From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 14, 1989:
Dolph Simons Sr., 84, chairman of the board of The World Company and the Journal-World, had died in his sleep at a family residence in Arizona. Simons, who had begun working as a newspaper carrier at 7 years old in 1912, was the son of W. C. Simons, who had founded the Journal-World in 1891. After a stint as a reporter for the Associated Press in Chicago, Simons had returned to Lawrence to work for the family newspaper, serving as office manager, business manager, editor, publisher and chairman of the board. He had also been involved in community and university activities for nearly 70 years.
Work crews from W. A. Dunbar & Son Trucking and Excavation today began demolition of buildings on the old Bowersock Mills & Power Company site. Workers were clearing the buildings to make room for construction of the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza, a 150,000-square-foot factory outlet shopping center.