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Bygones – Compiled by Troy Treasure
100 Years Ago
January 26, 1921
Since the warm, fair weather of the past several weeks, rain, snow and a baby blizzard hit here this week. The roads in the community are very muddy and in the worst condition than they have been in a number of years.
A.W. Smith of Novelty returned home Thursday from Breckenridge, Illinois making the trip there by horse and buggy, which took him four days. He came home by train.
Johnson Bros. sale of Poland China hogs was held in the Mangold garage building in Shelbyville Monday. Most of the hogs were sold to Shelbyville and community residents. The top sow brought $140.00. The grand total of the sale was $2,571.00.
Mrs. W.W. Johnson, near Epworth, last week received a fine Rhode Island Red cockrel from Concord, Mass., for which she paid $25.00. Mrs. Johnson has been raising Rhode Island Red Chickens for 15 years and has developed a very fine flock of chickens.
R.C. Dickerson, dry goods merchant in Shelbina, recently acquired the ownership of two store buildings owned by the H.H. Jewett Estate located north of the Commercial Bank building in Shelbina. They were occupied by the Moberly Bakery and Afflick Shoe Store.
75 Years Ago
January 27, 1946
Snowda Van Osdol, 37-year-old farmer living northeast of Bethel, was arrested by Sheriff Leo Hooper on a warrant charging the murder of Lyle G. Barnes, 25, of Bethel was taken to the Macon county jail. He was released Monday afternoon on a $5,000 bond. According to information obtained from prosecuting attorney Lane B. Henderson, who attended the inquest held at the O’Donnell funeral home in Hannibal yesterday morning, the coroner’s jury returned the following verdict: Lyle G. Barnes, 25, of near Bethel died as a result of “injuries sustained when he was hit on the head with a stool and a two by four by one Snowda VanOsdol of Bethel.” Editor’s Note: a trial was held September 16, 1946. VanOsdol was acquitted of manslaughter.
Cpl. Donley Tuggle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hurley Tuggle of near here, was discharged from the army January 8 at Jefferson Barracks. He had 78 points. Donley was inducted in June, 1942, and served overseas in the European Theatre more than 29 months as an airplane mechanic.
Denver VanHouten of Clarence has been discharged from the army after serving 17 months with the Pipeline engineers in China, Burma and India. He entered the service in October, 1942.
Cpl. Vernon Smoot, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Smoot of Bethel, was discharged January 11 at Maxwell Field, Ala., after serving over three years as an airplane instrument mechanic in the States.
James Wm. Mersman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mersman of Emden arrived home last week after receiving his discharge from the army. He entered the service October 19, 1942 and since July, 1944, had served in the Pacific theatre.
Daniel A. Sharp, discharged from the army January 11, is a son of Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Sharp of Emden. He entered the service in December, 1942 and since June, 1944, had served in the European theatre.
Wilford L. Wilson, Ph M 3/c, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wilson of near here was discharged from the navy January 13. He enlisted in October, 1942 and served 21 months on Tinian Island.
Lestel Harvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Harvey of Bethel, received his discharge from the army January 15 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Lestel entered the service in October, 1942 and has served in the Pacific since August, 1944.
Editor’s Note: Look for more Shelby County-area World War II veterans’ discharges in next week’s Herald.
“Bells of Rosaritta” starring Roy Rogers, Trigger, “Gabby” Hayes and Dale Evans was shown Saturday, January 26 at the Clark Theatre in Shelbina. Cost was 25 cents for adults, 13 cents for children, tax included.
50 Years Ago
January 27, 1971
Sgt. John R. Wilcox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wilcox, Shelbyville, arrived home Saturday from Fort Hood, Texas. Wilcox has served two years in the U.S. Infantry and has completed a year of service in Vietnam. Among the medals Wilcox received while in service: Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, Republic of Vietnam Company Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal and Expert Rifle Medal.
Delbert Carpenter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Carpenter, Shelbyville, is home on leave from Fort Knox, Kentucky where he has been stationed with the Armed Forces. After his leave, he will go to Vietnam.
Captain Harvey L. Mefford, 26, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Mefford and wife, Gail, live near Shelbina, recently received the Army Commendation Medal in Germany. Mefford is a 1962 graduate of Shelbina High School and 1967 graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Judge T.V. Proctor heard the following case in Magistrate Court this week: Otto Albert Deutschmann, Ferguson – Killing more rabbits than the maximum daily limit. $5.00 fine and $10.00 costs.
25 Years Ago
January 24, 1996
A large crowd turned out Sunday afternoon, January 21st, to greet the staff and tour the Shelby Medical Health Clinic during the clinic’s grand opening. The Rural Health Clinic, under the direction of Samaritan Memorial Hospital, Macon, is located at 119 East Walnut Street.
Army Pvt. Jason R. Rains has completed basic training at Fort Leonard E. Wood, Waynesville. Rains is the son of Houston R. and Cindy R. Rains of Rural Route 1, Clarence. He is a 1995 graduate of South Shelby High School.
Miss Teri Perkins of Clarence was one of 39 contestants competing for the title of 1996 Missouri Farm Bureau Queen. Miss Perkins represented Shelby County Farm Bureau in the annual Missouri Farm Bureau Queen Contest sponsored by the farm organization’s Women’s Committee.