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Back in the Good Old Days for Dec. 20-21

Monday, December 20, 2010


Dec. 20, 1910

* The Congregational Church at Aurora was declared to be haunted by people who heard strange noises there one night. It was learned, however, the new janitor was carrying the coal to the basement at night, being employed at other work through the day.


Dec. 20, 1930

* Tom T. Steele received a Christmas package from New Braunsfels, Texas, out of which a live scorpion fell. As Mr. Steele had never seen such an insect, he took it to Logan D. McKee, who told him that it was a scorpion, the sting from which is not fatal but very painful.


Dec. 20, 1940

* All of Monett's underprivileged men, women and children will be guests of Mayor V.B. Hall at the big Christmas banquet at the park casino Christmas morning.

* Leo Stark of the Stark Motor Company returned from St. Louis, where he attended an automobile dealers' meeting. He reported that new cars are very hard to get and the dealers are fairly clamoring for both new and used cars.


Dec. 20, 1950

* Some of the needed equipment to be used in the construction of the new Baptist Church sanctuary and education rooms arrived Tuesday and is on the grounds, the Rev. David Emery said.

* Homer Haggard, Henry Freiburger and Tally Harrod, barbers at the White Way barber shop, suffered ill effects this morning due to escaping gas fumes. All but Haggard were back at work this afternoon.


Dec. 20, 1960

* Winter officially arrives Dec. 21 but snow and rapidly falling temperatures today have residents of the Monett area an early taste of the season ahead. Snow began falling here about nine o'clock and had completely covered the ground with about half an inch by noon.


Dec. 20, 1970

* Stan Fellwock's tip-in basket a fraction of a second ahead of the final buzzer lifted the Monett Cubs to a 54-53 heart-stopping victory over the Carl Junction Bulldogs.

* Arlene Meister, Donna Pozniak, Linda Daugherty, Janie Morlan and Becky Ryder are candidates for homecoming queen in Purdy.


Dec. 20, 1980

* Placed in service Thursday by the Monett Police Department was a moss green 1979 Buick LeSabre four door sedan, a former Highway Patrol vehicle, purchased for $3,550.

* The former Cassville plant of U.S. Shoe Co. is being offered for sale with a price tag of $1 million for the 45,000 square foot structure and nine acre site.


Dec. 20, 1990

* Construction of three new buildings in the $1,358,000 improvement program for the Monett R-1 School District is continuing. School board members will tour the new kindergarten and library/music buildings today.

* Monett City Council members are considering new water rates. A study shows industrial water usage accounted for 68.37 percent of the total over the last five years while industrial billing was 54.36 percent of the total.


Dec. 20, 2000

* Mart Thompson, pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Monett for the past eight years, will have his final service here on Sunday before taking a post at Zion Lutheran Church in Pevely.

* Monettans gathered at UMB Bank last night for the first of the City of Lights bus tours. The bank opened its lobby for the tourists and served refreshments.


Dec. 21, 1910

* Several Pierce City couples attended the Elks minstrel show, including Dr. and Mrs. Tinker, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Vance, Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Newman and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Collum.


Dec. 21, 1930

* The following Monett people attended the Eugene O'Neill play "Strange Interludes" at Springfield: Mrs. M.C. Shipley, Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Osborn, Mr. and Mrs. V.B. Hall, and Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Rogers.


Dec. 21, 1940

* Mr. and Mrs. Mix Davis will spend the holidays with friends in Memphis, Tenn.

* Mrs. Orel Bishop and son, Ned, left today for Washington, D.C. where they will be guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Doyle during the holiday season.


Dec. 21, 1950

* First test of the red alert air raid warning in Monett and in Missouri will be held two days after Christmas, announced Mike Bentley, chairman of the city defense program.

* Nearly 200 were in attendance at last night's Junior Chamber of Commerce football banquet at the Casino. A well-rounded program was presented with Jaycee prexy Howard Schwandt in the driver's seat moving the events right along.


Dec. 21, 1960

* Temperatures skidded to 9 above zero here early this morning and remained below freezing throughout the day with more frigid weather in store for the district tonight.

* Winners in the Monett Junior Chamber of Commerce annual home Christmas decorating contest were announced today after judged toured the city last night. First place and $25 goes to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Edwards, 3 Cleveland Heights.


Dec. 21, 1970

* Captain Larry R. Suit, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clint Suit, of Monett, has assumed the position of plans officer for the United States Army Medical Command at Long Binh, Vietnam.

* Dr. William Beachy, vicar of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church here until 1960, is now chaplain at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. Beachy was the subject of a feature story in the Kansas City Star gravure section.


Dec. 21, 1980

* Empire District Electric Company is seeking a general rate increase of around 22 percent, amounting to an average of about 23 cents a day for a typical residental customer.

* The completion of interior renovation and redecorating at the historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Verona will be held Sunday. The final step was refinishing the pews. The church was built in 1900.


Dec. 21, 1990

* Jack Schulz, chairman of the "Monett--City of Lights" program, felt sure the informal goal of 750,000 lights for the second year off the program had been reached. "It's just tremendous," Schulz said.

* Cuddy Farms, of Aurora, donated turkeys to Tom Wolfe Memorial Post 4207, Veterans of Foreign Wars, which were in turn donated to the Monett Area Sheltered Workshop for the employees' annual Christmas party.


Dec. 21, 2000

* The Monett City Council named members of the board for the Monett Family Center, which seeks to build a $5 million facility that would operate similar to a "YMCA" in land between the South Park and golf course.

* Adrienne Denney, Monett High School's Miss Merrie Christmas, was crowned before a backdrop of snowmen with her court members, Kristen Obermann and Jennifer Harris.

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