From the Archives

Local writer Sarah St. John pulls from the Journal-World archives to compile reports of what it was like to be in Lawrence decades ago.

100 years ago: Lawrence street deteriorates to ‘a stretch of mud holes’

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 19, 1914:"Elliott [Fourth] street is in need of repair work. It has always been full of holes, but it has now become so bad as to be practically impassable. The holes were filled up with mud instead of cement and the result is to make the entire ...

40 years ago: Anonymous group urges Sen. Dole to run for Kansas governor

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 19, 1974:Sen. Bob Dole received a letter this week from an anonymous group of Eastern Kansas Republicans urging him to run for governor. The letter had been sent through local lawyer Jack Brand, Third District GOP chair and Lawrence Chamber of ...

25 years ago: County commissioners split on pay cut

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 19, 1989:Douglas County Commissioners this week were considering taking a voluntary pay cut that would reduce their salary by more than 20 percent. Commission chair Mike Amyx had brought the issue up for discussion at a previous meeting, saying ...

100 years ago: Successful young J-W printer to move to Chicago

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 18, 1914:"We often hear that 'a young man doesn't have the opportunity now that he used to have' and many people really believe that it is so, although if they will but look around they will see many young men and women who are forging to the ...

40 years ago: Liquor-by-the-drink defeated again

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 18, 1974:The controversial liquor-by-the-drink issue had met its death again in Topeka, at least for the 1974 legislative session. The amendment had fallen 20 votes short of adoption today in the Kansas House. There had been 64 votes in favor, with ...

25 years ago: City soon to close on riverfront mall deal

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 18, 1989:Lawrence city commissioners were working their way through a "flurry of paperwork" before closing could take place for a deal that would bring a riverfront factory outlet shopping mall to Lawrence. The center was planned for development on ...

100 years ago: Local union carpenters to demand 40 cents an hour this spring

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 17, 1914:"Up another notch goes the already High Cost of Building. The local lodge of the Carpenters Union has announced that beginning the first of May all journeymen carpenters in Lawrence will demand 40 cents per hour for their services. This is ...

40 years ago: Kief’s suffers large loss in ovenight burglary

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 17, 1974:A loss of several thousand dollars' worth of equipment was feared after an overnight break-in was discovered this morning at Kief's Discount Records & Stereo, 711 W. 23rd. A definite figure could not be set until inventory was ...

25 years ago: All Lawrence legislators will oppose state death penalty

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 17, 1989:Today's Journal-World reported the reactions from local legislators about Gov. Hayden's proposed death penalty legislation, which had been announced yesterday. All four Lawrence legislators said today they expected to oppose the ...

40 years ago: Lawrence elder recalls historic winter of 1886 on Kansas plains

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 16, 1974:In the wake of the recent near-historic cold snap, Lawrence resident Arthur B. Commons, 99, recalled surviving the Kansas January of 1886. Commons, who now lived at 1706 Learnard, had been 12 years old that winter and had lived with his ...

25 years ago: Investors show interest in municipal golf course

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 16, 1989:The possibility of a municipal golf course in Lawrence was attracting attention from financial investors. Assistant City Manager Mike Wildgen and Parks and Recreation Director Fred deVictor said today that four groups had forwarded ...

100 years ago: ‘Dry’ citizens of Lawrence celebrate ‘Prohibition Day’

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 15, 1914:"The Lawrence W. C. T. U. is today observing 'Prohibition Day,' set aside by the international council of the union for National Prohibition in the United States. A number of addresses were made and prayers offered during the day and many ...

40 years ago: State legislators debate ‘liquor-by-the-drink’ again

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 15, 1974:The controversial issue of liquor by the drink was to be debated this week in the Kansas House, with a final house vote scheduled by week's end. The debate was to be on a proposed constitutional amendment which would legalize sale of ...

25 years ago: Babcock Place gets makeover

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 15, 1989:Work crews were pictured on today's front page as they began repair work on the exterior surfaces of Babcock Place, 1700 Massachusetts Street. The Lawrence Housing Authority's effort to renovate the 16-year-old apartment building, occupied ...

100 years ago: Tango not so bad after all, witnesses say

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 14, 1914:"In spite of the fact that the University Student Interests Committee is said to have today announced its intention of disciplining students who attended the 'Tango Reception' last night at Ecke's Hall without authority and that the Board ...

40 years ago: County questions delay in seeing a doctor at the ER

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 14, 1974:A change in emergency room procedures at Lawrence Memorial Hospital was expected shortly. Hospital administrator Donald Lenz said today he would discuss with his staff the proposed change to shorten the wait for emergency-room patients to ...

25 years ago: KU department loses funding, directors

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 14, 1989:Co-directors of Kansas University's Center for Latin American Studies resigned this week, citing loss of federal funding and personal reasons as the main forces leading to their departure. The U.S. Department of Education had opted not to ...

100 years ago: KU dean recommends rebuilding of state prison

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 13, 1914:"That the penitentiary at Lansing be either renovated entirely by rebuilding the old structures or that a new prison be built on ground adjacent to the present enclosure are the recommendations made today by Dean F. W. Blackmar of the ...

40 years ago: USD 497 applies for ‘computer learning’ grant

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 13, 1974:The Lawrence School District 497 Board of Education this week approved, 5-2, a grant application for a three-year federally funded program for computer-aided learning. If the application were approved, 120 Lawrence High School students ...