50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Nov. 11 through 17, 1967, Examiner.
• Hiding money in the barrel of a shotgun is a unique idea, but not exactly safe. Harry Leroy Wiley, 1301 Swope Drive, lost weapons valued at $1,000 plus the $120 in notes concealed in a barrel of one of the guns.
• With today's “hippies,” it's refreshing to meet a young person who is not just talking about the state of the world without withdrawing from society, but is trying to make it a brighter place for all. Dorcas Hentz, a graduate of the Independence Sanitarium and Hospital School of Nursing, has spent 11 months as a medical volunteer aboard the hospital ship, S.S. Hope.
• Marine Lance Corporal Delbert E. Fisher, a 1965 graduate of William Chrisman High School, is in the Naval Hospital at Great Lakes, Ill., recuperating from wounds received in Viet Nam. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Fisher of Independence, was wounded in the thigh by a mortar shell and given an artery graft before being sent to Great Lakes.
• The killer dogs that have been mauling animals in the Drumm Farm area will be the object of a stakeout this week. W. Wayne Stepp reports that the killings began about two years ago, and he is quite sure the dogs have no owners.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Nov. 11 through 17, 1917, Examiner.
• A bicycle division of Boy Scouts, Troop 1, of this city, was organized at a meeting at the First Methodist Church. The division will consist of two patrols, as follows: No. 1, Scollard Fox, patrol leader, Jack Heftner, assistant; Keith Wilson, John Allen, John Walker, William Haldeman and Hubert Ragland. No. 2, Henry Reick, patrol leader; Chester Frisbey, assistant; Ward Foster, William Palmer, Charles Hanford, Robert Baldy, Riley Winget and Charles Jones.
• Five damage suits for amounts aggregating $10,000 were brought in Independence by Mrs. Annie Hasty of Sheffield, against saloon keepers in that part of Kansas City. She charges all of them with having kept on selling intoxicating liquor to her husband, John Hasty, after she had given them notice to stop. John Hasty, formerly was on the Kansas City police force, but he quit voluntarily a few weeks ago and now is a carpenter.
• Colonel W.R. Adams of Larnard, Kansas, is visiting his niece, Mrs. Edward Speck, east of Independence. He is a native of Ross County, Ohio. During the Civil War he entered the service as a private in Company A, 27th O.V.I. And was promoted to Captain in Company K, 89th O.V.I and later became Colonel, was capture and spent four months as a prisoner of war in Libby, escaping through the tunnel from that place of horrors. Colonel Adams is on his way home, having been to Washington, D.C., and New York City, collecting data for a book he is writing on “The Great War.”
• More than 100 Independence men from 18 years of age to 60 have signed their names to a paper for the organization of a Home Guard Company at Independence. Walter Brown and Mize Peters have been working on the matter and each one has a paper for signatures. The purpose is to be organized and ready for any emergency in which an organized and officered bunch of men might be valuable. With an organization ready to call on any emergency might be met quickly and effectively. The plan is to get the signatures of 250 to 300 men for the company before an organization meeting is called.
– Jillayne Ritchie