50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Feb. 3 through 9, 1968, Examiner.
• The stunned city of Sugar Creek was hoping it would awaken and find Mike Onka back on the job. Burly Mike Onka, for 13 years police chief of Sugar Creek, lay dead at the Independence hospital from two .38 slugs in his stomach. Anthony Bokarae, a Sugar Creek patrolman, lay wounded in another hospital. Jerold R. Fizer, 33, a former police officer, was indicted for murder and is in custody at the Jackson County Jail. “I didn't want to shoot him. I knew him like a brother,” Fizer said en route to the hospital. The hold-up shooting sequence was at Kross' Tavern.
• A 1960 Chevrolet station wagon was donated by Harry Schillereff of Independence Dodge to the antipoverty agency. Georgeann O'Neill, an employee of the Human Resources Corp., received the keys to the vehicle, which will be used to transport disadvantaged preschool children to head start classes.
• The first lady of Independence, Mrs. Harry S. Truman, is one of the many distinguished women whose favorite recipes have been included in “America Cooks” published by the General Federation of Women's Club. One of the recipes for which she has long been known is her Ozark Pudding, which is included in the book.
• A stepped-up enforcement of the no-garbage-burning ordinance is being pursued by the city Health Department. Wayne Stepp, director of health, said the ordinance prohibits burning in outside incinerators, and garbage will be picked up free of charge by the city.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Feb. 3 through 9, 1918, Examiner.
• The new motor license tag law became operative Jan. 31. Its essential features are: The license tag shall be plainly displayed on the front and rear of all vehicles; no mufflers or cut-outs shall be used in the operation of the same; all lamps shall either be etched or ground and the light emitted shall be diffused and free from scintillation and brilliant or metallic luster; no vehicle shall display on its front or rear any other plate, tag or placard bearing any other number except the plate so furnished by the secretary of the state. Seventy-one hundred tags have thus far been sold by the Kansas City Branch.
• A close study of fuel conservation orders issued by Fuel Administrator Garfield reveals an enormous waste of heat which every night prevails in every home where there is a pretty young girl. He refers to the inability of young men to tear themselves away from such places at early hours of the evening. How many tons of coal would be saved in a week if all the lovers all over the country tore themselves away an hour sooner than usual. Why, enough to run all the industries and coal all the ships.
• The urgent need of a large and energetic program of shipbuilding in order to enable our country to move the enormous accumulations of war supplies from the Atlantic ports where they now lie congested, to the European war zone where they are needed, or soon will be, was emphasized in a letter received my Mayor Christian Ott from Edward N. Hurley, chairman of the National Shipping Board. The plan is to organize immediately a force of 250,000 skilled mechanics who could soon learn to be available for employment in the government shipyards at the customary wages.
• Events have been crowding thick and fast in the injunction case of William E. Quigley, manager of the Garden Theater, Kansas City, against the censorship board to prevent them from interfering with the presentation of the Mary McLane story, “Men who have made love to me,” in films, at the Garden this week. The suit was filed Saturday night in Independence. Judge Lucas had Quigley arrested and charged him in police court with violation of the city ordinance concerning the production of prohibited films, he having shown them Saturday night. The police court case against Quigley is awaiting the outcome of the tangled web of the civil procedure.
– Jillayne Ritchie