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Archive for Thursday, May 30, 2013

100 years ago: Young man missing; family fears suicide

May 30, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 30, 1913:

  • "Absolute mystery surrounds the disappearance yesterday morning of Theodore A. Zahner, a young man who was missing from his room at the home of George Smith, 945 Vermont street. It is feared that having grown despondent the young man has taken his own life. Zahner had been confined to his room since Thanksgiving. Most of this time he was obliged to remain in bed because of a partial paralysis of his neck and shoulders and with a severe pain in his side. Yesterday morning when some of the family went to his room to look after him they found the room empty and the young man gone. The officers were notified and a search for the missing man was begun at once.... Later in his room two notes were found. In these notes he directed that from a sum of money that he left in his room should be used in paying two debts that he owed.... Owing to the man's physical weakness it is believed impossible for him to get very far away from his room and they hope to find him somewhere in the city. There is some suspicion that the man has drowned himself in the river, but this theory is not very generally believed."
  • "Eighty young people last night said farewell to the public schools of Lawrence when the Lawrence High School seniors were granted diplomas certifying that the holders had completed the four year course of the school and were qualified to take the next step in the pursuit of education. The senior class which was assembled last night at the Bowersock Theater was the largest in the history of the school. Many of them will continue their education in the University of Kansas, some will go to other colleges and some, perhaps, have concluded their work in school and will take their places in the world. Whatever the future may hold for them they were a happy, contented lot last night as they sat upon the stage before an audience of admiring parents, friends and teachers."
  • "The nation today is paying tribute to the memory of the men who in the Sixties laid down their lives on the battlefield for the nation. Everywhere memorial exercises are being held today, a tribute to those who fell and respect and honor to those who have survived. This morning the veterans in Lawrence were taken from the Post Hall to the cemeteries in autos furnished by members of the Lawrence auto club. The graves of the veterans were decorated and a tribute offered to the unknown dead, to those whose graves are unmarked. Many beautiful flowers were taken to the Post Hall this morning and carried to the cemeteries. This afternoon the parade of veterans will be had. The younger generation of soldiers will act as an escort to the veterans. It will be a grand military pageant combining the old and the new."

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pransone 1 year, 4 months ago

A 100 years ago, Lawrence used to have a Memorial Day parade. "This afternoon the parade of veterans will be had. The younger generation of soldiers will act as an escort to the veterans. It will be a grand military pageant combining the old and the new." LJWorld It'd be great if we revived the Memorial Day parade. With the high suicide rates in military veterans, it may be helpful to recognize the many generations of servicemen and women.

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