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Archive for Thursday, September 5, 2013

100 years ago: Record-breaking heat may delay start of school

September 5, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 5, 1913:

  • "The August heat record tumbled again today when a maximum temperature of 105 1/2 degrees above was reached shortly after noon. This is the highest figure of the year, August having given up at 105, which figure was recorded on the seventh of the month. It indicates that September not only is keeping up with the last month, which was the worst on record, but that it is going to get the better of the month just passed.... The brand of weather that has been handed out the last few days is very un-September-like. Every day this month has been hotter than is necessary to be styled as a 'hot' one by the weather statisticians. Not once during the month has the maximum temperature been below the 100 mark."
  • "No relief from the heat wave and the indications are that the boys and girls of Lawrence will have an extra week of vacation. The school board will decide the matter tonight.... Today the school authorities were wrestling with the water problem. At several of the schools old wells are being opened up and at another a new well is being dug. Tests are being made and the school authorities hope that by the time school opens every building will be supplied with drinking water."
  • "One hundred and twenty people representing four generations of the descendants of Jos. Eberhart, a pioneer settler of Douglas county, met today in South Park where they held the eighth annual reunion of the family. Following a generous picnic dinner a program of reminiscences told by older members of the family was given and letters from members unable to be present were read. A number of interesting relics and family heirlooms were exhibited."
  • "'To the citizens of Lawrence: The number of students compelled to earn part or all of their expenses while attending the University this year will be unusually large owing to the partial failure of crops. Applications from prospective students for employment up-to-date, far exceed the number of available places where students may earn money.... The University Employment Bureau which is the clearing house between employers and student employees, earnestly desires to supply all applicants with work. The Bureau accordingly appeals to the citizens of Lawrence to co-operate in supplying the unusual demand of this year. Will all those who need help, no matter what nature the work, kindly notify this Bureau regarding the same. By so doing you will enable many a young man or woman to enter or return to the University this winter.'"

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