50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 29 through Aug. 4, 1967, Examiner.
• The Church of Christ, with Temple Lot headquarters at River, Walnut and Lexington, is celebrating its centennial commemoration, marking the return to Independence of the church after its expansion in 1833. A special feature will be the dedication of a historical Carthage stone, designating the Temple site, says Mrs. Clarence Wheaton, committee chairman.
• A carrier of typhoid is being sought by the city health department in connection with two unrelated cases of the disease in Independence. According to J.G. Lemonds, city health director, a 17-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman have been definitely diagnosed as having the disease.
• Participating in the Fulbright-Hayes Exchange Teacher program are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stiegler of Independence, who left for Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, and Mr. and Mrs. Brian Hortle, who will come here from Australia. Mr. Hortle takes over Mr. Stiegler's job teaching physics. The two families will switch jobs and homes.
• Two Independence men, Louis E. LaHue Jr., 21, and Robert G. Merrill, 24, aboard the ravaged USS Forrestal, report they are safe. The U.S. Navy said there were 129 known dead in the fire Aug. 1 on the aircraft carrier.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 28 through Aug. 4, 1917, Examiner.
• Eastern Jackson County must furnish for the draft army 49 men out of a registration of 3,569. This net quota was figured at the office of Adjutant General McCord at Jefferson City and was arrived at by taking the gross number our district should furnish in proportion to the call and subtracting from it the number of volunteers to which we are entitled to credit. The 49 men will be selected by the local exemption board from the list of those registered.
• The allies of America, in the war against Germany, and the European neutrals, will require a total of 971,000,000 bushels of bread and fodder grains out of the next harvest, and, in addition to that great amount, provisions must be made for the grain ships destroyed by submarines, according to Herbert C. Hoover, whom President Wilson has designated as food administrator. He admitted that it would be impossible for North America to furnish all grain needed and provide for itself, but he added that the country must shoulder the major part of the burden.
• The Surgical Dressings rooms will be in charge of the following ladies during the week: Tuesday, Miss Bess Wallace and Miss Elinor Minor; Wednesday, Mrs. George Compton and Mrs. W.C. Dunn; Thursday, Miss Eudora Dickson and Mrs. Cora Jamison; Friday, Mrs. R.B. Mitchell and Mrs. H.B. Wright.
• The truck purchased for the use of Battery C through the efforts of the Independence Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, has been received. On each side of it is being placed this lettering: “Battery 'C,' Independence, Mo. F.A.N.G. U.S.A.” It is to be used in handling commissary supplies for the battery.
– Jillayne Ritchie