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Archive for Wednesday, September 4, 2013

100 years ago: KU students beginning to arrive

September 4, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 4, 1913:

  • "The advance guard of the student population is beginning to arrive in Lawrence already. Already many new faces are seen on the street and here and there is a familiar one, some old student returned for an early start on the year's work. Many of the new people are students whose parents are moving to Lawrence to make their homes here while sons and daughters are studying on Mount Oread. Each year there are a large number of new families who come to Lawrence for this reason. Some of them remain here until their children have completed the University course and then return to the old home town. Others come here and remain permanently. In the case of the old students who are here early, many of them have come in to look for work as a winter sideline. Each year there are a large number of students who are obliged to make at least a part of their expenses while attending school. Many of these are here now trying to line up a job waiting tables, carrying papers, clerking on Saturday or any other job which carries with it a stipend attachment. The average student who works his way through school is not very particular what sort of work it is, he cares only for the compensation offered for his services."
  • "The teachers for the schools over the county have all been elected and the list is now complete. Superintendent C. R. Hawley has been working on the list of teachers for some time and has had much to contend with. Some of the teachers that were thought of at first were unobtainable and others were not desired, but all the schools have now been supplied and Mr. Hawley is very well satisfied with the results."
  • "A September heat record of 102 1/2 degrees above was established today. The University thermometer registered such a temperature this afternoon and there was no doubt but what it was that hot. Down town in fact it was very much hotter, from 105 to 110. Thus far this month every day has been a hot one.... There is little promise of relief. The official forecaster declares that all that can be expected is a continuance of the same sort of weather. There is no sign of rain anywhere.... One twenty-fifth of an inch of rain put Macksville, Kansas, on the map yesterday.... Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming are cool. But most of the rest of the country continues to endure the irony of enjoying mid-summer weather in September."
  • "The weather conditions of the next twenty-four hours probably decide the case of a thousand Lawrence school children. If J. Pluvius should put in an appearance in this time the city schools will open on next Monday morning at 9 o'clock as per schedule. But should the rain maker refuse to release his grip the summer's vacation quite probably will be extended another week. The Board of Education will decide upon the question at a special meeting to be held tomorrow evening.... The board considers that owing to the scarcity of water and the intensive heat it would be perhaps impractical to open the schools as early as had been planned. The long continued drouth has made conditions very serious. Rain is needed very badly and everyone is wishing for it and willing to make almost any sort of a sacrifice for rain but under these conditions can you blame a school boy for hoping that it will not come before the board gets time to declare another week of vacation?"

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