50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Feb. 24 through March 2, 1968, Examiner.
• In a move unprecedented in Jackson County politics, mayors in Eastern Jackson County gave their support to the candidacy of W.S. 'Bill' Morris for lieutenant governor of Missouri. Included were 13 of the 16 communities outside Kansas City.
• The commander of the two U.S. destroyers in the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident said that his ships were attacked by North Vietnamese, unprovoked. The Tonkin incident led to the first bombing raids agains North Viet Nam and to approval and support of President Johnson's war policy.
• The director of the Kansas City region of the Federal Housing Administration was named. Milton F. Morales, 52, of 16337 E. 53rd, will succeed Frank Frohoff who is retiring.
• Dr. Paul L. Bachmann, 45, a practicing medical doctor in Independence since 1953, died at the University of Kansas Medical Center after a two months illness. He had been ill since undergoing surgery at Christmas time. Dr. Bachmann graduated from William Chrisman High School and served in the Army during World War II before beginning his medical studies.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Feb. 24 through March 2, 1918, Examiner.
• A plan to hold school at the Missouri State University at Columbia was adopted at a meeting the board of curators in Kansas City. This was done, President A. Ross Hill said, as a war emergency experiment. Instead of two semesters of 20 weeks each, the plan is, beginning next September, to have three semesters, of 16 weeks each, making a total of 48 weeks instead of 40. The vacation summer school for teachers will be eliminated. The new plan is to be tried, mainly, for the benefit of the young men from the farm, who attended the University. They will drop out during the third semester, which will enable them to do practically a full season's work on the farm and returning to school in the fall.
• Troop No. 1 of the Boy Scouts of America, at Maywood, assisted in celebrating the eighty-seventh birthday anniversary of Alexander Ramsey, long known in that vicinity as one of the oldest inhabitants. The troop marched in a body to the home and sang, “Marching Through Georgia.” They then voted to make Mr. Ramsey an honorary member of the troop.
• The “Citizen's Dry Alliance of Jackson County” affected a permanent organization at a meeting in Independence City Hall. The purpose being to build up a strong organization to help carry the dry amendment to the state constitution next November. The officers are: John A. Kerr, president; R.R. Choplin and Mrs. T. H. Ireland, Mount Washington, vice president; W.H. Johnson, secretary; and W.D. Bullard, treasurer.
• Without even asking whose terms as members of the Board of Election are about to expire The Examiner would rise, Mr. Chairman, to inquire why we should not elect a woman or two women as members of the Independence Board of Education. Under the new law women are eligible for this position.
– Jillayne Ritchie