50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from April 12 through 18, 1964, Examiner.
• James White, pianist, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Burton White, 9417 E. 18th, is the winner of the annual Coke Concerts contest for young pianists. He will perform with the Mid-America Quartet Sunday at the Conservatory of the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
• Judges John R. James and Richard C. Jensen of Independence divisions of the circuit court have new robes they will wear when they mount their benches Monday. They have presided wearing business suits, but will don the new garb to add dignity to the courtroom atmosphere.
• Four members of one of the choirs at Trinity United Presbyterian Church will do a German dance for a pancake supper. The four are Ruth McConchie, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James McConchie; Sheena Morgan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Morgan; Danny Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Thompson; and Randy Shirmon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shirmon.
• The death of Gen. Douglas MacArthur has made even more treasured the large certificate Lewis E. Majors, 31, of 1000 S. Pope, received when he was a member of MacArthur's honor guard in Japan. He drove a truck and was a personal honor guard for the commander of the occupational forces.
• John Czarev of Independence, who likes to invent things, has come up with a device which should make bowling much more enjoyable for beginners. He has a patent on a bowling ball position indicator and hopes it will soon be widely used.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the April 12 through 18, 1914, Examiner.
• Declared home rule, a resolution vitally affecting the Reorganized Latter Day Saints churches in this city and Lamoni, Iowa, passed in the General Conference by a vote of 218 for and 64 against. It provides that these churches shall hereafter have the entire services of their own branch presidency, instead of having to share with several other and smaller congregations in the services of the stake presidency.
• It's a splendid school of little folks that Miss Artie Johnson teaches at Lone Oak, north of Lee’s Summit. Only one pupil was above the third grade and that was Lucille Cantrell, a seventh grader. Their exhibit at the Prairie Township Agricultural Fair was among the best. Those enrolled this winter were Luella Dike, Alice, Clara and Lawrence Braun, Leonard and Lorene Dark, Carrie Burbridge, Katheryne and Mildred Leinweber, Olive Brownsfield, Lee and Dee Rowland, Oreta, Mildred and Howard Dike and Cantrell.
• Hundreds of trees were planted on Arbor Day by the schools of Jackson County. The pupils of the Spring Branch School, east of Independence, spent the day in setting out trees and in cleaning the school premises. The Owens School, of which Miss Ethel Wilson is teacher, observed the day in planting lilacs, rose bushes and snow drops, and in cleaning the yard.
• The Utah Mormons, who have so far used a rented hall in the business district as a meeting place, are soon to have a permanent home of worship. Samuel O. Bennion, president of the Central States Mission, has returned from the annual session of the general conference of his church in St. Lake City. Joseph F. Smith, president of the Utah Mormon Church, has approved the plans for the Independence building. It will stand at the southwest corner of Pleasant and Walnut streets.
- Jillayne Ritchie