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40 years ago: Lawrence boy suffers heart injury in freak accident

April 18, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 18, 1973:

  • Lawrence ninth-grader Jere McElhaney suffered a severe and dangerous injury today in a freak accident at Broken Arrow Park. A stray piece of wire flung from a riding mower had entered the boy's chest, piercing his heart. The 15-year-old had undergone immediate emergency surgery at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. McElhaney had been a member of a science class that had been visiting the park on a field trip.
  • Decathlon performers had opened the 48th Kansas Relays today at KU's Memorial Stadium. The odd sight of the Relays being played under clear skies was not due to last long, stated an article today. "'Tradition' is due to set in again, a tradition of less than ideal weather for the Relays." The good weather was expected to end tonight as showers and thunderstorms were forecast to develop over eastern Kansas.
  • The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce was expecting a "tremendous response" to its latest request to members and service agencies to participate in a spring clean-up week, April 30 through May 5. The annual "Make the Scene Clean" drive mailing had been sent to 1,100 Chamber members and 350 service organizations to ask their cooperation in cleaning up about 30 "priority areas" around the city.

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