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100 years ago: Streetcar company hosts annual picnic for Lawrence children

June 24, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 24, 1914:

  • "Tomorrow will be a big day for the boys and girls of Lawrence. The street railway will be hosts to all children under the age of fourteen between the hours of 2 and 7. Last year 2,000 children were entertained by the railway people. This year they are making preparations to entertain a much larger crowd. As the children reach Woodland park they will be given tickets that will entitle them to a free treat of ice cream, lemonade, pop corn, a free ride on the coaster and the cars. Prof. James Naismith, of the University, will be there with a class of larger boys and girls who will direct the play of the smaller children.... Last year a picture of the children was taken. A copy hangs in the Journal-World office and another in the office of the railway and light company. It shows a lot of happy girls and boys."
  • "Considerably more than 100 old people past the age of 75 registered for the old people's day at Woodland Park this afternoon. This will raise the attendance over that of a year ago. Although the day was hot there was a good breeze and the old timers were having a delightful time. Shortly after noon they began to go to the park and by the middle of the afternoon the park was dotted with the old settlers. Many small groups were in evidence and old times were gone over by them."
  • "The prospects for good crops are bringing many families to Lawrence in order that their children may attend the University. The prediction is made that the attendance will be larger next fall than ever before. Real estate men say that the demand for houses is such that they do not think that there will be an empty residence next fall.... There are not less than half a hundred houses in course of construction at present. Despite this it is thought that practically every residence will be occupied by the time school opens."
  • "Lizzie S. Sheldon of Lawrence, and the first woman in Kansas history to become an avowed candidate for the supreme court, filed nominating papers with the secretary of state today. The petition contained 1,000 names, the signatures coming from all parts of the state."
  • "Yesterday was a great day for people to go camping. Many outfits were seen wending their way toward Lake View and other places. The heat drove them from the city to the cool groves along the lakes and river."

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