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100 years ago: 15-year-old Lawrence boy ready for college sophomore work

July 2, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 2, 1911:

  • "To enter the university at fifteen years of age would be something marvelous but to be prepared to start in with the second year's work is something almost unheard of. Yet this is what will happen next fall at the University of Kansas. Lawellyn Lai Zure, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Lai Zure of 1837 Barker avenue, certainly has made a remarkable record for himself. He early showed his aptness at learning by mastering the alphabet when but sixteen months of age and at two years had learned to read. When only five years of age he put in much time reading Shakespeare.... The mother relates that when he had reached the age of six he came to her one day and urged her to buy him a civil engineering book that he might study it."
  • "Carrying a long butcher knife in his hip pocket resulted in quite a painful accident to a fisherman whose name is said to be Johnson. The accident occurred about 2 o'clock this morning while Johnson was fishing down on the river. He was walking along and some manner fall on the knife that he was carrying and a severe cut was inflicted on his back. Dr. Smith dressed the wound and the injured man is reported as doing nicely."
  • "John Aegubright is a city farmer, but he is a good one. He brought to this office today one of the potatoes he raised on his back lot this year. He says that the crop is large and the bigness represents the amount of work put into the patch."


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