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100 years ago: Autoists beware! Traffic regulations go into effect in Lawrence
August 20, 2014
“No person under fourteen years of age nor any intoxicated person will be allowed to operate a motor driven machine….”
40 years ago: Price increase approved for school lunches
August 20, 2014
Secondary lunch prices were to increase from 50 cents to 55 cents.
25 years ago: County jail too small for current needs
August 20, 2014
Almost 13 years had passed since the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center had opened.
100 years ago: Traveler describes war atmosphere in Europe
August 19, 2014
“He said that in June he visited Germany and France and that the country there at that time was a sight to behold and represented a great military camp.”
40 years ago: Weekend storm damages homes, crops in northern Kansas
August 19, 2014
The storm had also brought some welcome relief from hot temperatures, with the thermometer dropping from 89 to 68 degrees.
25 years ago: KU researcher studies advances in weather forecasting
August 19, 2014
KU professor Joe Eagleman had been researching the problem of tornado forecasting for 19 years.
100 years ago: Site selected for Lawrence Country Club
August 18, 2014
“One objection to the Gwin place was that the site overlooked the cemetery which would be rather an objectionable feature to have before the view of the club….”
100 years ago: DeSoto bridge construction project collapses, buries workers in rubble
August 17, 2014
“Merchants left their work, the blacksmith stopped his hammer and every man in DeSoto seized a pick, a shovel or a spade and joined in the volunteer rescue corps.”
100 years ago: Armed robbers steal $80 from North Lawrence meat market
August 16, 2014
“The whole affair was very quiet, and owing to the early hour no one was astir and no one saw the robbers come and go.”
100 years ago: Man walks to Lawrence after Osawatomie escape
August 15, 2014
“The man was barefooted and almost exhausted from overland travel and had been picking up anything along the road that he could find to eat….”
40 years ago: Dole includes former KU chancellor on list of vice president recommendations
August 15, 2014
Sen. Dole, who had submitted his list to President Ford the previous day, said Murphy would bring a wealth of knowledge to the new administration.
100 years ago: Test wells in North Lawrence looking hopeful for municipal water supply
August 14, 2014
“At the rate the pump is now going it is taking 239 gallons of water a minute from the well. At that rate it would be necessary to have about six such wells to furnish the town….”
40 years ago: Junior highs to end class segregation policy
August 14, 2014
Boys and girls were to be segregated only in locker rooms and in physical education classes this year in USD 497.
100 years ago: Lawrence, KU to send representatives to National Guards encampment
August 13, 2014
“The boys from Lawrence will get a real sample of soldier life for a while that will be good experience for them if they are called on for real service.”
40 years ago: New A & P to be built at 23rd and Ousdahl
August 13, 2014
The new Southridge Shopping Center was estimated to be completed in six to eight months.

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