SEVENTY YEARS AGO
December 16, 1939
* The League of Nations, by unanimous vote of its council, expelled Soviet Russia because of that country's invasion of Finland.
* Barbara Howard, of Paris, Texas, formerly of Monett, has been awarded membership in the Civic Music Association of Northeast Texas.
SIXTY YEARS AGO
December 16, 1949
* Vandalism, in the form of many broken windows and other acts, which started on Halloween and is still going on, has reached a climax with official complaints being made to police.
* S.J. Frazier, who has worked for the Frisco Railroad for 46 years without missing a payday, will become the railroad's vice president in charge of operations on January 1.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
December 16, 1959
* After 16 years as secretary of the Monett Kiwanis Club, Jim Harrison is retiring this year and will be succeeded next month by Burl Roller.
* The resignation of Rev. Loren Laeger, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Monett, has been accepted. He has accepted the pastorate of the First Presbyterian Church in Pryor, Oklahoma.
FORTY YEARS AGO
December 16, 1969
* Mrs. Walter Farwell of Eagle Rock has been named president of the Barry County Extension Homemakers Council.
* Annual Christmas program will be presented Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Pierce City, according to Rev. Guy Etter, pastor.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
December 16, 1979
* Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pitts, of Seattle, Washington, are visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pitts, 613 West Scott, in Monett.
* Dorothy Fritz, of Fritz Real Estate in Monett, is attended the fourth Missouri Association of Realtors Leadership Conference in Columbia.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
December 16, 1989
* Local residents responded with $44,000 in donations or pledges to the Monett Area United Fund Drive, according to Ken Caviness, president of the board of directors.
* Travis Kingrey, a 1987 graduate of Monett High School, has enlisted in the U.S. Navy for training at the Navy's Fireman Apprentice School.
TEN YEARS AGO
December 16, 1999
* Progress on the long-standing problem of putting in a natural gas line to the main lift station in Pierce City was made by a result of action taken by the city council in Pierce City on Monday.
* Monett residents are reminded that the annual lighting contest in now underway with a total of $600 in cash prizes up for grabs, according to Deborah Schoen, chairman of the project.