100 YEARS AGO
All is ready for schools to convene for the fall term. Enrollment in all of the schools of the city promises to be one of the largest ever recorded in the city. Already, enrollment at the high school has reached 325 and it promises to go much higher. Last year prior to the opening of school, the enrollment was only 290.
Thomas Richard, a highly respected resident of this county, died last night at the family home, eight miles north of the city. Mr. Richard had lived on the place 54 years, having come there from Cambridge, Ohio, with his parents in 1858. At that time there were few houses near their home, and the place was a wilderness. He married Frances Clevenger in 1869. The family was a large one and all worked on the farm. The deceased enlisted in Co. A, 6th Kansas Cavalry in the Civil War. He was their musician. The funeral will be held tomorrow at the home. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.
75 YEARS AGO
A large brown and white male shepherd dog that an East Side woman brought to the office of Dr. L.W. Richardson at 7 Market St. Sunday morning, thoroughly infected with the worst case of rabies that has ever come under the supervision of Dr. Richardson, died yesterday, Dr. Richardson made a personal survey of the case and saw that the dog was corralled by the owners before he had bitten any person or animal.
MAPLETON -- A large barn belonging to Milo and Bud Shannon of southwest of Mapleton was struck by lightning and burned to the ground Saturday afternoon about 5 o' clock. Three tons of hay were lost. The building was insured. Twenty years ago, a barn was destroyed by lightning on the same spot and a finer, larger barn was built at that time.
50 YEARS AGO
The Topeka architectural firm of Williamson, Loebsack and Associates of Topeka has been directed by the Fort Scott School Board to proceed with plans for a new physical education facility for the high school and junior college. The decision was made after consulting with staff members, juco Dean Ralph Evans and members of the Citizens Advisory Committee. Conferring with the board besides Evans were coaches Bob Eshelbrenner, Bill Mosley, Howard Mahanes and Leon Foster. Don Hewett, chairman, and G.W. Marble, a member of the advisory committee, were also present.
A meeting of all patrons of the Hammond School District No. 104 has been called by the school board for Sept. 14 to discuss possible consolidation with 11 other districts in the northeast part of Bourbon County. Board members from the 12 districts are to meet Sept. 10 to discuss proposals.
25 YEARS AGO
TOPEKA (Sept. 9) -- Former Gov. Alfred M. Landon observed his 100 birthday today, taking a congratulatory telephone call from Vice President George Bush and receiving an old political rival, former New York Congressman Hamilton Fish Sr. Bush called Landon to wish him happy birthday, a follow-up to President Reagan's visit to see Landon last Sunday. Landon said he told Bush he has been following his campaign for the Republican nomination for president in 1968 with "general interest."
Photo caption: "Members of the Fort Scott High School cross country team include manager Diane Marshall, Kendra Newcomer, Jodi VanSickle, Michelle Harryman, Darcy Newcomer, Missy Friend, manager Stephanie Adams, John Bennett,Todd Fine, Brent Myers, Paul Barker, Mike Conroy, Jason Smith, Ted Braun, head coach Cindy Davis, assistant coach Rex Bollinger, John VanSickle, Simon Ballou, Jim Endicott, Paul Walrod, Stacy Coleman, Pat Kerr and Brian Goatley." -- Photo by Dave Wagner.