50 Years Ago

The following items were taken from Feb. 22 through 28, 1964, Examiner.

• A Van Horn senior has been named the local winner in Time Magazine’s 28th annual current affairs contest. Raymond C. Meadows, school counselor, reports. Ted R. Warren, son of Mrs. Edith Warren, was one of the top scorers and will receive a globe or a book from a special list.

• The “Good Samaritans” in Independence are the ladies of the First Christian Church who direct their good deeds to the 42 girls at the Christian Children’s Home in St. Louis. The ladies made dresses for each of the girls. Mrs. Delbert Mayfield, chairman for the group, says each dress is made specifically for one girl and is labeled with their name and that of the woman who made it.

• The 50 bell carillon installed some months ago at the Harry S. Truman Library will be dedicated. Former President Truman will formally accept the gift from the American Veterans of World War II and Korea (Amvets).

• A gold medallion bearing the effigy of his imperial majesty Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is in the proud possession of Byrd Burcham. It is a “thank you” from the emperor for the cut red cedar tree Burcham sent him at Christmas time, with the help of the Youth Ambassadors of the People-to-People Council.

100 Years Ago

The following items were taken from the Feb. 22 through 28, 1914, Examiner.

• James Flanagan, deputy recorder in charge of the Independence office is always happy when issuing a marriage license. He was recently stumped and had to ask for instructions. A couple applied for a license. Evidently one was white and the other Mongol. They said they were German and Japanese. Our laws forbid license to the yellow and black races, so Flanagan inquired over the telephone of his chief, Pete Bowler of Kansas City, and he said “no.” The couple sadly departed for Kansas. The Kansas City office recently refused to issue a license to a Philippine and an American.

• An order which will make it possible for candidates to enter the United States Military Academy at West Point without taking a mental examination was issued at the war department. It provides that a candidate may be exempted from the examination credited by the Military Academy if in good standing in any institution accredited by the Military Academy. It is expected this order will encourage young men to enter West Point and result in decreasing the number of vacancies there.

• The Boy Scouts of Kansas City, 1400 in number, have offered to collect by popular subscriptions of not more than one dollar from each person, the money necessary to build an adequate public monument to the memory of the late Col. Thomas H. Swope. In view of the fact that he gave Swope Park to Kansas City, it is to stand in some suitable spot inside that great pleasure ground.

• March 7th is “Missouri Hen Day.” Plan to attend the mass meeting at the City Hall in Lee’s Summit. Interesting and instructive programs have been prepared, and at this meeting an organization for the purpose of making Jackson County the leading poultry county in the state will be perfected.

– Jillayne Ritchie