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Archive for Thursday, April 22, 2010

100 years ago: Two walking cross-country

April 22, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for April 22, 1910: “Lea Arthur and Walker Semple, aged 26 and 24, passed through here this morning on their way to San Francisco. They are walking from Pittsburgh, Pa., to San Francisco on a thousand-dollar wager and are due to reach the California city by July 4 in time to see the great boxing bout between Jeffries and Johnson. … There are hopes that a YMCA for colored men can be organized here and one of the international secretaries of the YMCA is due here for a view of the prospects. … The furniture and equipment of the Santa Fe Hotel have been bought by Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Darland, who have taken a lease from the owners, Engle and Lawson. The building is to be overhauled and put in good condition.”

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