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100 years ago: Civil War veteran visits old friend

August 11, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for August 11, 1910: “Freeman Harrington, an old veteran of this city, was reunited with a boyhood friend this week when he visited Albuquerque for a short stay. He and Col. Edward Johnson were so nearly physical doubles that they were often confused in the army. They were inseparable companions and fast friends at all times. Johnson had pulled Harrington over an embankment by the heels one time when the latter had been shot, saving him from capture by the rebels. After the close of the war they became separated. Since that time the old comrades have been corresponding until last week when the Lawrence man started south to visit his old friend. Both gentlemen are hale and hearty, both nearly seventy five years young.... A head-on collision between two boys playing ball, rendered one of them unconscious for an hour or so Monday evening. The first thing he asked on regaining consciousness was the location of the ball.... The ninth annual C.P.A. picnic in Bromelsick’s Grove at Eudora will be held this year on August 18. Beginning with the grand street parade in the forenoon, there will be something doing every minute of the time, until the ‘Home Sweet Home’ closes the platform dance at midnight.”

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