100 YEARS AGO
Do you know that in the very near future Bourbon County will have a new city and one that may inaugurate one of the biggest booms that has been started in Eastern Kansas in recent years? If you are not acquainted with these facts but are interested in them, take a drive south and east of Fort Scott and you will see a scene of activity at what is destined to be the first coal camp in Bourbon County of any magnitude. Already men are at work there, lumber is being hauled daily from Garland for the erection of the dwellings that will shelter the workmen and their families, surveyors are at work laying out the townsite and work is soon to start on a coal shaft, the contract for which was recently let by the Miller Brothers, the moving spirits in the transportation of Southern Bourbon County from a peaceful farming community to a thriving coal district.
The new coal company will be but 10 miles from Fort Scott and within a few miles of the end of the good roads running to the southeast. The new coal company is on the right-of-way of the Frisco.
75 YEARS AGO
Fort Scott got into the spotlight at the American Royal Horse Show at Kansas City, Kan., last night when Miss Mary Share, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Share of East Wall Street, won first place in the ladies' five gated saddle horse class, riding "Easter Books," owned by Louis Schuite of Kansas City, while "Queen's Firefly," owned by Omer K. Thogmartin of Fort Scott, won second place in the junior class harness horses. Miss Share rode in competition with 12 other entries from five states. She defeated "Maid of Athalon" which has been a consistent winner at the show for a number of years; also fine specimens of horse flesh from the stables of Stephens College, Columbia, Mo.
50 YEARS AGO
Three tracts of land, 160 acres each, from the John N. Cole Estate, northeast of Fort Scott, were sold at auction this morning from the courthouse steps for a total of $42,400. The first tract which was the home place of Cole, Civil War soldier who came here in 1870, went to Lowell Rager for $16,800. The second tract went to James King of Nevada for $15,000 and the third tract to Dale Braden for $10,000. The sale was arranged by Clifton Otto and G.W. Marble, trustees for the Cole Estate, assisted by Douglas Hudson. Charles Brown and Charles Griffith were auctioneers.
Out-of-town auditors and engineers registered today for a three-day conference. C.C. Otto, president, welcomed the group of 35 at a noon luncheon in the Pioneer Room, Downtowner Hotel. Chairman of the Board Ray Duboc, Kansas City, will address the conference at a banquet at the Downtowner.
25 YEARS AGO
Although Fort Scott footballers, for a number of reasons, have a hard time competing against Pittsburg on a year-in, year-out basis, one thing you can count on is that the Tigers will be "up" when they face the Purple Dragons. The Tigers rarely lack for effort in the game and that was true of Friday. "Always look forward to playing Pittsburg," said junior running back Mike Emerson, named the Tiger of the Week on offense. "I think it's a team spirit thing." Senior tackle Grant Gramstad, one of the SEK's smaller defensive linemen at 150 pounds, earned Tiger of the Week laurels on defense after collecting eight tackles, including three solos. Senior defense back Tom Gorman earned the coaches' specialty citation for the game.