50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from July 12 through 18, 1964, Examiner.
• The Herald Publishing House let a contract for construction of its new building on a four-acre tract on South Noland Road. The contract went to Fender Construction Co. and Irwin Fender said the work is expected to be completed by mid-February.
• The Milgram Brass Band, directed by Phil Turner, an Independence musician, will be a feature of the 13th annual celebration marking the comeback of the Armourdale district from the flood devastation of Friday 13, 1951. Lester Milgram, president of the store firm, will be the master of ceremonies and appear as guest band conductor.
• A Japanese Boy Scout, Hikaru Takagi, Kuki, Japan, received a kerchief from Independence Councilman James E. Kelly on Hikaru’s visit here. He was on his way to Liberty to say for a while, one of a group of 100 Scouters chosen on merit to visit America for 40 days.
• Lt. Paul M. Westwood, formerly head of the records unit for the Independence Police Department, has been moved to liaison officer for the department. In his new post, he will be assigned to escort visiting dignitaries and be available for any assistance former President Harry S Truman or any of his staff may need.
• The Independence Board of Education went on record opposing the location of a new drive-in theater on U.S. 24 adjoining the east boundary of William Chrisman High School property. Donald Slusher, board member, made the motion to make a written protest to the zoning council, and Mrs. Tom Buckley seconded it.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 12 through 18, 1914, Examiner.
• It sounded like a pitch battle at 3:30 a.m. on West Maple Avenue. The noise was made by Judge R.D. Mize and his son, Charles, as they chased two burglars away from their home at 604 W. Maple Ave. Ten shots were fired. It is not known that any took effect. It was too dark to see the fleeing fugitives, and the two gunners were guided only by the noise made by the robbers.
• In the street in front of the residence of Mrs. George W. Buchanan on South Spring Street, there was a sudden and violent explosion. B.C. Smith, who lives in the next house south, said his house was shaken and that the noise sounded like a blast from a quarry. The heat was terrific at the time, and it is believed that the expansion of the pavement from the heat caused the trouble. Extending across the driveway is an irregular fracture.
• Dr. Lambert Ott of Philadelphia, Pa., formerly of this city, has sold his farm on the Raytown Road to Edward H. Witte, president of the Witte Iron Works Company at Centropolis. The deal is one of the largest transfers of farming land ever made in this vicinity. Dr. Ott bought the farm 14 years ago, paying $55 per acre. It consists of 120 acres. He sold it for $300 per acre.
• The county court appointed Edward N. Winstanley to be sheriff of Jackson County to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, Edward Winstanley. Young Winstanley has been serving as a deputy under his father. He is about thirty years old.
– Jillayne Ritchie