Archive for Tuesday, October 15, 2002

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

October 15, 2002


IN 1977

The 1977 Kansas corn harvest was expected to be down slightly from 1976, but a 50 percent higher yield was predicted for the east central district, which included Douglas County. "We're expecting about 12.5 million bushels from the east central district, compared to about 8.3 million bushels in 1976," said Doug Darling of the Kansas Crop Reporting Service.

Kansas University officials said they had no qualms about a national scholarship program from which one university had withdrawn because participants were selected solely on the basis of race. Opponents called the policy reverse discrimination. The California State University and College System had dropped from the program because of the issue.

IN 1962

A Kansas University group left the Lawrence airport to attend alumni meetings in Ames, Iowa, and to attend the KU-Iowa State football game. The result was less than satisfactory. Bud Moore's Jayhawks took a 41-3 shellacking from the Cyclones. KU was on the way to a 3-7-1 season.

James Owens, local florist and gift shop owner, was chosen by the Lawrence City Commission to fill the unexpired term of former mayor Ted Kennedy, who had resigned when he moved to an out-of-Lawrence residence. Owens remains the only citizen to serve on the school board, city commission and as president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, and he later was honored by the chamber with the prestigious Citizen of the Years award.

IN 1902

On Oct. 15, 1902, the Lawrence Journal observed, "Kansas newspapers are boasting about turning down liquor advertisements. Nearly all of them do that as a matter of sentiment, or principle, or policy, to their own financial loss. The Journal always turns them down, but it had an experience that was surprising a short time ago. Something was said editorially to the effect that liquor, being for the most part luxuries, should be heavily taxed. A proprietary medicine company 'jumped' the paper and canceled a big advertising contract because an apology was refused. What do you suppose that medicine is made of?"

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