50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Sept. 16 through 22, 1967, Examiner.
• President Truman, confined to his home now, has had a variety of visitors. Evangelist Billy Graham, holding a crusade in Kansas City, called on the former president, and comedian Jack Benny visited in the afternoon.
• The largest and oldest dealership in Eastern Jackson County changed hands. Charles G. Rost, Lake Lotawana, who founded the Rost Chevrolet Co. at 10401 Independence Ave., sold the firm to Eugene Browning, 3305 Shady Bend, and will retire.
• Thirty-three years of raising boys has kept George Berkemeier young he says. He has been director of Andrew Drumm Institute for Boys for the past 10 years.
• Funeral services for Pfc. Larry Lee Barker, 20, of Independence, were held at the Carson Chapel in Independence, with burial in Mount Washington Cemetery. Private Barker was killed Sept. 9 when he apparently stepped on a booby trap while serving in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
• The imposing brick former residence at River and Lexington owned for the last 60 years by the RLDS Church and used as Center Stake headquarters is being razed. The home was built in 1888 by Prof. George Bartholomew, who moved her from Oakland, Calif., where he had a training school for horses.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Sept. 16 through 22, 1917, Examiner.
• Men between the ages of 19 and 45 may enlist now in the Independence batteries. The two Independence organizations need a few men to bring them up to war strength and would like to take them on before the orders come for moving into camp.
• Roland Wiley of El Dorado Springs, who has been in Independence for several months, calls attention to some things which we who live here all the time overlook. One item especially is the need of low priced, modern houses, to accommodate the many families who want to come here to live. There are a few vacant houses in town, but they are usually too big or too old or in some other way undesirable. The big need just now is for small houses of reasonable price with from five to seven rooms and modern.
• James Hedrick and George Hunter were arrested by Officers George Alkire and Albert Tonnehill at the “Hedrickite” church on the Temple Lot. The arrest was made at the insistence of Clarence L. Wheaton, presiding elder of the congregation, who said they insisted on talking after they had been requested to desist. Each gave a bond for $100 for his appearance in circuit court. Hedrick is the son of Granville Hedrick, who organized this sect of Mormonism. For several years there has been considerable factionalism in the congregation.
• One of the incidental benefits of the draft will be the discovery of many cases of dangerous diseases in their incipiencey, early enough to permit treatment and cure when otherwise the victims might discover their conditions too late. Already arrangements are underway for treating several thousand cases of tuberculosis that have been brought to light by these army examinations. Preventative medicine is one of the greatest things connected with our modern life.
– Jillayne Ritchie