100 YEARS AGO
Professor John F. Hughes, former principal of the Fort Scott High School, now superintendent of schools at Chanute, proposes to introduce moving picture films into the public schools to help educate the children. It is not the plan to give real "movies" but with a projecting lantern to throw slides that pertain to the work of the student.
The phonograph and the lantern are now considered a necessary part of the equipment of a modern school and are used all over the United States.
Col. C.C. Turner left today on a landmen's special train via the Frisco for Old Mexico, where he expects to spend the next two weeks. The train was run from Kansas City as a special and had aboard a large number of land men and others who are going south with the view of investing in real estate in Old Mexico.
75 YEARS AGO
George L. Swearingen, 70, well-known switchman and yardmaster, who resides at 520 S. Judson St., is now on the retired list. He was in the employ of the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis and the Frisco railroads for a period of 45 years and one month. Mr. Swearingen was born on a farm near Mapleton.
Undaunted by the heavy rain, Miss Grace D. Brill and the women of the Farm Bureau units decided to go ahead with their annual "play day" today at the home of Mrs. W.C. Bryant, east of Fort Scott. It was impossible to have the program on the lawn as planned, but Mrs. Bryant was sent word that she had had a large barn on the premises cleaned up and put in the best possible condition for the program.
50 YEARS AGO
PITTSBURG (AP) -- Joe Skubitz, candidate for the Republican nomination for a 5th District congressional seat, has a busy schedule. Today, Skubitz has appearances set in Altamont and Mound Valley.
A three-man school board was elected for the newly consolidated District No. 9, according to Miss Eva J. Krull, county superintendent. They were Reece Ringmaster, director; Ray Pfeiffer, clerk; and George Brock, treasurer. District 9 is a consolidation of nine districts southeast of Fort Scott which voted to join together and build an eight-room school center located among the districts uniting.
Five area teachers are participating in a National Science Foundation summer institute at Pittsburg State College. Included are Robert Eshelbrenner, Hill DeMent and Claud Robinson, Fort Scott; Larry Laming, Uniontown; and Anna Plute, Coffeyville.
25 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Lewis, Fort Scott, were honored at an open house in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary on May 17 at the Fort Scott Elks Lodge. Hosts were their children and grandchildren to include Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Lewis Jr., Bob and Cheri, Girard; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Peel and Brad, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Harris and Nicholas, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lewis, Kenny, Jason, Tony, Rocky and Rickie, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lewis, David and Lisa, Fort Scott; and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lewis, Tiffany and Maureen, Reed Springs, Mo.
The Fort Scott City Commission voted to continue with the July 4 fireworks display, whether insurance can be obtained or not.
Finance Director Jon Garrison told commissioners that the insurance company that wrote the policy for last year's policy placed a qualification on this year's policy that firemen with training in explosives must be present at the display. Garrison said there are no local firefighters with explosives training, but would look for someone else with the training. With or without, commissioners declared, the display would go on.