50 Years Ago

The following items were taken from Feb. 1 through 7, 1964, Examiner.

• A Missouri flag is flying over the community center of Missouri, Chile, one of the new housing developments constructed with U.S. assistance under the Alliance for Progress. The town of Missouri is one of 35 rural villages, each named for a U.S. state, built to relieve the housing shortage caused by the earthquake of May 1960.

• A man who has meant “Mr. Express” to hundreds of Independence residents will be missing form the local scene. Hurley K. Burgess, who has been with the Railway Express Agency in Independence “through 38 Christmases” has orders to close up shop down at the Missouri Pacific Depot.

• A man who has given much of his time and most of his salary, according to former President Harry S Truman, was honored by the Independence Sertoma Club. Dexter Perry, a deputy constable for Jackson County, was presented the club’s Service to Mankind award by Truman, a longtime friend from pre-World War II days.

• Collection of Independence real and personal taxes for 1963 total $1,151,892. This is an increase of $114,187 over the $1,037,705 in 1962 taxes collected in the same period last year.

100 Years Ago

The following items were taken from the Feb. 1 through 7, 1914, Examiner.

• Escaped the waste basket: “Ever hear where the expression ‘Chewing the Rag’ originated” asked A.J. Bundschu the other day. “About 25 years ago most calicoes were dyed with colors that would fade out. In those days women would go into a dry goods store, look at the calicoes and have the clerk cut off small strips from the pieces they liked. Then the women would put the pieces in their mouths, one at a time, chew them, and if the calico colored the saliva, they would quarrel with the clerks about the colors in the goods.”

• Robert F. Renick of Columbus, Mo., is spending a few days here as a guest of James W. Renick on North Main Street, and John S. Livesay, on the Lexington road. Mr. Renick still limps from a wound received as a Confederate soldier in the civil war. He and the late Capt. Schuyler Lowe, of this city, and another man named Reed, were prisoners of war and slept under the same blanket in the federal prison at Fort Delaware in the closing days of the great struggle.

• The Clay County Court designated the road from Liberty to Liberty Landing as the Inter-County Highway from the county seat of Clay County to the county seat of Jackson County. It is expected that the County Court of Jackson County will take similar action with reference to the Courtney Road running from this city to Liberty Landing. Generally, the most direct road from one county seat to another is the one so designated.

• Special at The Lewis will be “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (2 Reel Kalem Drama). This is a superb adaptation of America’s most popular play. Eliza’s escape across the ice; the death of little Eva; Topsy’s impish pranks; Legree’s brutality to Uncle Tom, will go straight to your heart. Admission 5 and 10 cents.

• The concrete arch bridge across the Fire Prairie Creek on the Cross State Highway, one mile east of Levasy, is one of the first bridges of this kind built in this county. The bridge is built like a barrel, the opening through which the water passes being concrete on the bottom of the creek the same as arched above it. This method of construction is a new invention for bridges where the bed may be soft.

– Jillayne Ritchie