The way it was

Thursday, June 5, 2003

100 Years Ago -- June 4, 1903

The known dead, as a result of the flood that engulfed the two Kansas City's, are less than twelve people. As is usual under the circumstances, there have been many rumors of scores of people perishing in the flood but in nearly every case names have been lacking. Even the reports of people drowning in numbers have been conflicting in cases where several men have viewed the alleged deaths from the same position on the river. It is a safe rule to place no credence whatever in reports of men, women and children drowned in which no names are given and where the witnesses to the drowning are lacking.

75 Years Ago -- June 4, 1928

Horace Weltmer, Nevada's star athlete and champion wrestler, accepted the challenge to wrestle the star wrestlers of the carnival company Saturday night. As a result, he tossed the carnival company's two wrestlers without taking an extra breath to perform the feat. The visiting wrestlers were considerably surprised but proved themselves good sports by telling the audience that Weltmer was the fastest and cleanest wrestler they had ever met. The carnival is filling a week's engagement at Lamar this week.

50 Years Ago -- June 4, 1953

FARM NEWS -- Army worms are a serious problem across Missouri. With a chomp, chomp, the Army worms are invading Missouri. The pesky, crop eating crawlers have deployed in alarming numbers in some parts of the state, attacking small grains, grasses and hay crops. They have been found throughout the state but in some of the southern sections, their activities have risen to proportions of a blitz. In Jasper County the infestation is reported as the worst in twenty years. Generally the first objective of the worms is barley. However, wheat, rye, orchard grass and alfalfa are victims of the invading hosts. SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS -- The teacher shortage is one of the most disturbing problems facing the public schools during the next five years, Superintendent C.H. Jones, Jr. told an area club today. The demand for the services of qualified teachers is growing and at the same time the supply is diminishing. During the next five years Missouri schools will require more than 10,000 new elementary teachers but only 2,642 are now in training in all of the teacher colleges in Missouri.