Archive for Sunday, August 15, 2010

100 years ago: Masonic temple construction begins

August 15, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily World for August 15, 1910:

“The corner stone of the magnificent new Masonic temple will be laid with appropriate ceremonies, August 23. A thousand invitations are being mailed out by the committee on arrangements. The corner stone laying itself, which is inaugurated by an imposing march from the old Masonic home to the site of the new temple, is an impressive and solemn ceremony. Into the interior of the corner stone will be placed by-laws and rosters of all county and grand lodge members. Copies of the daily papers and possibly coins and other souvenirs will be sealed in the huge block of white stone which future posterity will sometime examine.... Osawatomie Is Wrathy -- The statements by Schuyler Lowe of Independence, Missouri, that nothing but a family feud occurred in Osawatomie [see OHT for Aug. 14, 1910] and that Roosevelt will have nothing but a cornfield to dedicate when he comes to the sunflower state this month, has created a furious wave of protest. Old citizens of the little town assert that as late as 1877 they dug bullets out of the trees.... The heaviest criminal docket in years will confront Judge Smart and County Attorney Harley when court convenes in November. There are already six cases certain to come to trial, and at the present rate of increases, this number promises to be doubled.”


David Holroyd 7 years, 6 months ago

And Lawrence is so historical. The Journal World won't even begin to touch a story about the Masonic Temple and the real history of it. Carl Preyer , ku piano prof played a big role in the Temple and the organ in it. What has happend to that Reuter Organ? For that matter what has happened to Reuter Organ company over the past decade?

It is only befitting that a city that babbles about being so artsy and a music scene would engage someone to open that building and have that organ played.

Instead it sits boarded up and if others want to board up their properties , outrage begins.

See, after 100 years, it doesn't make diddly squat about what is historic or not. What is not mentioned is that corner was also the first site of the KU School of Music.

KU got Preyer barely. KU lost Jim Moeser a future organ prof to NC. KU is supposed to be so great, Lawrence claims to be historic but is still stuck in the Civil War.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 6 months ago

Why don't you buy the building from Compton, Wilbur? Surely you can afford it.

pizzapete 7 years, 6 months ago

I thought this was going to be a story about building a 20 story apartment building on top of the old building. Think of all the jobs that would create. The city could even build a parking garage to accommodate it.

been_there 7 years, 6 months ago

Now there was a racist society. Didn't the Blacks in Lawrence have to have a separate club since they weren't allowed to join the Temple being built in this story?

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