Archive for Sunday, February 17, 2013

100 years ago: LHS delivers ‘surprise of the season’ to KU basketball team

February 17, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 17, 1913:

  • "The fast high school five sprang the surprise of the season last night in the Y.M.C.A. gymnasium, when they ran over the College team by a 29 to 25 score. The game was one of the fastest that the high school boys have played this year. In the first half the score seesawed back and forth until the end of the half when the Lawrence boys had the long end of a 14 to 10 score. In the second half both teams made 15 points, which made the score total 29 to 25. The college men were handicapped by the smallness of the court, they being used to plenty of room on the hill."
  • "Another evidence of the surprising growth of the Parcel Post was seen in Lawrence this morning when one of Uncle Sam's gray clad employees was seen leaving the local post office riding proudly in a brand new delivery wagon of the latest style. The local business of the parcel post is now handled separate from the other mail and this delivery wagon was found necessary to do this. Two big loads of parcels were delivered the morning by the Parcel Post Man and another was taken out from the office this afternoon. Since the new system was put into operation here the business of the P.P. has been growing until the little infant that was born on the first day of January has grown into a youth and bids fair to become one of the biggest of the government's charges. When the system was inaugurated the parcels were carried out by the regular postmen on their routes. After a few weeks, it was determined that a small runabout should be secured and a special parcel post carrier be put on. For a few weeks this plan worked well and then the runabout was placed in the discard of the inefficient and this morning the wagon appeared."
  • "Charles Kaisier, a Douglas County farmer living about five miles south of Eudora, was arrested in Lawrence today on a warrant charging assault with intent to kill. Complaint was made by Louis Seiwald, who lives two and one-half miles east of Eudora. Seiwald charges that he was fired at on Saturday night by Kaisier, also that a dog belonging to him was killed by the defendant. While Seiwald was not injured he asserts that the charge was meant for him and that a number of the shot pierced his clothing."


Tyson Travis 5 years, 4 months ago

Sarah~ Where was this court? I have a reference to the YMCA upstairs over the old Poehler Headquarters, SE Cor Warren (later 9th) and Mass, DCB was later located there. There was also a Gym at the SE Cor of (Henry) 8th and VT, in the Fraternal Aid Bldg which burned several years later. Surprised KU didn't play in their then-new Robinson Gym.

Sarah St. John 5 years, 4 months ago

Hi jazzttt!

Here is an earlier OHT that might help clear things up. (I didn't do this one -- mine start somewhere around April or May of 1910.)

From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 19, 1905: "The finishing touches are now being put on the YMCA building and the large structure will be ready for occupation the first part of next week. The new building (at what is now Eighth and Vermont) is everything and more than the most enthusiastic citizens had hoped. Lawrence has a YMCA building without equal in any city of Kansas. There are locker rooms, a swimming pool, bowling alleys. The pool with a depth of 3 to 7 feet will be kept warm throughout the year so the pool can be used in winter. On the third floor are 22 bedrooms that can be rented only to members of the association at prices ranging from $5 to $8 per month. Young ladies of the town will have the use of the building on Wednesdays."

So this 8th and Vermont one was probably a newer replacement for the other one you mentioned on Mass Street.

As to why they didn't play on the Hill, I'll guess that it was an away game for KU, home game for LHS.... but isn't it odd that they were even playing basketball against each other? Of course this is at the same time that the Sunday Schools were organizing their own hoops teams and the children at the schools were getting their first basketball goals set up in their playgrounds. EVERYONE was playing basketball! :-)

Tyson Travis 5 years, 4 months ago

My brother just sent me an EBay listing of an early Lawrence post card showing the YMCA in Lawrence before it became WREN. I promptly bought it. Send me your e-mail address and I will send you a copy of the listing. Ty Travis, Pine Bluff, AR

jhawkinsf 5 years, 4 months ago

I'd be willing to bet several of the regular posters here were against that rec. center as well.

Tyson Travis 5 years, 4 months ago

The Old W.R.E.N. Bldg on the NE Cor of 8th and Vt was built in 1910, and burned in 1969, according to My copy of Dary's pictorial history of Lawrence, p.284. It was originally built as a YMCA, so the gym was probably located there, it would have been in existence in 1913. While I was growing up it held the Chamber of Commerce, and two big "Wrenny Birds" guarded the front entrance. I think the initials on the front originally said "YMCA," but were changed later when the radio station moved in and added the birds.

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