The following items were taken from Aug. 2 through 8, 1964, Examiner.
• Ranger 7 paved the way for America to land a man on the moon by sending back thousands of close-up pictures before a bull’s eye strike on the lunar surface. Ranger 7 struck only 9 or 10 miles off dead center.
• W.L. Shireman has been named superintendent of the Gas Service Co. at Independence. He will succeed William F. Lavery, who has been appointed division manager at Lee’s Summit.
• A countywide drive for $300,000 to erect a Heart of America Youth Center on 26 acres at 71 Bypass will open with a dinner at U Smile restaurant. The land was donated by Blevins Davis, a former Independence resident. Ruth Ann Hertzog, a prominent 4-H member, will be the master of ceremonies.
• Stewart Wright Turner, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wright Turner of Independence, won the 16th annual Soap Box Derby at Swope Park. He won a trophy and $1,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds from Chevrolet Division of General Motors and Mel Hilliard Chevrolet and the right to compete in the $7,000 scholarship in the National Soap Box Derby at Akron, Ohio.
• Lt. Fred King, 36, of Independence, has been named administrative assistant to the chief of police in Independence. Lt. King has been with the department for 14 years. David Kraxner, 31, of Independence, has been promoted to lieutenant to fill the shift commander post.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Aug. 2 through 8, 1914, Examiner.
• The long-predicted and long-prepared-for “general war in Europe” appears to have started at last. Germany, the first to declare war, on the one side, and France and Russia, on the other side, have already engaged in a titanic struggle along the Franco-German and Russo-German borders. England has not yet announced what she will do, but the expectation is that she will decide to take sides with France and Russia. Italy, which was expected to line up with Germany, says she will remain neutral. Austria is expected to take active part in the war with Germany and especially against Russia.
• Attempts to break up boxing and sparring matches at the bartenders picnic at Benton Park resulted in a disgraceful riot. Four members of the Mount Washington Betterment League, sworn in as deputy constables for this purpose, were ganged by a crowd of enraged spectators, and two of them were injured. Ernest Reed received the worst injuries. He was struck over one of his eyes and the side of his head by a tent stake, and it is believe would have been killed had not fellow members, at the risk of their own lives, braved the fury of the mob and rescued him.
• Walter Williams, president of the Missouri Old Trails Association, accompanied by Prof. Frank L. Martin, Marshall Gordon, Hartley H. Banks and R.R. Schlotzhaner, stopped in Independence to make an official call at The Examiner office. They carried away a certificate that they were here and in fine condition for the trip home. The party left Columbia Tuesday morning to make official trip over the Old Trails Route to Kansas City.
• A line of white uniformed men formed on West Lexington Street by twos. They were members of the Independence Aerie of Eagles, there were 140 of them, and they were on their way to join the big parade in Kansas City. The men wore white pants and white jackets edged with blue and white caps. The officers kept them in good line as they marched part of the way around the square before boarding the cars for Kansas City.
– Jillayne Ritchie