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100 years ago: Townspeople meet to discuss memorial for late colonel

June 19, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for June 19, 1910: “A committee of prominent Lawrence citizens will meet in the parlors of the Eldridge house to consider what Lawrence is going to do towards raising subscriptions for a monument in honor of the late Colonel W. A. Harris. Over $1300 have already been subscribed for the monument, but mostly from parties not residing in Lawrence. Both Topeka and Kansas City friends of the late colonel have contributed generously, while Lawrence, the old home of Colonel Harris, has negligently overlooked this important memorial.... Adam Schick, who lives on a farm adjoining the little town of Vinland is a farmer and looks the part. In fact he has been a farmer for years, but during part of the time took time enough away from his farm to run a weekly newspaper in a nearby town. Mr. Schick was born in Germany and was given the advantage of a liberal education. Among his other qualifications is his ability to set type in English, Germany, Greek and Hebrew, and he has the type for each language at his home. In all probability in this he is ahead of the educational town of Lawrence, for it is doubtful if there is any Greek type in this city.”

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