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100 years ago: Festivities planned for Lincoln’s birthday

February 10, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 10, 1913:

  • "Abraham Lincoln's birthday never passes unobserved in Lawrence, and this year as usual various services and exercises are to be held to commemorate the memory of the great president. The G.A. R., the city schools and the churches always remember this day. At the G.A.R. Hall on Wednesday noon a dinner will be served to which all of the auxiliary organizations have been invited and which they are expected to attend. The big table will be set up in the basement of the court house and another of those excellent dinners served.... Yesterday was Lincoln Day at the churches being the Sunday before the twelfth of February. Sermons with the life and deeds of Abraham Lincoln as the text were preached in practically all of the churches of the city yesterday morning or evening. At the Methodist church a quartette from the A.M.E. church rendered several selections which were greatly enjoyed. The stereopticon was used showing the life of Lincoln in pictures.
  • "A Session Extraordinary of the city council is promised for tonight when that body convenes to take up business held over from the regular monthly meeting held last Monday night. At that time there were several questions under consideration which were put over for one week. Perhaps the greatest interest centers about the commission government petition which will be reported upon tonight by the special committee appointed to investigate the petition. Just what this Committee will report tonight is a matter of very much speculation. The Committee don't want to be interviewed on the subject. However, it has leaked out that the committee will say that it has found many duplications in signatures and that the petition is not 'O.K.' It is rumored, however, that the Committee will have some recommendations to make on the subject and may even suggest to the council that the matter of a change to the Commission plan be referred at the spring election."
  • "Captain Robert F. Scott and his party were overwhelmed by a blizzard on the return journey from the south pole. The entire party perished. They reached the south pole January 18, 1912. News of the disaster was brought by the Terra Nova, the vessel which carried Scott to to the Antarctic and which late last year went again south to bring him back. The total number of deaths is uncertain. It is believed that sixty-six scientists and sailors perished. Scott's party reached the exact point where Amundsen planted the Norwegian flag at the pole. They found there a hut left behind by Amundsen. These facts are recorded in documents found on the bodies of the dead explorers when recovered.... Mrs. Scott, now widow of the explorer, sailed form San Francisco February 5th, on the Aorangi for New Zealand. As the ship will not touch any cable point until she reaches the antipodes it is not improbable that Mrs. Scott will learn of her husband's death until she reaches New Zealand, although efforts are being made to reach the Aorangi by wireless."


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