100 Years Ago
May 12-16, 1916
Miss Manona Shearman closed her third term as teacher at Oak Ridge Rural School in Marion County. She was elected to a position in the Emden consolidated school and to the Withers Mill School, which she accepted.
Alexis Hays and Earl Mudd, delegates from the Monroe City Council, Knights of Columbus, attended the annual state convention at Sedalia.
The Monroe City public schools announced their closing exercises for May 19. The following were graduates: Herbert Hedberg, Harry Hedberg, Robert Hawkins, Dean Wilson, Bert Emerson, Paul Maddox, Glenn Bristow, Mary Lloyd, Mary Kern, Daisy Crigler, Ellen Overly, Elsie Lewellen, Gladys Ernst, Lucille Kelley, Helen Southern, Lenore Bristow, Senta Clark, Lena Drescher, Hazel McGee; 8th grade graduates, Sterling Alexander, Thomas Boulware, Leo Bricker, Victor Drescher, Ely Jett, George Kidd, Ollie Kirby, Jim Nesbit, Dorothy Bixler, Gladys Clark, Ethelyn Cline, Helen Delaney, Emerine Gentry, Marie Humphrey, Luvenia Montgomery, Lucille Moss, Helen Nesbit, Myrtle Settle, Elsie Wolf and Roxie Rogers.
Members of the cast of the Monroe City High School Operetta were: Virginia Asbury, Russell Longmire, William Nolen, Paul Maddox, Dwight DeLashmutt, Tom Proctor, Florence Baynum, Lucia Proctor, Blanche Jarman and Frances Rouse.
90 Years Ago
Mary 18-21, 1926
Banns were announced at Holy Rosary Church for the marriage of Miss Loretta Karcher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Karcher, to Harold Bell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexis Bell of St. Louis.
George L. Hampton Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Hampton southeast of this city, was named valedictorian of the 1926 graduating class of Monroe City High School. Allie Wolf, daughter of L.R. Wolf, was salutatorian.
Mildred Wade was crowned May Queen at the annual May Fete held in the high school auditorium. Paul Hurst served as crown bearer. Alpha May Tuley and Maxine Johnson were train bearers. Charles Bradley, footman, and Ruth McFarland, Edith Walker, Jane Crane, Eileen Tuley, Charlabel Sharp and Bernadine Finch were attendants. John DeLashmutt carried the pillow for her feet.
Miss Lottie Montgomery left for a visit in Long Beach, Calif., with her sister, Mrs. Roy McAllister, and with her brother, Tom Montgomery in Los Angeles.
Philip Campbell was presented in a piano recital to the home of his music teacher, Miss Tommye Ely.
Dimmitt Jackson, student in Central College, Fayette, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Jackson.
Misses Frances Willard, Opal Rouse and Virginia Hardwick returned home from Kirksville where they had attended the State Teachers College.
80 Years Ago
May 14, 1936
Thomas V. Proctor of this city who had served as prosecuting attorney of Monroe County since Jan. 1, 1933, announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the August primary for re-election.
Miss Minnie Karr and Earl Swearengen, students in Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, Kirksville, were candidates for the bachelor of science degree at the commencement exercises which were to be held May 22.
Leaman Watts, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Watts, entered upon his duties in the assembling machine department of war tanks, at the arsenal in Rock Island, Ill. The position was received through a civil service appointment.
Miss Theresa Jarboe and Forest Reid were married May 9 in Shelbina. The wedding of Miss Helen Ward, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ward, to Lawrence L. Clark of Quincy took place May 6.
The 45th annual commencement week of the Monroe City public schools closed Friday evening, My 15, with a graduating class of 23 members. The diplomas were presented by Roy B. Meriwether to Orland Hays, Robert Ward, Harold Dixon, John Harris, Jr., Charles Allen, Ida Corder, Herman Davis, James W. Edwards, Ossie Engle, Allie Mae Gosney, Lester Greeves, Helen Jeter, Marguerite Kincaid, John Medcalf, Jr., Marceline Mills, Jane Morris, J.B. Owen, Irene Watson, Mayme McElwee, Curtis Little, Mae Little, Damon Robinson and Claude Smallwood.
70 Years Ago
May 16, 1946
J.A. (Leck) Montgomery, his son, J.A. Montgomery Jr., C.E. Robey, Charles Spalding and Harry Lindhorst, members of the Monroe City Council, Knights of Columbus, had the highest degree in the work conferred on them in St. Louis, May 12.
Twenty-four seniors in Monroe City High school graduated. They were: Donald Eugene Benson, Doris Marie Cullom, Barbara Lee Daniel, Maxine Dunkle, Shirley Louise Fohey, Jane Freidank, Junior Geist, Martha Lee Greening, Elvina Heather, Dorothy Phyllis Hedberg, Helene Hess, Robert F. Hulen, Jack Jones, Mary Ethel Leake, Ava Lee Moutray, Lucille Paris, Virginia Parrish, Lilburn Rubison, Beulah Faye Schofield, Kenneth Tuley, Vinnie Utterback, Betty Lou Vollrath, Mildred Fern Wright and Loree Vern Wright.
Banns were published in Holy Rosary Catholic Church for the approaching wedding of Miss Mary Margaret Kelly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Kelly, to James Conboy, son of Mrs. Thomas Conboy and the late Mr. Conboy.
Miss Rita Spalding, daughter of Joe Spalding and Donnie Lee Tuggle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Tuggle of Shelbyville, were married May 14, in the Holy Rosary parish residence.
Mrs. Mildred Morland of Oakwood and Robert Leo Simms, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Simms, were married May 10 in Hannibal.
Mrs. Doris Garrett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Blackwell of near Stoutsville, and Harold Garrett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Garrett of south of Hunnewell were re-married May 9 at the home of the officiating minister, the Rev. John W. Golden.
Miss Jeanne Simms, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Simms, graduated May 12 from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis.
60 Years Ago
May 10, 1956
Mrs. Robert Maddox, chairman of the cancer drive in Monroe City and community, sponsored by the Daughters of Isabella, reported a total of $949 collected.
Members of the I.O.O. F. and Rebekah Lodges had moved to their new location in the Anderson building at the corner of Winter and North Vine Streets, purchased from Miss Agnes Bell.
The wedding of Miss Marilyn Hayes, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hayes southeast of Monroe City, and James Williams, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin T. Williams, of Indian Creek, took place May 8.
Mrs. Lena Green Rogers assumed her duties Monday morning as collector of Monroe City. She was elected at the city election April 3, succeeding Mrs. Margaret Lanham.
High temperature for the week was 87 degrees, with the low being 40 degrees.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hill were parents of a son born May 6 in St. Elizabeth Hospital. Mrs. Hill is the former Ruby Lou Tewell. A son was born May 7 to Mr. and Mrs. William Hays in St. Elizabeth Hospital, and a daughter was born May 6 in St. Elizabeth Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. D.T. (Shorty) Maher, south of Monroe City.
50 Years Ago
May 12, 1966
Linda Sue Wideman, senior in Monroe City High School and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Wideman of rural Monroe City, was notified by the University of Missouri that she was the recipient of a $300 Sears Roebuck Foundation Scholarship, which was available to freshmen students enrolled in the school of agriculture.
Rev. William Ludwig was celebrant at the morning Mass when 33 children of the Holy Rosary Parish received their first Holy Communion.
Births: a son, Douglas Wayne, May 6 to Mr. and Mrs. William Shinn; a daughter, Kathleen Ann, April 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marlton Tuley of St. Louis.
The Monroe City R-I junior high school graduation exercises were planned for May 17 at the junior high auditorium.
40 Years Ago
May 6, 1976
A block of quarters grew to $400 as the American Legion conducted its crusade against cancer.
The Ladies Auxiliary Post 4240 elected officers for the ensuing year as follows: President, Maggie Lou Smith; senior vice president, Marie Crow; junior vice president, Doris Copenhaver; secretary, Marie Crow; treasurer, Gladys Robbins; conductress, Helen Gosney; Chaplain, Nanny Howell; guard, Louse Lipp; patriotic instructor, Virginia Paul; historian Dalpha Thompson; three year trustee, Louise Lipp; two year trustee, Helen Gosney; one year trustee, Clara Smith.
Births: a daughter, Heather Deanne, May 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lee Elliott.
Members of the Monroe City R-I varsity golf team were Larry Hall, Donnie Yager, David Addison, Paul Adam and Joe Thomas. Member of the B team included David Freidank, Greg Addison, Steve Hawn, Gene Taylor, Buzzy Shaver, Danny Thomas, Jimmy Hunt, Shawn Kendrick and Jeff Smith.
30 Years Ago
May 8, 1986
Students from Monroe City High School performed at the state music contest in Columbia. Those scoring a I rating were the ensemble of Melissa Powell, Adrian Saunders, Mary Johnson, Angie Voepel, Rich Enochs, Corrie Holland, Scott Burditt and Mitch Lehenbauer.
The University of Notre Dame announced that James W. Hagan, son of Joyce Hagan and the late Walter J. Hagan, graduated with highest honors with a bachelor of arts degree in government and international relations. Hagan graduated ninth in the class of 1986.
Births: a daughter, Rachel Clair, April 30 to John and Sue Ellersieck of Columbia; a son, Matthew Emil, April 26 to Mr. and Mrs. John Ahler.
20 Years Ago
May 2, 1996
A possible fuel spill was investigated by the Department of Natural Resources at the corner of West Dover and Main Streets.
Two Victorian parlor chairs that belonged to the late Russell and Dorothy Bastian were to be sold at an estate auction. The chairs, which were already sold to the Bastians, were to have caught the eye of Jackie Kennedy Onassis when she visited an antique shop in Manchester, Mo. in 1966-67.
A son, Aaron Benjamin, was born April 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Gary A. Foreman; a son, Carl Thomas, was born April 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Miller; a son, Todd Alan, was born April 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Terrill.
Members of the 1996 Monroe City R-I Golf Team included Aaron Benson, Lance Karr, Courtney Dowell, Michael Shoemaker, Lance Elliott, Matt Anderson, Jeff Thomas, Joe Carson and Josh Potterfield.
The 1996 Progress Addition was included in the Monroe City News. It featured area businesses and churches.
10 Years Ago
May 3, 2006
Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette
Prom Queen and King were Jessica Zeiger and Jordan Davis. The theme was Malibu Nights.
Alice Berry celebrated her 90th birthday on May 1 with family.
The Holy Rosary School students presented their annual talent show.
Sierra Brown and her mother Sherry donated their hair to Locks of Love cut by Debbie’s Beauty Shoppe.