Archive for Wednesday, September 7, 2011

40 years ago: In spite of drownings, no lifeguards to be posted at Perry Lake

September 7, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 7, 1971:

  • Despite two recent drownings at Perry Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was not intending to station a lifeguard at its public swimming area. Lake manager Lynn Myers said that the problem with implementing a lifeguard was the need to "determine how many you will have over how large an area.... We have a beach area between 900 and 1,000 feet long, and it's not a controlled situation." Two girls, aged 12 and 11, had drowned on Monday while wading across a 75-foot-wide cove. They had apparently encountered a deep spot, possibly a ravine that had been hidden from view since the lake was filled.
  • The summer had saved its hottest weather for the end, as highs reached into the 90s and humidity was a sweltering 50 percent or more.
  • A get-acquainted watermelon feed was scheduled for the students and faculty of Haskell Indian Junior College near the bandstand in the center of the campus.


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