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100 years ago: Survivors to be invited to Quantrill’s Raid commemoration

July 27, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 27, 1913:

  • "Plans for the memorial to be held in Lawrence next month on the fiftieth anniversary of the Quantrell Massacre are rapidly nearing completion. Every meeting of the committee tells of increase in interest and of further details of the program indicating that it is to be one of the most successful undertakings ever attempted by the citizens of Lawrence. It is to be a memorable occasion, on which the citizenship of today will pay tribute to those who gave their lives for the town when it was in its infancy.... The committee plans to issue the formal invitations to the survivors next week. The list is being compiled and the committee finds that it will be much larger than was anticipated. Special invitations are to be issued these people, many of them far away from Lawrence, but they are to be the guests of the 'Lawrence of Today' on this occasion. They are being urged to come to Lawrence at this time and a large number of them are expected. Another special invitation to be extended for this occasion will be one sent to the City of Leavenworth. The city council of Lawrence at its August meeting is to be asked to officially invite the sister city to participate in the events of the day in Lawrence. After the raid and the massacre aid was rushed to the stricken city from Leavenworth and it is in appreciation of the service rendered then that Leavenworth is to be asked to aid Lawrence in remembering the heroes of that day."
  • "Who has a picture of the first home erected here? Who has a picture of the first white man who settled here? Who has a picture of the first mayor here? Who has a picture of the first stone building in use here? Who has other pictures of historic character? The Journal-World requires some of these for the fine magazine souvenir edition, soon to be published under the title, 'Lawrence -- Today and Yesterday.' Time is short. Will you help?"
  • "Arthur Capper, Topeka publisher, stated before his departure for the east that he was not a candidate for governor on any ticket and did not expect to be. He said he was strong for the Progressives."

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 1 month ago

and the committee finds that it will be much larger than was anticipated. Special invitations are to be issued these people, many of them far away from Lawrence, but they are to be the guests of the 'Lawrence of Today'

---wow. if only one could be a fly on the wall at that gathering.
recording, audio/video of that would surely be wonderful but am sure no audio exists.

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sjgreen 1 year, 1 month ago

I wonder when the spelling of the raider's name changed from Quantrell to Quantrill.

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