50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the April 7 through 13, 1968, Examiner.
• William H. Sermon, 67, former mayor of Independence, died at Research Hospital in Kansas City. Sermon, whose home was on Bundschu Road, had been in failing health since October 1961, when he resigned as mayor. He took over the leadership of the Democratic Party in Eastern Jackson County in 1960 on the death of his brother, Roger T. Sermon, who had been mayor for 26 years.
• Graduates from the class of 1918 Independence Hospital School of Nursing were honored at an alumnae tea. Honorees were Edith Caruth, Violet Hunter, Mary Hamm, Myrtle Radmall and Viola Bateman, class of 1916. Margaret McKevit is president of the Nurses Alumnae Association.
• Gov. Warren E. Hearnes called up 1,000 National Guardsmen to choke possible trouble in Kansas City in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Curtis McClinton and Otis Taylor, black members of the Kansas City Chiefs football team, appealed for non-violence.
• After two years of frustration, directors of the American Railway Museum in Fairmount are now at the point of giving up the idea of relocating the museum in this area. Walter Harriman, board member, moved that the museum be sent to the Smoky Hill group.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the April 7 through 13, 1918, Examiner.
• The meeting of the recently organized Ladies' Circle of the Grand Army of the Republic, No. 35, in this city, was held at the home of Mrs. Mary Crumpler on North Union Street. Mrs. J.W. French was elected a delegate to the general convention to be held in St. Joseph in May. Among the visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Zick Sr. and their granddaughter, Mrs. Leonard of Fresno, Calif. Mr. Zick, who was a soldier of the union army, sang some of the airs he and his comrades in the army used to sing when on the march.
• The Wool Growers' Co-operative Association held its annual meeting in Blue Springs. Fifty-three members were present. The following officers were re-elected: F.M. Corn, president; J.R. Harris, vice-president; George Anderson, secretary/treasurer. The number of sheep owned by members of the association is 1,349. It is planned to increase the number to 2,000 the present year. The association hopes to obtain $1 per pound for this year's crop of raw wool, but its members are patriots and are willing to abide by any price adjustment the government may advise.
• Eight young men and boys, six of them white and two negroes, were arrested in a deep ravine near the Airline bridge on North River Boulevard. The party had neglected the usual precaution of crapshooters and had not stationed lookouts. They were so absorbed in the game that they did not see the officers. Two started to run away, so the officers fired several shots close to the fugitives. The group had to pay $25 and court costs, for a total of $31.50 each. None of them were able to pay, so they have to work 31 ½ days each for the city on the streets.
• Col. Roosevelt's blunder in going off half cocked without having his facts on straight illustrates his greatest fault. His egotism is, of course, at the foundation of the trouble. This pushes him into serious matters which are but half digested. He would have sent United States soldiers into war without training or preparation. The other day when he wanted some excuse to attack President Wilson and to defy the administration, he sent out an editorial in which the premise was entirely false. When exposed he says it was a mistake of the news associations and therefore he is not to blame.
– Jillayne Ritchie