100 YEARS AGO
Photo caption: "A class of juniors at the Y.M.C.A. gymnasium, under a trained physical director, muscles are developed and hardened. They are taught the rudimentary principles of good health and sound physique. Eighty-five Fort Scott boys between the ages of 11 and 15 belong to this department. They take to water like bullfrogs. The parents who pay $15 to get these Y.M.C.A. advantages for their boys will save it many times over in doctor bills, besides the spiritual, social and moral advantages of that surround the boy in these exercises."
75 YEARS AGO
A fire which started from a spark on the roof badly damaged the V.L. Forster home at 215 S. Broadway St. this morning. The residence , a two-story brick dwelling, is owned by Ralph Drake. Firemen found the shingle roof a mass of flames being fanned by a strong south wind. The loss on the dwelling is estimated at $1,000 and the contents at $200, mostly damaged by water. More severe damage would have occurred had it not been for WPA workers employed in redoing the brick street, who rushed inside the house and carried out much of the furniture.
W.T. Blincoe, county treasurer, will keep his office at the courthouse open tomorrow and Monday nights from 8 to 10 o'clock for the convenience of motorists who do not have time during the day to visit the office and secure the new 1938 motor vehicle tags. This is the first time such a measure has been taken and should aid in preventing congestion around regular closing hours.
50 YEARS AGO
Photo caption: "A variety of recreation can be employed when snow lingers as it has here the past two weeks. Using ponies and a sleigh, Dianne and Janette Gabler await the 'go' signal from Walter Anthony and John Rodgers at the Rodgers' place eight miles north of Fort Scott on U.S. 69. The girls pictured are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. George Gabler, 412 S. Crawford St." -- Tribune Photo
Photo caption: "Gary Wrenn is the new champion of the light heavy-weight of the Four-State area in the Joplin Golden Gloves District in the novice division. He won the trophy and a jacket by defeating Charles Carry, Seneca, Mo., and became the 1963 titlist."--Tribune photo
25 YEARS AGO
Compared to last year's celebration held in his honor when he became a centenarian, Judge Harry Fisher spent a somewhat quiet 101st birthday Friday. But he was not forgotten by many well-wishers, including a group of Fort Scott Middle School students.
Twenty-one children involved in FSMS Ambassadors Club visited Fisher at his home at 216 S. Eddy St. The students gave Fisher a birthday card which they all signed and sang "Happy Birthday." The judge said he wanted to give the children some advice to live by, then he quoted the Golden Rule. He urged the children to take good care of their bodies by participating in sports and eating right.
On Sept. 30, 1988, (25 years ago), I published an article in The Tribune alluding to my devotion to my best friend Naomi Dikeman, who was my sister-in-law. Naomi died that week at Mercy Hospital after a lengthy bout with cancer.
The song title, "I've Been Talking to Myself," best describes (then) the impromptu tribute entitled "Memories Bring Roses in the December." I find it given these years later to appear in my "Memories Spring Eternal column." My thoughts were dictated by this line from a song "God gave us memories so we would have roses in December."
Naomi and my late mother-in-law, Ollie Dikeman, were there for me in helping promote domestic skills in my early marriage. I was a slow learner, but they refused to give up and I received the blessings of their patience.
The lot was cast in 1945 when we bonded through a mutual love, respect and affection.
I cherish the thought that "God gave us memories so we would have roses in December."
In addition, I add hearty congratulations to the late Naomi and Delbert Dikeman's son, Michael, who retired this month from Kansas State University with 80 semesters as an instructor. He is the oldest of three children to also include Charlotte and Galen.