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100 years ago: Grocers dumping old produce on rural roads

May 6, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 6, 1913:

  • "Protests have been coming in lately to the Lawrence police from the farmers living out on the Eudora road to the effect that some of the Lawrence grocery stores have been hauling their refuse produce out there and dumping it along the road. It is alleged that the wagon of one grocery store in the city has been seen out there recently. The farmers claim that a bad odor arises from the decaying of these vegetables and that as Lawrence provides a dump for all refuse down near the river, the grocerymen should be compelled to discontinue this practice. This is not only objectionable to the farmers but to the tourists who get out on this road. It is likewise unsanitary and should be looked into at once. We cannot expect to spend money and time on the improving and beautifying of our country roads and have some non-public men tearing down the work in this way."
  • "The Kansas Health Almanac, a publication by Dr. S. J. Crumbine of the State Board of Health of this state, has been carried into the far away country of China. The Orientals are hearing of how Kansas publicly guards the health of its citizens. That the publication may become wider known and more generally read and studied by the inhabitants of the new republic, a request has come to the office of the Kansas health official from a women's college at Nanking, China, asking permission to translate the book into the Chinese language.... 'It was a great surprise to me,' said the Doctor.' I never suspected that the Orientals would ever hear of the little book or even care to study it. We have had requests for copies from many sections of the world ... but we never dreamed that China was interested.'"
  • "There has been quite a mad dog scare at Blue Mound, a few miles from Sibley. Last Thursday night a dog belonging to Sam Allen near Blue Mound started on a rampage and ended up with biting several head of Mr. Allen's stock. It was not thought much of until Friday morning when the dog died. Mr. Allen now thinks the dog was mad and had telephoned in to the authorities to see what can be done. It is not known whether any dogs were bitten. The stock bitten consisted of a heifer, pig, some cats and some chickens."
  • "At the regular meeting of the board of education held last night at the high school it was decided to submit to the people of Lawrence on Tuesday, May 27, the question of whether the public schools of Lawrence shall be enlarged, improved and a more modern equipment installed or not."


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