100 Years Ago
Aug. 29, 1919
The A.W. Cassady farm of 109 acres near Ely was purchased by Leo Bell and A.C. Boarman for $200 an acre, a total of $21,800, the highest price yet to be paid for any land in this section. D.R. Davenport sold his 160 acre farm, two miles north of town, to J.B. Kern of Edina for $150 an acre. The Lou Boone farm of 541½ acres near Ely was sold by L.C. Henderson and W.S. Woodson to T.J. Simpkins of Iowa for $120 an acre. The 160-acre farm, known as the old Glahn place, two and a half miles northeast of town, was sold by McClintic Bros., W.S. Woodson and N.A. Drescher to J.L. Brickley of Iowa for $150 an acre. J.S. Conway and J.V. Proctor bought the 160-acre farm five miles southeast of town from S.R. Desley of Taswell County, Ill.
The 11th annual Chautauqua was in progress this week in Monroe City. A feature was the presentation of the light opera, “Pinafore.”
A proposition to bond Monroe County for $972,000 to construct a county-wide system of hard rock roads failed by about 200 votes. Monroe City, Indian Creek and Stoutsville voted heavily for the issue. A two-thirds majority was required, the total vote being 1,813 in favor of the proposal and 1,292 against.
90 Years Ago
Aug. 30, 1929
Three miles of additional concrete paving on U.S. Highway in Shelby County between Shelbina and Lentner had been opened to traffic. This left only three miles between Shelbina and the Shelby-Macon County line to be paved.
A group of Campfire Girls enjoyed an outing at the Tom Sawyer area scout camp near Palmyra with Mrs. Edgar L. Knight as superintendent and Miss Margaret Arnold Henderson, assistant. They included Anna Cecile Forsythe, Marjorie Morton, Mildred Rebecca Dawson, Laura Ellen Wadsworth, Dorothy Ann Fuqua, Sara Sue Wingo, Edna Ruth Wood, Mable Nash, Wilma Mary Tompkins, Anna Pauline Utterback, Erma Glenn and Martha Painter.
The new Diesel oil engine at the city municipal power plant was placed in operation Aug. 24 on a test run preliminary to actual service.
A daughter was born Aug. 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Spalding.
80 Years Ago
Aug. 31, 1939
A new bus route for high school students from Ralls County, who planned to attend Monroe City High School the coming term, was approved with J.R. Greathouse as driver. The route covered was to run east and north form the Greathouse home through Hassard to U.S. Highway 36 and thence into Monroe City. It was the third bus route to be placed into operation to bring students to the local high school.
Horace J. Kent, nearly 86, died Aug. 27, after having been a resident of Monroe City for nearly 70 years. He came to Monroe City as a young man in 1869, 12 years after the town was laid out in 1857. He was a miller by trade and engaged in the milling business many years. He had served as an elder and deacon in the Christian Church for over 50 years, as secretary of the Sunday School for more than 25 years, was a member of the board of education of the Monroe City public school for many years and had been a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge for more than 40 years.
Miss Ruth Shumate and Frankie Horn of Hunnewell were married Aug. 24.
Miss Dorothy Watts opened the 1939-40 term of school in Nolen district south of town. Miss Margaret Taylor of Hunnewell opened the Cox school and Miss Louise Grubb opened her second term at Hays school, both in Monroe County.
70 Years Ago
Glen Guffey and Dolores Lindhorst won first and second place in the talent contest at the Toby and Susie Show.
Misses Wanda Wilson and Nancy Hagan and Frank Fahy enrolled in Gem City Business College in Quincy.
Robert Meeker and Mary White were elected King and Queen of the 1948-49 Panther Tracks.
John A. (Jack) Hirner returned from San Diego, Calif., where he spent six weeks in training with the Organized Naval Reserve. He planned to resume his studies at Rolla School of Mines at the opening of the fall term.
The Rev. E.T. Mangum of near Monroe City was re-elected moderator of the Bethel Baptist Association for his seventh consecutive year at the 115th annual associational meeting Aug. 20-21. Tom Dawson of the First Baptist Church, Monroe City, was re-elected treasurer for his 32nd consecutive year.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith, south of town, were parents of a daughter born Aug. 25. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Adam were parents of their second child and first son, born Aug. 27.
Miss Ruth Ihrig of Withers Mill and Wilfred Foreman of near Rensselaer were married Aug. 28 at Providence Baptist Church at Withers Mill.
White Electric Supply Company, wholesale electrical distributors covering Northeast Missouri, West Central Illinois and Southeast Iowa, planned to open a branch house in Mexico.
60 Years Ago
Aug. 27, 1959
The United States Post Office had taken an option on lots north of the late J.N. Southern home at 412 N. Main Street as the site for the new post office in Monroe City.
Miss Lois Redman, who received her masters degree in agricultural extension education for Maryland University accepted a position as state 4-H agent with the Oregon State Agriculture College at Corvallis, Ore.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Woods celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 23. Mr. and Mrs. S. Clarence Leake observed their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 25. Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Kaden were to observe their golden wedding anniversary Aug. 30. Celebrations were held or were to be held for all three couples.
A proposition for a reorganized R-II school district on Monroe County combining the Paris, Madison and Holliday areas was defeated 2 to 1 by votes of 837 to 464.
Miss Hazel Miller of Lovington, Ill. and Julian Shoemyer of Rensselaer were married Aug. 8 at Big Creek Presbyterian Church.
Miss Carolyn Long, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Long, graduated from Blessing Hospital School of Nursing Aug. 23. Miss Joan Boggs, daughter of Mrs. Oliver Blosser received her diploma for nursing at Burge Hospital School of Nursing at Drury College at Springfield, Mo.
Gary Elliott, in boot training at the U.S. Navy at San Diego, Calif., was chosen as one of 30 members of the Navy Blue Jacket Choir. The group was to give a number of special performances.
Mr. and Mrs. Don LaRue were parents of a daughter, Carrie Lou, born Aug. 14. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dinwiddie were parents of a daughter, Brenda Sue, born Aug. 24.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 28, 1969
Mrs. C.P. Forsythe and her daughter, Mrs. L.K. Taylor of Leawood, Kan., went to Tenafly, N.J. to see her son, Henderson Forsythe and Mrs. Forsythe and sons. Henderson was in a performance of “Sunrise at Campobello,” and played the part of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Ground was broken in Stoutsville for a new Community Baptist Church on Aug. 24.
The Presbyterian Church at Florida celebrated their 100th year on Sunday, Aug. 24.
Births: a son, Jeffrey David, Aug. 21 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marion Crook of Paris; a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. James Gottman, Aug. 26; a son, Christopher Andrew, Aug. 22 to Mr. and Mrs. Doug Allbritton.
40 Years Ago
Aug. 30, 1979
Toni O’Donel was crowned Miss Monroe City during the fall festival. Her court included Rosemary Osbourne, Carla Beaver, Stacy Owens, and Joyce Porter.
Births: a son, Cory Lynn, Aug. 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Egbert of Center, Mo.
Bill Goodwin won twice in the truck pull at the Missouri State Fair. He won first place in the 5800 Super Stock 4-Wheel Drive Pickup contest and sixth place in the 6200 Super Stock 4-Wheel Drive Pickup contest.
President Carter, Mrs. Carter and Amy were visitors at Hannibal at the Tom and Huck statue and the Mark Twain Cave.
30 Years Ago
Aug. 31, 1989
High winds from a violent thunderstorm were blamed for the ancient maple tree that snapped off and damaged the roof of the United Methodist Church.
Trent Garner, son of Harold and Sue Garner, graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, Texas. He was to be associated as the third generation of the Garner Funeral Home.
Gladys Waibel filed a suit in the U.S. District Court against McDonald’s as they refused to pay her the $1 million from her winning ticket in the Monopoly game at the Hannibal McDonald’s store.
20 Years Ago
Aug. 31, 1999
Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette
Vivian White was arrested for making the bomb threat at Accu-Therm. She had only been an employee for 30 days.
Accu-Therm celebrated 20 years in business with a reception for all their employees.
Births: a daughter Kylie Gayle, Aug. 27 to Gayle and Darren Janes; a daughter, Haleigh Nicole, Aug. 26 to Vicki and Kenny St. Clair.
Michelle (Shelly) Dawn Powell and John Edward Long were married May 1 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church by Rev. Father Bill Flanagan.
The local kindergartners told what they want to be when they grow up. A special Back to School Keepsake section was in the Gazette.
10 Years Ago
Aug. 26, 2009
Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette
Holy Rosary Church celebrated its 125th anniversary with Father Donald Antweiler leading Sunday Mass in observance of the anniversary with more than 400 families in attendance. A carry-in dinner was held that evening in the Knights of Columbus Parish Hall to celebrate the church’s history with more than 300 families in attendance.
Callie (Long) Hammond and Stuart Hammond were wed on Aug. 22 at St. Jude’s Church. Approximately 21 friends and family attended from Wales attended the wedding and enjoyed a farm and elevator tour of the area. The couple was to reside in Wales and farm.
Monroe City R-1 School district started the school year with an enrollment of 684 students. Holy Rosary started the school year with an enrollment of 164 students.