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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.
25 years ago: Telephone strike not expected to affect local services
August 13, 2014
Progress was being reported in negotiations with Southwestern Bell.
100 years ago: Motorists warned: New ‘fire car’ will be much faster than horse-drawn engines
August 12, 2014
“In the past accidents have been narrowly escaped by the good driving of the firemen….”
40 years ago: Arrest made in death of 7-Eleven supervisor
August 12, 2014
Prior to the arrest, a number of checks and other evidence, including three expended 9 mm cartridges, had been discovered on a farm south of Lawrence.
25 years ago: Eudora church members stunned at vandalism to cemetery
August 12, 2014
Vandals had toppled a large tombstone, broken crosses off several stones and painted what authorities believed to be satanic messages.
100 years ago: Four Lawrence businessmen return from Kentucky auto trip
August 11, 2014
“The men traveled a total of 1562 miles or an average of better than 150 miles a day.”
40 years ago: North Lawrence railroad track adjusted for higher freight speeds
August 11, 2014
The speed increase, from 30 to 40 miles per hour, had been approved at a city commission meeting in late March.
25 years ago: Armed robbers hold up local eatery
August 11, 2014
A man wielding a handgun and wearing a pantyhose mask had entered Pup’s Grill, 847 Indiana Street, and demanded cash.