50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from Aug. 23 through 29, 1964, Examiner.
• After 38 years in one location in the Memorial Building, the Independence Chamber of Commerce will move into new offices Oct. 1 announced Earl Annis, chamber president. The new offices will be in the Fender Building, 314 W. U.S. 24, near the Truman Library.
• Whizzo the Clown and a trampoline act by Tom Hairabedian, a winner of the Inter-collegiate Pacific Coast trampoline championship, have been added to the attractions of the Boys Club carnival.
• The largest rattlesnake ever seen in the Jacomo area, a four foot timber rattler, was killed by Deputy Sheriff Evan Seedorf. He ran over it with his car and killed it with his night stick.
• Jackson Square-goers saw a rodeo-style parade. The event featured the Air Force Drill Team from Richards-Gebaur AFB, the Milgram Bandwagon directed by Phil Turner, and appearances by Maybell Franz, Miss Independence, and Pamela Smith, Miss Jackson County.
• Former President Harry S Truman had a silver bellied beaver Stetson presented him by TV’s Stoney Burke. Burke (Jack Lord) is the star of this year’s Independence Civic Rodeo.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Aug. 23 through 29, 1914, Examiner.
• Jackson County has followed the example of Independence and is to be dry for at least four years. The result of county’s local option election was a great victory for the “drys.” The majority of more than 500 is so large and substantial that no serious effort will be made to overturn the popular will. The total “dry” vote was 3248; the total “wet” vote was 2729.
• Jackson County is one of the big fruit counties of Missouri. A summary of reports from the fruit growers of the county shows that more spraying has been done than heretofore, and that there will be between seventy-five and a hundred thousand bushels of marketable apples. Many of the orchard men will sell the entire crop on the tree, others will gather their crop and market at F.O.B. station.
• Germany sacrificed one of its latest type of Zeppelin dirigibles in a vain attempt to destroy the royal palace at Antwerp with high explosives. Although the entire city was terror stricken over the appearance of the “sky dreadnought,” the quick work of the forts at Hemixem practically demolished it and drove it to earth, capturing the entire crew.
• Pleading lack of money, the county court told a delegation from the Council of Women’s Clubs that it was not yet ready to build the new Girl’s Home on the land north of this city, which was purchased last year. The 80 acres of land cost about $18,000. The women asked the court to put up a building to cost about $17,000. When the court declined to do so, the women withdrew their plans and will draw up plans for a less expensive building.
– Jillayne Ritchie