50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 1 through 7, 1967, Examiner.
• The city Health Department initiated its first mosquito run, utilizing a $4,500 mosquito unit. Wayne Stepp of the Health Department said this is the first of two such units that will help rid the city of mosquitoes.
• Rock Creek nearly claimed another victim when Gary B. Snow of Independence attempted to drive through the creek in Hill Park. Police said Snow's car was washed off the roadway and into the creek. Lt. Huntsinger swam to the car and cut the back glass from the convertible and found a small dog. Snow had jumped out.
• The man who played a major role when the city provided the site for the Harry S. Truman Library back in 1954 did some reminiscing this week with the former president. Robert P. Weatherford Jr. of Phoenix, was mayor of Independence when the need for the site came up and began pushing for the library here.
• The United States Track and Field Federation national decathlon champion is Mike Mattox, a graduate of William Chrisman High School and now a student at Graceland College. He won the decathlon with 6,841 points.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 1 through 7, 1917, Examiner.
• Three members of the Independence police force have resigned within about a week. Low salaries and the increased cost of living are the reason they give. The council recently refused a request that the salaries of patrolmen be raised to $75 a month. The men have been getting $69.50 for full time, or $65 with two days a month off, at their options. They work twelve hours a day, from 6 a.m. till 6 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. They work on day and night shifts a month at a time, alternately.
• A June weather record was broken. The mercury rose and rose until it reached the 100 mark and threw in an extra degree between 3:30 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon when it reached 101. It is the hottest June day in the recorded history of the weather bureau. A hot wind, which would have been fatal to crops had it lasted more than a few hours, accompanied the high mercury.
• Dr. F.L. Cook, city physician, field with the city council a report covering the first quarter and another covering the second quarter of the year, 1917. The first quarter was a follows: Smallpox cases, 84; diphtheria, 4; houses with measles, 17; houses with chicken pox, 8; whooping cough, 1; houses fumigated, 48; visits to sick or for investigation, 141. Second quarter: Smallpox, 12; scarlet fever, 158; diphtheria, 2; measles, 40; chicken pox, 6; whooping cough, 10; typhoid fever, 4; houses fumigated, 120; visits to sick and for investigation, 131.
• The Boy Scouts in Independence, in conjunction to the general policy of that organization to make itself useful, are serving the city by taking a cow census. The information they gather will be used by the city council in the consideration of the milk and dairy ordinance now pending. They are taking the names and addresses of cow owners inside the city limits and the number of cows at each place.
– Jillayne Ritchie