100 Years Ago
May 19-23, 1916
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dawson were parents of a daughter born May 17.
R.K. Nolen of Redfield, S.D., came for a visit with relatives.
The engagement of Miss Evalyn Hornback to Rev. Jonas Boyer of Conway, Ark., was announced. The wedding was to take place in June.
Commencement exercises of Hunnewell High school were held May 20. The five graduates included Paul Leake, Mildred McMillan, Ura Mefford, Ivan Pierceall and Lawrence Heskett.
Miss Georgia Vaughn accepted a position as teacher of domestic science and history in the high school at Montgomery City.
The honor roll as announced for the month of May in the city grade school was: Grade 1, Carolyn Bricker, Mary Frances Cranston, Earl Harris, Harold Krummel, May Lefever, Walter May, Ruth McFarland, Elizabeth Nash, Reginald Sharp, Clarabelle Sharp, Mildred Wade, Edith Walker; grade 2, Lillian Ballard, Martha E. Conway, John R. Dawson, Cora Ethel Edwards, Mary Lewis Gott, Dona Fern George, Elizabeth Rae Melson, George Nash, Blanche Scobee, Eileen Tuley, Allie Wolf, Frances Willard; grade 3, Ada Ruth Dawson, Stella Umstattd, Gladys Ploeger; grade 4, Marie Nash, Judith E. Johnson, Mary B. Boulware, Harold Hord; grade 5, Irene Yates, Stoddard Williams, Paulyne Tuley, Lucyle Tuley, Edith Swearengen, Hasseltine Ramsey, Alvisa Murphy, Velma Miles, Alice Virginia Melson, Evalyn Hume, Howard McGee, Harold Lefever, Paul Ballard, Carrie Gullick, Gwendolyn Green; grade 6, Bessie Dawson, Evelyn Jackson, Helen Caplinger, Russell Lowell, Laura Umstattd; grade 7, Charlesa Elzea, Hattie Proctor; grade 8, Sterling Alexander, Dorothy Bixler, Thomas Boulware, Gladys Clark, Ethelyn Cline, Emerine Gentry, Marie Humphrey, Ely Jett, Luvenia Montgomery and Lucille Moss.
90 Years Ago
May 23-28, 1926
The 35th graduating class from Monroe City High School received diplomas in commencement exercises held May 28. The commencement address was delivered by Berryman Henwood of Hannibal and diplomas were presented by Roy B. Meriwether, president of the board of education. George L. Hampton was announced by Supt. L.W. King as valedictorian. Other honor students in their order were: Allie Wolf, Edith Walker, Lillian Ballard and Mildred Wade. The other graduates in the class of 22 members were: Jane Crane, Herman Dimmitt, Bernadine Finch, Frankie Foster, Alex Graham, Annetta Faye Johnson, Lester Hoover, John Kelley, Margaret Kizer, Ruth McFarland, Tilden Ransdell, Charlabel Sharp, Reginald Sharp, Eileen Tuley, Lillian Tuley, Tom Whitecotton and Bailey Foglesong.
The 25th annual entertainment marking the close of Holy Rosary School was held May 28. There were six graduates, Cleo Elliott, Thelma Hamilton, Louise Kendrick, Marguerite Pierceall, Sylvia Williams, and Elizabeth Yates.
Mrs. T.M. Boulware attended commencement at Stephens College in Columbia, her daughter, Miss Mary Byrd Boulware, being a graduate.
St. Stephen’s parochial school at Indian Creek closed the 1925-26 school year with three graduates, Rose Osbourne, Winifred Pike and Lucille Ford.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Lake of near Warren were parents of a daughter born May 24.
Miss Grace Pollard of northeast of Shelbyville and Homer Calvert were married May 26.
Miss Martha Elizabeth Conway, junior in Stephens College, Columbia, was elected a member of Phi Theta Kappa, honorary literary society.
Miss Aleen McFarland left to attend summer school at East Las Vegas, N.M.
80 Years Ago
May 21, 1936
Mrs. Mark Twain Swearengen Jr. was elected president of the Monroe City High School Alumni Association for 1937-37. Other officers were: Miss Mary Martha Byrd, vice president; Miss Edna Boulware, secretary and Raymond Noel, treasurer.
A son, named Raymond Francis, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Gottman of north of town May 16.
E.C. Spalding and R. Milstead Noel purchased the business property on North Main Street in which the Spalding & Noel Pharmacy was located from the L.C. Saunders estate.
W.L. Ely was elected a member of the board of directors of the Missouri Lions Club at the annual state convention held in Lexington. Mr. Ely had served as deputy district governor since January, 1936, the highest appointive post in the organization.
Miss Marguerite Kincaid was announced as valedictorian of the 1936 graduating class from Monroe City High School with Herman Davis, salutatorian.
Six students were graduated from Stoutsville High School May 13. They were: William Conley, Eugene Greening, Glen Greening, Virgil Power, Adelbert Webber and Morris Webber.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wingo and daughters, Sara Sue and Julia, left for their new home in Shreveport, La. They were accompanied by his father, R.B. Wingo.
70 Years Ago
May 23, 1946
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Gentry accepted contracts for teaching positions in the high school at Okeechobee, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hays were parents of a daughter, Carol Jane, born May 17. Mr. and Mrs. Archie Gordanier were parents of a son, born May 21.
Mrs. Kendrick Lanham, regent of Monroe City Circle, Daughters of Isabella, with Mrs. Zelma Osbourne, Miss Kathleen Davis and Mrs. J. Leslie Pike, attended the state convention in Joplin.
Herman T. Davis left Chicago by Trans-Atlantic plane for Paris, France and Antwerp, Belgium.
Leslie Wilson and George Kirby went to St. Louis to attend the state convention of the funeral directors’ association.
Westlake Hardware Company opened a new hardware and appliance store with Carl B. Barrows of Purdin, World War II Veteran, as manager. William O’Donnell, who had served as clerk in Jaeger Hardware was hired as assistant.
A total of $322.10 was donated to the cancer drive according to Mrs. E.C. Spalding, chairman.
Miss Mary Susan Sandifer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Sandifer north of Monroe City and Loran G. Ragar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ragar of Palmyra were married May 16 by the Rev. John W. Golden in Hannibal.
Frank Hagan enrolled in Syracuse University at Syracuse, N.Y., to receive his Bachelor of Science degree.
Charles V. Greening, Charles Brown, Eugene S. Montgomery, and George Thompson received their release from the U.S. Armed services.
60 Years Ago
May 17, 1956
Miss Shirley Ann Dooley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Uel G. Dooley, had accepted a position as a member of the faculty of the Mexico public schools in the general science department.
Approximately 220 acres of beans and corn were planted May 14 and 15 for Claude Buckman, who was a patient in St. Elizabeth Hospital receiving treatment for a heart condition. Mrs. Buckman served the noon meal to the 27 men and boys.
Sgt. 1/c Arthur Polk Porter, son of E.E. Porter of east of Monroe City, was to leave for duty in Germany under the army’s rotation plan.
Walter Little, an employee of the Henderson Produce Co. for the past 37 years, retired from active work May 12.
The high reading for the week was 95 degrees on May 12, with the low of 52.
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Yager were parents of their ninth child, a daughter, Martha Susan, born May 9.
50 Years Ago
May 19, 1966
Pvt. Robert P. McClintic, son of Mr. and Mrs. Garnett W. McClintic, completed eight weeks of military police training under the reserved enlistment program at the army training center at Fort Gordon, GA.
The new Baptist Church parsonage was under contruction on Prairie Avenue.
Coach Don Sylvara and three members of the Monroe City R-I track team participated in the Class M state meet in Columbia. Bob Holland entered in the 100, 200 and the 440 yard dashes; John Berlin ran in the high hurdles; and Ivan Wallace competed in the discus field event. None of the boys placed.
Michael Quinn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Quinn, graduated from Cardinal Glennon College in St. Louis. Quinn planned to enter Kendrick Seminary in St. Louis.
Births: a son, Gregory Alan, May 14 to Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Frankenbach; Mr. and Mrs. John F. (Jack) Smith announced a daughter, Martha Marie, born May 7.
40 Years Ago
May 13, 1976
Seven new city officials assumed office Thursday, May 6. Those who took the oath of office given by City Clerk Gary Osbourne were Mayor Morris Bastian; Alderman, Owen Benton, first ward; Harold Garrett, second ward Larry Addison, third ward; City Collector Christine Buckman; City Marshal Harold McElroy; and Police Judge Carl Simmons.
Sally Watson was named president of the United Cerebral Palsy of Monroe County for the coming term of office.
The Norfolk and Western Railway had applied to the Missouri Public Service Commission for permission to close its station in Paris and Handle business from the Paris area at its station in Monroe City.
Mr. and Mrs. Lilburn Rubison were to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary May 23.
Linda Pfanner and Mike Mudd were Prom Royalty for the 1976 Junior-Senior Prom. Their attendants were Adair Knapp, Cindy Evans, Carol Hays, and Bob Ketsenburg.
Births: a daughter, Danette Rene, may 8 to Mr. and Mrs. David Brickey of Evansville, Ind.
30 Years Ago
May 15, 1986
Mark Twain Lake recorded its first tragedy, Howard D. Mays of Lilbourn, in southeast Missouri, died Saturday, May 10 after falling from his boat near Florida.
A Monroe City woman escaped serious injury Friday, May 9 when her car was struck by a Norfolk and Southern freight train in Monroe City. According to the Monroe City Police Department, the accident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. when Wendy D. Hays of rural Monroe City attempted to cross the Norfolk and Southern railroad tracks. Hays was southbound on County Line Road. She told police that she had stopped at the crossing and then pulled onto the tracks. At that time, she discovered the oncoming train and attempted to get the car into reverse. She was unable to get the car into gear and the east-bound train struck her vehicle in the right front area of the car, knocking it onto the east shoulder of the roadway.
There were no injuries in the collision or arrests. The Hays vehicle sustained extensive damage. The engineer of the train was J. Leroy Johnson of Decatur, Ill.
Births: a son, David Joseph, May 12 to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gass; a daughter, Hilary Lynn, May 8 to Zoe and Ken Lyle of Jefferson City; twin sons, Christopher Raymond and Gregory Charles, born May 10 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Campbell of Longmont, Colo.
Bill Yager of rural Hunnewell brought in a mushroom he found south of Hunnewell. The morel mushroom measured nine and a half inches in height and eight inches around. Yager said it was the biggest mushroom he had ever found.
Mrs. Hazel Bird said her piano pupils taught may be in the 100’s and maybe more. She gave her first piano lesson at the age of 16.
20 Years Ago
May 9, 1996
Pace, Industries, was recently purchased by a Carthage, Mo. firm. Leggett & Platt, who have nine diecasting plants, three tool and die operations, an aluminum smelting and refining mill and distribution centers located throughout North America, purchased the plant.
Snack ‘N Pac owners, Kelly and Larry Hobson, plan to build a new restaurant.
Fourth grade students from Monroe City Elementary attended the annual visit to the Chitwood cabin, during their study of Laura Ingalls Wilder writings.
Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Hagan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 20 at Buzzard’s Roost with a barbecue and a reception.
A son, Dylan Hunter, was born May 5 to Mark and Shelley Buckman; a son, Cameron Ethan, was born May 6 to Doug and Kristi Shinn.
Monroe City Track King and Queen were announced during the Invitational Track meet, King, Travis Gosney and Queen Rashell Aguon.
10 Years Ago
May 10, 2006
Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette
The 175th anniversary of the incorporation of Florida was to be observed May 20 sponsored by the Friends of Florida, Monroe County Historical Society, and Mark Twain Lake Project-U.S. Corps of Engineers.
Jennifer Bohrer and Ellie Shoemyer competed in the FBLA Chapter Leadership Conference held in Columbia.
Bernice Dean was to celebrate her 100th birthday May 21 in Tucson Ariz.