Archive for Friday, October 26, 2012

100 years ago: KU-K State game ignites football fever in Lawrence

October 26, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 26, 1912:

  • "Kansas defeated the Manhattan Aggies 19 to 6 this afternoon in one of the fiercest games of the season.... 'Dutch' Martin intercepted a pass on the Kansas 35 yard line and carried the ball 65 yards for a touch down in the last few minutes of play creating the real sensation of the game."
  • "Massachusetts street swarmed with rooters from Manhattan, rooters from Lawrence, bands, enthusiasts and interested spectators. It was the real football spirit which prevailed down town this morning, the spirit that has not been seen in Lawrence before. The students of both schools enthused to the limit and the football atmosphere simply took possession for the morning.... The Aggie rooters, 500 strong, came in shortly after 11 o'clock wildly enthusiastic over their team and their chances to win this afternoon from the ancient enemy of K.U. The rooters of the Manhattan school always trust sincerely in their team and stick by them, and the crowd this morning indicates that the Manhattan team is not at all lacking in support. For an hour after the Aggies, accompanied by the band, which by the way is some band, arrived in Lawrence, the street rang with cheers.... This afternoon at 1:30 a mass meeting of K. U. rooters was held on the hill, preparatory to the lung battle which was fought by opposing rooters this afternoon.... Out on the field sections were reserved for the rooters of both teams and a lively war was waged between the opposing rooting clubs. Between halves the Jayhawkers swarmed down on the field and led by the Jayhawker band did the snake dance down the field. A Freshman was tossed up in a blanket, motion pictures were taken and a general outburst of enthusiasm indulged in that surpassed all previous efforts of the K. U. rooters."
  • "Three thousand five hundred and eleven men have qualified to vote in Lawrence on November fifth. The poll books were closed last night at 10 o'clock and the count this morning showed that the largest registration ever in Lawrence had just been concluded. The interest in the campaign this year is greater than ever before and all parties have been active in getting their voters registered so that the full force of the party can be shown at the voting in November.... Yesterday was the last day and a large number of men called and had their names put on the poll books before it was too late.... The figures indicate that the voting will be heavy this year and that the results will be slow in getting in due to the large number of votes to be counted and the long list of officers that are to be voted for."


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