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Archive for Wednesday, June 13, 2012

40 years ago: Wheat harvest, “noisy” basketball camp, and floods up north

June 13, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 13, 1972:

  • Lawrence city commissioners were attempting to resolve a disagreement between the Ted Owens basketball camp and some angry neighbors. Nearby residents objected to the use of the Naismith Hall basketball courts for camp activities, saying that it was too noisy.
  • Wheat harvest was in full swing in southwestern Kansas this week, with yields in some counties running to 30 to 32 bushels per acre. Other counties reported that their wheat was still ripening or that test cutting was being done. Some spotty rain over the weekend was affecting areas of cutting in some part of the state.
  • The South Dakota area was suffering the worst flood disaster in 44 years, where the death toll had reached 208 in the area near the Black Hills. The number of missing was currently estimated at 500 with at least 3,000 persons left homeless and damage estimated at more than $100 million. Water had crashed through an earthen dam at Canyon Lake, just on the western edge of Rapid City, and had smashed through the city, "flipping cars, crushing trees and lifting homes off their foundations and slamming them into a heap of splinters blocks away." Nervous Lawrence residents might have been reminded of their city's devastating floods in 1951, 1935, and 1903.

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SpicePirate 2 years, 2 months ago

Just doesn't pay to live in South Dakota!

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