Archive for Monday, November 19, 2012

100 years ago: Lawrence residents urged to decorate town for Kansas-Missouri game

November 19, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 19, 1912:

  • “The City of Lawrence will be host to the Sate of Missouri on next Saturday and it behooves the town to exert itself toward making the visitors comfortable and extend them the glad hand while they are here. Realizing this the various civic organizations are planning various stunts of decoration and entertainment that will bespeak the fact that Lawrence is glad of the opportunity of entertaining so splendid a crowd…. At Columbia last year the town was literally covered with bunting, flags and pennants and posters. The little town of Columbia did itself proud on this occasion and Lawrence will no doubt do the same this year…. Another fitting observance of the day will be a general closing of stores and suspension of business during the hours of the game. The great majority of the merchants have already signified their intention of closing on this occasion. A paper in circulation is receiving a number of signatures of men who agree to close and let their clerks visit the grounds for the game. It is quite probable that the closing will be practically unanimous on Saturday afternoon.”
  • “An interesting visitor to Lawrence today was Dr. Herbert Fruehling, a German chemist, who has been in America but eight months. Dr. Fruehling is at present chemist for the Kansas City Soap Company at Kansas City, Kan., and was in Lawrence today to confer with Dr. Bailey and others in the University department of chemistry. Dr. Fruehling was much surprised at the size of the University here and stated that he expected to come here often as his library and equipment in the factory was rather limited, while at the university here he found everything that he wanted. Dr. Fruehling is an interesting talker and although he had been in America but eight months he speaks English quite fluently. Before going to Kansas City he was connected with the famous laboratories of Thomas Edison.”

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