Archive for Saturday, January 26, 2013

100 years ago: ‘Foolish’ dances forbidden in Lawrence

January 26, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 26, 1913:

  • "The dance halls of Kansas City have prohibited all those vulgar dances that have disgusted the public. While these dances are prohibited in dance halls they are still indulged in by so-called best society in the homes. So long as people allow such disgraceful things in their homes just so long will they be danced. The foolish dances are not permitted in public in Lawrence but we are constantly hearing of them being danced in homes that are supposed to be respectable."
  • "When a street car driver leaves his car for even a moment he takes his clutch with him. This prevents irresponsible parties from starting the car. In this day of auto bandits the owners of machines ought to be provided with some sort of a clutch without which the engine could not be started. That would settle all the difficulty about stealing machines."
  • "Topeka -- Representatives of a large number of mercantile firms of Topeka, Wichita and other cities met here to protest against the adoption by the legislature of the women's minimum wage and hours of labor bill now before that body. It is the opinion of many merchants that if the bill passed 500 women in Topeka alone would be thrown out of work. Department store managers declare they couldn't possibly comply with the provisions. They would have to let out scores of shop girls."
  • "The University of Kansas is a strictly Kansas university, as far as the student body is concerned. A report issued by Registrar George O. Foster today shows that three out of every four students were born in the state and that one out of every three is the son or daughter of a Kansas farmer."
  • "Little Jack Riley, the victim of a powder explosion in east Lawrence last week, will not lose his eye sight. Physicians say that his eyes are not seriously affected and that he will completely recover from the accident."


FlintlockRifle 4 years, 10 months ago

I think every generation had ""foolish dances"" still a good story of what our parents did on weekends

Fatty_McButterpants 4 years, 10 months ago

Thank heaven that little Jack Riley will be okay...

LadyJ 4 years, 10 months ago

Boy I would love to know what the dances were. Found this list on the internet although they don't mention the Turkey Trot which was also popular. 1910 Camel Walk, Argentine Tango, Black Bottom, Shim Sham, Open Tango, Credo Waltz, Kangaroo Dip 1911 Bunny Hug, Cubanola Glide, Gaby Glide, Horse Trot 1912 Castle Walk, Foxtrot, Irish Tango, Lame Duck Valse, Santley Tango, Whirlwind Waltz, Jazz Straight 1913 Chinese Ta Toa, Newman Tango, Pavlova Gavotte, Philadelphia Drag, Rumba, Ballin' the Jack, Innovation Waltz

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