50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 30 through Aug. 5, 1966, Examiner.
• Clu Gulager of “The Virginian” will star in the World Championship Rodeo at the Harry S. Truman Stadium Aug. 16-20. Lou Sher, chairman of the rodeo, promises this year's rodeo to the be best ever.
• Thirty-six young Americans composed the American School Chorus, which has just returned from a tour of Europe where they presented concerts in concert halls and one in the middle of an Italian highway being dedicated to the late President Kennedy. Edith Kelly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kelly of Independence, was helped to participate through contributions from civic groups and local citizens. She will be a senior at Truman High School this fall.
• Former President Harry S. Truman, who was taken to Research Hospital in Kansas City after spending an uncomfortable night at his home, called for an absentee ballot to vote in the Democratic primary. Mrs. Truman said she knew when he called for the papers he was much better.
• The city health department's war on weeds is a losing battle. Health director J.G. Lemonds explains that the real problem is finding who is responsible and some cases have had to be referred to the legal department.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the July 30 through Aug. 5, 1916, Examiner.
• The United States Public Health Service asks do you: Think dog muzzling cruel and then marvel at the spread of rabies? Carefully select your brand of liquor and then feed your children unpasteurized milk? Repeat the Golden Rule and then sneeze in somebody's face? Go camping for your health and then place your toilet so that it drains into your water supply?
• Charles Foster, proprietor of the Cash Coal and Feed Co. on East Lexington, has manufactured the biggest and most deadly fly trap in town. He used screen wire and barrel staves. The trap is three feet high and fifteen inches across. The trap is baited with wet bran. Mr. Foster figured – “In a trap set out July 19 at 10 minutes after 9 o'clock in the morning , the flies go in at a rate of 57 a minute for 43 hours and 18 minutes and then at the rate of 54 a minute for 41 hours and 19 minutes. The trap is then closed, 64 percent of the trapped flies lay 743 eggs each of which 81 percent hatch, 69 percent of the hatched eggs being females lay 693 eggs each, of which only 47 percent hatch. How many germs will there be in one cubic inch of space if each fly has 11 germs on each foot?"
• George Wasson, a descendant of a former chief of the Coos Bay Indians and Arthur P. Fenton, former examiner of inheritance for the Indian service, will lay before Congress a claim to 1,792,000 acres of land embraced in a strip along a section of the Oregon coast, 40 by 70 miles in extent and including a number of flourishing cities and industries. This land the Coos Bay, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians claim as their own by original right of possession and by treaty made with Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Territory of Oregon, Joel Palmer, at Empire, in the year 1855. Investigation shows the treaty was never ratified, and the government's copy of the document has not yet been found.
• What is said to be the first mother police force in the history of the world has been organized on the lower East side of New York City. The primary purpose of the organization, which is composed exclusively of mothers of the district, is the protection of young girls. To this end it will make war on extremes in modern day dress, wage a campaign against the type of dance and movie hall regularly known as the cadet, and keep open house at all times for the young girl in need of advice.
– Jillayne Ritchie