100 YEARS AGO
A Clean Sweep after our holiday rush. We find a few odds and ends which we will close out at bargain prices! Did you overlook anyone? Then this is the opportunity to make amends. We will make it worth your while to call. We invoice first of the year with prices to suit you! -- Crane & Son jewelers and optometrists, 9 N. Main St. With Crane's Optical Parlor, you can have your eyes tested and glasses fitted.
For a limited time we will sell the Edison regular Wax Records as follows: the four-minute records for 35 cents; the two-minute records for 25 cents. Now is the time to lay in a supply at prices never heard of before. We have a large stock of machines, Edison and Victor machines and Victor records. Call for the new catalogue. -- R.C. Houghton. The Fort Scott Optometrist,, No. 3 E. Wall St.
75 YEARS AGO
At a meeting of the Bourbon County Medical Society at the Goodlander Hotel, following the annual banquet, Dr. W.T. Wilkening was elected president of the society; Dr. J.J. Cavanaugh, vice president; and Dr. L.L. Cooper, secretary-treasurer. Drs. J.R. Newman, J.R. Prichard and R. Y. Strohm were chosen to serve as a board of censors.
The fourth month of school at Orion, District 742, ended Dec. 24. Enrolled are five girls and 10 boys. The school is endeavoring to become a a standard school and has added the following equipment: Bubbling water fountains, maps, globes, sanitary toilets, supplementary readers, oil stove and cooking utensils. Several hot lunches have been served which the children and teacher enjoyed immensely. During vacation new shades and new slate blackboards will be installed.
Ten women have been added to the list of the WPA sewing room in the old federal building increasing the number from 43 to 53.
Carpenter work of all kinds: doors weather stripped, expert in laying hardwood floors. -- P.E. McKinnis, 727 Hill St.
50 YEARS AGO
Photo caption: "American History students at Fort Scott Junior High have completed Operation Handclasp to furnish text books for schools in the Philippine Islands. They obtained more than a ton of texts to replace school books destroyed by the Japanese on the islands. Elaine Kirby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Kirby, was the champion book-getter with 508. She and instructor Fred Campbell hold bound books ready for packing and shipment. Also pictured are Bruce Zimmerman, Julie Simmons and Susan Stapleton."-- Tribune photo
The new nickel letter rate enacted into law is the same postage rate Americans paid for letters when the United States issued its first postage stamps 115 years ago. Acting Postmaster R.C. (Tot) Coyan said new rates an increase from four to five cents on regular mail. Coyan said the increase will cost the average family about $1 per year.
25 YEARS AGO
The Bourbon County Office of the Kansas Job Service went out with 1987, forcing the local unemployed to to travel to Pittsburg to receive assistance in looking for a job. The Bourbon County Commission did not include 1988 funding for the local job service office, which has been funded by the county since 1981.
Commissioner Ralph Reed said the Commission regreted having to close the office, but was left no choice. Reed said with the budget crunch the commission just had no choice.
The Job Service had been funded by the state up until 1981 when state budget cuts almost forced it to close.
The local office closed Dec. 31 when its funding ran out.