EIGHTY YEARS AGO
April 16, 1930
* The fire department was called to the home of Mrs. Myrtle Ellis, East Cale. The room caught fire from a spark from the kitchen flue.
* Mrs. O.E. Hudson, of Seligman, and daughter, Miss Fern Hudson, of Kansas City, are the guests of Mrs. Hudson's sister, Mrs. A.W. Gilbert and family, in Monett.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
April 16, 1940
* Tonight is "Charlie Main Night" for the Monett Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Monettan, who has headed the state Jaycee organization for the past year, will be the guest of honor.
* Mrs. H.A. Cochran was elected president of the Frisco Veteran's Auxiliary Society yesterday afternoon at the annual election of officers.
SIXTY YEARS AGO
April 16, 1950
* U.S. Highway 60 will be completed across the continent from coast to coast in the year 1950.
* James W. "Billy" Scott, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Scott, has signed a contract to teach history in Springfield Junior High School next year.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
April 16, 1960
* Heavy damage was inflicted to several freight cars and yards of track were torn up this morning when seven Frisco train cars were derailed in the local switching yards just east of the Frisco depot. Crews from Springfield were on the job early this morning clearing the tracks.
* Tommy A. Sanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Sanders, was promoted to Marine Private First Class.
FORTY YEARS AGO
April 16, 1970
* Monett's proposed sewer improvement project, estimate to cost about $1.1 million during original planning stages about six months ago, is now estimated at about $2 million, according to Mayor Claude Roderick.
* Mike McCubbin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle McCubbin, of Monett, was dismissed yesterday from South Community Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. He underwent major surgery March 19 and is reported to be improving satisfactorily.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
April 16, 1980
* Purdy Volunteer Fire Department battled a blaze for about four hours last night at the residence of the Lee Neill family, located a mile north of Purdy.
* Ronnie Veith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Veith, of rural Purdy, and a member of the Purdy High School chapter of Future Farmers of America, has been named as a recipient of the State Farmer Degree, according to Leonard McGee, chapter faculty advisor.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 16, 1990
* After more than three years of landmark litigation and nationwide publicity focused on the Purdy community, the U.S. Supreme Court shortly after 9 a.m. today announced that it would not hear the latest appeal again the Purdy R-2 Board of Education's ban on social dancing at the Purdy schools.
* Delegates to the 49th annual session of Missouri Girls State from Monett are Rachel Gripka, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary; Lori Clapper, sponsored by the Monett Kiwanis Club; Tracy Crnic, sponsored by the Monett Lions Club; and Tish Michael, sponsored by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
TEN YEARS AGO
April 16, 2000
* Banging out 18 hits and plating 17 runs, the Monett Cubs baseball team won for the first time this season, beating Greenfield 17-0 and claiming third place in the Mt. Vernon tournament.
* Beginning next school year, students will have a course to learn business computer programming languages at the Southwest Area Career Center.