50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from April 26 through May 2, 1964, Examiner.
• David Spiller was elected president of the new Truman High School student body and Cecil Taylor president of the William Chrisman High School student body. David’s opponent was Mike Kassen and Cecil’s was Larry Binnicker.
• Two Examiner newswomen have won four awards in the 1963 Missouri Press Women Contest. Elsye Allison, women’s editor, and Sue Gentry, feature editor, will be honored at a luncheon on May 8. An editorial written by Mrs. Allison, “And This, Too, Shall Pass Away,” was judged best editorial written by a women in a daily newspaper of any circulation.
• Independence school officials presided over the burning of redeemed bonds in the amount of $319,000 and coupons in the amount of $177,000 at a special meeting. Board president J. Everett McCluhan, Paul M. Landers and Emory Parks, members of the administrative staff, burned the canceled issues as required by law.
• Approval of a gift of $35,000 for the expansion program of the Independence Hospital by the Women’s Auxiliary of the hospital was announced by Mrs. James T. Van Biber, president of the organization. One of the improvements in the long-term expansion plan will be a new coffee and gift shop.
• The American Plastics Co., Apcon, at 3120 Weatherford Road, makes “Willie Worms” for toys and activator boxes for space ships and glove rings for radium works with many other things in between. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Wolfe of Independence, make many plastic items for local and out-of-state companies.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the April 26 through May 2, 1914, Examiner.
• Preliminary steps looking to the establishment of a large new business at the Missouri River north of this city were recently taken. A tract of land 118.21 acres, lying about a mile below Sugar Creek and immediately bordering on the river, changed hands. The land was sold to Liberal Stone and Brick Company of Madison County, Ind., which recently established itself in business in Kansas City for $1 and other considerations. The ground is filled with stone suitable for cement manufacture or building purposes, or of clay suitable for brick manufacture.
• P.M. Brandt of the dairy department of the State College of Agriculture at Columbia is in Independence to assist in the organization of a Cow Test Association for the dairymen of Jackson County. Cow Test Associations have been formed in other dairy sections and have been of great benefit to men engaged in the business. The following local breeders of dairy stock will be members of the association: Lee’s Summit - George Hagan, R.E. Shryock, J.S. Tschudy and Longview Farm; Independence - J.B. Lynch and E. Goodspeed; and Blue Springs - G.H. Combs.
• Independence may have a Home Economics School this summer. While instruction is to be given in nine other communities of the country, this summer representatives of the home economics department of the University of Missouri, it is possible to arrange for a school in this city. The sentiment expressed by Farm Adviser E.A. Ikenberry and the Parent-Teachers’ Clubs, was that a city the size of Independence should provide adequate instruction in domestic science for its mothers and daughters .
• While trying to get a handcar out of the way of a rapidly approaching passenger train, Rhoderick Allen, a Chicago & Alton section laborer of the city, was killed. The accident occurred a half mile east of the Independence city limits. The section crew, consisted of Arthur Jones, foreman, Richard Lovelace, Henry Burhart and Allen, had been at work east of town, but had quit work for the day and were returning home. Allen live at Fruiteres, a little village on the River Road two miles north of this city.
– Jillayne Ritchie