Archive for Thursday, March 10, 2011

100 years ago: KU freshmen to be forced to wear beanies on April Fool’s Day

March 10, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Mar. 10, 1911:

“FRESHIES DON CAPS. Failure among the freshmen to wear one of the varicolored little lids on April 1 will subject the indiscreet ones to public paddling in front of Fraser hall. This order which is in accordance with the K. U. tradition of many years usage was promulgated last night by the student council. Wearing the absurdly tiny freshie lids is an April Fool’s Day custom long in vogue at Kansas, and the upper classmen have delegated to themselves the power of enforcing the custom.”

“Lawrence is so dry that not only the election passed off without any offenders finding their way into police court, but there has been no round-up of post-election revelers. It is an uncommon thing for an election to pass without some plain drunks landing in court.”

“An alarm of fire at 9:55 last night called the fire fighters to 1645 R. I. A new dwelling being erected by Mrs. E. F. Woosley was found to be blazing. The fire had not gained much headway and was easily extinguished by the department. The house was being erected by Curry & Strail who estimate the damage at approximately $50.”

“The regular story hour will be given at the library Saturday at four o’clock. All little folks of Lawrence are invited.”


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