50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Nov. 25 through Dec. 1, 1967, Examiner.
• A Kansas State University class in architecture and design has been given permission to make the rehabilitation and aesthetic design of Jackson Square a semester project. William R. Moore, Independence Urban Renewal director, is liaison for the Jackson Square Association.
• The Yale Turham family of Independence is a proud family preparing for Thanksgiving without their son and brother, 19-year-old Clay Turnham. Clay was killed July 1 serving as an Army medic in Vietnam. Recently the family drove to Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base to receive a bronze star and other ribbons for his war efforts.
• The United States and its economic partners were forced to pour gold into the market to feed a gold-buying rush of record size. Many dealers said the American dollar was under attack, and they blamed France.
• The new 250-unit public housing development for the elderly will be built by Andes & Roberts Construction Co. The high-rise apartment building for elderly persons of lower income will be located on a site on South Pleasant Street, between Lexington Avenue and Walnut Street.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Nov. 25 through Dec. 1, 1917, Examiner.
• It does not take a far sighted man to understand that woman suffrage is here. The victory in New York was sufficient to startle the old fashioned politicians and to notify them that their system must be changed. It was news which brought thinking people a still firmer belief in the ultimate fitness of the movements of the world that we are gradually growing stronger and better and less prejudiced and more sensible. New York will be followed by Missouri and other states and in Missouri, The Examiner expects to lend the cause all the help possible. We believe with President Wilson that Woman Suffrage is a matter for the states to determine and not for national legislation and would oppose an amendment for suffrage to the National Constitution.
• Under the ruling of the State Public Service Commission, the Kansas City Street Railways Company must maintain the five cent fare to Maywood while it is permitted to charge a ten cent fare to Independence or a round trip ticket for fifteen cents. The distance to Maywood from Independence city limits is only about one mile and to the loop about the public square, the terminus of the main line, only about two miles. It does not look fair that Independence with twelve thousand people should be required to pay an additional fare for this short distance when Independence makes the operation of a street railway in this direction possible.
• Notwithstanding the extremely chilly weather, a large crowd of Reorganized Latter Day Saints and others assembled to witness the laying of the corner stone of the new Walnut Park Church, at the corner of Alton Avenue and Pearl Street. Inside the stone were placed copies of current church publications of the three sacred books of the church, rosters of the church officers, photographs of the church presidents and other articles that will be of much interest when in the distant future, this church may be torn down to make room for a greater one.
• There will be little hospitality at the city police station this winter for hobos. Only in cases of extreme destitution and inability to work will such men be given free lodging and meals over night. Two or three years ago, so large was this class of men, that sometimes fifteen or twenty were cared for in one night. There is no excuse for an able-bodied man to be idle. Every “bum” who hits this town this winter will have a to give a mighty good legal excuse.
– Jillayne Ritchie