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Life continues in Lodi as World War I breaks out in Europe

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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 10:27 pm

A century ago in late July 1914, the Great War loomed in Europe. But Lodi seemed to be blissfully unaware of the bloodbath that was brewing 6,000 miles away.

Eighteen days before war was declared in Europe, Samuel D. Lee was arrested on July 10 for disturbing the peace when “he insulted one of the pretty telephone girls in the local office,” according to the Lodi Sentinel. Lee said he was drunk and didn’t remember any of his actions at the telephone office.

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