100 Years Ago
February 8, 1919
Madison Payne of Warren, 92, had walked the entire distance from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts. As a young man Mr. Payne walked from his old home in Virginia to Missouri where he settled and had since lived, with the exception of a short period when he walked from this state to California in the days of the gold rush “forty-niners.” He was months on the road each trip.
J.W. Settle & Sons bought the interest of their partner, Cecil Dawson, in their blacksmith shop in this city.
The American Red Cross advised Irving P. Hickman that his son, Lee H. Hickman, died on October 12, 1918, from bronchial pneumonia at a base hospital near Brest, France. The body was buried in the new American cemetery at Lambezellec.
90 Years Ago
February 8, 1929
Edgar McCann Post No. 263, American Legion, elected the following officers: Rev. E.L. Knight, commander; Miss Lottie Montgomery, first commander; Orville Wilson, second vice commander; Harold J. Hagan, adjutant; A.J. Dierks, finance officer; Roy Yates, historian; Fr. F.J. McEvoy, chaplain, and Walter Rohr, sergeant-at-arms.
Jordan Melson and Francis Umstattd returned from Texas where they had been working for several months.
January 1929 was reported the coldest January in 10 years. The lowest temperature was three degrees below zero on January 13 and below zero readings were recorded on three days during the month.
Mrs. Lena Brown was elected district delegate to the Rebekah State Assembly to be held in Springfield.
80 Years Ago
February 9, 1939
A total valuation of $13,180,599 on Monroe County property for 1939 tax charges, exclusive of public utility valuations, was reported in the assessment lists submitted to the Monroe County court by Assessor John M. Wilson. The valuation represented a $26,941 decrease from the list reported for 1938 tax bills.
Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Redman south of town celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on February 7. They were married February 7, 1863, in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.I. Ely in the Rock Lick community south of town. Among the guests at the wedding who were still living were Mrs. Charles L. Elzea and Mrs. S.E. Orr, sisters of Mrs. Redman.
A son was born February 4 to Mr. and Mrs. Ira Davis. Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Swearengen of Jefferson City, formerly of Monroe City, were parents of a son born in February.
70 Years Ago
February 10, 1949
The Joanna Dam and Reservoir project on Salt River in Ralls County south of Monroe City was still a unit in general comprehensive plan for flood control in the Upper Mississippi River basin, but no funds had been appropriated for its construction by Congress, nor were any funds requested for the project in President Truman’s budget for the fiscal year 1950 as presented to Congress on January 10, 1949.
The Court of Honor and Roundup for Boy Scout Troops 132 and 133 was held and the following scouts received awards: Billy Joe Foster, Life and Eagle Scout award; Kenneth Crandall, Ronald Browning, Richard Ellis, Richard Painter, Frederic Joe Simmons, Earl Massey, Jr., J.L. Burditt, J.D. Gosney, Joe Hampton, Kenneth Hedges, Lyle Heigl, Raymond Hill, James McClintic, David Morrison, Tommy Rolens, Donald Lugena, Ralph Harris, John Swink, Bill and Kenneth Runyon, Don Henderson, Danny Mudd, Ralph and Paul Buckman and Gene Hays. Scoutmasters honored were Stanley Clark, Robert baker, Hugo Rolens, Dee West, J. Leslie Pike, James Spalding and Charles Crandall.
60 Years Ago
February 6, 1959
Cabrina Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Smith of Indian Creek, ranked in the top 10 Missourians being considered for the Betty Crocker award.
Three of the eight trophies in the Shelbina Tournament were captured by Monroe City teams. The Monroe City girls were champions, Monroe City boys placed third and Holy Rosary girls took fourth.
Paul E. Jones of Monroe City took over January 17 as owner of the Wayne Feed and Grinding Co. in Shelbina from J.R. Carter. He had served as manager and salesman for 18 months.
Richard Bono, electronics technician third class, was serving aboard the submarine tender USS Bushnell operating out of Key West, Fla. Thomas Edward Hampton had reported to the USS Valcour, a seaplane tender.
Over 200 Monroe County farmers attended the annual Soils and Crops conference with Orphy Yager, chairman.
Warren G. See, president of the Joanna Dam Association, and John F. Spalding, Monroe City attorney, represented the Joanna Dam at the Mississippi Valley association held in St. Louis.
Charles Friant and Russell B. Smith, airplane pilots, aided in the search for a burglar who had broken in to and robbed the home of Merritt Griffen in Hannibal.
Miss Carol DenHart of Liberty, Mo. and John Robey of Hunnewell were married January 31.
50 Years Ago
February 6, 1969
Orville E. (Gene) Finnigan was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps of the Unites States Army Reserve January 19. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Finnigan of Hunnewell.
Gary R. Carman, Elmer A. Dill, Billie C. Walker, John V. Spalding and Bobby G. Stuckey left January 29 for induction into the armed forces.
Mr. and Mrs. Preston E. Hymers celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary February 4.
Births: a son, Randy Wayne, February 2, to Mr. and Mrs. Clem James; a daughter, Lori Lee, February 5 to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Edward Taft of Joliet, Ill.; a daughter, Rita Mae, January 22 to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dinwiddie of Joy, Ill.; a son, Donald Dale, January 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bemis of Ewing; a daughter, Dalissa Lee, January 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Dale McEwen of Lentner; a son, Shane Michael, February 3 to State Trooper and Mrs. Norman Kaden of Bowling Green.
40 Years Ago
February 9, 1979
Neither rain nor sleet nor snow kept the mailmen making their rounds during the snow fall in Monroe City as Juett Kendrick and Rick Foster and other city carriers who braved the elements.
Cub Scout Pack 132, Dens 1 and 3 celebrated their 49th birthday of Cub Scouts. Those celebrating included Bradley Mehrtens, Ricky Hays, Billy Keller, Todd Wolfe, Mike Smith, Larry Greeves, Roger Pennewell, Mike Miles, Jimmy Schmedding, Darren Yager, Scott Adam, and Tony Garcia. Den Mothers were Sonja Greeves and Donna Hays.
Births: a son, Anthony Wayne to Spc. 4 and Mrs. Wayne Harrison of Fort Campbell, Ky. on January 23. Mrs. Harrison is the former Becky Tyree.
A two headed pig was born on the Hays Brothers farm in the Indian Creek community. The piglet, a male, had 11 normal brothers and sisters and only lived for three hours.
30 Years Ago
February 9, 1989
Monroe City R-I basketball homecoming candidates included Jackie Morris, Stacey Shively, Amy Hays, Tracy Abney, Dawn Hays, Regina Gottman, Sharryl Bode, and Teresa Jackson for queen. Neil Minor, Donny William, Darren Elliott, Tommy Jackson, Chad Holliday, Luke Reynolds, Mickey Mayes, and Clay Talton king candidates.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Moyers were to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on February 12.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kendrick were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary February 19.
20 Years Ago
February 9, 1999
Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette
A task force appointed by Governor Mel Carnahan explained the 911 options to the commissioners.
Births: Eric Matthew, an adopted son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hays of Tustin, Calif. born November 2; a son, Kevin Robert, January 24 to Bobbie and James Espinosa; a daughter, Gabriella Grace, February 3 to Corwyn Len and Linda Holland of Sedalia.
One-hundred-one year old Charley Byrd was the featured story in The Gazette. He attended a one-room schoolhouse where he learned how to live to be 100. He was married to his wife of 45 years before she died of cancer.
Nic Forest, son of Sibyl Forest, signed a letter of intent to play football for Northwest Missouri State University at Maryville.
10 Years Ago
February 4, 2009
Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette
Homecoming candidates for the 2009 Basketball Homecoming Royalty were: Seniors-Erin Redmon, Brittany Albus, Sean Davis and Shawn Maloney. Juniors-Lauren Winking and Tanner Buckman. Sophomores-Ashleigh Hutchison and Stephen Berry. Freshmans-Kennedy Tipton and Tyler Gosney.
The local economy, largly dependent upon automotive manufacturing, continued to mirror that of the national and international economy. Approximately 30 employees of the local Leggett and Platt were laid off in the past week, while 30 employees of Intermet’s Monroe City and Palmyra plants were waiting to be called back to work.
Russell and Teresa Hettinger, of Philadelphia announced the engagement of their daughter, Leah, to Joseph Hirner, son of William and Kena Hirner, of Philadelphia. An April 18, wedding was planned to be held at the Monroe City United Methodist Church.