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Archive for Saturday, August 11, 2001

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

August 11, 2001

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IN 1976

The Lawrence school district budget, calling for expenditures of $1,788,329 for the 1976-77 academic year, was formally approved despite critics who appeared to protest. The mill rate was to be about the same due to a rise in property valuation in the district.

Meanwhile, a survey of 3,755 district school patrols indicated the majority rated the school system here highly, with a fair to excellent rating being expressed in 76 percent of the polling samples.

IN 1961

Mrs. F.E. Sheard was pictured with some of the first sweet corn from her garden. She reported that this year's corn was among the best she ever had grown.

The Lawrence school board and the county commissioners had entered into an agreement to provide special educational services for all schools in the county.

Francis Heller, associate dean of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a professor of political science laughed off charges by several state officials that "the college" had only liberals on its staff. He said that was a recurring charge "when people don't have anything else to complain about."

IN 1901

On Aug. 11, 1901, the Lawrence Journal reported: "Now that the squirrels are all gone out of the old squirrel pen in South park, and that the rabbits confined there are slowly dying off. The pen seems to have lost its usefulness, and the people out in that part of town are clamoring for its removal. The pen prevents that part of the park from being trimmed, and does not add to the attractiveness of the park, and there seems to be a general feeling that it is time to remove the enclosure."

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