100 YEARS AGO
LONDON, July 30 -- The judgment of the British Board of Trade Court of Inquiry into the Titanic disaster was pronounced today by Lord Mersey, the presiding judge before a large audience. The court finds that the collision was due to excessive speed, that a proper watch was not kept, that the ship's boats were properly lowered, but that arrangements for manning them were insufficient; that the Lapland Line Californian had attempted t do so, that the track followed was reasonably safe with proper vigilance, and that there was no discrimination against third-class passengers in the saving of life. The court exonerated J. Bruce Ismay and Sir Cosmos Duff-Gordon, from any charges of improper conduct.
75 YEARS AGO
(By the Associated Press) -- Buffeted by five lean years, discouraging years, the Kansas farmer is beating back today, has money jingling in his jeans, a new tractor in the shed, receipted bills in the bureau drawer and thoughts of a new car in his head.
Wheat, truly a golden grain this year with prices up to $1.20 a bushel, played a big part in putting the farmer in position to see something besides red ink.
Millions of dollars flowed to the farmer, starting a wave of buying, bill paying and debt retirement in rural areas.
Implement dealers report heavy purchases. A Wichita farm machinery dealer said, "For once our problem is not how to sell our machinery, but how to keep enough on hand to meet demand."
The Bright's store, one of the city's oldest drygoods companies, has been purchased by Murray Weathers, well-known in merchandising. Bright's was founded here in 1867. After the death of Jim Bright, J.M. Bright moved the store to Pleasanton in 1895. Then in 1902, Mr. Bright moved the store back to Fort Scott. In 1927 the store was moved to its present location, No. 9 S. Main St.
50 YEARS AGO
Sunday is the day for all baseball fans and general outdoor sports enthusiasts to set their sights on Fairgrounds Park and the baseball game between the Indianapolis Clowns and the Fort Scott Cokes. The nationally famous Clowns will put on a baseball fun show and circus extravaganza, according to C.B. Marshall, manager of the Cokes and promoter of the evening's entertainment. The Cokes had their second game of the season yesterday in the mud. Manager Marshall said the Cokes would be in top form to play the Clowns.
ARCADIA (By Nancy Brown) -- The Post Office Department has issued a 4-cent stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America to be here on Wednesday.
City Commissioners approved building permits for three residences. Raymond Mason, 205 S. Lincoln, plans to tear down and rebuild a house. The other two permits went to Clarence Wright for a house at 515 Couch and Tom McNeil for construction of a house in the 1800 block on South Margrave.
25 YEARS AGO
Photo caption: "Liberty Savings & Loan went 11-1 this season to take first place in the Men's Slow Pitch League, Division II play. Team members include Doug Ropp, Phil Gorman, Dave Lewis, Jim Allen, Phil Hammons, Joe Dauben, Tom Evans, Jim Bambick, Ron Kastl, Pat Bishop, Joe Beckham and Gary Bolden." -- Photo by Dave Wagner
Photo caption: "Malone Plumbing won a playoff game from Sunflower Supply to take first place in Men's Slow Pitch League, Division I softball. Team members include Mike Malone, Greg Malone, Jim Lambert, Steve Crane, Mike O'Laughlin, Keith Malone, Mike Baker, Brandon Malone, Mike Combs, Brent Malone, Dale Parsons, Jerry Peterson, Kelly Seifert and Jerry Davenport." -- Photo by Bob Weems