100 YEARS AGO
Undismayed by the big fire which entirely destroyed his large barn and all its contents, consisting of about 40 tons of hay, 800 bushels of corn, much other grain and practically all his agricultural implements, Dr. Reed of Mapleton is having lumber hauled to the scene of the fire at this time and will begin rebuilding just as soon as possible.
A Uniontown man reports it to be the actual truth that there are hardly any dogs remaining in Uniontown as a result of the dog poisoner there. The number of canines dying from the poison has been increased by several deaths recently and now it is estimated that 20 dogs have been poisoned.
Weighmaster Shipp reports that the local receipts at the scale house on Market Square for the month of November amounted to $78.90, which is a might good compared with other months.
75 YEARS AGO
Members of the Sons of the American Legion made a house-to-house canvass of Fort Scott homes today soliciting old toys to be reconditioned by Fort Scott firemen to be given out to the children of needy families when the American Legion has its annual Christmas tree party at Memorial Hall.
The members of the American Legion Auxiliary, the American Legion and their families will have a Christmas party Dec. 9 at the Legion Rooms. There will be a Christmas tree and a program in charge of Mrs. George Cleland. Santa Claus has promised to be there. The committee in charge has asked everyone to bring a 10 cent gift for a Christmas gift exchange and refreshments will be served. A good attendance is expected.
The junior college squad of 30 players, the largest in years, has answered a call for cage practice at the Fort Scott Junior College and this big squad has been working daily at the school gymnasium while the Memorial Hall court is being utilized for other attractions.
50 YEARS AGO
Winners in a youth leadership contest sponsored annually by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks were announced by Herol Farmer, exalted ruler here. Miss Kathy Hewett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Hewett, and John W. Aldis, son of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Aldis, were named winners here. Their entries qualify them for competition on state and national levels. John Baker, L.L. Lyons and James Cullor composed the judging committee. The Elks Order is active in promoting Little League baseball, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other associated groups.
Photo caption: "Ralph French clamps down on his cigar and concentrates on the head pin at Bowl-Mor Lanes during a league game. French bowls for Leek's Men's Wear." -- Tribune Photo
Santa will be in our store Thursday night with gifts for all kiddies. -- Montgomery Ward.
25 YEARS AGO
The Fort Scott City Commission voted to raise city employees' salaries by 3 percent and to budget an additional 1 percent for merit increases. City Manager Marty Stricklan had earlier told the commission between 1966 and 1977 salaries had increased 4.5 percent. However, Commissioner Tom Mayhew questioned the accuracy of the cost-of-living figures because they do not apply to rural areas. The motion made by Charles Gentry was unanimously accepted to increase salaries 3 percent and an additional 1 percent for merit increases.
Photo caption: "The eighth annual Homes for the Holidays tour includes the colonial revival home of Charles and Martha Jane Gentry, 801 S. Crawford St., with stained-glass windows and large rooms. A flag-waving Santa Claus carries out the theme, 'Star Spangled Christmas.' The Gentrys stand on the staircase with their children: Stephen, 5; Sara, 11; and Michael, 9.'" -- Photo by John Lechliter