The following items were taken from the Dec. 14 through 20, 1963, Examiner.

• Sometime back in 1934 when an amateur artist fired his interest, Frank E. Withee, 1734 Hawthorne Court, picked up a paint brush and started painting. Today, at 80, Withee is painting to sell. His “The Old Grist Mill” sold at a good price shortly after being shown at a local art supply shop.

• A statement in The Examiner that there never has been an Independence officer killed in the line of duty has been challenged by Mel Latimer, deputy coroner. Latimer says George Barton, a member of the Independence police force, met death 40 years ago from a revolver in the hands of a drunken man.

• The Jackson County Court announced the appointment of a director of children’s institutions for the county. The court named Donald C. Blackburn, presently head of children’s institutions for the District of Columbia. He will be director of McCune Home for Boys, Industrial Home for Boys and Hilltop School for Girls.

• The Rev. and Mrs. Dale Gorman, 1015 Forest, have received more than a dozen letters from friends in France expressing their sorrow at the death of President Kennedy. The Rev. Gorman, who is associate minister of the First Presbyterian Church, served as a minister of a church in France from 1955 to 1961.

• Elmer M. Curtis, who has been doing some remodeling of his home at 309 S. Spring, found several copies of the old Kansas City Daily Journal, soiled and brittle, but readable. The county was a lively place in 1890, seemed to be having a plague of train wrecks and acts of violence.

– Jillayne Ritchie