Archive for Wednesday, September 22, 2010

100 years ago: Prize for woman with carpentry skill among awards at annual picnic

September 22, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 22, 1910: “Exit the onside kick and enter the forward pass at K.U. The play which won the Jayhawkers the championship of the Missouri Valley in 1908 is to be discarded for the very play which the team heretofore has been drilled to break up. This is the decision of Coach Kennedy who sees the wreck of his pet play in the revised rules for 1910.... The tenth annual Harvest Home picnic at Lecompton will be held tomorrow. It will be an all day affair and the usual large attendance is expected from Lawrence and Topeka. Many new ideas are revealed in the way of awards. Among them are: Girl between 18 and 25 with largest crop of natural hair, $1; best plate of fried chicken, $1; boy 21 years old with whiskers, 1 box of cigars; best Devils Food cake, the Lecompton Sun for 1 year; lady who can drive 10 8d nails in a hard pine 2x4 the quickest, $1.... The Boy Scout movement has taken Lawrence. Soon khaki garbed lads whose loyalty to the organization may be shown by the emblematic shield bearing the letters ‘A.B.S.’ will be seen on the streets. Permanent headquarters will be made at the Y.M.C.A. and a branch recruiting station was opened today at Robinson’s clothing store. Mr. Robinson is handling the official suits, which consist of a coat, knickerbocker trousers, hat, leggings, and haversack, all of an olive drab shade.”


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