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Archive for Sunday, July 30, 2000

Old Home Town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today

July 30, 2000

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IN 1975

The Kansas Highway Department said it would try to find a cheaper alternative to the proposed four-lane U.S. 59 bypass east of Lawrence. An official said early estimates were too high (in the $40 million range) and that alternative plans could cut that a great deal.

Douglas County commissioners repealed their earlier passage of a home rule charter resolution since they decided they might have to adopt an alternate plan in just a year under state laws.

Perry Lake had a two-foot "bathtub ring" showing because of the draw-down of the water level necessitated by drought conditions in the region.

IN 1960

Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. announced plans to change the size of its Lawrence directory with the next issue. Instead of the current smaller, two-column book, residents would receive a "metropolitian" three-column size. Officials said the change reflected the growth and progress in the community since World War II.

Two Oklahoma University alumni, Kansas football coach Jack Mitchell and actor James Garner, hooked up in a celebrity golf tournament in Kansas City and Mitchell topped the actor with a score of 78 over the par 73 layout. Garner shot "in the mid-80s."

IN 1900

On July 30, 1900, the Lawrence World told of Bismarck Grove's activity. Capt. W.S. Tough, its owner, was using the area to the east of North Lawrence as a horse market. The reporter told of 500 horses present when he visited there and of 25 men being employed there caring for them. Scattered over the United States, 24 buyers were acquiring horses to ship to Bismarck Grove.

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