50 YEARS AGO

The following items were taken from the Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, 1968, Examiner.

• President Lyndon Johnson ordered the immediate call-up of selected Air Force and Navy Reserve units to back up American diplomatic demands for the return of the USS Pueblo and its 83 men. North Korea has steadfastly refused U.S. Demands that it return the ship.

• Ownership of the stately old red brick house built by Congressman Samuel H. Woodson Sr. at what is now 1604 W. Lexington, soon after the Civil War is coming back in the family after five generations. Samuel Lock Sawyer of Kansas City, great-grandson of Woodson, has contracted to buy the 10-room house from Mrs. J. Marcus Kirtley.

• Construction on the new building for St. Mark's Catholic Church, 3736 Lee's Summit Road, is progressing according to schedule. The Rev. John Coleman, pastor at the church, said they hoped the work would be completed some time in March.

• The only shoe repair shop in the uptown area is at 212 W. Lexington and operated by W.E. Welch. When he bought the shop 22 years ago there were eight repair shops in Independence. The number has dwindled to five, including those on the periphery of the community.

• Appointments to the U.S. Service academies by Rep. William J. Randall were announced. Those from Independence named to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, were Thomas Stephen Williams Jr. and Gary Dean Payton.

100 YEARS AGO

The following items were taken from the Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, 1918, Examiner.

• Revised fuel order for Independence – To close at 10 o'clock each night: Drug stores, restaurants, theaters, fruit stands. To close at 7 o'clock except Saturday night when all stores and barber shops may remain open until 10 o'clock. Groceries, meat markets and bakeries must close at 7 o'clock except Saturday, but may open at 6 o'clock in the morning to light the fires and get ready for business. No outside advertising lights on any night and as few lights as necessary for business on inside every night. Restaurants which have special midnight business may get permission to open for that business – Wm. Souther Jr., Christian Ott, O.J. Raymond.

• A business with an old and continuous reputation for absolute quality in everything sold is now conducted by Ruppert & Reick on the north side of the square. For 20 years Henry Rummel conducted a harness shop and saddlery at this place, but sold it about a year ago to George Ruppert and Herman Reick, both experienced harness makers. They are both young men of pleasing personality and a keen knowledge of their business. Their stock of harness, saddles, harness oils, whips, etc., represents always the best quality goods and the prices are right.

• President Wilson has issued an appeal to the patriotism of the people. He has asked them to voluntarily save in certain food stuffs, a little more than the previous requests of the food administration asked. He ask that we observe: Wheatless days Mondays and Wednesdays; meatless day Tuesday; one meatless meal each day; a porkless Saturday; and economy in sugar. This proclamation means us!

• The United States now has an army of nearly a half-million men in France and that none have lost their lives in transit by reason of the military activity of the enemy. There is every reason to believe that before the year 1918 ends, this army will have been increased to one and one-half million, possibly much more.

– Jillayne Ritchie