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Archive for Monday, February 14, 2011

40 years ago: Fire destroys historic Haskell building

February 14, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 14, 1971:

  • Firefighters struggled through bitterly cold weather to save the original Sacajawea Hall on the campus of Haskell Indian Junior College this week. Damage estimates to the uninsured building, which was deemed to be a total loss, were not immediately available, but the contents alone were estimated at more than $100,000. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire was unknown. The temperatures had dropped as low as 8 degrees, with subzero wind chills, while firefighters battled the blaze.
  • Loving Lawrence residents filled half a page of the Classifieds section with Valentine messages designed to warm the hearts of their recipients. One read, “Mashed potatoes, dumplings and stew, my ever cooking mom I love you.” A more mysterious writer submitted this ad: “Dear Pomegranate Lady: I fear you have won my artichoke heart.” An even more cryptic note said simply, “I haven’t changed my mind.” A more direct approach worked for “Susan,” who wrote to her Valentine, “I wanted to surprise you. Did it work?” A more poetic contributor wrote, “Our amorous ways will really hop, as soon as you decide to pop.”

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