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Archive for Wednesday, June 27, 2012

40 years ago: County residents raise funds for flood-ravaged areas of U.S.

June 27, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 27, 1972:

  • Jo Byers, director of the Douglas County Red Cross, today reminded local residents that the local quota for donations had been doubled following flood disasters in South Dakota and the East Coast. Information on flood victims was still sketchy, said Byers, but the latest figures showed 112,000 people staying in 330 Red Cross shelters in the east, where flood waters had finally receded after a week-long storm had left 117 dead and tens of thousands homeless. Douglas County contributions had reached $780, still a long way from the new goal of $2,458.
  • Meanwhile, possibly heavy thunderstorms were forecast for the Lawrence area tonight and tomorrow which would catch a lot of farmers in the middle of wheat harvest. Local agriculture officials said today that only a few more days of dry weather were needed to wind up one of the county's most productive harvests. About 75 percent of the county's wheat was estimated to have been cut by this afternoon.

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