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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : December 2011
148 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 41 Number 4 December 2011 PROPOSITION IS GIVEN CONSIDERATION. A Committee From the Palmer School Visits the Proposed Location to Investigate the Proposition. DAVENPORT MUST ACT. If Davenport is to Retain This Institution She Must Act Quick and Put Away Petty Jealousies. Other cities have been seeking to interest Dr. Palmer in their localities. Dozens of different cities, with enterprising commercial clubs, not dominated by narrow-minded members, have written Dr. Palmer to see if it was not possible for him to consider their location. These letters have become so numerous, and the offers in many cases so exceedingly liberal, that a committee recently visited a few of the cities which were making the best propositions. The committee was composed of Jacob Nabstedt of Davenport, J. J. Hardy of Grand Rapids, and H. J. Foster of Fairfeld, Iowa. Several different places in states north of Iowa were visited and the committee brought home the propositions which were made them. One city proposed that they would give to the Palmer School of Chiropractic ten acres of ground which would be conveniently located as to transportation facilities. On this site the Commercial club of that city agreed to erect two buildings to cost not less than ffty thousand ($50,000) dollars, to be built from plans furnished by Dr. Palmer, and to give the school exemption from taxation for a period of ten years. It was also agreed that all costs of removal of the school from Davenport to the new location would be taken care of, so that the school could step from its location on Brady Street, Davenport, to its new location and into handsome new buildings at no fnancial outlay whatever. Other cities have arranged to send committees of their citizens to Davenport to confer with Dr. Palmer and ascertain what chance they may have to secure the school, realizing as they do the great advantage it will be to their city from every business viewpoint.68 Palmer's students urged him to leave Davenport and collected a large sum of money to help in their quest. Flattering bids had been received from Los Angeles, California and Wichita, Kansas, among others, but on 5 December 1911 B.J. decided to stay in Davenport and returned the funds to the students, saying: “I made a fnal vow that I would stay in Davenport and make all Davenporters acknowledge the P.S.C. as its largest and most successful institution," 69 Public Relations Lieutenant Governor Thomas Morris of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, while returning from a trip west with Dr Palmer, stopped in Davenport and addressed the student body of the Palmer School on Wednesday, 18 January 1911. Among his remarks he stated that "The time is coming when the public will appreciate and accept our efforts by reason of what you are doing here at this school and through the Chiropractors over the country. There is a feeling against Chiropractic now, but public sentiment is going to change, because it cannot do otherwise." 70 Elbert Hubbard, world famous lecturer and writer, spoke in glowing terms of the science of chiropractic in his public lecture on "Wealth, Health and Happiness" to an audience representing the cream of the Tri-cities on Tuesday, 29 August. He had been spending the day visiting the Palmer School and its clinics and talking with Dr Palmer about the science of chiropractic.71,72 Lecture Tours B.J. Palmer maintained an active touring schedule for public lectures. He spoke at Algona, Iowa, in January,73 on 25 February at Reichert's Hall in Roseland, Louisiana,74 at the San Diego School of Chiropractic on 22 June and at Choral Hall, Los Angeles on 28 June75 and on Sunday,20 August, at Mt Pleasant Park, Iowa.76 On Monday, 28 August, 1200 tickets had been sold for an address by B.J. on the subject "After Tomorrow, What?" at the Burtis Opera House in Davenport.77 The lecture tour equipment increased to nine commercial laminated trunks. To more electric models were added and velvet "drop" curtains and "stringers" for the proscenium were purchased at a cost of $650, which would give the various stages a rich effect.78. Elbert Hubbard and B.J. Palmer, courtesy of Palmer College Archives THE YEAR THAT WAS 1911 PETERS
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