January 3, 2002

2001 Will Be A Year To Remember Thanks To September 11th (Year in Review Part 2)

August 2, 2001

Representatives of Missouri's rural hospitals traveled to Washington, D.C. in July to urge Congress to support legislation that would help these facilities respond to a growing shortage of nurses and other health practitioners. Scotland County Memorial Hospital administrator Marcia Dial and administrative assistant Brenda Prather were among the local health care officials to make the trip.

August 9, 2001

A lot of people walk around the Scotland County square every day of the week, but it took a special group of volunteers to join together August 3-4 to circle the square more than 5,700 times during the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The walkers raised more than $14,000 for the charity in the process.

August 16, 2001

After several months in the planning and production stage, www.memphisdemocrat.com has finally gone online effective August 13. The Internet newspaper is being made available through a joint effort of the newspaper staff and the folks at Skyhouse Consulting, an Internet-based web site designer located in the Dancing Rabbit community near Rutledge.

August 23, 2001

Scotland County was among three northeast Missouri counties to receive funding for bridge repair through the Community Development Block Grant program. The awards were announced August 17 by Governor Bob Holden as part of a $2.5 million CDBG package for rural communities. Scotland County will receive $273,800 to pay for the replacement of 10 bridges in the county.

August 30, 2001

It took just over three months, but a pair of college students made it on foot from Point Reyes California near San Francisco to Memphis. However the long trek is only half complete as the duo, part of a four-man team plans to complete a walk across America. Joe McCarty and Michael Charbonneau stopped in Memphis for a day and a half to "refuel their batteries" before pressing on with the trip. The group is making the walk as an effort to raise awareness for the issue of sexual abuse.

September 6, 2001

Not only does the Scotland County R-I School District have the fourth lowest tax levy among the 66-similar sized districts in the state, but now the district has an even lower levy rate following the August 31 SCR-I School Board meeting. Following the annual tax levy rate hearing prior to the board of education meeting, the board voted 6-0 to set the 2001-2002 levy rate at $3.0083 per $100 of assessed valuation. That is a reduction of more than five cents from the last year's rate of $3.06.

September 13, 2001

Mounting an audacious attack against the United States, terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and brought down the twin 110-story towers Tuesday morning, September 11. A jetliner also slammed into the Pentagon as the seat of government itself came under attack. Hundreds were apparently killed aboard the jets, and untold numbers were feared dead in the rubble. Thousands were injured in New York alone. A fourth jetliner, also apparently hijacked, crashed in Pennsylvania.

September 20, 2001

The political subdivisions of Scotland County are getting a facelift. Following the 2000 Census results which revealed a large disparity in population numbers between the existing east and west districts, the county is considering replacing the old system with a more geographical distribution that would also create a more balanced population base for both regions.

September 27, 2001

The newest and largest health clinic in the United States Army will bear the name of a former Memphis resident who died in the line of duty during the Vietnam War in 1970. The Charles Thomas Moore Health Clinic is tentatively scheduled for dedication February 14, 2002 in Fort Hood, TX. Moore served as a medic in the 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army. He was killed in the line of duty on January 5, 1970 near Tay Ninh, South Vietnam at the age of 21.

The outpouring of support from the Scotland County community continued last week for the survivors and the victims of the terrorist attacks on the East Coast September 11. Students at the Scotland County R-I School District combined to raise more than $1,100 for the American Red Cross. The Scotland County Fire Department raised more than $6,600 in donations at a soup dinner fundraiser for the New York City firemen and their families on September 22.

October 4, 2001

The fears of school violence and the concerns generated by the recent national tragedies boiled over at the Scotland County R-I School system October 2 when a bomb threat was received at the school. A handwritten note addressed to the school administration threatening that bombs had been placed in both school buildings was located in a high school classroom by a teacher. A 15-year old suspect was taken into custody at the scene. An extensive search of both buildings found no bombs.

October 11, 2001

After preliminary reports calling for price increases of as much as 32-percent, the Memphis City Council voted 4-0 during the October 4 meeting to approve ordinance 9-01 that will raise electric rates by just eight percent.

October 18, 2001

Several area witnesses painted a problematic picture regarding the future of the nursing home industry for members of the House Select Committee on Nursing Home Care, which met at the Memphis Theatre October 15. Representatives from several local care centers spoke to the 10-panel committee chaired by First District State Representative Sam Berkowitz. They discussed several troubling issues including declining revenue, deficit Medicaid reimbursement, shrink-ing labor force and growing governmental regulations.

October 25, 2001

His legacy lives on. For the people that knew the late First District State Representative Jim Sears, there could be no better way to honor the former teacher than by naming his educational dream in his memory. The Jim Sears Northeast Technical Center was officially dedicated October 20 in a special celebration that drew a large crowd to the technical school campus in Edina.

The community was dealt a difficult blow October 21, when 18-year-old Jason Rockhold of Arbela was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 136.

November 1, 2001

The Memphis Police Department investigated an early morning break in at the Raytec manufacturing plant on Highway 136 in Memphis that occurred October 15. The robber(s) cut phone lines to the building as well as other power lines inside the warehouse and on the plant's forklift before loading 10 12' by 16' aluminum rolls and removing them from the site. An estimated $10,000 value was placed on the stolen property. A similar burglary occurred at the plant in 1997.

November 8, 2001

Nearly 100 area emergency service personnel spent more than 10 hours Saturday, November 3 searching northern Scotland County for a possible injured hunter. At 10:30 a.m. a group of hunters contacted the Scotland County Sheriff's Department and reported that they had overheard radio traffic on a family service radio from a hunter that stated he had fallen and was injured. The search was called off at 9:30 p.m. No hunter was located in the 11-hour search.

November 15, 2001

More than eight hours of contract discussions evaporated in a split second as former track promoter Ron Anderson walked away from the negotiation table at the November 12 meeting of the Scotland County Fair Board. The move left the fair board scrambling in an effort to secure the services of a track promoter for next season.

November 22, 2001

The Scotland County Fire Department responded to a pair of calls over the November 17th weekend. A combine fire was reported on property owned by Speers Farms located northwest of Memphis at approximately 12:10 p.m. November 17. The second fire call came in at 10:30 p.m. November 17. The department responded to a brush fire at the Richard L. Briggs residence southwest of Memphis.

November 29, 2001

A Memphis man escaped serious injury after the tractor-trailer he was driving went off a bridge in a three-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 4:00 p.m. November 23 in Scotland County. Ken Hull, 30, suffered moderate injuries when the 1995 GMC semi tractor trailer he was driving southbound on Highway 15 smashed through the barrier on the northbound traffic lane of the bridge over the South Wyaconda and plunged downward approximately 30 feet before smashing into the south creek bank.

December 6, 2001

Local farmers may have felt they had a strong voice in state agriculture legislation with the late Rep. Gary Wiggins heading the House Ag Committee, but now they have a direct link to farm policy. Speaker of the House Jim Kreider, D-Nixa, named veteran lawmaker Sam Berkowitz, D-Memphis, as the next head of the prominent House Agriculture Committee.

December 13, 2001

Betty L. Harris, 80, of Kahoka was killed in a head-on collision with a semi tractor trailer on Highway 136 seven miles east of Memphis at the section of the road often referred to as "Blind Man's Corner" at 10:40 a.m. December 11.

December 20, 2001

The 2001 Memphis Community Choir performed in front of a packed house at the United Methodist Church December 16 with the presentation of "Come to the Manger", the group's annual Christmas program.

December 27, 2001

The Scotland County Fair Board insured races at the Scotland County Speedway for another year by signing a one-year lease agreement with Lee County Speedway Promoter Terry Hoenig to hold Saturday night races in Memphis this summer.

Downing House Museum Complex News

The President's String Quartet from Truman State University recently performed at the Downing House Museum in Memphis.

The President’s String Quartet from Truman State University recently performed at the Downing House Museum in Memphis.

The Museum Complex is now open for the 2016 season.  The Museum will be open each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by at other times by appointment beginning May 3rd and concluding on September 1st. Volunteers will provide guided tours through the Downing House, Boyer House, Summer Kitchen, Carriage House and the Memphis Depot. The cost of tours is $5. and children under age 10 are admitted for free.

The Museum depends on donations of time and money and recently we have been blessed with both. The Shopko Foundation awarded the Downing House Museum Complex a $250 grant to improve exhibits and tours. The Exchange Bank of Memphis provided the copies for our yearly newsletter to patrons and also awarded the Museum $500 to use for the upkeep and general maintenance. Volunteers from the Rutledge Eastern Star and Memphis Masonic Lodge worked to clean the Museum grounds on Saturday, April 9th and Dr. Larry Wiggins rounded up volunteers to work in the Boyer House on April 16th. Both groups made great progress and the results were outstanding. We will continue to call on volunteers to improve the exhibits and the overall appearance of the complex throughout the summer and early fall. Thanks also goes to Chuck Myers, former Memphis resident, who sponsors the museum website. He will be helping us keep our information up-to-date. You can visit the website at: www.downinghousemuseum.org.

The new outside pole lights in the front of the Downing House illuminate the property beautifully. The updated lights were purchased with memorial gifts given in memory of Florine Forrester. Additionally, refurbishing the rose garden in the front of the Downing House is also on our list to complete this summer. This will be partially paid for with the memorial gifts in memory of Wilma June Kapfer. It is very important to our community that the grounds and gardens are kept up for special events and for photo opportunities for our patrons. It is a very popular place for prom pictures and is often used for wedding pictures, senior pictures, and family pictures. We firmly believe in our mission statement: “Working to Preserve the Local History for Future Generations”.

A special thank you to Dr. Harlo Donelson who arranged our May Day Concert in the historic mansion. The President’s String Quartet and harpist Maria Fisher from Truman State University performed in the Jayne Music Room and more than 30 spectators were seated in the front parlor. The setting complimented the musical presentation beautifully.

Farm & Home Supports FFA

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Members of the Memphis FFA Chapter are pictured here with Memphis Farm and Home Manager, Rayburn Snell, who presented the chapter with a check for $274.00.  Farm and Home partnered with a program known as Home Grown.  The program runs from January 1 through December 31 and applies to all new orders of Red Brand Field Fence, Sheep and Goat Fence, Barbed Wire, Red Brand Non-Climb and Keepsafe V-Mesh Horse Fence, Red Brand 2×4 Welded Wire and Red Brand Poultry Netting placed by dealers.  For every roll ordered, $1.00 is donated to the local FFA chapter in the dealer’s name ($.50 for Red Brand 2×4 Welded Wire and Red Brand Poultry Netting).     Pictured here are McKaela Bradley (1st Vice-President), Rayburn Snell, Sadie Davis (President), Kyle Aldridge (Historian), Jessica Huff and Waltedda Blessing (FFA Advisor).


I usually stop feeding the birds at the feeders about April. I have continued putting seed in them and providing suet due to my Cardinals and Red-bellied woodpeckers.  I also have the occasional finch.  I also have about 90 percent grackles and starlings. I mean my knuckles are sore from hitting the window.  Honestly. Watch them at your feeders. They have several antics they go through.  Every so often you will see them point their bills to the sky.  They are performing a display called a bill tilt.   It is usually done between two males or two females.  This usually means a dominance over a mate or feeding site. Bill tilting is usually happening when a new bird arrives at the feeder. Their song will also never make the record books for a great sound. Just sounds like a squeaky old gate or a bad door.  Lots of times I see them get all puffed up right before they give their call. It is called a ruff out.

Grackles often have several more unusual antics.  One is the occasional killing of other small birds, especially house sparrows.  Some have even seen then drown house sparrows in a bird bath. I noticed one yesterday eating a mouse.  Another behavior is referred to as anting. Here the grackle rubs different materials over its feathers, possibly to rid itself of parasites or smooth their skin. Sometimes they will sit in an ant hill and let the ants crawl over them thus removing parasites and conditioning their skin.  Sometimes they will even use moth balls or cigarette butts.  Nasty .

Another habit involves feeding. Grackles are often seen taking some kind of food, crackers, dog food. Stale bread,  to the bird bath to soak it before eating.

It takes them sometimes around four weeks before they finish their nests.  They use grass and mud, the finished nest resembling a large robins nest. The female builds it alone, with the male just following her around.  You may see them carrying large amounts of grass around, which is not really used to build the nest.  When they are ready to build the nest they will sometimes place the actual nest on top of the collected grass.  There are many things they do a little different. I just can’t seem to enjoy many of them.  I hope they soon move on and go out into the fields and nest building.

All of you need to get your humming bird feeders out.  With this cool weather, they will need all the energy they can get.

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CONSTRUCTION GENERAL LABORERS WANTED – MLRS Construction LLC is hiring for the position of construction laborer.  This job will require a multitude of tasks including the construction of all agricultural grain facilities and concrete construction.  Applications can be picked up any time between 8 a.m.-5p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Ridgetop Farm Supply LLC on Hwy 136 E.  Contact Dawn Miller at 816-550-7647 for any questions regarding the position.

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BULLET STOP GUN SHOP – Smith and Wesson AR-15 Rifles now only $585 – Hundreds of handguns on sale – huge Henry Rifle sale on June 3rd and 4th – Stop at the largest gun store in northern Missouri! Open – Thursday-Friday-and Saturday 10 a.m. til 5:00 p.m.  Bullet Stop – Hartford – 660-355-GUNS.


Harper Devin Pence WEB

Landon and Alyssa Pence of Kirksville are the proud parents of a daughter, Harper Devin Pence born April 22nd at 2:12 a.m. at Northeast Regional Medical Center.  Harper weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Grandparents are Victoria Sanders, Connie Norfolk, Darell Athon, Kim (Green) and Mike O’Donnell all of Kirksville, MO; Mitchell and Kathy Pence of Memphis, MO.

Great-grandparents are Larry Athon, Carol and Jerry Black, Linda and Jim Fawver of Kirksville; Don and Mildred Pence and Jean Hull of Memphis; and the late Larry Green.

 FRANCES LAVON CASTEEL (9/11/1921 – 4/3/2016)

Frances Casteel, 94, of Indianola, Iowa passed away April 3, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society in Indianola, Iowa.

She was born September 11, 1921 on a farm in Queen City, Missouri to Ralph and Helen Myers.

She married Thurman Casteel on October 5, 1942 in Lancaster, Missouri.

Frances enjoyed spending time and talking with her many friends and family.  She particularly enjoyed hearing about her sons, grandchildren and great-great grandchildren’s day-to-day lives.

She was a proud member of the P.E.O. and loved reading, watching Cardinals baseball and reminiscing over the pictures and photo books her granddaughters made for her.

Frances was a member of the Lancaster Christian Church in Lancaster, Missouri.

She is survived by her two sons, Rex Casteel of St. Louis, Missouri and Max Casteel of Rockford, Illinois; her four grandchildren, Valarie (Chris) Wichael of Peoria, Illinois, Jarrod (Heather) Casteel of Indianola, Iowa, Julie (Mike) Dierks of Kewaskum, Wisconsin and Emily (Jerry) Meredith of Moulton, Iowa; 18 great-grandchildren and one sister, Virginia Gardner of the Detroit, Michigan area.

She was preceded in death by her parents; children, Kent and Tamara Casteel and husband, Thurman.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with burial to immediately follow at Arni Cemetery in Lancaster, Missouri.  

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to family and friends of Velva Freburg and also Donnie Small and Guy Gardine.

Katrina and Neta went to Columbia.  Neta had surgery on her ears.  Hoping she will be able to hear better.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Kirksville.

Lena Mae Horning went to Memphis and visited with Bette Wiley.

Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer and daughter-in-law, Michelle and son Wesley, were in Zimmerman’s Saturday.  Michelle and her husband came to spend the week-end with his parents.  He was turkey hunting on Saturday.

Bob and Dorothy Hunolt went to Quincy.  They ate lunch with their daughter, Julie Voss, Rick and family.

Reva Hustead and Dorothy Hunolt went to Quincy.

A bus load of ladies from Monroe City came and went shopping at Zimmerman’s.

Some of those in this week were Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Dale and Lisa Tague, Don Tague, Larry Tague, Paul and Lola Slater, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Oren and Celina Erickson, Keith and Marilyn Dunn, Opal Blaine, Neta Phillips, Marjorie Peterson, Milt Clary, Vada Granger, Thomas Kortkamp and Jacob Wellenburg.

Living Life Over


As one cleanup project on the city square is coming to an end, another situation is looming on the opposite corner. On April 28th the City of Memphis ordered the properties of 100 and 102 East Madison Street to be vacated in an emergency action due to the declining structural integrity of the buildings.

City Attorney, April Wilson, indicated the move was made in the interest of public safety after the city’s building inspector identified worsening conditions at the site.

The two buildings were inspected by an independent structural engineer on Friday, April 29th. All-State Consultants of Columbia met with city officials following the five-hour review of the site and concurred with the opinion of vacating the premises.

“They basically substantiated the city’s order to vacate the two buildings on an emergency basis due to the seriousness of the situation and the threat to public safety,” said Wilson.

That threat was deemed significant enough for the board of the Memphis Theatre, located directly east of the two buildings, to cancel scheduled movies for the weekend, and to close the facility until the situation is resolved.


When the bell tolls Sunday morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, the congregation will be ringing in a new era. The church will be holding its first services in the new facility located on Highway 15 north in Memphis.

The first services will mark the completion of a year-long project that saw the construction of the new building, adjacent to the existing church buildings that had served the congregation for more than four decades.

The church family marked the end of an era on Sunday, April 30th, hosting the final services at the original facilities, ending 42 years of service to the group.

The buildings now will be on loan to the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance to house the Community Food Pantry and the Clothes Closet.


Nearly 100 members of the community gathered May 2 at the Memphis Theatre to commemorate the National Day of Prayer.

More than a dozen local churches sent representatives to the gathering which took place over the lunch hour.

The service was led by Rev. Tim Hawkins of the First Christian Church of Memphis.  The hymn sing was led by Pastor Robert Garringer, of the First Baptist church of Memphis.

Members from the various churches each addressed the gathering and lead the meeting in prayer.


The Air Force, to meet increasing commitments, has substantially raised Air Force enlistment quotas for the months of April, May and June.  Staff Sergeant David Lail, the local air force recruiter said, in the past few months we have had to turn away a lot of good men because of the small quotas and long waiting list.  With the increased quota we can now process an applicant with a minimum of delay.

The Sergeant also stated that the Air Force recruiting office at 122 East Third St., Ottumwa, Iowa will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday nights and 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturdays for the convenience of young men and women who are now working or going to school.


Mitchell F. Jayne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sears Jayne, formerly of Kahoka, had his first story to appear in the Saturday Evening Post in the last issue of that weekly magazine.

Jayne with his wife and two children live on a farm near Salem, Missouri.  He is a rural school teacher, an announcer on the Salem Radio station, along with work as a writer and artist.

A picture appears of Jayne, his wife and two children on the page at the back of the magazine along with a story of the family.  Mrs. Jayne is holding a young wolf on her lap, which they had raised from a pup.

The fictional story was written about the wolf pup and was a very interesting one.

VELVA MAE FREBURG (1/10/1932 – 4/29/2016)

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Velva Mae Freburg, 84, of Memphis, Missouri, died April 29, 2016, at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

She was born January 10, 1932, at Cantril, Iowa, to Leonard Edgar and Norma Esther Eichelberger Stockdale.

She attended school in Bushnell, Illinois and was a graduate of the class of 1950.

Velva was married to James N. “Pete” Freburg on November 19, 1950, at Bushnell and to this union four children were born.

She worked at the J. C. Penney store in Memphis and GTE before becoming the secretary for the Christian Church in Memphis from where she retired in 2007.   She was an accomplished pianist and organist and played for services at her church for many years.  Velva and Pete wintered in Texas for fifteen years, enjoying friendships with many people and their favorite hobby of square dancing.  She enjoyed sewing and cooking and was especially noted for her apple pies and chicken and noodles.  Velva realized her greatest joy when she could spend time with her family.

She was a member of the Memphis Christian Church and the Memphis Red Hats.

Velva was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1996, a brother, Earl Dean Stockdale and two sisters: Ruth Eggers and Naomi Wilson.

She is survived by her children:  Michael James Freburg and his wife, Sue, of Bettendorf, Iowa; Douglas Wayne Freburg and his wife, Patty, of Memphis; Cynthia Jane Priebe and her husband, Tom, of Hartsburg, Missouri; Angela Ruth Newman and her husband, Bob, of Memphis; seven grandchildren:  Julie Freburg, Michael Freburg and his wife, Lindsey; Jamie Nolke and her husband, Chad; Megan Newman; Michella Hull and her husband, Ken; Jamie Mauck and his wife, Amy; John Morton and his wife, Jana; eight great-grandchildren:  Brady and Tanner Morton; Jacob & Justin Hull; Nathan and Matthew Mauck and Michael and Anna Freburg.  Other survivors include a sister, Irma Lee Bennett and her husband, Meredith, of Moline, Illinois; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A visitation, with the family present to greet relatives and friends, was held at the Christian Church in Memphis on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  Funeral services follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m. with Brother Jack Sumption officiating.  Piano music was provided by Ann Luther.

Private burial in Lawn Ridge Cemetery followed the service.  Casket bearers were Julie Freburg, Michael Freburg, Jamie Nolke, Megan Newman, Jacob Hull and Justin Hull.

To honor Velva’s memory, a contribution may be made to the Scotland County Nutrition Center and may be left at the church or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

On line condolences may be made to the Freburg family by logging on to memphisfuneralhome-mo.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

Junior High Teams Turn in Top Five Finishes at Milan Relays

Hailey Kraus finished second in the 400 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.

Hailey Kraus finished second in the 400 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.

The Scotland County junior high track teams both turned in top five performances in the 10-team field at the Milan Relays held on April 19th.

The boys’ team took third place with 67 points. Milan won the event with 162 points followed by Brookfield with 78.5.

The Lady Tigers earned 54 points to finish fourth behind Green City (137), Brookfield (100), and Brashear (67).

Parker Triplett earned second place in the triple jump and was 5th in the high jump, sixth in the long jump and seventh in the 200 meter dash.

Kaden Anders finished second in the 200 meter dash, third in the 400 meter dash, fourth in the long jump and sixth in the high jump.

Christian Siver was fourth in the 100 meter hurdles and eighth in the 100 meter dash while Riley Shoemaker was fifth in the 1,600 meter run.

The 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams took third place. Team members were Siver, Brady Curry, Jacob Buford and Spencer Kerkmann. The 4×800 team of Eric Yarbrough, Shoemaker, Kerkmann and Buford finished third.

Hailey Kraus led the girls’ team with a second place finish in the 400 meter dash and fourth place in the 200 meter dash.

Katie Feeney was second in the long jump and Bobbi Darcy took seventh. Tala Saulmon was seventh in the shot put and Katie Parsons took seventh in the 200 meter dash. Brooke Samuelson was fourth in the 1,600 meter run and fifth in the 800 meter run.

The 4×400 team of Morgan Blessing, Darcy, Feeney and Jenna Blessing took second place. The girls teamed up for fourth place in both the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays.

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