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Archive for Monday, September 28, 2009

25 years ago: Haskell celebrates anniversary

September 28, 2009

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With speeches, songs and appropriate dances, Haskell Indian Junior College began a yearlong celebration of its 10-year evolution from an agricultural institute to a junior college. There was praise for the productive growth of the junior college, founded in 1884 with the intent of civilizing and converting Indians to Christianity, as administrators stressed funding problems of recent times and the best ways to overcome money shortages via the federal government. There was a call from support from all quarters including alumni of the school.

Snow was falling in some parts of Kansas, including Goodland, but Lawrence was to get no more than a deep overnight chill followed by temperatures in the 70s the next day.

Lawrence’s 1984 United Fund drive got off to a runnig start with $65,017 raised during a pre-drive pilot campaign. The overall goal was $470,882. Bob Ohlen of Lawrence Memorial Hospital was the drive chairman who called for a speedy wrapup of a project that often had trouble crossing the finish line on time.

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