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100 years ago: YMCA swimming program catches on

June 8, 2013

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

  • "The swimming campaign which has been in progress at the Y.M.C.A. for the last few days has proved to be a great success and those in charge of it are very much encouraged.... These lessons were offered to all boys of the town under sixteen years of age.... Some of the boys were rather timid at first and refused to get their feet wet, one in particular, when Mr. Boltz attempted to teach him started on the run and when finally caught stated most emphatically that there were other places than the Y.M.C.A. where he could learn to swim. There were some amusing incidents which accidentally crept into work. On the whole the boys had a fine time.... It was all Mr. Boltz could do to take some of the boys out of the pool after they had once gotten in."
  • "A. D. Weaver returned day before yesterday from a ten days' fishing trip in Minnesota. He drove overland in an automobile to Round Lake, a small branch of Lake Mille Lacs, which is renowned for its fine fishing. Mr. Weaver stated this morning that he was very much impressed with the beauty of the country in this vicinity, especially with the large ferns, some of which he brought home with him."
  • "Ninety-eight Haskell students will receive diplomas from Haskell Institute next week at the occasion of the annual commencement exercises. Forty-four of these have completed the work of the grammar school. Thirty have completed the full commercial course and twenty-four have finished the Industrial Course."
  • "Five Lawrence boys, four of them from the University and one from Lawrence high school, will leave next week for Colorado where they will spend the summer in the mining territory there. These boys are planning a vacation that will be a novel one. It will combine a summer's outing and valuable experience and also a pecuniary compensation which will aid in meeting the expenses of another year on Mt. Oread. Two of them have been there before. This season they are taking others with them and the outlook is for a good time for this quintette of miners from Lawrence."
  • "Ty Cobb of the Detroit Americans has increased his batting average to .450, according to unofficial figures. Joe Jackson of the Cleveland Americans with .430 is second and Eddie Collins of Philadelphia third at .397. Nine players are batting better than .300. In the National League eighteen batters are over .300."

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