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25 years ago: Health officials fight against Lawrence measles outbreak
March 30, 2014
Eight cases of measles had been confirmed in Douglas County since January 1.
100 years ago: Residential fire causes injury to Lawrence fire chief
March 29, 2014
“Fire originating from a defective flue this morning destroyed the home of Assistant Postmaster H. D. Whitman at 2100 Learnard Avenue.”
40 years ago: Last billiard hall in Lawrence closes down
March 29, 2014
Billiards and snooker were more difficult than the game played in today’s pool halls and were not accessible to the “lucky beginner.”
25 years ago: At lengthy commission meeting, property owners discuss cost of fire sprinklers
March 29, 2014
This week’s city commission meeting was a marathon lasting eight hours.
100 years ago: New Kansas voters learn citizenship in the classroom
March 28, 2014
“Women students of the University of Kansas are taught to exercise their newly recognized right of suffrage in several University classrooms.”
40 years ago: New crosswalk signals not popular with all downtown pedestrians
March 28, 2014
“I liked it better the way it was before. It was working pretty well.”
25 years ago: Former city sanitation worker to face trial for threats against boss
March 28, 2014
Witnesses said the man had repeatedly talked about the pipe bomb he was building.
100 years ago: Visiting scientist demonstrates gyroscope, ultra violet ray
March 27, 2014
“Prof. Wood predicted that some day the manufacturers of automobiles would recognize the possibilities of the gyroscope and then autos would be two wheeled and the cost of tires reduced to one-half.”
40 years ago: Widening, center turn lane approved for 23rd Street
March 27, 2014
Construction of the $223,000 project was expected to begin in early autumn.
25 years ago: Independence Days organizers create Honorary Founders Club
March 27, 2014
All Honorary Members were to receive a special Founder’s Club lapel pin designed by Stan Herd as well as other perks.
100 years ago: South Lawrence residents object to ‘auto speeders’
March 26, 2014
“It is said that autoists enjoy the giddy spin over the pavements….”
40 years ago: Siren tests transferred to sheriff’s department
March 26, 2014
The decision was a result of the previous Monday’s test, which had come 30 minutes behind schedule.
25 years ago: Local business plans addition to Lawrence plant
March 26, 2014
Orthopedic Casting Labs announced this week plans to build a 6,480-square-foot addition to its manufacturing plant at 710 E. 22nd.
100 years ago: Signs of spring in Lawrence: Baseball, garden seeds, snowy forecast
March 25, 2014
“There is every reason for suspecting the weather-man of having his wires badly crossed to say the least.”
40 years ago: Local companies reviewed for affirmative action practices
March 25, 2014
Under review were local companies doing over $10,000 worth of city business.