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Archive for Tuesday, August 7, 2012

100 years ago: Eat your greens! SW Kansans using thistles for food

August 7, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 7, 1912:

  • "The people of Lawrence evidenced their appreciation of Woodland park and the attractions out there last night by turning out a big crowd for the first pay concert ever given here. Over 500 paid the nickel admission which was charged at the gate. The First Regimental Band gave another of its popular concerts and four reels of motion pictures added to the attraction."
  • "Mrs. Laura Shrout, who lives on the upland reached by Rural Route 3, sent to the Journal-World yesterday five tomatoes picked from a single vine which weighed over six pounds. The tomatoes were round and smooth and first class in quality. They were of the Ponderosa variety."
  • "The Lawrence tailors will have their annual picnic Wednesday of this week. The local makers of men's wearing apparel haven't completed their plans yet but it is a sure thing that they will have a big day of it. A large number of tailors will come up from Kansas City to join the locals on their picnic."
  • "Many of the people in Hamilton county have learned to use the Russian thistle on their tables and because of the fact that this once despised weed is the first to make its appearance in the spring and the last to disappear in the fall, it has become one of the most valuable productions of the Southwestern Kansas farm. Last spring many people used it for greens and preferred it to any other kind of greens that are found here. This summer a number of people are canning the thistle for winter eating, putting it up like beans."
  • "The National Progressive party took its place in the arena among politics in Chicago today when its first national convention assembled in the coliseum where the Republican national convention was held seven weeks ago. Colonel Roosevelt, sponsor for the new party, arrived this morning."

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