50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Sept. 10 through 16, 1966, Examiner.
• A check for $2,500 from the First National Bank of Independence was presented to the Independence Sanitarium and Hospital by Lloyd Uptegrove, executive vice president of the bank. The check is the second of three annual payments on a $7,500 pledge to the building program.
• Following in her father's footsteps all over the country is Miss Shirley Graff, daughter of Capt. Hugh Graff, a veteran pilot and manager of Boeing 427 flight training for TWA. Miss Graff has just graduated from Trans World Airlines Training Center in Kansas City, the second member of her family to earn a set of wings.
• Michael Dean Hart of Independence, 18-year-old 4-H tractor driving champion of Jackson County, will compete for top honors in the 4-H Tractor Operators contest in Columbia. Winner of the state contest will represent Missouri in the U.S. contest in Waterloo, Iowa, from the American Oil Foundation.
• One of the winners in the Labor Day Regatta on the Lake of the Ozarks is Ivan Lloyd of Independence. Piloting his 34-foot yacht, the Dolly Pearl, Lloyd won the straight course race for ocean going yachts.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Sept. 10 through 16, 1916, Examiner.
• William and Reid Turner, brothers and well known young men of Independence, were badly injured by the collapse of the stand at the White-Welch fight in Colorado Springs. They were seated in a large section of the stand which fell from an unknown cause. About 200 men were sitting on them and nearly every man was more or less injured. Reid was injured internally and it is feared he would not survive, and William suffered a broken leg and his right foot was badly crushed. The hospitals were filled to capacity with the wounded, so they are being cared for as well as possible in a tent. Both of the young men were spending their honeymoon in Colorado.
• John Haworth, custodian of the boats at the “Big Eddy,” a boating resort on the Missouri River near the mouth of Rock Creek, got into a canoe and tied it to a log sticking up in the middle of the river, intending to sleep in the boat. The river rose considerably during the night, the log was loosened, and the log and canoe drifted down river. At daylight, the boat was seen lodged on a sand bar at Easton Junction many miles east of the “Big Eddy.” John Hughes, a fruit farmer, rowed to it and found Haworth in it and still sound asleep.
• A training school preparing teachers for primary and kindergarten teaching in the public schools opened in the Annex of the Stone Church, Bowen and Electric streets. The complete training course includes: Psychology and social problems, biology and history of education, college English-rhetoric and literature, drawing, primary methods, theory and practice of kindergarten gifts, and philosophy of mothers play and story telling.
• Old “Crutch,” born in slavery and of the Old Order and a well known figure about Independence, is dead. Henry Crutchfield, an aged colored man, had lived at the home of Mrs. J.J. Zeigler for the last four years. So far as they know he was about 76 years old. “Uncle Crutch” was an old time negro, he was faithful, honest, industrious and accommodating. He rewarded Mr. Zeigler's trust and kindly interest in his welfare by a patient, devoted service. He was just an old, lone, colored man, but we shall miss him.
– Jillayne Ritchie