Archive for Tuesday, April 26, 2011

100 years ago: Lawrence citizens urged to participate in local census

April 26, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 26, 1911:

  • "It is inconceivable that Lawrence has lost population the past year. It has been a year of much building, and many families have moved in. Yet in the face of the most successful business year the city ever had, the assessors report an actual loss in population. Have you been enumerated? It is a matter of considerable importance to have the actual population of Lawrence known and every citizen should have patriotism sufficient to make the effort to see if he is counted. It is important to have this census complete. We have been feeling that the government census was incomplete but here comes one of our own which is much worse. It is intolerable for this growing, prosperous city to let this stand unchallenged. It will hurt our growth because it will make people believe the town is going backward. Let us see that every man is listed in the population."
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gr 7 years, 1 month ago

So when did the census go from enumeration of the population to asking how many times you go to the bathroom or any other question they decide to ask for nosiness or for selling the information to those who stand to profit?

Is your woman feeling nervous or irritable? Maybe a little opium would help her. All in the privacy of her home, of course. Today's "medicine" is tomorrow's hazards.

Sarah St. John 7 years, 1 month ago

Hey, anything to avoid those "indelicate questionings and offensively repugnant examinations." :-)

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