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Days Gone By: Labor issues hold up expansion

Staff Writer
The Examiner

From The Examiner June 8-13, 1970:

• “ARMCO SUSPENDS EXPANSION” – The labor dispute in the construction trades in the Kansas City area has caused Armco Steel Corp. to suspend new expansion plans here. William Verity, Armco president, said the company halted construction of new projects here “until we get a clearer picture of the impact of spiraling construction costs on our markets and the fiscal outlook.” He said the labor dispute here has caused a cutback in employment and production at the Armco works, 7000 Roberts in Kansas City. A new electric furnace has been delayed five months past the scheduled start-up by repeated work stoppages.

• “KIWANIS PARADE OF PETS RESEMBLES ‘NOAH’S ARK’” – From a talking mynah bird to guinea pigs to turtles dressed up like tanks – plus a large variety of plain old cats and dogs – the animals came to downtown Independence Tuesday. The occasion was the 34th annual Kiwanis Pet Parade. From toddlers to teens, the young masters carried, pulled in wagons and floats, and in some cases pushed their reluctant pets from the Westminster Hall parking lot at Lexington and Pleasant to Jackson Square, where winners were announced in each of 22 categories.

• “MU BOARD GETS TOUGH” (an editorial) – Missourians can point with a great deal of pride to the University of Missouri Board of Curators for the firm stand they took against campus demonstrations. The board voted to begin action against faculty members and students on the Columbia campus who participated in antiwar protests during May.

The board vetoed the pledges of the university administration to the protesting students and professors granting amnesty. Thereby the board repudiated a joint agreement made on the campus which ended the demonstrations. The board also called for suspension and subsequent discipline of any and all students involved in violations of the rules during the demonstrations.

From The Independence Examiner, June 7-12, 1920:

• “LIGHTNING HITS STEEPLE” – During the thunderstorm early this morning, the severest of the season, the Presbyterian Church was struck by lightning. The steeple at the southeast corner, the tallest in the city, was badly shattered. The slate shingles with which the steepled was covered were torn loose in great numbers and broken to bits, and they lie scattered in the churchyard and in the streets. Some portions of the slate were found at the parsonage, several hundred feet distant.

• “AT MOUNT WASHINGTON” – The commencement exercises of the Mount Washington Schools will take place at 8 o’clock Wednesday evening, June 9, in the Westminster Presbyterian Church of that village. A varied literary and musical program will be rendered by the 42 graduates.

• “FOR SIMPLER MEALS” – Simpler meals are being planned by the women of Jackson County in readiness for the annual visitation of thresher hands which will be due in a few days. The harvesting and threshing periods always are dreaded on account of the excessive demands long incident to the occasion. But the women promise an abundance, and even better cooking than heretofore.

At a community meeting held at the Lawnwood School district near Buckner, Thursday, under the leadership of Miss Florence Caryln, county home demonstration agent, this matter was a leading topic of interest.

It has always been the custom to serve threshers not only a great abundance but a great variety of food. Two or three different sorts of meat, several vegetables, salads, pies, cake and fruit, not to mention pickles, preserves and jellies, have been the order of the day.

“The old order changeth,” say the modern farm women who know the relative value of foods and realize that a simpler menu, well selected, meets all needs and will be more satisfactory all around. The women say they will have a roast, one or two vegetables, a salad and a dessert.

– Compiled by Jeff Fox