100 YEARS AGO
For Sale: Harness and saddle supplies, the highest grade at the lowest price. Repairing cheaper than you have ever had it done. -- Square Leather Company, west of the Square.
D.R. Keith has just completed one of the largest hay and stock barns in this county on his place west of town, known as the old Hellman farm. It is 60-by-62 feet and has a shingle roof. He has 100 acres of alfalfa sown. He will feed mules and horses extensively on his place.
Miss Sara Hicks, of the Tribune-Monitor office, picked up second money in a Kansas writing contest.
75 YEARS AGO
Pictured is Col. Tom Macon. It shows him as Bourbon County has seen him for 30 years -- black derby, trousers tucked in the tops of his sturdy boots, and holding the cane which he uses to pound the floor or point at some bidder as he auctions off cattle, horses, hogs, furniture or anything else offered for sale.
Col. Macon is 75 years old tomorrow and is believed one of the few auctioneers of his age still active. Today he held the weekly sale at the sales pavilion in Northwest Fort Scott. Yesterday he officiated at the Gololch-Edmundson-Patterson Bros. sale at the Piper pavilion. Tomorrow, his birthday, he intends to spend quietly at home with Mrs. Macon. No special observance is planned. Col. Macon has been an auctioneer since 1909, when he closed his blacksmith shop at Devon and came to Fort Scott to live. He moved from Arkansas to Uniontown at an early age. For many years he has been teamed with Curt Dearing in the auctioneering business. He is chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee.
Much of his political power results from his ability to talk alike the language of the farmer, the laborer and the banker. He says he has no intention of quitting his trade. He gets too much pleasure out of it.
50 YEARS AGO
Hartman-Grier Navy Mothers had Mrs. Leonard Johnston presiding. Hostesses were Mrs. Myrtle King, Mrs. James Calame and Mrs. Fred Campbell Sr. The door prize was won b y Mrs. Helen Gordon.
The club voted to send $25 to Wadsworth Veterans Hospital.
"Cement flooring was poured yesterday at the Aluminum Extrusions plant south of the city. Workmen were busy leveling concrete as it was poured. Sunny skies will help to cure the flooring. The plant will pursue to take advantage of the weather." -- Tribune photo
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill that would increase both postal rates and the pay of federal employees has won Senate approval. If enacted, it would mean a penny hike in postage for regular and air mail letters and a wage boost averaging about 10 percent for 1.6 million government workers.
25 YEARS AGO
Frequent customers of the Sears Catalog Merchant Store, 3 N. Main St., may have noticed a new face since longtime operator/owner Will Russell retired in July. Russell had managed the store since 1970 and became owner/operator in 1983. When he decided to become semi-retired he handed the manager position over to his son Philip. There will be no operational changes. There are four full-time employees and one part-time delivery person.
The younger Russell said customers still ask for his father. "They will ask for Will," he said. "It is like the changing of the guard."
Photo caption: "Fort Scott Homecoming queen candidates are Kristin Gorman, Trina Lipe, Denise Pammenter, Jennifer Powell and Christa Farmer. The queen will be crowned at the game against Coffeyville." -- Photo by Anna Laudati