50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the March 11 through 17, 1967, Examiner.
• The Independence Boys Club has acquired new and adequate quarters at 138 E. Lexington, according to Tom Bell, executive director of the club. The 320-member club will be consolidating its activities from the old residents at 213 S. Main St.
• Winners of the Independence Invitational bowling tournament are Janet Wingate, Georgia Sousley and Nancy Schlagle. They captured first place trophies in the women's division.
• Certificates have come to the counselors of the three high schools announcing the seniors who have qualified as finalists in the Merit Scholarship competition. From William Chrisman are Don Lents and George Samuels; from Truman are Robert Lauderdale and Ray Ford; and from Van Horn are Glenn Elliott, Judith Elaine Ferris and Cheryl Anne Hooper.
• A most successful high school coaching career has ended for William Chrisman's Bill Norton. Guy Carter informed the Independence Board of Education that Norton has been reassigned as vice principal at William Chrisman Junior High School and will be succeeded by Warren Landess as coach.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the March 11 through March 17, 1917, Examiner.
• Governor Gardner has designated April 13 as “Arbor Day” in the public schools of the state. It is the custom for the teachers, pupils and patrons, to plant trees and shrubbery on the school grounds; and generally a program is rendered. The state superintendent of schools, Uel W. Lampkin, is preparing an outline of an “Arbor Day” program for the use of the school.
• There are a great many men in Missouri, lovers of fine horses, advocates of good breeding and the best for the stock farm, who would like to see racing meets in Missouri. Many of these men imagine that such a law as the one Senator Casey has introduced in the Missouri Senate would bring back the good old days and revivify the country fair and promote the great horse breeding industry of Missouri. There is a great difference between horse racing and gambling. It is not racing that is to be re-established in Missouri, but gambling. The bill comes not from the lovers of thoroughbred horses, but from the Kansas City Senator who represents an automobile district. The men back of the bill don't care a rap about horse racing as a sport. What they want is a return of the times when the horse races are a basis upon which to have wide open gambling.
• The railroad strike which was prevented last year by the sudden passage of the Adamson bill by congress is again scheduled and the news reports promise the strike by Saturday unless the railroads give at once an eight hour day with ten hours pay. Railway union officials declared they will wait no longer for the decision by the United States Supreme Court. Each 24 hours thereafter another group of roads will be tied up until 38 of the largest transportation systems in the country is blocked. If they have to strike for their demands, there will be no settlement that does not include time and a half for overtime.
• The proposition of the Kansas City Portland Cemetery Company to build a tunnel from Cement City to Independence, provided the city would furnish the right of way, was reported to the council. It was the unanimous opinion of the councilmen that it would be a great thing for this city, and that it is an opportunity that ought not to be lost, inasmuch as it would cost the city many hundreds of thousands of dollars to construct the tunnel or sewer subway, itself. It was estimated that it would require at least two years for the company to do its part in the construction of the tunnel.
– Jillayne Ritchie