Events in Eastern Jackson County from April 21-27 of 1962 and 1912.

50 YEARS AGO: The following items were taken from the April 21 through 27, 1962, Examiner.

The Census Bureau’s population “clock,” a device which resembles the mileage meter in an auto dashboard, hit 186 million at about 1 p.m. CST April 21. The “clock” shows a gain of one person every 10 1/2 seconds. It is shut off at night and corrected in the morning on the basis of the following averages: A birth occurs every 7 1/2 seconds; someone dies every 19 seconds; an immigrant arrives in the U.S. every 1 1/2 minutes; and someone leaves this country every 23 minutes.
News that Louis R. Howell had been fired as a police chief of Independence was news, not only to Howell, but to the mayor and city manager, who, it was incorrectly reported, had fired him. The false report, originally issued by a St. Louis newspaper, was picked up by some Kansas City radio stations. Mayor L.F.P. Curry pointed out that Howell’s term as an elected official expired this month and that under the provisions of the new city charter, the position of police chief will be appointive, rather than elective.
Mrs. Philip Hininger was elected president of the Independence Music Club. Other new officers are Mrs. Gordon Mesley, first vice president; Mrs. Robert Jaques, second vice president; Mrs. Robert Farnham, recording secretary; Mrs. Erwin Fender, treasurer; Mrs. John Darling, chairman piano/organ; Mrs. Kyle Conway, voice chairman; Mrs. Charles Edmunds, instrumental chairman; Mrs. George Sanders, active chairman; Mrs. C.R. Smith, associate chairman; Mrs. Ross Moore, hospitality chairman; Mrs. William Harrington, publicity chairman; Mrs. Henry Stahl, business manager; and Mrs. S.A. Burgess, historian/librarian.


100 YEARS AGO: The following items were taken from the April 21 through 27, 1912, Examiner.
The proposition to open moving picture shows on Sunday in this city will meet with opposition from the pastors and their congregations. The Ministerial Alliance decided to ask the congregations they represent to take some action with reference to the matter. A year age, as the result of a considerable discussion, the council passed an ordinance forbidding the operation of moving picture shows on Sunday. For a year, the managers of the shows acquiesced quietly, but now with changes in personnel of the council, they are seeking to abolish the ordinance.
The pupils of the Noland School have shown exceptional ability as spellers. They have won all three of the McCoy medals for spelling this year. The winners are: Fourth grade, Elizabeth Rider; fifth grade, Stanley Burgess; sixth grade, Elizabeth Jones. Although pupils from the four white ward schools were eligible to compete, all of the winners were from Noland School.
The county court took steps to put the chain gang to work again. During the winter it has been inactive on account of continued badness of the weather. John Berry was re-appointed as superintendent of the chain gang, and so were all of the guards who served last year, except George St. Clair, who is now city marshal of Independence. The gang is to be composed of fifty prisoners from the county jail in Kansas City. As usual they will work in the vicinity of Independence and make their home at night in the old county jail here. For the present they will be put to work in a quarry on the Holke road.


– Jillayne Ritchie