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Archive for Sunday, September 13, 2009

100 years ago: Farmers to work on drainage ditch

September 13, 2009

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 13, 1909: Farmers inn the Wakarusa Township will construct a drainage ditch 16 feet wide to handle local flooding. It will be much bigger and deeper than has been the case and is due to carry off most of the water from the annual flooding conditions. The farmers intend to do the work themselves rather than have outsiders do it. . . . The local health officer yesterday established quarantines for two cases of dipththeria here and there also is a case of scarlet fever that has required a quarantine. . . . The enrollment in city schools had reached 2,004 by this afternoon, with 451 at the high school. The figures are likely to rise due to late enrollments. . . . New street cars will “absolutely” be here for the opening of fair week that is just around the corner. . . . Clark and Thomas, Lawrence contractors, have been hired to build sidewalks to the new engineering and mining building the university. There will be 4,500 square feet of granitoid walk. There were many bids by out-of-town firms. . . . Due to bad weather, the local apple harvest is to be the poorest in years. . . . All local schools officially opened today with the work day shortened after morning familiarity gatherings.

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