The news from 1908

In honor of the Missourian's first year of publication, we take a look at some of the news reported by the Missourian in its first few months.
Saturday, September 13, 2008 | 11:10 p.m. CDT; updated 9:19 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sept. 14

A man was able to see through the eyes of a rabbit. Dr. Henry R. Leaser grafted the cornea of a rabbit's eye to the eye of a blind man. The bandages were removed from the eye, and it was found that the patient's sight was completely restored.


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Sept. 15

Two leather-lunged St. Louis newsboys were hired to let all of Columbia know that there was now another newspaper in the field. Max Silverman and Ben Getzler set forth down Broadway yesterday to distribute the new University Missourian (what is today the Columbia Missourian), and their efforts proved to be effective as all the papers were sold.

Busy sophomores last night posted the town with glaring green bills containing the annual rules and regulations for new freshmen. They then put the rules into practical effect with the aid of some stout paddles.

Sept. 17

Thomas A. Edison, inventor, predicted a wonderful future for Sky Sailors. Edison said that within five years airships would be crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 18 hours, reaching the North Pole in 40 hours and encircling the world in a week.

The opening convocation of Stephens College was to be held at 10 a.m. the next day in Sappington Auditorium.

Sept. 18

After shopping all day in St. Louis with his daughter, pushing his way through crowded stores and listening to discussions as to the quality and prices of dry goods, dresses, furniture and household accessories, Hubert Kunster, 79 years old, suddenly became insane. He was under observation at the City Hospital.

Sept. 21

Kansas City or St. Joseph for the annual Kansas-Missouri football game? That question had not been settled, although negotiations had been under way for nearly a year. St. Joseph made a bid that it will furnish the park for free and pay expenses of the ball team. Most students and alumni prefer Kansas City to St. Joseph, but it may be that for the second time St. Joseph will be the Thanksgiving Day mecca of the students.

Sept. 22

As a result of a strong demand from students and alumni, The Independent of the University of Missouri, a weekly student publication that was discontinued at the beginning of the present school term, was being revived as a four-page weekly.

Wilbur Wright broke records yesterday after he completed a 91-minute flight, all the while keeping the aircraft under perfect control. Experts said the next step would be the carrying of passengers.

Sept. 23

Student Lyndon H. Phifer won a medal for bravery. Phifer was a student in the Department of Journalism.

Sept. 28

A $10,000 helicopter was finally assembled at Morris Park race track in New York. The helicopter was compared with the Wrights' famous airplanes, which cost $2,500 apiece. The helicopter weighed about 400 pounds and was designed to carry one person.

Sept 30.

Amherst College officially banned hazing. The students attempted to convince college President Harris that hazing was "good for the freshmen and that the sophomores administered it solely from a sense of duty."

Oct. 1

The Missourian staff of student reporters was going to take a straw ballot on the national candidates to be voted on in November.

MU got a machine for taking photos of athletes in action.

The first meeting of the Department of Journalism was held last night.

Oct. 2

The executive Board of Curators ordered that the University Missourian be sent to all accredited and partially accredited high schools in Missouri.

Oct. 7

Sixty-six students were enrolled in the Journalism Department.

The Detroit Tigers won the American League pennant for the second year in a row.

Oct. 9

Tuition of $20 a year was to be charged for out-of-state students.

The Chicago Cubs beat the New York Giants to win the National League pennant.

Oct. 12

The Columbia Theater sold for $20,500 at auction to J.W. Stone. Stone was a part owner with W.W. Garth Jr., but they disagreed over management, so Stone bought all of it.

Oct. 19

Burglars, in blowing up a safe in the Trade Center Building in Ashland, started a fire that wiped out the business district of the town. It was a total loss of $60,000. The burglars got $220 in money and checks from the safe.

Oct. 23

A meeting was held in Kansas City for an organization that wants to put Bibles in every hotel room across the country. The Gideons were the organization, and they were made up of traveling Christian men.

Nov. 2

Stories in the University Missourian showing the unsanitary conditions of the Wabash station in Columbia led to plans for improvements at the station. F.J. Delano, vice president of the railroad, and Henry Miller, general manager, called the Missourian to personally pledge that improvements would be made at the station.

Nov 4

William Taft was elected president of the United States. Missouri contributed 18 electoral votes in the election. By Nov. 6, it was determined that Boone County had contributed 3,354 votes to Taft and 1,264 votes to his opponent, Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan.

William Strother Cowherd, a graduate of MU, was elected governor of Missouri. He won by an estimated 12,000 votes.

Nov. 6

Students of MU expelled from school, suspended or called before the Discipline Committee were eligible for membership in a new Greek fraternity, Kappa Delta. The fraternity's emblem included the letters "K.A.N.D." and the group had "honorary members."

Nov. 11

An effigy of Gov. Joseph Folk was burned in Richards after Folk paroled a man convicted of murder. Folk said he would investigate the case of Dr. J.D. Todd, accused of murdering Robert Wall, and would issue a pardon if it was needed.

More than 50 clubs, fraternities and associations were represented at MU this year. Two fraternities have also purchased permanent houses starting this year, and several more were considering purchasing homes. The largest organizations on campus were the Agricultural Club, with 140 members, and the Engineering Society, with 75 members.

Nov. 14

The Tigers defeated Washington 40-0. Missouri's team was 10 pounds heavier to a man, and the score was 23-0 by the end of the first half. Snow had to be swept from the field before the game. The Missourian put out an extra edition after the game to announce the win.

Nov. 17

The University of Birmingham, England, began to offer courses specifically for journalists.

Nov. 23

A 120-mile electric trolley line was proposed to connect Columbia with eight large railways. The line will run from Brookfield to Rolla.

Nov. 30

The Tigers lost 10-4 to Kansas in Kansas City. The loss was blamed on a failure in trick plays.

Dec. 1

The debate of whether Missouri needed an official flag continued. The last flag approved by the legislature was for the Confederate Congress, and no evidence was found that it was ever used.

Dec. 2

The price of groceries in Columbia increased 8 percent between October and December. Eggs saw the highest increase, going from 24 cents per dozen in October to 35 cents.

Dec. 3

The electric light service of Columbia received complaints because of the dimness of inside lights throughout the city. The increased demand for electricity was unexpected, said J. M. Sherman, superintendent of the city water and light plant.

Dec. 7

Columbia was divided as to whether the historic courthouse in downtown Columbia should be torn down in order to build a new one.

Dec. 8

The University of Missouri was certain to remain in Columbia, instead of moving to McBaine, after a debate at the First Baptist Church. Despite McBaine having the best fishing around, Columbia won out because of its dry town status and the need for travel between the university and Stephens and Christian colleges.

Dec. 11

Dr. Albert Ross Hill was installed as president of MU. His predecessor, Dr. Richard Henry Jesse, sat beside him during the inauguration. Hill said that the journalism profession needed college-trained men and that the profession was expected to recruit its ranks from the university's graduates.

Dec. 14

In 1908, the University of Missouri hosted a Graduate Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Agriculture, the Teachers College, the Department of Law, the Department of Medicine, the Department of Engineering and the Department of Journalism. The University of Missouri-Rolla hosted the School of Mines and Metallurgy.

Dec. 18

MU gained in enrollment in 1908, increasing from 2,274 students in 1907 to 2,558. The university's Teachers College had 950 students.

Compiled by Jenna Dunbar, Sarah Scully and Noelle Buhidar of the Missourian's staff


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Lane Wilson September 14, 2008 | 10:45 a.m.

I can't believe they thought about moving MU to McBaine!

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