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July 26, 1909


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.

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May 23, 1909


Death of F. M. Furgason Changes
Probably Oldest Musical Organ-
ization in the City.

A new "Old Men's Quartette" will have to be organized after nearly forty years' association. When the body of the late F. M. Furgason was buried last Thursday the quartette became a trio. The G. A. R. quartette, over thirty years in commission, has just taken in a new member. The double bass singer, C. W. Whitehead, died within the year, and the famous old organization recruited Comrade Edwin Walters.

It is not often that one city can boast two quartettes, in which all the members have pulled together so long. The old soldiers were young soldiers when C. W. Whitehead, W. F. Henry, E. J. McWain and O. H. Guffin organized to sing "Tenting the Old Camp Ground," and the other army songs, and this was not much of a burg when Professor F. M. Furgason of the Franklin school, E. R. Weeks, one of his pupils, A. Holland, the shoe man, and H. J. Boyce, with C. W. Whitehead as a substitute, organized a quartette of their own. For thirty years the Whitehead-Henry-McWain-Guffin party sang at the grand army celebrations, and it looks like quartette singing was good health exercise, for Mr. Whitehead lived all these years, and his three companions are all hale and hearty, and actively in business. In the civilian quarters, Mr. Weeks, Mr. Holland and all but Mr. Furgason, who died this week, are all well.

"It seems strange that there should be any of us turn up missing," said Mr. Weeks yesterday. "We have been singing together such a long time that it does not seem natural that one of us would not be on hand for another 'sing' as we call it.

"I was only a boy, about 15, when Professor Furgason met me one day nearly forty years ago and told me he was getting up a quartette. We organized about 1870, and have pulled together ever since.

"Professor Furgason is the first to go of the regular quartette. He used to be our chorister at the Baptist church, Eighth and May, and a very good one. That was where we first started singing. We knew the G. A. R. quartette very well, for one of its members, Mr. Whitehead, used to fill out for us occasionally."

Ben Warner of the local grand army, had to think a long time before he could remember when the veterans started their quartette going.

"It has gone so long that I could not think of the posts without thinking of Charlie Whitehead and the other boys," he said. "Walters has taken Whitehead's place, so we are getting along, but it seems strange. Forty years rather makes a man accustomed to seeing a fellow, you know, and we never meet without we having our quartette along to furnish the singing."

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September 24, 1908


Says Three Patrolmen Gave Him Un-
necessary "Trimming."

Jonas Williams, a negro, with a bruised and battered cranium and a somewhat disfigured countenance, appeared before the board yesterday to prefer charges of unprovoked assault against Patrolmen R. S. Elliott, J. P. Withrow and Jerry Callahan. Williams, who lives at 609 May street, said the three policemen about 5:30 yesterday morning had all taken a hand in "trimming" him. He did not say what for, only alleging that it was unnecessary. The officers were all cited to appear next Wednesday and explain.

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May 28, 1908


Dismissed Pupils Yesterday When
Black Clouds Appeared.

Fearing that the black cloud which approached Kansas City from the northwest yesterday morning was bring a tornado, Miss Emma J. Lockett, principal of the Linwood school, Linwood and Woodland avenues, dismissed the 735 children under her care, and sent them scampering to their homes.

But she first called up P. Connor, the weather forecaster. After being assured that the coming storm was not a twister, she remembered how many times she had failed to take an umbrella when he said "Fair today," and had come home dripping, so she was not satisfied, but tried to call the school board. After several ineffectual attempts, the board's telephone being in use at each time, she noticed that the cloud was much nearer. At the rate it was coming, the children could barely have time to get to their own roofs before trees began to be uprooted. She rang the dismissal bell, telling her charges to go home at once.

But Mr. Connor was right, and Miss Lockett very sweetly admitted it after the cloud had passed. School was resumed at the afternoon hour.

The Catholic sisters in charge of St. Vincent's academy, Thirty-first street and Flora avenue, also dismissed their 250 pupils when the threatening clouds appeared.

In 1886 the Lathrop school, Eight and May streets, was partly wrecked by a storm. Several children were killed.

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February 27, 1908


Mrs. Hickey Dies at Emer-
gency Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Hickey, 41 years old, took carbolic acid with suicidal intent at 517 May street last night and died fifteen minutes later after she had been taken to the emergency hospital. She was the wife of W. D. Hickey, a bartender, who has been employed in Oklahoma. Hickey visited here a month ago. Mrs. Hickey had been living at the May street address for a year.

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February 3, 1908


Three Who Were Broken Out Asked
for Treatment.

Early yesterday morning J. W. Thompson, who said he had been staying at the Metropolitan hotel, Fifth and May streets, strolled into the emergency hospital, complained of feeling sick and asked the physician in charge to treat him. It was found that he was broken out with smallpox and he was carted off to St. George's hospital.

Later in the day a man and woman came over from the Helping Hand institute to find out what was the matter with them and were declared to have the smallpox. They were sent to St. George's. The emergency hospital and the institute were fumigated.

Men from the city physician's office expect to make another vaccination raid in the North End Tuesday night. All rooming houses on West Fifth and West Fourth streets and in Little Italy will be visited and the inmates made to show scars or subject themselves to the scratcher.

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