100 YEARS AGO
The employees located at this point, all of whom knew him, were very sorry to hear of the death of Charley "Scotty" Gilless, at age 74, the oldest conductor on the Frisco System. He had been running a passenger train on the Frisco for a little more than 43 years. He was a native of Scotland and came to America when he was less than 21 years of age. He would have been superintendent if he so desired, but he refused the offer. The last time he tried away from the rattling of the wheels through the country was when he was made assistant general passenger agent at St. Louis. He tried it for six months and asked for his train back again, and got it.
75 YEARS AGO
"How the Social Security Act Works" was told to a crowd of business men and women last evening at the Goodlander Hotel dining room by Howard C. Dunn in a forum sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Dunn, a regional representative, explained that Title II of the act has to do with assistance of the aged. He said the act contains a series of separate laws. By federal grants of revenue to the states which have enacted enabling laws, benefits will go to the blind, to the dependents, crippled children, for vocational training and for some phases of public service.
At the regular meeting of the Zion School Club held at the Zion School, 117 members and visitors were present with 12 new members enrolled.
50 YEARS AGO
The Fort Scott Tribune was named as a winner of the 1961 Award for Exceptional Service to Safety, granted by the National Safety Council. The Tribune was among 90 daily newspapers in the United States.
AMEN...Each teletype story sent over the wire by the Associated Press is punched with a number for identification purposes. Today, one of the linotype operators, feeling a bit lighthearted perhaps at the prospect of the upcoming weekend, labeled the AP tape with the picture of a dog--the number of the story being K-9!
Photo caption: -- A landmark is gone. The old Methodist Episcopal Church which stool on the corner of Second and Little streets for 65 years, was razed yesterday. In the picture, Mrs. Hugh Johnson and Mrs. Jim Chapman study some of the papers contained in a metal box beneath the cornerstone of the church. Among the papers was a 1891 edition of the Fort Scott Monitor newspaper."--Tribune photo
25 YEARS AGO
A long-awaited springtime bash was held last week at Fort Scott High School giving students and faculty a break from school work to participate in a number of festivities. TWIRP Week, an annual event at the high school, is held to promote school spirit by getting students involved in the week's activities. The week has changed, however, since its beginning 40 years ago. Superintendent of Schools Fred Campbell said the festivities originated during the spring of 1947 to celebrate the end of World War II. During the time students from the Fort Scott Community College were housed on the third floor of the high school building, it was decided to hold a week of activities in honor of FSHS and FSCC students enlisted in the U.S. armed forces. Students called it Sadie Hawkins Day. As time passed it became TWIRP Week, an acronym for The Woman Is Required (to) Pay.
(April 7) -- Happy Birthday "Magic" Mary Asher. You have done more in the past year for our community than most of have done in a lifetime. How grateful we are for your many talents, your unlimited energy and your willingness to share with so many. Our best wishes for a special birthday. -- Your family and friends.