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100 Years Ago

Sept. 12, 1919

The Rev. W.A. McKee was appointed pastor of the Monroe City Methodist Church at the annual conference of the Methodist-Episcopal Church South, held at Mexico. He succeeded the Rev. H.C. Bolen, who retired. The Rev. Richard D. Swinney was named pastor of the Monroe City Circuit.

Officers of the U.D.C Chapter were elected as follows: Mrs. R.S. McClintic, president; Mrs. Alice Wood, recording secretary; Mrs. D.R. Campbell, corresponding secretary; Mrs. T.M. Boulware, treasurer; Mrs. M.B. Proctor, historian; Mrs. M.C. Hawkins, and Mrs. M.B. Proctor were elected delegates to the state convention.

The enrollment in the Monroe City public schools for the current year had increased to 305 with 114 in high school and 191 in the grades; it was reported by Superintendent F.E. Bridwell. There were 15 students in the Washington School.

L.G. Abell sold his 240-acre farm northwest of town to an Illinois buyer for $160 an acre.

90 Years Ago

Sept. 13, 1929

A.S. Jayne, Jr., youngest son of A.S. Jayne of this city, passed the bar examinations in the state of Indiana. He was the third Jayne brother to be admitted to the bar. His older brothers, Ed and Harold Jayne were practicing at Memphis, Mo.

The Knights of Columbus elected the following officers: W.B. Fahy, grand knight; A.F. Ritter, deputy grand knight; Joseph Quinn, chancellor; T.J. Christian, recorder; W.R. Yates, advocate; Norvin Yates, treasurer; Sterling Hays, David Keating and Charles Montgomery, guards. W.R. Yates had held the office of advocate in the local council for 20 years continuously since organization. He was 83 years of age.

A former Monroe Citian, Mrs. Vera Kliffmiller Bell, 30, was one of 74 passengers who lost their lives when the San Juan sank off the coast of San Francisco. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kliffmiller, residing near Warren at this time.

The following officers were elected by the U.D.C. Chapter: Mrs. G.E. Chipman, president; Mrs. L.W. King, vice president; Miss Tomye Ely, recording secretary; Mr. W.W. Fuqua, treasurer; Mrs. J.N. Southern, chaplain; Mrs. L.M. Wood, historian; Mrs. Southern and Mrs. Wood were selected as delegates to the state convention.

The total of 1,134 pupils was enrolled in the rural schools of Marion County. This was a decrease of 203 from the enrollment of 1,343 the preceding year.

A story in the News in connection with the 36th anniversary of the opening of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma revealed that W.M. Patterson of this city and the late James Medcalf, husband of Mrs. Amy Medcalf, were among the 50,000 or more persons making the run for a homestead.

80 Years Ago

Sept. 14, 1939

Roy J. Vollendorf assumed his duties as superintendent of the municipal electric power and water utilities in Monroe City. He succeeded Virgil E. Knight, who had resigned to accept an engineering position at Indianola, Ia.

A high temperature reading of 99 degrees was recorded in Monroe City on Sept. 7.

Mrs. Robert Bown opened Hickory Grove School in Marion County Sept. 4 with an enrollment of 16 pupils. Miss Ella Burditt opened her third term at Barr School on Sept. 4 with an enrollment of 11 pupils.

Miss Cleo Elliott opened her first term at Hassard School on Aug. 29 with 14 pupils enrolled.

St. Stephen parochial high school at Indian Creek opened Sept. 4 with 26 pupils enrolled in the grades, which was operating as the regular Indian Creek School.

A total of 784 pupils were enrolled in 48 rural schools operating in Marion County.

Miss Virginia Nadine Thompson and Charles William Norris were married Sept. 7.

Miss Anna Pauline Utterback went to Louisville, Ky., where she enrolled in the Southern Baptist Women’s Missionary Union Training School.

70 Years Ago

Sept. 15, 1949

Military rites were conducted Sept. 12 for William Ely Shoemyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Shoemyer, who was fatally injured in a jeep accident in Japan. The Rev. E.T. Mangum conducted the service, assisted by the Rev. W.C. Russell, at DeMoss Chapel Methodist Church.

 Class officers in Monroe City high school were elected as follows: Senior – Ivan Hendrix, president; James Clark, vice president; Marilyn Frankenbach, secretary; Martine Shulse, treasurer; Kathleen Glascock, reporter; George Hilbert, student council member; Miss Elsie Painter, sponsor; Junior – George Block, president; Joan Freidank, vice president; Alice Chisham, secretary; Velda Ogle, treasurer; Bernadine Young, reporter; Margaret Tipton, student council member; Mrs. Gladys Stonner, sponsor; Sophomore – Dickie Taylor, president; Mary Elizabeth Ratliff, vice president; Irene Crow, secretary; Earl Massey, treasurer; Kathryn Jane Reid, reporter; J.D. Gosney, student council member; M.F. Schroeter, sponsor; Freshman – Carlene Klein, president; Wallace Buckwalter vice president; Charles Carroll, secretary; James Nickelson, treasurer; Sylvia Dwinnell, reporter; Ruth Ann Brown, student council member; Dean Jarboe, sponsor. Martine Shulse was elected president of the Future Homemakers of America. Others named to office were: Ann Byland, Joan Freidank, Elizabeth Chatfield, Sylvia Dwinnell, Marilyn Frankenbach and Carolyn Collins.

Miss Patsy Sue Simms, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Simms, and Miss Carolyn Bell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bell of St. Louis and a granddaughter of Mrs. Louis Karcher of Monroe City, entered the convent of the Order of Sisters of St. Dominic at Sparkhill, N.Y.

Miss Opal Branch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.T. Branch, was en route home form Ankara, Turkey, where she had spent two years attached to the Office of Counselor of the Embassy for Economic Affairs in Turkey, a unit of service with the U.S. Department of State.

James A. Montgomery, Jr. accepted the position of bookkeeper and cost accountant for the Charles Vatterott Real Estate and Construction Co. at St. Ann, Mo.

60 Years Ago

Sept. 10, 1959

The News carried a picture of three generations taught by Mrs. Fred S. (Georgia Renshaw) Burns. They were Paul Jones, a student at Hereford School in 1915-16 when Mrs. Burns entered the teaching field; Jack Jones, his son, who started at the Monroe City Elementary School, and his son David Jones, who entered the first grade the 1959-60 school term.

The total enrollment in the Monroe City R-I Reorganized District totaled 834. This included 250 in the high school’ 284 in the elementary school; 78 in Washington School; 88 in Hunnewell; 25 at Stoutsville; 29 in Rensselaer and 80 in the other rural schools in the district. County 247 enrolled in Holy Rosary parochial school made a grand total of 1,081 students.

Football was introduced to the Monroe City High School; for the first time since 1942 when the Monroe City Panthers met the Shelbina Indians Monday night, Sept. 14. August (Buddy) Mercer and Don Sylvara were coaches. Members of the new football team were Robert Gough, Joe Paul Sparks, George Elliott, J.C. Hardy, William Douglas, Gene Forney, Lowell Schachtsiek, Dwayne Crook, Clemens Koch, Harold Garner, Jr., Loren Bode, Frank Horn, Ray Ryan, Carl Kaden, Gary Porter, Wayne Tipton, Robert Stone, Wayne Sparks, Ken Hollender, Delbert Mayes, J.E. Simmons, J.R. Chisham, Dwight Shuck, Carl Robertson, David Kuhlman, Larry Ely, Howard Johnson, Clifford Mahin, Rodger Westhoff, Joseph Talton, Terry Gibbs and Roy Vincent.

C.J. Collins was sworn in as city clerk by Don Perrine, retiring clerk, at the City Council meeting. The resignation of Jennings Craig, councilman, was accepted.

Six directors were named for the enlarged Monroe City R-I School district, Stephen Benson and Fred Kaden were elected for one year; Scott Conway and Raymond Noel for two years, and James (Dick) Carr and David Utterback for three years.

Miss Susan Lockwood Sharp and Roy R. (Bud) Montgomery were married Aug. 22 in Montevallo, Ala.

Miss Susan Campbell and William Dooley were married Aug. 23 in the Perry Baptist Church.

50 Years Ago

Sept. 11, 1969

There were six cases of confirmed hog cholera in Monroe County at local farms. Those included in the outbreak were Lon Buckman, Henry Hoar, Ernest and William Morkin, Cecil Bastian, William Hagan and Dysart Wilson. Lon Buckman had the largest number of hogs involved with the number of 680.

Eldon Bode delivered the first load of soybeans to the Hassard Elevator. According to Donald Benson, the beans were good and the beans brought $2.45 per bushel.

Births: a son, Eric Thomas Charles, Aug. 31 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Fenton of Hawthorne, Calif.; a son, Phillip Todd, Sept. 5 to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Muehring of Hannibal’ a son, Clifford Edward III, Sept. 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Talton, Jr.; twin sons, Cory and Corwyn, Sept. 6 to Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Holland.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph O. Mudd celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Sept. 7.

40 Years Ago

Sept. 13, 1979

Jim Kurz was abducted from his home at gun point by an escaped man from the Monroe City jail while waiting for the Monroe County officers to pick him up. The man, Meltora Thompson of Quincy, escaped and took Kurz and had him drive him to Palmyra before he let him go. Thompson took his vehicle and left Kurz, only wearing his trousers, to fend for himself.

The first woman mayor, Betty Barnes, was sworn in by city clerk, Gary Osbourne. She was to fill the unexpired term of the late Owen Benton.

Over 700 attended the annual picnic at the Mark Twain Lake and Cannon Dam on Sept. 9.

Births: a son, Richard Michael, Sept. 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Wayne Hays; a son, Dirk Marvin, Sept. 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Krigbaum of Gillespie, Mo.; a daughter, Angela Dawn, Sept. 6 to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Buckman; a son, Adam Michael, Aug. 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Reynolds of Columbia.

30 Years Ago

Sept. 14, 1989

A covered wagon visited the area as the DeMarco family of Kipton, Ohio passed through the area on their way to California. The family of seven, who travel 20 miles per day in good weather, left Ohio in mid July and plan to be in California by Dec. or Jan.

Births: a daughter, Whitney Leann, Sept. 5, to Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Quinn; a daughter, Melissa Kathleen, Aug. 7 to Dr. and Mrs. John Elliott of Chesterfield; a daughter, Breanne Marissa, Aug. 23 to Karen and Charles Rubison; a son, Jared Dale, Aug. 29 to Sheri and Lynn Thrasher.

Jane (Thomas) Wilson earned her Masters Degree in elementary education from Hannibal-LaGrange College, Hannibal and is presently employed at the Monroe City R-I School District teaching sixth grade.

20 Years Ago

Sept. 14, 1999

Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette

Leggett & Platt Aluminum Group announced the purchase of the facility known as Pace Industries in Monroe City.

A baby girl, Makena Marie, was born in an ambulance on her way to the Hannibal Regional Hospital, Sept. 8. She is the daughter of Tonya and Eddie Ash of Hunnewell.

More than 100,000 persons visited the Mark Twain Lake over the three-day Labor Day weekend according to operations manager, Dennis Foss.

Irish motorcycles, Dave and Marion Sheeran of Galway, Ireland, traveled through Monroe City and stopped at a local bar for a beer in June of 1998, struck up a conversation with sign painter, Eldon Howard, who invited them to pitch a tent in his back yard for the night. The couple stayed five nights and returned for a visit this year.

Joe Campbell, former coach for Monroe City High School, also a former basketball player for the Holy Rosary Trojans in the late 1950’s, had a poem accepted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Births: a son, Jackson Ryan, Sept. 9 to Mr. and Mrs. William J. Keller, Jr. of Harrisburg.

10 Years Ago

Sept. 9, 2009

Taken from the files of The Lake Gazette

The Monroe City Community Betterment Association was entering the Monroe City Job and Resource Fair project for the 2009 Missouri Community Betterment awards programs. Judges were to be in Monroe City, giving the association one hour to sell their project and town to the judges.

Ground-breaking was to take place for the new M.W. Boudreaux Visitor center on Sept. 12. The demolition of the old center also began which had been closed since 2004.

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