Archive for Tuesday, September 29, 2009

100 years ago: Sugar cane farmers racing against cold

September 29, 2009

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 29, 1909: It is a race now between the farmers and Jack Frost to see who will get the sugar cane first. Hundreds of acres were grown north of Lawrence and scores of canemills have been busy crushing out the sap from the stalks and boiling it into sorghum. Yields have been in the range of $40 to $60 an acre and there appears to be a ready market if the cold weather can be beaten to the finish line. . . . A new steel bridge over Rock Creek is to replace the old wooden structure and commissioners say that from now on, only steel or concrete bridges are to be built in Douglas County. . . . A key step has been taken by the state to provide free anti-toxin to the needy to combat such problems as diphtheria and scarlet fever. Meanwhile, the state and the university health officials are following with great interest the epidemic of infantile paralysis in Norton and Decatur counties. So far there is no known toxin to deal with it and all funds available are being used to study the problem for the fatal and crippling disease.

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