50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from July 19 through 25, 1964, Examiner.
• Delegates to the National Education Association annual convention in Seattle have returned home. Mrs. Henry L. Livingston, president of the Independence Community Teachers Association, was a delegate by virtue of her office; Mrs. Merle Shafer was a delegate representing the local group.
• Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mattson of Independence have been notified they and their two children, Linda, 15, and Richard, 6, are winners in the “Six Flags Over Texas” contest. Mrs. Mattson entered the contest with an entry blank from Blue Valley Federal Savings and Loan. Mattson is an employee of Armco Division of Sheffield Steel and is also the local CD police head.
• Chris Fender and Mark Stinner are the first boys to become William Chrisman cheerleaders. The Chrisman Bear Cheerleaders captured the overall championship of the week-long Missouri Valley Cheerleading School at Marshall.
• The once familiar lightning rod with the silver ball on top seems to have gone the way of the horse-drawn fire wagon and the brass spittoon. Ross B. Wyss, president of the Independence Builders Association, says home builders these days do not seem to be as concerned with modern fire protection.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 19 through 25, 1914, Examiner.
• Plans are now being made by C.A. Kiger of the Kiger Farms east of Independence, for the erection of a sausage factory on the 20 acres he purchased recently at the intersection of the Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit rock roads. Mr. Kiger at present is manufacturing sausage at his farm east of Independence. His sausage has gained such a wide reputation that it is impossible to meet the demands.
• The “Drys” won the local option election in Independence by a majority of 105 votes. There were 2,343 votes cast, the largest total vote ever cast in Independence and fully up to the number of votes estimated as the full voting strength of the town. To the women goes the credit of winning the election. Undoubtedly the vigilance of the women prevented the buying of votes and if any votes were bought, it was done mighty carefully. Two or more women were assigned to follow each suspected man and stay with him all day. There was no escape.
• W.S. Arnold of Butler was in Independence for a brief visit. Mr. Arnold is a business man at Butler and of course got to talking about the local option election for “Dry” or “Wet.” He said, “No, we will never have licensed saloons in Butler again. You never see a drunk man on the streets. It don’t pay them to show up, the smallest fine is $25. We have no policemen in Butler, don’t need ‘em. Rich Hill is the only ‘wet’ place in the county.”
• J.F. Kinkead, the outside man for the Air Line, is carrying his right hand in bandages. He was attacked by a monster channel cat fish. He spent several hours fishing in the Small Blue near Atherton. His method is known as “hogging.” He waded in the water, felt under the brush, roots and holes in the bank and pulled the fish out. Mr. Fish gave a flirt and a twist and its big back fin hung in Kindead’s hand.
– Jillayne Ritchie