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Back in the Good Old Days for Dec. 23

Thursday, December 23, 2010

100 YEARS AGO

Dec. 23, 1910

* Miss Lazinka Chappell went to Pierce City last night to spend the holidays at home.

EIGHTY YEARS AGO

Dec. 23, 1930

* An annual house party and old-fashioned candy pull was held at the home of Miss Bertha Jeffries. After making popcorn balls and molasses candy, presents from a Christmas tree were distributed.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO

Dec. 23, 1940

* A manger scene attractively arranged by Mrs. Artie Tritton, 900 Fourth, won the 1940 Christmas home decorating contest sponsored by the garden clubs and The Times. Indirect lighting is used to illuminate the scene.

* Dr. and Mrs. Frank T. Kerr announce the birth of a son, born in a Springfield hospital this morning.

SIXTY YEARS AGO

Dec. 23, 1950

* The 19th annual Gillioz Christmas party went off with a bang yesterday evening and more than 600 howling, cheering kiddies were in attendance at the Gillioz Theater to see their common hero, Roy Rogers with Trigger, ride and shoot his way to ultimate victory over as mean a cast of villains ever seen in a horse opera flicker.

* A somewhat rusty yet still effective Monett High School basketball team shifted its playing gears and moved into high to beat Verona 47 to 29 in the season opener.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Dec. 23, 1960

* Students and teachers of the Monett Elementary School presented a most entertaining Christmas program in the high school gymnasium last night to an overflowing crowd of spectators. Theme for the program was "I Remember Christmas."

* Special honorable mention in the Jaycee home Christmas decorating contest for the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bridges.

FORTY YEARS AGO

Dec. 23, 1970

* A public hearing on the location and design for a bridge replacement over Dry Branch Creek on Route H, one and a half miles south of Freistatt, will be held by the Missouri State Highway Department on Jan. 27 at Trinity Lutheran School in Freistatt.

* Bill Pinnell, Monett High School junior, urged Kiwanians to "Search for the spirit of Christmas in your hearts, not in your mind," as he traced the life of Christ for the club's weekly meeting.

THIRTY YEARS AGO

Dec. 23, 1980

* Two monstrous 18,000 gallon storage tanks at the new facilities of Empiregas of Monett were installed yesterday. The company moved to Highway 60 East from County Road after a propane-fed fire on Sept. 18, 1979 threatened to cause an explosion.

* Monett area residents are asked to join in a nationwide "Light Up America" campaign on Christmas Eve in honor of the 52 Americans held prisoner in Iran.

TWENTY YEARS AGO

Dec. 23, 1990

* Lori Clapper was crowned Miss Merrie Christmas at Monett High School on Friday, with her court Melanie Stout and Tracy Holloway. Miss Clapper received a two-and-a-half minute kiss from her escort, Brian Mozingo.

* The new Red Cross Bloodmobile, a fully self-contained 35-foot-long vehicle, made its third visit to EFCO Corporation, receiving 55 units.

TEN YEARS AGO

Dec. 23, 2000

* Twelve members of the Monett High School Band were named to All-District honors and two were named to the All-State Band.

* A 68-year-old tradition in the town of Noel brings tens of thousands of Christmas cards to the southwest Missouri town for hand stamped cancellations.

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