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100 years ago: Ministers conduct open-air church services at 9th and Mass

July 8, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 8, 1913:

  • "Last Saturday night, a new plan of the Ministerial Alliance was inaugurated on the corner of Massachusetts and Warren [Ninth] Streets. A number of the Lawrence preachers assembled on a temporary platform and held a short church service for the crowds of shoppers then on the streets. The plan of the ministers was a unique one, but the details of the meeting were so well arranged that everything passed off smoothly and the service was an entire success.... A crowd was not long in gathering, and long before the close of the meeting, there were many carriages and automobiles lining the streets besides a number of people standing on the walks.... On account of the warm weather the preachers thought it best to address congregations in the open air."
  • "The social service league has purchased a movable tubercular cottage and it will be taken to West Lawrence at once for use. This is a tent and cottage combined and is made so convenient and comfortable that it can be used both winter and summer. The social service league will purchase several of these cottages and put them in use. They are entirely sanitary and insure that the disease when contracted will not be extended to other members of the family."
  • "It was hot in Lawrence yesterday, but it was still hotter in other parts of the state. In several localities, record-breaking temperatures for this year were experienced. The highest that was recorded was from Salina, where the government thermometer recorded 108 degrees. It was 104 at Great Bend and 102 at Manhattan."
  • "In a few days the people of Douglas county will pass upon the question of building a new bridge across the river at Lawrence. There is no need to argue the need of such a bridge.... The Journal-World takes it that the commissioners should pledge themselves to erect a reinforced concrete bridge. No other bridge will be acceptable."
  • "Four K.U. girls representing the Y.W.C.A. and the Women's Student Government Association raised $90 for the dormitory fund by conducting a stand at the park on the Fourth. The girls had on sale lemonade, ice tea, soda pop, sandwiches, doughnuts, pies, candy and crackerjack. The girls erected the town stand, as the boys who had volunteered to do this piked, and they worked in the stand all during the day."

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