From The Examiner during the week of Sept. 15-20, 1969:

• “PARK WOULD LINK PRESENT TO PAST” – Blue Springs – A 19-acre tract near Vesper and Woods Chapel Road, now under consideration as the site of a city park, is attractive to city officials mainly because it is rich in history. As the original site of Blue Springs, its use as a park would link the present-day city with its past, centered at the old well whose spring gave Blue Springs its name. There would be an ideal spot for a museum highlighting the city’s early events, officials say.

• ‘BUCKNER POOL IS DEDICATED” – The new Buckner swimming pool was formally dedicated and about 200 persons swam in it yesterday in what may have been the final day of swimming for the season. The 75-foot pool was completed about a month after construction started on Aug. 5, and has been open for swimming for the past week.

• “GOALS COMMITTEE STRIKES AT ‘LACK OF PRIDE’ IN CITY” – A lack of pride was cited last night last night by members of the Citizen’s Goals Committee in Independence as one of the major obstacles to city progress. “One goal I think we need us pride in the city,” said committee member Charles Rich. “We have nothing to draw people together, and this must be done before anything of importance can be accomplished.”

From The Independence Examiner during the week of Sept. 15-20, 1919:

• “BONDS BIG MAJORITY.” – The people of Independence yesterday, by a very large majority, voted relief to the overworked light plant. Incidentally, they voted an endorsement of the management of the plant by the city administration. The victory for the bonds was much greater than even the friends of the proposition had expected. The polls closed at sunset; the counting was a simple proposition; and in a few minutes the returns had been placed with W.K. Yankee, clerk of the Jackson County election board. Soon afterward the council met. Most of the councilmen, as well as the mayor, were in a quietly joyful mood.

• “BIG SHORTHORN SHOW.” – The second annual Shorthorn cattle show to be held at the Sni-a-bar Farms, Grain Valley, the first part of next month is expected to be the biggest affair of the kind ever held in eastern Jackson County. Prizes to the amount of $50,000 will be given to the best exhibits in the different classes. The fact that this show comes just before the American Royal at Kansas City will bring to the show some of the cattle from many of the surrounding states.

• ”SUNDAY AT DRUMM FARM.” – Forty of the Older Boys and Girls of Blue Township held an all-day meeting and picnic Sunday at the Drumm farm. A bountiful picnic dinner was served at noon and the boys contributed a treat of the famous Drumm farm cider.

– Compiled by Jeff Fox