Archive for Friday, May 4, 2012

100 years ago: Visitors take ‘auto tour’ of Lawrence area

May 4, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 4, 1912:

"Lawrence today is entertaining about a thousand visitors who are here for the High School track meet and other attractions conducted under the auspices of the University of Kansas. The city dressed up in holiday attire and nothing was left undone to show the guests a splendid time while in Lawrence. One of the most enjoyable features of today's program was an auto ride over the city this morning for the debaters who took part in the contest last night, and other visitors, About fifteen autos were donated for the occasion and made a complete tour visiting the University, Haskell and over the city. ... Woman's Suffrage was defeated last evening in the annual and final High School debate held in Fraser Hall when the Ashland High School was given the decision against Burlington. Because of Ashland's victory, that town may keep the cup and banner for good, thus showing the state that Ashland has the prize debaters."

"Four beautiful mole skin coats were seen in Lawrence today and attracted considerable attention. The coats were worn by four half-grown moles that were brought to town by Fred Hunsinger. While nearly everyone is familiar with the ravages done by moles in well kept lawns and parks, there are few who have ever seen one alive. Mr. Hunsinger has a valuable Collie dog, a son of George Peterson's famous Collie, and the dog found the moles at some distance from the house and brought them to the house one by one uninjured. The fur of the moles is a beautiful gray with the sheen of the finest silk. While zoologists claim they have eyes, they must be rudimentary for they are not apparent to the casual observer.... While their powerful claws enable them to burrow with rapidity, they are awkward travelers when taken away from the ground."


Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 1 month ago

That's a great section about the moles, and also quite wonderful about the auto-ride. This is a great column, as alawys.

FlintlockRifle 6 years, 1 month ago

Yuuup, Miss Sarah must spend many hours looking for the best old stories to relay on to us each day, many thanks for your work-----------

Sarah St. John 6 years, 1 month ago

Awwww, thanks guys!

I loved the idea of fifteen autos in a row being so unusual and eye-catching....

Don't know why the collie was famous, unless it was just for being a collie, since they're so awesome.

I have never actually seen a mole myself, but I have witnessed their work many a time. :-/

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