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40 years ago: ‘Haylift’ organized to aid snowbound cattle

February 24, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 24, 1971:

  • At a recent city commission meeting, Lawrence commissioners had voted to direct City Manager Buford Watson to "organize and train an auxiliary unit" for the police force. In private conversation, however, commissioners appeared to be somewhat divided on the role of such a force. Details on recruiting, training and "who, when and under what conditions this unit would be allowed to carry firearms" were still unresolved.
  • An estimated 75,000 to 100,000 head of cattle were reported to have been stranded by the recent blizzard in southwestern Kansas. To prevent starving of the livestock, who had been without food for about four days, a "haylift" had been organized. About 30,000 bales of hay were to be airlifted from Forbes Air Force Base to the animals in the counties of Barber, Clark, Comanche, Ashland and Harper.

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