SEVENTY YEARS AGO
December 9, 1939
* Redecorating of the First National Bank in Monett in nearly completed with the interior now being painted.
* From Helsinki comes word that 230 Finnish Americans, some of whom have never before been in Finland, arrived today from New York to enlist in the Finnish Army to fight against Russia.
SIXTY YEARS AGO
December 9, 1949
* Official opening of the Firestone Store in Monett, under the owner of Rufus Green, formerly of Aurora, will take place this weekend.
* Emory Melton, prosecuting attorney of Barry County, and Wayne Ennis, linotype operator, have purchased the Cassville Republican, a weekly newspaper, from E.N. Meador.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
December 9, 1959
* Mrs. Albert Spree was elected president of the Freistatt Extension Council to replace Mrs. E.H. Melton, who will remain in the office of advisor.
* Mrs. Ed Salzer, of Springfield, formerly of Monett, was a house guest of Mrs. L.H. Ferguson in Monett last week.
FORTY YEARS AGO
December 9, 1969
* Final passage of a bill providing $1,105,000 for operation and maintenance of Bull Shoals Reservoir, and $1,158,000 for operation and maintenance of Table Rock Reservoir, has been voted by Congress.
* Candidates for Purdy High School homecoming basketball queen are Sally Denney, Cheryl Kingrey, Michelle Gibbons and Kathye Light.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
December 9, 1979
* A holiday reception honoring Andre Velders, Monett's 16th foreign exchange student from Holland, will be held December 16 in the home of Roy Arbuthnot.
* Monett's annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday and promises to be one of the best in history with a near record number of floats and bands entered.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
December 9, 1989
* Mike Pruitt, pastor of Abundant Life Church, has been elected the new president of the Monett Ministerial Association.
* Annual Toys for Tots program, sponsored by the Monett Jaycees, is now underway, according to Julie Rowe, chairman.
TEN YEARS AGO
December 9, 1999
* Shannon Calvin, daughter of Walter and Karen Calvin, has been named Miss Merry Christmas at Verona High School.
* Named Miss Snowflake in Pierce City on Saturday was Jenny Garner, daughter of Bryce and Julie Garner.