50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Nov. 4 through 10, 1967, Examiner.
• An Independence man employed at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant has received an award from the U.S. Air Force for his part in developing a more economical cartridge – saving the Air Force $336,641. He is Donald R. Stronger, chief of production engineering.
• The new communications systems installed recently at Police Headquarters can, in seconds, supply information to all area law enforcement agencies. Sgt. David Dougherty sends the messages.
• The Soviet Union appears to be developing a new weapon that could fire nuclear warheads on U.S. Targets from an orbit in space. The United States, which had once considered and rejected proposals for such a weapon, already had secretly developed a way to reduce its effectiveness.
• An official of the American-Jewish Committee charges that, despite efforts to the contrary by business and civic leaders, Kansas City ranks as the worst in the nation for discrimination against Jews in downtown men's clubs.
• The mighty Saturn 5 rocket thundered perfectly into orbit on its maiden flight and appeared headed toward a solid new lead for the United States in the race to the moon.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Nov. 4 through 10, 1917, Examiner.
• The Red Cross rooms in the Masonic Building are open on Monday through Thursday of each week. Many women have had to drop this work during the busy days of canning and other fall duties. It is hoped that they will resume the work, as the need is very urgent and that they will plan to give the whole day or a part of the day each week to this important work.
• An Independence girl spending the winter in the State University, in Columbia, is finding many interesting things in the state's educational capital. Association with many of the brightest minds in the state and the effort to make the best of grades on the one hand and the innumerable and interesting social diversions on the other. Life indeed is a busy one and one does not much care that down in central Missouri in the university town you are cut off almost completely from the life of the great cities; for Columbia is a little world to itself.
• In an effort to save a valuable cow from becoming blind, its owner Charles Hagaman of Ferndale, N.Y., who values the animal at $7,000 has had an operation performed on the cow's eyes, and it now wears colored glass spectacles to protect it from the sun. The cow has taken seven prizes at cattle exhibits in two years. Recently it contracted an ailment of the eyes that was threatening its sight. Dr. Benjamin Avery, an eye specialist, with the aid of a veterinary surgeon, is treating the cow's eyes and, according to Hagaman, the animals' condition is much improve.
• Speeding has become so prevalent and so dangerous that Chief of Police N.A. Harris has given his officers instructions to arrest all violators who exceed the speed limit. Seeing a motorcycle come tearing along on South Main Street, Chief Harris stepped out into the street and tried to stop the rider. The man swept by paying not the slightest attention to the officer. The Chief could not fire at the man for fear of shooting innocent people who were in range.
– Jillayne Ritchie