Archive for Wednesday, December 5, 2012

100 years ago: Businessmen’s ‘noonday lunch’ gaining attendance, interest

December 5, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 5, 1912:

  • "The interest in the noonday lunch being served at the Y.M.C.A. has surprised the people. Even those in attendance have said that the interest has outgrown anything that was expected. The fact is that Lawrence needs something to call the business men together oftener. In many cities noonday lunches are a regular thing.... The average business man is busy but he can eat and be sociable at the same time. Experience has shown that great problems are worked out by busy men at luncheons every day. We have city problems here to be worked out but what is of more importance we have business on hand that is bigger than time, that is for eternity. The first object in those meetings of course is to get the men united in the great work of the saving of souls and there is no better way than to get the men together at luncheons. There is no preaching there, no effort to drive, just a sociable gathering where men meet and greet each other in the true Christian spirit. The attendance is increasing each day and it means permanent good for this city. It means better acquaintance and it shows an interest of each man in his fellows that is fine. The Journal-World is much gratified at the camaraderie that is shown by these noonday meetings."
  • "The Golden Belt is being favorably considered by those who would establish a Trans-Continental Highway across the United States from the east to the west, and persons along this route now have clear visions of the $10,000,000 rock road that is being discussed. The Indianapolis Motor Club, chief promoters of the new highway, are planning a run next July from Indianapolis to San Francisco and they will make the trip over the Golden Belt Route, which will bring them through Lawrence about the middle of the month of July. It will be one of the largest motor trips ever taken across the continent and the fact that this route has been selected indicates that the Indianapolis people have come to the conclusion that it is the best of the three routes that have been under consideration."
  • "Lawrence people are warned against the use of the little 'Stickers' on letters mailed at the post office. For the postal laws prohibit this, except on the reverse side of the envelope and in this case they must not resemble postage stamps in form or design."
  • "Miss Carley Bresler of the Fairview neighborhood is the best bread baker in Douglas County, at least she carried off the honors in this department at the Farmers' Institute, although there were a large number of entrants. The judges selected Miss Bresler's loaf as the best in the contest and awarded the blue ribbon to her."


Sarah St. John 5 years, 3 months ago

I could go for a slice of Miss Carley's prize-winning home-baked bread right about now. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

FlintlockRifle 5 years, 3 months ago

Miss Sarah, I will provide the fresh Butter. Thank you for your column each day, this is about the only part of the paper worth reading on line.Will they ever put back the whole LJW on line?? or is it something that's gone forever?.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 3 months ago

I like the businessmen's lunch at the ymca, cool.
too bad we don't have that luncheon going in lawrence today!

Tyson Travis 5 years, 3 months ago

Bet they didn't have flirty servers or a keg at these luncheons...also, as a stamp collector, this explains why vintage Christmas seals are found on the BACKS of period cards.

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