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Archive for Monday, April 7, 2014

100 years ago: Voter turnout today expected to break records

April 7, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 7, 1914:

  • "Lawrence today is holding the biggest election in the city's history. Largest in the figures of the vote that is being cast and it is also doubtful if greater interest was ever taken in an election than in the one being held today. The city is changing over from the old mayor and council system of government to the new commission form. Lawrence today is selecting the first commission to serve the city. The polls opened this morning at 7 o'clock. They close tonight at 7 o'clock. During this period of time the voters are naming the three men who are to succeed the thirteen now in control of the government of the city. There is every reason for believing that the vote to be cast today will exceed any at a previous election held in the city."
  • "The Allman Show Company, now a Lawrence institution, is to open its show season with a one week carnival in Lawrence beginning on Monday, April 20. The Allman Company has secured the consent of the city council to use a portion of Ninth Street and of the 800 block of Massachusetts street for giving its big carnival for Lawrence people. Details have not yet been completed and programs will not be announced until later.... The plans now are for eight big shows, a ferris wheel, merry-go-round and all the other attractions of a first-class carnival."
  • "An organized fight upon the dandelions is to be made on Saturday, April 11. The original declaration of war was made by the members of the Civic League, but the city and other club women have joined forces in this move against the weed pest."
  • "In the wind-up of business the city dads who have served under the mayor and council system in Lawrence last night collected the salaries allowed for their services, the one dollar per year. It was a general clean-up of the affairs of the old government. None of the members of the council had collected for services during their terms of office and this item of the expenses allowed last night amounted to a total of $46.... After the councilmen had attended to the affairs of the city, sitting for the last time in a regular session, adjournment was taken to the Hiawatha Cafe where the members of the council, city officials and others who have been associated with the council sessions partook of a 'feed' given by Councilman A. L. Cox. It was a big family which gathered around the board, perhaps for the last time on an occasion like this. Following the supper there came the goodbyes and reminiscences, something of an innovation.... The veterans Wilder and Hazen were the first to speak. Both of them expressed regret at having to break up the old associations but declared that they were ready and willing to be relieved of their duties. They expressed pride in the work that the council had done and wished success to the new governing body."

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