100 YEARS AGO
Last night a vagrant was picked up by the police and taken to the calaboose. While he was waiting in the station he was searched for dangerous weapons or instruments with which to escape. Not much was found. He had scrawled the following verse on a dirty piece of paper, evidently written while on a train:
"Autumn time is coming,
The saddest time of the year.
It is too warm for whiskey,
And too cold for beer."
Mapleton is distinguished by the fact that a large proportion of its population is composed by Latter Day Saints, who have come in numbers each fall to make their homes in that city. Most of them have bought farms in the neighborhood and some are running stores in the town.
75 YEARS AGO
The annual tag day for funds to aid in the operation of the Children's Home on the Plaza is set for Oct. 16. Volunteer workers will be on the downtown streets to solicit contributions so the Home may continue its valuable work of helping boys and girls along the rough road of adverse conditions or homelessness. Each year the city responds generously to the home.
Attorney Douglas Hudson spoke before an assembly of junior college students on The Constitution. He stressed its protection of the liberties of American citizens and praising its far-sighted provisions. Past Kansas Bar Association President Bernard Lienhardt, who is a likely candidate for governor, introduced Mr. Hudson.
The NYA baseball league season came to a close at Othick Park last night when the Oil Burners colored team defeated the Frisco 12-0. Sonny Smith on the mound for the Oil Burners did not allow a hit during the three inning game, while his teammates pounded Do Holding and Ralph Barrett performed in the last half.
50 YEARS AGO
The construction of two new manufacturing plants side by side in the industrial district on Highway 69 at the south outskirts of Fort Scott has been of keen interest to everyone in Fort Scott and area. New manufacturing plants are the mark of the kind of progress every community hopes for -- new products, new jobs, new income, new growth.
One plant, Gravely Tractors, is an example of how industrial development can come about. The plant was acquired here several years ago by the purchase of the Winchell Manufacturing Co. The Winchell plant had important potentials which Gravely people recognized.
The Gravely company has become an important addition to the community and Fort Scott people should all appreciate the reasons the company is here and is expanding.
Our continued friendliness and good workmanship may help Gravely Tractors and all of our other industries grow and prosper with us through the years.
25 YEARS AGO
Photo caption: "Fort Scott High School freshman quarterback Pechone Stepps got his pass away just as an Altamont Labette County defender was trying to lower the boom during season opening frosh contest at the stadium. Looking for a possible block on the play was Tiger running back Doug McConnell." -- Photo by Dave Wagner
When a high school football team comes down to overtime, either team is entirely capable of winning. And in Kansas, where each team is given a set of four plays from 10 yards out, somebody is bound to score.
Unfortunately, Fort Scott High School Tigers weren't that team last Friday at Altamont Labette County dropping an 8-0 OT decision to the Grizzlies in the season opener. On Monday, the Tigers chose senior guard David Renard on offense and junior linebacker Tom Dobbins on defense as the first "Tigers of the Week."