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100 Years Ago
June 22, 1921
A fire loss estimated at $100,000.00 occurred at Macon Monday night. Six business houses were destroyed. The old three-story Masonic house was also burned completely.
J. W. McKethen and Omer Jones will act as delegates form Shelby County at a conference of grain growers of northeast Missouri at Hannibal today.
Any ex-service man who has seen military service during the World War overseas, entitled to and not having received the “Great War for Civilization Victory” medal with a battle clasp may get one in Shelbyville on Saturday. Any ex-soldier who was in any minor engagement or on the defensive overseas is entitled to one.
No rain has fallen here for some time. Gardens and lawns are drying up. Rain is badly needed to break the drought and hot weather.
The Leonard Chautauqua will open tomorrow and continue for four days with two big programs daily.
A.Connely and Son, Shelbina, tells us that the farmers are beginning to realize the necessity of electric lights and power on their farms. They have installed many Delco-Light plants in farm homes in Shelby County the past year.
The Shelby-Northwestern train steamed out of Shelbyville Monday afternoon with six loads of cattle, three loads of hogs and one car load of lambs.
75 Years Ago
July 3, 1946
Cpl. Fay Leon Ralls son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ralls of this city, is now serving as an office clerk with the engineers in Yokohama. He was inducted into the army March 13, 1945, received his basic training at Camp Hood, Texas, and arrived in Tokyo, Japan November 1, 1945.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Landrum of Hunnewell are the parents of a 9 lb. daughter born June 25.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Garnett of Shelbyville are the parents of a 7 ½ lb. daughter born at Simpson-Thurman hospital Tuesday. She has been named Maude Marie.
Fred C. Bollow of Shelbina is announcing this week as a candidate for the office of prosecuting attorney of Shelby County. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Bollow served 15 months in the army with an infantry outfit. Much of that time was spent in an army hospital following an operation for an injury received in service. Mr. Bollow has previously served the county as prosecuting attorney.
T. F. Lindsey sold 204 head of 350 lb. hogs to the Sieloff Packing Co., of St. Louis yesterday for $11,245.50. The hogs were sold at 40c per cwt. less than the St. Louis top or at $15.75 cwt. If the hogs had been on Monday’s market the would have brought over $1,300.00 more money.
T/5 Charles L. Beckett, son of Mrs. Irene Colyer and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jule Steinbach of Bethel, is serving as mimeograph operator and repair man in the headquarters of the 3rd U.S. army stationed at Heidleberg, Germany. He says army life is not too bad. He was just recently advanced from private first class to T/5. He has been overseas since December 26, 1945.
Sgt. Bennie Lee Robertson sailed for home June 30 from Germany.
Robert Taylor, son of Mr .and Mrs. C. P. Taylor of Hunnewell, re-enlisted in the U. S. army Saturday at Ft. Riley, Kansas. He was recently discharged after serving nearly five years, part of which were spent overseas.
Several thefts were reported to Sheriff Leo Hooper Monday morning by merchants at Hunnewell and Lakenan. From the stone of John O’Daniel in Hunnewell, three compacts, two Schaeffer pencils, two Schaeffer pens and six flashlights with batteries were reported missing. The front door of the Farmers Store of Hunnewell was broken down and some gasoline was taken. Six dollars in change was taken from the Harvey Keithley grocery in Hunnewell, and Mansur Threlkeld of Lakenan reported four dollars in nickels missing from his place of business.
50 Years Ago
June 23, 1971
Mrs. Lucille Bower, substitute clerk at the Bethel Post Office, was honored last week. She was presented an award for superior accomplishment plus a check from the United States Post Office Department, for her duties while serving as Officer-In-Charge.
In a recent issue of the Hannibal Courier-Post, the hog producing operation of the Moore-Perry farm of Bethel, was included in a feature. The article, written by Herb Powell, was mainly concerned with the many winnings and trophies compiled by the stock raised on the farm. The feature also included a summary of the farm operations needed to run a stock farm on such a large scale. The farm produces 410 acres of corn, 55 acres of wheat, 17 acres of oats, and 100 acres of hay land, all of which is reserved for feed. Along with these crops is raised 275 acres of soybeans.
Miss Shirley Mae Timbrook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cleve A. Timbrook of Clarence, and Steven Lee Bork, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bork of Clarence, were united in marriage at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Clarence on Saturday, May 29, 1971, at 2 p.m.
25 Years Ago
June 19, 1996
On Monday, July 1, Northeast Missouri State University students, faculty, staff, the Board of Governors and President Jack Magruder, along with alumni, friends, legislators and the Kirksville community will come together to celebrate the University’s name change to Truman State University.
The Missouri Swine Youth Supporters held their first annual jackpot show on Saturday, June 15, 1996 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. One hundred and six head of barrows and gilts were exhibited by Missouri youth. Rodney Parsons, Shelbyville, had the reserve breed champion Duroc. Parsons was also chosen as the Champion Senior Showman.