50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from Feb. 8 through 14, 1964, Examiner.
• Two Independence residents, a Scout and a Scouter, will be honored on a nationwide radio program to help celebrate the 54th anniversary of Boy Scouts. Elder Dan Landon, 603 E. Gudgell, a radio minister, will give a sermon and Tom Sears, 15, an Eagle Scout who has won his God and County Award, will be interviewed. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Sears, 631 E. Manor Road.
• Miss Margaret Cooper, outstanding 4-H’er, has been selected as an international Farm Youth exchange delegate. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Cooper of Blue Springs, Margaret will go to Luxembourg for six months and will leave in June.
• Bob Stone, one of Midwest’s leading players, was named the new golf professional at Rockwood Country Club. The 33-year-old Stone replaces Walt Eiserman, who resigned recently.
• Relocation apparently has caused no problems too big to handle for the Leroy Montgomery family who moved recently into a house at 136 E. Nickell. The Montgomerys are one of the Negro families displaced by the public housing program at 520 E. Truman in the area where 150 units of public housing will be constructed.
• Mrs. Alwyn Lewis and daughter, Kay, 1501 E. Truman Road, left for New York City, where Mrs. Lewis will exhibit several Maltese dogs in the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Gardens. Dr. and Mrs. Lewis operate the Al-Mar Kennels near their home.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Feb. 8 through 14, 1914, Examiner.
• When a team and spring wagon belonging to E.P. Bryant, keeper of a store at Blue Mills, drew up to the store without a driver, two young men who worked for Mr. Bryant suspected that something had gone wrong and started out to find him. Some distance from Blue Mills on the road to Independence, they met him staggering along in a semi-conscious condition. He said he had been slugged by highwaymen. It is not yet know how dangerous his injuries are, especially the blow on the head, which appears to have been made with a club.
• Mother Mary Joseph celebrated her Silver Jubilee, the 25th anniversary of her service at the St. Mary’s Convent, which was opened in 1878 and has been one of the strong schools of the denomination ever since that time.
• For the first time, it is believed, in the history of the Independence court house, a bride walked out carrying a new broom in her hand. J. Martin Lutz and Iva Ames had just been married by Justice William A. Cunningham. As they were leaving she spied a bundle of new brooms standing in the corner and she said “Oh, do you throw in one of these when people get married? This is just what I need to begin housekeeping.” They were actually for Chief Deputy James A. Flanagan’s better half, but she was given one anyway.
• A.J. Bundschu is planning a lot of fun for next spring shooting ducks on the Lake City preserve with a camera. A few days ago while driving past the lake he noticed that the 25 acres of water was covered with water fowls. He tried for some pictures, but the day was cloudy. Now that the ducks are protected by Federal laws, Mr. Bundschu is going to adopt a new method of hunting, with his camera.
– Jillayne Ritchie