100 YEARS AGO
The present plans for a 4th of July celebration include for the morning hours to be spent in the business district with an automobile parade and the afternoon at Gunn Park. The automobile owners of the city are planning to meet tomorrow to arrange for the parade. An invitation to every auto owner in and near Fort Scott will be issued to participate and it is hoped to have more than 100 machines in line. There are now more than 130 machines in the city and many over the nearby district. A large amount of decorations are being provided for the owners.
Tomorrow is Flag Day, and to do your part you must put out your flags. Mrs. L.E. Hugus, patriotic instructor, will present a flag to the Collegiate Institute with appropriate ceremonies at 8 o'clock in the evening. Orders are for the crews to carry flags with Fort Scott pennants.
75 YEARS AGO
William H. Strohm, father of Dr. R.Y. Strohm of this city, died June 11. He was a fine old gentleman. Mr. Strohm had been a deacon in the Brethren church for 45 years. He had reared a fine family. Two sons and a brother-in-law are preachers.
When Dr. J.J. Cavanaugh entered his office at 11 E. First St. this morning he found that someone, evidently entering the office during the night hours, had stolen all of the "dope"-- morphine valued at between $8 and $10. The theft is the second of the kind at Dr. Cavanaugh's office within two weeks. Last week, someone entered the office during the noon hour and stole a quantity of drugs. Dr. Cavanaugh believes the thefts were made by using a passkey.
A Henney-Packard coach has been added by the Cheney Undertaking Company to its line of complete funeral equipment. The coach is a deluxe model representative of the newest in funeral service. Cheney's recently purchased a family car and the new funeral coach will make complete a service line of Packard cars.
50 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Billie Wood, owner and operator of Billie's Ceramic Shop, was installed as president of the Business and Professional Women's Club. Retiring president, Mrs. Earl Schubert, conducted the candlelight installation service. Mrs. Wood has been a resident of Fort Scott since her marriage to the late Earl Wood in 1929. She is president of the Four State Ceramic Association.
A month-long drive for a loan fund to help bring an aluminum extrusions firm to Fort Scott came to an end today when leaders of Fort Scott Industries announced that the $75,000 goal has been pledged. Drive leaders said over 200 firms and individuals have demonstrated their faith in the industrial growth of Fort Scott. This officially opens the way for Aluminum Extrusions Inc., to move here from Louisville, Ky.
25 YEARS AGO
(June 10) -- The Rev. and Mrs. A.F. Collins, Fort Scott, will observe their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married Friday the 13th, in June of 1947, at Kilgore, Texas. Their children are Mrs. Gary (Melanie) Wilson and Artie F. "Chip" Collins Jr., both of Fort Scott, and Roger R. Collins, Austin, Texas. There are nine grandchildren. The couple will celebrate Saturday with family. Mr. and Mrs. Collins have been in the ministry 34 years. He has been pastor of the Grace Baptist Tabernacle since August 1965."
(June 10) -- Photo caption: "The children of Bill and Margaret Weatherbie will honor their parents at an open house Sunday at Welch, Okla., in observance of their 40th wedding anniversary. The children include Pat and Bruce Lutz, Michelle and Larry Weatherbie and Leann and Charlie Weatherbie. There are five grandchildren."