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Bygones – January 31 Edition

50 YEARS AGO – Larry Gander, Herald foreman, is shown checking the dwindling (and almost gone) supply of newsprint that the Shelby County Herald has on hand.

100 Years Ago

January 30, 1924

  The Public Service Commission has granted to the Shelby Telephone Co. an increase in rates. Rent for residence is increased from $1.25 to $1.50 a month, business phones from $1.50 to $2.50 with 25 cents extra for desk phones. Rural lines were increased 35 cents to 50 cents a month.

  A number of William Raplee’s neighbors gathered at his home last week and a sawed his wood. Mr. Raplee has been suffering from an injury of one of his eyes. Those helping with the wood sawing were, Keyte Brothers, George Roberts, Arthur Webb, Fred Peters, Mart Boyles, Roma McRae, Vaden Waters.

  An organization known as the Shelbyville Dramatic and Entertainment Club was formed here Monday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. Marvin Feely. The club was formed under the direction of O. E. McPherson, formerly a member of the Woodstock Co. The club has 28 charter members. The first play, for the benefit of the school, will be given next week.

  James Seelen, senior member of the James Edelen Dry Goods Co., has sold his interest to his partner, Miss Mamie Ellen.

  Prosecuting Attorney, J. D. Dale, has been requested by the State Board of Health, to ascertain if all practicing physicians and others treating the sick in Shelby County have a state license.

  Justin Hilber, of Epworth, and Reason Gaines, of Leonard, were injured when the automobile in which they were riding skidded on the ice and overturned one mile east of Leonard Friday. The car was driven by C. E. Lamberson and the other occupant was Leslie Mann.

  Fire of undetermined origin destroyed Baldwin Hall and Liberty Hall at Kirksville State Teachers College Monday afternoon. The loss was estimated at $250,000.

75 Years Ago

February 2, 1949

  The W.P. Dowlin family, of Emden, were winners in the State Balanced Farming Contest. Shown in the photo in the issue were Mr. Dowlin, daughters Pauline and Emma Jean, and Mrs. Dowlin.

  C.W. Rash was elected president of the Citizens Bank of Shelbyville at a recent board meeting. W.D. Fox was elected cashier.

  The long awaited, much speculated upon, 1949 Pontiacs were revealed publicly today as two completely new and strikingly beautiful lines of motorcars.

  Cattle are selling for $20.00 to #23.00 cwt. at the St. Louis Market. Hogs at $21.75 cwt., lambs, $24.00 cwt.

  The Concord Christian Church, located in Tiger Fork Township in Shelby County, was organized, and built in 1882. The Old Iron Bridge School House was the first meeting place for the small band of disciples in the community. Rev. Ben Northcutt, Newark, was the first minister.

  Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Blanton received word Saturday from U.S. Graves Registration service that the body of their son, First Lieutenant Jack Blanton, has been found. He was killed June 2, 1944, when his bomber crashed in France.

50 Years Ago

January 30, 1974

  Actually, it’s not known if shortages (including newsprint with all the other items) is one of natural resource or a man-made shortage, however, whichever the case, a load of newsprint ordered by the Herald in May of 1973 has not yet arrived. The amount of newsprint shown in the picture is enough to print one more full issue of the Herald (February 6th) and possibly another smaller issue for the second week of February.

  Bethel News – Mrs. Lyle Holderieath, Correspondent: Doris Marquette returned home Thursday, January 24th from a 10-day visit to Cambridge, Mass. with Mr. and Mrs. Edward Marquette and new son, Edward Brandeis. Edward is attending Harvard Law School.

  A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jim N. Lindsey of Plevna on Thursday, January 17th at Grim-Smith Hospital, Kirksville. She weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces and has been named Shellie Jill.

25 Years Ago

February 3, 1999

  The implementation of 911 for Shelby County-is on schedule with the on-line target date of September 1999, according to Mary Lu McConnell, 911 Coordinator.

  Monday was the first day for Denice Mefford as Shelby County’s new county clerk. She is replacing Betsy Milner who took a job in Jefferson City for Missouri Secretary of State Rebecca Cook.

Mefford was sworn in first thing Monday morning by Circuit Judge Gary Wallace.

  The 5th and 6th Grade North Shelby Quiz Bowl teams completed their seasons on January 28. Members of the 5th grade quiz bowl team were Kyle Eckler, Christopher Perry, Allison Peoples, Brett Craigmyle, Kevin Shively, and Justin Smoot. Members of the 6th grade quiz bowl team were Eden Hudson, Matthew Wood, Scott Ratliff, Jessica Bolte, Mitchell Creel, and Brandon Cuno.