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100 years ago: ‘Why not flowers for Massachusetts Street?’

June 13, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 13, 1913:

  • "Why not flowers for Massachusetts street? There is a movement in some cities for the merchants to beautify their places of business by a tasty arrangement of flowers. It can work here because flowers grow easily. Lawrence is the prettiest town in the state in the residence district but why not make the business section attractive? Lawrence could get in early on a movement which is bound to spread. There is no town in the middle west that is making any effort to beautify its main street.... One of the men interested says: 'It is of great importance to Lawrence that visitors should have as favorable impressions of the city as possible. A great many automobilists, for example, pass through Massachusetts street. What would be pleasanter to the eye of the visitor than to see a bright bit of color here and there? The flowers are not only pretty themselves, but their display indicates that somebody is taking pride in the building where they are shown.'"
  • "Do you believe in hoodoos? If you do this is the real hoodoo combination. Friday, 13th and 1913 at that. If you had bad luck today just remember the date and blame it on the thirteen combination. It is a veritable trinity of bad luck and the superstitious ones had to be careful today. However, the combination cannot arise again for 100 years and that is some consolation."
  • "Three thousand little folks climbed aboard the street cars at Woodland Station last night, three thousand little bodies were tired but there were three thousand happy little faces in evidence. They were the returning picnickers, bound for their homes after having spent the afternoon at Woodland Park, guests of the Street Car Company and of the Amusement Company. Of course they were tired, some of them had mussed their little white dresses and their linen suits, and there were some holes for mothers to mend, and some faces that needed washing, but there was a smile on every face, there was a happy glow in every little eye, telling of an afternoon of fun and frolic."
  • "The famous Coburn Players, who have been delighting the Eastern colleges with their open air presentations of Greek and Shakespearean plays, are to be in Lawrence June 27 and 28th.... For the first time in the history of Lawrence a Greek play will be given by artists, the play being 'Iphigenia in Tauris' by Euripides, in Gilbert Murray's translation. The settings and the costumes will be true to the period of twenty-five hundred years ago and the public will see life as interpreted by one of the greatest tragic poets of Greece."

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