50 YEARS AGO

The following items were taken from the Oct. 21 through 27, Examiner.

• Kansas Citians are bitter. Their most vicious remarks are aimed at the American League, which stripped the city of major league baseball by granting owner Charles O. Finley permission to move the Athletics to Oakland, Calif. Finley says his mule will go along.

• Dr. Vance E. Link, new president of the Independence People-to-People chapter, has set a membership increase as his first goal. A special project is interesting enough members to participate in a 3-week People-to-People charter flight to Denmark in April 1968.

• The Jackson County Hospital at Little Blue, after 32 years of service, received notice that it has been accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation. It is something William R. Williams, has been working for almost since the day he was appointed by the county court as the professional administrator.

• All cars left abandoned, wrecked or junked will be cited as a public nuisance under an amendment of the city ordinance. Wayne Stepp, city health director, said the amendment was made after a meeting with the police, public works and health departments.

100 YEARS AGO

The following items were taken from the Oct. 21 through 27, Examiner.

• We have with us that distinguished gentleman of whom we have heard so much and have never seen, Mr. Sugar Shortage. We had begun to think he was a mythical personage, never had any idea he would be a guest among us. When you called your grocer this morning and made the usual order “Send me a dollars worth of sugar,” the grocer said “I am very sorry lady, but I can't sell you a dollars worth of sugar today.” “How much sugar can you sell me?” “Lady, I can sell you any amount up to 25 cents worth.” And this was all she got, 2 ½ pounds. No sugar is to be had from the wholesale houses in Kansas City. Don't try to borrow from your neighbor, she is in the same fix you are.

• Hundreds of acres of Missouri River bottom land in this county and other counties was planted in corn after the spring high water when this land was overflowed. It came up fine and has grown rapidly. The Missouri River bottoms are the most fertile and productive lands in the world. Experts have called it the Egypt of the United States. Farmers who are accustomed to his bottom land and suffer frequent loss from high water, say that if they can get two good crops out of five they can make more money on this land than to get a crop every year off the thin upland soil.

• John H. Nicholson, one of the founders of the “Gideons,” an organization of Christian traveling men, talked at the First Presbyterian Church of this city. He came at the invitation of C.J. Walden, who long has been active in the Kansas City organizations of Gideons. At the close of the talk an offering was made which will go into a fund by means of which the Gideons are placing Bibles in the hotels all over the country.

• A fine new American flag now is a conspicuous feature of the circuit courtroom in Independence. It hangs from the ceiling just over the railing that divides the space reserved for the court and the lawyers from the main part of the room. The flag is 6 by 12 feet in size. As the national colors hang suspended before the eyes of everyone in the courtroom, they will be a constant reminder of the war and one's duty to support the government in its war for universal liberty.

– Jillayne Ritchie