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Archive for Wednesday, February 1, 2012

100 years ago: Meningitis outbreak claims first life in Lawrence

February 1, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 1, 1912:

  • "Spinal meningitis this morning resulted in a death in Lawrence, the victim of the dread disease being little Robert Irvin, the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Irvin of 435 Lake street, North Lawrence.... The case was recognized as a serious one, but the child was thought to be doing nicely, but the little boy was in a very much weakened condition as a result of the serious illness.... It is the only case of the disease, since it began its recent ravages of the country, that has been discovered in Lawrence."
  • "Bonner Springs is interested in the present campaign that is being made for good roads in Kansas and already has several miles of rock road completed and the money and plans for building several miles more. The people there are deeply interested in good roads and are willing to meet the expenses of getting a good rock road through their territory."
  • "Is Prof. Olin Templin, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Kansas, going to resign his position? That is what the latest rumor of any importance from University circles emphatically says."
  • "Twenty-one cars of potatoes were due to come through Lawrence this afternoon over the Union Pacific. The potatoes were coming from Idaho."
  • "George Bowman has received some fine quail from California, two dozen in number. Mr. Bowman will turn the quail loose here out at Haskell."

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