25 years ago: Lawrence area locked into heat wave

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 24, 1988:

  • The Lawrence area was stuck in a heat wave this week, with no rain in sight according to weather forecasters. Thermometers had topped out at 101 degrees on a recent day, with more of the same in store. Surface water temperatures at Clinton Lake had risen to 86 degrees, which was a normal water temperature for August, not late June. Air-conditioning specialists were some of the busiest people in town as their phones were ringing constantly with repair calls. Sue Beers, director of social services at the Salvation Army, reported this morning that the organization had run out of the stock of fans for people to use in their homes during the hot spell. “We have a huge waiting list,” she said.
  • The Old West Lawrence Neighborhood Association was planning its annual alley cleanup on the coming Saturday. OWL volunteers were to help neighbors in raking, shoveling, and bagging refuse as well as moving large items and tearing down destructive vines and weeds.
  • Also on tap this weekend was the 12tn annual Sunflower Benefit Horse Show, a benefit for the O’Connell Youth Ranch. The show’s start time had been moved back, and could be again, due to the hot weather, said organizer Tom Swearingen. Local residents were also looking forward to the seventh annual St. John’s Mexican Fiesta at the St. John’s Catholic School grounds.