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Dragging it out in 1957

This week in 1957, it was almost time for school to start, and teachers were returning in advance for orientation. This stand-alone photo appeared in the Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1957 edition of the Great Bend Daily Tribune. “Explaining his farm to 140 Barton County elementary rural school teachers, s...

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Each week we’ll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We’ll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what “the rest of the story” turned out to be.

This week in 1957, US Sen. James Thurmond (Dem., S.C.) began a 24-hour filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957. His long-winded but futile marathon of talk drug on for 24 hours and 19 minutes. On Aug. 28, the House passed the bill, and on Aug ...


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