Archive for Monday, May 23, 2011

100 years ago: Kansas governor drives to Lawrence for glass of buttermilk

May 23, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 23, 1911:

  • “At 3:45 this afternoon there is every prospect of Douglas county acquiring a ‘calf case’ likely to go down in court annals with other famous bits of litigation over stray calves, pet dogs, and stolen hogs. The two calves which are the cause of the litigation are valued at $70. They are a pair which T. H. Banks swears strayed from his pasture last August and which G. T. Jeffers is equally sure he raised. The calves were tied in the rear of the court house as exhibit ‘A’ during the trial.”
  • “Buttermilk, just buttermilk, was the lure which enticed Governor W. R. Stubbs and C. A. Cain, a Topeka newspaper man, to Lawrence this morning. The governor was at work quietly in his office when he was seized with an unquenchable thirst for a glass.... ‘Lawrence is in the throes of a booze crusade,’ soliloquized the governor, ‘and buttermilk ought to be plentiful there. I’ll just motor down and buy a pint.’ Whereupon the governor secreted a small jug in his big touring car and journeyed to this city. He scented the buttermilk all right and then concluded to remain for the day.”


Mark Elzea 6 years, 11 months ago

By that reasoning, I guess, buttermilk should still be plentiful here!

Sarah St. John 6 years, 11 months ago

Well, yes.... we must have lots of buttermilk to make all those biscuits!

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