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Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Volunteers honored for hours put in with hospital auxiliary (02/01/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) Last night at the Y.M.C.A. the largest crowd to have ever watched a basketball game of local players witnessed three exciting games of the Commercial League. It was stated that there would be many changes in the averages of the teams, but this did not run out. ...
Fondly remembering Naomi (01/30/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) Photo caption: "A class of juniors at the Y.M.C.A. gymnasium, under a trained physical director, muscles are developed and hardened. They are taught the rudimentary principles of good health and sound physique. Eighty-five Fort Scott boys between the ages of 11 and 15 belong to this department. ...
Record low temperatures leave residents without water (01/29/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) A telephone message was received in the city this morning by local officers asking them to watch out here for two men who are thought to be the ones guilty of robbing a jewelry store at Stotesbury, Mo., early this morning. The men were thought to have gone to Fort Scott on the morning Missouri Pacific train, but that train could have arrived here and the men gone on north before the message was received. ...
Flag flown in D.C. honors DAR (01/25/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) As a result of the increase asked by The Fort Scott Gas and Electric Company in the cost of electricity for lighting the new high school building and operating the machinery that will be installed in it, the members of the board of education are now considering the feasibility of installing a dynamo to run the entire plant, and making power there using the boilers will be used to heat the building, for the development of the power. ...
Blacksmith moves out (01/24/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) Ed Lease, who no doubt is entitled to the distinction of having plied the blacksmith's trade in this county longer than any other man, and who was perhaps the oldest blacksmith in the county, being 84 years of age, was yesterday removed to the county poor farm in Uniontown, where doubtless he will spend the remainder of his life...
Little relief from blizzard (01/23/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) The Cowan family at Uniontown has the distinction of being represented by persons of five generations distinction which is very infrequent indeed, and doubtless does not have a parallel in this county, if indeed in this section of the state. ...
Ludlums win Bankers Award from conservation district (01/22/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) Forest fires are almost unknown in this county, yet Bourbon County had not only a big prairie fire yesterday but a real honest-to-goodness forest fire and every tree on a tract of 60 acres burned. Twenty-five acres of meadow land also was swept by fire. ...
Best brand of freezer installed at North Main Street Meat Market (01/17/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) Preparatory for the summer trade particularly, but to be used in the winter time as well for the refrigeration of the meats he handles, Lon Brown, proprietor of the North Main Street Meat Market, is having installed a large refrigerator plant by the means of which he will do away with the necessity of ice. ...
Production starts at Extrusions (01/16/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) Some time ago agitation was started for street signs. It was led by one of the most respected merchants on Main Street who is in a position to help this good cause a great deal. He offered to do most anything to get the city to take an interest in his idea, but they paid not the slightest attention to him. ...
Judge shown appreciation at reception (01/15/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) To more fully show the high appreciation in which Judge Cannon is held by members of the bar of both Bourbon and Linn counties, the court attaches of those counties and the newspaper men who have been closely associated in the court work, almost a hundred in number, gathered at the Goodlander Hotel Saturday evening as the guests of attorney J.I. ...
More business needed if railroad to stay in Prescott (01/10/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) Oscar Rice spoke recently for the Current Topic Club and he had a chart prepared showing how many millions were being spent for gasoline, oil and all other necessary supplies for an automobile. The lecture was full of interesting statements, which sounded unreasonable, but nevertheless were facts. ...
Large service held in Mapleton (01/10/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) For several months, there has been talk in regard to the establishment of an electric light plant at Fulton, and it is probable that by the time spring comes, the town to our north will have electric lights of its own. The report has reached here several times that definite action had been taken on this matter. But it has not as yet been put before the town board for action...
School building to be sold (01/09/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) This was the coldest morning of the winter in Fort Scott, the thermometer registering two degrees below zero at daylight. A few at various places over the city registered one degree colder than that, but the majority registered two below, and that is considered authentic. ...
A day of accidents in the area (01/08/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) Yesterday was a day of accidents for the fire departments. One of the large wagons, the new one, is sitting on Scott Avenue with a broken axle. Only a short time will be required to repair it, but until that can be accomplished the fire protection will be lessened, as only the one wagon and the old hose reel are available. ...
Man dies in plane crash (01/04/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) The Y.M.C.A. will have a bowling league and games will be played Tuesday and Saturday nights. Secretary Benning has long been considering just such a league to work up better bowlers who can be picked to form the All Star team. The more men who bowl the better material there will be to pick from to form an All Star team...
Christmas tree catches fire (01/03/13)
100 YEARS AGO (1913) A.M. Harrar, who has been living on his father's farm in the Glendale neighborhood 11 miles northwest of town, is planning to go to Colorado to live and will close out his livestock and other personal effects at a public sale in the near future. He will retain his own land holdings...
Funding runs out for Job Service; new letter rate is enacted (12/28/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) A Clean Sweep after our holiday rush. We find a few odds and ends which we will close out at bargain prices! Did you overlook anyone? Then this is the opportunity to make amends. We will make it worth your while to call. We invoice first of the year with prices to suit you! -- Crane & Son jewelers and optometrists, 9 N. Main St. With Crane's Optical Parlor, you can have your eyes tested and glasses fitted...
Resident locates his family (12/27/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) WINTER APPLES: We will deliver you a barrel of winter apples, hand picked, $4 per barrel. These apples are guaranteed to be the best Jonathan apples on the market. Put a barrel of apples in your cellar. They will keep till spring if put in a cool place. -- Fleming's, 19 S. Main St...
Head of the Western passes (12/25/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Maj. E.L. Marble has some fancy chickens at his home, 114 Eddy St. Not before last Saturday had he evidenced a vicious disposition except toward a Scotch Terrier pup that went into the pen and wished he hadn't. Saturday, the little 21 month-old granddaughter of the owner of the chickens was playing in the backyard. ...
Shoe store burns in Fulton (12/21/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Seven Gift Specials for Saturday at Calhoun's. See South Window. Handsomely embellished black handbag, regular $1.50, special priced at 98 cents. Embroidered guest towels. You know the wife or mother plan to have the best for their guests. These are a bargain at 25 cents...
A Christmas pledge (12/20/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) A CHRISTMAS PLEDGE: "I will be brave enough to give only where love and sympathy and helpfulness make giving worthwhile. I will not turn Christmas Day into a day of barter and exchange. I will bring joy, as far as I am able, to those who otherwise would have no joy -- the poor, the lonely, the ill, the old, the friendless and the helpless."...
Dance plans in the making (12/19/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) A cigar salesman has been working the city selling a grade of cigars that are said to be of the usual Christmas quality. He has met with poor success. He is catering to the retail trade, but found that a majority of the smokers prefer to purchase their cigars from local dealers, where they know what they are buying...
On the subject of natural teeth (12/13/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) One of the largest and most elegant parties of the week was the one o'clock luncheon given by Mrs. George E. Ware, Mrs. F.E. Milligan, Mrs. F.M. Penniman and Mrs. F.A. Tallman at the residence of Mrs. Ware on North Eddy Street. The theme was appropriate the Christmas season. The hostesses were assisted by Mesdames G.R. Hughes, I.D. Lesher, L.E. Glunz, Charles B. Grant and the Misses Mary Ware and Julia Kennedy...
A lead role in the opera (12/12/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Dr. Brant is getting to be an old war horse in bowling. He makes an average now of about 180 and many times he sets up in the 200 mark. The doctor only yawns when he gets one of these violent spells and acts as though it bored him...
Even 100 years ago, it was 12-12-12 (12/11/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Tomorrow is Dec. 12, and the year is 1912. December is the 12th month, so people who abbreviate the dates will be able to write 12-12-12. This has been possible for the last 12 years. And before that, there were 88 years when it was impossible to do so and after tomorrow it will be 88 more years before it will be possible again. ...
Pearl Harbor Day marked (12/07/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The last annual school report showed that of more than 8,000 school students in the county, between 3,000 and 4,000 attend the rural schools, while the school attendance in Fort Scott is more than 4,000. The school students in Fort Scott have athletic associations, basketball, baseball and other games, societies and social and other things outside their school work which make school life pleasurable. ...
Signature campaign (12/06/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The Holiness Industrial Children's Home wishes to thank those who so kindly remembered us on Thanksgiving Day. The offerings were as follows: Mrs. Ralph Kinders, 3 cans of corn; Mrs. J.H. Lane, 1/2 gallon peaches, one peck of walnuts; Grandma Piles, 2 bushels walnuts; from Eastern Study Club, 3 quarts peaches, 1 quart plums, 2 quarts plum butter, 2 quarts fruit butter, 2 glasses jell, 2 quarts tomatoes, caddy of ginger snaps and peck of potatoes; from Mrs. ...
Wanted: Toys for Christmas (12/05/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Undismayed by the big fire which entirely destroyed his large barn and all its contents, consisting of about 40 tons of hay, 800 bushels of corn, much other grain and practically all his agricultural implements, Dr. Reed of Mapleton is having lumber hauled to the scene of the fire at this time and will begin rebuilding just as soon as possible...
SEK high school all-stars (12/04/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) A leading event of the week was the four-course luncheon given today by Mrs. D.P. Thomas, Mrs. E.L. Glaze and Mrs. W.C. Higbie at the home of Mrs. Thomas on South National Avenue for 80 guests. The beauty of the rooms was enhanced by artistic floral decorations. ...
Journalism students visit Tribune (11/30/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) J.A. Dennen and son Ed left this morning for a trip north along the Osage and other rivers, buying furs and trapping. They expect to spend the winter months in that business and have equipped a wagon to be used for their camp. They will carry a large number of traps which they will use at each of the camping places. ...
Gym plans detailed (11/29/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) An interesting bowling game is scheduled to be pulled off this afternoon at the Y.M.C.A. alleys between the All-Scrubs captained by Dr. Claud Brant and composed of W.A. Owen, Louis Michael, E.C. Gates and G.W. Marble, while the Mix-Ups captained by Mr. ...
Santa Claus is coming (11/28/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Today has been generally observed over Fort Scott as Thanksgiving Day. Business has been suspended over all of the city for much of the day, the banks and practically all offices remaining closed for the entire day while stores opened until noon. The post office made one delivery this morning but the rural carriers were given the entire holiday...
Turkey not the only bird (11/27/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The turkey is a great bird, all right, but he cannot lay claim to being the only celebrity for the occasion. Dealers report that the number of geese, ducks and chickens sold for Thanksgiving consumption will nearly equal the number of turkeys bought for Thanksgiving dinners. ...
Public debate invited (11/22/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The people of Fort Scott have been in the habit of having city water bills mailed or sent to them quarterly, showing how many gallons they used and what the charge is. Beginning this month, water consumers were not reminded of their indebtedness to the city water plant. ...
Optimistic about oil (11/21/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The engineers who have been here making the surveys for the new freight depot which the Missouri Pacific will build on Wall Street have completed their work and after it has been inspected the work will be started at once. The building will not be an eyesore. ...
Winners of Turkey Trot (11/20/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) C.D. Kirby, of near Walkertown, whose father took a claim adjoining Uniontown, in this county in 1855, calls attention to an error that crept into the paper a few days ago as to how Uniontown came to have that name. Mr. Kirby says the town was named by Alif Goff, a very early settler here, who came to Bourbon County from Uniontown, Pa., and who lived at Uniontown when the town was laid out in 1858. ...
Lyon promoted (11/16/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Many disappointed hunters returned to Fort Scott yesterday evening after spending a day in the field in pursuit of "Bobwhites," reporting that quail are scarce this season and that their destruction during the two weeks of the open season will not be as general as had been anticipated. ...
Airport bond ignored (11/15/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) For the first time in several weeks the fire alarm sounded at the noon hour today, the fire department responding to a call at 415 S. Margarine St. A few minutes later and before the first fire had been extinguished, the second department was called to the Lee Milestone residence, near the corner of Fourth and Crawford streets, where a small shed was ablaze. ...
Brick streets debated (11/14/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Mr. Runyan, editor of the Arcadia Searchlight, was in town yesterday on business. He is a son-in-law of the late Wiley Bolinger of this county and lived here some 25 years ago. For over 20 years he has been practicing medicine and doing pharmaceutical work at Arcadia. A couple of years ago he got into the newspaper business without intending to do so, and has since been giving Arcadia a mighty fine little paper...
Dairy party comes to town (11/13/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Arcadia, the bustling little city south of here, has started two campaigns and with the little assistance which Pittsburg and Fort Scott can give, intends to make both a success. The first is for the proposed interurban road from this city to Pittsburg and the other is to help the building of the good roads from Joplin to Pittsburg and to Fort Scott...
City waits on parking time limit (11/09/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The proposed woman suffrage amendment to the constitution carried in Bourbon County by a majority of 750. It was given a majority in 11 county precincts and in every city ward. The 10 county precincts which gave majorities against it are North and South Osage, West Freedom, South Franklin, West Mill Creek, West Marmaton, East Drywood, East and West Pawnee and East Walnut...
Western reports profit (11/08/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Every farmer who comes to Fort Scott to market his produce is much interested in Fort Scott's prospective new lavatory, which the committee appointed by Mayor Brooks will probably decide to locate on Market Square or a site easily accessible to the Square. ...
Accomplished youngsters (11/07/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) FULTON -- A little snow followed by moderately heavy rain visited this vicinity last week. In spite of the weather a crowd of young folks enjoyed a Halloween party Thursday night at the home of Miss Ruth Cloninger. Halloween games were played and refreshments were served. Present were the Misses Neva Dexter, Pauline Faller, Opal Harrison, Fran Stauffer, Pearl Oldham and Lucile Simpson; Messrs. Milton Commons, Mack Beckford, Paul Gorman, Elijah Street and Harry Faller...
Voters evenly divide parties (11/06/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The voters of Bourbon County yesterday divided the county offices almost as evenly as they could be parceled out. The Democrats were given seven of the most important offices and the Republicans were given nine, including those of lesser importance, George Cowan leads all candidates with a majority that will exceed 900. ...
Locals get spotlight at horse show (10/19/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Do you know that in the very near future Bourbon County will have a new city and one that may inaugurate one of the biggest booms that has been started in Eastern Kansas in recent years? If you are not acquainted with these facts but are interested in them, take a drive south and east of Fort Scott and you will see a scene of activity at what is destined to be the first coal camp in Bourbon County of any magnitude. ...
Convent contract awarded (10/18/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The dance season will soon open and the shops about town are showing some beautiful things in the way of party dresses and all the trimmings that go with them. Hair ornaments and scarfs are nearly all sparkling with new drop beads or rhinestones...
Mapleton anniversary fete (10/17/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Today nearly $60,000 was paid out to the employees of the Missouri Pacific Railroad alone. This the largest payroll the company has had for some time. Extra men have been added to the shops until it is running to fullest capacity with no room for added workers. Three or four months ago the payroll was about $20,000 and that was thought to be extra large and now it has been increased three times...
New bridge in Devon (10/16/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The new schoolhouse building in the Bunker Hill District 51 just north of Fort Scott is nearing completion and will be in readiness for occupancy by week after next. The residents of the district are arranging for the dedication of the new structure on the evening of Oct. 25 and expect many from this city to attend. Superintendent Ramsey of the city schools will deliver the address...
New budget rate motel opens (10/12/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) A number of Democratic candidates were disappointed in not being able to reach Bronson for a meeting there last night. They started west on an afternoon train, but at Uniontown a breakdown to the engine prevented the train from proceeding in time for them to reach the meeting. They returned home last night and will visit Bronson some time later in the campaign...
Hiattville Post Office burglarized (10/11/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The high school students are showing more enthusiasm and spirit this year than they have managed in several years. Basketball games will be played this winter and a literary contest will be held sometime prior to the Iola contest. In the spring, an old- fashioned track meet will be held to place the boys in good enough physical condition to enter the Southeastern Kansas meet...
Group makes demands (10/10/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The site of the high school building presents a busy scene at the present time as the work on the excavation is being rushed that much of it might be completed before the winter weather interferes. Eleven teams and a force of 20 men are working there daily, in addition to the several teams that are employed hauling material to the grounds. ...
Ads mean something (10/09/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) H.G. Moore, president of the Kansas City Commercial Club and one of the big men of that city, will deliver an address on "Town Development and the Necessity of a Good Live Commercial Club" at the annual meeting of the Fort Scott Industrial Association meeting tomorrow. ...
More hens needed! (10/05/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Employees of the Fort Scott Brick and Tile Company who were thrown out of employment by the disastrous fine of Thursday night will be able to secure work elsewhere. A Pittsburg company yesterday telephoned here offering employment to the skilled hands. ...
Huge brick plant fire (10/04/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Fire discovered in the plant of the Fort Scott Brick and Tile Company last night at 7:55 did damage variously estimated at from $25,000 to $30,000 before it was brought under control. The plant will be put out of operation and many of the 80 or more employees thrown out of work until it can be rebuilt, which at the most conservative estimate will be two months from the time the insurance adjustments are made. ...
19th century showcase (10/03/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The Young Buffalo Wild West show's parade was pulled off this morning on schedule and was witnessed by many people. The aggregation comprised the usual wild west features, including cowboys and cowgirls, Indians, bands, some elephants and camels and winding up with the proverbial steam calliope. The parade made a creditable showing...
Old school memories (10/02/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) This morning's Missouri Pacific passenger train 409 carried over 100 passengers for the Uniontown Fair. The local freight at noon carried 150 and the afternoon train carried its share of trade and there were many automobiles driven over. So Fort Scott Day was in every way a big success. The Missouri Pacific's accommodations were better today than usual, although some people had to ride in a calaboose...
Extrusions plant floor poured (09/28/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) For Sale: Harness and saddle supplies, the highest grade at the lowest price. Repairing cheaper than you have ever had it done. -- Square Leather Company, west of the Square. D.R. Keith has just completed one of the largest hay and stock barns in this county on his place west of town, known as the old Hellman farm. It is 60-by-62 feet and has a shingle roof. He has 100 acres of alfalfa sown. He will feed mules and horses extensively on his place...
Civil War document discovered (09/27/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Passenger business on the M.K.&T. has increased due to the approach of winter months. Many go there to spend the cold weather. The increase has been such this fall that two new passenger trains are to be placed in service giving the Katy service along the main line second to none in the west. The Katy management is planning for extensive improvements along their system which are expected to prove very beneficial to Fort Scott...
Red Cross helps local family (09/21/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Many people from Uniontown were in town today boosting their fair. The residents in this community are pushing this fair, and whenever there is a knock, they hunt that knocker up and he goes where all good knockers go. Men in the employ of Contractor Williams, who has the contract for the erection of the new high school building, this morning began the erection of the material house in which cement and other materials will be stored. ...
Stotesbury healthiest town (09/20/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) It is claimed by the doctors at Stotesbury that it is without a doubt one of most healthful communities in the entire country. One doctor, who has been there 30 years, says that never in that time has there been an epidemic of typhoid or diphtheria, and only one or two slight epidemics of the grippe or pneumonia. At this time there is no sickness...
FSCC student council meets (09/19/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) A number of physicians of Fort Scott will go to Pittsburg to attend the meeting of the Southeastern Kansas Medical Society. Dr. Hunter is secretary of the organization and Dr. M.F. Jarrett is treasurer. Doctors from all parts of Southeastern Kansas will be in attendance...
Annual tag day (09/18/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Street Echoes: Last night a vagrant was picked up by the police and taken to the calaboose. While he was waiting in the station he was searched for dangerous weapons or instruments with which to escape. Not much was found. He had scrawled the following verse on a dirty piece of paper, evidently written while on a train:...
FSCC expecting record enrollment (09/14/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Rexford (Rex) Walls returned last night from Denver, departing from there 12 hours in advance of a snow storm that started there yesterday and continued over today. He was accompanied under the welcome arch (that he gazed upon less than a week ago for the first time, thinking it was erected for him alone) and to the Union Station by the September wind, fresh from Pike's Peak, which insisted on whistling "There's No Place Like Home." Mr. ...
Treasure hunt returns (09/13/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The Frisco Railroad has contracted with Glen Campbell, owner of the old Hornaday ranch northeast of the city, to pasture sheep in transit from the South to the Kansas City market. Contracts have been let for a spur accommodating immense sheep pens for unloading and reloading near the Cement Works spur north of town. ...
Safety reminders (09/12/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) For the past two weeks a tabernacle meeting has been in session at the Christian church at Helper. Up to last night, 84 new members had been added to the church. Sunday services were held the entire day and about 500 people were present...
Bandit fires a shot (09/11/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Hundreds of people are expected to go to Fulton tomorrow to be present at the fair on the one the big day. There will be exhibits of fine livestock tomorrow, that being the day for the horse show. The floral hall, poultry and other exhibits and the many forms of entertainment were great attractions today and will be tomorrow. ...
Possible district consolidation (09/07/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) All is ready for schools to convene for the fall term. Enrollment in all of the schools of the city promises to be one of the largest ever recorded in the city. Already, enrollment at the high school has reached 325 and it promises to go much higher. Last year prior to the opening of school, the enrollment was only 290...
Railroad man gets reward (09/06/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Because he had the presence of mind this morning to secure an automobile and drive several miles east of the city where a lady passenger on the Katy Flyer reported she thought she had lost a chamois skin bag containing diamonds and money, E.E. ...
'Holy City' to be presented (09/05/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Joe Heylman, a grandson of the pioneer resident of this city, after whom Heylman Street is named, arrived here today to take a position as country reporter on the Tribune-Monitor. The paper is to make a special effort to keep up on the little and big happenings of interest that occur in the country and the small towns around this city. ...
New contests at Old Settlers (09/05/12)
Editor's Note: A bonus column from Nell Dikeman is available today. 100 YEARS AGO (1912) This morning a well known farmer brought in a large load of apples, but was unable to sell very many. He hauled the fruit to the Goodlander Home where he left it. The children "lit" into those apples with squeals of delight and the appreciation they showed will go a longer way with the man than the money they would have brought him...
Post office won't close (08/31/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The order issued recently from the Post Office Department at Washington, the closing of all of the post offices in the United States on Sunday in all except special delivery departments, will not be put into effect in Fort Scott at this time, according to Post Master Griffith R. Hughes...
Carnival draws a big crowd (08/29/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) S.E. Martin and Francis Munn are preparing to open a paint and wallpaper store on East Wall Street in the Marshall Building and will be in readiness for business there by Sept. 1. Mr. Martin has been employed by various painters and paper hangers of Fort Scott for several years, learning his trade. Mrs. Munn, a sister-in-law, recently returned to Fort Scott from Oklahoma...
Author offers life history (08/24/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) During this hot weather we've been having, the milk question was never more serious that at the present. Yesterday, the hottest day of the year, some milkmen were delivering their milk at noon, exposing it to the hot sun in the tin cans that are so commonly used. ...
Excellent show at Garland (08/23/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) St. Mary's School, at the corner of Seventh and Eddy streets, will open Sept. 9. Two sisters of St. Joseph will teach through the eighth grade. The school is primarily for Catholic children of the parish but as much room as is left will be given to non-Catholic children having the proper recommendations. Tuition is $1.50 a month. -- B.J. McKernan, Director...
Vets feted with picnic (08/22/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Fort Scott is entertaining the youngest licensed aviator in the United States in the person of Robert McCrum, son of the pioneer railroad man of this city. Mr. McCrum was billed to fly at Fairmount Park in Kansas City this week, but on account of an accident to his machine it was necessary that he cancel the dates, subsequently a part of the week will be spent here. ...
Signs show fair time is near (08/21/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Miss Dolly Maffett, a young lady 7 years of age, who for a week past has been a guest at the West home on South Washington Street, is suffering with infantile paralysis and her condition is reported as quite serious. The West home has been placed under strict quarantine and it will be three weeks at least before others will be permitted to come and go from the house. ...
FSCC faculty lauded (08/17/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) County Clerk Fred Schwartz has completed the compiling of the returns of the township assessors, giving many statistics in addition to the amount of taxable property in each township and city of the county and finds from the returns that the population of the county has increased 76 over the returns of 1911, the total this year being 25,309 as compared with 25,233 for last year. ...
1865 paper at bindery (08/16/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Next Monday morning, more than 2,000 men, constituting the National Guard force of Kansas will entrain from their various stations over the state for Lawrence from where they will be started on one of the most extended field maneuvers ever undertaken in the state of Kansas. ...
National Guard deploys (08/15/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Recognizing the danger of further spread of infantile paralysis, which has already resulted in a number of deaths here and with which numerous others are now suffering, the Bourbon County Medical Society this afternoon at a special meeting advised that for the present at least, all children be kept at home; that they not attend Sunday schools, picture shows, parties, receptions of any nature, nor mingle together. ...
Estate goes to charity (08/14/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Yesterday was the 12th birthday of young Ernest McFadden, son of F.M. McFadden, who lives at 203 Heylman St. He was locked in the house at that number last evening, after he had retired, and was left alone by his parents who expected to be gone but a few moments. ...
New downtown businesses add to local economy (08/10/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Last evening as C.A. Lager and wife and four children were returning from the Arcadia picnic, an automobile driven by some Fort Scott people passed them at a high rate of speed and the team Mr. Lager was driving became frightened and ran away, throwing all the occupants out along the roadside. ...
Fishing trip sparks envy (08/09/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Bids for the erection of the high school building and the addition to the Margrave Street structure will be opened on Aug. 20 and the board members hope to have both buildings under way within six weeks. If that can be accomplished, the work on the Margrave Street building can be completed in time for the second term of school. ...
An exceptional blood donor (08/08/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) There are a few fishermen in the city who are sportsmen enough to go to the trouble of seining the rivers with a large mesh seine in an effort to get the carp out. The carp kill good fish. All of the game fish caught in the seine were thrown back in the stream and then the men went after them with hook and line...
Baseball fun show set (08/07/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) A report from Hiattville told of a fight that occurred south of that city following the baptizing of some 20 or more persons who were converted during the recent revival there. Three men are said to have been engaged in the fight which started over a case of beer...
Local players named all-stars (08/03/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Secretary Benning of the Y.M.C.A. has a new wrinkle which is meeting with approval by people from the country who come here to shop. This morning the doors of the association were thrown open to the country shoppers and many took advantage of the offer. ...
Starstruck (08/03/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) For several days there has been more talk about erecting street signs than ever before, and it begins to look as though Fort Scott streets would be named so that strangers would get a little idea of where they were. At the present time there are not many streets which have indicators to tell where they are, and makes it difficult to get around. ...
Skateboarding club forms (08/01/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Workmen are tearing away the little frame house that for many years past has stood at the north end of the Marmaton River bridge on National Avenue bridge. The structure will be rebuilt some distance west of the Avenue. The council requested that the structure be removed as it was in a dangerous condition there and also obstructed the view of the bridge from the north...
Baseball fun show set (07/31/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) LONDON, July 30 -- The judgment of the British Board of Trade Court of Inquiry into the Titanic disaster was pronounced today by Lord Mersey, the presiding judge before a large audience. The court finds that the collision was due to excessive speed, that a proper watch was not kept, that the ship's boats were properly lowered, but that arrangements for manning them were insufficient; that the Lapland Line Californian had attempted t do so, that the track followed was reasonably safe with proper vigilance, and that there was no discrimination against third-class passengers in the saving of life. ...
Farmers' co-op gets a crowd (07/27/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The idea of camping has taken a stronger hold on Fort Scott people within the past few years than ever before. Many opened their summers in tents, others have their cabins built out on some choice spot near the river. The people who have cabins are lucky: A rain means no more to them than if they were at home, but for people in a tent, rain is the most miserable thing that can happen...
Farmers rejoice over rain (07/26/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Farmers were jubilant again today as a rain, just the kind that is needed for growing crops, was falling this morning. While there was but a slight precipitation here, it was much larger elsewhere and over much of the county the rain was a heavy one. Farmers in from the north and west this morning report good rains during the night. The same was true of the Hiattville neighborhood...
Godfrey joins District 9 (07/25/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) Col. W.A. Cormany went to Springfield today to adjust a fire loss that occurred there. Jonathan Davis came in yesterday from his home near Bronson and went up to the West Liberty this morning to attend the candidates' picnic held there today. Mr. Davis will return to this city this evening. He is much encouraged in his race for the state Senate by the support that has been pledged to him...
Hiattville homecoming (07/24/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The Fort Scott Band will leave early tomorrow morning for West Liberty where they are to play at the candidates' picnic. Many of the candidates and others expect to go early to beat the heat of the day. There is an excellent grove at West Liberty in which the picnic will be given and shade for all who will be present...
Col. Richards' widow dies (07/20/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The B.F. Yokum special will be in Fort Scott tomorrow afternoon. B.F. Yokum, who is chairman of the board and executive consultant of the Frisco line, is also a director of the American Association of Highway Improvement, and is such capacity the value of good roads to the farmer has been impressed upon him. ...
Nursing school accredited (07/19/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The contracting firm of Thogmartin & Gardiner was last night at Nevada awarded the contract for the construction of three blocks of brick pavement that are to be put in this year. Work on the contract will be started during the next few weeks. The firm will also put in the concrete curbing and guttering, as well as a number of sidewalks...
Pharmacists join together (07/18/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) How would like to be thirsty and not able to find a drink of water, running about the neighborhood with your parched throat nearly burning from the heat? And how would you like to be picked up by some of the neighbors and the police called just because you were thirsty? It is only a small matter to place a pan of water in the back yard where the dogs and cats and birds may drink any time they want. ...
Changing wedding announcements? (07/13/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) "Has it ever struck you, said one well known man, "that about the only time people get a good write-up in the paper is when they die or get married? "When I was married and saw my notice in the paper I swelled around and thought I amounted to more than I at first thought I did. Afterward, I found I was just a bluff and was put in for politeness sake...
A fish tale, of sorts (07/12/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) A number of residents of the West Liberty neighborhood spent yesterday afternoon in Fort Scott raising funds for the employment of the Fort Scott Band at the candidates' picnic to be held at West Liberty on the 25th. The necessary amount was raised within a short time and the band has been employed for the day. ...
Fulton talks beautification (07/11/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) The Theaterette was crowded again last night by those desiring of seeing themselves in moving pictures, and while they were being shown many exclamations were to be heard when different persons were recognized. The last of the reel of picture has now been completed and is now being shown. ...
New doctors arrive in town (07/10/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) After Tuesday, the Fort Scott Brick Co. will be at home in their new office in the rooms formerly occupied by the Bank of Fort Scott on Wall Street. The Brick Company will have a very handsome uptown office which will greatly facilitate their business transactions...
Smoking, drinking ban (07/06/12)
100 YEARS AGO (1912) County Surveyor Gene Toles' driving horse became untethered this afternoon in front of the courthouse. Something frightened the animal and it started to run pulling the buggy. From National Avenue, the animal sped down Second to Main. ...
Nell Dikeman
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