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100 years ago: Roosevelt to be asked to dedicate fountain during visit

August 27, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for August 27, 1910: “Plans were formulated this morning to have former President Roosevelt participate in the dedication of the new Humane Society fountain next Wednesday. Col. Roosevelt does not know anything about these plans but it is believed he will graciously condescend to fit into the place assigned him by the committee. All children in the city have been asked to assemble at the Presbyterian church promptly at 4:45, where they will form in line and march to the fountain at Warren and New Hampshire. The streets leading to the fountain will be closed for a block on each side of the big marble watering place, and reserved for the special use of the children. The little ones will be allowed to crowd around just as close as they can get to “Teddy” after he arrives.... Those Kansans who are in the mountains on their vacations may hurry home now and shake the camphor balls out of their furs. Those Lawrence people who are still foolishly planning to start next week on their trip to Colorado had better select Florida instead. It froze in Kansas last night, and early risers in Lawrence solemnly declare frost was visible on the barn shingles before sunrise. At Smith Center a thin skim of ice formed over open vessels of water, and at Junction City the Union Pacific kept the fires burning under its engines all night to keep the water from freezing in the boilers.”

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