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Archive for Monday, December 16, 2013

40 years ago: Local icon receives gift from Lawrence merchants

December 16, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 16, 1973:

  • Leo Beuerman had received an early Christmas gift of $75.20 from several Lawrence merchants. Donations for Beuerman had been taken up by two local women and had been turned over to the administrator at Wakarusa Manor nursing home. Beuerman had become well known around Lawrence with his operation of a specially equipped tractor and special "perambulator" for getting around downtown. Upon receiving the gift, he indicated he was interested in purchasing some beads with part of the money, and also in treating some of his neighbors at the home.
  • While Lawrence voters were at the polls this week deciding on a $664,000 bond issue for a $1.93 million airport expansion project, the Vinland Valley airport was already undergoing an expansion project of its own. Mrs. Alta Chanay of Chanay Aircraft, Inc., this week took out a building permit at the Douglas County Zoning Office for a $5,000 expansion. "We were just running out of room," she explained, citing the need for a new five-plane hangar. Including the Chanay's four crop-spraying planes, 20 planes were housed at the privately-funded facility, which sported a 2,200-foot runway which had once been a railroad bed. The airport had moved to its present site from a smaller airport near Vinland in 1969.

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