100 YEARS AGO
Ed Lease, who no doubt is entitled to the distinction of having plied the blacksmith's trade in this county longer than any other man, and who was perhaps the oldest blacksmith in the county, being 84 years of age, was yesterday removed to the county poor farm in Uniontown, where doubtless he will spend the remainder of his life.
The removal of Mr. Lease to the poor farm means the termination of a strange, secluded and lonely mode of life which the old man followed for years. He came to Barnesville many years ago. Old settlers say it was about the time of the war. He was in the thick of the border troubles, and it is said that he fought gallantly from the beginning of the war to the end. Then he set up his blacksmith shop in Barnesville and there he has worked and lived to this day. When he constructed his blacksmith shop he built a small room onto it and that has been his home all these years. He was never married and he had but few associates, seeming to prefer seclusion. As of late years, he had worked only by spells and it has been a puzzle as to how he made his living.
The largest land deal consummated in this county recently was a purchase by Martin Miller from Pat Gorman. The location was a mile south of Mr. Gorman's home place. The 480 acres brought something like $18,000. Mr. Miller bought it for an investment.
75 YEARS AGO
Miss Wilma John, who since 1920 has been a teacher in the Fort Scott schools, is joining the news staff of The Tribune.
In turning to newspaper work from teaching, Miss John is following an earlier ambition. While a student at the University of Missouri she majored in journalism and did practical work for the university's school of journalism.
At The Tribune, Miss John will be placed in charge of the news material transmitted to this paper by the corps of special correspondents located in Bourbon and Linn counties and parts of Crawford and Vernon counties. Miss John will have charge of all proofs and will assist in the general writing of all news.
Miss Edith Sterling will remain as society editor.
Today, the county commissioners planned to adopt a resolution providing that the burial by the county of any person on the relief rolls who dies must be authorized by the welfare office and the body must go to a local undertaker. The resolution is prompted largely by the fact that the body of a relief client who died recently was turned over to a Moran undertaker, who put in a claim for the customary $40 payment. The commissioners have decided to allow this payment, but none other similar to it.
50 YEARS AGO
Ken Pearson, 33 year-old community leader, was named Fort Scott's "Outstanding Young Man of 1962" last night at the Jaycees' Bosses Night program.
Marcel Normand, political science instructor at Fort Scott Junior College and High School, was named "Outstanding Young Teacher."
Gerald Clary, who operates a farm, was named the "Outstanding Young Farmer."
Clifton C. Otto, president of the Western Insurance Companies, was honored with "Boss of the Year" award.
Pearson is president of the Young Men's Christian Association board.
Hartman-Grier Navy Mothers held a Work Day at the home of Mrs. Sam Edgar to sew carpet rags for Wadsworth Veterans Hospital. The rugs are to be sold. Another work day will be held Feb. 12 at the home of Mrs. George Yoke.
25 YEARS AGO