100 YEARS AGO
The automobile parade to be given in the business district of Fort Scott on the morning of July 4th will be one of the great successes of the day. Already, owners of 35 cars in Fort Scott have arranged for their decoration for the parade, and others are being interested daily. There are now nearly 150 automobiles in Fort Scott, and it is hoped that 100 of them will be in line on the morning of the 4th.
The success of this coming event is uppermost in the minds of all Fort Scott. Many decorations have been ordered. If the present demand continues, it will be necessary to increase the supply. Many antique designs will be used. Many comedy features are planned for the parade, the least of which will be a clown. Already instruments have been secured for the band and arrangements are being made for uniforms.
The overwhelming interest in having a parade demands that boys and girls be hired to help with decorating.
A number of societies of the city are arranging to have automobiles as floats in the parade. Already five societies have signed their intentions.
75 YEARS AGO
Have you ever read or recited those catchy little jingles known as limericks? Of course you have. Hardly a man or woman lives today who hasn't in childhood rattled off that perennial favorite about the young lady who went for ride on a tiger.
Of course you remember the Lady of Niger
"There was a young lady from Niger
Who went for a ride on a tiger.
They came back from the ride
With the lady inside
And a smile on the face of the tiger."
The Tribune wants to see how well you can write a limerick and, beginning this week, will offer three prizes each week for the best limericks submitted in accordance with the rules. A first prize of $1 and second and third prizes of 50 cents each will be awarded each week.
Arthur McComb Sr., prominent farmer of north of the city, and a son, Cecil, were painfully but not seriously injured Saturday at the west edge of Eureka where their motor car overturned after striking a rough section of the highway after crossing an overpass on U.S. Highway 54. Witnesses said accidents often occur there. Another son, Arthur McComb Jr., went for the injured family members to bring them home.
50 YEARS AGO
Marion (Speck) Farmer, meteorologist with the Air Force stationed at Fuchu, Japan, was recently promoted from major to lieutenant colonel. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Farmer, 111 Andrick. He will complete 20 years of service in February 1963.
A recent issue of the Cities Service Gas Co. magazine, Dispatcher, features Fort Scott in a series of articles on communities served by the company. There are reviews of Fort Scott's founding as a military post in 1842. With the story are pictures of the restored Fort Blair block house, the Christian Church, Mercy Hospital, Winfield Scott School, interior views of the Western Insurance Cos. office, the Museum Building on the Plaza, an interior view of Bruce Marble and Granite Works and a view of the Fort Scott National Cemetery. Also reproduced are letters from Mayor William O. Rardin and G.W. Marble, Tribune editor. Copies of the magazine are available at the Chamber of Commerce office.
Fireworks, 18th and Horton, on your way to the lake. -- Charles Large
Celebrate at the Mo-Kan Drive-in July 3 and 4. Giant aerial fireworks both nights in addition to our regular double -feature movies.
25 YEARS AGO