100 YEARS AGO
D.E. Watkins, secretary of the Kansas Automobile Association, will be in Fort Scott Tuesday evening and at that time he hopes to organize the automobile owners of Fort Scott and Bourbon County, both for a local organization and as a branch of the state and national association. There is now in the neighborhood of 200 car owners in the county, 135 of whom reside in Fort Scott. President H.L. Stout of the Fort Scott Auto Club has called a meeting of all members of that organization and all other auto owners are requested to meet with them so that all may be merged into one strong club.
Perhaps the swellest and most elaborate soda fountain ever brought to Fort Scott has just been set up in the Lear Drug Store. It is marble and mahogany, consisting of counter and fountain of the newest design. This new fountain and counter are worth seeing.
75 YEARS AGO
F.D. Martin, commissioner of streets and public utilities, addressed the Kiwanis Club. Mr. Martin said just a little push can lead to the establishment of plants locating here. The street commissioner is inclined to think that Fort Scott is "sleeping on its rights," just as it did years ago when it allowed the Katy shops, the Kansas City Southern and the state teachers' college slip through its hands.
County Commissioner O.S. Kelley said today that Moore's Branch, near his home south of town, was the highest this morning that he had ever seen it since he moved to his present home in 1916 -- the year after the big flood of September 1915.
Walter Campbell, who lives near Rock Creek Lake, says three free of water stood on the road in front of his place yesterday morning. The lake was as high as he has ever seen it.
A.B. Konantz has returned from St. Louis and Detroit. He attended a funeral directors' meeting in St. Louis and drove a new car home from Detroit.
50 YEARS AGO
Photo caption: "It is old- fashioned, but these Fort Scott farmers enjoy harvesting the hard way. Harold Hurd is raking hay with a sulky rake pulled by Shetland ponies.
After that, the hay is loaded onto the wagon it is stacked by Ernie Page and Johnnie Hurd. Also helping are Rick and Ronnie Hurd. The men own pulling teams as a hobby, but on Saturday these two Shetland teams were earning their own feed. This field is located across from Oak Haven Rest Home.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Schmidt have returned from Denver where they attended the Kiwanis International Convention. They stopped in Great Bend to visit their sons, Robert and Raymond, and families.
Remember! No finance charges, no interest charges or carrying charges on any purchase made in this store. -- Lotterer & Sons, 113 Market
25 YEARS AGO
UNIONTOWN -- The board of education voted to approve two special considerations in a non-certified personnel pay, which included raising bus driver activity pay from $5.85 to $l6.10 per hour and employing Mike O'Bryan on a 52-week basis at $6.10 per hour, with 40 weeks in the school year (two weeks vacation) and 10 weeks in the summer for outside maintenance
Two area students were among 26 members of the 1987 graduating class of Pittsburg State University graduating with scholastic honors. Steve Ray Isaac, Moran, graduated magna cum laude (3.90) and Vincent Frank Ahrens, Fort Scott, graduated cum laude (3.85).
Ava Webber, president of the Fort Scott Chapter of Retired Persons, is a recipient of the 1987 AARP National Community Service Award. She was selected for her outstanding volunteer contributions to the community.