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100 years ago: Local farmers plan to combat future droughts

September 12, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 12, 1913:

  • "The farmers of this county have discovered a new method of combating with the drouths of the future. It is a simple process and yet those who are trying the plan believe that it will be a big success. The long heat period has opened up many large cracks in the ground. Many of these are several inches wide and several feet deep. Stories are told of bottomless pits of this nature. Now the farmer proposes to fill those cracks with sand. On almost every farm there are a large number of these or were before the rain of this week. Sand holds moisture very much longer than other soil and it is the idea that this sand down deep under the surface will act as a sort of retainer during dry weather and feed out moisture to the thirsty vegetation growing on the surface. A number of farmers in this county are said to have adopted this plan this year and are anticipating good results from it."
  • "The Board of Education this afternoon at a special session ordered the city water turned on in all of the schools of the city. At a recent meeting of the board the water was ordered turned off and to remain so until further action of the board. Since then the water has been declared pure and fit for drinking purposes. The board has decided that this is sufficient to warrant a rescinding of the order."
  • "The first Sunday in October is to be 'Go to church Sunday' in Lawrence. On this date every one in Lawrence is to be extended a special invitation to attend services in some church in the city and special efforts will be made to secure this attendance. The ministerial alliance of the city at its meeting held this morning adopted such a plan and will endeavor to put it into operation next month."
  • "The population of Kansas is 1,685,621, a gain of 16,325 over 1912, according to the official figures announced by the state board of agriculture today. In 1912 the state lost 17,351.

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