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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

100 YEARS AGO

(1908)

E.P. Bowen, the paint contractor, has quite a line of business from the Kress store people, who seem to think he is just the fellow for decorating their stores. Since he fixed up the interior decoration of their Fort Scott store, they have had him decorate every store they have started in this section. He is now at Parsons.

Work commenced this morning on the painting of the interior of the new Y.M.C.A. Building. E.P. Bowen is the contractor. It will be finished in mission style.

75 YEARS AGO

(1933)

Mrs. Mary E. Stout, widow of William H. Stout, a resident of Fort Scott since 1869, passed away Thursday at the homestead, 219 W. Wall Street, where she has resided for 60 years. Mrs. Stout, 88, had kept her keen, brilliant mind and interest in world and religious affairs until the last. Mrs. Stout was identified with the social life of Fort Scott until recent years when she spent much of her time in reading and quiet visits with old family friends. Mary E. Fox was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles James Fox and was born in New York City, March 31, 1844. It was a matter of fate that Mrs. Stout was born in America. Her parents were enroute to Calcutta, India, her father's birthplace, from England. Their boat was wrecked and Mr. and Mrs. Fox were picked up by a ship bound for New York City. The family settled in Pontiac, Mich., where Mary E. Fox married William H. Stout on May 22, 1867 and they came to Fort Scott. To the union was born one son, Howard Lee Stout. He is engaged in the business of the Fort Scott Grain and Implement Co. founded by his father, William H. Stout, who died Jan. 23, 1908. There are two grandsons, Howard and Stuart Stout. Mrs. Stout was a devout member of the St. Andrew's Episcopal church. Stout Hall in the Parish House was named in honor of Mrs. Stout. The funeral will be conducted in St. Andrew's, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

50 YEARS AGO

(1958)

Photo caption: "The stone shelter house at Gunn Park presented this St. Patrick's Day view this morning after a 4.23-inch snowfall this weekend. The stillness was broken by squawking ducks."--Tribune photo

Fines and forfeitures paid in Bourbon County during the past year totaled $11,066, Ethelyn Milburn, county treasurer, said today. The figure represents monies collected by Justice of the Peace Benton More and John Baker and turned over to the county treasurer. The funds are distributed to schools in the county on the basis of student population. The school census this year totals 3,815 students and distribution will be made at the rate of approximately $2.90 per student, Eva J. Krull, county Superintendent of Schools, said.

25 YEARS AGO

(1983)

Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Eshelbrener, 1223 Burke St., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jara Sue, to David Bryan Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Martin, Joplin, Mo. The wedding is planned for May 21 at the First Presbyterian Church.

Grandchildren of Henry and Mary Catt Carson are gathering in Fort Scott for a "cousins" reunion. An open house, with Nola Pellett Graham and Mary Pellett Harper as hostesses, will be held in the commons area of Fort Scott High School on March 19.

Photo caption: "The Leftovers were easy winners this season in the U-234 men's rec volleyball with a 34-2 games record. Team members are Dick Wheeler, Ric Stuhr, Brian Baker, Don Lancaster, Philip Gorman, Jay Leek and Larry Bledsoe.--Photo by Dave Wagner.

Editor's Note -- The items in this edition of Other Years occured so many years ago yesterday. For recolletions of things that happened so many years ago today, see the column in its normal space on page 4.

Nell Dikeman
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