50 YEARS AGO

The following items were taken from the Dec. 16 through 22, 1967, Examiner.

• Straight from the pages of the Bible came a gift to Dr. George M. Lamsa, well-known Bible scholar, just in time for a holiday treat. Dr. Lamsa, who serves as the faculty of Unity School in Lee's Summit received three rounds of kada or cake from a woman in New Britain, Conn. The loaves are made from the recipe in the Bible and are such as the Hebrew people used in the Sinai Desert and in the temple.

• The seven new police recruits completing 14 weeks of training at the Police Academy kept alive the tradition of tops in the training class. The recruits were Leonard Jacobs Jr., Mrs. Sylvia Bradley, Richard J. Keeney, Kenneth Sullivan, T.J. Wilbur, I.E. Jones and Roger Nicholas.

• John A. Seck, son of Mrs. Mildred M. Seck and the late Albert F. Seck, will be ordained a priest Dec. 21 in ceremonies at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. His family will travel to Rome for the ordination and tour Europe before returning home.

• Friends of Tony Manners attended a birthday party at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3029 N. River Blvd., in honor of the 59-year-old bartender at the Do Drop Inn and former sports star. Alex M. Petrovic, eastern judge of Jackson County Court, was master of ceremonies in a “This is Your Life” skit touching on highlights of Manners' career.

100 YEARS AGO

The following items were taken from the Dec. 16 through 22, 1917, Examiner.

• The biggest fire in the history of the Standard Oil Refinery at Sugar Creek destroyed a large number of tubular stills and caused a loss of at least $50,000. The loud explosions and the constant roaring that kept up for nearly an hour and the enormous glare of the flames reflected from the low overhanging clouds created the impression in this city and other adjacent territory that the plant was suffering a general conflagration. Hundreds of people from this city went out to see the fire and together with the entire population of Sugar Creek not engaged in fighting the fire, stood on the hillsides and watched the battle between the firemen and the flames.

• No nation in the world ever accomplished half what the United States has done in the year 1917. The entire country has responded to the President's call and approximately two million of her precious sons have been sent to the battlefields or cantonments in preparation for the arduous work for their country. The following comment is found in the Saturday Evening Post: “From this time on there can only be three classes in the United States – Americans, pro-Germans and yellow dogs". Many people would lump the last two, but wrongly, because in the third group there are many who, once awakened to a class consciousness of their yellow-dogginess, may be saved.

• Orders from Dr. Garfield, Federal Fuel Administrator at Washington: All advertising signs at all places, all white way light for ornament and all home lights not necessary must be turned out on two nights a week all over the United States. The two nights selected are Thursday and Sunday nights. The order is now in effect. The conservation of coal at this time is of vital importance, and if necessary, drastic steps will be taken to carry out this order.

• Local markets are trying to buy enough home grown turkeys from the eastern Jackson County growers to supply the local demand. They are paying from 25 cents a pound, dressing the birds and selling them to the customers for 36 cents. This is less than the cold storage turkeys brings.

– Jillayne Ritchie