Archive for Tuesday, October 16, 2012

100 years ago: KU to begin ‘Homecoming’ tradition

October 16, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 16, 1912:

  • "Alumni of the University of Kansas everywhere have received an invitation to attend the first 'Homecoming' celebration in Lawrence on November 23, the day of the Kansas-Missouri game. Ten thousand graduates and former students of K.U. are expected back to join in the festivities to be held on the campus in their honor. Scores of the 'old boys' who were graduated fifteen or twenty years ago and have never been back even to attend commencements are writing in for accommodations. They all want to see how the K.U. team will handle the first football invasion of the Missouri tiger.... 'Homecomings' are an established feature in some older universities and will hereafter be annual affairs at Kansas. Fraternity houses will be thrown open to their alumni; county clubs will look after the entertainment of the visitors from their localities; the student council and other organizations will see that hospitality is spelled with a big H on the great day; and the University will open its laboratories and class rooms and museums so that its sons and daughters may appreciate the strides it has taken since they went out into the world."
  • "Mrs. Carry Pratt living near Eudora was severely and perhaps fatally injured this afternoon at 3:30 by being plunged over the embankment near the George Bowman farm. Mrs. Pratt had intended driving to Lawrence and was just making the turn at the same place that Martin Babb was killed two years ago when she lost control of her machine and the car carried her over the bridge. The injured woman was brought to the Simmons Hospital where she is unconscious and where Dr. Simmons immediately made an examination. Whether the injuries are fatal or not has not yet been determined.... This is a dangerous place in the Eudora road. The road turns at sharp angles and with only a frail iron railing to prevent cars or other vehicles from running off the side into the abyss below.... It is a place that is known and feared by all who travel this road as the bridge cannot be seen until one is only a few feet away. A new bridge and even a new road has been agitated for some time but each time it failed to materialize and the old bridge still stands there. It is a menace to the county that should have been removed long ago. It is understood now that the commissioners are considering abolishing this sharp curve by changing the course of the road and opening a highway further to the south."


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