50 YEARS AGO

The following items were taken from the Dec. 30, 1967 through Jan. 5, 1968, Examiner.

• The new president of the medical staff of the Independence Hospital is Kenneth A. Mangels, M.D., who received the gavel from John W. Williams, M.D., of Oak Grove, retiring president. Other new officers are Howard H. Braby, M.D., and John H. Nesselrode, M.D., president-elect.

• A transport plane carrying Bob Hope and his entertainment troupe made an extra swift takeoff from Cu Chi, Viet Nam, moments after communist small arms fire echoed across the runway. There was no indication Hope's plane was shot at.

• Draft calls, which have been small for the past two months, have been increased for January. Bessie Crose, clerk of board No. 48, reports a quota of 20, and Charlotte Jesperson, board No. 160, has a quota of 23.

• The Rev. Thomas Melton, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, is the new president of the Independence Ministerial Alliance. He succeeds the Rev. Milton Parks, pastor of the Christ Methodist Church.

100 YEARS AGO

The following items were taken from the Dec. 30, 1917 through Jan. 5, 1918, Examiner.

• Buckner is very much puffed up over the achievements of “Bud” Charlton, in wrestling. He won a match with “Kid” Lavine, a professional, who claimed to have taken part in 100 engagements and never to have been downed in one of them. The match was held in the Buckner skating rink in the presence of a big crowd. Charlton, a farmer living about 2 miles northwest of Buckner, is about 29 years old.

• The county court raised the salaries of a large number of county employees, a Christmas gift from the county treasury. Hugh Kemper, superintendent of the McCune Home, who has been drawing $175 per month, was raised to $200. L.R. Toliver, farming superintendent of the country, was raised from $125 per month, to $135. Telephone operators and janitors were raised from $75 to $80 a month; and the fumigator for the board of health, from $2 to $3 a day.

• The Fuel Administration is appealing to each individual to help save fuel: Use wood or oil instead of coal where possible; if the wasteful open fireplace must be used, burn wood in it; use fireless cookers, compressed steam cookers, etc.; save electric and gas light; heat as few rooms as possible; learn how to run stoves and furnaces economically; keep the thermometer at 68 degrees, no higher, for health; save a shovelful of coal a day.

• Women are causing a shortage of wool in the making fancy sweaters for personal use. Women are urged to knit for soldiers. Nurses and soldiers in France are sending appeals to the Red Cross for sweaters, bed socks, wristlets and helmets. With knitting yarn advanced in price and with the urgent demand for wool from the Red Cross, it is imperative that we send out a call to our sisters to do their bit in the war by making this sacrifice. A woman should feel the greatest sense of shame in the possession of more than one woolen sweater.

– Jillayne Ritchie