Archive for Wednesday, January 9, 2013

100 years ago: Grant Township to hold annual wolf hunt

January 9, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 9, 1913:

  • "The Grant Township C. P. A. will hold its annual Wolf Hunt on next Monday, January 13. This is always a big event for the farmers of Grant township for it savors of the old days when men hunted in large bodies, tracked their game, surrounded it and then closed in from all sides and captured the game whatever it was. But the game has become scarce with the spread of agriculture and these big hunts have become relics of the past. The Wolf Round-up is all that remains of the olden days and the farmers, especially the younger ones, turn out for these hunts in large numbers. For several seasons this wolf hunt has been an annual affair with the Grant C.P.A. and each year several wolves are taken although of late the number has been very small. A number of the animals have been seen and heard in the township this season and the hunters hope to bag a few of them during the course of the hunt."
  • "The House of Representatives, which makes all appropriations of money, has just passed a bill which includes an appropriation of $138,750 for Haskell Institute at Lawrence. Lawrence hears little about appropriations for the Indian school located here owing to the fact that the money comes from Washington. But there is a budget made up just as for the state institutions and the officials at the Indian school watch the progress of the bill almost as closely as do the University authorities. The Haskell appropriation is for just the sum asked by the officials here. The budget or estimate was made last fall and submitted to the department of Indian affairs which piloted it through the house."
  • "Old winter is on the hike. The sun came out this morning and started the snow on the run and there is every indication that the present cold spell has come to an end, or is rapidly approaching said end. This morning when the weather man looked at his indicator he saw the mercury way up in the tube at 6 above the zero mark, 14 degrees above its standing of yesterday morning. The sun was out early this morning warming things up and soon got next to the snow and started it moving down the gutters."


FlintlockRifle 5 years, 5 months ago

Miss Sarah, do you know how many they got on this hunt? Maybe the ""reporter"" didn't get any feed back from the C.P.A king pin. As alway thanks for you ole timmey stories

Sarah St. John 5 years, 5 months ago

Hi Flint! Stay tuned for Jan. 14 when I will have a short update on the wolf hunt. (In that follow-up article, they call them wolves one moment and coyotes the next -- so I guess they were actually hunting coyotes!)

In the meantime, I've got some other good stuff coming up in the next week.... including the inauguration of the new governor, the scandal of inaccurate scales, snowy weather bringing out the bobsled riders, and just how many KU students in 1913 were paying their own way through school. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

hedshrinker 5 years, 5 months ago

WOLVES???!!! really, in 2013 Douglas Ct? must be coyotes; At any rate, I'm having a hard time w this; makes me think of the rabbit hunts in western KS during Dust Bowl times...n maybe others....when the "hunters" herded them into pens and beat them to death. Just despicable, not even sporting when it's a gang of blood-thirsty men with guns...Also the numbers of coyotes hasn't just decreased b/c of ag, but the drought, now several seasons in, has limited food supply big time as well as people euphemistically "taking" them for no good reason other than target practice . Why can't people just get together for a social event that celebrates connection to the land, family history, food, the season that doesn't involve killing? And yes, I feel the same about the annual squirrel hunt that happens around here, although I am certainly less attached to squirrels (rodents) than I am to wolves, with their amazing family structure, etc. Animals should be killed for food or to save a life, not for sport and then discarded or demeaned.

hedshrinker 5 years, 5 months ago

Oh, crap, never mind; talk about bad reading comprehension...I see this is fr 100 years ago....egg on my face! obviously am emotional issue for me. Now I'll slink away to my lair.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 5 months ago

Don't forget about the 2012 Turkey Hunt/House Parties.

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