100 YEARS AGO
Miss Dolly Maffett, a young lady 7 years of age, who for a week past has been a guest at the West home on South Washington Street, is suffering with infantile paralysis and her condition is reported as quite serious. The West home has been placed under strict quarantine and it will be three weeks at least before others will be permitted to come and go from the house. The case is the first new one to develop here for some time past and it had been hoped by the physicians that its spread had been successfully checked.
John Connolly, Harry Warren and Harry Morrow were among those who went down to Garland this afternoon to attend the picnic which closes this evening.
Fort Scott is this week entertaining the youngest licensed aviator in the United States, in the person of Robert McCrum, one of the pioneer railroad men out of this city. Mr. McCrum was billed to fly at Fairmount Park, Kansas City, this week, but on account of an accident to his machine, it was necessary that he cancel the dates and a part of the week will be spent here. L.A. Moon, his chief machinist, is also in this city and they will remain here until the parts for their machine arrive.
75 YEARS AGO
Bright posters, placards and bills announcing the 30th annual fair of the Bourbon County Fair Association at Uniontown next week have been placed in store windows and other public places. The fair is now a combined agricultural and 4-H club fair, race meet and horse show and has assumed much greater importance over the last few years.
The rainfall this morning measured .31 of an inch, light in comparison with other points in eastern Kansas. It brought the August rainfall to 1.21 inches.
C.A. Lauber, of five miles southeast of Fort Scott, was painfully injured Wednesday when he was attacked by a Jersey bull. The attack occurred at an auction at his farm. The bull was included in the property bid in by Clarence Ater, of the Garland locality. The attack occurred during the process of loading the animal. Mr. Lauber is reported by his attending physician as doing well.
50 YEARS AGO
Concern over dying and dead elm trees in Fort Scott was expressed at this morning's city commission meeting by Mark Weeks, greenhouse operator here. Weeks said the number of dead elm trees is increasing and suggests the city officials contact someone from Kansas State University to determine the exact cause. He said he thought Dutch elm disease might be the cause. Commissioners also discussed the increased number of Chinese elm trees denuded of leaves because of the elm leaf beetle.
(Aug. 20) -- The first day of officially recorded 100-degree weather reached Fort Scott yesterday when the mercury climb climbed to 102 between 3 and 5 p.m. The thermometer registered 100 again at noon today. Tomorrow's high is again expected to reach 100 degrees.
25 YEARS AGO
"Happy 40th Anniversary Walter & Dorothy" from Alan, Janet, Dave, Betsy and Kelly.
Photo caption: "Kansas Board of Regents member Shirley Palmer introduced Kansas State University President Jon Wefold to Judge Harry Fisher at the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Farmers Appreciation Night. Wefold was the speaker for the event." -- Photo by Anna Laudati
Ferocious winds and lightning knocked down numerous tree limbs causing several power outages and leaving many Fort Scott and Bourbon County residents in the dark for part of Wednesday night. Officials said, however, that no major damage, fires or injuries were reported from the storm.