100 years ago: Football fans enjoy mechanized reproduction of KU-MU game

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 27, 1911:

“More than 1000 persons gathered on Massachusetts street Saturday afternoon to see the Kansas-Missouri football game played on the gridiron that had been built in front of the Journal-World office. Never in the history of Lawrence has such a thing been seen. Automobile parties, buggies, wagons, hundreds on foot, everyone who could gather to watch the game played. They began coming down town every early and they stayed until after the game was over. It was the best thing that Lawrence has ever seen. It will always be remembered…. The field was a complete one, and the device built by C. V. Leigh was so unique that everyone who saw it said he should get a patent on it. The ball was arranged so that it could be turned and shown by the colors whether it was Kansas’ ball or Missouri’s ball. Every minute that vast crowd kept its eyes on the ball, and how they cheered when it neared the goal line…. It took a perfect working corps to make the Saturday what it was…. There was a leased wire run from Rollins field and there was no relaying, no waiting at St. Louis, or Kansas City. At the key there was W. C. Fountaine, of the Western Union, and never has a man at the key handled a wire service in the manner that Fountaine did. His copy was accurate, it was speedy, and he took it so that there was no delay in getting the story to the outside field. Directing the work of the field was Harry Allphin of Lawrence, who megaphoned the story, who directed the action of the mechanical field. Allphin made a cheer leader also and time and again the Rock Chalk rang out from the crowd in front of the office.”