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Back inthe Good Old Days for Feb. 1 and 2

Monday, February 1, 2010


February 1, 1930

* All trains from the east into Monett were delayed because of a wreck of train No. 36 near Jerome on Wednesday. No one was hurt but 12 freight cars were destroyed by fire when six gasoline tanks burst into flames.

* Arthur Sturgis, formerly of Monett, is in a hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., with an attack of pneumonia.


February 1, 1940

* Jack Cree and Bill Hopson were selected patrol leaders at the meeting of Boy Scout Troop 38 held in the basement of the Methodist Church in Monett.

* G. Peyton Gulick, Monett violin instructor, will teach the violin classes in the grade school and also assist with the string selection of the high school orchestra for the remainder of the school year.


February 1, 1950

* Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sweeney, of 402 Third St. in Monett, are the parents of a daughter, born at 8:11 a.m. today at St. Vincent's Hospital in Monett.

* A page in All Aboard, the Frisco's monthly magazine, is devoted to the Monett employees of the railroad. Altogether, there are 12 different pictures featuring the principal departments of the Monett yard and offices.


February 1, 1960

* Miss Ann Meuser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth G. Meuser, of Monett, has been selected on the Missouri Committee for the 1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth to the slate of alternate youth delegate.

* Members of the double mixed quartet at Monett High School are preparing for entry in the Spring Music Festival. They are Dian Evans, Etta K. Watson, Gloria Doennig, Rochelle Stewart, Paul Garrett, David Hutchens, Larry Shanks, Henry Clapper, John Garrett, Bobby Holmes and Beverly Wiseley.


February 1, 1970

* On its 25th anniversary, Monett was depicted as a prosperous and growing city of 6,000 population in a rare anniversary edition of the Monett Weekly Star newspaper, dated December 1912.

* Steve Blattert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Blattert, of Monett, was initiated into the active chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma men's social fraternity at Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield.


February 1, 1980

* Annual king and queen at Monett High School have been selected for this school year. Tonya Hilton and Marty Meier were chosen for the honor.

* A winter storm, predicted for the past three days, mad its arrival last night and brought a mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the Ozarks, accompanied by temperatures dipping into the upper teens.


February 1, 1990

* Two Missouri flags have been presented to the City of Purdy by 131st State Representative Nolan G. McNeill, with one to fly over Purdy City Hall and the other at the Purdy Community Center.

* Erica Spyres, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric T. Spyres. of Mansfield, and granddaughter of Eric C. Spyres, of Monett, was the first place winner in talent at the Miss America Princess Pageant held Nov. 23 and 24 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tampa, Fla.


February 1, 2000

* The Monett Tax Increment Financing Commission agreed to start holding quarterly meetings instead of monthly sessions after three years of work on Highway 60 and Business Highway 60, without indication that any more improvements will be planned around the city.

* Drilling is underway at the Monett Municipal Airport for the site's first commercial water well. Up until now all the buildings at the airport have been drawing on an old farm well.


February 2, 1930

* The fire department was called out Friday morning by a blaze in the roof of a cottage at the corner of Tenth and Cale streets in Monett.

* Delmar Browning will begin work on his new house on Ninth Street as soon as the weather will permit.


February 2, 1940

* Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Henson, 315 County Road, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last Sunday.

* During the sixth period at Monett High School on Wednesday the Good English Club elected officers. They are Ruth Carter, president; Edith Mermoud, vice president; Virginia Mae Walton, secretary; Roberta Vogt, reporter; Ed Gremling, treasurer; and Lucille Willis, sergeant-at-arms.


February 2, 1950

* Representative Dewey Short will perform in a skit entitled "Willie, World War I Soldier" on the "Original Amateur Hour" radio program Thursday night.

* Anita Collier, Ermalee Cline, J.B. Garber, Bill Scott and Richard Mourglia, all students at Drury College in Springfield, left yesterday from Monett to return to Springfield to enroll at the college after spending vacation here with their parents.


February 2, 1960

* Dr. W.J. Glass has accepted the chairmanship of the Monett Heart Fund Drive.

* The Monett Kiwanis Club "road block" for the annual Mark of Dimes held Saturday on Broadway netted $231.41. Working throughout the day were Kiwanians John Hunt, Albert McIntyre, Jim Obermann, Rev. M.E. Fitzpatrick, Burl Roller, Harrell Hall, E.E. Camp, L.G. Jones, Ernest Schelin, Bob Baum, Rev. Ralph Mehring and Dr. Beachy.


February 2, 1970

* Jim Turpin, son of Mrs. Carl Turpin, of Monett, and a physical education teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Indio, Calif., is exhibiting modern and abstract painting and metal relief at the Struggling Young Artist Gallery located in Palm Springs, Fla.

* Frisco Railroad employees in Monett have been notified that unless informed otherwise "everything will shut down" here at 9 o'clock tonight due to a threatened nationwide railroad lockout.


February 2, 1970

* A stubborn fire of undetermined origin damaged the interior of a garage at the Bill Jones residence last night.

* Charles H. Ferguson, a former Purdy resident and son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ferguson, of Purdy, has been promoted to the position of senior staff analyst in the office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington D.C.


February 2, 1980

* Tim Garrett placed fourth in Lincoln-Douglas debate and Pat Garrett placed sixth in U.S. extemporaneous speaking in the Bob Bilyeu Winter Classic speech competition at Parkview High School, according to MHS speech teacher Russell Brock.

* Marine Corps Private First Class Robert W. Gibson, son of Gary L. and Connie S. Gibson, of Verona, has completed the electric warfare signal intelligence Morse collector course at the U. S. Army Intelligence School in Fort Devens, Mass.


February 2, 2000

* Monett Water Department crews, working on installing new storm sewers on Broadway, have found sewer lines whose source could not be traced. When dye coloring tracking failed, the old pipes were reconnected and left alone.

* Local cities and counties banking revenues from sales tax received in January saw the new year begin on a strong note, as total area revenues bounced upward by 10 percent.

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