August 1, 2002

Pepsi Returnable Glass Bottles Are Going Once, Going Twice...

The modern world is slowly making the transition from a throw-away society into an environmentally conscious community which recycles. Unfortunately for the local Pepsi-Cola bottling company this transition may be too late for the popular glass returnable bottle line.

Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Company is one of only two distributors left in the United States that manufactures the popular soda pop in glass bottle containers. The family owned company is a large supplier of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mt. Dew, Orange Crush, Dad's Root Beer and Bubble Up in both 10 and 16 ounce returnable glass bottles.

The problem is, fewer and fewer of these returnable glass bottles are actually being returned.

"Our sources for empty glass bottles are so scarce now that we aren't able to produce the returnable bottles like we need to in order to meet the demand for the products," said Pat Hudson, the Memphis plant manager. "The future of our returnable bottling line depends on the glass availability."

The declining numbers of bottles has resulted in a dramatic decline in production for the line. Currently the glass bottle line has declined 80 percent versus 10 years ago.

There are numerous theories for the declining availability of the bottles. Obviously some are lost due to the fragile nature of the glass, as bottles can be broken. More are taken out of circulation because of the nostalgic value placed on the glass bottles which are often considered collectors items or even antiques because of the declining availability. These bottles are permanently out of circulation.

However plant officials feel there likely are plenty of other bottles which simply are sitting around in basements, sheds or other out-of the-way places, collecting dust. The bottles either were ignored, forgotten or tossed out with the trash.

Compounding that problem are those bottles which leave the circulation area, being purchased by travelers, and then never returning to the region to make it back to the plant for reuse.

"We have a nice customer base using the 10 oz. returnable bottles," said company president Mike Johnson. "These folks love the nostalgic history of the bottles. But we really need everyone to bring in their bottles for redemption. Without the bottles, we can't continue their production."

The dilemma goes well beyond availability of your favorite Pepsi products in those glass bottles. The returnable bottling line currently is manned by 10 employees, whose jobs could be in jeopardy if the lack of bottles forced the stoppage of the manufacturing line.

Johnson stressed this would be the last option for the company, adding he hopes there are enough bottles out there to keep the line operational. He stated 35 percent of the production line's available time is used to fill glass bottles.

The bottle shortage could ultimately bring a halt to the historical production line that goes back to 1927 when J. Harold Johnson and his wife Muriel started the Memphis Bottling Works operation on South Market Street in Memphis. The bottling operation was granted a Pepsi-Cola franchise in 1936 but the company continued to make the trademark "Johnson Target Beverages" flavored soda pop.

Three generations of the Johnson family had led the company, which incorporated in 1956 and changed to the current name, Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Company.

One hundred percent of the company's original production used glass bottles for the first 40 plus years. Disposable aluminum cans came into play in the 1960s but were not utilized at the Memphis Plant. The next change came with the introduction of disposable plastic bottles in the late 1980s. Currently the Memphis facility is producing 10 and 16 oz. glass bottles, pre-mixed five-gallon tanks and the 20 oz. and 2 lt. Plastic bottles.

The availability of the glass bottle is in consumers' hands. Redeem your bottles now, because the continuation of the bottling line depends on it.

District 4 Report by Rep. Greg Sharpe

HB 831, Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives Special License Plate

My first piece of legislation will become law as soon as the Governor signs it. I have written about this before when I added it to SB 330 and it was passed. That was great, but it is even better that my version, HB 831 was Truly Agreed and Finally Passed this week.

When I was approached about carrying this piece of legislation, I was honored. These workers are our unsung heroes. They are the other “First Responders”. They are out in all types of weather making sure our lights are on, i.e. Ice storms, thunderstorms, summer heat. We can always count on these linemen.

HB 831 establishes an “Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives” special license plate. The plate requires an annual emblem-use authorization fee of $25, paid to the Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives, in addition to the $15 special personalized license plate fee and other requirements and fees as provided by law. The bill also establishes a “Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities” special license plate. The plate requires an annual emblem-use authorization fee of $25, paid to the Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities, in addition to the $15 special personalized license plate fee and other requirements and fees as provided by law. Supporters say the bill would help support training programs for linemen who work all hours of the day to provide reliable electric service.

General Assembly Gives Final Approval to Balanced State Operating Budget (HBs 1-13)

A balanced state budget that contains record funding for elementary and secondary education is now on its way to the governor’s desk. This week the Missouri House and Senate gave final approval to the appropriations bills that make up the $29.7 billion state spending plan that provides funding to the state’s departments and programs.

For the third consecutive year, the budget approved by the General Assembly fully funds the school foundation formula with a total of $3.94 billion in funding. The total represents an increase of more than $61 million and brings the amount of funding for K-12 public schools to its highest level in state history. The education budget also includes a $5 million increase for a total of $108 million in funding for transportation expenses for local school districts. Additionally, the budget includes a $3 million increase for the Parents as Teachers program. In total, funding for pre-K-12 education is increased by $116 million in the spending plan approved by the legislature.

In the budget process, the General Assembly agreed to provide an additional $1 million in core funding for most of the state’s four-year colleges and universities. During the discussion on higher education funding, House members also fought to preserve language that prevents colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition to students with unlawful immigration status. The language was placed in the budget in 2015 in an effort to ensure taxpayer dollars are used only for students who are legal residents. While the Senate initially moved to remove the language, the House fought to keep it, and the two legislative bodies ultimately agreed to the House position. As a result, these students will continue to pay international tuition rates. The language in the budget will also continue to prohibit institutions of higher learning from providing these students with state-sponsored scholarships.

The budget plan also makes it a priority to fund repairs for the state’s deteriorating transportation infrastructure. It includes critical funding that is part of a proposal to fix 250 bridges statewide. The budget contains $50 million in funding for the repairs, which would be used in conjunction with a $301 million bonding plan that still requires House approval and also requires the state to receive a sizeable federal infrastructure grant. In the budget, House and Senate members also agreed to allocate $50 million in funding for a cost-sharing program that will allow the state transportation department to provide a 50/50 match to counties and municipalities to improve local roads and bridges.

Memphis FFA Girls’ Trap Team Takes Third at State

Members of the Memphis FFA girls trap shooting team that finished in third place team in state were Avery Shultz, Katelyn Talbert, Katie Parsons, Kilee Bradley-Robinson, Calissa Thomas and Shelby Troutman.

The Memphis FFA trap shooting program traveled to the Linn Creek State FFA Trap Competition on Saturday, April 27th.  The Memphis Girls’ Team took third out of 21 teams.

“Congratulations to our girls,” said team co-captain Jared Dunn. “They have done really well this year.”

Fellow co-captain Gabe Shultz ended up scoring 98/100 for the high scorer among the Memphis team’s 16 total participants.

Senior Katelyn Talbert connected on 90 of 100 shots to earn high score honors for the girls team.

The seven senior members of the 2018-19 Memphis FFA trap shooting teams were Gabe Shultz, Hunter Frederick, Jared Dunn, Katelyn Talbert, Kyle Childress, Luke Triplett and Jacob McDaniel.

Seven of the 10 participants for the three Memphis teams ended up with scores over 90 as the 2018-19 season came to an end. Shultz led the way with a 98/100. Seniors Luke Triplett and Jared Dunn scored 92/100 while Magnum Talbert scored 93/100. Katelyn Talbert scored 90/100 as did Parker Triplett and Jake McDaniel.

Members of the third place team in state were Avery Shultz, Katelyn Talbert, Katie Parsons, Kilee Bradley-Robinson, Calissa Thomas and Shelby Troutman.

The team will bid farewell to seven seniors: Gabe Shultz, Hunter Frederick, Jared Dunn, Katelyn Talbert, Kyle Childress, Luke Triplett and Jacob McDaniel.

BABY SEYB

Jonathen and Ashley Seyb are the parents of a daughter, Paisley Nichole Stormie Seyb, born May 6, 2019 at 8:45 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Paisley weighed 7 lbs 4.4 oz and was 20.5 inches long. She has a sibling, Remington. Grandparents are Jake & Julie Birky of Wyaconda; Betty Knupp of Wyaconda; Mark Seyb of Wyaconda; Jason Birky of Wyaconda; Billie Champlin of Kahoka; Jason Seyb of Wyaconda; and Kandi Seyb of Wyaconda.

BABY BOLEY

Samuel and Meghan Boley of Mt. Sterling, IA are the parents of a son, Axl Anderson Boley, born May 7, 2019 at 3:42 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Axl weighed 7 lbs 3 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Andy and Mia Hargrove of Kahoka MO and Leah Grace Starbuck of Wyaconda, MO.

Feeney Named to Columbia College Dean’s List

COLUMBIA – Abigayle Feeney of Memphis has been named to the Columbia College dean’s list for the Spring Semester (January-April 2019).

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have completed 12 semester hours in a 16-week period and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 165 years. As a private, nonprofit institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 locations across the country, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Columbia College educates more than 20,000 students each year and has more than 89,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit www.ccis.edu.

LARRY JOE ARNOLD (8/28/1946 – 5/9/2019)

Larry Joe Arnold, 72, of Memphis, Missouri, died Thursday morning, May 9, 2019, at Scotland County Memorial Hospital following a long and courageous battle with cancer.   Larry was the son of George Wilbur “Bill” and Matalee M. (Brookhart) Arnold.  He was born at home in Arbela, MO.

Larry’s greatest joys were annual vacations, mostly out west, and camping. Larry loved Colorado and going to the mountains. His children fondly remember the many adventures to the mountains, stopping at various spots along the way to catch photo opportunities standing in front of monuments, statues, and unique and beautiful landscape.

Larry loved the hunt of looking for a new camper or motor home (he had many over the years). After his latest purchase, he would spend hours cleaning and fixing it up to his liking.  Along with campers, he also liked buying and trading trucks and spent many hours traveling the tri-state area looking for a new project.

Next to camping, campers, and trucks, Larry’s next joy came in spring when it was time to put in his garden.  His garden was the envy of many neighbors and community members.  Larry would start early, tilling the garden as soon as weather permitted.  It wasn’t uncommon for him to plant and then mother nature would bring in a cold spell, and he would plant again. Larry was very generous with his garden’s produce.  He would get on his golf cart and deliver produce or leave baggies of vegetables on a porch or hanging on the door knobs of neighbors and friends.
    Finally, Larry took great pride in caring for his yard.  He truly loved mowing and took care of not only his yard, but would load his lawnmower and weed eater on a trailer and mow the yards of family and friends, not for money, but as a way of showing you he cared.  This is what Larry did, this is how he said I Love You.

Larry was a hard-working man and spent many years working as a meat cutter in various grocery stores.  His final years of employment were spent at Adair Foods in Kirksville, MO.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, “Bill” and Matalee Arnold, two sisters, Elinor and Patricia Grace, and two brothers, Dale and Dean Arnold.

Larry is survived by his children: Gary Joe (Sheila) Arnold, Berthoud, CO; Andrea Brassfield-Knupp (Destry), Memphis, Adam Arnold (Karen Dhillon), Sydney, Australia, Cody Arnold (Julie), Ashland, MO; the mother of his children, Terry Arnold, Memphis, MO; a sister, Janet (John) Shriver, Fort Madison, IA; his twin brother and best friend, Gary (Pat) Arnold, Arbela, MO; Grandchildren, Sara Arnold, Berthoud, CO; Logan (Jessica) Brassfield, Altoona, IA; LaKrista King (Cortez), San Diego, CA; Courtney Brassfield, Des Moines, IA; Madison Brassfield, Quincy, IL; Lorelai Durnil, Berthoud, CO; Luke and Ella Arnold, Ashland, MO;  special friend, Zelda Gilbert of Edina, MO; a great friend, Stanley Ambrosia; and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to either the Etna Cemetery Association or the Scotland County Cancer Fund in care of Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St. Memphis, MO 63555.

Funeral services were held Monday morning, May 13, 2019, at the 10:00 A.M. at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Pastor Leon Buford officiating. Interment followed in the Etna Cemetery southeast of Arbela, MO.  Pallbearers were Gary Joe Arnold, Cody Arnold, Adam Arnold, Destry Knupp, Logan Brassfield, and John Shriver. Honorary pallbearers were Gary James Arnold, Stanley Ambrosia, and Luke Arnold.
Online condolences may be sent to the Arnold family online at  www.paynefuneralchapel.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

Thirteen SCR-I Track Athletes Advance to State Championship

While 13 often is considered unlucky, it is the number of Scotland County athletes who have the good fortune to be moving on to the Missouri Class 1 state track championships this Friday in Jefferson City.

The baker’s dozen of Tigers and Lady Tigers will compete in 14 different events as SCR-I compiled top four finishes on numerous fronts at the Class 1 Sectional on Saturday.

Matthew Woods took top honors, claiming victory in the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.68 seconds. The senior also anchored the Tigers’ 4×200 meter relay team that took top honors at sectionals. Other team members are Spencer Kerkmann, Kaden Anders and Alex Long.

Woods will have a full day Friday at Jefferson City, where he will also compete in the long jump after taking third at sectionals with a distance of 19’6″. Woods made it 4-4 on state qualifiers with a second place finish in the 200 meter dash in a time of 24.21.

Anders, Kerkmann, Alex Long and Hayden Long advanced to state with a third place finish in the 4×100 relay.

Hayden Long also advanced to state in the 300 meter hurdles with a fourth place finish as well as the discus, where he took second place with a distance of 121’5″.

Grant McRobert advanced to state in the shot put with a fourth place finish at a distance of 39’7″.

Abby Blessing was the lone Lady Tiger to qualify individually, with a third place finish in the high jump, where she cleared 4’7″.

SCR-I however did advance four relay teams.

The 4×200 team of Shantel Small, Abigail Curry, Hailey Kraus and Aayla Humphrey finished second.

The 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800 teams all finished third to move on to state.

The 4×100 qualifiers were Kraus, Curry, Emiley Dial and Humphrey. The 4×400 and 4×800 squads consisted of Katelyn Talbert, Small, Curry and Kraus.

Tigers Golfers Close Out Season at Sectionals

SCR-I golfers Conner Harrison and Brock Aylward concluded their 2019 season one-step shy of state, missing the cut on May 6th at the sectional golf tourney.

The 2019 golf season came to a close for two Scotland County Tigers at sectional play on Monday, May 6th at Tanglewood Golf Course.

Conner Harrison and Brock Aylward both failed to make the final cut to advance to the state championship. The top 12 individual scores from the 18-hole event qualified for the state finals.

Lewis & Clark Conference member Westran won the sectional team title with a 335 and Van-Far also advanced to state with a team score of 351.

Kannon Kendrick won the individual medalist honors for the event scoring a 72, par for the course. Mark Floyd of Barat was runner up with a 74, tying with Rylee Hanson of Van-Far. Westran’s Trey Burton was fourth with a 75 and Connor Heitmeyer of Paris was sixth with an 81. Rounding out the top 10 were Ethan Goff of Westran (82), Jaden Wyant of Putnam County (85) and Adam Forrest of Paris (85) and Remington Feldewerth of Louis (86) and Cody Amen of Schuyler County (86).

The cut for the state playoffs proved to be a 91.

Harrison carded a 97 and Aylward shot a 99 to tie for 26th and 29th place overall respectively.

Downing Depot Museum News

These early mail carriers, c. 1930, rode motorcycles when the weather permitted. During the Smorgasbord event on June 2, come by the Museum to see the special exhibit on transportation, specifically Cook’s Harley-Davidson dealership in Downing.

Donations are coming in for both the Depot Fund and items for the Door Prize drawing during the upcoming Smorgasbord. Remember to bring your family to our annual feast on June 2, starting at 11:30 a.m. It’s a free-will donation to partake in some of the best cooking on the planet, or at least in our area. And when you come by the greeting table, sign your name to the paper, drop it in the gold bin, and possibly win a prize.

As for this week’s donations and prizes, we give a big THANK YOU to early donors: Downing’s Post Office, Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone in Green City, Tallman Auto Parts of Lancaster, Western’s Smokehouse in Greentop, WD 63 Pipe & Steel of Queen City, Bank of Kirksville of Kirksville and Downing, and MFA Oil Co. and Rose Hardware both from Memphis. Thanks for supporting history at the Downing Depot Museum.

I just want to mention how much fun we (Jim and I) are having in working around the Museum. Each day brings something new and interesting that gets us thinking, introduces us to someone new, or causes us to research a topic that turns out to have something awesome about it. Jim’s progressing on the Appreciation Days Park directional signs project, and so we met the City Council, learned about permissions for installing street signs on private property, and met some of the property owners in Downing. We’re finding that there’s still confusion for the public between the Downing House Museum in Memphis and us, the Downing Depot Museum in Downing. Those Downings were sure a busy family back in the old days!

Detail of 1916 Road Drag Day. When the horse or mule was the mode of transportation, farmers would “drag” a grader from farm to town and back to maintain road condition. This gave rise to the term “dragging Main,” but later, most of us remember doing it in cars. Even later it was called “cruising,” but this had no relationship to the earlier activity. Learn more in the special transportation display at the Depot Museum.

Then the other day we gathered up two high schoolers we know, who pulled weeds out of the flowers, cleaned up the walkway, cleaned up the dozen or so typewriters and adding machines, moved things around, held a ladder, found tools, and did whatever was needed to lend us a hand. They were fun to work with, a breath of fresh air and cooperation, helping us in our reorganization and reconstruction project. We benefited from being around them, and appreciate them a lot. Northeast MO is fortunate to have students like these who care so much.

Jim’s attempting to replace all the inside bulbs with brighter LEDs, hoping to lighten up the rooms and make viewing easier. Speaking of light bulbs… We came across a great opportunity. Dawn Buford at MFA Oil told about a grant that MFA Oil Foundation has available for 501(c)(3) organizations. She had helped the Fire Department be awarded this grant and received more than the grant amount. Since we recently confirmed that we are indeed tax exempt, we’re planning on applying for the grant after the Smorgasbord event is passed. Thanks, Dawn! And hopefully she’ll join us later in volunteering at the Downing Depot Museum.

We’ve reviewed what is left to do in the depot building of the Museum before you all show up for the Smorgasbord on June 2. Oh, my! There was some hope we’d be 75% done with two rooms. Well, maybe that will be true. We’ll see. Our priorities are set out for us anyway.

Because the Smorgasbord Committee was hit hard this year with various illnesses and physical repairs, we altered our donation-gathering process by sending out an initial reminder letter to many merchants, both those who have donated in the past and those who haven’t found us yet. [Sorry, if we missed you and you’d like to donate call Judy at 660-342-1454.] If you wish to make a monetary donation, you may send a check addressed to Downing Depot Museum, 10076 State Hwy N, Downing, MO 63536. Otherwise, your letter will be followed-up by another contact in person or by phone, possibly by someone you’ve not met before, to inquire about or to pick up your donation for the Museum’s Smorgasbord fundraiser on June 2.

Currently we’re sending prayers and get well wishes to Don Scurlock, a long-time supporter of the Museum, who’s in Iowa City trying to overcome his ill health. Be well and safe prayers and wishes also go to his family in their travels.

We’ll see you all very soon.

Submitted by Judy Sharp

Lindberg Kidnapping

The body of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh’s baby was found on May 12, 1932, more than two months after he was kidnapped from his family’s Hopewell, New Jersey, mansion. Lindberg, who became the first worldwide celebrity five years earlier when he flew The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic, and his wife, Anne, discovered a ransom note in their 30- month-old child’s empty room on March 1. The kidnapper had used a ladder to climb up the second story window and left muddy footprints in the room. The ransom note demanded $50,000 in barely literate English. Three days later a letter showed up, this  time demanding $70,000. It wasn’t until April 2 that the kidnappers gave instructions for dropping off the money. When the money was finally delivered, the kidnappers indicated that the little baby Charles, was on a boat called Nelly off the coast of Massachusetts. However, after an exhaustive search of every port, there was no sign   of either boat or the child. On May 12, a renewed search  of the area near the Lindbergh mansion turned up the baby’s body. He had been killed the night of the kidnapping and was found less than a mile from home. The kidnapping looked like it would go unsolved until September 1934, when a marked bill from the ransom turned  up. The money was traced back to a German immigrant, Bruno Hauptman. When his home was searched, detectives found $13,000 of the Lindbergh ransom money. Hauptman went to  trial for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindberg baby, found guilty and executed. At the same time Congress made kidnapping a federal crime.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

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