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100 years ago: Civil War veterans visit Lawrence schools

May 22, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 22, 1914:

  • "The High school chapel was crowded to its greatest capacity this morning for the chapel service in which several of the old soldiers spoke. S. J. Churchill, J. Lawrence. D. E. Hunnicut and J. P. Cone were there and all made short speeches portraying some of their experiences in the war. Mr. Cone told of the flag that was sent to his regiment by the women of Lawrence. It was returned in a tattered condition and is now in the museum in Topeka. Mr. Hunnicut told how all wars came about, using some of the more recent ones as examples. He said that all war was the result of the oppression of the less fortunate by the more fortunate people. A. G. Alrich, representing the Sons of Veterans, told of the historical setting that led up to the writing of 'The Star Spangled Banner.'... The old soldiers and kindred organizations spent today at the schools of the city in the annual visit of inspection."
  • "The Hocker electric line will not be built to Lawrence this summer. R. W. Hocker, president of the company, yesterday denied the rumor that they anticipated early work on the road. Mr. Hocker admits that attempts are being made to finance the project but declared that the plans are nowhere near completion. It looks now as if Lawrence would have to depend upon the Heim line which promises to come into Lawrence from the north side of the river. The Hocker people do not seem to be able to get the money to make the project go."
  • "The rain yesterday was disappointing. The showers moistened the top of the ground, but what is needed around Lawrence is a genuine soaker that will filter down into the ground and leave some reserve moisture. Other places got good rains yesterday but Lawrence does not seem to be on the weather man's map."
  • "The city commissioners find themselves without money. They have to get a financial report and then go before the tax commission to get authority to issue warrants. The paving contractors want their money and they can only get it in this way. The city has been living beyond its income, and it has run out of money. The current expenses must be met until the taxes come in."
  • "Mr. Cruchfield is 85 years old today. In accordance with established custom, a number of his friends are spending the day with him. These anniversaries are great occasions for Mr. Crutchfield. He is not able to get out as much as formerly and it is a delight to him to meet his old friends. He is one of the few survivors of the early settlers in Lawrence. From the very beginning of the town, he has been identified with its progress. He has contributed largely to the Y. M. C. A. and other public projects and has always been a force for good."
  • "Today is Kansas University day at Woodland park. Several picnics were given by different societies, but the main part of the jollification will take place this evening. The Student Council is giving their 'positively last dance of the season' at the dance pavilion. The dancers will be charged five cents per dance, and the proceeds will go to help meet a deficit left the new Student Council by the retiring council. The University band will give an open air concert this evening at the park."
  • "There is going to be no half-way business in entertaining the people from the country and the nearby towns on next Thursday and Friday, Lawrence's first Dollar Day Sales. The leading merchants of the town are advertising their special sales in the Journal-World and everyone should read the paper very closely from now until the days of the sale that they may know just where to go to get the biggest and best bargains."

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