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100 years ago: ASME students enjoy year-end banquet

December 19, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 19, 1911:

  • "The third annual meeting of the University of Kansas student section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers closed last evening with a formal banquet at the Eldridge. All day yesterday the sessions were held when papers were read on subjects of interest to the engineers present.... The menu was as follows: Oyster cocktail; Cream of Tomato aux Crouton; Celery; Olives; Salted Almonds; Roast Young Chicken with Cranberry Sauce; Candied Yams; French Peas in Cases; Eldridge Ice Cream; Assorted Cakes; Cafe Noir; Cigars."
  • "The Golden Belt Road Association is now planning to mark the highway from Kansas City to Denver with signs directing the passing tourists. Douglas county has been asked to name a road through this county and to mark it with the official sign of the Golden Belt."
  • "'Pure Food' Pike was in Lawrence yesterday to continue his restaurant crusade. He found an eating house in North Lawrence that he claims was not up to specifications and ordered the owner to move out and secure a new location as he did not believe the present building could ever be cleaned up. Ten days were given in which to do this. James Parsons, the proprietor, has promised to do this, and no complaint was filed against him. Mr. Pike said yesterday that he would be back again soon as he had found several other matters that needed the attention of the pure food department."

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 2 months ago

• "'Pure Food' Pike was in Lawrence yesterday to continue his restaurant crusade. He found an eating house in North Lawrence that he claims was not up to specifications and ordered the owner to move out and secure a new location as he did not believe the present building could ever be cleaned up. Ten days were given in which to do this. James Parsons, the proprietor, has promised to do this, and no complaint was filed against him. Mr. Pike said yesterday that he would be back again soon as he had found several other matters that needed the attention of the pure food department."

---who's "pure food" Pike?
sure, a substandard restaurant in north lawrence ... and what whould that restaurant have been? where?


the menu at the ASME banquet was kinda cool to read, but I'd rather know the titles of the papers read there.

thanks Sarah. this is so well done.

Sarah St. John 3 years, 2 months ago

A.G. Pike was the Pure Food Inspector for the state of Kansas. He had the fun job of traveling the state and making sure that products were correctly labeled, measures were accurate, and food was unadulterated Here's an earlier OHT that mentions him checking measures:

And here's a fun one from February 1911, when he was in Lawrence checking up on groceries and restaurants:

Sarah St. John 3 years, 2 months ago

Gnome, I wish they'd listed the titles of the papers, too! Weiser, I KNOW! And I even left out ANOTHER oyster dinner that someone else had, because just how many times can OHT readers put up with another oyster mention?? These suppers appear to have been extra-popular around Christmastime. I am not really sure why; anyone have any idea?

rbwaa 3 years, 2 months ago

I think it is because oysters are in season at that time - sort of like watermelon in summer.

statesman 3 years, 2 months ago

As a veteran of many local engineering conferences, I envy the menu that those folks had in 1911. Definitely more upscale than modern day conference meals. My grandmother used to serve oysters at every Christmas dinner. I have no idea why they were so popular, other than the cold weather of winter time made transporting them from the gulf coast more feasible than other times of the year. Perhaps Christmas was seen as a time to splurge some money on exotic foods.

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