50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from May 17 through 23, 1964, Examiner.
• Additional phone cables are being pulled at the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.’s new dial and switching center, Bundschu Road and Gudgell. F.A. Holtzen, manager of the Independence office, said the change will affect 2,800 customers and direct dialing for all the Independence area will be possible.
• Winner of the Miss Independence crown named at the pageant sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce was Miss Mayelle Franz, 22, of 4505 Walnut St. She received a $500 scholarship and hopes to further her education in voice training in New York. She has been singing at Starlight Theater for three years.
• Independence civic and service clubs have been promoting “John O’Donoghue night” for the game between the Athletics and the Chicago White Sox at Municipal Stadium. O’Donoghue, now a starting pitcher for the Athletics, was born and reared in the Fairmount area and attended school at St. Ann’s.
• Receiving the Woman of Achievement award from the Independence branch of the American Association of University Women was Mrs. Harry S. Jonas of Independence. She was instrumental in forming the Independence League of Women Voters, which she served as president.
• Harvey L. Ponzer, 33, of Independence, an employee of the Missouri Water Co., was honored as Young Engineer of the Month by the Western Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. Ponzer is a graduate in civil engineering of the Missouri School of Mines at Rolla and joined the water company in February 1960.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the May 17 through 23, 1914, Examiner.
• Great changes are being made in the Electric Light Plant. The entire system is being changed from a single phase to a three phase system, whatever that means. In order to make the change and to bring the entire plant under an economical basis of operation, a new Allis-Chalmers 600 H.P. Corliss Engine is being installed. The new engine has been purchased for $15,000.
• The Parent-Teacher Association of the Ott School met and voted to request our Board of Education to install cooking in the higher grades of our ward schools for fall opening. The election of officers resulted in Mrs. Mitchell as president; Mrs. Smoot, Palmer, Flournoy, Gentry and Brown as vice presidents; Mrs. Kangton as secretary; and Mrs. Kerr as treasurer.
• Those graduating from the High School this year are: Emeline Bell, George Bartholomew, Margaret Bostian, Hazel Brackenbury, Frances Brady, Roland Bruner, Esther Carstensen, Margaret Collins, Cora Cook, Stella Cook, Reginald Criley, Doyle Davidson, Joseph Davis, Roger DeWitt, William Doutt, Edith Duncan, Julia Hager, Phillip Hitchcock, Mildred Livesay, Elizabeth McCullough, Emma Rummel, Frank Searcy, Gerhardt Shaw, Hallie Shoup, Roger Skinner, Carrie Slover, Gland Smith, Lucille Sullivan, Dale Tuller, Florence Wray and Errol Williamson.
• Col. R.T. Van Horn turned 90 years old on May 19. The veteran newspaperman, who founded the Kansas City Journal, has for several years been living in retirement as Honeywood, his suburban home near Evanston Station. A few years ago, he was very dangerously ill for a time with paralytic trouble, but had regained his health and strength. He won his title of Colonel as a Union soldier in the Civil War; and a feature of this anniversary was a visit from the Grand Army Post of Kansas City.
– Jillayne Ritchie