100 YEARS AGO
Employees of the Fort Scott Brick and Tile Company who were thrown out of employment by the disastrous fine of Thursday night will be able to secure work elsewhere. A Pittsburg company yesterday telephoned here offering employment to the skilled hands. The Pittsburg company has been working short-handed for some time past, as they were unable to secure skilled men there, and they will have places for many of them from this city. The local plant was one of the largest in Kansas with a capacity of 50,000 bricks daily.
This week has been "Farmers' Week" at Walnut and the merchants and residents of that thriving little city had been seeking to attract trade from all parts of their county and neighboring counties by offering special inducements for those who go there to trade. A farmers' institute was held yesterday and a monster picnic today in the J.P. Woodworth grove. A good program is scheduled and a long list of prizes offered.
75 YEARS AGO
Up to the end of September, according to George T. Farmer, of the tag office, and his assistant, had received about 8,250 applications for licenses. There are approximately 5,500 motor cars in the county and it is conservatively estimated that each of them is driven by at least two persons. Thus the total number of drivers is at least 11,000, The total numbers of drivers is at least 22,000. All of these, of course, are required to have driving licenses. It appears, at least, there are 2,750 drivers in the county who have not applied for licenses up to this time.
Farmers! 1,000 hens wanted! We cannot fill our poultry orders. We need more hens, springs and guineas. See us when selling. -- Miller's Creamery
50 YEARS AGO
President Kennedy signed a bill raising postage rates and boosting salaries for more than a million federal employees. Kennedy hailed it as an important step toward putting the postal system on a self-sustaining basis and making federal jobs more attractive.
Among the changes: First- class mail will cost five cents and air mail, eight cents beginning Jan. 7.
With legislators who worked on the bill and representatives of postal unions watching, Kennedy put his signature to the legislation in his White House office.
Football weather is in the forecast for the Independence-Fort Scott game. The reading yesterday was 85 degrees. At noon today the mercury stood at 88 degrees.
A proposal which came before Bourbon County voters in the November election would create a county wide junior college district. It is a step to meet one of the most pressing problems of all local schools, the need to widen their districts and broaden their tax bases. The junior college here long ago outgrew the city district which supports it. It serves an area rather than the city of Fort Scott. The county district which would be created by the vote would serve to recognize some of the broadened nature of the junior college.
25 YEARS AGO
Among the clanging of engines, steam whistles, sawdust blowing in the wind and the aroma of gasoline and coal smoke lingering in the air at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds, George Jackson was not forgotten.
Jackson, the retired Frisco Railroad engineer who organized the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta 31 years ago, died in July, but his dream was carried on yet another year last weekend during the antique engine and tractor show. A few tears were shed in memory of the man whose love for steam-powered engines sparked the beginning of an event that has occurred in Bourbon County the past 31 years.