Friday, June 9, 2017

A High School Joyride in 1917?

From the May 10, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Paul Greeley and Kirk McAllister of Waterman, borrowed a fellow student's Ford after school Wednesday afternoon and took Irene Gilchrist and Elizabeth Heey for a little spin.

"SAs they were going downhill near the Frost farm south of town, part of the steering apparatus gave way and the car went into a ditch and turned turtle."

There was no mention of injuries and I doubt in 1917 that they had seatbelts.  Were they boy and girl friends?  Did the student who owned the car know they were "borrowing"it?  Were they driving fast and dangerously as teenagers often do?  Were they joyriding?

I doubt that many high school students were driving cars to school back then (not like today).  So what gives with the student having a car at school?

Inquiring Minds Want to Know.  --RoadDog

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