Archive for Friday, April 29, 2011

100 years ago: High school students violate rules by dancing at prom

April 29, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 29, 1911:

  • “There was dancing at the high school junior prom - after midnight. Prof. Olney stated that last year they had violated the rule and danced after he had gone home. This year he said he did not propose to have such a thing happen, so he remained. All went lovely until midnight when Joe Bishop stepped forward and announced that he had rented the hall from that time forward and that there would be a subscription dance.... This is thought to show that the high school students did not violate the rule forbidding dancing at the high school prom. But they were simply the victims of fate when outside parties steered in and took their hall away from them. The event has stirred up a good deal of excitement in high school circles and many people are wondering what the board of education can or will do about it.”
  • “A handsome little booklet whose gold stamped title will reveal ‘Songs of the Hill’ will soon be off the press. It is the little volume of Kansas verses selected almost at random from the portfolios of that little group of University students in whose hearts the music of poetry sings almost incessantly.”
  • “The May term of the district court will convene at 10 o’clock Monday. There will be a large list of criminal cases. The majority are liquor cases and County Attorney Riling declares that he will have more by the time court meets.”


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 12 months ago

Dancing is a sin? Apparenty they had not read the Bible back then!

1Ch 15:29 And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.

Ps 30:11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

Ps 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

Ps 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Ec 3:1-4 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven..... A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Jer 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

Lu 15:24-25 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 12 months ago

Whoops Ron, no jumping to conclusions! The prof did not say it was a sin -- he had other reasons. Stay tuned for the May 1 OHT and you'll see..... (I don't necessarily agree with his reasoning, just saying that they do not appear to have been based in any sin/virtue dichotomy... you'll see!)

scottmck 6 years, 12 months ago

I read both articles now that the May 1st paper is out, and I still do not agree with his reasoning! Suspended indefinitely?? That's absurd!

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