The following items were taken from the Sept. 21 through 27, 1913, Examiner.
• Ray Sermon, a well known Independence ball player, will head Warrensburg Normal Football Team for the year. Sermon, quarterback of the 1912 championship football team and All Missouri quarterback, was elected captain of the 1913 team at the annual Athletic Banquet at the Hotel Estes. He already had a name as an athlete before going to Warrensburg. For four years, he had been in every sport of the Independence High School.
• In the state of Missouri, according to statistics which have just been published at Jefferson City, there are 141 men between the ages of 15 and 45 for every 100 women between the same ages. The total number is 435,219 men and 308,134 women.
• Students enrolled at Elm Grove School on the Lexington Road east of Independence are Earl and Gordon Barlow, Paul, Chelse and Carl Fields, Emery and Roy Deatherage, Paul, Marian and John Lanham, George Rogers, Joe Spenser, Walter Whitney, Bertha and Mary Brasfield, Ethel Barlow, Bertha and Sadie Decker, Helen Hifner, Evaline and Isabelle Lanham, May, Lela, Mildred, Vera and Florence Rogers, and Ethel and Bessie Reed.
• A meeting was held at Higginsville for the purpose of boosting what is known as “The Blue Book Route” across the state of Missouri. The route would use the Blue Springs and Oak Grove rock road to Oak Grove and the ridge road from Oak Grove to Odessa, and from Odessa to Higginsville, and from Higginsville to Marshall, connecting from Marshall with the Old Santa Fe Trail. It is a beautiful scenic route and adapted for a broad, fine highway. While the Old Santa Fe Trail has been designated as the Missouri State Highway, that does not detract from the beauty and the availability of the Blue Book route.
– Jillayne Ritchie