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Back in the Good Old Days for July 5-6

Monday, July 5, 2010


July 5, 1930

* Dale Smith, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Smith of near Bethel, accidentally shot himself when a shotgun which he was cleaning discharged. The shot entered the muscular portion of the boy's leg, but did not injure the bone.

* Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Mason and daughter, Margaret Bell, are spending the weekend at Noel, the guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Isbell.


July 5, 1940

* Miss Ethel Custer, a graduate of Monett Junior College and teacher at the London School last year, has been employed to teacher art in Aurora schools next fall.

* Jeanette and Donald Kynion, of Ligle, Wyo., are the weekend guests of their aunt, Mrs. Nelle Smith and Mrs. Pearl Lewis. Their father, Don Kynion, a former Frisco employee, is the agent for the Burlington Railroad in Lingle.


July 5, 1950

* Shirley Elswick was named the winner of the bathing beauty contest, one of the Independence Day contests sponsored by the American Legion. The day was celebrated sanely and somberly in Monett and the weather gods took mercy on the Legion.

* John Summers, one of the delegates to the national convention of high school student councils, was guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club luncheon yesterday.


July 5, 1960

* An overflow crowd of thousands of spectators attended the annual Monett Hobbs-Anderson Post 91 Fourth of July Celebration at the Jaycee Athletic Field on Monday.

* The Purdy High School Alumni Association held its seventh annual meeting Saturday evening in the high school cafeteria with about 150 persons attending.


July 5, 1970

* Another overflow crowd enjoyed the Monett American Legion Post's annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Jaycee Athletic Field salutary night with the gala fireworks display climaxing the full evening of entertainment.

* Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Planchon, of Las Vegas, Nev., arrived in Monett Friday evening for a visit with parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Planchon, his brother, Harlan Planchon, and other relatives and friends.


July 5, 1980

* A house fire which extensively damaged the living room of a Monett residence and three grass fires kept Monett City and Rural Fire Departments busy, in addition to remaining at the City Park for Independence Day.

* When 34 of the state's most beautiful and talented young women gather next week in Mexico, Mo., to compete for the Miss Missouri title, Miss Melissa Force, of Pierce City, will be exhibiting the attributes which won her the Miss South Misssouri crown last August.


July 5, 1990

* Glennon Bass and Dick Brady were presented with framed certificates by City Commissioner Rex Lane for serving as chairman or assistant chairman of the July Fourth celebration since 1976. Fire Chief Jim Nolan was also honored.

* Highlighting Monett's fireworks display was a 90-foot long by 30-foot high rendition of Niagara Falls.


July 5, 2000

* Monett's July 4 fireworks display was the biggest the town has ever seen, lasting some 40 minutes. Casey Brooke Moller and Dakota Morris were named Lil' Miss and Mister Liberty.

* The Monett City Council has approved an ordinance making it illegal to have unsealed containers "in [public] driveways or parking lots of the city."


July 6, 1930

* Mrs. Josephine Gurley and son, Fred, are spending the weekend at Rockaway Beach. While there, they will be guests at Hotel Rockaway.

* Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Main spent Sunday at Joplin with Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Main.


July 6, 1940

* Henry Pullman returned to his home at Kingman, Kan., today after visiting several days with his son, Jack Pullman, and family.

* Dr. and Mrs. Edward Cline expect to leave the last of the week for Mexico City for a two-week vacation trip.


July 6, 1950

* As a means of helping to relieve the parking problem in the business district, work got underway today on leveling a new free parking lot sponsored by the City of Monett at Sixth and Bond, comprising an area 100 by 140 feet.

* Howard Schwandt was officially installed as president of the Monett Junior Chamber of Commerce.


July 6, 1960

* Construction is underway on a new educational building for the Verona Baptist Church with the structure expected to be completed about the first week of August.

* Roaring River State Park continues rolling up record attendance figures for the year. Campers in the park for the first five days of July totaled 5,476, compared to 3,376 during the same period in 1959.


July 6, 1970

* Recently decorated for outstanding service during a 16-month call-up of the 123rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing of the Kentucky Air National Guard, of Louisville, Ky., was Lt. Col. Robert R. Mansfield, son-in-law of Mrs. D.T. Moore, of Monett.

* Forty-eight young people are enrolled in the beginner swimming lessons being conducted this summer at the city park pool in Pierce City.


July 6, 1980

* Thirteen youths and five adults of the First Baptist Church of Monett will be participating all next week in a mission venture in Cherokee, Iowa, where they will conduct Vacation Bible School and four Backyard Bible clubs.

* No relief in sight from the heat wave which has held the Midwest in its clutches for the past two weeks with temperatures expected to climb near or above 100 degrees.


July 6, 1990

* Kimberly Volkl, niece of Phyllis Harkins, of Monett, will be competing today and tomorrow in the 1990 Oklahoma Miss Teen Pageant.

* The annual Jaycees carnival will be held July 18-21 at the municipal parking lot at Broadway and Sixth Street.


July 6, 2000

* At this year's Monett Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament, Jerry Waggoner, of Springfield, vice president of Rental Uniform Service, hit the ball closest to the number eight hole, winning him two round trip tickets to anywhere in the United States, provided by TWA and Great Southern Travel.

* Strong criticism has been issued by 28th District State Senator Morris Westfall to Governor Mel Carnahan's veto of funds for agriculture. "Carnahan's veto of agriculture funds, although highly objectionable, is consistent with his past record of no interest and no support for Missouri farmers," Westfall said.

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