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Archive for Monday, April 23, 2001

Old home town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today

April 23, 2001

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On April 23, 1976 Kansas University announced the names of six alumni who were to receive Distinguished Service Citations at the coming commencement ceremonies. They were Olin Petefish of Lawrence; William Douce of Bartlesville, Okla.; Homer Hoyt, Washington, D.C.; Edwin Phelps Jr. of St. Louis; Robert Riss, Kansas City; and Paul Wunsch of Kingman.

Clarence Kelley, KU graduate, FBI director and former Kansas City, Mo., police chief, was to return to the campus this spring to receive the Distinguished Service Award he had been unable to accept earlier due to pressing Washington commitments.

The city commission was considering approving the annexation of a section of East 23rd Street that had been rejected twice before. It was in the area of the Knights of Columbus building and the potential site for a Tom Pyle meat market.

The Douglas County Commission concurred with County Atty. David Berkowitz on the need for a full-time check investigator in the prosecutor's office and agreed to fund the operation.

On April 23, 1961 Plans for construction of a 36-unit apartment building at Southridge Plaza on West 24th Street were announced by Joe McCoskrie, owner and developer of the apartment area. He lived in Kansas City and had a Kansas University background.

On April 23, 1901 The Lawrence Journal commented: "Possibly our electric line promoter has forgotten which month it was he was to begin work on the road." In fact it was eight years before an electric streetcar line was actually developed in Lawrence.

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