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Archive for Sunday, April 14, 2013

100 years ago: Winter wrap-up: City continues tradition of annual Spring Cleaning day

April 14, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 14, 1913:

  • "Saturday, April 19th, is to be clean-up day in Lawrence although Governor Hodges has declared the eighteenth of the month to be the general day for cleaning up all over the state. Lawrence has observed this day for many years, before a governor of the state made it a state-wide affair. The Clean-Up Day here has always been observed on the third Saturday in April and it has been decided by the Civic League, originators of the plan, to continue according to the original plan and consequently Lawrence will clean up a day later than many other cities in the state.... While the clean-up will be conducted again this year under the auspices of the Civic League that organization will not supply wagons for hauling away the rubbish this year as it has done in the past. It was found that this was a very expensive undertaking and the league will ask the city to take over this part of the work this year.... Those desiring wagons sent to haul away the rubbish will be required to pay a small fee for such service. Many citizens have expressed a willingness to do this if the wagons are available."
  • "At a meeting of the Senior class of the University held on the hill this morning it was decided that the class would build a Memorial Arch at the Oread avenue entrance of the University campus. This will be a substantial reminder of the Class of 1913 and will be in place where it can be observed by many generations of K.U. students that are yet to come. It is planned to erect an arch of four pillars which will cost about $400."
  • "The playgrounds association met this morning and decided to enlarge its work by establishing new places where children could have organized play in the city. In addition to South Park where the work was so successfully carried on last year the association by a unanimous vote decided this morning to establish organized playgrounds at Pinckney, New York, Woodlawn and Lincoln schools. One general director will be employed and probably two assistants....The grounds will be used in all parts of town and play will be provided for both white and colored children. On most of the grounds separate hours will be provided for white and colored children and a colored assistant director will be employed if a trained one can be found."
  • "The Journal-World this evening presents something novel in Lawrence, but common over the country, a page advertisement for the churches. The various religious bodies have felt the need for publicity and in many cities have used the columns of the daily papers to advantage.... In plain and attractive manner is set forth why people should attend church and under this is the regular church notices, which this paper inserts free of charge as has been its custom."

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been_there 1 year, 8 months ago

"....The grounds will be used in all parts of town and play will be provided for both white and colored children. On most of the grounds separate hours will be provided for white and colored children and a colored assistant director will be employed if a trained one can be found." We've come a long ways, I hope.

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