100 years ago: Lawrence celebrates Washington’s 180th birthday

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 22, 1912:

  • “One hundred and eighty years ago today George Washington was born. A long time that, and yet there is no other man who occupies the same place in the minds of the people of the United States, especially the children, as does George Washington, ‘The Father of Their Country.’… Today is not a legal holiday in Kansas. That state has only four such events: Decoration Day, Christmas, Labor Day and Columbus Day, the latter of which has just been set aside officially by the last session of the legislature. Washington’s birthday is observed, however. The post office and all county offices were closed today as were the banks. while no school was held either at the University or in the city schools. Flags floated from various poles about town and everyone knew that it was February 22 — Washington’s birthday…. Pinckney school has received a picture, appropriate for school children. The title is ‘Washington crossing the Delaware.’ The picture was presented to the third grade room by Mrs. Francis Jaedicke as her son Frederick is a pupil in that room.”
  • “A long distance call from the state penitentiary at Lansing this afternoon warned the local sheriff’s office that a convict had escaped from the pen this noon and that it was believed he was on his way to Lawrence. A description of the man was given the Lawrence officers who will endeavor to make a capture if the man is seen around here.”
  • “A school without pupils is the condition at the Hazel Dell school house, eight miles southeast of Emporia. Only four pupils are enrolled, and these are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Miller. Last week, Miss Blanch Bullock, the teacher, punished one of the children for impudence and the others are being kept out of school by the parents. Miss Bullock opens up the school house each morning and stays out the job during the day. The truancy law may be used to compel the children to attend school.”
  • “Woodrow Wilson will arrive here at 8:30 tomorrow to remain until 9:30 at the University. The Journal-World received this news at 4 o’clock this afternoon.”