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100 years ago: Superintendant investigating high school fraternities

February 5, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 5, 1910: Uneasy rest the heads of the high school lads who are members of high school fraternities these days. All this week and part of last, Supt. Smith and principal Olney have been calling suspected fraternity men of the high school before them and asking them to tell all they know aobut the existence of the outlawed frats here. The officers are so well-informed and determined that students have been making little effort to avoid telling them all they know about fraternity matters. Law forbids such groups and memberships and stern penalties can be expected for violators. However, state law is clear on penalties for county schools but not on city schools. Lawyers seem to think the local school people are within their rights to outlaw the groups and penalize members. . . . Mrs. A.J. Phillips who came to Kansas in 1856 and settled in Lawrnce died last n night. For 54 years this pioneer has lived here and for 40 years she had been in the same house at 333 Mississippi Street.

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