50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 15 through 21, 1967, Examiner.
• The Surveyor 4 robot prospector raced on a precise course toward the moon to inspect an astronaut target site and search for iron on a lunar plain. Surveyor 4's main objective is to confirm a safe landing for Apollo manned landings scheduled for 1969.
• The history of one of Independence's topnotch Scouting leaders, Carl Gerlich, executive for the Pathfinders District, is coming to an end. He has spent 38 years as a Scouting leader and has influenced as many as 250,000 boys in those years.
• Army Spec. 4 Charles R. Closson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn B. Closson Jr. of Independence, was named soldier of the month for the U.S. Army, Ryukyu Islands on Okinawa May 26. The 23-year-old soldier is a communication security specialist in the Army's 104th Security Agency. He is a 1960 graduate of William Chrisman.
• The officers and directors of the Independence Boys Club are proud of the new quarters at 138 E. Lexington Ave. Tom Bell is executive director, and Len LeCluyse, president of the board, says it is the best facility the club has had since it was organized 3 1/2 years ago.
• The Missouri Pacific Railroad depot at 600 S. Grand stood silent and empty with the message “No Train Today” scrawled in chalk on the sidewalk. The nationwide rail strike began to be felt here, but a spokesman for the Lake City Army Ammunition plant said the trucking industry will meet the plant's needs.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 15 through 21, 1917, Examiner.
• Sadie Larkin, 20 year old daughter of Frank Larkin of Sugar Creek, was accidentally shot through the shoulder with a Colt pistol, caliber 45. The bullet entered her back near the shoulder blade and came out at the front just below her arm. Sadie was making up the bed of her sister, Rosie Larkin, who sleeps on the front porch with a pistol under her pillow. As she jerked the covers from the bed, the gun was discharged. The wound is not considered serious, as the bullet did not pass through the vital region.
• The Girls' Clubs of Jackson County will hold their annual picnic at Swope Park. There are seventeen such clubs devoted to sewing, baking and canning. Their aggregate membership is about 170. It is expected that most of them will attend.
• C.L. Carstensen, formerly of Los Angeles, has moved his family to this city. A short time ago, Mr. Carstensen purchased from Dr. Joseph Luff, the lot at the northwest corner of Lexington and Union streets, just west of the new William Chrisman High School. Today, he broke ground for the construction of a building on the lot, in which he proposes to conduct a drug store.
• Ed Luttrell, a Blue Springs merchant, bought the William G. Gore farm, 80 acres a mile south of Blue Springs. He paid $230 an acre. The farm was sold at auction. Col. Frank J. Zaun conducted the sale in his usual inimitable manner and the Independence band gave a musical concert before and during the sale. This method of selling real estate is becoming more popular. It is comparatively new to Jackson County and this was the largest single lot to be sold in this manner.
– Jillayne Ritchie