NINETY YEARS AGO
Dec. 24, 1920
* Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Westbay Jr. and John T. Westbay went to St. Louis Tuesday night to see Ethel Barrymore in a new play, "Declessa," written by Mrs. Westbay's cousin, Zoe Akins.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
Dec. 24, 1930
* A number of Christmas packages were stolen out of Dr. E. Mitchell's car while it was parked in front of a home where he had been called to give medical attention. The packages had been given to the doctor as Christmas gifts.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
Dec. 24, 1940
* Four Monett Guardsmen had parts in the Christmas broadcast from Camp Hulen carried by a Joplin radio station. Lt. John Moore sang a solo while Eddie Hogan, George Moret and John O'Connell sent greetings.
* Dr. W.C. Templeton, who resigned as pastor of the local church to take a post in Horton, Kan., was asked to stay by a unanimous vote of the Carthage Presbytery, meeting in special session at the First Presbyterian Church in Monett.
SIXTY YEARS AGO
Dec. 24, 1950
* The Barry County draft board office raised the first quota of men to be sent for induction from four to eight.
* Mrs. Jesse Watson, worthy matron, and Roy County, worshipful mater, were inducted at a public installation of Monett Chapter 190, Order of the Eastern Star, and Monett Lodge 129 AF&AM, at the Masonic Temple.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
Dec. 24, 1960
* Monett and Pierce City Kiwanis Club officers for the coming year will be installed during a joint ceremony at Pierce City on Jan. 4.
* A silver coffee and tea service was won by members of the Future Homemakers of American Chapter at Purdy High School for selling Christmas cards. All 52 members sold the cards and earned the tea service, given by the card company.
FORTY YEARS AGO
Dec. 24, 1970
* Five large baskets for five needy local families and a brand new bicycle for a seven-year-old boy at the Missouri State Sanatorium in Mt. Vernon were among the Christmas cheer spread by members of Monett Tom Wolfe Memorial Post 4207, VFW,
* William DeWald has been promoted to divisional vice president of manufacturing for the Vaisey-Bristol Shoe division of the United States Shoe corporation. He was previously director of manufacturing for the Monett complex.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
Dec. 24, 1980
* A host of angels heralded the shepherds as they were tending their flock as a scene of Monett's second annual Living Nativity at the First Baptist Church.
* The Children's Choir will sing three parts of the First Mass of the Feast of Christmas at St. Lawrence Catholic Church at midnight this evening, Father Mark Ernstmann has announced.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
Dec. 24, 1990
* For the first time in over two years, Monett's municipal boundaries are expected to be altered. The Monett City Council accepted the petition to annex 20 acres next to the Dierker Addition, submitted by Christopher and Connie Carver.
* Gerald McCracken, of Monett, retired from truck driving after working 30 years.
TEN YEARS AGO
Dec. 24, 2000
* "Everything is set to go," Linn Thornton said as he prepared for his 16th annual Christmas dinner for Monett and the surrounding communities on Christmas day.
* Looking back a five years after the collapse of the Barry-Lawrence Association for Retarded Citizens, The Times' editorial observed programs can become so complex that people of good will may lack the expertise to serve on their boards.