Archive for Wednesday, July 24, 2013

100 years ago: Reservists head to Fort Riley for annual maneuvers

July 24, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 24, 1913:

  • "Lawrence's military population has moved on toward the battlefield. With their knapsacks on their backs and blanket rolls over their shoulders the soldier boys who reside here during peaceful times boarded a special train this morning enroute for the scene of the conflict at Fort Riley, Kan. The soldier boys have been called to duty for a period of ten days. They are no longer private citizens, they are members of Uncle Sam's army now. For ten days these boys will operate with the regulars in war maneuvering at the government post.... It will be war in every respect except that the bullets of the enemy will be lacking.... The encampment really began yesterday afternoon when camp was made in South Park and the soldiers quartered there for the night, preparatory to start this morning. Camp was broken this morning and the boys hiked to the Union Pacific about 9 o'clock where they boarded the special. The park last night presented very much of a military aspect. The little 'pup' tents were pitched in the south end of the park and the park was filled with uniformed men.... The encampment this year promises to be much more enjoyable for the men than the events of last year when the militiamen were engaged in the great battle between the 'Blue' and the 'Red' armies in eastern Kansas. It was a spectacular maneuver for those who were close enough to watch it, but the men in the fighting endured considerable hardship. The life at the Fort Riley encampment is much different and much more fun. The soldier boys who left this morning are anticipating a great time."
  • "That the cost of running the Lincoln school, the smallest in the city, exceeds that of any other except the high school and manual training, is shown in an interesting compilation of statistics just made by City Superintendent E. P. Smith. The compilation is in the form of a chart showing the cost of maintaining the school per pupil per year for teachers, repairs, supplies, and janitor service.... Of the eight schools included in the table Quincy costs the city the least per pupil."
  • "The Perkins building is being formally thrown open to the public today. A large number of people have been visiting it today and have been delighted with the completeness and convenience of it. This building is the best in Lawrence and it is being examined critically by our people today. The opening will continue this evening and the public is invited to attend. The new building is well worth an inspection."

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