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100 Years Ago
July 13, 1921
Rev. O. L. Martin, evangelist from Bucklin, Mo., opened his revival campaign at Bethel Friday night. The meetings are being held in a big tabernacle. The campaign will last 15 days.
J. A. Dunn lost a fine mare mule last week from lockjaw. He had recently refused an offer of $300 for it.
There has been no rain in this immediate section since the Fourth of July. The corn crop is having a run for its life with the chinch bugs.
Three persons died in Macon County the past week due to the excessive heat.
There was a large crowd in town Saturday night to hear one of the season’s best programs by the Shelbyville Concert Band.
It has been reported that the Bethel and Salt River bridges are getting in a very bad shape and that it is hardly safe to venture across them with a team of horses and a wagon. Boards are missing from the floors of both bridges.
The city has had the south half of the courthouse wired and new lights twinkle there when the evening shadows fall.
About the only fruit that survived the freezing weather this spring was the blackberry. The fruit is very plentiful this year with the largest yield reported in many years. When the season opened this summer the berries were selling for 75 cents to $1.00 a gallon delivered.
Several car loads of wheat were shipped by the Farmers Elevator Co., from here last week. The price yesterday was 92 cents per bushel. Oats were selling at 25 cents per bushel. A year ago oats sold for 70 cents a bushel and wheat at $2.50 a bushel.
75 Years Ago
July 24, 1946
The following Shelby County boys have recently been honorably discharged from service:
Bennie Lee Robertson arrived at his near Bethel Thursday after receiving his discharge from the army. He entered the service in December, 1944, and arrived overseas in France in May, 1945. He is a son of Ben Robertson.
Jimmie Spencer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Spencer of Hunnewell received his discharge from the navy at Lambert Field, St. Louis last Wednesday. As carpenters mate 3/c, he had served with the Seabees since February, 1945, most of that time at Samar in the Philippines.
Junior Stevens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Stevens of this city, received his discharge from the navy Thursday at St. Louis. Junior enlisted in August, 1945, and was called for duty the following October. He received his boot training at San Diego, Calif. and was later transferred to a laundryman’s school in Washington, D. C. where he was an instructor at the time of his discharge.
Paul Dean White, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles White of Shelbina, received his discharge from the navy yesterday at St. Louis. He enlisted in the navy and reported for duty in June, 1945, receiving his boot training at Great Lakes, Ill. He has since been at sea off the west coast.
Miss Gertrude Feely, who recently arrived home after three years imprisonment by the Japanese in the Philippine Islands, will speak at the local Methodist church Sunday night at 8 o’clock.
U. S. Senator Frank P. Briggs will speak at Shelbyville on Thursday afternoon, August 1, at 2:30 o’clock in the interest of his candidacy to return to the U. S. Senator this fall.
The residents of Shelbyville have a chance to get two city mail deliveries a day if they want it, according to information received by postmaster L. A. Kaylor. The citizens must present a petition to postmaster Kaylor requesting city delivery, which will be sent to the post office department.
50 Years Ago
July 14, 1971
Vic Cline, president of the Shelby County Pork Producers, states that work on the Hog Barn for the 4-H and FFA Swine exhibit building at the Shelbina Fairgrounds will start Thursday, July 15 at 9 a.m. and will continue on Friday, July 16 at the same time.
The Sheriff’s Department was notified last Thursday morning, July 8, that the Shelbina Sale Barn had been burglarized sometime after 11:30 p.m. the evening previous. Entry to the office of the Auction Company was gained by breaking a hole in the paneling of the west door of the building with a railroad spike and hammer. The hole was large enough to allow the burglar to put his hand inside and unlock the door. About $50.00 was taken with the stolen money being in small bills. There were several other items disturbed in the office. A blue ink marker was removed from one of the desk drawers and used on the outside wall to inform the owners that the place had been hard to get into and “thanks for the money.” It was signed “Mr. X.”
25 Years Ago
July 10, 1996
Two inmates in the Shelby County jail, Robert A. Arms, 27 and Robert A. Kuhlenberg, 36, sawed their way through two sets of welded screen, one set of iron bars and made their escape sometime during a period believed to be between 2:30 a.m. and dawn Friday, July 5, even though their disappearance was not noticed until about 2:00 p.m. Friday. The men made their escape through a 12” x 14” opening through one set of steel bars and two sets of welded screen. Once outside the screened area they crawled to their left about four feet and pried back fan blades on a ventilator to squeeze through the opening at the side of the blades. Saw blades were found at the scene. Sheriff Gander said the men were seen in the jail at about 2:30 that morning, therefore, the escape apparently took place after that time during the nighttime hours.
Terra Parsons, daughter of Bim and Ruth Ann Parsons of Leonard, was among 43 students who graduated in the class of ’96 from the Trans World Travel Academy in St. Louis.