100 YEARS AGO
How would like to be thirsty and not able to find a drink of water, running about the neighborhood with your parched throat nearly burning from the heat? And how would you like to be picked up by some of the neighbors and the police called just because you were thirsty? It is only a small matter to place a pan of water in the back yard where the dogs and cats and birds may drink any time they want. Neglected animals are taken up by the police and shot. This does not seem a square deal and it is cruelty to animals to not have water.
A local man remarked, "I get a lot of enjoyment watching the birds and the dogs and cats coming around a pan of water in my yard. The animals really appreciate fresh water in this heat."
75 YEARS AGO
It looked as if Fort Scott and vicinity were due for a big rain early today but the only precipitation was .10 of an inch. The moisture brought the total July rainfall to 1.40 inches.
The Rotary-Kiwanis softball game at the South Main field last evening resulted in a tie score of 14 to 14 at the end of five innings of fun and amusement that entertained a crowd of 1,500 people who contributed more than $100 to the Penny Ice Fund.
Some of the stars on both teams failed to put in appearance. Dr. John Hunter, Douglas Hudson, A. Letton and even Umpire Tom Macon were in the stands looking on.
Probably the oldest car ever stolen in Fort Scott was taken Saturday from the east side of Market Street. It was 23 years old -- 1914 Model T Ford roadster belonging to Cecil Baker, tenant on the D.R. Keith farm south of Evergreen Cemetery. It may be the thief took it for its value as a relic.
50 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Bernita Hill, former Fort Scott teacher, is returning to the system as a result of action taken by the board of education. The board elected her to teach high school journalism and English. Mrs. Hill was selected by the Fort Scott Jaycees as representative young teacher two years ago just before she moved to Iola. She has taught at Iola since that time.
Work is under way for remodeling the Post Office and excavation for the driveway is expected to begin tomorrow. Preparations are in progress in the lobby to get the interior ready for installing a glass panel which will separate the box section from the window section.
25 YEARS AGO
Three local pharmacists have opened up a pharmaceutical distribution company in Fort Scott. Medical Dispensing Systems, 23 W. First, is owned and operated by Larry Denton, Craig Campbell and Robert Spence.
D.K. Hewett was hired by the Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees to be the new FSCC community relations director and journalism instructor to succeed the late Carol Dikeman. Hewett is a graduate of FSCC. He formerly worked for the Quarter Horse Journal and owned and published two rodeo publications.
"Children got a chance to test their angling skills at Gunn Park during the annual U-234 Recreation Department Fishing Derby. Four-year-old Chad Hill got help from his father, Steve Hill." -- Photo by John Lechliter
Photo caption: "Fort Scott Malone Plumbing second baseman Brent Malone forced Uniontown Ruritan runner Jim Ermel at second and attempted to complete a double play during the men's slow pitch district match-up. Malones won 9-3 and went on to place second in the nine-team tournament.