Fort Scott homes fitted with sleeping porches

Friday, April 1, 2011

100 YEARS AGO

(1911)

The birds in Fort Scott will not be lonely in their treetop nests during the long nights of spring and summer. They will not be the only outdoor sleepers in the city. Already there is a colony of sleeping porch patrons. The following are some of the houses that are fitted with sleeping porches: Dr. Claude Brant, 216 S. Eddy; Dr. M.F. Jarrett, 710 S. Crawford; G.W. Marble, 114 S. Eddy; C.C. Crain, 501 S. Judson; H.L. Stout, 2 S. Eddy; D.F. Coon, 523 S. Judson; E.J. Rollings, 105 S. Eddy; W.H. Drake, 204 S. Eddy; W.C. Gunn, 308 S. Judson; R.S. Tiernan, 624 S. National; J.B. Stokesberry, 728 S. Eddy; Dr. J.B. Carver, 111 S. Judson; Dr. R. Aikman, 24 S. Judson; Dr. S. McDaniel, 102 S. National. New residences built with up-to date porches include Kenneth Calhoun, 310 S. Judson; L. Meyerhardt, 208 S. Eddy; Robert B. Barr, 106 N. Eddy; L. Meyerhardt, 210 S. Eddy, while C.E. Benton, C.A. Van Velzer, Stephen Hubbard and J.H. Crowder are building sleeping porches on their present dwellings. There are only two drawbacks to outdoor sleeping -- the early summer and mid-fall mosquitoes and the habit of birds working so blooming early in the morning.

75 YEARS AGO

(1936)

Frank Shoemaker is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his entry into the drug business in Fort Scott, which began when he bought the store at 704 E. Wall St. on April 3, 1911. Mr. Shoemaker recalls that the purchase was made on Friday. In this connection, Friday and the No. 13 figure rather largely in Mr. Shoemaker's life. When he was examined for registration as pharmacist in Kansas, he drew identification number 12 and again when he took the Missouri state examination his identification number was 13. He purchased the Charles Pratt store on Friday and presumes that was the 13th. He started in the automobile business with Claude Dunham on Friday and the purchase of the Kurtz store was on Friday, Nov. 23, 1929. Frank is a native of Bourbon County, having been born on a farm northeast of the city. He is a graduate of the Whitney School of Pharmacy.

Miss Ivy Morgan, principal of the Main Street School, was honored with a surprise party on April Fool's Day, that being her birthday.

50 YEARS AGO

(1961)

A spring fashion review was presented at Fort Scott High School in cooperation with the Bourbon County Extension Office and schools in the area. The models were Rosemary Warren, Karen Holeman, Mary Kuns and Martha Poore, Bronson; Carol Dean Royston, Kay Walker, Evelyn Jones and Nancy Graham, Uniontown; Kay Carter, Sandra Bailey and Jody Buffington, junior high; and Darlene Niemeir, Sharon Harlan, Karen Dunsworth, Arlene Commons, Sharon Rea, Kay Reeves and Mary Powell, Fort Scott High School. Home economics teachers cooperating were Mrs. Lois Marshall, Fort Scott High School; Mrs. Ruth Bloomcamp, Uniontown; Mrs. Eula Lewis, Bronson; and Miss Kathleen Komarek, Fort Scott Junior High School. There were about 500 girls and mothers attending.

25 YEARS AGO

(1986)

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Martens announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Clara Louise, to Arnold W. Schofield. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Pittsburg State University. She is director of social services at Mercy Hospital. The prospective bridegroom attended college in Frederick, Md., and is employed by the National Park Service.

He is the historian of Fort Scott National Historic Site. The wedding is planned for April 19 at the Old Congregational Church. The reception will be held in the Grey Room, Fort Scott Community College. Friends and relatives are invited.