50 YEARS AGO 

The following items were taken from the April 1 through 7, 1967, Examiner. 

• The Head Start School for 4-year-old underprivileged children in the area will begin at the First Presbyterian Church. Robert R. Williams, who has faced delay after delay, says a grant for $18,379 will finance the school through May for 60 children. 

• C. Lloyd Haynes of Independence was elected Missouri District Governor of Sertoma International at the Midwest Regional Convention at Hot Springs, Ark. Haynes will succeed the Rev. John Blackstock of St. Joseph. 

• An ordinance terminating the services of Keith Wilson Jr. as special city counsel was introduced for a first reading at the city council meeting by Councilman L.M. “Bill” Gibbons. The final reading of the ordinance removing Robert L. Broucek as city manager was passed. 

• A headquarters building for the Independence Red Cross Regional Office and Training Center has been purchased by authorization of the Greater Kansas City Chapter's board of directors. The building is at 406 N. Liberty St. Naomi Gray is the regional director. 

100 YEARS AGO 

The following items were taken from the April 1 through 7, 1917, Examiner. 

• A number of men on the county chain gang would rather enlist in the Army and if need be fight on the firing line than serve out their sentences by working on the county roads. Ralph Latshaw, judge of the Jackson County Criminal Court, has expressed his willingness to parole any such men as can pass the government inspection and be accepted for the government service. Fourteen of the 80 men on the chain gang accepted this proposition, and were taken by deputy marshals and guards to Kansas City, where they will undergo the government inspection. 

• N.A. Harris, chief of police, received a letter from Attorney General T.W. Gregory, in Washington, recommending unusual precautions in view of the probability of our country becoming involved in war. Among the recommendations were: To investigate the location of stores of arms, and ammunition accessible to possible alien enemies or their sympathizers; to watch out for meetings of such possible enemies of this country; to see that careful guard is kept on all supplies of dynamite and other high explosives, and keep check on the sale of such; and to keep under close surveillance any pernicious agitators who might make trouble for this country. 

• President Wilson urged Congress, assembled in joint session, to declare a state of war existing between the United States and Germany. In a dispassionate but unmeasured denunciation of the course of the Imperial German Government, which he characterizes as a challenge to all mankind and a warfare against all nations, the President declared that neutrality no longer feasible or desirable where the peace of the world was involved; that armed neutrality had become ineffectual enough at best, and was likely to produce what it was meant to prevent and urged that Congress accept the gauge of battle with all resources of the nation. 

• The officers and members of Battery C are holding themselves in readiness for the call to service which they are expecting almost any time. Among those who have enlisted since war with Germany became almost a certainty are: William H. Sweet, Jeff D. Pemberton, Fred L. Lasley, Ralph Wood, Herman Wood, Dewey Klotz (of Odessa), John W. Letser, Harry Myers, Henry Bach, Lloyd Ferrill and Herman Unkefer. 

– Jillayne Ritchie