November 15, 2001

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

I have decided that the old buck and I are a lot alike. I got to witness the similarities up close Saturday morning as I watched a smallish eight-pointer trudge through the draw underneath my stand at about 7:00 a.m. He looked like a sleepwalker as he could barely keep his head up. At first I figured he had been shot or was wounded in some manner. But as he got closer (he walked within feet of my stand) I could tell he was just plain worn out.

My theory was proven when the buck settled in for a nap in his old bed that for some reason I had not noticed before. After he left I got down from the stand and stepped it off at just 12 steps. Anyway he browsed around for a few minutes before going down. I could tell he did not want to sleep but it was one of those times where he simply had too. He tried hard to hold his head up high to watch both sides of the draw for traffic.

Now this is where the similarities come in, because I too was struggling in the same manner before he came into the picture. I was trying not to doze off but was not having much success. Then there were the two squirrels that were bugging us. They had rattled around in the leaves enough to wake me a couple times and now they were doing the same thing to the buck. But the little noisemakers were not near as troublesome as that rifle shot just over the hill. The deer's head bolted up at the sound of the shot. Lucky for me he was looking in that direction because the shot startled me to a much greater degree and I know my knee-jerk reaction would have spooked the deer if he was looking my way.

By this time the novelty of the deer was wearing off and was beginning to become a little burdensome as I was unable to move around to look at what was crossing the field behind me. Here I was trapped by this buck who was sleeping on my time. That's when the second shot rang out and we both went through the same motions of fright, concern and the disgust that our slumber had been interrupted by someone who was most likely treading on ground where they were not supposed to be. But I felt comfortable enough with my blaze orange, and the buck was confident that this time-tested hiding spot would conceal him, so we both settled back into our comfort zones.

We both had pretty much written off the squirrels. That rush of little feet across the leaves can only cry wolf so many times and make you look for deer. That buck had the same thought process as his trained ears quickly filtered out the squirrel traffic and he slept right through it. That was until the two boys were chasing each other from tree to tree and happened to break a branch off right above the deer's bed. The impact of the little bundle of wood woke the deer but amazingly never even budged him from his bed. His eyes shot open but he made very little motion. I could tell that the scare had startled him though because he didn't drift back to sleep nearly as quickly as before.

Finally my little sleep-watching episode ended as quickly as it had started. I never had a sense that there were deer crossing the field behind me. I never heard a sound. I guess the buck could smell them because he stood up in the same motion that his eyes came open. He took a quick glance, let out a grunt and charged towards the ladies. I took a quick peek and quickly realized why the deer's action had such urgency. There were seven does and young ones working across the cut bean field. That was probably as good of odds as he had seen all season long.

The buck gave one last laugh as he made his move to exit the draw. The deer ran right toward my stand. I am not exaggerating when I say if he had taken one more step in my direction it would have had to been up the first step of the ladder.

We both had spent an hour trying not to sleep. All it took was a little deer action to keep our eyes open.

School Buses Get Perfect Score in Annual Inspection

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School is out for the summer, but the Scotland County R-I School District is still passing tests with flying colors. The local district received a 100% score on recent safety testing of the district’s bus fleet performed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Officers in the Motor Vehicle Inspection Division recently visited Memphis and inspected the SCR-I district’s 17 school buses for safety measures.

A district approval rate of 90% or better qualifies for the distinction of Total Fleet Excellence. Awards will be presented at the 2016 Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation convention on July 13th.

More than 12,000 school buses were inspected by the highway patrol in 2016, with an average approval rate of 89.9%. The 12,014 inspections resulted in an 8% defective rate with 2% of buses receiving an out of service rating.

“It remains our responsibility to provide safe transportation services to Missouri’s school children,” said Captain Lester D. Elder of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Division in a letter to the SCR-I district. “Congratulations for earning the distinction of Total Fleet Excellence. Thank you for your continued commitment to this goal.”

Missouri Civil War Reenactors Seek Recruits for Battle of Athens Reenactment in August

Reenactors including Greg Colvin (far left) and Kris Lancaster (middle next to flag) are portraying First Northeast Missouri Home Guardsmen charging the Missouri State Guard with fixed bayonets at a 2011 Battle of Athens, MO, Re-enactment.  Greg Colvin is originally from Clark County, Mo. and Kris Lancaster is originally from Scotland County, Mo.) Photo by Becky Colvin.

Reenactors including Greg Colvin (far left) and Kris Lancaster (middle next to flag) are portraying First Northeast Missouri Home Guardsmen charging the Missouri State Guard with fixed bayonets at a 2011 Battle of Athens, MO, Re-enactment. Greg Colvin is originally from Clark County, Mo. and Kris Lancaster is originally from Scotland County, Mo.) Photo by Becky Colvin.

Charles “Doc” Cunningham, president-elect of the Missouri Civil War Reenactors’ Association, and host of reenactors at the Battle of Athens, MO, and Kris Lancaster, member of Elliott’s Scouts, will be in northeast Missouri on July 1 to encourage reenactors to join the Battle of Athens, Aug. 6-7, 2016. Athens is in northeast Clark County, near Revere, MO, and along the Des Moines River.

Northeast Missouri is rich in Civil War history. Many residents have ancestors who fought in the Battle of Athens and other battles during the Civil War.

Cunningham, from Centralia, MO, and Lancaster, from Kansas City, MO, will be available to discuss reenacting and the role of northeast Missouri soldiers in the Civil War on July 1. Both will be in Keokuk, Iowa, and Athens, Kahoka, and Memphis, MO.

Cunningham’s ancestors fought in the Battle of Shiloh, TN, and other civil war battles. One of his ancestors was a Union Army Assistant Surgeon and another a Confederate Army Assistant Surgeon.  He enjoys reenacting and sharing Civil War history with school children.

Cunningham leads the Missouri Brigade Medical Services and has been a reenactor for almost 30 years. For a decade, he had two mules named Molly and Dolly, who pulled his ambulance wagon during reenactments.

Lancaster, who is originally from Scotland County, has four ancestors from northeast Missouri who fought in the Civil War. His great-great-grandfather, Jeremiah O’Day, suffered a musket ball wound on August 5, 1861, during the Battle of Athens. O’Day recovered at an Army Hospital in Keokuk, Iowa.

Kris Lancaster is pictured portraying a soldier with the First Northeast Missouri Home Guard (Union) firing shoulder-to-shoulder during a 2011 Battle of Athens, MO, Reenactment. Photo by Becky Colvin.

Kris Lancaster is pictured portraying a soldier with the First Northeast Missouri Home Guard (Union) firing shoulder-to-shoulder during a 2011 Battle of Athens, MO, Reenactment. Photo by Becky Colvin.

Both Jeremiah O’Day and his brother Andrew joined the Union Army’s First Northeast Missouri Home Guard in Luray, Mo., June 17, 1861. Jeremiah farmed 100 acres in Chambersburg, Mo., and Andrew was a blacksmith.

Lancaster has been with Elliott’s Scouts since 1997. He will discuss Civil War history and reenacting during a luncheon speech at the Memphis, Mo., Rotary Club, July 5.

The Union victory, on August 5, 1861 in Athens, Mo., has the distinction of being the most northern of Civil War battles fought west of the Mississippi River. Soldiers from southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri were engaged in the battle.

The Northeast Missouri Home Guard was consolidated into the 21st Missouri Regiment. In March 1862, soldiers in the 21st Missouri were ordered to  Savannah, Tenn., which was Major General Ulysses S. Grant’s Union Army’s headquarters. The regiment fought in Corinth, Mississippi, Shiloh, Tenn., Nashville, Tenn., and the Price raid into Missouri. On April 19, 1866, the soldiers were mustered out and returned to Missouri. An estimated 845 survived out of the 1,679 soldiers in the 21st.

Learn more about Civil War reenacting through the Missouri Civl War Reenactors Association: and Elliott’s Scouts:

Bar B Saddle Club Announces Poker Ride Winners

The Bar B Saddle Club of Bible Grove held a Horse and ATV Poker Ride Sunday, June 19th.  Kena Frederick was the winner in the horse division and Kelle Gunnell won 1st place in the ATV division.  2nd place in the ATV division was Terry Johnson.  Winners won a Polaris oil change kit, donated by Slayton Polaris.  Kena and Kelle both donated their winnings back to the Saddle Club.  Thanks to both girls and Slayton Polaris for their donation.

A 50/50 drawing organized by Chuck and Tammy Sabin was won by Harry Johnson.  He also donated his winnings back to the club.  Thanks Harry!

A wiener roast followed the ride.  The club had a short business meeting.  A work day and hauling in sand for the arena was discussed.  A fire ring pit was donated by Chuck and Tammy Sabin.

It is encouraged for all members to ride and/or donate to the Chester Robinson Scholar Fund Poker Ride to be held July 23rd at Downing.

The Saddle Club’s next Poker Ride will be Sunday, August 21st and will coincide with Bible Grove Preservation Days.  Parking will be made available at the school house.  Sign-up starts at 1:30 p.m. and the ride will begin at 2:00 p.m.  Cost is $10.00 per hand.

A carry-in wiener roast will follow the ride and everyone is welcome.

The club is working to raise enough money for repairs to the arena and the club house.  Future events are being considered and donations are always appreciated.

The next club meeting will be Monday, August 15th at 6:00 p.m.

Annual Armstrong Reunion Held June 11th

The annual Armstrong Reunion was held on June 11, 2016 at The Catfish Place Pavilion near Arbela.  A carry-in luncheon was held and the following attended: Gary, Chris and Brock Armstrong, Bryan Armstrong, Logansport, IN; Vancel Armstrong, Lucerne, IN; Dallas and Alden Armstrong, Shelbyville, MO; Lori Shelley and grandson, Christian, Monroe City, MO; Pat Armstrong, Delbert Drummond, Owen and Tressa Burr, Luray, MO; Renee Drillon Kirchner, Katelyn and Karson, Luray, MO; Noralyn Armstrong, Memphis, MO; Randy Armstrong, Rutledge, MO; Ralph and Carol Armstrong, St. James, MO; Terry and Pam Lambert, Verona, MO; Phyllis Hines and Wyatt, Denmark, IA; Steve and Kim Armstrong, Donaldson, IA; Jane Maloney, Megan Ruggles, Kirksville, MO; Michelle McCaskell and children, Springfield, MO; Allen and Leah Eiserer, Carrollton, MO; Bill and Cleota Epps, Celina, TX; Darrin and Linda Kelley and Brionna, Brooke, Zackery, Brackniley, and Lorwen, Little Elm, TX; Darrell Armstrong, Hesperia, CA; and Delma Kelley, Crossroads, TX.

Afternoon callers were Deborah Fitzgerald, Honolulu, HI; Eddie and Berry Drillon, Luray, MO; Tacy Monroe and Brett, Memphis, MO; and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Day, Kimberling City, MO.

The afternoon was spent visiting and taking pictures and a good time was had by all.

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Rutledge Renegades

On Sunday, June 19, Nathan Herold and Penny Hustead hosted a cook-out and carry-in meal.  They were celebrating Reva Hustead and Travis Wagy’s birthdays and Father’s Day.  Others attending were Will and Waid, Martin Guinn, Teddy Ammons, Neta Phillips, Carley Williams and Ethan Sharp, LaCrisha Wagy and Ivy, Rylie Wagy, Jenny Walker, Anna and Butch Herold, Steve Kramer, Becky Kramer, Monty and Leila Burch and Mason and Sierra.

Charlene Montgomery and Neta Phillips went to Kirksville.

On Tuesday, June 21, Red Earth Farm celebrated eleven years of farm living.  Those attending were Chad Knepp and daughter, Nina, Alyson Ewald and Mark Mazziotti and daughter, Cole Mazziotti, Mica Wood, Jacob Wallenburg, Kim Scheidt and Darien Flores.

Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to her daughter, Bonnie Schick’s, in Chicago, IL, for two weeks.  They went shopping several times.  Bonnie, a Simply Simple consultant, has shows that Naomi helped her set up while she was there.  Naomi said she had a wonderful time!

Monday night three walls of the new Community Center/Fire House went up. There is a picture in the Memphis Democrat.  Many people from the Rutledge Fire Department accomplished this.  They are still working at 11:00 p.m.

Some of those in this week were Charlene Montgomery, Neta Phillips, Marjorie Peterson, Neal and Dawn Kirkpatrick, Oren and Celina Erickson, Don Tague, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Milt Clary, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Ortho and Dorva Harbur and Nancy Jo Waack.

Kristine Reckenberg Named to Dean’s List at St. Louis College of Pharmacy 

(ST. LOUIS) – Kristine Reckenberg of Memphis, Mo. has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. To make the dean’s list, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

 She is a graduate of Scotland County R-1 High School. Reckenberg is the daughter of William and Rachel Reckenberg of Memphis.

For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been committed to educating the best pharmacists in the United States. The region’s only independent college of pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third oldest continuously operating and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The student body is comprised of nearly 1,400 students from 32 states and 10 countries. Students earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science degree in a seven-year curriculum.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, June 30 – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Bread, Fruit Salad

Friday, July 1 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onion Slice, Pasta Veggie Salad, Green Beans, Apple Crisp

Monday, July 4 – July 4th, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, July 5 – Chicken Strips, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Carrots, Bread, Watermelon, Cantaloupe

Wednesday, July 6 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Spinach, Wheat Roll, Jell-O and Fruit

Thursday, July 7 – Taco Salad, Lettuce, Beans/Chips, Tomatoes, Peas, Applesauce, Cookie


Thursday, June 30 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, July 5 – 4th of July, Center Closed.

Thursday, July 7 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Living Life Over


Ashley Tague, a recent graduate of Scotland County R-1 High School, has earned a position on the Iowa State high school rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyoming from July 17th-23rd to compete at the Annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the barrel racing.

Featuring over 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces, and Australia, the National High School Finals is the world’s largest rodeo.  In addition to competing for over $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo National Champion.  To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top twenty after two Go-Rounds of intense competition before advancing to Saturday night’s final championship performance.


The sixth annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Scotland County was held on June 16th and 17th from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.  A survivor reception was held at the VFW, where visiting, music and refreshments were provided prior to the opening ceremony. The survivor committee chair is Chris Tinkle.  She and her committee did an outstanding job, coordinating the reception.

Team games were held throughout the night, with breakfast available to team members and survivors at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.  The closing ceremony was held at 6:30 a.m. with participation plaques handed out to all the teams.  Plaques were also given for the best campsite, most laps walked, and best team entertainment.  At the end of the closing ceremony, it was revealed that $24,033 had been raised.  The money was raised collectively by team and committee fundraisers, luminary sales, selling of sponsorships and donations by the community.


The Video House, movie rental business, is now under new management.  Sharon Elliott purchased the movie rental store from Betty and Warren Lodewegen May 17th.

Sharon is planning a grand opening for the store June 29th, when a VCR will be raffled off, with the winner being drawn from entries received from renters of a new-release video.

She said the Video House will remain basically unchanged, maintaining the same hours, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. weekdays and 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays.


Following a special called closed session of the Scotland County R-1 Board of Education, June 17th, announcement was made of the hiring of two teachers.

Jeannie (Prather) Triplett was hired as Kindergarten teacher, to fill the position created by the approval of all day Kindergarten.  Janie (Shelley) Parton will be filling the position of Parents as Educators teacher.  Both ladies are Scotland County R-1 graduates.


“Our American Heritage” is an activity that is carried by the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club.  In keeping with the activity the club presented to the city of Gorin a Bicentennial Flag.  It is to fly at the Gorin Post Office.

Mona Tague, President, presented the white flag with the Bicentennial emblem in the middle.  Dwight DeRosear, Postmaster of the Gorin Post Office, received it and said he would fly it.

The Gorin Go-Getters is now twenty-nine years old.  The first year the club had a membership of twenty-three young people.


The fire department was kept busy the past weekend in the city.  On Saturday afternoon fire caused extensive damage to the Junior Shelley property in West Memphis.  Fire centered about the southwest area of the house in the bathroom.  No one was home at the time of the fire.

On Sunday the department was called to the city light plant in West Memphis where there was a grease fire in the ditch behind the plant.  There was no damage reported.

On Sunday near the J & S Foodliner in south Memphis the department was called to extinguish a car fire.  A car belonging to Herb Moffett caught fire but the fire was put out by the time the department arrived.  Damage was confined to the wiring of the car.


The Airway Drive-in Theater located east of Memphis on route 136 was robbed last night sometime between closing and 7:30 a.m. this morning.  Approximately $110 was taken but as far as can be determined, no merchandise was taken.  Sheriff Clyde Evans is investigating and the Highway Patrol is to be called also.  The patrol will check fingerprints about the safe and other objects which might have been handled by the robbers.

Reuben Dieterich notified Clarence Lock, Manager of the theater, who reported the break-in to Sheriff Clyde Evans.  Sheriff Evans inspected the scene and followed up a report by Dallas McDowell that he had found a leather folder across the tracks on the first dirt road running north just east of the theater.

Sheriff Evans investigated the area and found the tin box which had contained a part of the money taken from the safe.  It had been thrown to the side of the road in about the same area where the leather folder had been found.

Mr. Lock said that apparently no other stock was taken.  The thieves were in the storage room and also the snack bar but no candy bars, cigarettes, or other merchandise was taken.  The thieves were evidently interested only in the money.


The local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at their regular meeting Monday night voted to purchase the Dr. E. E. Gilfillan office, formerly the Judge N. M. Pettingill property, 123 West Monroe Street.

The VFW plans are to make this building a temporary home for the organization with the intention, at a later date, when materials are available, to build a new four commercial front building, two stories high, the first story to be rented for business places and offices and the second story to be a permanent home for the VFW and a civic center for use of worthy organizations.

The deal had not been completed at the time of going to press, but the papers for the transfer are being made out.

GEORGE MICHAEL MONROE (5/12/1942 – 6/24/2016)

George Michael Monroe, 74, passed away June 24, 2016 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, KS.  George Mike was born May 12, 1942 in Gorin, MO to George J. Monroe and Mabel (Miller) Monroe.  He grew up in Gorin, MO and was a 1960 graduate of Gorin High School.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served in Korea, Texas, Louisiana, Great Britain and Missouri, retiring after 21 years of service.  He then worked in Material Management in the Kansas City area until he retired.

On August 14, 1964, in Colony, MO, he married Margaret Dyer.  They had one daughter, Michelle.  He is survived by Margaret, daughter Michelle and her husband Patrick Tague, of Lee’s Summit, MO; and two grandchildren, Rachael and Keegan.

Graveside services with military honors were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 28 in Green Lawn Cemetery.  A visitation was held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services Tuesday at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.

Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Arrangements were handled by Park Lawn Funeral Home, 816-523-1234.

USA Football Grant Will Help SCR-I Buy New Helmets

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A grant from the USA Football organization will help outfit the Scotland County R-I junior high football team with new helmets in 2016.

Scotland County football coach Mikel Gragg announced the $1,000 grant this week.

The award can be used to purchase equipment through Riddell, the official  equipment partner of USA Football.

Gragg said he hopes to be able to replace all 20 helmets with the grant funding. The key equipment components can cost anywhere from $56 to $300 per helmet, with additional costs for chinstraps and maintenance components like replacement pads.

USA Football, along with the NFL Foundation, is committed to enhancing the football experience of all players at the youth and amateur levels. Organizations are awarded equipment grant credits based on need, merit and the organization’s involvement with USA Football programs.

Grantees are awarded credit amounts to purchase specific products within the Riddell grant program catalog, which includes helmets, shoulder pads and even uniforms. Prices are exclusive to the USA Football Grant Program. Grantees are welcome to purchase items beyond the amount of the grant, taking advantage of the prices listed in this catalog, which are below market value and only apply to the USA Football Grant program.

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