Archive for Friday, February 24, 2012

100 years ago: KU debating club argues pros, cons of parcel post system, divorce laws

February 24, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 24, 1912:

  • "At an executive committee meeting of the Douglas County Farmers' Institute held here today it was decided to hold contests for the boys and girls of Douglas county. These contests will be corn for the boys and sewing, bread making, and putting up fruit for the girls.... The prizes will be for the first class a trip to Manhattan and the second class prizes will be cash."
  • "At the first formal debate of the University Debating society held last night two questions were up for debate. The first one was 'Resolved, that a Parcels Post system shall be established.' The negative side won. In the second debate, the question was 'Resolved, that Congress shall adopt a uniform divorce law.' In this the affirmative won."
  • "The box supper and program at Number 6 school house last night was attended by a large crowd. There were about forty boxes of every description which sold well. The result of the selling was $45.70 which will be used in repairing and beautifying the school. The crowd was a jolly one and all had a good time."
  • "Washington Creek School District was visited by a real mad dog scare yesterday when an animal that appeared to be mad ran wild, biting five other dogs before it was killed. Yesterday the dog, a yellow animal, put in its appearance and frightened the neighborhood. Yesterday it bit five dogs and this morning put in its appearance at the Nick Thome place. The dog was just making for Mr. Thome when his son shot it. The head of the animal was cut off and brought to the University to be examined for rabies. The report will be made Monday. Among the five dogs bitten were some collies that are very valuable."


Tyson Travis 6 years, 2 months ago

Hmmm...First prize, a trip to the Little Apple, probably a chance to visit Ag School facilities, second prize CASH? Wonder how many would rather have seen those reversed? Bet they didn't get to go to Aggieville. #6 School is the one at 23rd and Iowa, correct? Didn't realize it was that old, the citizens from 100 years ago wouldn't recognize the environment.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 2 months ago

Jazz, I apologize for the bad editing on my part. The print was obscured on the original, so I left out a bit. The contest was divided into two classes, A and B. Class A was for ages 15 to 20 years, while B was for 12 to 15 year-olds. Presumably a trip to the Ag School would have been of more interest to the older contestants, while the younger ones were not yet ready to make that post-secondary-school decision.

Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for reading!

FlintlockRifle 6 years, 2 months ago

Yes #6 " rural school" is the red brick building on the N/W corner of 23rd and Iowa. We played them in baseball when I was in a rural school, our school had about 10-12 kids total in all 8 grades, #6 had quite a bit bigger enrollment, and usually waxed us pretty good, sometimes they would "loan" us some of there kids so we would have enough to field a team--

RoeDapple 6 years, 2 months ago

Now that there is some priceless memories!

Sarah St. John 6 years, 2 months ago

Flint, thank you so much for your input. I'm so glad you're here. :-)

By the way, which school did you attend?

Sarah St. John 6 years, 2 months ago

I was going to link a photo of the schoolhouse for our out-of-state readers (hi tee!) but, oddly, I can't find one.

But ooooo, here's someone's photograph of the view looking southwest from old No. 6 back in the late 1940s.

I am going to have to look at that whole photostream when I have a moment. It's not in any of our OHT timelines but I don't care. :-)

FlintlockRifle 6 years, 2 months ago

Miss Sarah, I went to SIgal School, it was located west of the Y.S.I fields on K-10 bypass west of town. When they were building Clinton Lake it was torn down, guess corps of engineers owned the ground.

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