50 YEARS AGO 

The following items were taken from the Aug. 26 through Sept. 1, 1967, Examiner. 

• The long-talked about Jackson Square urban renewal project is off the ground. The City Council heard the first reading of the ordinance, and the second reading will come Sept. 11, says Mayor Donald M. Slusher. 

• Jazz musician Charlie “Bird” Parker, who has died at age 34, is a legend. He is buried in Lincoln Cemetery in Blue Summit. “The Ballad of Charlie Parker” was performed at the Charlie Parker Memorial concert in O'Hara Stadium, Kansas City. 

• The Poster Boy for the United Way Campaign has been chosen. He is Keith Kaiser, 11134 E. 27th St., a typical little 4-year-old boy except that he walks with braces. 

• Testing of soil in the Sterling Estates area resulted from reports by landowners that a hillslide between Ridge Drive and Thompson Avenue has endangered several homes. John W. Gavin, city clerk, reported that a test by a Kansas City firm, showed the slide would move south and advised owners to keep an eye on it. 

100 YEARS AGO 

The following items were taken from the Aug. 26 through Sept. 1, 1917, Examiner. 

• A blackbird convention is a nightly occurrence in the big Maple trees in the front yard at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Peacock in the third ward. The birds come from every direction until hundreds of them gather in the big trees and there is no sleep in the neighborhood until they call it a day. But this nightly convention is nothing to the one which will be held here in a few weeks when the blackbirds decide to leave this country and go south for the winter. This seems to be the starting place for all the blackbirds of this section of Missouri and Kansas and they are so thick that many limbs are broken each year. 

• Signs of life are appearing at the Fair Grounds and by Monday it will be a very busy place. Horse-owners from all over the country are coming in. There is hardly a time during the day when the track is idle. Horses are seen exercising on the track. Groups of little boys in blue overalls sit by open-mouthed and watch the big tents being raised, tents which no doubt will house snake-charmers, sword-swallowers and 'miraculous, magnificent, marvelous monstrosities” and other things of equal charm to little boys. 

• Edwin W. Strode, 73, a native of Jackson County, died Aug. 25 of heart disease at his home in Independence. While he was still a boy, the Civil War came on. Few men served the Confederacy longer than he, though with rare good fortune, he never was wounded. When barely 16 years of age, he enlisted on June 3, 1861, as a member of the battery of field artillery commanded by the late Capt. Schuyler Lowe of Independence. He served in the battle of Lexington and other important engagements, and was mustered out on June 16, 1865, at Mobile, Ala. He is believed to have been the last survivor of Captain Lowe's battery. 

• Missouri's University is one of only six state universities admitted to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. No adjoining state has its university on the list. Admission is on the basis of scholarship. Tuition is free in all schools and colleges of the University of Missouri to students coming from any part of the state. Students from other states pay $10 a semester. 

– Jillayne Ritchie