50 YEARS AGO 

The following items were taken from the Aug. 5 through 11, 1967, Examiner. 

• Two Independence men are commended for their quick action in pulling two women from a burning station wagon at the Jackson County Fair. Otto Breit and Wilbert Maeme of Independence, rerouted traffic until firefighters arrived, says Mrs. Bernard Slayton of Independence. 

• A 13-year-old girl, Claudia White, 708 N. Willis, saved the life of a 7-year-old boy at the Sugar Creek Swimming Pool over the weekend. He was on his way beneath the water for the third time when Claudia rescued him. He walked away after the rescue without giving his name. 

• The Jackson County Court is determined that the county Civil Defense agency be built into a strong and effective organization, Eastern Judge Alex M. Petrovic said. The court will see that Guy B. Shelton, newly appointed Civil Defense director for the county, gets all the help he needs in reorganizing the unit. 

• In many areas Independence is more progressive than other cities throughout the United States, according to Keith Wilson Jr., city manager, who recently returned from attending a weeklong convention of the National League of Cities in Boston. He said one area is our police officers using chemical maces instead of billy clubs in making arrests. 

100 YEARS AGO 

The following items were taken from the Aug. 5 through 11, 1917, Examiner. 

• Sater Necessary sets up a record breaker in oat production for all other farmers everywhere to shoot at. He reports 115 bushels of oats to an acre from a five acre patch, oats threshed and sacked and measured, ready for the market. Mr. Necessary said, “I would not believe it if anybody told me, so you can do as you please. The oats ripened in the shock and threshed 575 bushels from the five acres. I have other fields which yielded about fifty bushels.” 

• The Horne Zoo east of town is receiving a whole circus and adding it to its present stock of animals. The Hornes sometime ago sold a large lot of animals to the owners of the circus; the show “went broke” in Pennsylvania; and they had to foreclose on it in order to get their money out of it. This threw a whole circus on the hands of Mr. Horne and his associates. A part of the circus was sold in the east. The rest was loaded on cars and shipped to Independence and it is now being unloaded. A six horse team has been pulling the large heavy circus wagons through town. A 17 year old negro boy, who had been with the circus in the East, asked the privilege of staying with his old associates, the animals whom he had learned to know and to love, and the request was granted. 

• An effort is being made, quietly, to organize a home guard unit in Independence to be attached to the Kansas City Regiment. Many of the men above the registration age have been asked to join and help organize the company and be ready for duty on guard if needed. Judge Thomas E. Chinn said, “There is a bunch of us fellows called “old men” by the youngsters who could out march, out shoot, out run and out fight a bunch of boys in the country and we are willing to do it, too.” 

• St. Louis Times: We see a good deal in the papers these days about “camouflage.” The various writers toss it about familiarly, just as they would toss about the word “doughnut” or “wienerwurst.” Camouflage is a kind of art that may be likened to stage scenery, with the difference that it is on a much larger scale. The camouflage artist paints, in perspective, great forests, fences and other landscapes, blending it in with the real scenery so that an aviator, in passing over it, fails to note where the camouflage stops and the actual scenery begins. Thus screened, with an opportunity to look through or around, guns and even infantry continue to do their work undetected by the flyers, far above. 

– Jillayne Ritchie