SEVENTY YEARS AGO
December 24, 1939
* Dorothy Smith and Ralph Smith, who are employed in the school system in Des Moines, Iowa, will arrive in Monett today to spend the holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Smith.
* The Monett Junior Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a picture show today at the Gillioz Theatre. Admission is one can of fruit or vegetables.
SIXTY YEARS AGO
December 24, 1949
* Due to ice on the highways, Trenton's basketball team will not be able to fulfill its engagement tonight with the Monett Junior College.
* Frank Mermoud has been elected president of the Shady Grove 4-H Club and Johnny Heim vice president.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
December 24, 1959
* Mrs. Minnie Balden was named to serve as president of the Hobbs-Anderson Post 91 Monett American Legion Auxiliary.
* A series of Christmas services will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistatt on Thursday, according to Rev. W.J. Stelling.
FORTY YEARS AGO
December 24, 1969
* John Crane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crane, of Monett, will be a member of the Marching Mizzou Band which will perform at halftime of the Orange Bowl game.
* Federal examiners have granted an application by Cities Service Gas Company to furnish natural gas to the Gas Service Company for sale in McDonald County.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
December 24, 1979
* Donna Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Edwards, of Monett, will graduate tonight from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.
* Members of the New Site Baptist Church of Monett will travel by bus Sunday to the church's mission at McCord Bend.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
December 24, 1989
* Kim Wirz, of Verona High School, John Kleiboeker, of Pierce City High School and Gretchen Crouch, of Cassville High School, have been invited to attend the National 4-H Congress in Chicago, Illinois.
* Air Force Master Sergeant Dale Stockton, son of General B. and Nadine Stockton, of Purdy, has received the Meritorious Service Medal.
TEN YEARS AGO
December 24, 1999
* Cooking is underway for Linn and Geraldine Thornton's 15th annual old-fashioned Christmas dinner on Christmas day at the American Legion Home in Monett.
* Reaching out to the less fortunate, volunteers at Crosslines in Monett have prepared more than 250 Christmas baskets for distribution.