100 YEARS AGO
S.E. Martin and Francis Munn are preparing to open a paint and wallpaper store on East Wall Street in the Marshall Building and will be in readiness for business there by Sept. 1. Mr. Martin has been employed by various painters and paper hangers of Fort Scott for several years, learning his trade. Mrs. Munn, a sister-in-law, recently returned to Fort Scott from Oklahoma.
Farmers say it has been many years since the grasshoppers have been so plentiful in Fort Scott, and that during the drought they are doing much damage. Hoppers of all sizes are to be found in the fields. They are eating much of the vegetation clear to the ground. It is believed they will do much damage unless a good rain comes soon.
Harold Konantz came in from Kansas City last night on his way home in Uniontown.
75 YEARS AGO
Cooler weather, much delayed, will move into Northeast Kansas tomorrow and bring unsettled conditions. The cool area is moving in very slowly. The temperature at 2 p.m. today was 97.
Sammie Chumlea, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chumlea of 616 Lowman St., received a fracture of his left ankle and a bad cut on his left forearm as the result of the breaking of a grapevine on which he was swinging near the waterworks pumphouse. His companion, Jack Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Nelson, rushed to the nearest phone and called the Chumlea home. Mrs. Chumlea called a taxicab to go to the scene and the boy was hurried to a doctor's office. The ankle was placed in a cast and it was necessary to take stitches in the arm.
50 YEARS AGO
An estimated 3,000 spectators lined the dam and all available openings around Lake Fort Scott for the water show and carnival presented and directed by Francis Stone III. Bourbon County Boat Club was the sponsoring organization for the 24-act extravaganza. Working smoothly young Fort Scott water enthusiasts thrilled the throng with such events as a five-man pyramid, ski jump criss-cross and group skiing when 20 skiers skimmed along the lake at one time behind a single boat.
Editorial: "Dead and dying trees are more noticeable this summer in Fort Scott than ever. Some years ago a series of drought seasons left many trees weakened and vulnerable to attacks by insects and disease. This is the third summer in which the Chinese elm trees of this city have been ravaged by the elm leaf beetle.
Clifton C. Otto and George W. Marble were appointed by District Judge Robert H. Miller as trustees of the will of John H. Cole, who died in 1918 leaving residual interests in the estate to Fort Scott charity agencies. Otto and Marble succeed two trustees originally named by Cole, namely George Alford and Henry Drum, both of whom are deceased.
25 YEARS AGO
Georgia Brown, of Sunshine Boutique, was speaker at the Sundowers Extension Homemakers' guest night meeting. Mrs. Brown focused on floral arrangements, candles and holders, figurines and other art objects. President Alberta Coe told of members participating in Quilt Day Discovery Day. Bernita Hill and Maxine Wilson reported on the project.
Photo caption: "Mr. and Mrs. Ed Whiteside will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary at a reception Saturday at their home, 406 Lee's Circle Drive. Friends and relatives are invited to the event planned by their children: Mr. and Mrs. Tim (Sheryl) Bloomfield, Fort Scott; Mr. and Mrs. Ron (Marilyn) Bailey, Shawnee, Kan.; and Lee Whiteside, Mesa, Ariz. Nolene Stump and Edward Whiteside were married Sept. 7, 1947, at Larned, Kan."