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100 years ago: KU grad returns from expedition

May 20, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for May 20, 1910: “Few Lawrence boys who have graduated from the University of Kansas have gained any more honor and scientific distinction than has Ray Merwin of the class of ‘03, a son of C. E. Merwin, principal of the Central school. Ray just returned last night after a successful exploring expedition to Central America. Ray Merwin has devoted himself to anthropology and archeology ever since his graduation from K.U.... The old Haskell pasture which years ago was the scene of gaity during the county fairs, will once more be made the amusement center for the summer in Lawrence. The Lawrence Railway and Light Company has secured the ground upon favorable terms and has offered a site for the Couglas county fair, free of charge for the next five years.... The K.U. seismograph recorded an earthquake this morning. Professor Cady says that he would estimate the shocks to have occurred at a distance of some 1500 miles away. It is the fourth ‘quake recorded for this instrument.”

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