50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the April 9 through 15, 1966, Examiner.
• Dr. and Mrs. W.L. Schondelmeyer of this city, attended the recent annual convention of the American Animal Hospital Association in San Francisco. Dr. Schondelmeyer maintains a veterinary practice at 3540 S. Noland Road.
• Two Independence professional photographers received the “Cammie” trophies for entries of their work in a display at the Missouri Professional Photography annual convention at Jefferson City. Forest Miller received the trophy for best hand-colored portrait and Harry Barth for best black and white pictorial photograph.
• Crippled by polio at the age of 5, Billy Hildon was not expected to walk again. Now he has been named production manager at J.C. Penney's on the Blue Ridge Mall. He was able to accomplish that through his own initiative and the help of the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital in St. Louis.
• The importance of international goodwill was emphasized by a visit to Independence from Alex J. Mapira, program assistant for the U.S. Information Agency in Blantyre-Limbe, Malawi, a city adopted almost two years ago as a sister city. Mayor L.F.P. Curry presented Mapira a key to the city in a brief ceremony at the Lipton Tea plant.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the April 9 through 15, 1916, Examiner.
• A proposition to consolidate several rural school districts in Van Buren township into Consolidated High School District No. 5, voted on in a special school meeting in Lone Jack, was lost. The vote for the proposition was 58; and the vote against it was 75. The districts proposed to be included in the consolidation were Powell, Pleasant Grove, Martin Rice, Lone Jack and High Point.
• The session of the general conference of Reorganized Latter Day Saints was devoted mainly to a consideration of the proposition, emanating from the Presidency and the Quorum of Twelve, to divide Independence Stake into three new stakes, to be known as Independence, Kansas City and Holden Stakes. As soon as the question was submitted, strong opposition developed by several members. Rhoderick May opposed because it proposed to limit Independence Stake to the city of Independence. He said the name of Independence, illustrious in the history of the church, should be applied to a stake including not less than all of Jackson County outside of Kansas City.
• Thirty-nine foreign language newspapers are published in Missouri. In this phase of journalism, neutrality can hardly be said to be in force, because 30 of the newspapers are printed in German. Thirteen of these 30 are published in St. Louis and the rest are scattered throughout the state. There are three Bohemian papers in St. Louis, two Polish papers, one Italian and one Croatian. A Swedish paper and a Spanish paper are published in Kansas City. Jack Danciger, editor of the Spanish paper, has called a meeting of the representatives of the foreign press of Missouri. At this meeting a foreign language press organization will be formed.
• Free X-ray clinics are being conducted for three days at the Independence Sanitarium. The work is being done in the clinic room in the basement. Dr. Leonard Harrington, superintendent of the Sanitarium, is in charge of the operation. Hundreds of persons are availing themselves of this opportunity for free treatment of this up-to-date character. The Sanitarium installed an X-ray machine a few days ago, and the first three days of X-rays are free to everyone.
– Jillayne Ritchie