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100 years ago: Mayor urges enthusiasm for President’s arrival

September 21, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 21, 1911:

"When President Taft arrives in Lawrence it is expected that the greatest crowd of people ever gathered in Lawrence will be present to get at least a glimpse of the highest official of their country. Mayor Bishop when seen by a Journal-World reporter said: 'President Taft is the highest official in this country. He is the most honored man and it is a great distinction to Lawrence that he will stop here. It is my heartiest desire that Lawrence do credit to the coming here of the President, that this town express its appreciation of that visit by showing the President that it is glad he comes to this city. For that reason I desire that all the people of Lawrence assemble at the depot next Sunday.' This is little less than a proclamation to the people to be on hand when the President's special comes in at the Santa Fe depot. As the President will not leave the station there is no necessity of having decorations uptown, but it is expected that the depot will be handsomely decorated for the occasion."

"Today is officially set down as the 'last day of summer' for 1911. No more can summer be spoken of until 1912 comes along, even if there are some hot days. Straw hats must be put away, and woolen clothes taken out of moth balls. As human nature is said to always like something to complain of, the next thing on the schedule will be complaints of heating bills."

"Alva Carter, of Carter and Stockwell, who conducts a garage, was quite severely burned Saturday morning when a gasoline brazier with which he was working exploded. The burns are about his face and body and were very painful. He was resting fairly easy today."


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