100 Years Ago
July 11-14, 1916
Dr. and Mrs. C.A. Noland, Elmer Evans, Tom Montgomery, Richard Asbury, Omar Gosney, Misses Stella Pierceall, Ruth Hoar, Lucille Proctor, and Cecilia Yates enjoyed a camping trip to Rock Lick on Salt River.
Elective and appointive officers installed by the I.O.O.F. Lodge for the ensuing term were: J.A. Clawson, noble grand; O.W. Wilson, vice grand; Harry Wailes, warden; Arthur J. Dierks, conductor; J.H. Jamison, chaplain; J.C. Ensor, right supporter to noble grand; W.L. Green, left supporter to noble grand; H.E. Strean, right supporter to vice grand; John Medcalf, left supporter to vice grand; Guy Christian, right scene supporter; S.W. Bower, left scene supporter; W.L. Longmire, inside guard; W.W. Tait, outside guard.
Eight members of the teacher training class of Monroe City High School received their state certificates, good for two years. They were: Misses Mary Kern, Daisy Crigler, Gladys Ernst, Mary Lloyd, and Hazel McGee, also Herbert and Harry Hedberg and Alfred Longmire.
Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Moore of Kirkwood were parents of a son, John Robert. Mrs. Moore was the former Nina Megown of this city.
The approaching wedding of Miss Olivia Landrum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Landrum of Hunnewell, and Harold Thomas of Omaha, Neb., was announced to take place July 19.
90 Years Ago
July 9-13, 1926
A.S. Jayne and C.L. Elzea were drawn as petit jurors for the August term of the Monroe County Circuit Court, with R.G. Hagan and J.F. Renshaw alternates. Nick Quinn was drawn from Indian Creek Township with Riley Parsons, alternate.
Invitations were issued to the marriage of Miss Nadine Elizabeth Vogt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Vogt, near West Ely to Louis Edwin Frankenbach. The wedding was to take place at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, West Ely.
D.K. Yowell traded 320 acres of land for the automobile business and stock of the Jenke Motor Co., in Macomb, Ill.
Walter Swearengen, student in Culver Stockton College, Canton, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. James Reed, spent the weekend with his parents.
Mrs. M.P. Asbury returned from a visit with her daughters, Mrs. Alfred Jaeger and Mrs. E.N. Farrar, in Los Angeles, Calif. En route to this city she spent a week with another daughter, Mrs. Charles McClintic and family at Selkirk, Kan.
Mrs. Henderson and grandson, J.R., left for Fort Collins, Colo., to spend three weeks with their son and father, J.R. Henderson Sr. and family.
A daughter, named Joyce, was born June 26 to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Evans.
80 Years Ago
July 9, 1936
Russell M. Wilson was appointed coroner of Monroe County by the Monroe County Court to fill the unexpired term of Dr. W.T. Johnson of Madison.
An announcement was made of the approaching marriage of Miss Justena Courtney, daughter of Mrs. Amos Miller, to Waldo Milliron of Quincy. The wedding was to take place July 25.
Mrs. A.C. Pierceall entertained with a birthday party honoring her daughter, Marjorie, on her 10th birthday. Guests were: Mary Catherine Robey, Wanda Oliver, Jeanne Simms, Betty Pike, Betty Osbourne, Frances Yates, Kathylin Davis, Pauline Osbourne, Joyce Evans, Alexie Hays, Kathleen Kelly, Betty and Nellie Spalding, Anna Mae Spencer, Rita Hagan, Patty Sue Simms, Peggy Mudd, Dorothy, Carolyn and Theresa Quinn and Don Robey.
Philip Campbell returned from a stay in New York with his brother, Howard Campbell, and other relatives.
70 Years Ago
July 11, 1946
Miss Margaret Tewell, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Tewell and the late Lee Tewell was married to Benedict Joseph Hays, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Hays, July 8 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church by the Rev. Fr. E. Connolly. Miss Frances Yates and Robert Pierceall, cousin of the groom, were their attendants.
Misses Maxine Dunkle and Patricia Patrick, entered upon their duties as student operators with the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. at the Monroe City exchange.
Robert L. Hawkins, Jr., law student at the University of Missouri, Columbia, was invited June 29 into Phi Delta Phi, national legal fraternity.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark were parents of a son, James Robert, born July 5, in Audrain County Hospital, Mexico.
A son, Dennis Keith, was born June 22, to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Jones of Madison. Mrs. Jones was the former Josephine Porter.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Power of Oakwood were parents of a daughter, Marilyn Elaine, born July 3. Mrs. Power was the former Elsie Pierceall.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Ely were parents of a son, Ronald Keith, born July 5.
Banns were published in Holy Rosary Catholic Church for the approaching wedding July 7 of Miss Nellie Ann Greenwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Greenwell of Lakenan, to Robert Glennon Lanham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick Lanham.
Herman Davis had accepted civilian employment in the port of Antwerp, Belgium.
Servicemen who received discharges from the armed forces were James D. Abell, Joe Davis and Billy Francis Yager.
60 Years Ago
July 5, 1956
Billy A. Key, coach of boys’ basketball in Monroe City High School the previous four years, had submitted his resignation to the Board of Education. He had accepted the potion of head basketball coach and director of physical education in the junior college division of Harris Teachers College in St. Louis.
Cecil Smith, who had been connected with the grocery business in Monroe City for several years, had sold his interest in Smitty’s Market to his partner, Jack Raetz.
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Montgomery were parents of a daughter, Lynn Marie, born June 28 in St. Elizabeth Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Jennings Craig were parents of a daughter, Lisa Joan, born June 30, in Levering Hospital, Hannibal. A son, Gene Michel, was born June 26, in St. Elizabeth Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ryan. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rothfuss of near Ely were parents of a daughter, Helen Elizabeth, born June 29 in St. Elizabeth Hospital.
The highest temperature of the summer was recorded July 1, when the mercury reached 102 degrees. The low reading fell on June 29, when 61 degrees was recorded.
Harold S. Hess retired June 30 after serving 22 ½ years with the Monroe City Post Office.
Richard E. Redman was elected president of the Farmers Elevator & Exchange Co., at the organization meeting held June 29. B.W. Freidank was elected vice president and George G. Yates was named secretary.
50 Years Ago
July 7, 1966
Sweltering 95-degree heat held the attendance down on the third annual fishing derby held at South Lake. Grand prize winners of bicycles were Pamela Parn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Parn and Mark Yager, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Yager.
The first load of wheat was unloaded at the Farmers Elevator & Exchange Co. by Julius Ketsenburg on July 2, was a Pawnee variety and was harvested at 116 bushels per acre at the J.R. Henderson farm.
Staff Sgt. Robert S. Kent, son of Mrs. Howard Kent of Hunnewell, stationed at Terrijan Air Force Base, Madrid Spain, was promoted to Technical Sergeant June 21.
Births: a son, Sean Patrick, July 4 to Mr. and Mrs. John Griffin; a daughter, Angela Kay, June 30 to Mr. and Mrs. John Hays in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Hannibal.
40 Years Ago
July 1, 1976
Monroe City celebrated the 200th birthday of our nation with a three day celebration.
Among the many activities were: a Bicentennial Ball, parade, united church service, pioneer picnic, craft displays, art show, a free movie, games at Lions Club Field, swim meet, horseshoe tournament, decorated bicycle parade, pet show, watermelon eating contest, money haystack, beard and mustache judging contest, tug-o-war, softball games, dance, square dancing and fireworks. Mrs. Janie Spalding was the Bicentennial chairperson.
Mrs. Carroll Swearengen and Mrs. Harvey Gray were honored by the Chapter H P.E.O. for years of service to the organization. Mrs. Swearengen received her 50 year membership pin and Mrs. Gray a 70 year membership pin.
Births: a son, Todd Dean, June 27 to Superintendent and Mrs. Dean Phillips; Twins, Susan Beth and Matthew Benjamin, June 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Pat Hays; a daughter, Stephanie Diane, June 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Dewayne Wilson.
30 Years Ago
July 3, 1986
The city council voted to name the small park near Dalpha Thompson’s home on West Dover Street, Thompson Park, in recognition of the many years of work done by Mrs. Thompson on almost every facet of improvement in Monroe City.
Births; Joy and Doran Osbourn became parents of their second child, a daughter, born June 28. She was name Jill Lynette. Barbara and Daryl Buckman of Omaha, Neb. welcomed a son, Charles Lambert, June 7.
Michelle Kendrick was graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences and a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education.
The engagement of Kimberly Ray Strauch to John Austin Hancock was announced. The wedding was set for Aug. 16.
20 Years Ago
June 27, 1996
Hannibal Regional Hospital was to build a new location for the Monroe City Family Practice Clinic, which in currently located in the Salt River Plaza. Dr. Dale Zimmerman, D.O. was to be the physician.
The Democrats gathered for a picnic at the Spalding Beach.
A volunteer luncheon was held at the Monroe City Nutrition Center to honor those individuals who helped with the Monroe City Blood Drive. Denise Swenson and Riss Hays were among the groups and individuals honored.
A new licensing system was to be installed at the Monroe City License Bureau.
Births: Twin daughters, Sara Elaine and Alyson Renee were born June 23 to Jim and Kelli Jones of Marceline.
Scott Carroll, son of Wayne and Gina Carroll, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy May 22.
A $10,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources was awarded to the Monroe City Sheltered Workshop for their recycling program.
10 Years Ago
June 28, 2006
Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette
The 20th annual Mark Twain Lake Rodeo was to begin June 30 and last three days. The Queen Pageant was to kick-off the three day events and ending with a fireworks display.
The annual Pet Day in the Park was held at St. Jude’s Square sponsored by the General Veterinary Clinic.
Jessie Pratt, a sophomore at Monroe City R-I High School, earned a position with the State Rodeo Team.
Sgt. Joshua S. Adams of Bowling Green, son of Joe Adams, was awarded the Bronze Star for his service with the D. Company of the Third light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps in Habaniya, Iraq.