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100 years ago: Lawrence residents partake of turkey, football, and charity on Thanksgiving Day

November 25, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 25, 1910:

  • “Those who preferred a church service to football remained in Lawrence yesterday for a quiet old-fashioned holiday. They attended the union service at the Presbyterian church in the morning, ate three ordinary meals at noon, and finally about 2 o’clock the masculine contingent stole down town to watch the Jayhawker-Tiger bulletins. The unfortunate in Lawrence were remembered with an abundance of material for a hearty substantial dinner. It is estimated that fifty dinners were sent to the city’s indigent by sympathetic individuals whose observance of Thanksgiving was not wholly physical. There was no organized charity yesterday, this practice being confined in Lawrence to Christmas alone, but names of needy families secured from the Social Service League and Poor Commissioner Selig found bountiful baskets of provisions on their doorsteps Thanksgiving morning.”
  • “By crossing Missouri’s goal line which has remained impregnable all season; by gaining 119 more yards than the Tigers; by being forced to punt 140 yards less; and by solving its plays so thoroughly that the Tiger team became almost defenseless in the final stages of the game, Jayhawker supporters regard the tie score yesterday as practically a victory for Kansas. There is not the slightest doubt in the minds of the thousands who witnessed the struggle but that Kansas would have scored another touchdown had the quarter been five minutes longer.”

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