50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the April 23 through 29, 1966, Examiner.
• An Independence soldier traveled 500 miles through the Soviet and U.S. Zones of Germany in March for special military training – that's the road distance from Berlin to Wildflecken and back. Pfc. Robert E. McIntyre, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira J. McIntyre of Independence, is a member of the Army's Berlin Brigade.
• Presentation of a plaque to President W.W.Smith by Dr. A.E. Iverson, director of Protestant Relationships, Boy Scout of America, for the church's “contribution to Boy Scout Work” was more fitting than many realizes. The first Boy Scout troop west of the Mississippi was organized at the Stone Church in 1912 with W.D. Hands as Scoutmaster.
• A new grocery store will open soon under the name of “Fil-a-Bag Grocery” at 908 W. College. Jim Beck will be associated in the store with his father-in-law, Glenn “Dad” Harbaugh. He was formerly employed by Harbaugh at “Dad's County Store” on Noland Road.
• Two William Chrisman High School seniors are finalists in the department of the Army 4-year-old scholarship program. They are Mike Walters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Walters, and Ron Hodges, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Hodges. Last year was the first year Chrisman graduates received Army scholarship. Three boys received them. Cecil Taylor and Larry Wilkinson are at Rolla, and Charles Corston is at Columbia.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the April 23 through 29, 1916, Examiner.
• A strict enforcement of the curfew ordinance from this time on is announced by Nealy A. Harris, chief of police. This ordinance of the city forbids boys or girls under eighteen years of age from loitering on the streets after 9 o'clock at night unless attended by their parents or guardians, or other suitable escort. Other ordinances that will be enforced are the riding of motorcycles or bicycles on sidewalks must stop. People driving vehicles at night must provide themselves with lights, and everybody will be expected to observe the speed limit, which is twelve miles an hour.
• The spirit of liberty was bubbling over in the members of the country chain gang as they started to work. Spurning a life of toil without wages, and of nights spent in prison cells, four of the men tried to get away. W.C. Rice, the superintendent, says that only one man succeeded, Harry Williams. The other three were captured, one was slightly wounded when several shots were fired.
• William H. Gregg, widely known as an ex-Confederate soldier and democratic politician, died at Christian Church Hospital in Kansas City. His father, Jacob Gregg, a pioneer of Jackson County, surveyed the “permanent seat of government,” or county court house grounds, in Independence. When the War of the Rebellion began, he was one of the original seven men who attached themselves to William Quantrill and Gregg became Quantrill's lieutenant. Later, he joined General Joseph Shelby's command and spent the remainder of the war in the regular Confederate service.
• Most of the country schools of Jackson County closed April 22 and practically all will be closed by the end of the week. Most of the schools in the country districts are eight months school. There are 118 public school buildings in 77 districts in the county outside the cities. About 50 closed April 22. The city schools continue for a 10 months term.
– Jillayne Ritchie