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100 years ago: Church programs to honor mothers this Sunday

May 6, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 6, 1914:

  • "Sunday, May 10, is Mother's Day. It will be observed throughout the United States, and Lawrence will fall into line. Special services will be held in practically all the churches. The coming of the editors will interfere somewhat with the full observance of the day. About 20 editors have already been asked to speak in Lawrence churches next Sunday in anticipation of the newspaper conference which follows next week. However this will not be allowed to interfere with the honoring of mothers. At the Sunday School hour and at the young people's meetings the mothers will come in for their share of devotion.... 'Mother's Day' has become one of our most celebrated national anniversaries and countless thousands of carnations are worn by American sons and daughters in honor of their mothers. It is a beautiful custom and one that will live and become ingrained into our national life. The fraternities at the university are planning to join in the observance of 'Mother's Day' and many of them have already sent invitations to the mothers of all the boys to come for a week-end visit at the fraternity house."
  • "A gospel meeting for Lawrence? Why not? The town has need of one. It is planned for next Sunday afternoon at the opera house. There will be two speakers, Henry J. Allen and Wess Goodwin. These are two great men who have been in this work for some time and have had great results. Lawrence has been slow to take hold of the gospel team work bu the plan is to get something definite under way and the meeting at the opera house on Sunday afternoon will be the opening gun of a campaign that will be continued effectively."
  • "Will the Heim electric line miss Lawrence? There is a possibility of this. There is some talk that the plan is to make as near an air line between Kansas City and Topeka as possible. If this plan is carried out it will mean that the line will hug the river on the north side except in the big bend here. Then the line will make a straight shoot between the banks of the bend and save three miles. The Union Pacific has been threatening to do this for years but has never done so.... But Mr. Heim wants to come to Lawrence. In any event there will be a spur run from the main line four miles north to this city. This will mean a change of cars. This would not suit our people.... Under the terms of the contract with Mr. Bowersock the street railway company can furnish all the power Mr. Heim will need in Douglas county. If the lines comes on the south side of the river the present contract can be used to furnish a lot of the power. If it goes on the north side only about seven miles can be used. If the line goes south it will go practically to the end of the line and then turn west through the Wakarusa valley or through the Kaw valley on the south side. If the track is to follow the river the it will probably go on the north side in order to avoid the hills west of here. In that event we will just have a spur running from some point about four miles north."

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