100 YEARS AGO
Because their full time will be required in the fields this season if they are to make a success of their crops against the adverse weather conditions, Judge Cannon this afternoon announced that the entire civil docket will go over until June 3rd, and that it will then be tried with a jury composed of men from town. The farmers are weeks behind with their spring work and to require their presence in court would be an injustice to them, so after the conference with the members of the bar it was arranged that after next week, when a few criminal cases will be called for trial, all members of the jury from the country, and whose presence is required at home, will be excused from further duty,
75 YEARS AGO
Notice of the appropriation of federal money for the financing of the first outdoor WPA project in the county for workmen has been received here by Mayor Harry Brooks. The workers will plant and care for the small plants, shrubbery and flowers on the parkways of the city streets and other city owned property. Mostly women will be employed of the 16 workers and a supervisor. The total cost of the project will be $2,725, the WPA allotting $2,340 for the work, while the city which is sponsoring the project, must apportion $385, amounting to 14 percent of the cost.
Charles Theodore Keeney, pioneer resident of Bourbon County and the Pawnee Station neighborhood and a Civil War veteran died May 14. Mr. Keeney, 91, came to Kansas in 1870 and settled on a farm in the Pawnee Creek neighborhood.
Services will be Sunday at the M.E. Church at Pawnee, with burial in Large Cemetery.
50 YEARS AGO
A fire at Fulton High School this afternoon destroyed the hot lunch building adjoining the school and a food storage room. The fire apparently started in the kitchen. Fire also was burning along the east room of the school auditorium and a bucket brigade was attempting to save it. The Prescott Fire Department ran to Fulton to assist but the fire truck ran out of water. Chief Hildreth of the Fort Scott Fire Department drove to Fulton, but no truck was sent from here because of legal limitations on use out of the city limits.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wood, Route 1, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Loreta Ann, to Larry Ray Jent, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winfred Jent, Fort Scott. The wedding will be June 16 at the First Baptist Church, Fort Scott, with the Rev. Kenneth R. Wood, the bride-elect's brother, performing the ceremony. A reception will follow at the Hammond Methodist Church. Miss Wood is employed at the Western Insurance Companies. Mr. Jent is a junior at Pittsburg State University and is employed at the Western.
25 YEARS AGO
Congratulations to the following team from Ray Shepherd, U.S. 69 South: Sonny Anselml, Rich Aydelotte, Steve Brooks, Bob Cagle, Ira Collins, Garrold Crays, Ron Davidson, Mike DeMott, Sam Edmonds, Rita Endicott, Gary Franklin, Jack Garrett, Tony George, Sam Hampton, Denton Hixon, Jack Hixon, Jesse Kemp, Eddie King, Tim Koch, Vern Large, Tim Lewis, Larry McConnell, Robert Mooney, Harold Northrop, Buck Pyle, Janice Ramsey, John Scott, Norman Shaw, Kenneth Simons, Willie Smith, Tom Spainhoward, Robert Stout, Ken Wheeler, Jean Wiley, Jay Wright and Jerry Yockey.
Thirty Fort Scott Community College nursing students will received their associate applied science in nursing degree.
Martha Ford, Uniontown, will be one of those proud graduates -- a 67 year-old great-grandmother who went back to school after being out for 43 years.