50 YEARS AGO 

The following items were taken from the July 22 through 28, 1967, Examiner. 

• Members of the newly formed police reserve air patrol will be sworn in. The men who will staff the unit are Lester James Heman, Jasper Casteel, Pharrel Lee Chaney, James McComas and Herbert H. Clark. 

• For the first time there will be a junior class at the Independence Saddle Club Horse Show at T.C. Lea and Lacey roads. Club president James Glover and his family live at Rolling Hills Farms, 18907 E. Holke Road, and James Glover 17, was the first to show his horse. 

• Dr. William W. Woodward of Independence returned after serving nine weeks in the Volunteer Physicians for Viet Nam program, sponsored by the American Medical Association. At the present time 80 percent of the doctors in South Viet Nam are in the military. 

• Seven inches of rain and a hurricane-like wind and hailstones caused approximately $25,000 in damages and loss at the city of Buckner. The trailer home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Donahue at Cooper's Trailer Court east of Buckner was overturned. 

• An 18-year-old girl was credited by police with saving the life of 16-year-old Steven Srader after he slipped into a swimming pool at 35th and Crysler, and failed to surface. Donna Turner, a resident of the Gaslight Square apartments, jumped into the water when she saw Srader strike his head. She pulled him from the water. 

 

100 YEARS AGO 

The following items were taken from the July 22 through 28, 1917, Examiner. 

• The Stockwood Tire Co. has just installed a new patent visible gasoline pump, which shows exactly the amount of gasoline that is drawn for the customer. The gasoline is pumped through a 5-gallon glass jar with gallon marks on it. The pump operates by electricity. It is the same model as those pumps used in the best filling stations. 

• E.W. Short, 74, of Lee's Summit, died. He was born near the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, 74 years ago. He came to Lee's Summit 40 years ago and engaged in selling merchandise. During the Civil War he was in General Price's Confederate Army. 

• It's comfort rather than stiff formality in Judge Willard P. Hall's Division of the Circuit Court, in this city these days. “If you would feel more comfortable with your coats off, men,” Judge Hall said to the lawyers and litigants, “off with them; and if you care to smoke, you are at liberty to do so.” As a result of this “ruling,” most of the men shed their coats and several of them lit cigars and smoked during the hearings. 

• Roger T. Sermon will be the new commander of Battery C. He will succeed Captain John L. Miles, who was promoted a few days ago to be a major in the Second Missouri Artillery. Captain Sermon for several weeks had been senior first lieutenant of Battery C. His military life has covered a period of about six years. He was with the battery on the Mexican border last summer. In civilian life, he is a general delivery clerk at the Independence post office. 

– Jillayne Ritchie