100 years ago: Local family holds huge annual reunion in South Park

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 4, 1911:

  • “The annual reunion of the Eberhart family has come to be one of the big events in Lawrence and Douglas county. This family gathers together each year to talk over the past and to keep in touch with each other. The family is organized with officers and committees to look after its affairs and to keep track and records of the lives and history of the individual members of the family. The sixth annual reunion was held in South Park on Saturday. The usual splendid dinner was served to the friends and members present, after which a group picture was taken by A. Lawrence.”
  • “Residents in the west part of town early this morning saw a fire towards the east and believed that there was a serious fire in that section of the city. The flames leaped high into the air and could be plainly seen from the city. This morning it was learned that the fire was at the home of John Whitelaw in old Franklin, four miles southeast of Lawrence. Two barns were burned to the ground and it is estimated that the loss was about $2,000…. The buildings contained a large amount of hay and alfalfa. Several wagons, carriages, harness and three boats that were in one of the barns were lost.”
  • “In spite of the rain that fell this morning the Labor Day Parade was given and proved to be the best labor turn-out that has ever been seen in Lawrence. The citizens and business men joined in the procession with many artistic and beautiful floats that showed great interest in the day and what it stands for.”
  • “The Jamaica Ginger jag is getting to be quite a popular thing about Lawrence of late since the effective whiskey crusade that has been waged here. Another was up in police court this morning charged with taking an over dose of the ‘medicine.’ He was found to be intoxicated and was assessed a fine of $1 and costs amounting to $6.50.”
  • “Another of the freaks of motoring was exhibited this morning in the 700 block on Massachusetts street. Gordon Gibb was driving south in his new car when the wheels skidded on the wet pavement and the car turned around and started north. Just in the opposite direction. It was a lucky accident in that the machine did not suffer the least damage from the freak trick that it put on.”