Archive for Saturday, June 8, 2013

25 years ago: No evidence of graves found at planned roadway site

June 8, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 8, 1988:

  • An investigation of possible gravesites in the proposed roadway near the East Hills Business Park had revealed no evidence of burials, and a planned memorial reinterment ceremony had been canceled. County and city crews had dug at three sites but had found no evidence of human burials. The city was planning to build East Hills Drive, an internal street in the industrial park, in about a month; the planned roadway bordered n the old Franklin Cemetery, where there were an estimated 50 graves. Jean Snedeger, a member of the Douglas County Genealogical Society, complimented the crews on their efforts, saying, "I think they've done everything possible to find any lost graves."
  • The long season of caucuses and primary elections was over, and Republican George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis, both assured of the presidential nominations of their respective parties, were ready for "the race to the finish line" as Dukakis said today. Jesse Jackson, the one remaining opponent in the Democratic race, promised that he would continue to fight for the nomination, but at the same time he appeared to be conceding Dukakis' victory by repeatedly saying that he had earned an offer of the vice presidential spot: "I've earned an option to accept it or turn it down." Dukakis was making no promises, saying that there were "a great many people" that would be considered for the VP spot.


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