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Archive for Sunday, March 30, 2003

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

March 30, 2003

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IN 1978 - The Kansas Senate gave final approval to Kansas University's operating budget for the coming fiscal year, approving recommended actions of its ways and means committee. The final total was to be about $53 million, with supplemental appropriations totaling nearly $736,000 for the fiscal year in progress.

A ruling by the Kansas attorney general's office solidified the general belief that the familiar "Uncle Jimmy Green" statue in front of the old law school building on the Kansas University campus could not be moved to the site of the new law school near Allen Fieldhouse. Traditionalists had been working to keep the statue in its normal spot, in front of what is now known as Lippincott Hall, where it remains in 2003.

IN 1963 - Wichita University was approved as a member of the Kansas regents system. A compromise bill needed only the signature of Gov. John Anderson to make it official. Wichita was to enter the system first as an associate of Kansas University, since KU was considered the flagship school in the system.

The Lawrence City Commission ordered city manager Harold Horn to proceed with plans for a $400,000 expansion program for downtown parking improvements. Downtown parking long had been a source of concern and many had been pushing for the city to improve conditions as soon as possible.

IN 1903 - From the Lawrence Daily World of March 30, 1903: "J.B. Watkins had a close financial call a few years ago but he kept his head and is now on his feet securely again. He has an assured income of more than the salary of the president of the United States. ... The faculty of the KU school of fine arts will meet this afternoon for the discussion of entrance requirements and the new catalogue. ... We hear President (Theodore) Roosevelt is working hard on speeches he will give in his coming tour of the west. Many think he would be able to speak on anything at any time, but any good speechmaker needs to prepare and study, and Roosevelt is a good speechmaker."

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