100 Years Ago
August 1-4, 1916
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Watson were parents of a son, Earl, born July 28.
Roy B. Meriwether was nominated for prosecuting attorney of Monroe County in the democratic primary election. He received the largest vote in this city ever received by any candidate with opposition, receiving a total of 406 votes, his two opponents polling but eight votes.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Yates of Kendall, Kan., arrived here to spend their honeymoon with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Yates. The bride was formerly Miss Mabel Lewis of Syracuse, Kan., and they were married July 20 at Garden City, Kan.
Mr. and Mrs. Hilary Hardesty were the parents of a daughter born July 29.
Miss Mollie George Gotez left for Chicago after a visit with relatives in this city.
Mrs. H.A. Jenkins of Indianapolis, Ind., came for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Finks.
Miss Marvel DeLashmutt returned to her home in this city after a visit of several weeks in Burlington, Iowa, with her brother, George DeLashmutt, and other relatives.
Miss Mae Proctor arrived from Texas to visit her brother, D.M. Proctor and Mrs. Proctor.
90 Years Ago
August 3-6, 1926
Miss Nadine Vogt and Edwin Frankenbach were married Aug. 1 at Immanuel Lutheran Church at West Ely. The ceremony was read by Rev. H.H. Wallner, pastor.
A son was born July 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Hall Sessions of Mason City, Iowa. He was named Walter Morris. Mrs. Sessions was the former Helen Moss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Moss of this city.
Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Ely returned from a months stay at Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Miss Lottie Montgomery returned from an extended visit with her sister, Mrs. Roy McAllister, at Long Beach, Calif., also her brother, T.O. Montgomery, at Los Angeles.
The proceeds of the 11th annual Swinkey Picnic totaled $1,805.
Raymond Noel was appointed clerk in the Monroe City Bank, succeeding Francis Proctor, who resigned to attend the University of Missouri. Noel has been employed at the Monroe Filling Station.
Eugene Yowell accepted a position with the Farmers Elevator & Exchange Co., succeeding Marvin Painter, who had entered upon his duties at Wood’s Drug Store.
Shields McClintic entered the Georgia School of Technology at Atlanta, Ga., for an electrical engineering course.
80 Years Ago
August 6, 1936
Miss Edna Boulware, Miss Agnes Mudd and Miss Virginia Hoar left on a 10 day conducted tour through Eastern Canada. The trip scheduled stops at Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec.
Announcement was made of the approaching marriage of Miss Uldean Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Smith of Hannibal, to Hubert Carlson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carlson, southeast of this city. The wedding was to take place Aug. 15.
Miss Virginia Baynum, student at the summer session of the University of Missouri, Columbia, ranked first in the diagnostic testing class in the school of education.
Clement Craig and L.A. VanDyke, students in the graduate school of the University of Missouri, Columbia, spent the weekend in this city.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Gilbert and family, of Detroit, Mich., arrived for a visit with her sister, Mrs. Dwight Henderson, and Mr. Henderson.
Miss Anna Pauline Utterback returned from West Union, Iowa, where she had been a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Stutes.
James M. Pike of Boulder, Colo., arrived for a visit with his sister, Mrs. J.B. Williams, and other relatives in this community.
Arrangements were being completed for the erection of a sign, bearing the name Monroe City, at the intersection of U.S. Highways 24-36 on North Main Street. The new sign was 10 feet long and two feet high with nine inch letters.
70 Years Ago
August 1, 1946
Betty Burton, daughter of Mrs. Charles King and Marilyn Perrigo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Perrigo, drowned July 17 in a pond on the J.D. Robey farm at the west edge of town.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Gentry left for Okeechobee, Fla., to make their home. They were employed in the Okeechobee school system for the 1946-47 term.
Receipts totaled $7,500 for the Lions Club Rodeo and carnival.
Announcements were received of the marriage of Miss Elizabeth Cleo Hess, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Hess of Palmyra, and Henry Ward Dooley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett H. Dooley of Pairs. The wedding took place July 24 in Saint Rose of Lima Church in St. Paul, Minn.
Miss Fay Hagar of Davenport, Iowa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hagar of south of town, was married to James Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Scott of Long Grove, Iowa, July 26.
Nineteen members of the Monroe City Girl Scout troop went to Camp Oko-Tipi, south of Hannibal. They were Shirley Simmons, Shirley Mudd, Alveta Dooley, Elizabeth Ann Hampton, Alice Johns, Darlene Gordanier, Claudine Buckman, Mary Ann Mudd, Patsy Mudd, Peggy Mudd, Martha Ann Reid, June McCord, Charlotte Crawford, Carolyn Ann Collins, Kathryn Jane Reid, Marilyn Calhoun, Carolyn Calhoun, Jeanne VanMarter and Jeanne Marie Hays.
Miss Doris Asbury, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Asbury of Jackson, Tenn., and Horace Coyne Jr., of Bemis Tenn., were married July 25.
Mrs. James Burkhardt of Hunnewell was a member of the class receiving degrees from the Northeast Missouri State Teachers College at Kirksville. She was employed to teach in Monroe City High School.
60 Years Ago
July 26, 1956
Miss Phyllis Ann Carman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murl Carman of Perry was marred to Aubrey Owen Shively, son of Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Shively July 24 at Holy Rosary Church.
Six members of the 1946 graduating class of Holy Rosary High School held a reunion at Buzzard’s Roost in Mark Twain State Park in Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. P.F. White celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 29 with members of their immediate family.
Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Elliott were parents of a daughter, Sonja Geraldine born Sunday, July 22 in Ellis Hospital. She was their tenth child and fifth daughter.
A total of 1.28 inches of rain fell between July 18 and 24.
New faculty members of Monroe City Public School: Robert C. Howe, high school principal, mathematics and drivers education; Mrs. Robert C. Howe, teacher of second grade, and Frank E. Kirby Jr., basketball coach, physical education and science.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Zeiger purchased the residence property of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lanham, located at 319 E. Lawn Street for $6,000.
50 Years Ago
July 28, 1966
An open house for the Rev. and Mrs. J.D. Stewart and their son, Jay was held July 24 at their new home in Monroe City.
Mr. and Mrs. John Young were presented the Purple Heart and National Defense Service Medal in honor of their son, John D. Young, who was killed in action in Vietnam, June 13.
A large crowd attended the Swinkey Picnic which was held Sunday, July 24. Approximately 1,200 persons were served at the chicken and ham dinner.
A Henderson Produce Co. truck was completely destroyed by fire Friday morning, July 22. The truck was driven by Raymond Yager.
Work was progressing on the new municipal swimming pool. The pool was to be ready by the first weekend in August.
A total of 1.18 inches of rain fell July 26 and 27, which broke a drought that lasted six weeks.
Births: a son, Stephan Alan, July 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Johnie Hall of Shelbina; a son, David Jeffery, July 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Buckman of Moline, Ill.
40 Years Ago
July 22, 1976
Residents of Monroe City were voting Tuesday, August 3, at the time of the primary election, on a $75,000 general obligation bond issue to construct a golf course and recreation center.
The committee promoting the golf course still had plans to locate a recreation center on the Paul Clark farm south of Monroe City. Tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts were among the other facilities provided in plans for the center.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Batsell of Monroe City became the parents of a daughter born Monday, July 19. Mr. and Mrs. Terry hardy of O’Fallon, were parents of a son named Lee Randall. A daughter was born July 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eric Byland of Moberly and was named Sarah Elizabeth.
White pelicans were observed at South Lake on July 11.
Two families received special honors in the Mark Twain Grange rural mailbox contest. John and Doris Hickam were winners with their box showing a life size American holding the mailbox. The other was made by Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Dial, with their box portraying horses pulling a covered wagon.
Senior housing units were under construction on Second Street and South Main Street.
The 142nd annual Swinkey Picnic was held July 18 with over 2,000 persons in attendance.
30 Years Ago
July 24, 1986
An estimated 1,000 people turned out for the annual Swinkey Picnic.
The 64th annual Hunnewell Homecoming was to be held Friday and Saturday, July 25-26. A children’s parade was to begin at 9:30 Friday morning.
The Indian Creek Marina was preparing for the grand opening to be held over the weekend.
The engagement of Tonya Gordon and Brian Elliott was announced. The wedding was take place Sept. 21 at the Monroe City Methodist Church.
A fire of unknown origin destroyed the old ice house located on Monroe Street. The building that was to be razed later in the summer was on city property.
20 Years Ago
July 18, 1996
Missouri’s Lt. Gov. Roger Wilson was to be among the many elected and candidates to speak at the annual Swinkey Picnic.
A new attendance record was set when more than 12,000 attended the Mark Twain Lake Rodeo July 5-7 at the Warren G. See Spillway.
Miss Hunnewell was to be chosen during the Hunnewell Homecoming.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Tuley celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary July 17.
Births: a son, Joseph Shawn, was born July 1 to Doug and Melissa Sommerer of Lohman, MO.; a daughter, Katie Breanne, was born June 20 to Aaron and Kathy Beaver of Tacoma, Wash.
10 Years Ago
July 19, 2006
Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette
Over 600 people were served the fried chicken and ham dinner at the annual Swinkey Picnic.
Our Savior Lutheran Church held their Vacation Bible School with many activities for the children to do.
The Monroe City Methodist and Christian Churches held a joint bible school.
Captain Lance O’Bryan, son of Kent and Sara O’Bryan of Hunnewell, took command of Charlie Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment April 27.