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Days Gone By: Speaking up for prisoners of war

Staff Writer
The Examiner

From The Examiner during the week of June 15-20, 1970:

• “RESIDENTS URGED TO ‘WRITE HANOI’” – A “Write Hanoi” project has been instigated by the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is urging citizens to write letters to North Vietnam protesting treatment of U.S. prisoners of war.

“The Red Cross has traditionally worked for the well-being of prisoners of war,” said L.F.P. Curry, chairman of the Independence region of the Greater Kansas City Red Cross chapter and a former Independence mayor, “and this project further carries out this policy.”

“The inhumanity of the treatment of prisoners has appalled us all, especially those families of prisoners of war,” he said.

• “ILLEGAL MILK SALES PROBED” – A crackdown on sellers of unpasteurized milk is currently under way in the city where a Grade A milk ordinance prohibits the sale of milk which has not been pasteurized. “Consumption of unpasteurized dairy products by Missourians is on the increase,” said Armin Schannuth, Health Department sanitarian. “This is explained by an increase in the number of sources of unpasteurized milk in the state.” He emphasized that pasteurized milk has been heated to a temperature high enough to destroy disease-producing bacteria.

From The Independence Examiner during the week of June 14-19, 1920:

• “TOOK OUT THE METERS” (June 16) – The Independence electric light department is considerably peeved, and the city council shares that same feeling, over the action of somebody out in the Fairland Heights region, and apparently they have a right to feel that way. For in violation of all custom of the plain provisions of the contracts executed by the Independence electric light department, somebody or somebodies went to work yesterday, disconnected a large number of houses from the Independence wires and set them aside. When this was done new connections were made in some instances with the Kansas City Electric Company’s wires.

For some time a large number of Fairland Heights people have been negotiating to get their contracts with the Independence light department cancelled in order that they might take advantage of offers made by the Kansas City light concern.

• “SAY THEY HAD IT DONE.” (June 19) – Not seeking to evade any responsibility for the removal of meters of the Independence Electric Light Department from their homes by someone other than authorized representatives of the light department, as forbidden in the contracts, several citizens of Fairland Heights said yesterday the meters were taken out with their knowledge and consent and even under their instructions. The Fairland Heights men claim that they met every requirement made by the Independence Light Department and then growing tired waiting, had the meters disconnected, first consulting legal counsel as to liability, and satisfying themselves there was none.

• “POPULATION 11,686” – The population of Independence, according to the United States Census Bureau, is 11,686. This is a gain of 1,827 during the past decade, or 18.5 per cent. The growth is considerably above the average growth of towns, which are said to average a gain of 10 per cent. Many instances have been known in the past year or two of families leaving here because of lack of adequate housing.

• “ARMY WORM FELLDOWN” – In his weekly Farm Bureau Notes, R.J. Howat, county farm agent of Jackson County, tells the story of an attack that failed; it was an attack on the growing crops of Jackson County, by that much-dreaded and sometimes invincible pest, the army worm. He says:

“Jackson County was invaded about two weeks ago by army worms, which made strenuous efforts to eat all the green stuff they could find. The job was too big for them and their attack failed. … During the last five or six days, every field the county agent has visited has indicated that the worms were rapidly disappearing and that all would soon be gone.”

– Compiled by Jeff Fox