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Archive for Sunday, September 16, 2012

100 years ago: First wave of KU students returning to Lawrence

September 16, 2012

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

  • "New York City was treated to a rousing 'Rock Chalk' last week during the meeting of the International Convention of Applied Chemistry. The Rah, Rah boys in this occasion were in a majority staid professors from the Jayhawker institution. Prof. E. H. S. Bailey acted as cheer leader for the occasion."
  • "Although there are only half a dozen of the Veterans of the famous Twentieth Kansas Volunteers now residing in Lawrence, these half dozen men are making extensive preparations for the entertainment of the regiment which meets here in annual reunion September 25-26. Posters have been sent out over the state ordering all of the outposts in and requesting them to 'come early and stay until mustered out.' The Lawrence Veterans met Saturday at the home of Colonel Wilder S. Metcalf and discussed the proposition of showing these men a good time while in Lawrence. The Douglas County Fair will be in session during the two days of the reunion and the reception committee is planning to utilize this attraction to the fullest extent.... It is expected that there will be between a hundred and fifty and two hundred of the members of this famous regiment on hand at the reunion."
  • "College life is showing signs of awakening in the very near future in Lawrence. The advance guard of the returning student body has already arrived in the city and they are bringing with them word from the main column which will begin to come in next Monday. From all over the state young men and women are sending in the announcement that they are coming for another year on old Mount Oread. They are leaving their homes in search of knowledge at the Athens of Kansas.... Down town business is pricking up its ears and scents in the distance the approach of the students coming from the homes of the state. Lawrence is very much of a student town yet, even though in the past few years it has broadened out in other lines. But the college people are the life of the city and Lawrence is glad to see them coming back."

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