100 YEARS AGO
Forest fires are almost unknown in this county, yet Bourbon County had not only a big prairie fire yesterday but a real honest-to-goodness forest fire and every tree on a tract of 60 acres burned. Twenty-five acres of meadow land also was swept by fire. The fire started about noon on the Paul Vought farm, and fanned by a strong south wind, raced across the meadow and the wooded land. According to eyewitnesses, it was almost as fast as a man can run. The fire had gained good headway before it was discovered by Mr. Vought, who telephoned every farmer in the neighborhood for assistance. In a surprisingly short time 40 farmers were fighting the fire energetically. Some used wet gunnysacks and others used every available receptacle to carry water. According to Mr. Vought, the fire was started by an R.N.D. engine.
75 YEARS AGO
Ernest Russell, a former Fort Scott painter who is now in business with his brother Charles, also a Fort Scott boy, was down today and sold his residence property at Holbrook and St. Mary's Street. It was purchased by B.F. Othick.
While in Kansas City recently, Allen Miller attended the Tower Theater and was surprised to see among the vaudeville acts an act he had seen on the old Davidson Theater stage here 40 years ago. At that time the act was put on by Prof. Herbert L. Flint, a magician, who broke a huge stone with a sledge hammer after he had first placed it on the chest of his daughter, Dorothy.
The act Mr. Miller saw at the Tower was an exact reproduction of the one Flint put on here, as Mr. Miller remembers it. Harry C. Ernich remembers the Flints well, as they played the Davidson here several times while Ernich was the manager.
50 YEARS AGO
Photo caption: "A large gathering of ice skating enthusiasts turned out yesterday at the Gunn Park Lake. Even the dogs seemed to enjoy the outing. Snow was removed from the thick crust of ice for skating." -- Tribune Photo
Photo caption --"Mike Johnson has confidence in the jumping ability of Bannus Hudson as he smilingly permits this jump during an afternoon of skating at a Country Club pond. The jump was completed without mishap." -- Tribune photo
Photo caption: "Branch managers from 16 states gathered to hear C.C. Otto, president of the Western Insurance Companies proclaim 'Our Direction Is Forward.' Highlight will be a banquet."
Photo caption: "First graders from Winfield Scott Elementary School visited the historic Fort Lincoln School moved permanently to the campus of Fort Scott Community College. Retired teacher Ava Webber informs the children what it was like for students in a one-room schoolhouse."
25 YEARS AGO
UNIONTOWN -- Joe and Ann Ludlum, Route 1, inherited his parents' 470 acres of farmland and work to maintain its terrace and waterway system, which his father, Chester Ludlum, completed in a nine-year period. Joe and Ann Ludlum were one of three couples chosen as Kansas Bankers Award winners by the Bourbon County Soil Conservation District.
Photo caption: "Fort Scott High School sophomore Tim Bradbury, shown going up for a shot against Columbus last Friday at the high school gym, dished out six assists Tuesday night for the Tigers at Parsons." -- Photo by
Buying baseball cards, magazines, collectibles. -- Eldridge Oil & Tire, Uniontown.
Wescoat's Body Shop now open for business. Full wax job with full paint job. Don't trade, paint it! --120 N. Caldwell, two blocks north of Hall's Food Mart on East Wall.