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Back in the Good Old Days for May 17-18

Monday, May 17, 2010


May 17, 1930

* The Ford truck belonging to Onis Williams, stolen from in front of his home, was recovered in Springfield where it has been driven and abandoned.

* Barry Montgomery, postal clerk, has the honor of having paid the first gas bill in Monett. His receipt was certified by the Ozark Distributing Company.


May 17, 1940

* Don Dawson and Morris McPhail, Monett young men, took over management of the Sinclair service station at Broadway and Central Avenue. George Brown had been operating the business for several months.

* Mrs. Talmadge Vantyl, who underway major surgery at a Springfield hospital Wednesday, is reported to be getting along nicely.


May 17, 1950

* E.L. Anderson, former division engineer here for the Frisco, yesterday was appointed to succeed H.B. Barry as chief engineer of the railroad.

* George Ray, of Butterfield, announced today that he is in the market for wild poke greens. He is paying cash for the greens and ships them out of state.


May 17, 1960

* Members of the Monett Board of Education, meeting last night with members of the Bellview School Board and Lawrence County Superintendent of Schools John S. Williams, voted unanimously to accept the Bellview school district as part of the Monett school district.

* Teddy Fischer has been elected president of the Verona High School student body for next year.


May 17, 1970

* A power sewing class at the Monett Area Vocational-Technical School is nearing completion making 120 pairs of pajamas for those who will participate in the Summer Camping Program at Camp Smokey in Roaring River.

* Troy Miller, of Pierce City, who operates Troy Miller's Barber Shop in Monett, was dismissed yesterday from St. Vincent's Hospital where he had been receiving medical treatment.


May 17, 1980

* Fly Up-Bridge Over Ceremony during which area Brownies and Girl Scouts advance to the next level in Scouting was held Tuesday evening at the Monett City Park. Paper boats with a lighted candle on each were floated on the park's lake.

* Named as valedictorian of the eighth grade graduating class at Trinity Lutheran School in Freistatt was Phillip Fellwock, with Kirby Krueger named salutatorian.


May 17, 1990

* Seniors Nancy Flattem, Jeff Dinan and Scott Mackey of Monett High School received the school's top band awards during a reception following the annual Gala Spring Concert at E. E. Camp Gymnasium last night.

* Plans for the annual Memorial Day tribute to veterans were discussed by Glennon Bass, flag and memorial chairman, at last night's meeting of Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post #91.


April 17, 2000

* The International Institute For Learning, which has had offices in Monett for the last three years, is making plans to construct a new office facility of around 20,000 square feet on land recently annexed into the city. Hopes are the eight-year-old firm will be able to move in early next year.

* Monett police officers yesterday made their contribution in getting the Olympic torch to the annual Missouri Special Olympics. Officers crossed town on Cleveland and took it to Aurora.


May 18, 1930

* A picnic party to Verona last night was composed of Miss Wilma Montgomery, Fred Steele and Olive Smith.

* A deal was closed today whereby Mr. and Mrs. Frank Million and Amos Henson, of Verona, became the owners of the tomato factory at Pleasant Ridge.


May 18, 1940

* Miss Jean Walpert and Miss Wilma Riddle left this morning for Tulsa, Okla., where they will spend the weekend visiting friends and relatives.

* Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Loren Williams have opened a Help Yourself laundry at their home on Cale Street.


May 18, 1950

* Recent rains have done much to refill the lake at the city park which was practically emptied by some boys recently who turned the outlet valve on and let the water escape.

* Verona has a barbershop again with the return of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wilson from Del Ray, Fla. They have rented the restaurant and nearby barbershop from C.E. Smalley.


May 18, 1960

* Judy Rains, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rains, of Monett, was named best actress in a major production for the 1959-60 College Theater season at Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield.

* Jane Kay Arend, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Arend, has been named first place winner in the Missouri State American Legion Auxiliary essay contest.


May 18, 1970

* Monett and Freistatt firemen were called to the Laura Aufdembrink home, a mile south of Freistatt, on Saturday where a chicken house caught fire and was practically destroyed.

* Joining Mrs. Wheva Branstetter, of Monett, for a weekend visit were her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hausen, of Kansas City.


May 18, 1980

* Hundreds and possibly over 1,000 fish inhabiting a three-mile stretch of Clear Creek. Beginning some one-and-a-half miles west of Pierce City, have been discovered dead and floating stop the water. Lawrence County Conservation Agent Jim Tennison reported that the fish kill apparently occurred three to five days ago.

* MHS Cub golfers will be competing Monday and Tuesday in the Class 1A-3A State Tournament after qualifying for the honor by taking the district title. Monett's Jim McCaffrey took medalist honors at this year's district event.


May 18, 1990

* Three student teachers from Missouri Southern State College have spent their professional quarter teaching at Monett Elementary School. They are Nannette Ketron, of Mt. Vernon; Rita Hightower, of Purdy; and Barbara Long, of Sarcoxie.

* Retired U.S. Navy Captain Edward D. Estes will be the featured guest speaker at the 1990 Purdy graduation exercise, set for Saturday in the Purdy High School gym.


May 18, 2000

* Support was strong but not universal for the Monett City Council to approve adding fluoride to its drinking water at yesterday's public discussion of the city's plan.

* Construction crews moved into the heavy part of the downtown renovation project this week, digging out the center of Fourth Street to install the new storm sewer.

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