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Archive for Wednesday, March 2, 2011

40 years ago: Longtime Lawrence resident and restaurant owner dies

March 2, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Mar. 2, 1971:

  • Roy G. Borgen, widely known as the owner-operator of the popular Dine-A-Mite Inn in Lawrence, had died at his home. Mr. Borgen had been a Lawrence resident since 1939, when he had started the Dine-A-Mite near the southwest corner of 23rd and Louisiana when the site was still outside the city limits. The restaurant had had many remodelings and expansions as its clientele grew, but it had been torn down (as of 1971) and another building constructed on the site.
  • The first group of returning robins had arrived in Lawrence just a week before the recent record-breaking snow, according to the Forestry, Fish and Game Commission. The birds had been spotted in several parts of town.
  • In the nation’s capital, the Supreme Court had agreed to decide whether Massachusetts officials had the right to prohibit the distribution of birth control devices to unmarried people. The 91-year-old state law prohibiting such distribution had been declared invalid the previous summer by the U.S. Circuit Court in Boston. The state, filing an appeal in October, had said that Massachusetts had the right to protect “purity and chastity.”

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