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100 years ago: 399 graduates receive KU diplomas

June 11, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 11, 1913:

  • "Three hundred and ninety-nine Kansas University students this morning received from the hands of Chancellor Frank Strong 399 diplomas and thus became members of that great, growing body, the Alumni of the University of Kansas. Three hundred and ninety-nine strong they leave Lawrence and the University today to enter the world of science and industry and art. The reward reaped this morning represented years of labor and devotion to the cause of education. In a few days caps and gowns and diplomas will have been safely put away and perhaps forgotten in the whirl of the great world of business. Yesterday they were students, today they are graduates, and tomorrow they will be men and women in the world.... A crowd estimated at 3,000 filled every seat on both floors and packed the doorways of Robinson Gymnasium to witness the conclusion of the forty-first annual commencement."
  • "The horse is steadily slipping. Even the aid of the mule cannot save him from being shelved for the gasoline propelled vehicle.... Each year when the assessors, leaders among the statistics mongers of the world, report on the findings of the quizzing of the public, the horse is shown to have dropped a little further downward. The assessors, whose particular duty it is to know about Lawrence calculations, have been heard from. They succeeded in locating a total of $78,635 worth of autos in Lawrence while Lawrence horses are assessed at but $65,270. The beast of burden adds another $8,000 but the auto now has a clear title to first place."
  • "There are 3,305 acres of potatoes in the Kaw River bottom this year, each acre is expected to produce 125 bushels of the 'spuds' making a total potato crop for this great potato region of 413,125 bushels. The Santa Fe Railroad Company has estimated that at least 600 cars will be required to handle this crop and is preparing to have these cars on hand when the digging begins about July first. Of this crop a large per cent of it is in Douglas County and near the city of Lawrence and several thousand bushels of these potatoes will be loaded in Lawrence and started for the markets. The outlook for a good crop is very favorable and the indications are that the largest harvest known in years will be gathered this year."

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