Archive for Monday, September 30, 2013

100 years ago: Governor to join KU crowds at season’s first football game

September 30, 2013

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

  • "Up at Topeka in his office in the state house Governor George H. Hodges is busy in an effort to master the famous 'Rock Chalk' of Kansas University, giving it the proper accent and the college interpretation. For Governor Hodges is coming down to Lawrence next Saturday afternoon to root for the Kansas team in its opening engagement of the season. There are a number of old K. U. men in the capital city and it is rumored that the governor has summoned a number of them to the executive offices to give him instructions on the famous K. U. yell."
  • "The University council today issued a warning that no student of the school should violate the ban put on subscription dances managed by individuals. Last spring the council passed a rule that there should be no more of the dances of that sort and the members want it understood that the rule holds good this year. 'I do not know just what the penalty will be for the student who violates this rule,' said Prof. E. W. Murray, this morning, 'but I do know that he will have to face the Council and take the consequences.'... Dances given by the classes of the school do not come under this rule.... In the past certain students have been able to accumulate considerable spending money by giving a 'party' in a downtown hall. A dollar a couple or seventy-five cents per couple or any price which would meet expenses and leave a margin of profit for the promoter's trouble, was charged. Two or three of these parties were held each week and were, indeed, very popular with university folks. In making the order the University council has abolished this very lucrative 'graft.'"
  • "Another tragedy of the railroad was enacted last night about 6:30 o'clock near Perry, Kansas, 10 miles west of Lawrence when Ed. Humphries, 64 years old, a retired farmer and prominent resident of Perry was struck by an east bound Rock Island train and instantly killed. Mr. Humphries, his wife, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Dawdy and son were returning to Perry from a paw-paw hunt when the accident occurred. Humphries and the little boy were leading the party. A west bound freight train attracted the attention of the pair and they did not observe the fast passenger coming from the other direction on the second track. Not until the train was upon them did they realize their danger. Then the boy jumped and was saved but the aged man was too slow and an instant later he was picked up by the engine and hurled down the embankment.... The deceased came to Kansas in the early days and settled on a farm near Perry. Recently he moved to the city to make his home.... Mr. Humphries was considered one of the most wealthy men of Perry, owning a valuable farm near that city and also owning property in Oklahoma. He was very highly respected and his tragic death caused much sorrow in the little city."

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