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October 7, 1909


At 9 o'Clock This Morning Public
Will Be Admitted to Rotunda of
Library to Pay Last Tribute.

The body of Colonel Thomas H. Swope, Kansas City's great public benefactor, now lies in state in the rotunda of the public library building, Ninth and Locust streets. The body rests in a massive state casket with deep scroll mountings. The casket, copper lined, is made of the finest mahogany, covered with black cloth. Solid silver handles extend the full length on each side.

At 9'o'clock this morning the public will be admitted and given an opportunity to look for the last time upon the face of Kansas City's most beloved citizen. Last night the body was guarded by a cordon of police commanded by Sergeants T. S. Eubanks and John Ravenscamp. They will be relieved this morning by others. The police will be on guard until the funeral.

At 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon Mayor Crittenden accompanied by Police Commissioner R. B. Middlebrook and Aldermen O'Malley, Edwards and Wirtman from the upper house and Aldermen Morris and Gilman from the lower house of the council, went to Independence to receive Colonel Swope's body.

It was 4:10 o'clock when Mayor Llewellyn Jones of Independence, accompanied by the city council of that city, made formal delivery of the body. It was carried to the waiting hearse, by G. D. Clinton, J. Wesley Clement, H. A. Major, A. L. Anderson, J. G. Paxon and M. L. Jones, all citizens of Independence.

Ten mounted policemen, commanded by Sergent Estes of the mounted force, acted as convoy to this city. It was at first planned that the Independence officials should accompany the body as far only as their city limits. However, they came to this city and saw the casket placed in state in the library. Those who came from Independence were Mayor Jones and Aldermen E. C. Harrington, J. Wesley Clement. H. A. Major, M. L. Jones, A. L. Anderson and Walter Shimfessel.

Upon arriving at the public library six stalwart policemen removed the casket from the hearse and placed it on pedestals in the rotunda. After giving instructions to the police on guard, Mayor Crittenden and Commissioner Middlebrook left with the members of the council.

Only one relative from out of the city, Stuart S. Fleming of Columbia, Tenn., is at the Swope home in Independence. He arrived yesterday. Colonel Swope was his uncle. Last Friday night, James Moss Hunton, Mr. Fleming's cousin, died at the Swope home. A few hours after he received notice of his death, Mr. Fleming's wife passed away. Sunday night he received notice that his uncle, Colonel Swope, was dead.

"My mother, Colonel Swope's sister, is 77 years old," said Mr. Fleming yesterday. "She is prostrated and was unable to accompany me."

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April 23, 1908


Independence People Want to Regu-
late the Rollers' Hours.

Roller skating after 11 o'clock at night is to be prohibited on the streets and sidewalks of Independence if an ordinance now in preparation passes the city council. The new law is proposed by men and women of the residence wards of the city, whose beauty sleep has been rudely yanked from them by gleeful skating parties of men and women, passing by on the sidewalks as late as 11 o'clock of nights. Roller skating parties are all the rage in Independence now, having put in the shade hayrack rides, barn dances and even charade parties, and old folks whose slumbers have been disturbed are many.

The proposed law will not apply to those skating in their own houses or to men skating to work in the morning. One may skate downtown as early as 4:30 o'clock, provided he has rested since 10 o'clock of the night before.

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November 23, 1907


It will cost twice as much to be a dog in Independence after this. The city council last night by almost a unanimous vote raised the dog tax from $1 to $2. There are about 500 canines in Independence which the dog catcher was able to overtake last year.

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October 9, 1907


Independence Mass Meeting Calls for
a Special Election.

Citizens of Independence packed the city hall last night to debate the question of local option. The Law and Order League, which called the meeting, is advocating a special election to vote on a "wet or a dry" town, under the local option law. It was the sense of the gathering that the election should be held.

James Mack Chaney, chairman, was instructed to appoint a committee of three to formulate plans for the election. A petition will have to be circulated and presented to the mayor and council. If it passes, the election wil be called.

Among the speakers last night, in addition to Attorney Chaney, were Rev. L. J. Marshall of the Christian church, and Albert Bushnell of the Anti-Saloon League in Kansas City.

There were nine saloons in Indeependence, and they have been having hard sledding lately. Recently the city council passed an ordinance raising their city licenses from $700 a year to $1,500. The total which each saloon must pay annually now, city license, county license, governmetn tax and incidental fees for filing applications, is $2,300 a year.

Twenty years ago Independence went "dry."

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October 8, 1907


Independence Ministers Say It Would
Mislead the Youth.

At a meeting of the Ministerial Alliance of Independence yesterday morning, the action of Judge William H. Wallace in his instructions to the grand jury regarding the enforcement of existing laws for observance of the Sabbath was indorsed. The ministers also went on record as being against a proposed street fair, which is now under consideration by the city council. They believe that a continuance of the festivities is detrimental to the education of the youth, and they ask the mayor and council to withhold favoring the project. The proposed project was recently referred to a committee, which so far has failed to make a report to the council.

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September 26, 1907


Even the Dials on the Independence
Timepiece Can't Agree.

There will be a meeting of the Independence city council tonight and bids will be received to have the town clock regulated. For ten days the official timepiece of the city has been running forty-one minutes fast, and no two of the four dials tell the same tale. Factory hands get puzzled over the time of day, and the clock, instead of being a convenience, has been declared a nuisance. The other day a manufacturing concern manager found his employes walking out at 11:20 o'clock by his timepiece. When asked what was the matter they pointed to the hands of the dial indicating 12 o'clock noon.

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August 16, 1907


Independence Doubles Fee to Be Paid
by Saloonkeepers.

At a meeting of the ocuncil in Independence last night the city license for saloons in that city was advanced from $750 to $1,500. Including county and state licenses the total cost will be $2,360.

There are now nine saloons doing business in Independence. It is thought that the increased cost of maintaining the establishments will drieve some of them out of business. The council raised the license after studying conditions in other towns, arriving at the conclusion that Independence was getting too little from its saloons. It is said that the original intention of the council was to make the total cost of running a saloon in the city -- including city, county and state licenses -- $3,000 per year.

At the same meeting Colyer Bros. were awarded a contract to pave South Main street.

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August 7, 1907


Favorable Report Will Be Made on
the Old Westport Road Route.

The committee, consisting of Councilmen Pitt, Marqua and Heiff, of Independence, will make a report to the council in that city tonight relative to a boulevard between Independence and Kansas City. The old Westport road will be reported upon favorably. The proposition will be that Independence look after its end of the line, Kansas City residents after theirs and the county court to take care of the intermediate territory. The county court has been approached upon the matter, but would give no encouragement until something tangible in the way of surveys have been made. Ther present plan is to make the boulevard eighty feet wide, with parkways, and intersect the proposed Blue Ridge road. The route as suggested is unimproved and would cost considerable to bring about that state of perfection which would be inviting as a mere pleasure drive. Most of the route is broken and uneven, but Mayor Prewitt believes that property owners along the way would relinquish right of way and lend financial aid as well.

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July 6, 1907


Nine Licenses Granted by the
Independence Council.

The Anti-Saloon League was not represented last night at the Independence city council meeting, and nine applications for saloon licenses were granted.

The council announced the tax levy for 1907, as follows: General revenue, 1/2 mills; electric light extension, 1/2 mill; sewer extension, 1/2 mill; interest and principal on electric plant, 1 mill; water works judgement, 2 mills; hydrant rentals, 1 mill.

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July 6, 1907


Independence Council Will Now
Furnish Gong for Vehicle.

William Smith, a Kansas Cityan found intoxicated in the court house yard at Independence, won his point in police court when he told the judge he ought to be turned loose. When aske dthe nature of his argument Smith said he had been punished heavily enough.

"What punishment has been administered to the prisoner?" asked the court.

The policeman who appeared against Smith said nothing had been done to his prisoner.

"But you took me to the station in a wheelbarrow," said Smith, and the judge sided with him and gave him liberty and the pursuit of happiness -- outside of the city limits.

It then developed that the two policemen who found Smith in the court house yard had borrowed a wheelbarrow at a livery stable to tote their prisoner to the lockup. Independence has no patrol wagon. After the council meeting last ngit members of the council made up a purse to buy a gong for the barrow.

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