100 YEARS AGO
A leading event of the week was the four-course luncheon given today by Mrs. D.P. Thomas, Mrs. E.L. Glaze and Mrs. W.C. Higbie at the home of Mrs. Thomas on South National Avenue for 80 guests. The beauty of the rooms was enhanced by artistic floral decorations. In the hall suspended from the grillwork were large Japanese baskets of ferns and asparagus and a bell of pink flowers graced the archway in the reception room. The mantels held vases of pink roses and baskets of assorted flowers graced the archway to the reception room.
The mantels and vases of pink roses and assorted flowers looked beautiful in the softly subdued lights. The score cards for the bridge game were monogrammed with the hostesses' initials. The prizes given were cut glass dishes. The following ladies were asked to assist: Mesdames George Bacon, Charles Gardiner, Hubert Penny and Fred Lewis and the Misses Mary Smith, Ilah Hepler, Helen Howard, Helen Crain, Helen Glaze and Grace Thomas.
75 YEARS AGO
Announcement is made of the S.E.K. High School League All-Stars for 1937. For Fort Scott: Herb Singmaster wins guard position on the First Team; Bob Wilson, Second Team; Wayne Bland and Charles Sanders, Honorable Mention.
The Hounds registered the most points for the 1937 season with 135 in the final Kansas Junior College Conference standings
Coach Lynne Steele of the Fort Scott High School football 11 announced that 15 Tiger players earned letters the past season. The list includes the following: Charles Sanders, Kenneth Crane, Fred Newcomb, Sam Cole, Leslie McCullum, Richard Boyce, Alva Wolfe, Herb Singmaster, Charles Parker, Ray Ruble, Wayne Bland, Bob Wilson, Don Gordon, Milford Brown and Jack Bishard.
50 YEARS AGO
City commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance which permits the city to lease 88 lots on the east side of Lake Fort Scott for a private dwelling and recreational development. The ordinance provides the city with the legal means to develop the lake into a park area with roads, cabin sites, boat docks and other facilities suitable for a recreational area. If the demand for the lots materializes, the project could expand into a million dollar recreational development on the lake.
Fort Scott city officials today refused to commit themselves on the proposed $450,000 physical education plant for the high school and junior college. Mayor William O. Rardin said he preferred not making any statement. Commissioners J. Wade Smith and A.W. Dickerson also refused to comment on the proposal.
Photo caption: "Phillip Hinderliter is congratulated by Scoutmaster Ernie Lee for achieving the Eagle Award, plus other badges. Lee is Scoutmaster of Troop 112 at the First Christian Church." -- Tribune photo
25 YEARS AGO
O.E. "Dan" Pence 73, a retired businessman and long time civic leader, died Thursday at his home, 1019 E. Wall St. He married Mary O. Share May 28, 1941. She died Dec. 26, 1986. He was a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee on City Planning, Fort Scott Citizens Advisory Committee and city parks and recreation board. He was one of the organizers of the Fort Scott PRIDE Committee and had served as its chairman. He was a former executive director of the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Good Ol' Days Steering Committee. He was a veteran of World War II. Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Perry and Patricia Howard; and a son, Patrick J. Pence.
The Christmas parade, postponed Friday because of the weather, will not be held this year, according to a spokesman for the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce. "There are just too many difficulties in trying to reschedule on such a short notice," said Mary Lynn Cartwright, chamber executive director.