50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 8 through 14, 1967, Examiner.
• The first trust department in an Eastern Jackson County bank is now being opened at the First National Bank of Independence with Fred A. Lambert as trust officer. He has served as a visiting professor of law at the University of Missouri at Columbia and Kansas City, and was an accountant for General Electric in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• The U.S. Information Agency reports that there were only 12 incidents of bomb violence against USIA libraries and information centers in foreign countries between July 1966 and March 1967. Damage totaled $4,506.
• A combination religious and masonic cornerstone laying ceremony will be held at Christ Methodist Church, 14712 E. 39th St. The current congregation was formed by a merger of Watson Memorial at Maple and Delaware and Christ Methodist Church.
• Eighteen hours of cleaning up an entire city block have kept Jim Hickman of Independence busy. Jim took on the massive cleanup project near the Allis-Chalmers plant to earn his service award to become an Eagle Scout.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 8 through 14, 1917, Examiner.
• John Nicholas, a 90 year old negro, appeared before the county court seeking re-admission to the Negro Home in Kansas City, which is to the indigent negroes of the county what the county hospital at Little Blue is to the white race. He said he had gone to church one night, had failed to find his way back to the home till next morning, and then had been denied further admission to the place. The court ordered that he be re-admitted. Nicholas said before he went to the Negro Home he had lived for 40 years in or near Independence.
• Dr. F.W. Hawley, president of Park College, gave a most interesting discourse at the First Presbyterian Church. He speaks of Park College as a small village, almost independent because of its various industries, carried on by the three or four hundred students in attendance. They have their own private lighting plant and waterworks; and the hundreds of acres composing the campus are cultivated continuously and successfully by the boys, while the girls keep up the domestic part of the institution. Park is a college that is open to boys and girls who want an education and are only able to make a small payment or possibly no payment. Those not making payment are required to spend more time in manual labor than those making payment, but have the same advantages of the school.
• A log cabin built by W.C. Schmahlfeldt, a short distance north of Frandsen greenhouse, a little more than a mile east of the city limits of Independence, was presented to the Boy Scouts of this city by Mr. Schmahlfeldt. A large number of the members of Troops 51 and 71, met at the First Methodist Church and hiked to the cabin. Several group pictures were taken and a United States flag was raised over the cabin.
– Jillayne Ritchie