100 YEARS AGO
Secretary Benning of the Y.M.C.A. has a new wrinkle which is meeting with approval by people from the country who come here to shop. This morning the doors of the association were thrown open to the country shoppers and many took advantage of the offer. The lobby was filled all day with both men and women. They sat around in comfortable chairs, talking and getting acquainted with each other. They thought the building was just about right and all made promises of returning upon their next visit to town.
Again the price of gasoline soars higher and the autoists and motorcyclists wonder when it will reach the top. The dealers say that the end, that it is only the beginning. The price has gone from 14 cents to 14 1/2 cents per gallon.
75 YEARS AGO
Hundreds of people are applying at the office of J.A. Stapleton, poor commissioner, for assistance under the Social Security plan, many of them apparently under a mistaken impression regarding the regulations governing such aid. More than 500 applications have been received, but it is doubtful whether or not upon investigation more than a small percentage of the applicants will be found eligible to receive assistance. The social security plan calls for old age assistance and not for old age pensions, and it appears that the limit of that assistance this year will probably not exceed, in the most extreme cases, $16 or $ 17 a month. As stated, the need of the applicant must be extreme before he can secure the assistance.
50 YEARS AGO
LAWRENCE -- Seven American Legion players have been named from Fort Scott to the Second District All Star team. The managers from the eight towns in the district did the selecting. Fort Scott contributions to the 16-man team are Kirk Rice, Dave Harris, Tom Bishard, Bob Haynes, Ken Farmer, Mike Morrison and Frank Stumpfoll.
Crossword puzzle fans, as well as music lovers, will relish the music concert tomorrow night at the band shell, Carl Clinesmith, director, said. As the band and orchestra play familiar melodies, members of the audience will complete crossword puzzle blanks with words suggested by the tunes.
Helen Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Williams of 742 S. Main, was commissioned an ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps at the Navy Recruiting Station, Kansas City. Ensign Williams will report to Officer Candidate School at Newport, R.I., and then will be transferred to Naval Hospital, Pensacola, Fla., for duty. She is a 1961 graduate of Mercy School of Nursing.
25 YEARS AGO
UNIONTOWN -- In what may have been the shortest term for a principal at West Bourbon Elementary School, Richard Smith, Independence, resigned the post one day after the U-235 Board of Education approved his employment.
The U-235 Board voted Thursday to employ Smith as the new West Bourbon Elementary School principal, however, a few hours after accepting the offer on Friday, Smith changed his mind and phoned the district's superintendent to decline the offer. Superintendent Milt Holloway said Smith called him Friday to decline the position. Holloway said the district will be interviewing other candidates for the WBE principal position.
The position became vacant in May when Gene Christy resigned to accept a position with the Cherokee District as principal at McCune. Christy had been principal of WBE for the past 22 years.
Photo caption: "Ducks at one of the lakes at Gunn Park beat the heat late Sunday floating on the water or taking to the shade. The heat wave is expected to continue through today with a high of 102." -- Tribune photo