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100 years ago: New York visitor waxes poetic on Lawrence’s charms

June 26, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 26, 1913:

  • "Lawrence people often hear praises of the town's beauty and of its advantages by strangers visiting here but perhaps none of these equal a compliment paid to the town by D. S. Miller of Watertown, New York. Mr. Miller visited in Kansas several months ago and upon his return to his home city wrote an article for a local newspaper describing and explaining the wonders of the Sunflower state. That part of the story regarding Lawrence is as follows: 'Midway between Topeka and Kansas City is a city of about 20,000 that is a gem. If I was a Kansan and had grown rich out of the fertile soil and wanted a place to live quietly among intelligent people, I should choose Lawrence. It is quaint, yet up to date. Many of the homes are architecturally fine, while all have a homelike look with their well kept yards, gardens, clean pavements and beautifully shaded streets, and numerous parks.... I don't think that it is a busy town. I don't think that the people who live at Lawrence want it to be. They are bookish people and like congenial neighbors and associates.... Lawrence is a little gem of a city and one feels as if he could settle down there with his books and friends, and live in contentment forever.'"
  • "Now it is the Annual Grocers and Butchers Picnic which is basking in the limelight. Already plans are being made for the annual afternoon off for the grocerymen and butchermen of Lawrence. The picnic is to be held at Woodland Park.... Of course the afternoon's program will be much the same as it has been at Grocer-Butcher picnics the two years past. There will probably be horse racing, the picnic supper, feature races and similar stunts, and perhaps the annual clash upon the baseball diamond between the meat-cutters and the grocery vendors. In years past this ball game has been the big event of the afternoon. Petitions were circulated among the grocers and butchers today calling for a closing of these stores on the afternoon of Thursday, July 17, and this petition has been signed by practically every one of this class of merchants."

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