Hospital board chairman Warren Rhodes presided over groundbreaking ceremonies for Lawrence Memorial Hospital's expansion. Mayor Barkley Clark called it "a major milestone for the city." The project was to make LMH a 200-bed facility and the major financing came from a revenue bond issue.
A hot Labor Day holiday weekend was predicted with high humidity and readings well up into the 90s.
Bill Nieder, a last-minute addition to the U.S. Olympic track and field team, became the first Lawrence native to win an Olympic gold medal when he won the shot put title in Rome with a toss of 64-6 3/4. Nieder originally failed to qualify for the team but was added at the last second when another qualifier was injured. He had overcome a massive knee injury as a Kansas University football sophomore in 1953 to become a world champion shot putter.
On Aug. 30, 1900, the Lawrence Journal's headline read, "CANNING FACTORY FOR LAW-RENCE," and the accompanying article told of the incorporation of the Kaw Valley company by Theodore Poehler and other stockholders. Ground-breaking was just a few days away on 60 by 200 feet wide building which the Journal noted would be the largest building in the city. It would have eventually the capacity of 100,000 cases of canned goods annually. It was to be located on the eastern edge of the city with a Santa Fe railroad spur to be built to it.
Courtesy Watkins Community Museum