Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on June 9, 1971 · Page 16
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 16

Garden City, Kansas
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Wednesday, June 9, 1971
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Summer 1936: Hottest One Ever in Topeka, Much of Sf ate B.. ei rtki -rnDDCKirc *u> n n.i«4 f n ,- Mia. 1 e;nn malm* iim I f!nnpnrdia CltV Officials TWO- Mu» tmYinonatiira r>limTio/1 tn Ifn niitv lin slpftn hnlsififvr tha.t. rifv'o vvaifm- siinmlv. Rids were ODKied Oil 3 n&\V D«<»« 1A By ELON TORRENCE Associated Press Writer TOPEKA. Kan. (AP) — Air conditioning wasn't known, but you could buy a new 10-dnclies- ciUating fan for $8.95, if you had the money, on June 8, 1936. Kansans were talking about the Republican national convention to open next day in Cleveland: Did Kansas Gov. AH record for the 1,500 mater run, but New Zealander .lack Lovelock ran even faster to win their Olympic battle Federal that 858 officials Kansans disclosed had purchased retail liquor licenses and nine wholesale licenses although the state remained officially dry following repeal oi M. Landon have the presidential nomination all wrapped up? So the temperature climbed to 100 that day. That was a little earlier than usual, perhaps. But it was nqt without precedent. Besides, three days later the temperature didn't get above the 70s amid Landon bad the nomination. But that early 100-degree reading was the opening blast of what was to be the hottest summer ever experienced in Topeka and over much of Kansas. By the middle of the month. the thermometer again was up around the century mark. On June 19, a reading of 109 gave * hint of what was to come. At the corner drug store, a double-dip ice cream sod'a was 10 cents. At a movie theater, Will Rogers was playing in "State Fair." By the end of June, the thermometer hiad readied or exceeded the 100-degree mark on 11 days. The prices for new Chevrolet® started at $495. A new Ford could be purchased on payments of $25 per month after trade-in with interest % per cent per month. Oil could be purchased for 9 cents a quart. July opened mildly with a couple of 90-degmee days. On July 3 the temperature .lumped to 106 and on the fourth it went to 110. Topefca swimming pools were crowded on the holiday. There were baseball games 1 . Concents by Marshall's and Santa Fe bands. Sen. Arthur Capper wound up the holiday with a speech from a bandstand built out in a lagoon at Gage Park. There weren't any federal reservoirs in Kansas in 1936. A proposal to dam the Kansas River at Kiro, just west of Topeka, had been protested loudly. Smaller lakes were few. Dr. John (gotat-glandi) Brinkley's oal for "a lake in every coun» ty" in his nearly successful campaign for governor had been a subject for derision. The July hot spell went cm, day after day. The worst for a large portion Of southern Kansas, cam* on July 18. Fredcnia had a new »tate record with a high of 121. Eureka reported 120.5; Wellington and Arkansas City 120; Sedan, Strong City and El Dorado, 118; McPherson, Ohanute and Fort Scott 117. Eight heat deaths were reported. Finally, on July 20, after 17 consecutive days of 100-degree weather, there was a slight break, with two days 'when maximums were in the 90s. But on July 22, as people began 'arriving in Topeka for the big event the next day, it was 103. The big event was the official ceremony formally notifying Landon that he had been nominated for president. The temperature was 104 as thousands of people watched a blocks-long parade proceed down the main business street of Topeka, then turn west into a blazing afternoon sun. It was still in the 90s for the Landon acceptance and speech that night. The next day the mercury reached a record 114 in Topeka. It was northern Kansas' turn; that day. Alton equalled the state record with a high of 121. It was 120 at Phillipsburg, 118 at Smith Center, 117 at Minneapolis, and 116 at Clay Center, Hays, Salina and Norton, The final count for July in Topeka was 23 days with a temperature of 100 or higher. Ait Gannett*, 75 head of cattle died from the heat in a two- week period. A Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce newspaper advertisement in Topeka read: "It's cod in Colorado." Pot roast was 7 cents per pound; pork chops 17 cents, and hamburger two pounds for 27 cents. The Yankee* had the American League pennant all •wrapped up. The Cardinals and the Cubs were battling for first place in the National League, but the Giants were eventually to pass them both. In Berlin, Kansan Glenn Cunningham bettered the world national prohibition. Concordia city officials provided 10,000 galtanis of waiter for the city of Lovewell, where cisterns had gone dry. When the temperature made it to 100 only once in the first eigihit days of August, we>K>:y residents of Topeka hoped the spell had broken. Their hopes were in vain. For each of the next 19 days' the temperature climbed to 103 or higher. The average high during this period of nearly three weeks was 108 degrees. The average low was 79. Three nights the temperature never dipped below 86. Some persons tried sleeping on sheets wrung out in cold water. Others travelled to parks and hillsides on the edge of the city to sleep. Emporia reported it Was down to less than month's supply of water. Parsons water resources were enough to last 26 days. Lawrence agreed to supply the Sanita Fe Railway with 350,000 gallons of water daily for 30 days, to be shipped to Ottawa, where plans were tukbr way to bolsider that city's waiter supply. The mayor of Garnett asked that no one use more than 2 inches of water in the tub while bathing. In all, the temperature climbed to 100 or higher on 20 days during August. Papers advertised new electric refrigerators starting at $85.50. Bids were opened on a new fouir-lane bridge spanning the Kansas River at Topeka, to be constructed on Topeka Avenue. The worst was now over. Exit there was still a last gasp. There were five 100-degree days in September. A reading of 103 on Sept. 11 rounded out this hottest of all summers. The final tally: 59 days in Page 16 City Telegram Wednesday, June 9, 1971 1936 in Topefca with a high of 100 or higher. This included 31 days with readings of 105 or higher, and nine days when the mercury, reached at least 110. Mine Safety Series Is Set for Pittsburg PITTSBURG, Kan, (AP) — The Bureau of Mines announced Sunday a siedes of 11 hearings this month, including one at Pitteburg, to explain 200 mandatory safely standards applying to coal mines. The Pititsbuirg session will be held Monday, June 21, ait 1ihie Bes'se Hotel. The meeting, Which wail be open' to *he public, will begin at 9 a.m. It will deal with safety standards applying to at surface coal mines and itfoe surface work areas of •11 underground coal mines. IT'S OUR 70th to 1971 CELEBRATE WITH US DUCKWALL'S Girls'SLEEPWEAR Baby Dolls or Gowns for her sweet dreaming. Choose from prints or solid colors in permanent press fabrics. Sizes 4 to 14 $1.79 Value 93 Girls'SHORTSETS Outfit active kids for sun and fun. We have a grand selection of styles and colors. Sizes 3to6X $1.29 Value PANASONIC PORTABLE RADIO •AM portable radio* AC/ Battery •Slide-rule tuning Ladies' MESH BREFS White- combed cotton in regular style. Sizes 5-6-7 59* Value m ~ 38 Ladies' and Child's' Girls' EDERLON 8 BREFS Floral printed briefs with elastic leg. ZORIS Colorful rubber in assorted sizes. 43rf Value Sizes 2 to 12 3-97 9 Boys' KNIT SHIRT Short sleeve, mock neck shirt of 50% Polyester-50% Cotton. Choose from stripes or solids. Sizes 6 to 16 *II7 $1.59 Value 1 Boys' SPORT SHIRT The new long point collar, short sleeve shirt in solid colors. 65% Polyester-35% Cotton. Sizes 5 6 to 16 $1.99 Value Ladies' SLEEPWEAR 1 —'-• - i 37 Men's SPORT SHIRT Grand for. summer. 100% Durene Cotton, short sleeve, mock neck in many colors. Sizes S-M-L-XL. Baby Dolls or Waltz Gowns of 65% Polyester-35% Cotton. Many lovely colors. Sizes S-M-L $249 Value Men's UTILITY SOX White cushion foot. Sizes 10 to 12. 3 Pair in Pkg. 97 m m Pks $2.49 Value Boy's CREW SOCKS Fashion colors. Sizes 7-8ftgfc.11.' OFFREPEUENT 67 * $1.19 Value JERGENS LOTION 20oz. till with pump* • II $2.19 Value I LOOK OF NATURE PHOTO ALBUM Rich woodgrain cover with self-stick pages for keeping photos. $1.99 Value »127 1 50 EXTENSION CORD Heavy duty - 3 conductor $447 Hair Color $2.95 Value ARRID EXTRA DRY ORANGE SLICES SPKETTES BIG BEN JELLIES YOUR J| T.JV CHOICE 59* Value 43 $7.99 Value 4 6oz. $129 Value JERGENS SOAP 63 21 Regular Size 3 Bars in Pkg. jhlPkg. GILLETTE BLADES Platinum 56 $1.00 Value HAIR TRIMMER * 2 Ib. Pkg. COOKES ASSORTED VARIETIES Oven Fresh 39* Value 28 PLAY BALL Bright Terrazzo design. $1.00 Value 73* Pampers for drier, happier babies DAYTIME 30'« ; DAYTIME 15's • OVERNIGHT U's • NEWBORN 30't $1.79Value: 95*Value : 95*Value :$1:59Value DOOR MIRROR A quality mirror with wood frame. Size 16"x 56". $744 3 $6.99 Value REYNOLDS WRAP 12"x25* 33* Value 23 CHARMIN NAPKINS White or Colors ISO's 39* Value 22 9" PAPER PLATES 100 Count White 88* Value 57 6" PAPER PLATES 26' HANDj-KUPS 50 • 7 oz. 'Foam Cups. 49* Value

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