Archive for Wednesday, October 18, 2000

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

October 18, 2000


In 1975 - The Kansas Board of Regents formally approved the sale of 3.2 beer on the Kansas University campus, most notabley the Kansas Union. The regents gave similar approval to other state schools under their wing. The issue had been a hot one for several months.

Even though autumn was at hand, periodic temperatures in the upper 70s belied its approach.

A decision on a bargaining unit for the Kansas University faculty was to have to wait another month. The state Public Employee Relations Board which had been expecting the rule to be finalized called for more time to study the issue.

City commission and school board members were studying the prospect for a joint indoor swimming pool operation.

The Lawrence City Commission was seeking outside legal advice on whether to recognize several city employee groups calling for acceptance as labor unions.

In 1960 - Karen Kerr, head majorette at Lawrence High, was named one of the top winners in the state majorette contest at Kinsley. She had hopes of becoming a majorette at Kansas University although KU had no such position in its band program at the time.

Three members of the Jayhawk Chapter of the Future Farmers of America at Lawrence Tom Kay, Gerald Ice and Buddy Lawrence were rated among the top seven meat judging teams in the United States in heated competition at the Kansas City American Royal.

In 1900 - On Oct. 18, 1900, the Lawrence Journal in its Kansas University items noted, "There are fifteen motors scattered among the various buildings on the hill, and all of them are supplied from the shop power plant. As all of these are running at present, it is necessary to keep the large engine in the shop running all day. In the new chemistry building there are two motors, one 14 and one 7 horse power."

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