Archive for Saturday, March 10, 2001

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

March 10, 2001


IN 1976

Sheriff Rex Johnson told county commissioners that his department would need extra money and manpower to handle law enforcement operations when Clinton Lake was opened about 1980. He said he already was working on contingency plans for dealing with an anticipated major influx of lake-users. The first need, he said, would be more personnel to deal with the problems that were likely to arise from the project. The commissioners took the data from Johnson under advisement.

As the nation prepared to celebrate its 200th birthday, the Phi Kappa Psi social fraternity here was making plans to observe the fraternity's 100th birthday. Buddy Rogers, former movie star from Olathe and once in the Phi Psi chapter here, was to be in Lawrence for the local observance.

Mayor Virgil Reeves of Baldwin died at the age of 63 following a heart attack.

IN 1961

Burglars entered the Gibbs Clothing Co. store early in the day and carried off 26 suits and an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register. No arrests had been made but several "helpful" tips had been received, officers said.

Ben H. Barteldes, a KU sophomore from Lawrence, received word that he had been accepted for New York University's Junior Year in Spain study program.

IN 1901

On March 10, 1901 the Lawrence World told of "A Big Donation," noting "Congressman Bowersock today received a letter from Andrew Carnegie saying he would give $25,000 for a public library building in Lawrence provided that the citizens would furnish $2500 per year for maintenance." It would be Apr. 7, 1903 before the voters approved establishing such a library and Dec. 16, 1904 before the library was opened at then Warren (now 9th) and Vermont St.

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