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100 Years Ago
June 15, 1921
A band gypsies or horse traders were in this section of the county last week and were ordered to leave Shelbyville Wednesday by Sheriff Tuggle. The gypsies passed through Shelbyville and camped at the Robinson school northwest of town. Farmers in the community complained to the sheriff that the gypsies were begging. There were five or six wagons in the caravan and 40 head of horses.
Miss Gladys Collier, a member of the 1920-21 graduation class of the Shelbyville High School, has been employed to teach the Beatley School.
Another reduction has been made in the list price of all styles of Ford cars and trucks.
The new building of Forman and Sanders is complete and the work of transferring stock and meats and the installing of the refrigerating system will be completed this week.
75 Years Ago
June 26, 1946
Roy Verl Parker, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. (Roy) Parker of near here, and a graduate of the University of Missouri, has been appointed by the University of California as assistant farm adviser for Kern county, Calif., and will also be in charge of county 4-H club work.
Mike Dimmitt of Hunnewell is this week announcing his candidacy for nomination as judge of the Eastern district on the democratic ticket.
The following discharges were filed in the office of Recorder of Shelby County this week: James R. Gunnell, army, Bethel; Edwin Silas Lorentz, navy, Shelbina; James L. Smoot, army, Bethel; Charles Frederick Richards, navy, Shelbina.
James T. Mayes, recently discharged veteran, who served aboard the battleship, U. S. S. Massachusetts, in the Pacific area for thirteen and a half months, accepted a position last week with the Shelby County Implement Company in Shelbina. Mr. Mayes is a son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Y. Mayes of Lakenan. He entered the navy May 1, 1944.
Supt. Frederick Dodge has resigned his position as County Superintendent of Schools to become effective September 1. He has accepted a position as manager of the Campus Book Store for the State Teachers College at Kirksville.
50 Years Ago
June 16, 1971
Arlene Yoder and Sherry Wilkerson are to leave June 22 with a group of Missouri youth for a six week tour of Germany, Russia, Finland, England, Netherlands, France, Sweden, Denmark and Austria. Homestays with families will be provided in the countries of England, Austria, Sweden and Netherlands. The group will be traveling through the People to People High School Student Ambassador Program.
The wreckage of a light airplane (Cessna, single-engine C-182), was found Sunday, June 13 near Salida, Colorado by a young couple on their way to a vacation site near that area. The plane left San Diego, California Thursday morning, January 14 with its pilot, Dennis Zea, formerly of Iowa; a female companion of the pilot, Mrs. Jan Dial of South Dakota, her five-month-old daughter, and a Leonard man, David Browning, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Browning. The group were on their way to Bemidji, Minnesota for a fishing expedition. Three of the bodies were removed from the wreckage Monday, June 14. The body of the small child has not yet been found, according to word received from Mr. and Mrs. Browning. Notification that the bodies had been found came to Mr. and Mrs. Browning from the pilot’s mother, Mrs. Dale Zea.
Marvin Leroy Bryant, 45, of Clarence and a passenger, Donald L. Yost, Lentner, miraculously escaped injury Monday, June 14, 10:50 a.m. as the loaded trailer truck they were pulling with a White Freightliner Tractor Unit, was hit by an eastbound Burlington Northern Freight Train. Bryant had just left the Phelps-Dodge Aluminum Company at the west edge of Shelbina with a load of aluminum products and was crossing the Burlington track just northwest of the plant. Traveling north across the track, he pulled the tractor onto the track and on north before the train hit the trailer and sheared it from the tractor. Engineer W. E. Briggs, 58 of Brookfield, said he saw the truck and sounded his horn constantly but, of course, could not avoid hitting the trailer. There was no apparent damage to the tractor and moderate damage to the front of the diesel locomotive. There were no injuries and no arrestes.
Lyle Holderieath began his bus driving duties for the Bethel School District in 1959. After approximately a half million miles, thousands of school age children and 12 years Mr. Holderieath leaves his bus driving duties and has now retired.
25 Years Ago
June 12, 1996
Army Pfc. Jeremy V. Janes has graduated from basic military training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. During the training, students received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justices, first aid, and Army history and traditions. Janes is the son of Vernon and Martha Janes of Clarence. He is a 1991 graduate of South Shelby High School.
The Missouri all-state high school baseball team for 1996 has been chosen by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Named to the first team as an outfielder was North Shelby’s Jake Owens, a senior who has also been recognized for his outstanding ability as a North Shelby football player.