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100 Years Ago
July 6, 1921
A new re-districting bill has been introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives. The new bill would combine counties in Missouri. The 10th District would include Shelby, Marion, Monroe and Ralls.
The heavy all-day rain Monday spoiled the 4th of July picnic, sponsored by the Shelbyville Woodman Lodge, that was to be held on North River in the Bert Wiggins pasture.
The burning of the Clarence Auto Company building, and garage early Sunday morning resulted in one of the heaviest fire losses that every occurred in Clarence.
The month of June, 1921, just passed, was the third hottest on record with an average of 77.5 degrees daily. Average temperature for June, 1911, the hottest June, was 78.8 degrees; the second hottest June was in 1914 with a daily average of 78.4 degrees.
Miss Louise Kilb, whose idea of converting unsold wool into homemade mattresses has won widespread fame and will probably conduct an exhibit at the State Fair at Sedalia in August.
Emden is to have Chautauqua beginning July 7 and lasting four days. Seven car loads of boosters from Emden were in Shelbyville Friday morning.
Harry Shupe, who is employed by Jim Brown, northeast of here, was a victim of sun stoke Thursday. One of the horses he was working dropped dead in the field while plowing corn because of the extreme heat. Mr. Shupe is recovering.
75 Years Ago
July 17, 1946
The following Shelby County boys have recently been honorably discharged from service:
Max Waite, son of S. M. Waite of this city, received his discharge from the navy last Wednesday at St. Louis. He enlisted July 21, 1945 and was called for active service the following August 19. Since last March he had been located with the Seabees in the Marshall Islands assisting with preparation of the atomic bomb test on Bikini Atoll July 1. He arrived in the States July 2.
Wayne F. Barrett of Overland, formerly of Clarence, was discharged from the army at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, June 29.
Capt. John W. Schwada of Clarence is now on terminal leave awaiting his release from the army August 19 at Ft. Leavenworth.
Donald LeRoy Bissey of Cherry Box was discharged from a civilian public service camp at Belton, Mont. July 11.
Ralph C. Loflin of Shelbina received his discharge from the army at Ft. Lewis, Wash., July 6.
Harold A. Hall of Clarence was discharged from the navy July 2 at Great Lakes, Ill.
McKillip Bros. of near here threshed 100 acres of oats last week which yielded 4500 bu. They also threshed 15 acres of wheat which yielded 22 bu. per acre.
Joe Latchford, a resident of Shelbyville, received $20.00 cwt. recently, through his cooperative, the Producers Live Stock Commission Association at National Stock Yards, Illinois, for a car of steers. Twenty-four head weighed 1054 lbs. Other residents of the community selling through the Producers recently include:
T. D. Hawkinson, Clarence, obtained $20.00 cwt. for a small lot of spring lambs that averaged 89 lbs.
Mike Dimmitt of Hunnewell, scored $17.75 for a shipment of 220-lb. hogs.
U. D. Johnston, Leonard, was represented on the market with a shipment of 23 spring lambs that weighed 80 lbs.
From Emden came a shipment of spring lambs that scaled 66 lbs. and cashed at $17.50 for Harold Martin.
Sam C. Turner, Shelbyville, received $14.50 for a small lot of 868-lb. steers.
Elmer Dodd, Leonard, earned $17.50 for a small lot of spring lambs that weighed 120 lbs.
Sixteen-dollars spring lambs were received from J. P. Daugherty of Bethel. They averaged 72 lbs.
Omar B. Smoot, Shelbyville, realized $17.00 for a shipment of 22 spring lambs that scaled 78 lbs.
50 Years Ago
July 7, 1971
After several weeks of hot, humid and dry weather the community received 1.31 inches of rain on Sunday, the Fourth of July. Although the rain dampened the spirit of the Fourth in some localities causing celebrations to be called off, it was most welcome by farmers. The rain, called a million-dollar rain, saved the corn and bean crops from damage by hot winds and dry weather. However, gardens were reported to have been damaged by the dry weather in some areas. The corn and bean crops in the county look very promising. The wheat crop and hay are nearing harvest completion.
The wheat harvest in Shelby County is in full swing but was checked the past few days because of wet weather. The terminals report they have not received nearly the amount of wheat they did last year but the quality has been above the average with the yields also being above average. The average yield reported has been around 40 bushels per acre. The price being paid wheat as of today is $1.48.
25 Years Ago
July 3, 1996
David and Rhonda Bichsel, Leonard, are the parents of a baby born at 11:32 p.m., June 24 at Grim-Smith Hospital, Kirksville. The baby weighed 7 lbs. 4 ozs. and was named Houston David.
Shelbina Chapter #159 OES honored Nadine Staggs June 26 by presenting her with a 50-year membership pin.