Archive for Monday, May 20, 2013

100 years ago: Housekeeping expert to give presentation at Y.M.C.A.

May 20, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 20, 1913:

  • "Big culinary stunts will be performed next week beginning Monday afternoon in the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium. Florence M. Peet, the lecturer who has been scheduled to preach the gospel of good eats to Lawrence housewives, will move into the spacious Auditorium with her assistant. The gas stove will be lighted, potatoes and fruits will be peeled, mounds of dough will be pounded upon and rolled into toothsomeness, and the lovely fragrance of delicious food stuffs will fill the room and sneak over the transom much to the discomfiture of passersby whose olfactory senses will be cruelly trifled with.... Miss Peet will talk upon all manner of household topics. She will not be content to merely tell women how many tablespoons of baking powder and how many pinches of salt to use, but she will explain all manner of new ideas and healthful hints which will go to make housekeeping more of a science and less of a drudgery.... She will have some interesting remarks to make upon the woman who is too neat, who makes life miserable for the balance of the household by her incessant pursuit of dust and the severity with which she keeps the furniture arranged. She says that some women believe in such primness in their homes that their husbands are made to feel uncomfortable every minute they are in the house and that they are almost afraid to move a chair for fear it will shock the housewife's sense of neatness of arrangement."
  • "Have you your tag for the play festival? They are on sale and the play festival is to be given on next Saturday afternoon. The little folks who are to take part have been working for some time to learn their places and parts in the numerous dances and drills that are to be given. The program includes a number of old folk dances, the May Pole dance, fan drills, a pageant, the May queen and her court, and like performances. This is the second annual festival by the children of Lawrence and promises to be up to the standard set last year when the play festival was first attempted in Lawrence and proved to be such a success."
  • "The Journal-World expects to issue in July a number in which will be featured the Lawrence of yesterday and the Lawrence of today. It is believed that it will add greatly to the interest of the readers of the Journal-World to have the names and addresses of every one now living, who was a resident of Lawrence prior to 1870. This list of names will not only be published in the special number referred to, but a copy of that paper will be mailed to each address so the old timer who helped to make Lawrence may have the pleasure of seeing her as she is today. Every reader of the Journal-World who can secure names and addresses of such old settlers will please send same to the Journal-World, where they will be carefully filed until the list is made as complete as possible. The Journal-World will also be glad to receive short articles concerning incidents of interest during the early days of Lawrence and rare pictures that would be suitable for reproduction. It is the intention to make the forthcoming paper the most interesting one ever published in Lawrence, and to that end it will contain more than two hundred half tone pictures."


weiser 5 years ago

What happened to Billie bob? Any hints?

Sarah St. John 5 years ago

The sad ending of Billie Bob's story will be presented later this week -- probably Thursday. Interestingly, I've discovered that the house where the family lived is still standing. It isn't too far from where I live, and as I drove by it the other day I wondered if the current residents know about the sad history of their home. It also occurred to me that it was a heck of a long walk from that house (800 block of Mississippi) to the place where he was last seen (foot of Ohio or Tennessee, near the river). Even for an adult that would be a good stroll. For a five-year-old it is rather a lot!

workinghard 5 years ago

That is a long walk, makes you wonder if he had help.

workinghard 5 years ago

Maybe the JW should reprint the edition of that paper in July and sell it separately. I know once they published a book of sorts of the great flood back in the fifties because I have one.

Nick Combs 4 years, 12 months ago

Lawrence had a YMCA? Where was it located?

Commenting has been disabled for this item.