Archive for Saturday, October 15, 2011

100 years ago: Several arrests made in wake of ‘merry-making’

October 15, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 15, 1911:

"The occasion of the celebration is as yet unknown, but several of the merry-makers will be called upon to explain at the Wednesday morning roll call of the police court. It occurred in the bottoms on Friday night according to the story of the police officers.... A long list of warrants has been issued for the participants in the events of the evening."

"Magnificent is the word which might fittingly describe the progress made on the construction of the Panama Canal. The statement of the Chief Engineer, that the Canal would be finished in September 1913, or over one year before the date previously announced, was at first received with some hesitation. Now, however, an examination of the colossal work that is being rushed to completion has convinced the most incredulous that Colonel Goethal's estimate of completion in 1913 will be borne out."

"Four Lawrence girls had a pleasant jaunt yesterday afternoon when they walked to Lake View. The girls started at three o'clock and made the trip in an hour. They took it leisurely at that. They ate their supper out at the lake, but they returned on the train."

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Tony Kisner 6 years, 6 months ago

Party houses on the East Side, Merry-making in the bottoms. This town was bedeviled by the drink and likely dancing. Sarah, any mention of pool halls around 1911? You know what that can lead to.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

Trouble... right here in River City! from: "The Music Man" con man par excellence "Professor Harold Hill" performed by Robert Preston!

Sarah St. John 6 years, 6 months ago

No mention of pool halls yet, Easy -- but it's funny you should mention that. When I showed this ad to a friend, it immediately reminded her of the first (?) song from "The Music Man," where the salesmen are chatting on the train -- remember? It reminded her because they mention the sugar barrel and the pickle barrel (but not the cracker barrel).

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

"Rock Island" First musical number from: 'The Music Man' (opening scene)

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow! At 3:31one salesman is holding 'The Kansas City Gazette'!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

Anachronism! The 1962 film is set in July 1912, but 'The Kansas City Gazette', Kansas City, KS, was only published from 1888-1909!

Sarah St. John 6 years, 6 months ago

Well, I certainly didn't. You should put that in the "Goofs" section of the movie's IMDB page! :-)

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

Done! I was the first to notice that and submit it to IMBd! There were only a few other goofs. For a LOT of goofs, go look up 'Gone With the Wind'.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

good work Ron!

I'm so glad Lawrence never has such merrymaking anymore!

bottoms? not far from Scooter's ranch, lol! something in that soil?

independent_rebel 6 years, 6 months ago

I've lived here my entire life, and have occassionaly seen references to the "bottoms" but have no idea exactly where they were. Any one know? What is in that area today?

And Merrill, if you respond with one of your anti Bush/Cheney copy-and-pastes, I swear...

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

The bottoms almost surely meant near the river.

But, since the flood of 1951 changed the course of the Kansas river so much, it would probably be difficult to locate exactly where they were referring to. Some of the platted city lots of Lawrence are now underwater.

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