50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from March 8 through 14, 1964, Examiner.
• Architectural plans have been completed for a new Catholic high school for southeastern Jackson County. The structure will be known as Archbishop O’Hara Memorial High School and will be located on a 30-acre tract at 92nd and James A. Reed Road.
• Former President Harry S. Truman said the death of King Paul I of Greece was a “great blow to the European community.” It was under the impact of an active military attack on Greece by communist rebel forces that Truman enunciated what became known as the “Truman Doctrine,” which revolutionized this nation’s peace-time isolationism.
• The opening and consecration was held for the new Blue Ridge Methodist Church, 5055 Blue Ridge Blvd. Bishop Eugene M. Frank, Missouri area bishop, and the Rev. Robert D. Brown, pastor, participated in the service.
• Two Independence boys who ran neck and neck for scholastic honors all through the four years at William Chrisman High School and have continued the pattern in college, have been awarded scholarships for their first year of graduate study. James E. Gardner Jr., a senior at Duke University, Durham, N.C., and E. Philip Soper, a senior at Washington University, St. Louis, received appointments as Woodrow Wilson Fellows.
• Mrs. Jeanette K. Paxton, Independence attorney, has been appointed as an assistant on the staff of Lawrence Gepford, Jackson County prosecutor. Mrs. Paxton has been practicing law about six years with her husband, John G. Paxton.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the March 8 through 14, 1914, Examiner.
• John W. Luttrell, formerly of this city, but now of Kansas City and with the T.R. Shields Realty Company, closed up with what he believes is the biggest single sale of farm land in the history of Jackson County. It is also believed to be the highest price per acre for so large a tract. The farm sold was that of Curtis S. and William F. Campbell, 1 1/2 miles northeast of Hickman’s Mill. The farm consisted of 420 acres, and the consideration was $126,000, or $30 per acre. It was strictly a cash transaction. The purchasers were John C. Lewis and Lewis B. Andrews of the stockyards firm of Moffatt Brothers & Andrews, Kansas City.
• The total number of islands under the possession of the United States at the present time is 8,000. The islands now support a population of 10,000,000, or more than the entire United States a century ago. Their commerce exceeds $300,000,000, or more than that of the United States in any years prior to 1850. When the United States took hold of Puerto Rico 15 years ago, there was but one building on the entire island, today there are 1,200 buildings.
• According to the first annual report of Miss Julia C. Lathrop, chief of the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Labor, about 300,000 babies under one year of age died last year in the United States. “At least half would be living had we, as individuals and communities, applied those measures of hygiene and sanitation that are known and available,” asserts Miss Lathrop.
• Thirty years in a successful business in one town is a record not often found and is the record of A.J. Bundschu. He went to work when he was big enough to look over a counter. He learned the dry goods business and 30 years ago started out in a small way for himself. His business grew every year until he now owns and conducts the largest department store in Independence.
– Jillayne Ritchie