Archive for Sunday, June 16, 2013

100 years ago: Picnic for ‘past-75ers’ to be held tomorrow

June 16, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 16, 1913:

"Tomorrow is the Journal-World's and Gazette's past-75-years-of-age picnic. The hours are from 2 to 5 and the papers hope that there will be a large attendance. The occasion is the first of the kind ever given in this city and so far as known it is something new under the sun. For years there have been parties and picnics for the children, but here are the people whose blood is running slower, but who are full of the joys of life just the same. For them this picnic is given.... It is no place for a grouch. If you have one leave it at home, but come along and have a good time. The badge 'Past 75' can be secured at either the Journal-World or Gazette office or you can just board a car and tell the conductor you belong to the 'past 75ers' and he will take you to the park free. It is preferable to call at the newspaper offices and get your badge. They will entitle you to ride on the street cars and also will entitle you to free lemonade.... The Lawrence Railway & Light Co. will give a pound box each of Weidemann's candy to the strongest old gentleman and the spryest old lady on the ground, decision by popular vote."

"'Stay on the farm.' This was the advice given last Saturday afternoon by President Wilbur N. Mason of Baker University in his address to the class of county school graduates. 'I cannot urge upon you too strong that you do not leave the farm,' said Dr. Mason. 'You young men should stay there and help to bring farming up to a standard equal with the other activities of life. You should not be satisfied with a country school education. You should go on now and complete a university course but don't allow the gaiety and pomp of the city lure you away from the soil.'"

"The police, Saturday night, visited in the east bottoms and while there raided the home of Sarah White. They found a partially filled beer case and took the woman into custody."


Robert Wells 4 years, 9 months ago

Those were the days. They had picnics for the elderly. The "Grouchs" were left at home and much fun was to be had. And there was free transportation too! And lemonade. Now sadly we put our elderly in homes where they can play Bingo and cards all day. And talked to like they are children again. I am not sure why Sarah White was taken into custody for. Was it because she only had a half case of beer instead of a whole one? Police back then got mighty thirsty roundun up the bad guys {girls}. President Wilbur was right. STAY ON THE FARM. I wonder if the Lawrence Railway & Light Co offered rides out west?

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

Try going to the band concerts in the park. All of the horrible homes you describe take their people to the park every Wed. When my mother-in-law was at Brandon Woods there were all kinds of picnics and entertainment and trips.

Sarah St. John 4 years, 9 months ago

Here was the headline the following day:


Local Ministers Found a Text Yesterday Afternoon Which They Could Not Handle Properly


Newspaper Men Displayed Remarkable Form On the Diamond and Won Easily by 13 to 8 Count Was a Screaming Comedy and Witnessed by Over 300 from Fandom -- Affair Netted Total of $30.29 for the Cause of Visiting Nurse

been_there 4 years, 9 months ago

So texting presented problems even back then.

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