50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the March 25 through 31, 1967, Examiner.
• For the first time, Truman High School students are able to see their school crest centered on a white flag. Mrs. Henry Bressman, grandmother of Marsha Rice and Gloria Bressman, Truman students, made the flag and it was donated by the Student Council. On the shield is a map of the trails and rivers, and presidential seal and a torch.
• Four employees of The Examiner were honored at a dinner. They were Ray Blake with 45 years of service, Beulah Boone with 48 years, Sue Gentry with 38 years, and Carolyn C. Fitzgerald with 37 years.
• A party was given William Kimsey, 108-year-old patient of the Jackson County Hospital. Kimsey was born a slave in Louisville, Ky., March 20, 1859. Nola Pettis, 1502 N. Noland, one of five children, was present for the celebration.
• A new family swimming center to be opened May 27 will be made available as a community service center by the Blue Valley Stake of the RLDS Church. Designated as the Highleah Community Pool, 17710 E. Holke Road, it will be operated by a church corporation for the Blue Valley Stake.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the March 25 through March 31, 1917, Examiner.
• “Longview,” the R.A. Long farm west of Lee's Summit, last spring set out about a hundred English walnut trees of the “Pomeroy” variety. The value of the English walnut as an article of diet is recognized more and more, and are more profitable than the oranges and lemons grown in California. Walnuts grow to perfection here in Jackson County, and now that an English walnut has been found that will stand this climate, many farmers and others are planting them in groves and as ornamentals as they are a beautiful shade tree.
• Mrs. Mary McDuffey, who has been living in the country southeast of this city, became dangerously insane recently. Her case was taken up by the county court, she was adjudged insane, and ordered sent to the state asylum at Fulton. Mrs. McDuffey is being held in this city awaiting the arrival of Joseph Hocker, the officer of Jackson County who looks up cases of insanity and takes the insane persons to the asylums when committed.
• Don't pamper the poor - Judge Miles Bulger wants wards of county to have necessities and comforts, not luxuries. The heads of the county institutions which are maintained out of the pamper fund were admonished by Bulger, presiding judge of the county court, to carefully avoid all unnecessary expense this year. “We want the wards of the county to have all they need of plain substantial food and clothing,” said Bulger, “but we don't want them to have luxuries. They must not have better things or more of them, than the general run of people have.”
• The last week in March is observed nationally as Dress Up Week. April ushers in Easter and with it all the newness and brightness of the Springtime, and this week is set apart as a special time to become thoroughly prepared for the spirit of the Easter season. The dress up idea may be well applied to the home as well as the individual. New carpets, furniture and all kinds of redecorating for the home are just as appropriate as a new dress or a new hat for the person.
– Jillayne Ritchie