50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from March 29 through April 4, 1964, Examiner.
• The new $2 million high school at 3301 S. Noland Road will bear the name of “Truman High School” when it comes into being next fall. Harold A. Smith, board president, who headed the seven-member school-naming committee, made the report it was unanimously approved.
• President Johnson said his administration will press for passage of a Medicare bill this year. Johnson said “we are not going to let older folks fight high medical expenses in their late years all alone.”
• The Noel Insurance Agency, the oldest business of its type in continuous operation in Independence, has been purchased by the Solomon Stoddard Real Estate Co. of Kansas City. The agency was operated by James C. Noel prior to his death on Dec. 24.
• A tidal wave and severe earthquake, which registered very close to the maximum 8.6 on the Richter scale, shook the Anchorage, Alaska, area. Government officials indicated it would be hours before a survey of the damages would be completed.
• One of the earliest reports about former Independence residents coming out of Alaska came from Port Huron, Mich. Sgt. Harold Burgett, his wife, Shirley, and four children, at Fort Richardson, Alaska, reported all are well, but shaken. Mrs. Burgett, a graduate of William Chrisman High School, is the daughter of Mrs. Herbert Ogden of Independence.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the March 29 through April 4, 1914, Examiner.
• Along about bedtime, Col. Lamb of the Third Regiment N.G.M. sent out a war call to all the commissioned officers of the regiment. The officers were summoned forthwith to appear at the Armory in Kansas City. The call reached Independence where several officers lived. Captain Stayton, Major N.D. Jackson, and Lieutenants Frank Paxton, John Griebel and Salisbury reported for duty in fifty minutes. This was simply a drill to demonstrate the rapidity of response.
• Do you remember? Joseph Adair was the first white child born in Independence. Ambrose Owens and William Lucas were born shortly afterwards. Fannie Fristoe was the first girl born. Wilson Roberts kept the first grocery store, and Smallwood Noland the first hotel. Doctor Drummer was the first doctor, and the Westons the first blacksmiths. The Western Expositor was the first newspaper published in Independence and was edited by French & Webb.
• The lease of “Jones” Island near Atherton to W.H. Roach of Kansas City for 10 years at an annual rental of $1 per year, which was authorized some time ago by the county court, was filed for record. The island is a big sandbar on which Roach proposes to construct temporary buildings to be used by himself and a number of sporting friends in Kansas City for a hunting and boating resort.
• The General convention of the Religio-Literary Society of the Reorganized Latter Day Saints Church, in session at the Stone Church, is considering a proposition to translate the Book of Mormon into the Hebrew and Syriac languages, so that it can be used in missionary work in Jerusalem and other portions of Palestine. The suggestion came in a letter from U.W. Greene, a member of the Quorum of Twelve.
– Jillayne Ritchie