Archive for Monday, April 23, 2012

100 years ago: Rural school celebrates year’s end with picnic, baseball game

April 23, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 23, 1912:

  • "About 75 people met at Brown's grove April 19 to attend the closing exercises of the No. 6 school taught by Miss Cloyd Hanselman. After a short program a ball game [was played] between Kennedy Valley and No. 6, resulting in a score of 20 to 10 in favor of No. 6. A very fine dinner was served at 12:30 which was heartily enjoyed. Later in the afternoon as a gift from the teacher, bananas and oranges were served. Miss Hanselman has had a very successful year, each of the children making very good records. All left thanking their beloved teacher for a very pleasant day."
  • "Victor Anderson has sold his beautiful new home, 1620 Barker, to W. R. Painter from South Dakota, who comes here to place his son in the engineering department on the hill. Mr. Anderson and wife leave tomorrow for Eureka, California, their new home, and it is with regret we make this announcement as their going away is a distinct loss to Lawrence."
  • "The small child of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Powless narrowly escaped drowning in an old well at the home, 1216 Rhode Island street. The child tipped off a board across the top of the well and fell into the opening. Luckily the opening was small and the child became fastened and was removed from the precarious positions by the mother who heard the screams of help."


Tyson Travis 6 years, 1 month ago

Here's #6 again, back then a "rural" school, but it's still there at 23rd & Iowa, probably at least a mile inside the city limits in all directions...

Sarah St. John 6 years, 1 month ago

Good eyes, Jazz. Yep, No. 6 made an appearance in this space just about two months ago: (third paragraph)

This is the second "year-end school party" story in the past week or so. I guess schools, at least the rural ones, used to end their year a lot earlier than now -- I imagine because the children were needed on the farms.

Also: I wonder if 1620 Barker is still there, still the original.

Tyson Travis 6 years ago

Will have my brother research 1620 Barker this weekend...anyone know where Kennedy Valley School used to be?

FlintlockRifle 6 years, 1 month ago

Yep, country schools were just 8 months back when I was a kid, like "town" said, so the kids could help doing farm work. Sigel school where I went also had an end of school year feast, and they were indeed a true feast, nothing store bought back then.

Tyson Travis 6 years ago

My brother reports that there is no period dwelling standing at 1620 Barker, it must have been lost. Wonder where Brown's Grove and Kennedy Valley School were?

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