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Decades

1910 - 1919 (26 articles)

Presidential Visits

September 24, 1911

President William Howard Taft stops on the KU campus for about one hour and speaks to a welcoming crowd in old Robinson Gymnasium.

Yellow Fellow

January 19, 1910

KU hosts the first annual National Conference of Schools of Journalism, featuring a keynote address by Arthur Brisbane, chief editorial writer for the Hearst newspaper chain.

Giving Peace A Chance, Sort Of

January 31, 1916

KU senior Kenneth Pringle returns to Lawrence from his trip to Europe aboard Henry Ford’s “Peace Ship,” an idealistic but ultimately preposterous attempt to end World War I.

Dr. William T. Fitzsimons

A Death In France

September 7, 1917

Lt. William T. Fitzsimons, a KU alum and US Army doctor serving in France, becomes the first American casualty of World War I.

Chancellor Strong’s About-Face

May 4, 1917

Shortly after the United States formally enters the First World War, KU Chancellor Frank Strong speaks on “Mobilization at the University” before the National Council of Defense in Washington, DC.

Sunday’s Sermon

May 4, 1916

Evangelist Billy Sunday, nationally known for his passionate support of prohibition and revivalist crusades, congratulates Kansans for being the “least illiterate” people in the country in a speech to more than 1,800 KU students and faculty and members of the Kansas Editorial Association at Robinson Gymnasium.

Hello, I Must Be Going

February 2, 1916

Braving below-freezing temperatures, over 4,000 KU students and local residents gather to see President Woodrow Wilson while his train pauses in Lawrence.

Unitarian Utilitarianism

November 21, 1914

Lawrence widow Leonora Ricker Hollingbery dies, leaving a last will and testment that calls for the establishment of a low-cost residence for women that will become an ad-hoc addition to KU's student housing stock for more than two decades.

Major’s Undertakings

September 1, 1914

Dr. Ralph H. Major joins the KU School of Medicine faculty, becoming both professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology, and launching a career “that can never be measured in terms any more precise than immense or profound.”

Not Exactly A Hoot

May 9, 1914

The Sour Owl, a KU student publication featuring salacious gossip and bawdy sexual humor, issues the premiere edition of its intermittent 40-year run.

The Ideal Jayhawker

March 14, 1913

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 14, 1913: "Kansas University Co-eds who are members of the K.U. Y.W.C.A. have outlined a code of ideals to which they would have the young men of Kansas measure up. In a list of nine requirements they have prescribed for his every-day life...

Seeds Of Construction

October 6, 1911

Nearly 1,000 women attend a rally at the original Robinson Gymnasium to call for the construction of a women’s dormitory that ultimately will become Corbin Hall.

Abbey Mode

October 7, 1910

The Presbyterian Church celebrates a Dedicatory Service for Westminster Hall, a new religious center for University of Kansas students that will end up serving as a women’s dormitory from 1933 to 1946.