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Vets feted with picnic

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

100 YEARS AGO

(1912)

Fort Scott is entertaining the youngest licensed aviator in the United States in the person of Robert McCrum, son of the pioneer railroad man of this city. Mr. McCrum was billed to fly at Fairmount Park in Kansas City this week, but on account of an accident to his machine it was necessary that he cancel the dates, subsequently a part of the week will be spent here. Young McCrum has had a number of thrilling experiences in flights. On Aug. 1 at Louisville, Ky., while flying at an altitude of 754 feet, his 60 horsepower engine blew off, but he was able to make a successful landing. Mr. McCrum is but 19 years of age and the youngest licensed Curtis aviator in the United States.

Seventy-five feet of sidewalk is being put in on the south side of Wall Street between Scott Avenue and State Street. The old walk had been put in many years ago. The walk there is used as much as any walk in the city, aside from those on Main Street.

75 YEARS AGO

(1937)

A total of 35 American disabled American veterans of the World War gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Dugan, five miles south of Fort Scott, yesterday. They were officers and members of the Crawford County Chapter No. 2 and Bourbon County chapters 1 and 6. A picnic dinner was served. Then plans were formulated regarding future employment of disabled veterans, hospitalization and care of disabled comrades, who have been removed from relief rolls. The late afternoon was spent horseshoe pitching and other enjoyable games, finished off with appetizing sandwiches, iced tea, ice cream and cake.

Today our healthy Dionne quintuplets had Quaker Oats. -- Dr. Allan Roy Defoe

Mountain-Hoosier Sweet-As-Sugar Watermelons, lb. 3/4 cents at Safeway.

Miss Ruth Atkins took up her new duties this morning at The Tribune. Miss Atkins, of Mound City, is a graduate of the junior college. She is employed in The Tribune newsroom.

50 YEARS AGO

(1962)

Hoseman J.H. Tucker was among the first to board a fire truck answering a call at 2:47 p.m. yesterday. A garage fire was reported at 301 Franklin, Fireman Tucker's address. A small blaze was started by youngsters melting crayons to make candles. No property damage was reported. A neighbor child, Billy Seaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Seaver of 311 N. Franklin, was given first aid by firemen for burns about the face.

Not much change in the weather is in prospect during the next few days. There was an overnight low of 74 degrees after three days of 100-degree temperatures.

The family of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wood, Route 2, gathered at the Loyd Peters home, Hammond, for a family reunion.

"Faith in Our Time" was the name of the Oscar-winning speech given by Mottis Nelson at the Toastmasters Club meeting at the Red Barn.

25 YEARS AGO

(1987)

Pittsburg State University has announced summer honor rolls for this area.

All "A" -- Cherie Lynn Geneva, Marlene Kay Grimes, Donald L. Hall, Myron Ronald Higer, Jean Lea Strader, Peggy L. Jackson and Nancy Elaine Keith, Fort Scott; Susan Cooper and Kimberly Kay Ward, Moran; Valerie Kay Jaeger, Prescott; Carol Reeder, Redfield; Joe Westhoff, Catherine Marie Bradshaw and Michael Joseph O'Brien, St. Paul; and Betty Marilyn Dennis, Uniontown.

Dean's Honor Roll -- Peggy Vinze, Fort Scott; Lori Jane Hill, Mapleton; and Lisa Johnson, Deerfield.

Photo caption: "Friends and supporters of Bourbon County 4-H were treated to a feast of home cooking during the 'Friends of 4-H' picnic held at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds. The picnic was given in appreciation for support to the 4-Hers in the past year.

Nell Dikeman
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