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100 years ago: Kansas hits record high temperatures

May 29, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 29, 1913:

  • "A temperature of 100 degrees in extreme western and southwestern Kansas counties was reported today. All May records for heat in Kansas are broken and no immediate relief is promised. Crop conditions are not regarded as serious except in a few extreme southwestern and south central counties. Rain is badly needed in some of these counties. The temperature in Topeka this afternoon was 96. Hutchinson reported 101 in the shade."
  • "School is out. What a world of meaning there is in these three little words to the boys and girls of Lawrence. Vacation has come. It means three months of play and rest from the long nine months grind of the winter. It means that books and teachers and class rooms will be forgotten by them. For some it means trips into the mountains, it means unrestrained playing, picnics and kindred pleasures of the summer time."
  • "Lawrence will pay tribute tomorrow to the veterans of the Civil War both the living and the dead. In the morning the observances of the day will be held at the cemeteries where the graves of the fallen heroes will be decorated and short services held.... Members of the Lawrence Auto Club are requested to be at the court house tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock with their cars to carry the old soldiers to the cemeteries. We will not have these old veterans with us a great many years longer and we should show them all of the courtesies possible. About twenty cars are needed."
  • "On next Monday the play season will be formally opened under the auspices of the Lawrence Playgrounds Association. There will be five playgrounds in the city under the care of the association this year and it is believed that the attendance will be much larger than it was last season, the first of organized playing in Lawrence. These playgrounds will be at Quincy, Pinckney, Woodlawn, Lincoln and New York schools.... Most of these grounds are now equipped with play apparatus but more is to be secured later and installed during the summer. At each of these grounds there is an outdoor basketball court and this game has become very popular with the children at the schools. Other games will be taught during the summer."

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