50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from March 15 through 21, 1964, Examiner.
• Formerly President Harry S. Truman, who celebrates his 80th birthday anniversary May 8, is in Athens to represent President Lyndon B. Johnson at the funeral of King Paul of Greece.
• Teamsters President James R. Hoffa was sentenced to eight years in a federal prison for trying to bribe a jury that had heard conspiracy charges against him. He was also fined $10,000.
• Mack Allison, ex-big league baseball star, died at Mount Vernon, Mo. He began a 27-year career in the American League with the St. Louis Browns and for the Kansas City Blues. He moved to Independence in 1940 to work in constructing the Lake City Arsenal.
• Tirey J. Ford Post 21 of Independence will join other American Legion posts all over the nation this year in celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Legion. The name of the post is in honor of Tirey J. Ford, a member of old Battery C, killed in action in France. The first commander was Major John Miles, a veteran of World War I.
• Larry Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Nelson of Independence, and Fred Finke, son of Dr. and Mrs. Elmer Finke of Buckner, have been named as representatives of Fort Osage High School to Missouri Boys’ State. Larry is sponsored by the Eastview Lions Club and Fred by the Buckner Lions Club.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the March 15 through 21, 1914, Examiner.
• William Victory of this city brought to this office a fresh egg. It was laid by one of his Rhode Island Red hens. The egg was 9 1/2 inches the long way round and 7 inches around the waist. The most freakish part of the egg, however, was the contents. Inside was a perfect egg of normal size, shell and all, and another without a shell.
• A gentleman who has been a tax payer in Jackson County for a good many years was reminiscing. “I remember very well when the sheriff was county collector. In those days he made appointments and carried the books of each township to a certain place in the township and collected the taxes in that way. One night the sheriff with his tax books stopped over night at my house and I looked over the books. The biggest taxpayer on the list was Samuel H. Woodson of Independence and I think his taxes amounted to $175. Land was assessed then at $1 an acre.”
• Owing to the large number of new motion picture theaters which are being opened throughout the country, there is offered to the men and women of today a new profession, namely that of writing moving picture plays. Producers are paying from $25 to $150 for each scenario accepted, upon which they can build a photo play.
• “How many people are aware of the fact that at one time Lafayette County contained more slaves than any county north of the Mason and Dixon line?” says the Odessa Democrat. “In 1860, there were 115,000 slaves in Missouri with 24,320 owners and half of the number were owned by people in counties bordering on the Missouri River. Only one county in the state, Douglas, had no slaves within its borders. In 1860, Lafayette was the ‘banner’ slave holding county in Missouri. It contained 6,447 slaves owned by 909 people.
– Jillayne Ritchie