100 YEARS AGO
To more fully show the high appreciation in which Judge Cannon is held by members of the bar of both Bourbon and Linn counties, the court attaches of those counties and the newspaper men who have been closely associated in the court work, almost a hundred in number, gathered at the Goodlander Hotel Saturday evening as the guests of attorney J.I. Sheppard, to give honor to Judge Cannon on the eve of his retirement from the bench of the Sixth District. To say tat the evening was a successful one would be putting it mildly, as it was the most successful and pleasing of any similar event ever planned here. All who spoke requested of Judge Cannon that he return to Fort Scott to make this city his home after a pleasant trip over the West. It was his assertion this morning it is his plans to return to Fort Scott in May and enter to the practice of law here.
75 YEARS AGO
Notice: The annual meeting of the shareholders of The Liberty Savings & Loan Association will be held January 18 at the office, 12 E. Wall St., Fort Scott, Kan., for the purpose of electing directors.
Next Saturday, Emanuel Oman, father of Mrs. J.E. Wolf of the West Liberty neighborhood, will be 91 years old.
He is staying this winter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Mason at 512 S. Crawford St. Mr. Oman is quite remarkable for one of his age. He stands more than six feet, walks erect as mostly younger men, and though his sight and hearing are somewhat impaired his mind is active and he takes a lively interest in current affairs. He is a veteran of the Civil War. Congratulations, Mr. Oman, may you live to be 100!
The Clarence Riley family have moved from the West Liberty neighborhood to the Gates farm up the river southwest of Fort Scott.
50 YEARS AGO
Disbursements by the city of Fort Scott last year totaled $929,939, according to the city treasurer's annual report. That compares with $779,103 during 1961.
Net cash on hand deposited in three Fort Scott banks, representing balances in the various city funds totaled $280,324. Some reserve funds are invested in securities, largely United States Bonds, in the total amount of $68,953.
(Jan. 12) -- Stalled cars, frozen pipes and numerous traffic mishaps plagued Fort Scott and area residents today as a result of the below zero temperature and ice-packed streets and highways. An eight below reading from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. today was the coldest here since Jan. 4 and Jan. 5, 1959, when minus 11 and minus 15 were recorded.
Many people walked to work or employed taxis when their cars failed to start.
25 YEARS AGO
Letter to the Editor:
Beacon is into a new year and our thanks goes to everyone for helping make this a good Christmas. So many people were involved as volunteers. All of Fort Scott and Bourbon County helped make this truly a wonderful Christmas for 247 families. We thank you again and wish everyone a Happy New Year! -- Rowena Cochran, Beacon Director
Jeff Sailors and his Fort Scott High School basketball teammates have come a long way in two years. Sailors and fellow senior Doug Cheney get their varsity "baptism" as sophomores in the starting line-up and the Tigers took their lumps. Now, after going 14-7 last season, the Tigers are off to a 4-1 start and Sailors, a 6-3 forward, has made his presence felt.