Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

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

August 23, 2001


IN 1976

Kansas University Chancellor Archie Dykes said at the fall semester opening convocation that if KU had one major function, it was teaching students to teach themselves. And he declared the able and diversified student body as easily the school's richest asset.

Meanwhile, KU fall semester classes opened with a record 19,087 on the Lawrence campus for opening day and the prospect of a final count of 20,000 or beyond by the time final figures were in.

Sunflower Cablevision of Lawrence announced construction and testing of a local earth receiving station linked with space satellites to speed up transmissions and improve reception.

Kay Kent, Lawrence-Douglas County health director, said she wanted her department to get full consideration for space in an abandoned wing at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

IN 1961

Names of all nine members of the new Lawrence Human Relations Commission were announced by the city commission. They were Petey Cerf, Dr. Helen Gilles, Mrs. Frank Burge, William Binns, Jim Titus, Mrs. Jeanne Dicker, the Rev. Frank Brown, the Rev. Max Thomas and Sam Adame.

A standing-room-only crowd of nearly 100 stayed until midnight at the planning commission board of zoning appeals session on rezoning of lots at the west end of 20th Street, and on the zoning of two day nurseries.

Douglas County's work program for able-bodied people receiving general assistance from the welfare department was put into motion. It had not been in operation long enough to determine its effectiveness.

IN 1901

On Aug. 23, 1901, the Lawrence Journal told in its headline of "NEW APPROACH TO THE UNIVERSITY" and went on to note "the new approach to the university of Kansas, made by the diversion of the south end of Mississippi street, to the southwest across the University grounds, will give, when completed, one of the prettiest approaches imaginable to the group of buildings now comprised in the university of Kansas. The road leaves Mississippi street just as the steepest grade just north of the main grounds is reached, and winds by gradual ascent through the wooded amphitheater north of Snow hall (which in 1901 was just west of Fraser Hall) getting an outlet near the new chemistry building (Bailey Hall) and giving a splendid view of the Snow hall, chemistry building, and Fowler shop building as the campus proper is approached."

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