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100 Years Ago
November 9, 1921
The home of George Spencer, near the Berea church, was burned Monday afternoon with all the contents except a feather bed. It was thought the fire started from a defective flue.
H. R. Perry, near Clarence, recently completed a Missouri poultry house, 34 by 30, in which he is housing 320 white Leghorn hens. The hens are laying over 170 eggs a day.
Collector A.M. Blair, who began his tour of the County October 31, says taxpayers are paying larger numbers than last year. While some complain of the high taxes the majority accepts the inevitable.
The Florida Saving Bank at Florida, Mo. was broken into, and the vault blown up Thursday at 1 a.m. in an attempt to gain entrance to the safe. The charge of dynamite was too heavy, and the noise frightened the intruders away. The building was badly damaged. The Leonard Bank was robbed of $1,200 a few weeks ago.
The following from Shelbyville attended the State Teachers Convention in St. Louis last week, Mrs. Myrtle Threlkeld, J. M. Mott, Miss Edna Maud Gentry, Miss Mosell Dinsmore, Miss Hazel Caldwell, Miss Katharine Drain, Mrs. A. L. Nevius.
75 Years Ago
November 27, 1946
Miss Jennie Chinn of south of town has been appointed deputy sheriff of Shelby County by Sheriff Leo Hooper and assumed her new duties Thursday. Miss Chinn was employed in the State Auditor’s office in Jefferson City for several years and enlisted in the WACs in March, 1943.
The real estate belonging to the estate of Joseph S. Vanskike decased swas sold at the courthouse door here Saturday by sherrif Leo Hooper as follows:
The 195 acre farm, known as the Garner farm northwest of Shelbyville, was purchased by Mrs. Lucille Tarbet at $66.00 per acre.
The 200 acre farm, located northeast of Bethel, was purchased by Harry H. Taylor at $46.00 per acre.
The 80 acre home place, located northwest of town, was purchased by Mrs. Ella Vanskike at $69.00 per acre.
The 190 acre farm, known as the old Vanskike farm west of town, was bought by Mr. and Mrs. Omer Tarbet and Miss Sallie Vanskike at $32.00 per acre.
The residence property in Shelbina was purchased was Mrs. Ella Vanskike for $7,050.00.
A 9 lb. son was born November 18 to Mr. and Mrs. Omer Edwards of northeast of Clarence. This is their fifth child and fourth son.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Roney of near Shelbyville are the parents of a 7 ½ lb. son born Monday at Thurman hospital. He has been named Robert Roy.
The Capital Café in this city changed hands Saturday and Lonnie B. Shores of Novelty is the new proprietor, having purchased the business from Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Patterson. Mr. and Mrs. Patterson had been managing the Capital since August.
Mr. Patterson will return to Peoria, Ill., where he has employment with the Caterpillar Tractor Company, and his wife and children will remain here until school is out next spring.
Vernon Wallace of Shelbina is this week announcing the opening of a flower shop at the Waverly Hotel in that city. An announcement will be found elsewhere in this issue.
Mrs. Otis Broughton of Bethel has been named director of Shelby County for the 1947 March of Dimes to be conducted by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, January 15 to 30.
50 Years Ago
November 10, 1970
Winter weather prevailed here during the weekend when the temperature registered from 12 to 17 degrees above zero. The first hard freeze occurred the past week killing vegetation. Rain, accompanied by some sleet fell here Monday. Precipitation registered .04 of an inch. Warmer weather is in the forecast for the weekend.
An oil furnace at the Standard Filling Station in Shelbina exploded Tuesday morning at 6:15. There was considerable smoke and water damage to the station. Several windows were blown out and some interior damage done to the building. The operator, Ronnie WIlhoit, was the only one present when the explosion occurred. He was not injured.
The Clarence Auto Supply, owned by Denver Hirrlinger, was burglarized at approximately 11:30 p.m. Monday, November 8.
According to Sheriff Gene Dodd, who investigated the burglary, entry was gained by breaking out a glass from a door on the east side of the building, reaching in and unlocking the door.
About $40.00 was taken from the cash register and a 30-30 rifle which was in the building. The rifle was dropped outside in the grass, apparently as a result of the burglar being chased from the scene.
The Sheriff stated that David Hirrlinger, son of the owner, came across the railroad tracks in his car and, being near the building, noticed a man at the door. Hirrlinger stopped and called to the man, whereupon the person ran. Hirrlinger explained that he chased the man around the building then lost him but did find the rifle that the man evidently dropped in his haste.
Dwain Marquette, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Marquette of Bethel, has been named second place winner of the Missouri Angus Auxiliary scholarship award of 1971.
25 Years Ago
November 13, 1996
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Wilson will observe their 60th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, November 19, 1996. The couple was married on November 19, 1936 by the late Rev. Roland Frerking.
Ruby Gibson, Bethel, a life-long resident of Shelby County, celebrated her 96th birthday on October 22.
Llyod Jackson, Bethel, was honored with an open house on his 80th birthday, Sunday, November 3, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, John and Pat Erhart, Kirksville.