Archive for Wednesday, September 14, 2011

100 years ago: Oldest Kansan living in Lecompton

September 14, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 14, 1911:

  • "Opening day at the University greatly increased the number of students to enroll in the University, and at 2 o'clock this afternoon it was estimated that about 1,000 had registered for the year's work.... This promises to be the greatest year that the University of Kansas has ever known. Progressive work along all lines started at the college last year will be carried ahead."
  • "William Barber of Lecompton is said to have the distinction of being the oldest native-born Kansan. Mr. Barker, who is well known in and about Lawrence, was born in 1812 at the Baptist Shawnee Mission and has never lived a day outside of the state. He is the son of Dr. Francis Barker, who came to the Shawnee Mission from Massachusetts."
  • "Eudora -- Mrs. Mattie Payne, wife of Dr. C. Payne, left home Monday almost noon and has not been heard from since. This is the second time Mrs. Payne has left her husband and family in the last six months and it is not believed that she will ever return. The couple have been married fifteen years and have two children. The disappearance of Mrs. Payne has created a great deal of gossip."
  • "Is it September or is it torrid August? That's the question of the day, for the heat yesterday was so intense that many people were forced to stay at home, or to quit their work if it is strenuous labor.... The mosquitoes were worse than they had been before and it seemed as if summer was still here in all its force."


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