50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Jan. 20 through 26, 1968, Examiner.
• Area doctors and lay citizens met at the first meeting of a newly established Board of Health. Mayor Donald M. Slusher appointed Dr. Neil Carnahan, Dr. William Hickerson and Dr. Fred Zammar to the board, which will act in an advisory capacity to city Health Chief Wayne Stepp.
• The model of the sports complex, which will be built with funds from the county bond issue approved last June, is on display in the lobby of the Independence courthouse. Cliff Crenshaw, 1317 W. 24th, is one of the interested citizens in the $43 million project.
• It is estimated that by year 2000 A.D. Americans will have 660 billion more hours of leisure than in 1950. Mrs. Hubert Dowell, in a talk on creative living to the Independence Study Club, told how leisure can be channeled into projects of great value.
• St. Mary's history goes back to 1942, when it was established as a girls academy. In 1949 it was opened to boys and a year later began an interscholastic athletic program, but there was no additional construction. And so it remains today.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Jan. 20 through 26, 1918, Examiner.
• Col. Theodore Roosevelt's articles printed in The Kansas City Times amount to a message to the Kaiser to this effect: Dear Bill – We have been at war with you nearly a year and have not done anything to hurt you yet and the prospects are that you are perfectly safe as far as we are concerned. The President is merely a coiner of fatuous rhetorical platitudes; and the Secretary of War is an imbecile. We are in the throes of a coal famine owing to incompetency. Our soldiers are armed with telegraph poles for cannons and broomsticks for guns. Everybody is a slacker but me. Yours, Theodore.
• About 6:30 o'clock Sunday night, the deputies in charge of the county jail in this city discovered that a part of the prisoners had escaped through an opening in the north side of the jail building on North Main Street. The men had been convicted of misdemeanors in the Jackson County criminal court in Kansas City and were doing time on the county chain gang. The men made their escape by sawing away the bolts and bars in the front of an air shaft, so that they could easily get out. Just why more men did not go is not known, but it is supposed that they preferred to stay in jail and be cared for by the county at least until the cold weather is over.
• Judge Wilson S. Loar of this city died Sunday evening; he had been in failing health since July 4, last. He was born June 12, 1843, at New Haven, Ohio. When the Civil War came on he enlisted, when 16 years old, as a drummer boy in an Ohio infantry regiment in the service of the Union, and served during the war as a private soldier. He had lived in this city 33 years.
• An audience that was estimated at 500 and completely packed the auditorium of the First Methodist Church, listened to a sermon by Dr. Thurston B. Price, the evangelist, on “Popular Amusements.” A large part of the audience had gone specially to hear what the evangelist had to say on the subject of moderate drinking, or the use of wines and other intoxicants by society people, in theater going and on dancing. He declared that indulgence in these things by society people and church members often caused young people to be led astray and to fall into grosser sins.
– Jillayne Ritchie