100 YEARS AGO
An interesting bowling game is scheduled to be pulled off this afternoon at the Y.M.C.A. alleys between the All-Scrubs captained by Dr. Claud Brant and composed of W.A. Owen, Louis Michael, E.C. Gates and G.W. Marble, while the Mix-Ups captained by Mr. Gillies is composed of Harry Barber, Nute Gunsaullus, Will Alsop and T.A. Banker. The game is expected to be one of the fastest of the season as all of the players have made good scores in the past and expect to be able to do so again.
In today's mail you will receive from the postmaster a letter asking that you provide a suitable receptacle for your general in his last report to congress. W.J. Calhoun & Co., ever watchful of the things to interest the public, has made a big purchase of suitable mail boxes and will give away 100 boxes each Saturday until Christmas. The box is a gift anybody would appreciate and we know the popular store will be even more popular after this.
75 YEARS AGO
The manner in which Maj. John F. McGill died Sunday was, to those who knew him, an end which served to lessen somewhat the grief at his passing. He died peacefully, his great mind undisturbed by the ravages of the pain that attended his final illness. His prodigious mentality passed into infinity in all its dignity and power. Death did not claim him; it was, rather, absorbed by him, even though his body lay still in all the outward characteristics of death.
Maj. McGill had probably the most gigantic intellect in Fort Scott. He was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge, precise, limitless in range, thoroughly and inexhaustible. Where did he get it all? That was the miracle. He traveled, yes, in the course of his military career. He had opportunity for study, true. But so do other men. The explanation lies in the fact that he was possessed of great powers of study and concentration and that he had a memory that was phenomenal.
Everything he did and everything he saw he made a part of his store of knowledge. It was done without "digging."
His was a mind that helped push back the barriers that imprison men from the world about them.
It is too bad it could not live forever in reality, as well as now, in legend. -- K.K. Friedel
50 YEARS AGO
Kenneth W. Pollock, president of the Board of Education, told the Fort Scott Kiwanis Club that his physical education plant could be built for $168,000. His plan would eliminate what he called duplications in the plan being offered the voters Dec. 4.
Cost of his gym plan was given as follows:
Building, $136,000; architects fee, $8,000; bleachers, $8,000; miscellaneous equipment, $6,000; and contingencies, $10,000.
Blonn Miller, vice president of the board, joined Pollock in voting against the physical education plant bond proposed. Pollock said his gym would be constructed of concrete block with brick facing, similar to the proposed building. Pollock said his plan includes the same size playing court as the plan being voted.
The Fort Scott post of Veterans of Foreign Wars has given unanimous endorsement for the proposed physical education plant for the high school and junior college, announces Alva Lowe, commander.
Student Council of the Fort Scott Junior College unanimously approved the proposed $450,000 physical education plant. Shirley Hoggatt, council president, announced that the annual Christmas dance will be Dec. 15 at Eugene Ware auditorium. Marcel Normand, political science instructor at the junior college, is sponsor of the group.
25 YEARS AGO