March 7, 2002

WW II Comrades Reunited After 56 Years

Today we are amazed by stories of exhaustive searches that end with long-lost family and friends being reunited. But all it took to bring two World War II soldiers back together after more than 50 years apart was the push of one button.

"I just called information and asked for his phone number," said Gerald McDaniel. "I wasn't sure if they would locate him, but then the recording came on and told me the phone number. Then it said press one and you will be connected to that number, so that's what I did. Before you knew it I had Dad all lined up to see his long lost friend."

With the push of the button the ground work was put in place for Gerald to take his father, Roy McDaniel, to Pennsylvania where the elder McDaniel would meet with Gerald Hughes, a fellow soldier that he had not spoken with since being shipped home some 56 years ago.

Gerald and Roy made the 675 mile trip on February 21 traveling more than 15 hours from Memphis to Graysville, PA, where Hughes lives on the family farm.

One might expect a trip of that length to take its toll on the riders but Gerald said his father never slept a wink the entire trip.

"I stopped by to check on him the morning before we had planned to leave and Dad was so keyed up he wanted to leave right then," Gerald said. "I told him I needed to get some sleep and get rested up, but he got me worked up enough that I couldn't sleep either so we started out about four hours early."

But the excitement of the trip did not stop there. The two men stopped about 30 miles from Graysville and got a hotel Thursday afternoon. They were ahead of schedule and were not planning to see Gerald Hughes until the following day but after unpacking the truck Roy would have nothing with waiting around all night.

"Dad looked at me and said 'Let's go on out there to Gerald's. I want to go now,' so we jumped back in the truck and headed for the house," Gerald McDaniel stated.

The men arrived at the home at 3:00 p.m. and the long lost army buddies were finally reunited in person. It was slow going for a couple hours as the two men struggled a bit to find their barings.

That was not the case the following morning when both men returned for a second go around. They both pulled out scrapbooks and souvenirs from their service time and the war stories started flying fast and furious.

The two veterans were not the lone beneficiaries of the reunion. In addition to Roy's son, Gerald, several of Hughes children and grandchildren were able to visit with the two men and learn much about their history in the Philippine Islands during WWII.

They all heard the 87-year-old McDaniel recount the arrival of Hughes, a young private, to the Pacific Theater where the men were part of Company I of the 20th Infantry Regiment of the Sixth Division of the United States Army.

A story in Hughes' hometown paper, the Green County Observer-Reporter, regarding the reunion quoted Hughes' wife, Carolyn as saying "Roy is only seven years older than Gerald (Hughes). But he really looked out for him and acted as a father figure."

McDaniel said he jokingly told the younger soldier "I would make you into a soldier or kill you in the process."

Mrs. Hughes may have been closer to the point than she realized when she said Roy acted as a father figure to her husband during the war. The feeling seemed to have been mutual, enough so that Roy named his son after his war buddy.

While there obviously was a tight bond between the soldiers they were self described opposites.

"There's just as much difference between him (Hughes) and me as day and night," Roy McDaniel said. "We only had one thing in common - we were meaner than a pair of junkyard dogs."

The two related countless number of war stories throughout the day on Friday as the men kept at it until dark. Roy impressed upon the Hughes family what a hero their father or grandfather had been when he told the tale of the duo braving heavy machine gun fire to rescue wounded American soldiers.

"The whole company retreated except for five of us," McDaniel told the family members. "We refused to fall back."

The two men's time together ended in August of 1945. They were loading into trucks in a small town near Manilla in the Philippines to go into the mountains to continue the fight against the Japanese. That is when Roy received the letter that based on his distinguished service record that he had earned the right to go home. He was pulled off the truck and that was the last time he saw Gerald Hughes.

But his name sake finally got the motivation to make sure it was not the last time the two men saw each other.

"I'm 53 years old," said Gerald McDaniel. "All my life my dad has been talking about Gerald Hughes. Then the other day I was looking through his photo book and I finally saw the picture of the two men together. I guess that is what set this in motion after all these years. I just wanted to make it happen for Dad."

Pippert, Sears Earn Degrees From MU

Two Scotland County men were among the students to earn degrees during the University of Missouri 2016 spring semester graduation ceremonies.

Nathan A. Pippert of Memphis graduated with an Educational Specialist, Education Leadership & Policy Analysis (EDSP) degree with an emphasis in Educational Administration.

James Rodney Sears of Memphis received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (BSED) degree with an emphasis in Mathematics Education and a minor degree in Mathematics (MI).

Say Cheese – Yearbook Class Needs Cameras to Create Memories

Say Cheese – Yearbook Class Needs Cameras to Create Memories

A picture is worth 1,000 words. If that saying holds true, then the Scotland County R-I publications wants to make sure said photographs are the best quality possible.

That’s why SCR-I publications instructor Tammy Walton has started a fundraising drive to help purchase two new digital cameras for the yearbook class.

Walton has joined with DonorsChoice.org, an online platform created in 2000 by a high school teacher in New York to help public school teachers match up with prospective donors wishing to support educational opportunities across America by helping fund much-needed supplies and other educational opportunities.

“My publication students want to create the best yearbook possible,” said Walton. “This year they’re doing something special for the 100th anniversary of yearbooks for our school. We have several photographers on staff and some want to pursue photography as more than just a hobby.”

The SCR-I DonorsChoice.org goal is $601.

“Give to my classroom by September 4, 2016 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org,” said Walton. “Just enter the code LIFTOFF during checkout and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50).”

If funded, the program will help the yearbook class purchase a pair of Canon PowerShot SX410 20 megapixel digital cameras.

The fundraiser will be active through December 25th.

Caleb Doubet Wins Scotland County Antique Fair 5K Run

Caleb Doubet won the Scotland County Hospital 5K Run during the 2016 Scotland County Antique Fair. Doubet ran the course in a time of 19:47.

Caleb Doubet won the Scotland County Hospital 5K Run during the 2016 Scotland County Antique Fair. Doubet ran the course in a time of 19:47.

Saturday’s festivities at the 2016 Scotland County Antique Fair got off to a running start at 8 a.m., literally, as the Scotland County Hospital 5K Run and Fun Walk departed from the east side of the Memphis city square.

Scotland County R-I Class of 2016 graduate Caleb Doubet was the first runner to cross the finish line in a time of 19:47. Current SCR-I eighth grader Kylee Stott was the top female finisher, with a time of 24:45.

Rounding out the age division top finishers were Brady Curry (22:16), Corbyn Spurgeon (24:36), and Spencer Kerkmann and Kallen Hamlin (25:10) in the men’s 18 and under class.

In the 18 and under female division, the top three finishers were sisters, Abi Feeney in 26:04, Katie Feeney in 27:56 and Hannah Feeney in 31:08.

In the 19-29 division it was Jeremy Wiggins with the top time of 21:32 followed by Kody Parkins in 25:22.

The top finishers in the 19-29 female division were Ashley Sears (38:51), Aimee Shultz (39:24) and Jacqui Onken (42:52).

Derek Weber led the Men’s 30-39 age division to the finish line in a time of 22:21. Larry Balanda was second in 27:42 followed by Andy Miller in 34:05.

In the 30-39 age female class the top time was 26:28 by Michelle Parrot followed by Brenna Poe (27:48) and Jenny Palmer and Michele Duer (29:02).

The men’s 40-49 division saw Mark Wiggins turn in a top time of 22:08. Simon Plowman was second in 48 minutes.

The 40-49 aged women division was won by Trinity Davis in 26:25 followed by Karri Feeney in 27:12 and Julie Arnold in 35:32.

The men’s 50 and over class victory went to Joe Doubet with a time of 26:21. Kevin Fromm was second with a time of 27:27 followed by Mark Fryer in 28:37.

The women’s 50 and over division saw Dani Fromm cross the finish line in 32:03 followed by Angela Hawes in 33:57 and Suzie Miller in 42:40.

The event was sponsored by Gas and More, Hair Co, Pizza Hut, NEMO Rural Telephone, Scotland County Pharmacy, Exchange Bank of NEMO, Kapfer Construction, Road ID, Rose Hardware, Cook’s Mens Store, J’s Food, Memphis Democrat, Scotland County Community Fitness Center, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, Mayberry Farms, Scotland County Care Center, Laser Creations, Sweet Treats ETC, Walker Motors, International Eyecare, BH Construction, Tumbleweeds, Kevin Brown Attorney at Law, MB Anesthesia, Party Shack, and Lisa Rollison General Surgery.

Chickens

I know some of my articles are typical.  I try to stay in the subject, but my mind does wonder, and sometimes quite a ways off.  Doesn’t yours?

Over the years, I have always had an opportunity to either gather the eggs, feed the chickens, go shut them up at dark, and on and on.  For several years, I had 10-12 chickens for fresh eggs and it was just a way of life.  Usually always got my pullets from Beverly Dieterich, my neighbor and friend.  The name of the breed was Sex Link and they were good layers.

Curtis had chickens for his FFA project in high school, and when he sold some of them, we transported some to our cousin in Livonia.  One day when Kayla was small, her and her good friend Heather were playing here at home and they said they would like to see me kill a chicken.  I had one old hen that was on her last leg (not literally), but old and ill. They were able to get their eyes full and a few laughs as well.

My grandmother used to have chickens at her house, and she said on Sunday morning, she would go to the hen house and kill a chicken for Sunday dinner.  I am sure many of you have done just this. Fresh chicken fried in lard.  Take another high blood pressure and cholesterol pill.

Kayla has not been found of chickens or birds in general.  Although this year, she did have wrens and I think she enjoyed them, and likes hummingbirds. She has recently acquired some chickens of her own.  This is interesting to say the least.  They have had their ups and downs, but are doing ok.  Their family has big plans for the chickens for laying and for eating. It will be exciting when they get their first egg.

Several years ago when the 3rd graders get to participate in hatching chicks, my grandson Josh brought his little black chick home, and I volunteered to raise it in my portable coop.  Blackie spent the summer in my back yard and grew into a good sized chicken. Angela Westhoff, a friend of mine, said she would take it and put it with her chickens.  Well. Blackie ended up to be a rooster and went straight to the sale barn.

I don’t personally want chickens now, but I do love to see chickens in a country yard pecking away for bugs and worms.  Their gentle song makes it sound so peaceful on the farm.  Over the years, there have many chicken stories, from my pet chicken at my mom’s to me taking the gun to a coyote heading for my chicken lot at high noon.  I am sure many of you have had a few chicken stories as well.

Until next time, good bird watching.

Edinburg Church to Host Reunion Sept. 11th

The Edinburg Church Reunion is scheduled to be held Sunday, September 11, 2016.  Annually, it is held the second Sunday of September.  Service will start at 11:00 a.m. with Bob Neese bringing the message.  A carry-in dinner will be under the yard tent immediately after the church service.

It is time for paying yearly dues of $5.00 each from associated family members.  Any donations would be appreciated toward the upkeep of the cemetery, especially funeral memorials.  Also, any church restoration donations would be appreciated.  The new roof is the latest project.  Send donations to Mike Myers, 305 Grand Ave., Memphis, MO 63555

Respectfully submitted, Diana Wagner, Secretary

Downing Appreciation Days September 8th-9th

Downing, Missouri wishes to welcome everyone to their annual Downing Appreciation Days on September 8th-10th, 2016.  The theme for this year’s event is “Celebrate”.

The event will actually kick off on Sunday evening, September 4th with a community church service at the Appreciation Days Grounds beginning at 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, September 8th, a free beef barbeque sandwich meal, co-sponsored by Bank of Downing, will be served starting at 6:00 p.m.

At 7:00 p.m. the Baby Show (ages Birth to 24 months) and Mr./Miss (ages 2-4 years) and Prince/Princess Contests (ages 4-6) will be held.  Registration for these events will start at 6:15 p.m.  Contestants are asked to dress according to the theme and in case of questions you can call 660-342-5073.

Battle of the Bands will take place starting at 7:30 p.m. and a drawing for $100 cash plus other nice prizes will be held at 9:30 p.m.

On Friday, September 9th, events include a Tractor Pull starting at 6:00 p.m.  Another drawing for $200 cash and other nice prizes will be held at 10:00 p.m.  For questions about the Tractor Pull, contact Clarence Kinney at 641-208-7960 or Randy Sayre at 660-342-1515.

On Saturday, September 10th, the day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with Barrel Racing, Team Roping and Calcutta, sponsored by Coffey Ropers.  For more information, contact 660-341-6874.

The Kiddie Parade starts at 11:30 a.m.  Registration for the parade will be from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Line-up next to the Bank of Downing.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Bikes, Pets, Open and Motorized (not over 12 hp).

The Parade will start at 12:00 sharp with registration at 11:15 a.m.  Line-up is at the Baptist Church. Everyone is asked to register!  Please call Penny Swindler at 660-379-2624 or Sue Jane Brewer at 660-379-2385.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded for floats in several categories including Youth Clubs/Schools, Adult Clubs/Lodge and Church.  In the Motorized category, trophies will be presented for Best Restoration, Best Classic and Best Motorized.  Trophies will also be given in the horse category for Best Hitch, Best Showmanship and Largest Group.  The parades will be announced in front of the bank.  Parade winners will be posted inside the shelter house following the parade.  Prizes can also be picked up there.

Kids and Adult games, at the Coffey Ropers Arena, will begin at 1:00 p.m.  The Ping Pong Ball Drop, for ages 12 and under, will start at 1:15 p.m. and be held on the Appreciation Days Grounds.  A Pie and Cake Baking Contest and Auction takes place at 3:00 p.m. Entries should be delivered between 3:00-4:00 with judging to begin at 4:00 p.m. and Auction will start at 6:00 p.m.  Phone 660-216-6467 for more information.

Entertainment for the evening is provided by ‘One Horse Town’ and will start at 7:00 p.m.

A Teen Dance is also being held, starting at 9:30 p.m.  Music for the dance will feature Caraway Music Systems, a professional DJ and is being co-sponsored by Craig Comstock, Investment Professionals Inc.

The final drawing for $300 cash plus other nice prizes will take place at 10:30 p.m.

On Sunday, September 11th, Barrel Racing and Team Roping by Coffey Ropers will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Call 660-341-6874 for more information.

Food and ice cream will be available on the grounds and the Depot Museum will be open during the Celebration.

Classified Ads 9-1-2016

GARAGE SALE – 208 W. North Street, Friday, September 2nd (7:00 a.m. to Noon).  Household misc., some tools, some power tools, many fishing items, rods, reels, etc., FULL tackle boxes! Don’t miss this one!

YARD SALE – September 2nd and 3rd, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Clark Co. Rd. A, one mile N. of Wyaconda or South off Hwy 136, approx 3 ½ miles.  Watch for signs and balloons.  Saddles, tack, sporting goods, guns, tools, household goods, small furniture, too much to list.

HELP WANTED – Local company has immediate opening for an OTR Truck Driver.  Paid mileage and home weekends.  Contact Mark Drummond at All-States Equipment, 660-465-8572 or after hours at 660-216-6227.

GARAGE SALE – Saturday, Sept. 3, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Memphis Fire Station.  Boys’ and girls’ clothes (NB–4T), some baby items, few women’s clothes (S-L).

BABY PARSONS

Chris and Lynette Parsons of Memphis are the parents of a daughter, McKenzie Grace Parsons, born August 25, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. McKenzie weighed 5 lbs 11 oz and was 19 inches long. She is welcomed home by big brother Teddy. Grandparents are Lynn and Teresa Parsons of Eagleville; Stanley and Shirley Green of Memphis and Steve Osborn of Oaks, OK.

BABY MOORE

baby moore web

Cody and Sadie Moore of Baring are the parents of a daughter, Kelsey Elaine Moore, born August 24, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Kelsey weighed 7 lbs 9 oz and was 20 inches long. Siblings are Kayden and Kameron. Grandparents are Joe and Renee Schrage of Baring; Wayne and Janet Parrish of Baring; Larry and Connie Kelsey of Brashear; Brent Moore of Hurdland; the late Heather Kelsey; Janet Moore of Baring; and Ruth Schrage of Edina.

BABY BAGENT

baby bagent web

Shaila Sturm and Scott Bagent of Kahoka are the parents of a daughter, Brylie Adalyn Bagent, born August 26, 2016 at 4:39 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Brylie weighed 7 lbs 2.6 oz and was 20.75 inches long. Siblings are KayLeigh and Aliah. Grandparents are Jim and Tracy Sturm of McCloud, OK; Joe and Betty Young of Kahoka; and Charles Bagent of Carthage.

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