50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Sept. 9 through 15, 1967, Examiner.
• Five years ago, when they took out most of his stomach, doctors told Edward Patrick he would be dead within six months. Better known as Bozo the Clown, Patrick was in town for a short stay and visited the children's floor at the Independence Hospital, Resthaven and the Cerebral Palsy Center at 14909 Little Blue Road. He says the people he visits keep him out of the hospital by keeping him happy.
• A steeple at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2700 Sheley Road, will be dedicated in memory of Margaret McConchie, wife of Dr. James E. McConchie, a member of the church. The copper spire will be topped by a bronze Celtic cross, which was handmade by Elsnor Baade, a church member.
• John H. Hardin, who just marked his 90th birthday, is the oldest practicing attorney in the area. Hardin opened a law office in the Chrisman-Sawyer Bank building in 1903 following his graduation from the Kansas City School of Law. After 40 years he moved to 419 N. Liberty St., his current office.
• After nearly 2 years of editing and authenticating for historic accuracy, the script for a 30-minute documentary slide show on Independence will soon be available for showing. Financing was contributed by Independence Rotary, the Community Association for the Arts and the Independence Young Matrons. David Rock, director of elementary education, has asked that it be used as part of the school curriculum.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Sept. 9 through 15, 1917, Examiner.
• The public schools opened Sept. 10 with a full attendance. Reports received by Superintendent W.L.C. Palmer, during the forenoon, showed that the three teachers who had been assigned to the William McCoy School had enrolled 155 pupils, an average of more than 50 per room. Reports from the Ott School told of unexpected heavy enrollment, especially in the higher grades.
• A small, plain envelope addressed to the Examiner office on being opened disclosed the signaling equipment of a rattlesnake. When the snake had been killed his “rattles” were detached and sent to this office. There were nine rattles and “button.” The note and the exhibit were from W.G. Masters of Selsa, which is the old town of Glendale in the Crackerneck district, who said, “I send you the rattles from the only rattlesnake I have killed this season. This is a fine specimen of the mountain species, and it would have been ten years old at its next birthday, according to common computations. I killed this snake on the Chicago & Alton Railroad track, one mile west of Selsa.”
• The Clinton Pharmacy of this city has again been placed on the honor roll of the United Drug Co., being one of the Rexall drug stores in the United States doing the greatest amount of Rexall business. In the class of stores in cities of 10,000 to 20,000 population, the Independence store was the only one in Missouri on the honor roll, and it ranks fourth among all stores in the state, going ahead of cities more than three times the population of Independence.
• Raytown is one of the busiest towns in Jackson County. It is on the route of the Blue Ridge road and has rock road connections with Independence, Kansas City and Lee's Summit. The road from Kansas City to Raytown was one of the first rock roads built in Jackson County and has been rebuilt a number of times. The stores are up-to-date and do lots of business. It is also a town of churches and schools and the people believe in large families.
– Jillayne Ritchie