100 YEARS AGO
To ensure a prompt delivery of your motor car this Spring you should place your order now, as the factories are having much difficulty in securing railroad equipment owing to the weather conditions:
Flanders Tour Car, complete...$925
Reo Touring Car, complete...$1,300
E.M. Touring Car, complete...$1,250
Cadillac Touring Car...$2,000
American Tourist... $2,250
Those coming to town from the country report that the roads and fields are drying under the double influence of the sun and the wind. The roads will be left very rough unless they are dragged as they dry up and many of the farmers are in readiness to drag their roads as soon as they are in the proper condition.
75 YEARS AGO
A theft of a kind that has never occurred here before, and the motive for which is puzzling, was disclosed today by County Assessor Joe Bonsteel. A total of 139 tax forms, on which were listed the assessed valuation of all the assessable property in the first ward of Fort Scott, were stolen from Mr. Bonesteel's office. The fact that the thief unlocked the door makes it appear likely that the theft occurred while the office was closed temporarily Wednesday for a funeral. Apparently, the only possible motives for such a theft would be revenge or spite, possibly by some taxpayers disgruntled over the assessable value fixed on his property.
New Driver's License Law:
You must obtain a new license annually at a cost of 50 cents.
You must have good vision, submitting to eye tests when necessary.
You must have the ability to read and understand road signs and warnings.
You must have a knowledge of traffic laws and rules of the road.
You must demonstrate physical and mental ability to drive, if required.
You must have a satisfactory driving record in the past.
50 YEARS AGO
Three school buildings in the Fort Scott system will be stocked with emergency food rations as a result of action taken by the board of education. Board members approved an agreement with civil defense authorities authorizing storage of the food at Eugene Ware, junior and senior high buildings for use in case of nuclear attack.
Marcel Normand, political science instructor at Fort Scott Junior College, has been selected chairman of the Fifth District Young Democrats. The district composes 18 counties in southeast and south-central Kansas. Normand is state treasurer for the Young Democrats.
ARCADIA -- Chickenpox and mumps have cut down attendance in the grade school here. At least half of the youngsters in Mrs. Eve Hinkle's first grade room have chickenpox and students up to the fifth grade have contracted the disease. A number of preschool children are suffering with the mumps.
25 YEARS AGO
The Fort Scott Tribune received a first-place Kansas Press Association award of excellence in spot news for The Tribune's coverage of the October 1986 flood. The award was announced at the annual KPA convention. The spot news award was given to stories written by Tribune reporter John Lechliter and former Tribune reporter Loretta George. The stories were on the immediate aftermath of the flood, the clean-up process and financial aid for flood victims. A series on economic plight of Bourbon County farmers written by Amy Balding won a second place award in the enterprise category.
Police: Elfie Stout, 704 Horton, reported that sometime in the past 10 days someone entered the garage of her residence and stole a pair of grass shears. Police said the shears were worth $15.