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100 years ago: Fruit damage from late frost not as bad as feared

April 9, 2014


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 9, 1914:

  • "Local fruit growers are not exactly of the same opinion on the amount of damage done by the frosts of the last two nights but they agree that the damage was not at all serious. From the reports that come from the local orchards the conclusion is that the great majority of the fruit crop escaped damage. The peach crop, for which the greatest fear has been felt, apparently has not been greatly damaged.... The local growers also agree that there will be very little of an apricot crop in this country. There are not many trees of this fruit here, however, and the loss of the crop will not be of any great consequence. Early strawberries probably are killed, according to the reports."
  • "Residents of the south side will continue their efforts to secure a school building for that section of the city. Last night at a meeting of the South Side Improvement League members of the school board were heard from and a committee was appointed to make some sort of a campaign for a building in this district.... The speakers all expressed themselves in favor of a new building to accommodate the south siders and expressed the hope that one might be provided. The crowded condition of the other school buildings was advanced as an argument in favor of more buildings. It was stated at the meeting last night that the enrollment in many of the rooms was as high as 56. Classes should not be larger than thirty, according to the opinion of educators.... Much enthusiasm was shown at the meeting last night, which was largely attended. The south siders are determined to secure better educational facilities for their section of the city and will not give up their efforts."
  • "The cooperation of the University students is asked in a crusade to be made on Saturday against the dandelions. It is reported that the pest is thickest in the student district of the west side and for this reason the Civic League asks the students to get out and work for one hour on 'Dandelion Day.'"
  • "The annual spring vacation at the University of Kansas began this afternoon with the closing of the last classes of the day. Vacation will be the order on Mount Oread from now until next Tuesday morning when the work left off today will be resumed. Five days of vacation cause a general exodus of the student population moving out over the state to their homes. Some of them left yesterday afternoon and last night and some went this morning. However, this afternoon and tonight will see the main part of the rush toward the depot."


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