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100 years ago: KU celebrates fiftieth anniversary of charter

February 28, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 28, 1914:

  • "The University of Kansas will be fifty years old tomorrow. On March 1, 1864, the state legislature issued the charter for the establishment of a 'general college of liberal arts and sciences,' which was to be located at Lawrence. Lawrence had raised a gift of $15,000 for the new state school and had set apart 40 acres of land for its campus. Since then the University has grown until every legislature that meets appropriates more than a million dollars for its upkeep. Its campus covers 160 acres of the finest scenery in Kansas. And out over the state, the nation and the world are scattered the five thousand living graduates that call 'Old K. U.' their Alma Mater.... Like the birth of Kansas, the beginnings of its University were attended by strife. No less than six towns contended for the honor of becoming the 'Athens of Kansas,' and only after a judicious apportionment of other state institutions did the contest finally narrow down to Emporia and Lawrence.. Then Lawrence bid higher and got the decision. The godfather of the city, Amos A. Lawrence, a Massachusetts philanthropist, had given the town $10,000 for educational purposes.... In 1916, the fiftieth anniversary of the actual founding of the University, a great celebration is planned. Every graduate that has left Mt. Oread for the past ten years has been urged to 'come back in 1916.' Kansas and its University are going to make that date a memorable one in educational and state history."
  • "A noon-time musical service for the workers of Lawrence will be held on next Wednesday noon at the Pattee Nickel Theater. A program of forty minutes length will be given for the purpose of offering some sort of special recreation for the working folks during the noon hour. A musical entertainment of this sort will in a measure tend to relieve the monotony of daily toil and bring the working folks along the street together in a social way that has not prevailed before.... From present indications the theater will be filled to capacity with those seeking to enjoy this new recreation feature.... Admission is to be absolutely free and there will be no collection taken afterward."
  • "Two successful operations were performed at the Social Service Hospital this morning. The first patients in the operating room were two girls, ages 7 and 14 years. Both were for aggravated cases of enlarged tonsils. A second operation for adenoids was performed upon the younger child. The operations were performed by Dr. M. T. Sadler and Dr. H. L. Chambers."
  • "National prohibition is to be made an issue by Progressive nominees for congress in Kansas. This fact is emphasized by J. L. Brady of Lawrence, who has declared that he will campaign for congress in the Second District on a national prohibition plank. Mrs. Eva Murphy, of Goodland, will also run for congress on a strict and emphatic prohibition platform. The endorsement of national prohibition is the fourth plank in the tentative state platform of Kansas Bull Moosers.... In the tentative platform written this week by Kansas Democrats, there was no endorsement of national prohibition or national suffrage. Both are platform policies of the Progressives. Kansas Republicans have not as yet written a tentative platform and will probably fail to do so, leaving the platform writing to the party nominees instead of a mass convention of Republican voters."
  • "There are 5,621 voters registered in the city of Lawrence, ready tote at the primary and water election to be held on March 10. The poll books in the city clerk's office show such a total following the close of the period of registration. This is a gain of 1,043 over the registration at the spring election of 1913. This is by far the heaviest registration ever known in Lawrence and also the greatest gain ever made in a single year.... A large percentage of the new voters are women, who enter politics at this time in order to be heard on these municipal issues. Many women did not care to vote in the spring elections and did not register at that time. The water works question, however, has brought them out at this time."

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