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Compiled by Troy Treasure
100 Years Ago
February 23, 1921
County Agent, Joseph Davis, held three meetings in Shelby County Monday. One was held at Emden, one at Oak Dale and the other at the Frye school house. About 200 farmers attended the meetings. P.F. Schowengert spoke at each meeting in regard to the use of ground limestone to correct acid conditions in the soil.
The sales pavilion at the Ford building in Shelbina could not accommodate the crowd Saturday that attended the Duroc hog sale of W.M. Brashear. The top sow brought $605.00 and the second highest brought $600.00. The sale totaled $3,776.50 for 42 head.
H.W. Kilb, Bethel, says he has given up hopes on harvesting ice this winter. He says that, however, if we do not have a hard freeze by March 10, we may look forward to an iceless summer.
In 1920, the State of Missouri had one automobile for every 14 persons. Missouri had 296,919 cars in the state in 1920.
There will be a meeting of farmers at the courthouse Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 to consider the organization of a farmers co-operative produce company. One of these exchanges has been organized at each of the following towns: Leonard, Shelbina, Lentner and Clarence.
R.L. Byars and Son, Shelbina, have moved to their new place of business in Munch building in Shelbina. They are adding a line of phonographs, pianos and player pianos to their present stock.
The fence that was to be placed around Zion Cemetery, Bethel has been completed except for the arch that will be placed over the front gate.
75 Years Ago
February 20, 1946
John Henry Johnson of Hunnewell was discharged from the army Feb. 15 at Jefferson Barracks. He was inducted in November, 1942 and has served overseas in Japan with a hospital unit.
Norbert T. Buckman of Shelbina received his discharge from the army Feb. 15 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Buckman, he entered service in August, 1943 and served on foreign duty in the Pacific since June, 1944.
Paul Spencer of Hunnewell was discharged from the navy Feb. 7.
James Harold Spencer of Shelbyville received his discharge from the army Feb. 9 at Ft. MacArthur, Calif. Harold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Spencer, was inducted July 23, 1942.
Glendell Eubank, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eubank of Shelbyville, was discharged Feb. 12 at Jefferson Barracks. He was inducted Jan. 5, 1943. He served seven months overseas in the European theatre with the engineers.
Charles Ridgway of Shelbina received his discharge from the army Feb. 12 at Jefferson Barracks. He served as a tank gunner with the 13th armored division, 3rd army, in Germany.
Noble Dean Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gibson of north of Bethel, was discharged from the navy Feb. 12. Noble entered the service in November, 1942.
Herbert C. Mesmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Mesmer of near Bethel was discharged from the army Feb. 16 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He entered the service in November, 1942 and has served overseas in the Pacific area as a mechanic with the army air corps.
Sgt. Norvall Bonnell, grandson of George Bonnell of Bethel, was discharged from the army Feb. 4. He was inducted November 20, 1943 and participated in combat on Saipan and Okinawa with the 27th Infantry Division. He received a Purple Heart for wounds in Okinawa. On arrival in Japan, he was transferred to General MacArthur’s headquarters in Tokyo.
50 Years Ago
February 24, 1971
North Shelby FFA students Danny Johnston, Donald Parsons and Jim Perry won first place in the Missouri All Breed-Bred Gilt Sale. The North Shelby team competed against 150 boys from schools and 4-H organizations representing the entire state of Missouri. The contest was held at Columbia on the University campus at the Livestock Pavilion. Each member of the team received an engraved plaque and the chapter received a trophy.
One of the most severe winter storms of the season hit Sunday evening bringing three inches of snow, slush and ice. The storm was accompanied by blizzard conditions with some drifting snow and high winds. Light, freezing rain preceded the storm making streets and roads hazardous. Rain and snow flurries continued Monday. Wednesday brought sunshine and warmer winds from the south with the promise of melting away the snow. Warmer weather is in the forecast for the weekend. Robins are reported to have returned to the area bringing promise of spring.
Rehearsals are currently underway at the University of Missouri for a student production of “The Mikado,” the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, to be presented at 8:15 p.m. April 21-23 at Hall Theater, Columbia. Shelby Countians to be appearing in the opera will be Harold D. Carothers of Clarence, a sophomore in the College of Education, who will be playing the part of Ko-Ko and Dennis Tuggle, Shelbyville, a graduate student who will play the part of Pooh-Bah.
25 Years Ago
February 21, 1996
A Valentine Party was held Thursday, Feb. 15 at Salt River Nursing Home in Shelbina. Two wedded couples received the most votes for King and Queen and their runner-up. King and Queen were Willard Stevenson and Mary Stevenson. Runner-up were Ed Vittetoe and Georgia Vittetoe.
Shelby County Sheriff Gerald Gander announced Thursday, Feb. 15 that Dennis Perrigo has been hired as a full-time Shelby County Deputy Sheriff. Perrigo was transferred from reserve deputy status. Perrigo, a 1978 South Shelby graduate started his duties on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Two incidents of burglary and one of malicious vandalism were investigated recently by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. On Friday, Feb. 9, James Wisdom of Hunnewell reported that during a period from Feb. 5 to Feb. 9, his home had been broken into and several items burglarized. Taken were a television, an entertainment center, speakers and stereo. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Donna Cooper, Route 1, Shelbina, reported damage to her 1985 Ford truck parked in her garage. The truck’s rear tires had been slashed. On Saturday, Feb. 17, Donald Fuller, Route 3, Clarence, reported that stolen from his property north of Clarence sometime that day were: a Shure Shot electric fencer, a Paramac 3-lead fencer, a 12 volt battery and a 6 volt battery.