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40 years ago: County officials try to find ‘missing’ residents

July 9, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 9, 1971:

  • Douglas County officials were trying to locate the whereabouts of as many as 10,000 Lawrence and Douglas County residents who seem to have “disappeared” -- at least, on paper. The county census was showing a considerable loss of population in Lawrence even though all other population indicators were pointing to an increase. For example, trends in utility usage, school enrollment, newspaper circulation, and building permits for single-family dwellings were all showing gains from the 1969 figures. The county census, after months of work, was still below 35,000, which was still about 10,000 people short of the 1970 federal figure.
  • About 99 per cent of the Douglas County wheat harvest was being called “the best quality this county’s ever seen” by operators at local grain elevators. Most crops that had not been replanted after the spring hail storm had managed to grow back to healthy conditions.


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