100 YEARS AGO
C.D. Kirby, of near Walkertown, whose father took a claim adjoining Uniontown, in this county in 1855, calls attention to an error that crept into the paper a few days ago as to how Uniontown came to have that name. Mr. Kirby says the town was named by Alif Goff, a very early settler here, who came to Bourbon County from Uniontown, Pa., and who lived at Uniontown when the town was laid out in 1858. Mr. Goff was later killed in a saw mill owned by Mr. Kirby's father. He was the father of Mrs. Lucinda Pierce, now living in southwest of Redfield. The Pierces are one of the best families in the county. There were several other of the Goff children who married and lived here many years. The senior Kirby, who came here in 1855, went back to Missouri after his family, but on account of sickness he was not able to bring the family here until 1859. He found his claim still unprocessed and took it up. The county poor house is now on that quarter.
75 YEARS AGO
The mercury sank to the 15 mark in Fort Scott last night, but one degree warmer than the low of Tuesday night. The maximum yesterday was 33. Another inch of snow was recorded the past 24 hours, making the total snowfall for the week 8.20 inches. The moisture also brought the total November precipitation to 1.45 inches.
Mrs. Gertrude Williams, 52, colored, died last night at the home, 219 N. Eddy St. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kemp and had lived here all her life. John Kemp, her father, was employed for many years by the Interstate Livery Barn. He was killed in the first auto accident in Bourbon County. At that time he was employed by the Thorpe Livery Barn.
50 YEARS AGO
Photo caption: "Workmen are nearing completion of two new Fort Scott parking lots for the convenience of shoppers. The National Avenue lot, just south of the library and across the street from the courthouse, is now being graded and leveled. Dirt from that site is being placed on the Scott Avenue parking lot. Robert Swank, 758 Clark, is shown leveling dirt being dumped by Elzy Willard, 1638 E. Oak, at the Scott Avenue Site. The National Avenue lot will park 60 cars and the Scott Avenue lot about 40 cars.
EL DORADO -- Fort Scott Junior College exploded for three touchdowns in the opening period of a non-league game here last night and coasted in for a 26-13 victory over the Grizzlies. It was the non-league finale.
25 YEARS AGO
Winners in Citizens National Bank sponsored "Turkey Trot" five kilometer run included Mary Twarog, Girard, women's overall; Amy Bartelsmeyer, Fort Scott, 14 and under; Missy Friend, Fort Scott, 15-19; Angie Sears, Hume, 20-29; Paulette Clifford, Miami, Okla., 30-39; Beth King, Fort Scott, 40-49; Neil Kisner Jr., Neodesha, men's overall; Joe Harris, Pittsburg, 14 and under; Chris Lehman, LeRoy, 15-19; Chuck Welch, Joplin, 20-29; Tom Davis, Fort Scott. 30-39; Ron Rutledge, Iola, 40-49; and Bill Ketterman, Coffeyville, 50 and over.
Steve Turner, plant manager at Dayco, appeared before the Fort Scott City Commission to state that his company has decided to formally petition the city to be annexed, and to request that a water surcharge be removed while the petition is processed. Turner said Dayco decided to petition the city to be annexed because of a water surcharge he said amounts to an extra $3,300 per month on Dayco's water bill.