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100 years ago: Oldest KU student studies Latin, mathematics in his 50s

October 8, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 8, 1910: “The ambition to acquire a college education and sit up late of nights poring over text books, has departed from most men before they are well out of their teens, but D. E. Conner, who lives with his family at 1640 New Hampshire, is an exception to this rule. Mr. Conner is over fifty years of age and has the distinction of being the oldest student in the University of Kansas. He enrolled in the college at the opening of the fall term this year and is now carrying ten hours of work in difficult subjects. His course includes two Latin subject, Livy and Cicero, and two in mathematics, differential calculus and analytical geometry. In addition to this work on the ‘hill,’ Mr. Conner is earning a livelihood for his family by laboring from 3:40 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. for the Lawrence Street Railway Company. He is employed as a conductor.... Four new typhoid cases were reported today. The first serious case of the fever among the students of the university was reported this morning. George Holliday was sent to his home at Wellington, Kan. The case is especially sad owing to the fact that the young man worked a long time to save up enough money to enable him to come to K.U. His parents were opposed to his leaving home and he was entirely on his own resources. Mrs. Goff, the landlady of his rooming house at 1406 Tenn. street, telegraphed his parents yesterday. At noon today, she had received no reply, however.”

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