Archive for Saturday, September 19, 2009

100 years ago: KU enrollment booming

September 19, 2009

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 19, 1909: Fall enrollment figures at the university are booming. As of the close of enrollment today, more than 1,450 students had signed up, without counting the summer school figure, which will later be included. Signups already are running several hundred above this time last year. . . . Johnny Bender, coach of the Haskell football team and one of the most famous athletes in Missouri Valley history, returned from Indiana today bringing with him a blushing bride, Pearl, of Vincennes. The wedding came as a surprise to many, but Bender and Pearl got a royal welcome upon their arrival here. A substitute coach was in charge while Bender was back east. . . . Charles Turner of the Tonganoxie High School football team became the first football casualty this fall. He suffered a broken collar-bone during practice but full recovery is expected though not in time for the 1909 season. . . . The Lawrence Oil, Coal and Gas Co. which supplies the city with natural gas from wells surrounding the city plans more drilling for new sources and expects a large reserve of gas.

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