50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Nov. 18 through 24, 1967, Examiner.
• Some radical changes in the Jackson County budget setup were recommended to the County Court by Jack McEnroe, county auditor and budget officer. The most significant change is the removal of operation of the Jackson County Hospital from the health fund.
• The Fairmount School, while in the Kansas City School District, is now in the Independence city limits, 120 N. Cedar. Among Fairmount's claims to fame is the late J. Allen Prewitt, a former mayor of Independence and past member of the state legislature, who taught at Fairmount. The school dates back to before the Civil War.
• President Johnson, introduced as “leader of 200 million Americans,” watched the census clock tick off that milestone in the U.S. Population. The population at the Independence Hospital kept pace with the national population with the birth of several babies in 24 hours.
• A fighter pilot in Vietnam, son of an Independence couple, is featured in a UPI story from Saigon. Capt. William R. Hockensmith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hockensmith, who pilots an F-100 Super Saber, and his wingman, used pinpoint firing techniques to hit fortifications in thick trees bordering the river.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Nov. 18 through 24, 1917, Examiner.
• The world is familiar with poison gas bombs, with “flammerderfer,” with trench mortar “pigs,” “Jack Johnsons” and “Big Berthas,” but the latest and most spectacular engine of war which the serial fighter has to face is the “Flaming Onions.” A young air fighter describes them something like this: The 'onions' are shot upward from some kind of a mortar and into the path of advancing platoons of aviators. I don't know just how they are made, but the first thing you see is a big cluster of six or eight whirling balls of fire coming at you as fast as shrapnel. On exploding, it releases these clusters of fireballs, which instantly burst into flames. The whole cluster has an apparent radius about as great as the spread of your plane, from tip to tip. It is somewhat disconcerting.
• Congressman W.P. Borland did not need to come to Independence to be assured of the respect and support of this constituency. Independence and Eastern Jackson County appreciate his courage and his cleanliness of thought and action as expressed in his votes in Congress and his loyal support of the President. Independence and Eastern Jackson County testified to this appreciation at the last democratic primary when the votes of this part of the district saved him from defeat.
• Advertising news: Clinton's Pharmacy is holding its fifth One-Cent Sale. These sales are held frequently by the Rexall Stores in all parts of the United States to more fully impress the high quality of their goods upon the buying public. The Watkins Music Company has Victrolas sold and set aside ready to be delivered on Christmas day. Mr. and Mrs. Watkins have made special preparations to give the people of Independence and vicinity all they will want for a musical Christmas. The Independence Hardware Company has a splendid line of practical gifts and also an abundance of toys for the children and will be sold at very reasonable prices.
• When Joseph Gentry, deputy county jailor in this city, made the rounds of the jail, he noticed that the number of prisoners appeared to have diminished considerably. Of the thirty-five members of the county chain gang who are kept in the jail at night, eight were missing. The missing ones had escaped after sawing two steel rods out of the grating over a window on the north side of the building. This made it easy to drop down on the roof of an adjoining building, thence to the ground, then to melt away in the darkness. Two have been found, but the other six are still at liberty.
– Jillayne Ritchie