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Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2001

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

November 29, 2001

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IN 1976

The morning low temperature here of 2 degrees set a record for the date, breaking the mark of 4 that had been set in 1896.

Health officials said that 12,511 had received swine flu vaccinations to help prevent or curtail a feared epidemic of the violent strain in the United States.

Insurance premiums for owners of about 15 percent of Kansas' private cars were to go up as much as 25 percent later in the week, insurance commissioner Fletcher Bell announced. He said details were coming soon.

The United Fund drive had reached the 95 percent level in its bid for a goal of $237,480. The campaign had been extended, but there was little hope that things could be wound up for at least another week, if, indeed, the drive could even go "over the top."

The Whomper Inc., a recycling effort begun in Lawrence in about 1970, was about to close due to depressed prices for recycled newspapers and cans.

IN 1961

A tentative plan by the Kansas Board of Regents to help state schools build dormitories quicker appeared to include funds for a 450-student dorm at Kansas University, to be completed by the fall of 1963. No details were immediately available, but university officials were overjoyed by the news.

IN 1901

On Nov. 29, 1901, the Lawrence World told of a Missouri victory over Kansas 18 to 12 in football at Kansas City. The World noted, "Fully 7,000 people witnessed the struggle, which was a slow-played one and lacked snap or startling plays. The Kansas team was badly crippled while the Missouri team was strengthened, accounting for the first game Missouri has won this season."

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