On May 4, 1898, the enlistment of many young men into military service due to the Spanish American War was causing a re-evaluation of what young people could do. The Lawrence World observed: ``In politics when a young fellow announces himself for office he is frowned upon on account of his youth and people say that we want older and more experienced men to represent us. Just now it is different and a large per cent of the men enlisting in the volunteer army could not grow a beard if the success of their arms depended upon it. If a man is experienced enough to fight for his country and represent it by force of arms, he ought to be capable of serving it as well in other capacities.''
-- Courtesy Watkins Community Museum