Archive for Saturday, June 11, 2011

100 years ago: KU’s Potter Lake witnesses ‘wild scenes’

June 11, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 11, 1911:

  • “It was very much cooler today, but the atmosphere was so humid that reeking humanity fanned itself and complained of the heat more persistently than ever. At 2 o’clock this afternoon it was practically 12 degrees cooler than at the same hour yesterday, but it would have been utterly impossible to convince a single soul of that fact.”
  • “Wild scenes are being enacted at Potter Lake since the close of the University. Orgies of a character not taken into calculation by the staid old regents who authorized the pretty little artificial lake are said to take place on its banks daily. Yesterday a party of former students clothed only in B.V.D.’s held an Iggorote dance on the banks of the lake. A party of girls who live in the vicinity of the lake have been rising at 4 o’clock in the morning and trudging out in the early dawn for a morning plunge.”
  • “A. Pesuona was in police court this morning on a charge of drunkenness and disturbing the peace. Pesuona admitted having been to Kansas City and having brought home a jag of considerable proportions. He emphatically denied having disturbed anyone. He was given a fine of $8.50 which he professed to be unable to pay.”
  • “Andrew Bolin, 167 Funston, was painfully injured in an accident on the roller coaster last night. Bolin was riding in the rear seat of one of the little cars and is unable to explain how he happened to get his foot entangled in the machinery beneath the car. The shoe had been torn entirely off his right foot which was cruelly cut and gashed. None of the bones appear to be broken but the injury is sufficient to keep him off the foot for a week or ten days.”


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 10 months ago

‘Wild scenes’ at Potter Lake.

Proof that things have not changed much in the last 100 years!

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