50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the May 19 through 25, 1968, Examiner.
• Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, has won the first place award in its division for improvement of its alumni support in competition sponsored by the American Association Council and the U.S. Steel Foundation. Two Independence men, both Graceland alumni, are credited with stimulating the Graceland Alumni Council, Tom Cochran, a local attorney, and Harvey Gadberry, a businessman.
• Gary Dean Payton, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winford Dean Payton of this city, has been appointed as a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy. He was nominated by U.S. Sen. Edwin V. Long and will enter the academy at Colorado Springs late in June.
• Construction is scheduled to start soon on a new major shopping center on the south side of U.S. 24 between Emery and Dodgion streets. The center is to be known as the Chrisman Plaza Shopping Center.
• Contracts for the purchase of the site for the Jackson County Sports Complex were signed by the County Court. The largest purchase was 220 acres from the Reich family for $1,250,000.
• The top four ranking scholars for four years of work among the 1968 graduates at William Chrisman High School are all boys: Robert Mesle, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Carl Mesle; Richard Michael Philson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn M. Philson; Cedric Mark Siegfried, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cedric Siegfried; and Robert Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Smith.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the May 19 through 25, 1918, Examiner.
• The county court requested O.C. Sheley, county highway engineer, to confer with Hugh C. Kemper, superintendent of the McCune Home, with reference to boring a well for water at the Home. So far the home has depended on water from a spring on the place, but the growth of the institution and an apparent weakening of the spring has caused the court and the management to seek a more reliable source of water supply.
• Mayor Christian Ott is being asked to run for county judge of the eastern district. The requests come from all parts of the county districts. Influential taxpayers throughout the county have come to the mayor and insisted that he run for judge. Mayor Ott is serving his fourth term as Mayor of the City of Independence. He has done much to put Independence on a sound financial basis and everybody agrees that his administration of city affairs had been most efficient. He wants to serve as Mayor long enough to complete the new cemetery and see the Sugar Creek electric line under construction. If elected, he would still have until Jan. 1 to serve as mayor.
• The oldest incorporated city in the United States is New York, incorporated in 1653. Boston, although settled in 1630, was not incorporated until 1822, having passed through the Revolutionary War and a long interval besides without a city charter. Other American cities were incorporated as follows: Philadelphia in 1701; Baltimore in 1786; Pittsburgh in 1816; Cincinnati in 1819; St. Louis in 1822; New Orleans in1805; Detroit in 1824; Indianapolis in 1931.
• A foreign laborer employed on government rip-rapping works at Sibley was arrested by members of the county marshal's reserve and turned over to Harry Hoffman, county marshal, who now has him in custody in the county jail in Kansas City. The man is alleged to have sworn and made very disrespectful remarks when Red Cross solicitors asked him to contribute. In his pockets were found a lot of newspaper clippings in the nature of knocks on the government in the conduct of the war. He is believed to be an I.W.W.
– Jillayne Ritchie