The Way it Was

Friday, January 19, 2007

100 years ago

L.P. Young's death at the asylum

L.P. Young, who died at the Nevada hospital for the insane, was a Carthage blacksmith and there is yet some mystery as to the cause of his insanity. The officials at Carthage, have never been able to determine whether Young was slugged or suffered a general breakdown in his health. He was at work one day at his shop and was later found unconscious in which condition he remained two weeks.

50 years ago

Four Nevada boys fined in Fort Scott

Two sets of Nevada brothers, James Francis Shipp, 19; Jerry Eugene Shipp, 17; Harold Lee Scism, 16; Kenneth Dee Scism, 17, appeared in Fort Scott, Kan., Police Court Friday afternoon to answer charges of malicious mischief and having an open bottle of intoxicating liquid in their car.

According to the Fort Scott police the four lads were arrested at 8:45 o'clock Thursday night on south Margrave Street in Fort Scott. They were firing toy cap pistols as they drove about Fort Scott. When police stopped the boys they discovered an open bottle of wine and several beer cans in the car.

At Friday's court session the boys pleaded not guilty to the charges but he police judge found them guilty and fined each boy $10 on each of the charges.