50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the April 16 through 22, 1966, Examiner.
• Jim Wheeler, Chuck Schroder, Mike Parks and Dennis Cato, all freshmen, represented William Chrisman Junior High School at the Kansas City Science Fair. Jim's project involved the effects of sub- and topsoil on plant growth; Chuck's was on the effect of ultra-violet light on bacteria; Mike and Dennis represented a freshman group who studied infected ice balls.
• The Board of Education reassigned Keith Bench, who has been vice principal at Truman High School the past two years, to a new post created by the board. He is now coordinator of federal, state and other special programs.
• A new supermarket to serve the uptown area will be opened soon at 200 W. Walnut. Bill Snyder, who will be the operator, said the Jackson Square Super will be ready for opening the first of May.
• Dr. Harley Morris, child psychologist, feels the chief trouble with children is their parents. Dr. Morris has been a student of juvenile behavior for 35 years and says even an unborn child must have love.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the April 16 through 22, 1916, Examiner.
• W.F. George of Mount Washington, who was shot by Clarence M. Smith, a neighbor, during an altercation, died at the Independence Sanitarium. Immediately after the shooting, Smith took a street car for Kansas City and gave himself up. He said that when he saw George whipping one of his own children quite severely with a buggy whip, he could not restrain himself from remonstrating. Smith declared that George stopped whipping the boy and started to follow him. Alarmed for his own safety, Smith went to his home, got his rifle and fired a shot, which penetrated George's abdomen.
• For the third time this week, the conference singers at the Stone Church sang the “Messiah” to an audience that packed every available foot of space in the house. It was said that at least one thousand other people seeking admission had been compelled to leave for lack of room. As in the two preceding performances, this great oratorio was sung in a highly creditable manner, in which artistic finish was combined with great depth of religious feeling.
• After the routine business at the council meeting, Mayor Christian Ott was sworn in for his third term. He made a brief review of the work of his two former administrations. He said the light plant was worth about $40,000 when he took charge; and said if the city should sell it, it would be worth a quarter of a million dollars. He said that in spite of the loss of $15,000 revenue from the saloons and pool halls, he believed the city is in better condition, not only morally, but financially.
• Complete records are to be kept hereafter at the police station. The principal book will be a large journal in which details connected with every arrest made will be noted down. Two ordinances that will be strictly enforced is the one requiring people to prevent their chickens from running into the gardens of other people, and the one that forbids loafing on the streets. He has instructed his men to enforce the loafing ordinance completely.
– Jillayne Ritchie