.
"The beautifying of the Blue valley and making it accessible to the use of the public for boulevards and other pleasures is a big undertaking," said Mr. Kessler yesterday. "There are many propositions involved that will have to be figured out before any definite engineering plans can be settled. The natural possibilities are there, and I have some excellent ideas.
"I believe it is possible to increase the water area of the stream by the acquirement of 100 or more acres of land at the bend in the river at about Twenty-seventh street and the installation of a dam."
Labels: architects, Blue river, George Kessler, Park board, public works, real estate, Swope park, Twenty-seventh street
July 7, 1909
ELEVATOR DROPPED 4 FLOORS.
None of the Passengers in Temple Build-
ing Seriously Hurt.
Dropping four floors with out seriously injuring anyone was the record made by the new electric elevator in the Temple building, Missouri avenue and Main street, yesterday afternoon.
The elevator had started up from the first floor with four passengers. As it neared the fourth an elderly man approached the cage. The elevator boy did not notice him and did not make the fourth floor stop. The old man asked the boy if he were not going to stop, whereupon the boy brought his car to a sudden stop a few feet above the fourth floor landing. In sudden strain, the cable which held the car gave way and the lift started down. The automatic catches kept it from falling rapidly. At the second floor the elevator boy gained partial control by using the emergency lever, and the car slowly settled, hitting the bottom of the elevator pit with a thump which jarred the passengers sharply, but hurt no one seriously.
Miss Laura Catherman, 1419 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., received a slight sprain on her left ankle.
The passengers were prisoners in the pit for nearly half an hour.
Labels: elevators, Main street, Minnesota avenue, Missouri avenue
July 7, 1909
NEGROES MAINTAIN GUARD.
Grizzled Veterans With Springfields
Patrol Dynamite District.
Two ancient negroes, A. L. Jones and Percy Williams, last night did sentry duty in front of the row of cottages on Highland avenue, between Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth streets. It was in this vicinity that a house was wrecked by dynamite early Monday morning after it had been let to negroes.
The negroes who mounted guard last night had both seen service in the civil war in the capacity of teamsters. They were armed with old regulation Springfield rifles. As they paced slowly up and down the plank sidewalk they swapped stories of war times, or kept step to "hay-foot! straw-foot!" according to a system said to have been employed by the drill masters of '61.
"Seems powerful lonely out here," said one of the sentinels, bringing his weapon to parade rest when accosted by a lone reporter in the twilight of a flickering arc lamp.
"When are you relieved?" was asked.
"Not until morning."
"Going to carry that heavy rifle around with you all the time?"
"Certainly; this is soldiering," was the answer.
No clues as to the dynamiting have been discovered by the police of No. 6 station.
Labels: Civil War, guns, Highland avenue, race, Seniors, Twenty-eighth street, Twenty-seventh street
July 6, 1909
LIVE OLD DAYS OVER AGAIN.
Fremont-Lincoln Association's Re-
Union in Kansas City, Kas.
About fifty white-haired men, led by a fife and drum corps, marched down Seventh street in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday afternoon to the Washington Avenue M. E. church, where the annual meeting of the Fremont and Lincoln Voters' Association was held. All of them had cast a vote for Abraham Lincoln in the presidential election of 1860, and a majority of them had voted for John C. Fremont in 1856.
At the church an address of welcome was delivered by Mayor U. S. Guyer, which was responded to by Major James P. Dew of Kansas City, Mo., the president of the association. Col. L. H. Waters of Kansas City, Mo., gave some personal reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln, of whom he was a personal friend. A number of five-minute talks were made by others who had voted for the "martyred president."
Labels: Abraham Lincoln, churches, fraternal organizations, Kansas City Kas, music, parades, politics, reunions, veterans
July 6, 1909
OF OLD WESTPORT.
REUNION AND PICNIC ON WOR-
Pioneers Hear of Kansas City's Pre-
carious Situation During Price
Raid -- Purchase of Shaw-
nee Mission Proposed.
The battle of Westport was lived over again by a hundred of the city's oldest inhabitants comprising what is now known as the Historical Society at the old Wornall homestead at Sixty-first street and the Wornall road yesterday.
The occasion was a basket picnic of the society and the object was no more than to celebrate the nation's birthday but so many could recall the time when the Wornall mansion was a hospital and and the cottonwoods around the premises were split and riven in battle that the names of Price, Mulligan and Curtis came easy, and many a gray headed veteran leaned eagerly forward in his seat while the speakers marshaled before them the contending armies.
"It was this way," said Judge John C. Gage, who was a participant in the battle. "General Price driven from behind by the Federal forces left Independence, Mo., and crossed the Blue. It was a serious moment for Kansas City for General Curtis left the town unprotected and crossed over to Wyandotte to his headquarters. For a whole night the city was practically at the mercy of the Confederates.
"It was a good thing the Confederates did not know of this movement of Curtis. By the next day he had returned and when the battle occurred Curtis was on hand and fought like a tiger."
Several of the old residents who were present had never heard of the incident referred to by Judge Gage. Others who were participants on one side or the other remembered it distinctly.
"Very little has been said of Curtis's desertion of Kansas City at this time," said the judge after his speech to some of those who had never heard. "It was an incident quickly closed by the prompt return of the federal forces from across the Kaw. You see General Curtis at first believed it might be more important to protect Fort Leavenworth than the city. When he discovered how small a force General Price had and that he was practically running away from federal pressure behind he changed his mind. He was no coward and his retrograde movement was merely misplaced strategy."
Other speakers were Judge John B. Stone, ex-Confederate soldier; Mrs. Laura Coates Reed, Hon. D. C. Allen of Liberty, Mo., Miss Elizabeth B. Gentry, Mrs. Henry N. Ess, William Z. Hickman and Dr. W. L. Campbell. Frank C. Wornall read the Declaration of Independence and Mrs. Dr. Allan Porter read a selection entitled "Two Volunteers." The meeting of the society was presided over by Dr. Campbell, who also introduced the speakers.
A proposition was made by Mrs. Laura Coates Reed to the effect that the society purchase the old Shawnee mission in Johnson county, Kas., for a historical museum to be used jointly by the D. A. R. society and the Historical Society. Mrs. Reed's remarks along this line were seconded by those of Mrs. Henry Ess.
Labels: Blue river, Civil War, history, Independence, Johnson county, Judges, Kaw river, Leavenworth, Liberty, organizations, reunions, veterans, Westport
July 6, 1909
NOISE DIDN'T DISTURB THEM.
Deaf Mutes Enjoyed Their Outing
at Budd Park.
In one corner of Budd park yesterday were gathered about 125 men and women. Probably fifty or more children played about, shooting firecrackers and making the usual amount of noise that children make on the Fourth of July.
Not a mother said, "Be careful now," or "Don't go too close." Firecrackers, large and small, were exploded all about the grownups, but not one so much as turned a head or blinked an eye. The occasion was the Kansas City deaf mutes' picnic. Most of the children of deaf mutes have the power of speech, and those at the picnic yesterday were a happy, rollicking, talkative bunch of youngsters.
The picnic was held to arrange ways and means for building a home for aged and infirm deaf mutes somewhere in Missouri. Cash donations already have been made and subscriptions pledged.
On August 26, 27 and 28 the Missouri State Association for the Deaf will hold a convention here. H. B. Waters, 2830 Michigan avenue, is chairman of a local committee to perfect arrangements for the convention.
Labels: Budd park, children, fireworks, hearing impaired, holidays, Michigan avenue, organizations, picnics
July 6, 1909
IN NEGRO COLONY.
REPORTED BLACK RESIDENTS
HAVE ARMED THEMSELVES.
Arrange System of Signals to Call
for Assistance If Further At-
tempts Are Made to Dyna-
Negroes who live in the vicinity of Twenty-seventh street and Highland avenue, near the vacant house at 2707 Highland which was wrecked by dynamite at 4 o'clock yesterday morning, presumably as a warning to real estate men that Twenty-seventh street is the negro's farthest point south in that portion of the Tenth ward, have organized for protection, and are reported to have armed themselves. Last night they declared they would not act hastily, but that it bodes ill for anyone to attempt to repeat the dynamiting of Monday morning.
Last night Everett Robinson, whose wife is a white woman, and G. F. Parsons patrolled the colony. They arranged a system of signals by which they could get assistance if needed.
OBJECT TO "INVASION."
White residents of that neighborhood as a rule deplore the dynamiting, but they are a unit in objecting to what they call a "negro invasion" of a white residence district, and they declare that every possible effort should be made to rid the neighborhood of the blacks.
The house dynamited yesterday morning is the property of the King Realty Company. It is the third house from the corner, and is the only vacant one of four cottages. The dynamiting was carefully planned and almost wrecked the house. The explosive was placed in the center of the house and a fuse was led through a rear window. The explosion lifted the roof, wrecked the interior and tore out a portion of the wall. Bric-a-brac and dishes in the adjoining house, occupied by G. F. Parsons, were broken.
The noise of the explosion awakened people for a block. For a time the negroes in the colony were panic-stricken. The police and firemen who arrived on the scene calmed them when they searched the house and discovered no more explosives.
WON'T BE INTIMIDATED.
During the day the negroes talked over the situation, and they made up their minds they would not be intimidated. They say they will remain in the homes which they are purchasing and that the authorities will protect them.
When these houses were finished last spring and it was learned that they were to be sold to negroes, warnings were posted on them, declaring that the negroes should not occupy them. But little attention was paid to these notices. About the same time a real estate man built a row of houses on Twenty-eighth street which he advertised for sale to negroes. A mass meeting was held and he was induced to change his mind. They have since been sold to whites.
The dynamiting yesterday morning came as a surprise to the negroes and also to the white residents of the neighborhood. So far as could be learned yesterday no active steps against the negro invasion of the neighborhood had been taken recently and it was suggested it was possible that the person who used the dynamite probably was inspired from a meeting in the Tenth ward Saturday night.
WILL PROTECT THEIR HOMES.
The negroes of Highland avenue are emphatic in asserting that they will remain in the homes which they are purchasing.
"We have to live somewhere," declared the white wife of Everett Robinson. "My husband does not make a large salary and we put what little money we had in this home. I have not heard of anyone who is anxious to give us our money back and I know that my husband is going to protect his wife and babies from an attack."
Parsons, whose home adjoins the wrecked cottage, declared that the negroes in that section are law abiding, but that they have armed themselves, and that if any further attempt is made at dynamiting it will go hard with the dynamiters.
"I am buying my home here," he declared, "and I am not going to be intimidated."
The "warning to negroes" notices which were printed in the evening newspapers was a copy of a notice tacked on a negro's door last spring. No notices of any kind have been served on the negroes since.
Labels: explosion, Highland avenue, race, real estate, Twenty-seventh street
July 6, 1909
CHILD HURT TRYING
TO SAVE HER SISTER
ETHEL AND NORINE AINS-
WORTH INJURED BY CAR.
When 6-Year-Old Girl Was Caught
by Fender, Sister, 9 Years Old,
Grabbed Her -- Both
ETHEL AND NORINE AINSWORTH.
In an effort to save her sister, Norine, 6 years old, from impending death beneath the wheels of a street car at Eighth street and Tracy avenue, yesterday afternoon, Ethel Ainsworth, 9 years old, was struck by the fender and knocked several yards away on the asphalt pavement. The younger girl was rolled beneath the car, and when it was stopped was found wedged under the motor casing of the forward truck. The child was taken from beneath the car after about five minutes' hard work, during which operations were directed by T. P. Wood, a passenger.
Norine's injuries are serious. The child's head was cut, her right arm dislocated, her abdomen injured and the skin torn from her limbs. Ethel's injuries were not so serious. She suffered a slight concussion of the brain, a scalp wound and injuries to her side, arms and limbs.
TRIED TO SAVE SISTER.
Norine and Ethel are the children of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Ainsworth of 1312 East Ninth street. About 5:30 o'clock they left a store at Eighth street and Tracy avenue. Ethel carried the bundles and Norine led the way.
In crossing the street they avoided a westbound street car, but Norine failed to see eastbound car No. 142 on the Independence avenue line, manned by Motorman L. A. Towhouser and Conductor W. H. Donahue. Norine did not hear the warning cry of the motorman, but her sister Ethel did. Norine was struck by the fender and felled. The fender was forced up and the child rolled beneath it. Dropping her parcels, Ethel grabbed for her sister. Just then the front end of the car struck the elder girl, hurling her unconscious into the street.
Motorman Towhouser applied the air and reversed the power, coming to a quick stop. Women in the car fainted when they heard the child's cry.
Volunteers were many in the effort to rescue the imprisoned child. She lay in one of the sunken spots in the paving and it is believed this had much to do with preventing her hips being crushed. She did not lose consciousness, and did much to assist her rescuers in extricating her. The child was seized by the frantic father and carried to her home a block away, where doctors attended her injuries.
DAZED CHILD FORGOTTEN.
Half an hour later neighbors took Ethel home. She was dazed from the shock, but the first question she asked was as to the condition of her baby sister. When told that she would recover, she smiled her satisfaction. The girl had been lost sight of in the excitement which followed the accident, and it was not until neighbors found her wandering about in a dazed condition that it became generally known she had been injured.
"I did not see the car until it was right on us," said Ethel last evening. "Sister was in front of the car, and I knew the motorman could not stop it. I tried to grab her, and then felt something strike me. I do not remember how I got home."
Motorman Towhouser declared that the accident was unavoidable. He said that if his car had not been running slowly the child probably would have been killed.
"I managed to stop the car within ten feet, and this I think saved the child's life," he said.
Labels: accident, children, Eighth street, Ninth street, streetcar, Tracy avenue
July 6, 1909
TURNS A SOMERSAULT AT 80.
Grandpa Brueckmann's July 4th
Antics Amused the Children.
The German Baptist Sunday school, Seventeenth and Tracy, held its annual basket picnic at Budd park yesterday. A crowd of children, with hands joined, danced in a ring, while a man stood in the center and sang a German holiday song. At the end of each verse he would do something and each one in the circle had to imitate him.
With the children, and apparently enjoying himself as much as they, was Henry Brueckmann, 80 years old. He made faces, clapped his hands, pulled his neighbor's hair and did everything suggested by the leader, until the latter turned a somersault. The children all went over in a hurry, and then besieged "grandpa" to turn one. And Grandpa Breuckmann, 80 years old, did turn a somersault -- a good one, too -- much to the delight of the children. There were 140 at this picnic.
The Swedish Methodist church Sunday school, 1664 Madison street, headed by O. J. Lundberg, pastor, and the Swedish mission at Fortieth and Genessee streets, held a big basket dinner in the east end of Budd park. About 150 enjoyed themselves.
Not far from them the Swedish Baptist church Sunday school, 416 West Fourteenth street, with Rev. P. Schwartz and a delegation from a Swedish church in Kansas City, Kas., headed by Rev. Carl Sugrstrom, was holding forth about 300 strong.
There were many family and neighborhood picnics in the park.
Labels: amusement, Budd park, children, churches, Fortieth street, Fourteenth street, Genessee street, holidays, immigrants, Madison street, ministers, picnics, Seniors, Seventeenth street, Tracy avenue
July 6, 1909
SERVED SANDWICHES AND TEA.
Street Car Men Were Too Busy to
Lay Off for Supper.
Twelve hundred ham sandwiches were distributed among the employes of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company at supper time last evening, and each man had copious draughts of iced tea to wash down the food.
The lunching places were Fairmount park, where 500 sandwiches were distributed; Electric park, where an additional 500 sandwiches were given the men, and Forest park, where 200 were eaten. The lunches were in lieu of supper.
The company found employment for all of their men yesterday, and as none were left for relief work, it was found necessary to furnish them with lunch. This was done through the office of General Manager W. W. Wheatley.
Labels: Electric park, employment, fairmount park, food, forest park, Metropolitan Street Railway Company, streetcar
July 5, 1909
ESCORTS RAN FROM
BOTH LEFT THEIR COATS AT
THE AMBERSON HOME.
Alone, Clara Amberson and Her
Sister Fought a Losing Fight
With Murderer -- Girl Dies
After Four Hours.
Miss Clara Amberson, who was shot in the right temple by Alfred Howard, a rejected suitor, in the dining room of her home, 735 Kensington avenue, just before midnight Saturday, died at 4:20 a. m. yesterday. She did not regain consciousness.
In an unlighted room, and deserted by the young men who escorted them home, and who fled when Howard appeared with his revolver, Miss Amberson, assisted by her sister, Mrs. Mamie Barringer, battled in vain with Howard for possession of the weapon. Finally throwing Miss Amberson to the floor, Howard jumped on her, and then, as Mrs. Barringer seized him about the neck, he pulled the trigger.
The bullet struck Miss Amberson just back of the right temple and she collapsed. Believing that he had killed her, Howard turned the weapon on himself and sent the second shot through his own brain, and fell lifeless beside her. Surrounded by her mother, sister and friends, sthe wounded girl passed away four hours later.
In the light of subsequent events, it is believed that Howard contemplated the murder and suicide Saturday afternoon. It is known that he saw the young women at Forest park in the evening in company with young men, when he had been denied the privilege of escorting them or even calling at their home, and it is believed that the sight of the girl who was all the world to him, encircled in the arms of another man on the dancing floor, maddened him.
Four years ago Alfred Howard, then 22 years old, came to Kansas City from Iola, Kas. He secured a position in a railroad freight office, and roomed and boarded with Mrs. Anna Amberson, mother of the girl he killed. Miss Amberson was then a child of 13.
WANTED TO MARRY HER.
They were together a great deal. Howard assisted her with her studies, and when she was graduated from high school last year he declared his love for her, and asked her to be his wife. This was objected to by her sister and her mother because of her youth.
Six months ago Howard left their house, and shortly afterward went to Hot Springs, Ark. In the meantime Miss Amberson entered a wholesale millinery establishment and was rapidly perfecting herself in that line when he returned three weeks ago.
Howard had been in poor health since his return, but this did not deter him from declaring his ardent love for the girl whom, he told his friends, no other could replace. Miss Amberson found many excuses for not making engagements. Thursday he called her on the telephone and to his several requests for an evening she replied that she had previous engagements.
Saturday evening he called at the Amberson home and asked Miss Amberson to accompany him to a park or that she spend the evening with him as she chose. Miss Amerson smilingly told him that she had an engagement for the evening and that she was sorry. During the conversation he showed the sisters the revolver which he later used. No thought of violence crossed the minds of either girl.
SHADOWED TO FOREST PARK.
Miss Amberson and Mrs. Barringer were unaccompanied when they walked to Forest park, a short distance from their home. There they met several friends, among them Orville Remmick of 5212 Independence avenue, and Ed Doerefull of 4621 East Seventh street.
It is believed that Howard shadowed the sisters to the park. H e arrived at the Ambrose home shortly before 10 o'clock in the evening. The noise he made when he withdrew a screen from a window in the kitchen of the Amberson home and clambered in was heard by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wharton, roomers on the second floor, but they ascribed it to a parrot. For almost two hours Howard lay in wait. He chose as his hiding place the bedroom of the sisters, which opens from the dining room to the north.
On their way home, Deorfull, who escorted Miss Amberson, and Remmick, who escorted Mrs. Barringer, suggested that they eat some ice cream. They stopped at the Forest Park pharmacy and chatted for a few moments with O. Chaney, the druggist.
RAN FROM REVOLVER.
It was warm and the young men carried their coats over their arms. When they arrived at the Amberson home, they conversed for a few moments on the porch just outside the dining room, when the suggestion that they get a drink of water was made. the quartet entered the dining room. Miss Amberson and Doerfull going to one window seat while Mr. Remmick took a chair. Mrs. Barringer went into the kitchen for the water, when suddenly Howard sprang out of the bedroom.
Holding a revolver which he pointed at Miss Amberson, he cried:
"Throw up your hands and don't scream!"
"It's Alf! Help!" cried Miss Amberson.
Doerfull was first to see the revolver and the first to get out of the room. He was closely followed by Remmick. Both left their coats and hats. The cry for help brought Mrs. Barringer back to the room. By this time Miss Amberson had grappled with Howard and had clutched the revolver. Then began the battle for possession of the weapon and the shooting.
HAD PLANNED THE CRIME.
Screaming for help, Mrs. Barringer, after the shooting, fled to the sidewalk. Neighbors hastened to the scene. Doctors declared Miss Amberson fatally wounded, and said that Howard's self-inflicted wound had caused instant death.
The police who searched his clothing found the note which he had evidently written some time during the evening in which he declared that "Mamie" (Mrs. Barringer) was the cause of the anticipated double tragedy, and asked that Miss Clara and he be buried side by side.
ESCORTS DIDN'T WAIT.
Ed Doerfull, the escort of Miss Amberson, told a reporter for The Journal last evening that he had never been frightened as badly in his life as he was when he looked at that shiny steel barrel and heard the command to throw up his hands.
"I didn't wait to learn any more about who the fellow with the revolver was," said Mr. Doerfull. "Mr. Remmick and I had escorted the girls home and stepped inside the house to get a drink of water. I was close to the door and when I heard the command to throw up my hands and I saw that shiny steel barrel of the revolver, I concluded that I had better play checkers and move.
"I did not stop to grab my coat or hat, but ran. I don't know how I got home, for I was badly frightened. I lay awake all night and got up around 6 o'clock and went over to Remmick's house to see if he got home all right.
"I did not know until then that anyone had been shot, as I was too far away from the house when the shots were fired to hear the noise of the reports.
"I don't know why I ran away and did not notify the police about the man with the gun, but I guess most anybody would act the same as I did if they looked into the business end of a revolver and were ordered to throw up their hands.
GOT THEIR COATS SUNDAY.
"I got my coat and hat this morning at the same time Mr. Remmick got his. We saw Miss Amberson's body then and we will probably go to the funeral together.
"I did not know the young lady very well, having only met her a few times at the park. I did not go back to the house today, as I had an engagement to go to a picnic at Swope park, and it was too late when I got back this evening."
Orville Remmick, who was with Doerfull when Howard entered the room with the revolver in hand, told his parents that he was taken by surprise, and that when he heard the command to throw up his hands and he saw the revolver, his first thought was for his personal safety. He said that he ran for the door and ran home.
REMMICK HEARD REPORTS.
Half a block away he heard the muffled reports, and when he got home he telephoned to the Amberson home and learned of the double tragedy. He feared for a while, he said, that his companion, Doerfull, had been shot. Remmick left his coat and hat at the Amberson home and called for them yesterday morning. He spent yesterday afternoon at Forest park and yesterday evening at Electrick park.
Miss Amberson was 17 years old. She was the youngest of three children. Besides her sister, Mrs. Barringer, and her mother, she leaves a brother, Will, who is in the navy. An effort was being made yesterday to notify him by wire and hold the funeral until his arrival, if possible. The Ambersons came to Kansas City from Salida, Col., six years ago.
Howard had been rooming for the last two weeks at the home of Mrs. Ellen Harper, at No. 801 Cypress avenue, just a block from the Amberson home. That he planned the murder and suicide is believed by Mrs. Harper, as his trunk was locked and contained all of the small articles which he kept about his room.
Labels: Cypress avenue, dancing, druggists, Electric park, forest park, guns, Kensington, murder, rooming house, Suicide, Swope park
July 5, 1909.
TWO HEAVILY TRAVELED ROADS.
July 5, 1909
QUIET FOURTH, BUT
TWO KANSAS CITYS HAVE LONG
LIST OF CASUALTIES.
Big Demand for Tetanus Anti-Toxin
at Emergency Hospital -- Four
Boys Hurt in One Explosion.
It was one of the quietest Fourths of July the two Kansas City's ever experienced. But the real test will come today. Many minor accidents were reported yesterday, and there were a number of applications to Dr. W. L. Gist of the emergency hospital for injections of tetanus anti-toxin to ward off the possibility of lockjaw from injuries.
Victim No. 1 to ask for aid at the dispensary was Willie Parrish, 9 years old, 1230 Drury avenue. Willie was playing with a friend named Clarence Cott, who was handling a pistol. It was accidentally discharged and a piece of the gun wad entered the palm of Willie's left hand.
A blank cartridge which S. Stern, 10 years old, 571 Campbell street, accidentally discharged, injured his right hand. He went to the emergency hospital and Dr. Gist cauterized the wound and gave him an injection of tetanus anti-toxin.
CHILD MAY LOSE EYE.
William Meyer, 14 years old, 2108 West Prospect avenue, was wounded yesterday afternoon while playing with a 22-caliber pistol. A wad struck him on the left hand, which was dressed in the emergency hospital. The surgeon made use of 1,5000 units of the anti-toxin which Dr. W. S. Wheeler secured to prevent tetanus infection.
Powder burns, suffered when his brother, John, snapped a toy pistol containing a blank cartridge, probably will cost Charles Grube, aged 6 years, 838 South Pyle street, Armourdale, the sight of his right eye.
Only a few boys and no grown-ups were arrested yesterday for noisy celebration of the Fourth. One boy was taken in at Central police station during the forenoon for exploding a cannon cracker on West Fifth street. His father appeared in a few minutes. Only $4 was necessary too get this juvenile lawbreaker from behind the bars. Police station Nos. 9, 5, 4 and 6 also made an arrest apiece, all the boys being released on minimum bonds.
Thomas Rogers, a negro 14 years old, applied at the emergency hospital last night for treatment, saying he feared he was suffering from lockjaw. Thomas shot himself in the hand with a toy pistol July 2. A piece of the cap was imbedded in the skin. One thousand five hundred units of anti-toxin was administered, and the boy sent home. He was instructed to keep his hand in hot water during the night.
Probably the most serious accident in Kansas City, Kas., was the injury sustained by S. A. Brophy, a street car conductor, living at 332 North Tenth street. The wadding from a blank cartridge entered his left thigh on the inside of the leg and caused a wound which Dr. W. R. Palmer, the attending physician, said last night might prove serious. Brophy was talking to a fellow street car conductor, L. J. Clark, when the latter pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger.
BOY MAY LOSE HAND.
Roy Irvine, 5 years old, was injured by a piece of tin which flew from a torpedo and buried itself in the third finger of his left hand. He was treated at the home of his father, R. W. Irvine, 727 Central avenue.
Herman Fielder, 11 years old, was shot through the palm of his left hand by the wadding from a blank cartridge. He was attended by Dr. J. A. Davis, and removed to his home, 940 Ohio avenue. Charles Orr, 931 Tenney avenue, held a firecracker in his left hand while it exploded and may lose the index finger of his left hand as a result. He was attended by Dr. J. A. Davis. Mrs. M. Westerman, 318 North Tenth street, fell and dislocated her left shoulder while attempting to get away from a bunch of firecrackers which had been thrown near her. Mrs. Westerman is 62 years old, and was suffering great pain last night. She was attended by Dr. J. A. Davis.
Nathan Spicer, a merchant at 40 North James street, shot himself through the palm of the right hand while explaining the mechanism of a revolver to a prospective customer. He was attended by Dr. C. H. Brown, assistant police surgeon. James Whipple, 20 North James street, was struck by a flying particle during an explosion near his home and was burned on the left hand.
Labels: accident, Armourdale, Campbell street, children, doctors, Dr. Gist, Drury avenue, fireworks, guns, holidays, Kansas City Kas, police, Prospect avenue, toys
July 5, 1909
HE ROASTS MISSOURI ROADS.
C. M. Goetz Week Coming From St.
Louis in Automobile.
After floundering for one week over what he termed "the worst roads in creation," Charles M. Goetz of St. Louis yesterday arrived in Kansas City, having made the trip by automobile. With Mr. Goetz was his wife, Julius P. Hargrove and the chauffeur, Harry McGinty.
"For a solid stretch of sixty-two and a half miles we drove through mud and water," said Mr. Goetz at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday. "We used the second speed and succeeded in putting it clear out of business. Between Clark and Sturgeon we got into a cloud burst and were obliged to get out of the car and rig up a temporary tent by stretching our tarpaulin over a barb wire fence. We stayed under the shelter for nearly three hours until the farmer on whose ground we were, came out and asked us to go into the house. Altogether we lost a day and a half, the rest of the time we were on the road."
The original plan was to go on through to Denver but the illness of Mrs. Goetz made it impossible. Mr. Goetz accompanied her back to St. Louis last night. Mr. Hargrove and McGinty will remain until Tuesday while the car is undergoing repairs and drive back on that day.
Labels: automobiles, Hotel Baltimore, St Louis, visitors
July 4, 1909
IN A JEALOUS RAGE.
ALFRED HOWARD LAY IN WAIT
FOR HIS VICTIM.
After Killing Clara Amberson, He
Turned Revolver on Himself.
Left Note Blaming Others
for His Deed.
As Clara Amberson and her sister, Mrs. Mamie Barringer, accompanied by two young men, stepped into the doorway of the Barringer home at 735 Kensington avenue, shortly after midnight this morning, a shot was fired which fatally wounded Miss Amberson.
The shot was fired by Alfred Howard, sweetheart of Miss Amberson, an a jealous rage. Mrs. Barringer grappled with Howard, but he shook her off and placing the pistol at his right temple, shot himself. Death was instantaneous.
A note, written by Howard, was found in the dining room of the Kensington avenue home. It reads:
"Mamie was the cause. She caused Clara to turn against me and Clara wanted to be dead when I was gone. Bury us side by side. HOWARD."
The note would indicate that Howard had deliberately planned murder and suicide.
The police at first said it might be evidence of a suicide pact, but the theory was given slight credence.
Howard lived at 801 Cypress avenue. He was 27 years old. He formerly lived at the Amberson home on Kensington avenue.
Labels: Cypress avenue, Kensington, murder, Suicide
July 4, 1909
NEGRO CEMETERY CHAPEL.
Cornerstone Will Be Laid at High-
The cornerstone of the new chapel in Highland cemetery, a burying ground for negroes at Twentieth street and Blue Ridge boulevard, will be laid this afternoon at 3 o'clock. M. O. Ricketts of St. Joseph, grand master of the negro Masons of Missouri, will be in charge of the services. The building committee is composed of: C. H. Countee, Dr. J. E. Perry, A. T. Moore, L. A. Knox, T. W. H. Williams and T. C. Unthank.
Labels: Blue Ridge boulevard, cemetery, churches, Dr Unthank, lodges, ministers, race, St.Joseph, Twentieth street
July 4, 1909
PROMISES NEW ERA
FOR THE NORTH END.
MIDLAND ARCADE BUILDING TO
START NEXT MONTH.
Three Story Structure at Seventh
and Walnut Will Contain Ten
Stores and Hotel -- Im-
The rejuvenation of the North End will begin next month, when work upon the Midland Arcade building will be started. The building, owned by Godfrey A. Jones and the Berlau brothers, will be situated at the northeast corner of Seventh and Walnut streets. It will be an office building and hotel combined. The location is at the entrance to the North End, and Mr. Jones makes it plain that it is an effort to bring into public realization the value of the North End as a business location.
PROPOSED MIDLAND ARCADE BUILDING, TO BE ERECTED AT SEVENTH AND WALNUT.
It is also given out that the new Midland Arcade building will be only the first of similar improvements in the locality. The North End is the location of the great produce market of Kansas City, and the produce houses are becoming rapidly overcrowded.
The new building is to be three stories high, and constructed of brick, stone and stucco. The lower floor, which will be given over entirely to stores and an arcade, will be glass. The upper floors will be in the shape of an "L," with the north and east fronts facing the court and will be fitted up for a thoroughly modern European hotel, with outside rooms.
Merchants in the North End are enthusiastic concerning the improvement and all have asserted their willingness and desire to further the work begun by Mr. Jones and his associates. In the district which is now known as the North End, north of Eighth street, are the Hiest building, Water Works building, court house, Temple building and Temple block, Grand opera house, Gilliss theater, city hall, market square and many other places of business interest. The streets in that location are always as busy as any others in the retail district in Kansas City and, it is asserted, just as much money passes hands in business transactions in proportion to the area as does any other part of the city.
Labels: North end, real estate, Seventh street, Walnut Street
July 4, 1909
WANTS A SANE FOURTH
IF BOYS ARE WILLING.
POLICE HAVE STRINGENT OR-
DERS FROM CHIEF SNOW.
Health Commissioner Wheeler Has
Placed Supply of Tetanus Anti-
Toxin With Hospitals --
Quiet in Most Districts.
This year there is to be an extraordinary effort made to have a same Fourth, and also Fifth of July in Kansas City. Chief of Police Frank F. Snow issued orders yesterday that he wanted as many men on duty during the "busy" parts of both days as possible. If the people do not want to act in a sane manner while celebrating a policeman may be on hand to make them. The chief called for the arrests of all parties caught putting explosives on the street car tracks, and wanted officers to take special care to see that "no fireworks of any kind are exploded near any hospital or near where there are sick people."
Dr. W. S. Wheeler, health commissioner, has taken steps to keep down, as far as possible, mortality resulting from gunshot or firecracker wounds. Tetanus often follows such wounds, especially in the hands, and death is frequently the result. At the general hospital, the emergency hospital and the Walnut street police station, Dr. Wheeler has placed a supply of tetanus anti-toxin with instructions to use it immediately in every case where it is suspected the injury may develop lockjaw.
"It has been shown," said Dr. Wheeler last night, "that where the anti-toxin is used promptly it acts as a preventive. It has also been used with good results in many cases where the disease had already begun to develop."
Dr. Isadore Anderson, in charge of the dispensary at the Post-Graduate hospital on Independence avenue, secured a supply of the anti-toxin from Dr. Wheeler and will use it in all cases where its use may be indicated. This dispensary being a free one, has many injured persons.
Chief of Police Frank F. Snow issued stringent orders recently indicating the class of firecrackers and fireworks which would be permitted. Firearms of any character, whether loaded with blank or bullet cartridges, are prohibited.
Labels: doctors, fireworks, health, holidays, hospitals, Police Chief Snow
July 4, 1909
AT THE COUNTY JAIL.
FEDERAL PHYSICIANS DECLARE
PLACE IS UNSANITARY.
Pardon Recommended for Woman,
That Her Life May Be Pro-
longed -- Feed Prisoners
Conditions at the Jackson county jail, Missouri avenue and McGee street, are criticised by physicians who care for the federal prisoners there.
One of the prisoners is Mary Cook, serving a sentence for six months for counterfeiting, who has become seriously ill. In order to save the woman's life, the United States court officers here have recommended a pardon. This step is most unusual.
The county marshal, in charge of the jail is not held blameworthy by the department of justice, nor by the physicians.
"It is the impossible way they are trying to make the jail cost the tax payers next to nothing," said Dr. Eugene Carbaugh, one of the federal physicians.
When at jail attending the Cook woman, Dr. Carbaugh and Dr. Lapp, an alderman, who is one of the federal physicians, made a casual examination to find the cause for sickness. The declare it is largely due to defective plumbing and neglect of ordinary sanitary precautions.
Without exception, they say, the prisoners complained of the food. The government pays 50 cents a day to the county for boarding its prisoners. The county is feeding the prisoners at a cost of 11 cents a day, which is 2 cents a day more than the bill had been.
When asked what remedy could be proposed, the government representative said "the doctors tell us it would be necessary to tear out every bit of plumbing in the place, and then keep trusties or other intelligent men constantly at work watching the prisoners, to see that they help keep the place in order. More money is needed for better food."
Judge John F. Philips has never spoken of conditions in the Jackson county jail, but he never sends a prisoner there to serve out a sentence. He called a special grand jury last week to take two boys out of the jail and to give him a chance to send them to some place where conditions are at least sanitary. The Cook woman, who is ill through hereditary trouble, was sent to the jail here at her own urgent request.
Labels: counterfeiters, doctors, Dr Carbaugh, health, jail, Judge Philips
July 3, 1909
AS PLAIN ENGLISHMAN,
WON KANSAS CITY GIRL.
Marriage of Adeline De Mare and
Henry Charles Augustus Somerset
in England is Confirmed.
Carefully guarding the fact that he was of a titled English family, Henry Charles Augustus Somerset, son and heir of Lord Henry Somerset, wooed and won Mrs. Adeline De Mare, the Kansas City girl whose marriage to the nobleman was announced last Tuesday on postcards received by her friends and relatives in this city.
Letters received yesterday by the young woman's father, Craig Hunter, a railway labor agent with offices at 1002 Union avenue, confirm the report that his new son-in-law is the son of courtship which culminated in the marriage in London of June 16. The story, as told by Mrs. Hunter, who was with her daughter when the ceremony was performed, is that Mr. Somerset was attracted by Mrs. De Mare while the two were staying at the same hotel in Paris last winter. He did not tell Mrs. De Mare at that time that he was the son of Lord Somerset, merely representing himself to be a civil engineer of English birth.
When it became known that Mrs. De Mare and the English nobleman were to wed, there were protests from various sources. Mrs. Hunter did not wish to sanction the marriage, for she knew how strongly Mr. Hunter opposed the marriage of American girls to titled foreigners. Somerset's mother, Lady Henry Somerset, the famous temperance leader and suffragist, did not want her son to marry an American. She went so far as to declare that she would cut her son off "without a penny." This did not worry the son in the least, for he had inherited a comfortable fortune from his grandmother, the Duchess of Beaufort. So, in spite of these objections the Englishman and the American girl were wed and now they are spending a happy honeymoon in Switzerland. They probably will reside in England where Mr. Somerset has a palatial home.
Mr. Hunter, while much displeased because of the choice of his daughter, was relieved to a great extent when was informed that there was nothing "bogus" about the title or social standing of his new son-in-law.
"I would much rather Adeline had married a good, plain American," he said, "but it's all over now and I guess I have no kick coming. I fear, however, that Adeline will not be happy if Lord and Lady Somerset are so opposed to an American coming into their family."
Henry Somerset is 35 years of age and a widower. He has a daughter 9 years of age. Mrs. De Mare was 21 years of age last September. She was the widow of Professor Georges De Mare, the artist who lost his life in the fire which destroyed the University building, Ninth and Locust streets, May 8, 1907.
Labels: England, suffrage, Union avenue, wedding, women
July 3, 1909
HEAT CRAZED; RUNS AMUCK.
Right From Harvest Fields, Man
Causes Panic on City Street.
Affected by the sun of the Kansas harvest fields, Lewis Wright of Paris, Ill., ran amuck at Seventh street and Grand avenue at 8:30 yesterday morning with a pocketknife, and began slashing passersby.
Jennie Rolfe, 23 years old, a clerk, was stabbed in the left arm. She lives at 3010 Dunham avenue. Wright knocked another woman down with a brick, and ran several other persons away. Thomas Craig, an engineer, 2325 Chelsea avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was stabbed on the left hand and left shoulder. He retorted by knocking his assailant down and taking the knife away from him. A police ambulance took Wright to the emergency hospital.
When he was revived by Dr. W. L. Gist, Wright said that he could remember nothing of what had occurred, except that he thought someone had stabbed him in the leg. He said that he had been prostrated by the heat in the harvest fields. He thinks he is married.
Labels: Dr. Gist, emergency hospital, Grand avenue, Kansas City Kas, mental health, Seventh street, visitors
July 3, 1909
IT'S THE BABES WHO SUFFER.
The Poor Can't Keep Milk Without
"For God's sake, when are we going to get that ice?"
A woman, young but with deep circles under her eyes, approached the adjutant in charge of Salvation Army headquarters in the Hall building yesterday afternoon.
"What can we do for ice?" she continued. "My baby is starving for want of milk, and we can't keep it without ice. It's hard enough to get it, let alone keep it."
"My good woman we can't start on the penny ice yet," said the adjutant. "Not enough money has been subscribed or collected. We have $331.75 in the penny ice fund. It will take $500. We have the horses, two of them, and will begin deliveries as soon as the ice fund is sufficient."
"Just a moment," called a man who was standing near, and he tossed the woman a half dollar. "That ought to buy you twenty-five pounds of ice for five days. Maybe the penny ice will be out by that time."
The woman took the coin, looked her gratitude, pressed her benefactor's hand and left the room without a word.
"If the whole town could see that, by tomorrow our penny ice fund would be great enough to supply the whole town for the summer," remarked the adjutant.
Labels: charity, ice, Salvation Army
July 3, 1909
HELPING HAND PLANS
BATH FOR NORTH END.
Public Showers From Fire Plug Will
Be Suspended Over Gutter -- Is
The "Brigham Bath" for North End Youngsters.
Large numbers of children living in the North End have been without necessary baths for many moons. With the approach of hot weather the demand for some place where the youngsters of Little Italy and adjoining districts can get enough water to clean and cool their skins has become an imperative, and the Helping Hand institute proposes to come to the rescue with a novel device for free public baths on the street corners.
"The old swimmin' hole is a thing of the past," said E. T. Brigham, superintendent of the institute, last night. "The river is too swift for swimming and free public baths for the North End exist only in the minds of theoretical social workers, as yet, so that some substitute must be found. I have conceived the idea of putting up a half dozen public shower baths where the little ones can get their skins soaked nightly and have a great deal of pleasure besides."
Mr. Brigham has in mind a contrivance which he hopes will answer all the purposes of a miniature Atlantic city for Little Italy. An inch iron pipe will conduct the water from a city fire plug to a point seven feet over the gutter, where a "T" will be formed, the branches containing five horseshoe-shaped showers.
One of the portable baths has already been constructed and will be tried out tonight at Fourth and Locust streets.
Bathers will be expected to wear their ordinary dress, that is, a single garment, which is the mode for children in the North End. Thus the shower will serve the double purpose of a recreation and a laundry.
For years something in the line of this free, open-air public bath has been in operation at Nineteenth and McGee streets in the vicinity of the McClure flats. Nightly during the summer the children collect when the fire plug is to be turned on to flush the gutters, and stand in the stream. The stream is too strong for them to brave it for more than a second at a time, but many of them manage to get a bath which they probably would not get any other way.
"Children are naturally cleanly," said Mr. Brigham. "Although they like to get dirt upon themselves, they also like to get it off. I think the shower bath on the street corner should prove one of the most popular institutions in the North End."
Labels: children, Fourth street, Helping Hand, Locust street, McGee street, Nineteenth street, North end
July 3, 1909
AGED "CABBY" A SUICIDE.
Dan Marvin Kills Himself to Join
Wife Who Divorced Him.
Love for his wife from whom he had been divorced for four years, and who died a week ago, caused Dan Marvin, 68 years of age, to commit suicide at his home, 405 1/2 East Fifteenth street, early this morning. Marvin used a revolver and shot himself through the heart, death resulting instantly For the past week Marvin has been disconsolate and bemoaned the death of his wife to many of his friends.
"She was the best pal I ever had," he was wont to say, "and I am ashamed of the way she has been treated. She is dead now, dead."
Dating form the death of his wife, who had remarried and was deserted by her second husband, Marvin had not been in a cheery frame of mind. He made continual threats to join her and to repair the wrong which he had done her.
After his body had been removed to an undertaker's the following note was found:
"Friend Will: Please pay Egan $50 to put me away decent and oblige, D. A. Marvin."
The Will referred to is Will Mayberry, at whose liver stable Marvin stabled his horses. Marvin has been a cab driver for many years and for the past eight years he has stood out in front of McClintock's restaurant, on Walnut street.
Labels: Divorce, Fifteenth street, guns, restaurants, Suicide, Walnut Street
July 2, 1909
MAY END BOY'S LIFE.
Chemical Solution Was Used to Ex-
tinguish Flames After the Lad
Ralph Townsend, 6 years old, the son of Charles Townsend, 1028 Ella avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was probably fatally burned yesterday afternoon by an explosion of gasoline. The flames enveloped the child's body from his head to his feet, and were extinguished by the use of a chemical solution. An automobile belonging to H. M. Stonebraker, 3928 Baltimore avenue, Kansas City, Mo., was pressed into service and the boy was hurried to Bethany hospital, where he was treated by Dr. W. H. Smith. He was later removed to his home, where at a late hour last night his condition was said to be critical.
The burning of the child was the result of a peculiar accident. The firemen had responded to an alarm from a grocery store at 356 North Tenth street, and Orlando Lind, assistant chief, had entered the building. A gallon can of gasoline was burning near a large tank filled with gasoline. The assistant chief, with a wet sack in his hand, fought his way to the tank and shut off the flow of gasoline. He picked up the small can and attempted to carry it to the street, but just as he reached the outside door a ball was melted from the can and it dropped to the floor. An explosion followed and the flames shot through the screen door. The Townsend boy, with several companions, was standing not far from the door on the sidewalk. The boy's clothing became ignited and he ran screaming across the street, the wind causing the flames to burn fiercely. All attempts to extinguish the fire were futile until the chemical solution, carried by the fire company, was used. The boy's mother and father were burned about the hands in an effort to save the child.
Labels: automobiles, Baltimore avenue, children, Fire, Kansas City Kas
July 2, 1909
VICTIM OF BUSHWHACKERS?
Skeleton Unearthed on the Old Judge
While excavating for a basement in a house going up at 1611 Elmwood avenue at noon yesterday workmen unearthed the skeleton of a man. A few minutes after the original discovery Arthur Williams, a boy living at 1530 Elmwood, while prodding around in the basement for a stick found a rotten board of a box and several old-fashioned square nails.
Deputy Coroner Harry Czarlinsky ordered the bones taken to the Carroll-Davidson undertaking establishment, from whence they probably will be taken to the potter's field for burial.
"The basement is located on the old William Shouse farm, near where a house belonging to him was burned by bushwhackers during the fore part of the civil war," said E. M. Bradley, and employe of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company, who was born near the place in 1852, and has resided at Sixteenth street and Kensington avenue ever since.
"Mr. Shouse used to be county judge of Jackson county," continued Mr. Bradley. "He was a Southern man, but very outspoken against the bushwhackers. One day they raided and burned his place. It is just possible that some dark deed of the bushwhackers was covered up."
Labels: Civil War, Dr Czarlinsky, Elmwood avenue, history, Kensington, Metropolitan Street Railway Company, Sixteenth street, undertakers
July 2, 1909
DIES IN CHAIR AT DEPOT.
Traveler Bound From Colorado to
A man about 32 years old died sitting in a chair at the Union depot at 8:30 last night. In his pockets were found two letters which caused J. E. Trogdon, deputy coroner, to think his name was R. L. Peters. A ticket from Pueblo, Col, to Sutton, W. Va., and $3.40 in change were also found. The body was taken to O'Donnell's undertaking rooms to await claimants. The hands and clothing were those of a workman.
A chambermaid inspecting the rooms of the Traveler's hotel at 1034 Union avenue at noon yesterday found the body of an elderly man who had signed himself John Jones on the register, lying dead across his bead. The coroner was notified. Deputy Coroner J. E. Trogdon viewed the body, found no means of identification and ordered it taken to the Wagner undertaking establishment.
The dead man was about 65 years old, had a full beard but no mustache and a deformed right foot. He signed at the hotel according to the register June 29.
Labels: death, hotels, undertakers, Union avenue, Union depot
July 2, 1909
WANTS 1,000 HARVEST HANDS.
Mayor of Larned, Kas., Sends Out
An Urgent Call.
Farmhands are so scarce around Larned, Kas., that Mayor E. E. Frizell has mailed out postal cards to Eastern cities advertising for 2,000 harvest hands. One thousand men reported by June 28, but the farmers are still in need of capable help in the harvest fields and the mayor yesterday appealed to The Journal for assistance. A telegram to The Journal said:
Wanted -- 1,000 harvest hands; wages $2.50 to $3 per day; harvest commences July 3.
Following the telegram a letter was received from the mayor, in which he said that it had been reported that Larned was overcrowded with unemployed men. Such a report, the mayor stated, was an injustice to Larned and the surrounding country, as there has not been a time within the last fifteen years when men were needed so badly.
Labels: employment, farmers, Mayor Crittenden, telegram, The Journal
July 1, 1909
NEEDS PROOF OF HER GRAND-
Claimant to Estate of Adolph Hunte-
mann, Supposed Bachelor, Says
She Is Granddaughter.
If Minnie A. Shepherd of Burlington, Ind., is unable to give proofs of her parentage, the recognized heirs of the late Adolph Huntemann will get the $200,000 estate which was to have been divided among them on May 15, last, but which was tied up the day before by six suits brought in the Nevada, Mo., courts by Mrs. Shepherd, the wife of a farmer.
Yesterday a bundle of papers arrived here from Burlington, being a transcript of a deposition Mrs. Shepherd made last week in her case against the Huntemann heirs. According to her, she is the only direct heir of Kansas City's supposed old bachelor, as she claims to be his granddaughter.
In her deposition, Mrs. Shepherd says that she is the daughter of Mrs. Mary Stubans, who in turn was the daughter of Adolph Huntemann and a woman whose name Mrs. Shepherd does not remember. "Aunt Kate" King, who once lived in St. Louis, would know, she says, but Mrs. Shepherd does not know where "Aunt Kate" lives. She is advertising for her now in St. Louis and Chicago newspapers, in the hope of learning the name of the grandmother, and something about the wedding.
Answering questions put by Grant Rosenzweig, attorney for the public administrator, the woman claiming to be the granddaughter of Huntemann says she does not know where her grandmother was married to Huntemann. Mrs. Shepherd admits her mother was born out of wedlock, but says that after the arrival of the baby there was a marriage, and in that way the baby, Mrs. Shepherd's mother, Mary Stubans, became the legal child of Huntemann.
When asked by Attorney Rosenzweig, if when she read in the newspapers that Huntemann had died leaving an estate of $400,000 she had not been prompted to file a claim against the estate. Mrs. Shepherd answered that her first report was the estate was only $4,000, and she did not believe it. When later she learned it was $400,000, it has shrunk to $200,000 now according to the attorney for the administrator, she at once set about finding the records regarding herself.
She found that her mother had been Mary Stubaus nursed by a Mrs. Alexander and "Aunt Kate" King at her birth.
Adolph Huntemann died in March, 1907, supposedly a single man, leaving much valuable business property and some farm property. Attorneys employed in the case could find no heirs closer than cousins in Germany until the very day before the dividing of the estate, when the Indiana woman appeared of record in the substantial way of six civil suits to stop the distribution.
Labels: attorney, Huntemann estate, probate, St Louis
July 1, 1909
NEGRO MURDERER REPRIEVED.
Governor Hadley at Last Hour Sends
Thirty-Day Stay of Execution
for Claud Brooks.
Less than twenty-five minutes before the time set for the execution of Claude Brooks, the negro murderer, Marshal Joel Mayes received a telegram from Governor Hadley postponing the hanging until July 10. Mr. Mayes had a telephone conversation with the governor, but insisted on a telegram. The governor said the papers in the case would be sent to Kansas City at once.
Brooks, who was ready for his trip to the scaffold, showed no signs of emotion when told the news. He was taken from the death cell and placed in another part of the jail. The other prisoners, hearing the news, cheered.
The decision of the governor, it is said, was based upon the advice of a relative to whom the governor looks for recommendations in Kansas City criminal cases. This relative advised an inquiry into the sanity of Brooks. The governor sent the reprieve while this relative was at the county jail.
The time set for the hanging of Brooks was 9 o'clock yesterday morning. Brooks murdered Sidney Herndon, burned part of the evidence and made his escape. Now doctors say he is of a "low type of mentality."
Labels: death penalty, Herbert Hadley, jail, mental health, telegram
July 1, 1909
OFFICIALLY NOT LEON LING.
Japanese Suspect Given Clean Bill
of Health by Inspector Boyle.
Carl Young, the Japanese who was arrested Tuesday night because he looked like Leon Ling, the Chinaman who killed Elsie Sigel in New York, was released at police headquarters yesterday morning. Young is an educated Japanese and proved to the satisfaction of Inspector Edward J. Boyle that he was not the man wanted. The inspector gave him a letter stating that the bearer had been investigated and had proved that he was not Ling. Young said that he had been arrested in St. Louis under the same suspicion. He is a traveling salesman.
Labels: immigrants, Inspector Boyle, New York, salesmen, St Louis
July 1, 1909
BOY KILLED IN ELEVATOR.
Lifeless Body Plunged Down Long
Building Shaft Eleven Stories.
Lew Reid, 12 years old, of 1819 North Eighth street, Kansas City, Kas., was crushed to death by an ascending elevator in the R. A. Long building yesterday at noon. A sudden jerk of the car threw the boy forward. As he grasped the iron grill work of the elevator enclosure the swiftly ascending car caught him. The lifeless body fell eleven stories to the basement.
The boy entered the car on the basement floor in company with Otto Nelson, a messenger boy. They were the only passengers. The car was operated by John Livingston, 23 years old, 1101 East Sixteenth street, who has been employed in that capacity in the Long building nearly two years.
According to the story told by the elevator operator, only one stop was made before the accident occurred, and that was at the main floor. At the tenth floor Livingston noticed that he was ahead of his schedule, and threw the lever over to slow up, thereby causing the jerk which threw the boy forward to his death.
Livingston said he endeavored to put the boy back, and also stopped his car as soon as possible. The Nelson boy corroborated the operator's story.
Hughes Bryant, agent for the building, notified all of the employes not to talk about the accident. He also explained the accident by saying the boy either fainted or fell forward against the door without being thrown by the jar of the elevator.
Labels: accident, chidren, death, elevators, Kansas City Kas, R A Long building, Sixteenth street
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