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100 years ago: Ranks of Civil War veterans thinner at annual Decoration Day parade

May 31, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 31, 1912:

  • "With slow and infirm step the veterans of the Civil War marched to the strains of martial music to the Bowersock theater yesterday afternoon. The ranks of the soldier boys of '61 have been greatly thinned during the battles of life, and only a small squad of the original army was out yesterday. At Lawrence those who followed the flag numbered between twenty-five and thirty, while in years past hundreds marched. Many of these walked with canes, slow and with unsteady step; others upon whose life time had not told so, walked with firm step and heads erect as in the old days of civil war. The ranks of the veterans were swelled by the presence of the younger soldiers of today. The First Regimental band led the procession furnishing the music by which the others marched."
  • "Dr. A. R. Kennedy today rejected a handsome offer from the University of Pennsylvania which school offered him the position of Coach of the backfield of the football team for next fall. Kennedy received the offer several days ago but has decided that he will remain in Lawrence rather than go back to the eastern college.... Kennedy's record for the eight years that he was with Kansas University is known throughout the east which is responsible to a great extent for this offer.... Coach Kennedy is a great believer in Pennsylvania University and says that he would like to go back there next season very much but that this seems impossible at present. Kennedy will remain with Haskell another year at least. The outlook is good for the Indian team this year and Kennedy will stay by them."
  • "A good many people do not think that Lawrence amounts to much as a manufacturing town. Possibly it does not amount to as much as it should, that it does not live up to its opportunities, but it makes a good showing. In the government census report under the head of 'Manufacturers--Kansas,' is the following: 'The next largest increase, 151.2 per cent, is shown for Lawrence. The abandonment of a large flour mill was largely responsible for the decrease of 46.9 per cent from 1899 to 1904 in the value of products for this city, but during the last five years the flour mill and grist mill industry shows a remarkable gain, and the city an increase of 33.5 per cent for the decade.' The detailed figures will be interesting. Lawrence is the ninth town in size in manufacturing and during the year 1909, the value of the manufactured products was $1,053,488. It took the labor of 422 people to do the work necessary to produce this result."

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