50 YEARS AGO: The following items were taken from the Jan. 4 through 10, 1964, Examiner.
• Purchase of the Adams Dairy Co. by two farmer cooperatives was announced. As part of this purchase, cooperatives at suburban Blue Springs and St. Joseph were acquired by the Pure Milk Producers Association. E.C. Adams Sr. will remain as consultant to the new owners.
• When John Bruce Maloney, 21, joined the professional staff of the Independence school system, the Maloneys became an all-teacher family. His father, Richard Maloney, is principal of Alton Elementary School, and his mother, Mrs. Nina Maloney, is speech correction teacher at Young School, where John is also a special education teacher.
• Three Independence police officers and an alternate have been named to work with a proposed metropolitan police squad to investigate crimes in Missouri and Kansas. Police Chief Orson Myers appointed Patrolmen Archie Allen, Earl Rowe, Rondell Stewart and Lt. Robert Wingate to the squad.
• Al Brooks, a 1955 William Chrisman graduate, has been named coach of the year by the Conference of Roses League of Pennsylvania after tutoring Donegal High School of Mount Joy, Pa., to a tie for the C. of R. 1963 football championship. Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Broos, 412 E. Fair, previously coached at Lenox, Iowa.
• Riley Austin, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Austin Jr. of Independence, a junior at William Chrisman High School, is among the 50 students selected from throughout the United States for the school Chorus of America. The Chorus, along with the 50-member School Band of America, will leave June 11 for a month’s tour of concerts in Europe.
100 YEARS AGO: The following items were taken from the Jan. 4 through 10, 1914, Examiner.
• Col. J.D. Shewalter of this city appeared before the county court in session at Kansas City. He told the court that its recent agreement to stand behind the third trial of Dr. B.C. Hyde charged with the murder of Col. Thomas Swope was not legal and quoted law. The County Prosecutor has a contingent fund of $2,500 yearly and the court cannot take money from other sources and apply it to the expense of a criminal trial, said Mr. Shewalter. If Mr. Shewalter is right, the Hyde trial may be postponed indefinitely or called off altogether.
• Figures taken from the United States census and from the records of the Presbyterian Church were given in a sermon. There are about 92 million people in the United States. Of these about one-third are church members. The percentage of women on the church rolls is 56, while only 44 percent of the church members are boys and men. During the past year 88,000 members have been added to the rolls of the Presbyterian Church.
• Escaped the Waste Basket: A teacher and a friend were talking a while back. The teacher said, “One thing I do for all pupils who come into my room. I teach them to fear God.” The other woman looked at her a moment and said, “I should think it would be much better if you taught them to love God.” The two women have not spoken to each other since.
• An immense amount of good eating for rich epicures went up in smoke at Norwood Station when the establishment of the Consolidated Mushroom Company burned. B.J. Hicks, who lives east of this city, was the head of the company. He purchased the “Mushroom Farm” last September from William T. Urie. Mr. Urie, when he retired in 1909 from Sheffield, began to experiment with the raising of mushrooms. The experiment was so successful that he soon built the business up, and when he sold out it was worth about $4,000.
– Jillayne Ritchie