100 Years Ago
June 9-16, 1916
The paving of Main Street from the First Baptist Church was finished. The contractor planned to begin on the curbing and paving of Winter Street from Main to Vine and from Vine to Chestnut.
Mr. J.M. Johnson purchased the residence property belonging to the estate of the late J.M. McClintic.
Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Hanley were parents of a daughter born June 13.
Senator R.S. McClintic, W.J. Rouse, J.S. Conway, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Woodson and R.L. Wilson attended the Democratic National Convention in St. Louis.
Miss Clara Dunn was among the number who received degrees from the University of Missouri at commencement exercises.
90 Years Ago
June 11-15, 1926
Thomas Whitecotton, a graduate of the 1926 class of Monroe City High School, was elected teacher of Hays School south of town for the 1926-27 school term.
Mr. and Mrs. John Colliver of near Sharpsburg were parents of a son born June 9.
Thomas Boulware was a member of the class of 76 graduates from Washington University at St. Louis. Boulware finished a four year course in medicine and surgery.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy McAllister of Long Beach, Calif., were parents of a daughter, named Charlotte Anne.
Six members of the teacher training class of Monroe City High School received their state certificates. They included Jane Crane, Aleen Lightbody, Margaret Kizer, Frankie Foster, Thomas Whitecotton and John Kelley. Miss Lightbody was elected to teach Cooper School and Miss Kizer, White Franklin School.
Miss Aleen McFarland was elected to teach the primary department in the Edina Public schools.
A total sales volume of $679,735.92 was recorded by the Farmers Elevator and Exchange Company for the fiscal year ending May 31, 1926.
80 Years Ago
June 11, 1936
Miss Virginia Baynum, teacher in the Perry public schools, and Clement Craig, principal of Callao High School, enrolled in the University of Missouri, Columbia, for the summer session.
Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Pike of Hays, Kan., were parents of a daughter, Rose Ann. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Kaden were parents of a daughter, Ida Louise, born June 5.
Miss Laura Ellen Wadsworth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Wadsworth, received her Bachelor of Science degree in education for the University of Missouri and qualified for two high scholastic honors. Miss Wadsworth was named to receive the Gregory and S.H. Ford scholarships.
Harold Spalding, clerk in the Kroger store in this city for three years, was transferred to the Main Street store in Hannibal.
Miss Rosalie Spalding, nurse in St. John’s Hospital, St. Louis, arrived to spend a week’s vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Spalding.
70 Years Ago
June 13, 1946
M.J. Schroeter of St. Louis was elected teacher of social studies and coach in Monroe City High School by the board of education.
Miss Zetta Bettie Craig, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Craig of Emden, received the Bachelor of Arts degree in public school music at Culver-Stockton College, Canton. She accepted a position as music instructor in the Clarence public schools.
The 13 sons and daughters of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Buckman with their families, held their first reunion in eight years at the home of their parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kelly of near Stoutsville were parents of a daughter, Rosalie, born June 5. A son was born to Seaman 2/C and Mrs. B.H. McAllister of Mexico on May 21.
The Indian Creek Store operated by Martin T. Williams, was struck by lightning June 18 and burned to the ground.
Miss Virginia Laratta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Laratta of north of Monroe City, graduated from St. Mary Hospital School of Nursing in Quincy in exercises held June 2. She was elected queen of the nurses annual ball, given by the alumni on May 31.
Servicemen receiving discharges form the U.S. armed forces were: Joe DeLashmutt, Charles Brown, David Watson, Michale Kendrick and Thomas Joseph Montgomery.
Miss Kathryn Hickman, daughter of Mrs. Jeanette Hickman, and Lloyd Valentine, son of Jacob Valentine of Racine, Wis., were married June 7.
60 Years Ago
June 7, 1956
A crowd estimated at over 1,000 people witnessed the dedication of Lake Hunnewell June 3. A concert by the Monroe City and Shelbina high school band preceded the ceremonies.
Maurice Ritter was re-elected grand knight of the Monroe City Knights of Columbus, Council No. 1165.
Monroe City was to be a flag stop for the fast Burlington Zephyr trains 35 and 36 between Kansas City and Chicago in the event trains No. 3 and 4 were discontinued.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Buckman were parents of a daughter born June 4 in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Hannibal. She was named Gayle Lynn. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hulse, east of Monroe City, were parents of a daughter born Jun 1 in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Hannibal. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hays were parents of a daughter born June 4 in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Hannibal. Kevin Paul was the name of the son born June 5 in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Hannibal, to Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Long.
Robert Pierceall, who had been engaged in business with his father and brother, George and Thomas Pierceall, in Pierceall’s Tavern, left for Dearborn, Mich., to accept employment with his brother-in-law, Aubrey Utterback.
Total rainfall during the month of May was 3.73 inches. The high temperature reading for the week was 89 degrees on June 5 and the low reading was 48 degrees on June 2.
Carl Ray McGee and Lemuel Edward Beck had enlisted under the “buddy” plan in the air division of the U.S. Navy for four years.
50 Years Ago
June 2, 1966
Gene Weibel escaped serious injury following an accident in which his 1965 Ford was involved May 30. The accident occurred four miles northwest of Monroe City near the Sharpsburg Church.
Mrs. Dewey T. Johnson was elected president of the Ladies’ Association.
The American Legion Auxiliary realized a total of $116.78 from the sale of poppies May 28. First prize of selling the most poppies went to Jo Ellen Flaspohler and Jay Williams won second. Third prize went to Karen Buckwalter.
Births: a son, David Michael, May 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Edmunds of rural Palmyra.
40 Years Ago
May 27, 1976
Ninety seniors graduated from Monroe City High School in the class of 1976. Janie Spalding, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Spalding, was valedictorian of the class and Barbara Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williams, was salutatorian.
Mrs. Betty Barnes was sworn in as Monroe County Collector by Cloyce Menefee.
Five teachers retired from the Monroe City School system. A reception was held honoring Mrs. Frances Ratliff, Mrs. Agnes Losson, Miss Mary Fern Cruser, Mrs. Lida Gray Gibbs and Mrs. Mildred Byrd.
Mrs. G.B. Veatch, president of the Chapter H, P.E.O., was chosen as a delegate to attend the state convention to be held in Cape Girardeau. Frances LaRue and Phyllis Rice were to accompany her as visitors.
Births: a son, Brian William, May 21 to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Quinn of Oklahoma City, Okla.
30 Years Ago
May 29, 1986
A crowd of over 2000 attended Lakefest.
The 95th annual Monroe City R-I High School commencement was to be held May 29 at the high school auditorium.
Holy Rosary Catholic School held their eighth grade graduation May 27 and the Monroe City Junior High held their graduation May 28.
Cynthia Miles, daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Miles and Steven E. Goehl of Hannibal were married May 3 at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Quincy.
20 Years Ago
May 23, 1996
Work crews repaired damage done by the wind at the new car wash being constructed on Hwy 36.
Display homes started to arrive at the new business located on west Hwy 36, Tri-County Manufactured Homes managed by Mike and Missy Hetheriton.
Diemaker’s Inc. announced recent staff promotions, Dennis Spalding, Al Dimmitt and Herman Hirner.
Erin Renee Painter and Damon Lee Bartz announced plans to be married June 15 at the Durham Baptist Church.
A daughter, Amy Marine, was born May 9 to Gale and Richelle Behring; a daughter, Heather Nicole, May 8 to Ronald and Lorena Lake of Palmyra; a son, Hadley Clayton, May 8 to Rick and Cindy Roberts of Centralia; and a daughter, Lindsey Lee, May 8 to Tim and Kim Seckman of Quincy.
10 Years Ago
May 24, 2006
Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette
Brian Hancock, senior at Monroe City R-I High School, received his fourth gold medal for pole vaulting at the State Track Meet.
Holy Rosary School graduated 18 students on May 17 in their 104th annual graduation.
Bill and Travis Shinn announced that The Car Shop was relocating to lot #1 at the City’s Ralls County Industrial Park.
Bev and Mike Hay’s 1967 Ford Bronco won first place in its class at the third annual Mark Twain Lake Car Show.
The 175th anniversary part for the Village of Florida was well attended.
Ronnie Mayes was awarded the John Fields award and the 12th annual John Fields Banquet held at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center.