The Way it Was

Friday, August 25, 2006

100 years ago

The proposed electric line

The Springfield Leader of yesterday says in reference to the proposed new electric line between Nevada and Springfield and the work of Mr. McDonough, the promoter:

Thomas P. McDonough who proposes to build an electric road from Nevada to Springfield will probably reach this city tonight or tomorrow to look over the situation and decide upon its feasibility.

J.T. Woodruff, president of the Springfield commercial club met Mr. McDonough in Kansas City last week and he stated that he would reach this city the last of this week. Before meeting Mr. McDonough in Kansas City, Mr. Woodruff had received a letter from him explaining his intention of visiting this city and of looking over the prospects here.

50 years ago

Verify attack on bomber

TOKYO - Bullet fragments in a sailor's body confirmed tonight that a U.S. Navy patrol bomber was hit by gunfire before it plunged into the China Sea of Red China's coast.

The 16 crewmen of the four engine P4M Mercator were under routine orders to fire back if attacked but there was no indication whether they did so before the crash early Thursday.

The aerial search for survivors was suspended. But surface ships were directed to remain in the area where the plane went down about 100 miles southeast of Shanghai.