From The Examiner during the week of March 31-April 5, 1969:

• “PROS, CONS OF PROPOSED PARK AIRED” – The pros and cons of a proposed 42.3-acre benefit park for Independence residents of the William Southern Elementary School District were discussed last night at the first public organizational meeting on the project. More than 200 persons listened for more than two hours to a nine-member panel. The area being sought for the park is bounded on the north by I-70, on the east by Phelps Road and on the south by Tomasha.

• “TRUMAN RAIL CAR DRAWS CROWDS EN ROUTE HOME” – The Ferdinand Magellen, the private railroad car that hauled Harry S. Truman on his whistle-stop “give ’em hell” campaign in 1948, came home yesterday, back to Missouri where the man who made it famous is still the man of the hour. The car, possibly the world’s most historic railroad car, was purchased at a cost of $80,850 by Kansas City banker Alex Barket at auction in San Francisco last month. He said it should be in Missouri for school children and others to see and to remember history.

• “LOCK YOUR CAR OR WISH YOU HAD” (AN EDITORIAL) – Crime is booming, and one of the boomingest branches of it is automobile theft. One out of every 107 cars in the nation was stolen last year. Auto theft rings often steal cars by the dozens in one state and sell them in another, with buyers lined up before the cars are stolen. Motorists literally hold the key to curbing car thievery to a good extent simply by taking the time to lock their car whenever they park and taking the key with them.

From The Independence Examiner during the week of March 30-April 5, 1919:

• “OFF FOR LAMONI” – Large number of the officials of the Reorganized Latter Day Saints Church have gone to Lamoni, Iowa to attend the meetings of the various quorums preliminary to the opening of the general conference on Sunday morning.

• “ADOPT STATE FLOWER” – Jefferson City, Mo. – In a session lasting about two hours yesterday afternoon the State Senate broke all records in passing 25 bills and four constitutional amendments. It may be significant to note that only 24 members out of 34 were present. The attendance was smaller than usual because so many of the members remained at home to take part in municipal elections being held all over the state today. One of the bills passed, offered by Senator Mayes, makes the Crabapple Blossom the official State flower of Missouri. The House is yet to be consulted before the Senate bill becomes a law. (Today, Missouri’s official floral emblem is the white hawthorn blossom.)

– Compiled by Jeff Fox