Memories spring eternal ...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

100 YEARS AGO

(1908)

Resolution: You are hereby notified that J.M. Thompson has been appointed garbage collector subject to the provisions of Ordinance No. 1020, of the City of Fort Scott, and the following scale of prices:

1 Private residences--5 cents per week.

No. 2--Boarding houses, 25 cents per week.

No. 3--Hotels, 25 cents per week.

No. 4--Stores, for each 25 feet frontage or major fraction thereof, 10 cents per week.

No. 5--For each horse, 5 cents per week.

No. 6--For each cow, 10 cents per week.

As adopted by Resolution to be charged for such work.--J.O. Brown, City Clerk.

Garland will have a wolf drive on Feb. 26, commencing at 9:30 a.m. The territory covered will be seven miles square and there will be 1,000 men in line. There are hundreds of wolves in this territory and the farmers have adopted this plan to exterminate them and a big time and lots of fun will be had.

75 YEARS AGO

(1933)

George Briggs, 717 Osbun, who met the Katy's No. 3 passenger train with his hack and later with a taxicab for more than 30 years, made a special trip to the Katy station Saturday night to see the train come through here for the last time. Train No. 3 has been running through here on regular schedule, it is said, for about 50 years, and for the past several years has arrived at 7:10 in the evening. Mr. Briggs was forced to quit work some time ago on account of ill health, but at the time he quit he had a record of 30 years with local hack and taxi lines, among them old Katy No. 3. Mr. Briggs, on his regular visits to No. 3, made the acquaintance of the train's veteran conductor, a Mr. Greenwald, of Sedalia, who had charge of the train for many years.

Among Redfield People:

Mrs. Louise Snider, east of town, has been quite successful in caring for her White Rock baby chicks. She received 500 chicks from the hatchery just before the sub-zero weather, and still has 483 of them.

The rural mail carrier out of Redfield, Mr. J.O. Davee, reports that his route was not fully opened up until Thursday since the big snow. One day last week he traveled 86 miles to serve his patrons and on two days he traveled 77 miles each day. There were formerly two routes out of Redfield , but they were consolidated last fall.

50 YEARS AGO

(1958)

Do You Know? (Another series of the early history of Fort Scott sponsored by Cheney's Funeral Chapel):

As few as 60 or 70 years ago the remains on an Indian burial ground existed within the present city limits of Fort Scott. There are Fort Scott citizens still living who remember it. Time has erased it and it is no longer visible, but it was located on the south and east side of Mill Creek bridge on Highway 69, or just west of where Pratell Street intercepts North Crawford Street. The continuous floods changing the banks and bed of Mill Creek have entirely washed away this historic landmark of the first inhabitants of North America. It was a solemn rite among the Indians that their most valued possessions be buried with them, and after a flood it was not uncommon to find arrows, arrowheads and coins used by them for exchange of goods. This sacred spot was probably established before there were any white settlers in this vicinity.

Our firm, Cheney's Funeral Chapel, established by Charles Goodlander 95 years ago, was active in the development of Fort Scott when the Indian Burial Ground was still visible.

25 YEARS AGO

(1983)

No publication.