50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Dec. 23 through 29, 1967, Examiner.
• The S.S. Kresge Store, a business institution on Jackson Square since 1928, will close its uptown location Dec. 30. Most of the 15 regular employees will go to the new K-Mart, a Kresge-owned discount store, says local manager W.J. Herring.
• Thirty-seven like-new bicycles will be distributed this week to children of needy families. The impound bicycles have been reconditioned by members of the Boys Club, under the supervision of Tom Beil, director. The Inter-City Kiwanis Club contributed funds to purchase parts and paint.
• The first place winner in the Christmas Home Decoration Contest was Gerald S. Winholtz, 1507 W. Maple. His Christmas story was a portrayal of “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men.”
• The much-talked about increased mail rates go into effect Jan. 7, Postmaster Edgar G. Hinde Jr. reminds postal customers. The new rate for first class mail is 6 cents, and air mail will be 10 cents.
• Mr. and Mrs. Frederick John Richtel of this city, got a nice stocking stuffer for Christmas. He is Ronald Dean Richtel born Christmas Day, the only Christmas baby born at the Independence Hospital.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Dec. 23 through 29, 1917, Examiner.
• The Executive Committee of the Centennial Committee of One Thousand on Missouri's Centennial of Statehood has planned an observance in the schools of the State the eighth of January, 1918. On that date, one hundred years ago, was taken the formal step to make Missouri a state in the American Union. Flag drills, addresses at public gatherings and local pioneer relic displays, will be features of the day over the State. Interest in Missouri history, in her past and present greatness, will be aroused among Missourians young and old.
• A.J. Bundschu Stores advertises Toys for the Kiddies: A splendid collection, all made in the United States. The quality is just as good and prices are lower than imported goods – Character dolls, non-breakable, 50 cents to $1; doll buggies, $1.25; trains to run on tracks, 75 cents to $2.50; friction toys, including street car, water tower, fire engine, hook and ladder, wagon and automobile, 50 cents to $1.25; Tinker Toys, 50 cents; china tea sets, 25 cents; teddy bears, 50 cents to $1; drums, 35 cents and up. Plus rubber balls, tops, horns, games, blocks, menagerie; everything to please the youngster.
• The second annual Christmas rendition of “The Messiah,” by the Stone Church choir of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be given Dec. 27. Mrs. Wallace N. Robinson will sing the soprano; Mrs. Esther Darnall, the alto; Richard C. Smith, the tenor and Paul N. Craig, the bass. The accompanists will be Miss Ruth McMullin and Robert Miller at the pianos, and Miss Amy Winning at the organ. The performances will be given under the direction of Mrs. George H. Hulmes.
• Christmas day menu – Morning: Baked apples, shirred eggs, oatmeal muffins/strawberry jam; Dinner time: Fruit cocktail, roast turkey with chestnut dressing, cranberry jelly, baked stuffed potatoes, creamed mushrooms or peas in oatmeal shells, stuffed egg plant or peppers, gelatin salad with cabbage and tomato, pumpkin pie (cornmeal crust), ice cream (use custard made of whole milk instead of using cream); Christmas night: Oyster stew with cornmeal wafers, grape ice, war cake and hot chocolate.
– Jillayne Ritchie