50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from May 10 through 16, 1964, Examiner.
• Harry S. Truman, U.S. president who ordered the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end the war with Japan, told a group of survivors, “It was nice of you to come under the circumstances.” Eight of the 30 on a goodwill tour came to the Truman Library to meet the former president.
• A talking trash can on Jackson Square in front of the Emery-Bird-Bundschu Store, gave pedestrians instructions on picking up litter from the sidewalk. Some pedestrians couldn’t believe it, some examined it and others just looked.
• The question of who owns the Memorial Building at Pleasant and Maple came up at the Independence Urban Renewal Board meeting. City Manager Ken Kyle told the board there is a question as to whether the city has title. The deed is held by a non-existent Board of Directors. Mrs. Roger DeWitt said the money was raised by public subscriptions and “if there is a deed, it is probably in a terrible mess.”
• Rotary Clubs in the Blue Springs, Independence, Lee’s Summit and Raytown areas, and eight Buckley children, all claim Tom Buckley as their “father.” At the District 607 International Convention in Springfield, Buckley may become a sort of stepfather for all the Rotary Clubs in the district. He is a candidate for district governor for 1965-66 term.
• Three Trails is now officially the name of the former East Rock Creek School at 11801 E. 32nd St. The seventh graders gave an original play, “Three Trails Ho,” at the dedication ceremony, with Mrs. Erma Dorr directing.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the May 10 through 16, 1914, Examiner.
• Wm. H. Renick of Leed’s, Mo., was in Independence and came to The Examiner office and produced one of the first receipts for subscription ever issued by The Examiner. It was dated October 9, 1898, paying for the first volume of this paper and acknowledged the receipt of payment for one year. He has never missed a copy of the paper since that time.
• The annual enumeration of the Independence School District has been completed. It shows a total of 2,742 persons of school age. There are 1,256 white boys; 1,288 white girls; 89 negro boys; and 109 negro girls. In some parts of town the enumerators had much trouble in getting the desired information. Some people are suspicious of strangers and refuse to give information about their children.
• While his comrades enjoyed the Confederate Reunion at Clarendon, Texas, the captain of Quantrell’s followers was compelled to remain at his home in Jackson County and content himself with the mere memory of war days and the boys who fought at his side. B.H. Morrow, who lives west of Buckner, has been captain of Quantrell’s Guerrillas. He served in the Confederate Army with General Joe Shelby’s cavalry in Upton Hayes’ regiment until the general was killed. Sickness during service compelled him to secure his release. He came home and later joined Quantrell’s band.
• On the front of the electric cars appeared the words “Safety First” in white letters on a red background. The Metropolitan Street Railway Company is joining in a campaign of education with 14 other railways which enter Kansas City. The purpose is to make the public more careful and to impress the fact that the railroads don’t want accidents and are taking every precaution.
– Jillayne Ritchie