Years ago

May 3, 2013 

112 years ago

May 1901

Under an act passed at the last session by the Minnesota Legislature, Cole and James Younger now stand at a chance of being released from the State prison. The board of pardons has unanimously recommended their release. They will now have a wait until July as the constitutionality of the law is being tested. It is said they will not be permitted to leave the state under the parole.

99 years ago

May 1914

At Harris Park in Lee’s Summit, on the 24th day of 1914, was held the 4th annual reunion of the descendants of William and Rhoda Harris.

William Harris was born in Virginia May 14, 1796, and died at Blue Springs March 28, 1847. He married in his twentieth year to Rhoda Burnett, who was born in Virginia, June 22, 1800, and died at Blue Springs Sept. 9, 1878, having been a widow for 31 years. The couple came to Jackson County in 1830 bringing with them their seven children. John was the first one born to them in this county. There were few settlers here then, no schools, no churches, a fine country, but that is what it takes to test men and develop character.

There are 474 descendants of this couple (15 children) that we know to be living today. The latest statistics of the families who live far away we have not a hand, but think the actual number is very near 500. About 300 of them live in this county.

83 years ago

May 1930

The Douglas theatre has a big feature picture on Saturday afternoon, May 3, entitled “Tarzan” and it should be of interest to every boy in Lee’s Summit. Also there are a lot of empty tin cans and bottles scattered through the alleys of Lee’s Summit that should be gathered up and sent to the dump.

Boys that want to go to the picture show and cans that ought to go to the dump. Why not get them to work together?

Here is the plan. The Journal has arranged for a free ticket to the Douglas theater for every boy or girl who brings to the theater ten empty tin cans or bottles on Saturday afternoon, May 3. There is your chance, boys and girls, to get to see a great picture and all you have to do is gather up ten cans or bottles and bring them to the theater.

Compilied from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter.

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