100 Years Ago
May 26-30, 1916
Miss Lucy Kern was elected teacher of Ely School for the 1916-17 school term.
C.A. Lawson suffered the loss of the ends of the first and third fingers of his left hand when he was sawing lumber with a gasoline saw.
H.L. Yager left on a business trip to Monte Vista, Colo.
Edgar McCann accepted a position in the offices of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad at Fremont, Neb.
Miss Lillian Jackson, student in State Normal School at Kirksville, returned to her home for the summer vacation.
Miss Ethel McNutt, youngest daughter of Dr. W.B.A. McNutt of this city, graduated from William Woods College at Fulton.
Miss Ruth Wilson and Miss Mildred Buell returned from Chicago where they had studied voice for three months.
Miss Babe Huebsch returned to her home from Marceline where she had taught school
Paul Kern, Herman Bell, Russell Wilson and Harry Berry, students in the University of Missouri, visited with their folks.
J.M. Carrico of Beloit, Kan., arrived for a visit with relatives.
A son, David Foley Meens, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert W. Meens at Port Huron, Mich.
90 Years Ago
June 1-4, 1926
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bixler were parents of a daughter born May 30. A daughter was born May 28 to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Pike.
The following planned to attend college: Helen Delaney, Warrensburg State Teachers College; Misses Ethel Owen, Sylvia Williams, Cleo Elliott, Thelma Baynum, Georgia Renshaw, Sally Pollard, Lelia McGee, Lucille Wright, Willie Mary Sherman, Leona Schmidt, and Irene Dinwiddie, also Marion Kizer, Kirksville State Teachers College; Misses Elizabeth Gibbons, Thelma George and Mary Mayes, also W.A. Swearengen, Culver-Stockton College, Canton.
J.C. Ensor was elected delegate-at-large from Monroe County to the district convention of rural mail carriers.
Miss Mildred Tooley left for a three weeks stay in Denver and other point in Colorado.
Miss Alpha Elzea received her B.S. Degree in education at the commencement exercises at Warrensburg State Teachers College. Miss Elzea was a member of Kappa Omicron Phi, honorary sorority, and had been editor of their annual.
A first communion class at St. Stephen’s Church at Indian Creek included Loretta Williams, Veronica Arnoldy, Cecelia Yager, Anne Miskell, Martha Jane Borden, Bernadine Meyman, Paul Walker and Maurice Buckman.
Shields McClintic, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McClintic, was awarded the foster Scholarship, given for excellence in mathematics, at Westminster College, Fulton.
Jack Wade and Carroll Bradshaw, who were employed in Flint, Mich., returned to that city after a visit with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Wade and Mr. and Mrs. O.E. Bradshaw.
80 Years Ago
May 28, 1936
Seven students from the Monroe City Community completed work in various colleges and received their degrees. They were: Miss Minnie Karr and Earl Swearengen, Kirksville State Teachers College; J.R. Henderson, Culver-Stockton College, Canton; Leaman Watts, Hannibal-LaGrange College; Miss Mildred Rebecca Dawson, Stephens College, Columbia; Miss Laura Ellen Wadsworth and Miss Dorothy Alexander, University of Missouri, Columbia.
A class of 11 seniors graduated from Holy Rosary High School as follows: Cecilia Yates, Anna Mary Conboy, Erma Hays, Catherine Whiston, Irma Delonay, Christian Langhammer, Anna Sue Pike, William Kendrick, William Hayden and William Conboy.
The marriage of Miss Anna Mae Norman, daughter of Mr. Elnora Norman of this city, to Harold Zimmerman of Peoria, Ill., took place May 20.
Plans and specification for the erection of the new grade school building, the Washington Negro school building and repairs to the heating plant connected with the high school building, were submitted by Bonsack & Pearce, and accepted by the board of education.
J.V. McAllister II, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. McAllister of this city, who graduated from the Rubicam Business School in St. Louis, accepted employment in the offices of the Pullman Company in St. Louis.
70 Years Ago
May 30, 1946
Seven graduates of Holy Rosary High School were presented diplomas. They were: Ruth Crandall, Theresa Ann Ford, Harry Edward Lindhorst Jr., Carolyn Quinn, Phyllis Seward, Willis Seward, and Frances Louise Yates. Another senior Dorothy Anne Quinn accepted her diploma in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Hannibal, were she was a patient.
Miss Mary Louise Wilson of St. Louis, daughter of Tony Wilson of Monroe City, and Paul McKernan of St. Louis were married May 25.
Miss Zetta Betty Craig, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Craig, was crowned May Queen of Culver-Stockton College. Miss Craig, candidate for the A.B. degree in public school music, was elected by popular vote.
Total contributions to the cancer fund were $376.37 according to Mrs. E.C. Spalding, chairman.
Roy Fay Lorenson, gunner’s mate, third class, U.S. Navy, was serving aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Navy’s new super aircraft carrier.
Kenneth Ryan, who had served with the U.S. Army in the China-Burma-India theatre, and Harold E. Lanham, U.S. Navy, received their discharges.
Eugene S. (Chub) Montgomery arrived home after receiving a discharge from the U.S. Army following duty in the Asiatic-Pacific theatre with the 184th Regiment of the 7th division.
Lieut. Richard Dent was sent from Love Field, Dallas, Texas, to New York City for a new assignment with the U.S. Army Air Forces.
Eleven candidates received their second and third degrees in the Knights of Columbus. They were: Walter Hagan, Ernest B. Hagan, Jr., William Hayden, James Guthrie, James Hays, Raymond Yager, John Ritter, Philip Calhoun, Thomas Kendrick, James and Robert Lanham.
60 Years Ago
May 24, 1956
Ruth Eaton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wendall Eaton, was named valedictorian at the 65th graduation of Monroe City High School. Mary Webb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Webb of the Pee Dee Community, was named salutatorian.
Carolyn Ann Collins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Collins, was to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree, May 27, at ceremonies held on the campus at Central College, Fayette. Shirley Ann Dooley, daughter of Mr. and r Mrs. Uel G. Dooley, was to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the same time.
The wedding of Miss Carol Virginia Schuette, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Schuette of St. Louis, and Norman A. Feldkamp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Feldkamp of West Ely, took place Saturday evening, May 5, in Bethesda Lutheran Church in St. Louis.
Pvt. Joe Hardy had completed six months of duty at Thule, Greenland, with the U.S. Army.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Crane of Philadelphia were parents of a son born in Levering Hospital.
High temperature reading for the week was 96 degrees on May 22, with a low of 42 being recorded May 16.
50 Years Ago
May 26, 1966
The 63rd and final commencement exercises of Holy Rosary High School were held May 23, in Holy Rosary Church. Msgr. Edward Connolly officiated at the awarding of diplomas and honors. He was assisted by Rev. William Ludwig and Rev. Fred Elskamp.
Barbara Jean Spalding, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Spalding, was named valedictorian. Robert Joseph Lanham was named salutatorian.
The 75th graduating class from Monroe City R-I High School was held May 19. Kay See, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren See, was named valedictorian of her class and Alice Faye Meyers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Meyers, was salutatorian.
Directors of the Monroe City Development Corporation met with directors of the Businessmen’s Association and other interested persons to discuss the possibilities of acquiring an industrial park and airport for the city.
40 Years Ago
May 20, 1976
The Monroe City Panthers track team won the state meet for the second year in a row.
William R. Miles, high school principal of Monroe City, resigned. He was named principal of Highland High School.
Galen E. Lankford was honored at a reception by having the football field and track named Galen E. Lankford Stadium.
David Kendrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Kendrick, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in forestry from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Jerry Potterfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Potterfield, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Births: a son was born May 14 to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Dowell, Jr.; a daughter, Cynthia Marie, May 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kent of Lee Summit; a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Billy Griffin of Hunnewell, May 9.
Mike Losson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vic Losson, graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
30 Years Ago
May 22, 1986
The Monroe City Area Industrial Park was official opened May 16. The site was purchased by the Monroe City Development Corporation in an effort to attract new businesses and industry to Monroe City.
Marie and Joseph Purol were parents of their third child, a daughter, born May 14. She was named Melisa Rae. Twin daughters, Carolyn Renee and Cassandra were born May 18 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kent of Lee Summit. A son was born May 9 to Mr. and Mrs. Doug Tanck of Independence, Mo.
Kelley Ogle, Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, and Melinda Morris. Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and physical education, were two of 131 members of the Culver-Stockton College class of 1986 graduated at commencement exercises May 10.
Alfred Buckman, secretary of the Monroe County Democratic Central Committee was recognized for his hard work for the Democratic Party.
At the 15th annual Missouri Democratic Days, held at the Holiday Inn in Hannibal, Buckman was presented with the Clarence Cannon Grass Roots Worker award.
20 Years Ago
May 16, 1996
The Monroe City News received awards during the annual American Newspaper Publishing Company’s conference in Chicago, Linda Geist, publisher, accepted the awards on behalf of the News. An article featuring Red Spalding won first place in the feature writing.
A daughter, Hadley Clayton, was born May 8 to Rick and Cindy Roberts of Centralia; a son, Zachery Caleb, was born April 16 to Josh Teague and Stephanie Hays.
Holy Rosary graduated 16 students on May 10 during their 93rd graduation. Students included: Toni Lorenson, Jessica Gass, Adair Crowe, Matthew Shimp, Travis Zeiger, Jason Chinn, Curt Vollrath, Jill Price, Nikki Bichsel, Leo White, Darren Hays, Amber Yager, Megan Shoemaker, Amelia Gander, Angela Miles and Cindy Hays.
Monroe City top ten graduates included Nancy Wagner, Leo Smith and Mary Smith Co-Valedictorians; Matthew Long, Amy Kendrick, Casie Beaver, Corylee Horstmeyer, Jessica Morris, Kristy Thomas and Mary McClintic.
10 Years Ago
May 17, 2006
Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette
The Mark Twain Lake Association was proposing a “Protection Zone” that would prohibit any large confined animal feeding operation (CAPOs) within three miles of the lake.
Whitney Washington was recognized by the National Society of High School Scholars.
Births: a daughter, Taylor Lynn, March 30, to David and Cathy Jo Pfaff.
Dan Buckman and Becky Powell announced plans to be married July 1.