From The Examiner April 15-30, 1970:


• “LOCAL COURTHOUSE NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL REGISTER” – The Independence Courthouse, which Jackson Countians already recognize as a “historic treasure,” has been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Aside from its importance in connection with former President Harry S Truman, presiding judge of the county court when its rehabilitation was planned and carried out, the center portion of the building is actually the first county courthouse built on the Square in 1836. (Note: The courthouse was added to the register in 1972.)


• “CRACKER DAYS PREPARATIONS IN FULL SWING” – Preparations are in full swing for the first Civil Defense Cracker Days, May 14-16, in Independence and Sugar Creek. The Cracker Days, an opportunity for residents to sample Civil Defense crackers which would be used in the event of a nuclear or natural disaster.


“The event itself has been planned to entice people to keep the Civil Defense inserts which will come out in area papers on May 17 and May 21,” Wayne Stepp, Civil Defense coordinator, said. The newspaper inserts will show the location of all U.S. Corps of Engineer certified shelters. “These inserts should be kept and studied by families,” Stepp said. “It is quite possible that a family with three children would be interested in the location of five or six different shelters.”


From The Independence Examiner in April 15-30, 1920.


• “HAIL HURT BUCKNER” – The storm Sunday night did considerable damage to the town of Buckner. The hail which fell at 11 o’clock broke out great numbers of windows in buildings fronting east. It is said that in the principle business block, on the west side of the street scarcely a front window was left in any of the buildings. One hail stone measuring 8 inches in circumference is said to have been picked up immediately after the storm. A sheep was killed by the hail on the farm of E.A. Carr.


• “BITS OF GENERAL NEWS.” – A mob estimated to have numbered 1,000 persons late Monday surrounded the jail at Mulberry, near Pittsburg, Kas., seized a negro described as having attacked a young white girl Monday morning, and hanged him to a telephine pole. The mob made no attempt to molest a white youth who, with the negro, was captured by a posse Monday afternoon. (Note: Albert Evans, the man who was killed, is among the more than 4,000 lynching victims remembered today at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.)


• “FOR THE LEAGUE” (an editorial) – There was no mistaking the sentiment of the Democrats of Missouri at the Joplin convention. Overwhelmingly they were back of President Wilson and for the League of Nations. There was no disposition to shirk the issue or to placate men from the cities who attempted to scare the delegates with threats. The platform declares unequivocally for the President and at San Francisco Missouri will stand firm for the League of Nations.