Archive for Friday, April 27, 2012

100 years ago: LHS Junior Prom a big success

April 27, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 27, 1912:

  • "Most assuredly the annual Junior Prom given last evening by the members of that class of the Lawrence High School was the most successful that the school has ever known. In the first place the big new feature of the occasion was that the Prom was given at the High School buildings instead of at a downtown Hall.... Of course the most elaborate feature of the evening was the farce given at the High School proper called 'A Case of Suspension' and was the best farce of the kind ever given in High School circles, while for that matter the college students have done no better.... The other part of the evening was spent with a reception in the upper hall of the Manual Training building. The dining room was beautifully decorated.... The dainty refreshments were served by the girls of the refreshment committee and every detail when to show that the class of 1913 has large ideas and did not spare the expense."
  • "The case of the engineer in Kansas City who was attacked with a queer malady called 'The bends' is a former K.U. football star. He is O. K. Williamson who played with Bert Kennedy and Arthur St. Leger Moore. Accompanied by I. F. Lindsay, foreman of the work, Williamson went to the bottom of a caisson at 5 o'clock recently. The inspection was made, and the men were shot back to the surface in a pneumatic tube. Two minutes after they left the tube Williamson fell to the ground, groaning with pain. His muscles became tense and Lindsay, who is an old bridge worker, knew at once that the engineer was suffering from the 'bends.'"
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Sarah St. John 3 years, 7 months ago

"The inspection was made, and the men were shot back to the surface in a pneumatic tube."

People, people, people.... did we learn NOTHING from the Brooklyn Bridge?

Sarah St. John 3 years, 7 months ago

p.s. You'll notice that there was no mention of.... dancing... at the Junior Prom. Just the performance of a play, followed by a reception and a nice dinner.

Sheryl Wiggins 3 years, 7 months ago

I like the word 'caisson' I think I shall use it in a sentence at least once everyday. The only thing I learned from the building of the Brooklyn Bridge is that John Robeling(spelling?) had an accident while surveying the land and died of tetanus and his wife, Emily, finished.

Sarah St. John 3 years, 7 months ago

Probably. The early 1900s newspaper was rife with typos. Sometimes entire paragraphs were printed upside-down. :-) I'll check that link later and make the change. Thanks, weiser!

Stephanie Hull 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm currently reading David McCullough's book, The Great Bridge, about building the Brooklyn Bridge. Finnbar -- you're correct that the John Roebling died of tetanus. His son, Washington, took over the bridge construction, and he was seriously affected by "caisson disease" (aka "the bends"). I haven't finished it yet, but I definitely recommend it.

LadyJ 3 years, 7 months ago

Was Lawrence High School later changed to Liberty High School and then back to Lawrence High School?

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