50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from March 1 through 7, 1964, Examiner.
• A fire at the Ott School, Noland and Jones roads, was caused by three boys, 8, 9 and 10, Lt. Bill Bryant, Independence juvenile officer, says. The boys had been playing with magnifying lenses near school windows and sun rays from the lenses apparently ignited the curtains. The fire was unintentional.
• A third generation of the Turner family is now associated with the Turner Music Co., a long established operation in Independence. Gary Turner, 16, a junior at William Chrisman, has joined his father, Kenneth Turner, and his grandfather, Phil Turner, in operation of the company.
• Betty Crocker Homemakers of Tomorrow for 1964 have been selected from senior class girls in three local schools. Donna C. Hopkins was winner from Fort Osage High School; Delores Ann Rau, St. Mary’s; and Marian H. Redford, Van Horn.
• Five Independence religious leaders have been designated as chaplains in the Independence Police Department. The Right Reverend Monsignor Martin H. Froeschl, pastor of St. Mary’s Church; the Rev. Oscar Gustafson, Trinity United Presbyterian Church; W. Blair McClain, Center Stake RLDS Church; Dr. Herbert P. Davis, First Christian Church; and the Rev. William H. Bolick, Mount Washington Baptist, were chosen in cooperation with the Ministerial Alliance.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the March 1 through 7, 1914, Examiner.
• Sugar Creek is to have a bank. It is to be called the “Refiner’s State Bank” of Sugar Creek. The capital stock is to be $10,000. It is to be divided into 100 shares of $100 each and held as follows: Clarence G. Sagaser, 90; and Gertrude Sagaser, Frank P. Tandy, Edith Tandy, Louise E. Sagaser, Frank E. Lindquist, 2 shares each. All of the stockholders are from Kansas City. Soon after the refinery was first established, a bank was started in Sugar Creek, but it remained in business only a short time.
• The body of Mrs. Carrie Wagoner, who died at Rock Ford, Colo., arrived in this city. Services were held in the chapel of Ott & Company undertakers, and burial in Independence Woodlawn Cemetery. She and her husband, Hartwell Wagoner, went to Colorado two years ago due to her being a victim of tuberculosis. The lot in the cemetery she was buried in was purchased in 1862 by Lemuel Hudson, grandfather of her husband, while “Order No. 11” was in force. This is said to be the first burial that has taken place upon it during the entire 52 years since it was purchased.
• A delegation was before the county court to urge the building of a rock road connecting the Sibley rock road at Sibley with the rock road at Atherton along the river bottom. Now the nearest rock road along the north side of the county is the Croysdale road from Buckner into Independence over the old Lexington road. The road asked for would open up a direct route to Independence from a large territory north of the Buckner road.
• The Progressives have chosen eight men to co-operate with Progressive City Central Committee in the nomination of a city ticket. The men selected to represent the different wards are: first ward, Joseph Baldus, W.L. Crull; second ward, Lee Strodtman, Charles W. Tindall; third ward, John A. Kerr, John F Farrell; fourth ward, W.C. Perry, J.A. Gardner.
– Jillayne Ritchie