From The Examiner during the week of Oct. 20-25, 1969:
• “SMUT MAIL FLOODS POST OFFICE” – The Independence Post Office is being flooded with sexually-offensive mailings, Postmaster Edgar G. Hinde said today. “We are getting from three to 10 complaints a day from patrons who do not wish this type of mail to come into their homes,” Hinde said. The public can take steps under the Pandering Advertisement Law that became effective in April 1968. The postmaster said he is sure that 99 per cent of this mail is unsolicited. “But people are often too embarrassed to come in and complain …” he said.
• “POWER PLANT LOCALE SOUGHT AT ATHERTON” – The city will take steps to acquire 253 acres near Atherton for a new power plant site. Lyle W. Alberg, city manager, said the site has been considered for some time as the location of a power plant projected in the utility department’s plans for the next 10 years.
• “YOUR ‘TREATS’ TO BENEFIT UNICEF” – Many local children will be “trick or treating” in the days preceding Halloween, but some other youths will be concerned with treats only – treats which will benefit UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. In Independence, the drive is sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance. The funds will go to help alleviate hunger and disease.
From The Independence Examiner during the week of Oct. 20-25, 1919:
• “TELEPHONE MERGER” – An ordinance providing for a merger of the two telephone systems of Independence was presented to the city council Tuesday night. The merger proposition came up during the war and has been making slow progress. It came about as a result of a desire for more economical operation on the part of stockholders, and a desire for simpler business methods on the part of telephone users, most subscribers considering it a nuisance to have use of two telephones.
• “LONG LIVE THE KING” – A king passed through Independence this morning, a real king, too; not a physical, mental or moral degenerate who simply by accident is entitled to wear a crown, but one who possesses the most kingly qualities, one who almost comes up to the standard set by Tennyson in King Arthur, in the much-loved “Idylls of the King.”
Albert of Belgium, who in the recent fiery cataclysm was found to be of the purest gold, and Elizabeth the queenliest of modern queens, after a tour of the west, arrived at Kansas City at midnight and remained at the union station an hour. It had been a long and wearisome day, however, and the royal party was asleep and orders were given that they were not to be disturbed although quite a large crowd gathered to see the train and if possible to get a glimpse of royalty.
At 1 o’clock their train pulled out of Kansas City over the Chicago & Alton for St. Louis. No one knew in advance that they were coming this way, so the chances are that no more people were at the somewhat lonely Alton depot than usual at 1:30 o’clock in the morning, although it was probably the first time in the history of Independence when a crowned head ever was here, even to pass through on a train.