50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the June 10 through 16, 1967, Examiner.
• A viciously beaten patrolman of the Independence Police Department, who often rides a police motorcycle about the city, isn't riding patrol this week. The extent of Robert Johnson's injuries is not fully know, but his teeth are wired together, and it's a question if his eye is permanently injured from a pistol-whipping at the hands of a local motorcycle gang.
• An Independence Navy man serving in Viet Nam has recently been cited for heroism during a fire aboard his ship in the Gulf of Tonkin. Seaman Herbert W. Pardee, son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Pardee, received the citation from the Command of the Seventh Fleet.
• When Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Melton landed on the oval of the White House lawn in the presidential helicopter they thought the thousands of people were there to greet them. They discovered the multitudes were Jews who had come to picket because of the U.S. failure to enter the Mideast war, Melton said.
• Two standout high school baseball performers, William Chrisman's Dale Weatherford and Truman's Tom Norman, have been signed by major league teams. Weatherford was signed by Houston of the National League, and Norman inked a contract with Minnesota of the American League.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the June 10 through 16, 1917, Examiner.
• Independence has not felt the need of a change in the form of government since Mayor Ott has been in charge. We have had practically a commission form which means a concentration of authority and strict attention to business on business principles. We have also had councilmen who, as a rule, were on the job to attend to business and politics has not prevented the employing men who work. There are those who believe that the adoption of the commission form of charter would have a tendency to place the city in a much better position. It abolishes the present form of city council, places the management of the city into the hands of three commissioners, one of whom acts as mayor, requires their attendance and gives them authority to enact ordinances and employ all who work for the city. This would be a good time to start the machinery and to adopt a new charter.
• Free demonstrations will be held at the Independence High. Every housewife owes it to her family and her nation to attend the special demonstrations on practical canning and bread baking by Miss Eufale Brown of the University of Missouri.
• Claude Piersol and Cletus Adams, two young men who are suspected of having had something to do with the kidnapping of the little Keet baby, were brought to old county jail in Independence for temporary safekeeping. On Memorial Day, little Lloyd Keet, 14 months old, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Holland Keet of Springfield, was kidnapped. The kidnappers were purposing to hold up Keet, who is a banker, for a large ransom. Suspecting a trap, the kidnappers failed to meet Keet at the designated place. Keet drove around for hours, but found no trace of them. About noon on Saturday, the body of the baby was found in an old abandoned well 8 miles from Springfield. He apparently died after being place in the well.
– Jillayne Ritchie