Archive for Wednesday, May 2, 2012

100 years ago: Residents encouraged to decorate downtown for high-school visitors

May 2, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 2, 1912:

  • "On Friday and Saturday Lawrence and the University will entertain over a thousand visitors from the high schools of the state who will be here to witness and take part in the second annual debate and the annual track meet and tennis tournament held here under the auspices of the University of Kansas A large part of the entertainment for these visitors will be provided for by the University but the town will have its work to do. The first part of the city's work will be to decorate the down town section. The first delegation of visitors will arrive on Friday morning and the booster organizations are anxious that the decorations be in place by that time.... Women's suffrage, the question which will be voted upon by the people of Kansas at the next election, will be the subject for the championship debate of Kansas high schools tomorrow night at the University. Teams from Ashland and Burlington high schools will contest for the debating honors."
  • "A. Young yesterday closed the deal with the Beta Theta Pi fraternity for the Usher residence on South Tennessee street. This gives over one of the finest residences in town to the Beta fraternity, making them one of the finest chapter houses in the west. The Usher property is one of the most historic structures in Kansas. The Betas will do some remodellng."
  • "Mrs. George Barker yesterday distributed 500 packages of vegetable seeds to the school children. They were sent from Washington by Congressman Jackson."


Sarah St. John 5 years, 11 months ago

The Usher House was featured on an episode of the KTWU-TV program "Wood, Brick & Stone" not too long ago:

If you can get a DVD, it's an interesting program!

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