The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Feb. 2, 1919
THOUGHT ANYBODY COULD DRIVE FORD
The sight of what seemed to be a bronco bucking Ford car cleared the street of pedestrians on Main street between Front street and Central avenue yesterday afternoon, and even startled some of the habitual loiterers in that section into activity and started them to climbing poles for safety.
Two men, father and son, who were strangers in the city, hired the car of Jim Leslie for an hour’s spin around town. Leslie of course supposed that they knew how to drive. They got in the car and the son, about 17 or 18 years old, started to drive. The car at once shot across the street, headed for Heath’s drug store. Then the frantic driver pulled some lever and gave another turn of the wheel, and the Ford whirled around and started for the First National bank, but was stopped by colliding with a touring car on the south side of Main street. In the collision the smaller car was badly damaged but the large car entirely escaped damage.
Chief of Police Timothy at once notified the strangers that while they were welcome to our beautiful city, if they attempted to drive any car while in our midst he would arrest them.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
The charge of violating the vehicle ordinance by cutting a corner at Eighth and Riverside, preferred by Speed Cop McDonald against Mrs. F. M. Radovan, as a result of the collision between McDonald’s motorcycle and Mrs. Radovan’s car has been withdrawn in Justice Taylor’s court.
Tomorrow is ground hog day when the old time tradition is that if the ground hog comes out of his hole and sees his shadow it means six weeks more of winter. But if he does not see his shadow spring is here, according to the adage. Inasmuch as fair weather is predicted for Sunday the chances are the Mr. Groundhog will see the shadow and retire to his hole for a further season of winter.
JANUARY RAINFALL 2.14 INCHES; TOTAL FOR SEASON 9.1
January rainfall was less than the normal, the precipitation being 2.14 inches against an average of 4.35 inches. The month was dry and cold, with 9 sunny days, 5 partly cloudy, 16 cloudy and 1 rainy day. The rainfall was distributed in small driblets, scattered from the 10th to the 26th, with .46 the heaviest precipitation on the 19th. The seasonal precipitation (since Sept. 1) is 9.10 inches, against an average of 14.79, making a seasonal shortage of 5.69 inches.
The average February rainfall is 3.62 inches. Last year it was 2.64 inches and the year before 3.37 inches. The heaviest February precipitation recorded was in 1904 when 10.37 inches of rain fell.
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