100 Years Ago

August 8-11, 1916

W.G. Williamson and W.S. Woodson oiled the street in front of their residences. Arrangements were completed to secure a load of oil to be used on Main Street, beginning at the First Baptist Church and extending north to the C.B. Anderson residence.

Mark C. Hawkins was elected central committeeman from Monroe Township in the primary election.

The following, who were students at the summer session at the University of Missouri, Columbia, returned to their homes in this city: Misses Daphne Crawford, Berta Lee Nolen, Elma and Lida Lane, Bertha Yager, Georgia Renshaw, Oza Crawford, Cora Schweer, Georgian and Jeanette Vaughn, Dilola Jones, Lucy Kern, Virginia Fields, and Mae Bell, also George L. Hicks and Ray Batty.

Miss Edna Boulware attended the wedding in Canton of her cousin, Miss Elizabeth Lewis, to Paul Chapman.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Fuqua were parents Aug. 6 of an eight pound daughter.

Miss Ethie Lewis, who attended summer school in New York, arrived to visit a few weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Lewis. Miss Lewis was employed as an instructor in the State Normal School in South Dakota.

Mr. and Mrs. Z.C. Proctor and daughter, Pauline, of Chicago came for a visit with relatives in this city.

90 Years Ago

August 10, 1926

Students returning from summer school in various colleges were: Miss Sylvia Williams, L.W. King, Misses Georgia Vaughn, Helen Delaney, Sallie Pollard, Georgia Renshaw, Lucille Wright, Thelma Baynum, Lelia McGee, June Rouse, Frances Willard, Myrtle Settle, and Irving Hardwick of this city, and Mrs. Kathleen Heskett, Richard Ragsdale and Dwight Horn of Hunnewell.

The 1926 Monroe City Fair ended Aug. 6 and was declared a success. Officers and superintendents who had charge of various divisions were: B.W. Freidank, president; J.V. Proctor, secretary; M.B. Proctor, treasurer; races, L.L. Lane; harness and saddle, Leo Bell; stock, E.J. Alexander; concessions, Dent Owen; stalls, J.A. Montgomery; floral arts, L.M. Wood, J.G. Wade; gate and tickets, M.B. Proctor, R.M. Noel; poultry, J.A. Shearman; school and vocational agriculture, L.W. King, Roy W. Carpenter; publicity, A. Leon Hays; attractions and band, R.B. Meriwether and R.C. Hagan.

B.L. Lange of Kidder became third trick operator for the Burlington depot. Mr. Lange bid in the trick made vacant when L.A. Hoover went to Liberty.

Miss June Rouse and Hugh Elbert Rouse received their B.S. degree in education at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College at Kirksville, being members of a class of 86 receiving degrees.

80 Years Ago

August 13, 1936

Miss Mary Alice Kinsley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Kinsley of Chillicothe was married July 21 to William Abell, son of Dr. and Mrs. A.L. Abell of this city.

Vay R. Courtney, commerce instructor, and F.H. Rodgers, band instructor in the Monroe City public schools received the Bachelor of Science degree in education at the summer commencement of Northeast Missouri State Teachers College at Kirksville.

Miss Helen Louise Hess and George L. Hampton of Wichita, Kan., were married Aug. 10 in Kansas City.

The Rev. and Mrs. Beryl Kinser, accompanied by six students of the Christian Church, went to Canton to attend the Young People’s Conference. The group included Jacqueline Jayne, Doris Swearengen, Margaret Carter, Robert Nickerson, Robert Lange and Robert Maddox.

W.L. Ely attended a meeting of the state directors of Lions International in St. Louis.

Miss Jane White returned from Webb, Texas, where she had been a guest of her sister, Mrs. W.C. Rodes, and Mr. Rodes for five weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. George Long were the parents of a daughter born Aug. 7. She was named Wanda Jean.

Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Lawson returned to their home in this city following a visit with their daughter, Mrs. Earl S. Whitmore in Milltown, Mont.

70 Years Ago

August 8, 1946

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Greenberg of Los Angeles, Calif., were parents of a son born Aug. 1. Mrs. Greenberg was the former Rosemary McAllister.

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice (Dink) Pike of Denver, Colo., were parents of a son born Aug. 6. He was their fourth child and third son. Mrs. Pike was the former Cecilia Quinn.

H.C. Kern purchased the interest of his partner, Raymond Ravenscraft, in the K & R Firestone Store. The business was to continued to serve the people of Monroe City and trade territory under the name of H.C. Kern & Son.

Miss Frances Yates, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George G. Yates and Robert H. Maddox, son of Mrs. Savilla Maddox, were married Aug. 8 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church by the Rev. Fr. E. Connolly.

Miss Marjorie Barclay, daughter of Mrs. Gussie Barclay of Monroe City and Staff Sergeant John W. Wagner of the U.S. Army Air Forces and son of Mrs. Leora Wagner, also of Monroe City, were married Aug. 2 in Long Beach, Calif.

Miss Edith Burditt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Burditt of south of town, and Staff Sergeant Charles Stutesman of Kansas City were married July 29 in Kansas City, Kan.

Mrs. Gladys Stonner was elected teacher of vocational home economics in the Monroe City public schools.

Monroe County officers elected in the primary election Aug. 6 were: James P. Boyd, state representative; Lamar Utterback, presiding judge; C. Roy Mitchell, circuit clerk; R.F. Montgomery, judge eastern district; Frank Turner, judge western district; Elliott Jones, collector.

60 Years Ago

August 2, 1956

Ural Hays and son, James A. Hays, took over the IHC agency in Monroe City.

Ground was broken July 28 for the construction of an educational building which will cost approximately $40,000 annexed to the First Baptist Church.

Wheat was quoted at $1.87 per bushel, and soybeans were $2.30 per bushel at Farmers Elevator.

Frater Anthony Maria Yates, order of the Sacred Heart, the former Gregory Yates, youngest son of George G. Yates, arrived Saturday for a two weeks’ visit with his father and other relatives. Frater Yates had been in Honesdale, Pa., for the past two years.

50 Years ago

August 4, 1956

D.R. (Ozzie) Osbourn, of rural Palmyra, won in his political debut as the democratic nominee for representative of the new 9th District.

Marine Pvt. Nathan Toland, son of Mrs. Elmer Mefford, received word that her son was wounded in Vietnam

The Monroe City Municipal Swimming Pool was preparing to open Aug. 7.

William Wayne (Bill) Shinn had been employed as the new manager at Hardwick Shell Service, beginning Aug. 1. He succeeded Jim Hardwick, who entered upon new employment as mechanic at Clark Motor Sales. Mr. Hardwick remained owner of the station, and had managed it for the past year and a half.

Births: a daughter, Donna Lea, July 29, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Don Jones of Salem.

Monroe City R-I Schools and Holy Rosary Catholic School was to begin classes on Aug. 29.

40 Years Ago

July 29, 1976

The town of Hunnewell was busting at the seams as the annual Hunnewell Homecoming was held July 22, 23 and 24. Many activities were held during the three days including four meals served at the Community House.

A reception was planned to celebrate Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Carroll’s 25th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Elsie Jones, language arts instructor at Monroe City Junior High, was a participant in an adult basic education workshop held at Northeast Missouri State University.

30 Years Ago

July 31, 1986

Fowler’s Clothing II, a new business, was coming to Monroe City August 1.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Whelan became parents of a daughter born July 19. She was name Amanda Michelle. Russell and Sarah Foss became parents of a son born July 28. He was named Steven Dwayne. Ted and Melody O’Connor became parents of a son born July 20. He was named David Alex. Tony and Kelly Zeiger became parents of a daughter born July 24. She was named Kathleen Elizabeth.

United States Petty Officer Second Class Angela R. Saunders, daughter of John G. Saunders and Jacqueline Saunders of Monroe City, was awarded the Joint Service commendation Medal June 30 for her three years of service at the United States European Command.

20 Years Ago

July 25, 1996

More than 700 persons were served at the annual Swinkey Picnic held Sunday, July 21.

Richard and Rusty Adam were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 10.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Maddox were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 4.

Officers were installed of the Monroe City Knights of Columbus Council #1165. Brian Long, grand knight; Ed Thomas, financial secretary; Chuck Mudd, deputy grand knight; Justin Kunce, chancellor; John Long, recorder; Mark Saunders, treasurer; David Zerrer, advocate; Joe Gass, warden; Howard Mudd, inside guard; Nick Alcorn, outside guard; Bill Williams, trustee; Stephen J. Kendrick, trustee; Mark Yager, trustee; Ben Walker, lector; and Fr. Bill Flanagan, chaplain.

Amy Faye Lierly was crowned 1996 Miss Hunnewell. She is the daughter of John and Bettye Lierly of Stoutsville.

Trina Greeves and Tammie Welch completed their studies at the Hannibal Public school of Practical Nursing.

10 Years Ago

July 25, 2006

Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette

Members of the Monroe City Baptist Church were anticipating the opening of their time capsule from the church’s cornerstone. The church was destroyed by the tornado that came through March 12.

Aubrey (Bub) and Phyllis Shively celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 24.

Richard and Rusty Adam were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house. They were married Aug. 6, 1946 in Conception Junction, Mo.

Carl and Martha Beaver were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 5.

Forty-five golfers attended the annual Junior Mosswood Golf Tournament held at the Mosswood Golf Course July 18.

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