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100 years ago: KU ‘class dances’ to move from downtown to campus

April 11, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 11, 1913:

  • "Will the down-town class dances given by the social committees of the various classes of the University be a thing of the past from now on? At the regular meeting of the University Council last evening a motion was passed asking that the Committee on Student Social Affairs of which Professor E. W. Murray is the chairman, conduct an inquiry regarding the use of Robinson Gymnasium every week end for class dancing parties. This would necessarily do away with the present plan of holding class parties in the down-town halls. This new plan is a part of the movement on the part of the University Council towards a closer supervision over student social affairs. Recently stringent rules were adopted by the Council regarding these parties and now an attempt will be made to hold them entirely on the hill."
  • "The club women of Lawrence are planning to renew their efforts to relieve the burdens of the working girls of this city during the hot summer months this summer. Mrs. M. E. Tanner, addressing the meeting of the City Federation of Women's Clubs yesterday told the women that she would soon begin her campaign to induce the merchants to close their stores at 5 o'clock each evening, except Saturdays, during the months of July and August. Last year the women made similar efforts although the first plan proposed last year was for a half-day closing each week. It was the plan then to secure a Thursday afternoon closing of all business houses in the city, however, the plan failed."
  • "During the month of March the local post office handled a total of 129,503 pounds of mail, or almost sixty-five tons, a little more than two tons a day for the thirty-one days. The weight of increase in the mail has been rapid, most of the increase being due to the parcel post work.."
  • "The matter of a municipal garbage system was again brought to the attention of the council by M. J. Wells, who presented a petition to the council some time ago asking that such a system be installed in Lawrence.... Mayor Bishop spoke a favorable word for the plan stating that in his belief a municipal garbage system was needed in Lawrence and that he hoped to see one established here as soon as possible."
  • "Ed. Moran, formerly a Rhode Island brakeman, but said to have been bumming it through Lawrence, lost a leg in the Union Pacific yards here last night when in some way he slipped and fell beneath a moving train. A car passed over his left leg just below the knee and crushed it almost completely off. Dr. E. R. Keith was called and amputated the injured leg. Moran was put on a later train and taken to Kansas City."

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