100 YEARS AGO
The new schoolhouse building in the Bunker Hill District 51 just north of Fort Scott is nearing completion and will be in readiness for occupancy by week after next. The residents of the district are arranging for the dedication of the new structure on the evening of Oct. 25 and expect many from this city to attend. Superintendent Ramsey of the city schools will deliver the address.
The building will be one of the finest small school buildings in the county and will have new equipment. The building is designed that the one large room erected at this time may be added to at any time that the attendance demands. There has been a split in the district regarding the erection of the new building. But now the building has been erected the district is again united and will seek to make it one of the best schools in the county.
75 YEARS AGO
DEVON -- The county has started tearing down the old bridge south of the Kepleys in preparation for building a new bridge. Gerald Scott, formerly assistant county engineer in Bourbon County, who drew the plans for the bridge, will supervise the work. Mr. Scott is now employed by the Firman L. Carswell Manufacturing Company of Kansas City. A detour is being built across Mill Creek just east of the old bridge.
Prospects are bright for continued work on WPA projects with the employment or a large number of men. Douglas Schomerus, local area WPA engineer, said work will start about the middle of November on three street improvement projects. These plans provide for the relaying of brick on Broadway from Wall to Sixth Street, and Second Street from Scott Avenue to Holbrook Street. Broken brick will be replaced with new ones.
50 YEARS AGO
James Brown Penniman, 75, Fort Scott hardware and furniture merchant for more than 50 years, died yesterday at Mercy Hospital. Penniman's grandfather, A.C. Penniman, established the Penniman store in Fort Scott in l868. Brown Penniman attended the Fort Scott schools and was in Kansas University his junior year when his father's death brought him back to Fort Scott to enter the Penniman business. Mr. Penniman was born in Fort Scott June 23, 1887, the son of Edward Leigh and Rosalie Brown Penniman. He married Kathhryn Pratt in 1916. She survives of the home, 818 Horton. Also surviving are two children, Edward L. Penniman, of the home, and Betty Ruth Willard, 1223 S. Judson; a sister, Mrs. J.R. (Leigh) Prichard, Fort Scott; a brother, Sidney Penniman, Jackson, Miss.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be tomorrow at Earl's Memorial Home with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.
25 YEARS AGO
Larry's Carry-Out, 1701 S. National new menu items: nachos & cheese, cinnamon rolls, pie! Dairy now has chocolate ice cream. Register for door prizes.
D&J Glass salute: "The Chamber of Commerce is for many the only contact. My Chamber support helps assure my hometown is professionally represented."
Judge Harry Fisher says he is going to miss his longtime friend Alf Landon, the legendary Kansas politician who died Oct. 12 shortly after observing his 100th birthday. Fisher, a retired district judge, last saw Landon Jan. 29 at the former governor's Topeka home. Fisher, who celebrated his 100th birthday on that day was in Topeka for Kansas Day activities. Fisher was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives when Landon served as governor from 1933-37.
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