December 5, 2002


The Reverend Mrs. Iris Israel Kerr, Pastor of the Kahoka Presbyterian Church, Kahoka, MO, died suddenly on December 4, 2002, at Northeast Regional Hospital in Kirksville, MO.

Iris was born in a log cabin in Wilmathsville, MO, the daughter of J. Frank and Sylvia Poe Israel.

She is survived by Nancy Kerr of Prince George, British Columbia, Konrad Kerr and his wife, Bonnie of Coronado, CA, and Pamela Kerr Glasgow of Memphis, MO; four grandchildren, Richard Williams of New York, NY, Donna Williams of Great Falls, MT, Jim Kerr of San Diego, CA, Jeff Kerr, with the Peace Corps in Namibia, Africa, the Dr. John Sparks family and early loved "adopted" grandson, Jeff Sparks of Kirksville, MO; special friends, Perlanna Robinson, Joan Ferguson, John and Vickie Dodge of Memphis, MO; her church family in Kahoka, MO; and a host of friends.

Mrs. Kerr's extended family included many members of the churches who called her "Mama Kerr" and remember her as having made an important difference in their lives.

Mrs. Kerr was preceded in death by her parents, J. Frank and Sylvia Poe Israel; a brother, Ernest A. Israel; her husband, Owen W. Kerr; and infant grandson, John Mark Williams; a son-in-law, Henry M. Glasgow and Charles Tylee Issertell.

At the age of 16, Iris taught at the White School, a one-room schoolhouse in rural Scotland County, MO. Four of her students from that school survive her.

Mrs. Kerr was licensed to preach at the age of 16 by the Methodist Church. She was an active Christian evangelist, speaking in many rural churches.

She attended Baker University prior to her marriage to Owen W. Kerr of rural Scotland County on September 1, 1929. They were sent forth from their home church, the Memphis Methodist Church where their parents were active members and where they remained active, into the Christian ministry when they went east to Boston University School of Theology in Boston, MA. Owen graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity and Iris with a Bachelor of Religious Education - Iris was Phi Beta Kappa.

After Mr. Kerr's ordination, their first church was in Haverhill, MA, where their daughter, Nancy Kerr was born. Iris filled the pulpit when her husband studied in the Holy Land from 1936-1938. In 1939, Iris was sent as a delegate to the First Conference for Christian Youth in Amsterdam Holland. In 1940, they moved to a church in East Bridgewater, MA, where their son, Konrad, and their daughter, Pamela, were born. In 1941, Mr. Kerr entered the service as a Chaplain. Mrs. Kerr then served both his church and hers and was finally ordained on December 17, 1943, becoming the second woman to be ordained in that area at that time. She was proud that one of her examiners said that he "had never heard a clearer and more powerful statement of faith than she had expressed".

Although widely separated from their family in the Midwest, the Kerrs had a large, loving "adopted" family in New England, including Charles Tylee Isertell (who was legally adopted), Pa Dick and Ma Frannie Silverthorne, Myra Silverthorne, Kay and Loren Danielson, Keith and Millie Clark, Pat Wells, Martha Perkins and Miriam Cummings.

During the War Years, Mrs. Kerr served the West Congregational Church in East Bridgewater and a mission church in West Bridgewater, bicycling with Nancy between the two churches on Sunday mornings (in fact she loaned the bicycles to a couple she married during the war for their honeymoon). Many of the couples she married during the war years have celebrated their 50th anniversaries. After the war, when Mr. Kerr returned from the service with lung problems, the family moved to Manitou Springs, CO, where they served the Manitou Springs Congregational Church. Mrs. Kerr returned to teaching when her youngest went to school. In 1952, the family moved east to East Natick, MA, where Mr. Kerr served a Methodist Church. In 1954, they moved to Brighton (Boston), MA, where they served the Oak Square Methodist Church. In 1963, they moved to the Highland Union Methodist Church in Lowell, MA.

Mrs. Kerr taught in the Wellesley Public Schools until her retirement in 1976. During that time, she organized and took her fifth-grade class on a trip to Mt. Rushmore one year, stopping in places of interest across the United States, and took the next year's class to Washington, D.C., on crutches and in a wheelchair after suffering a broken ankle. At this time, Iris's accomplishments were read and written into the Congressional Record. Many of her Wellesley students have remained in touch with her these many years.

Mrs. Kerr earned her Master's Degree in Education at Boston University in 1954 with a thesis on Gifted Children and was listed in Who's Who In the East. She continued her education with courses at Harvard University, and served as a guest associate professor at the University of Alaska in the summer of 1967.

During periods of illness in Rev. Mr. Kerr's ministry, Mrs. Kerr ably filled their pulpit in addition to her duties as a teacher and a mother. In 1962, Iris, Owen and her mother, Sylvia Israel, served as delegates to the Tenth Annual Methodist Conference in Oslo, Norway.

Mrs. Kerr also fulfilled a lifelong desire (nurtured when she attended the Chautauqua Series in Memphis when she was eight years old) to become a handbell ringer. Mrs. Kerr became one of (at that time) two individual handbell ringers in the New England Guild of Handbell Ringers. Mrs. Kerr's love of ringing handbells led her to handbell concerts across the United States from Maine to Hawaii. She rang her handbells as an individual until suffering a broken arm in 2000.

Beginning in 1975, Rev. Owen Kerr retired to Memphis, MO, where Mrs. Kerr's mother, Sylvia Israel lived. In 1976, Iris joined him. Iris returned to the full-time ministry on September 1, 1982 after Owen's death on April 4, 1981, at the Kahoka Presbyterian Church, where she served as a stated supply until June 30, 1983, when a full-time pastor was called to that church. She was recalled as a temporary supply to that pulpit on April 1, 1986 and served in the position until her death on December 4, 2002. She filled the pulpit on Sunday, December 1, 2002. While Iris was at the Kahoka Presbyterian Church, the church in Kahoka, MO, reroofed the church, sided the church, remodeled the church fellowship room, and installed an elevator which served all three levels of the church. One of Iris' greatest prides was the mission work accomplished by the members of the Kahoka Presbyterian Church including bandage rolling, Festival of Sharing giving, the Heifer Project, Habitat For Humanity, the Food Pantry, Wycliffe Bible Translators, the Gideon's, gifts to Missouri Union Presbytery and support of a candidate for the ministry.

Mrs. Kerr served as former vice-president of the Clark County Ministerial Association and served as Baccalaureate speaker for the Clark County class of 2002, was active in Women of the Church at the Kahoka Presbyterian Church, the United Methodist Women, and a member of the Cottage Prayer Group of the Memphis United Methodist Church. She was a lifetime member of the National Education Association.

In addition to her preaching and teaching, Iris was well-known as a handbell ringer, a strong, supportive person, and as the driver of a yellow convertible who made an annual trek around the Memphis Square to announce the first day of spring whether the weather was sunny, rainy or snowy.

God is good in that during the last week of her life, Iris was able to preach the Sunday service at Kahoka, MO, join the Country Club Christmas party, host the Cottage Prayer group on Monday morning, play cards with friends and her daughter on Monday evening, and host the Bazaar committee on Tuesday afternoon prior to her death on Wednesday morning. To those who are left to mourn, Advent remains the time for us to prepare ourselves for the joy of God's greatest gift to us.

In accordance with her long-standing, stated desire, Mrs. Kerr has given her body (as did Owen) to the University of Missouri for research. A memorial service will be held at the Memphis Presbyterian Church on her 92nd birthday on Tuesday, December 17, 2002. Memorials may be made to the Kahoka Presbyterian Church or the Memphis Presbyterian Church Elevator Fund.

Traffic Changes Implemented at Two Memphis Intersections

A new stop sign has been installed at the intersection of Market and North Streets in Memphis. the change was approved recently by the Memphis City Council to address visibility concerns at the intersection caused by parked vehicles.

The council approved installing a stop sign for traffic northbound on Market Street. Traffic at the intersection was already stopped by signs on North Street for both east- and westbound traffic.

The move turns the intersection into a three-way stop. Southbound traffic will not be required to stop. The council decided not to make it a four-way stop because of the steep incline heading into the southbound intersection on Market Street, which could be a factor in inclement weather.

The council also agreed to install a yield sign on County Road 555 at the northeast corner of Memphis where the gravel road comes onto Sigler Avenue near Scotland County Hospital. The intersection technically is county property, but the county does not install or maintain traffic signs.

The yield sign will impact southbound traffic on the gravel rood and will not impact traffic on Sigler Street.

Missouri DAR to Host Wheeling for Healing in September

Missouri DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is sponsoring Wheeling for Healing, a fundraising bike ride across the historic Katy and Rock Island Trail, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Proceeds from this ride will be divided between the Wounded Warrior Project and DAR’s Project Patriot.

The WWP mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.  WWP also supports family members and caregivers of a Wounded Warrior.

DAR’s Project Patriot supports the Chaplain’s Closet at Landstuhl Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany; the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland and the Wounded Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas.  In addition, Project Patriot provides support to deploying and returning service members and their families.

The bike ride will take place across the historic Katy and Rock Island Trail. DAR chapters from all across the state are sponsoring SAG (Support And Gear) stations along the trail. Participants can enter and exit at any point along the Katy Trail and the Rock Island Spur.  The Jauflione Chapter of NSDAR, our local chapter, will be set up at the Hartsburg SAG. All registered riders will receive a T-shirt and swag bag.

Bicycling registration is due June 1st.  However, anyone is welcome to join riders along the trail, and any donation is greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at any SAG location.  For those wishing to register for the event, the Adult Rider fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt and SWAG bag.  The Child Rider (16 and under) fee is $15 and includes a t-shirt.  Jerseys can be purchased for $55 and additional t-shirts can also be purchased for $15.

Susan Miller is the coordinator for the Hartsburg SAG stop being sponsored by our local DAR chapter.  For more information about this event, whether to register as a rider, make a donation, or become a corporate sponsor, please contact Susan at: RR1 Box 130, Memphis, MO 63555 or call her at 660-945-3757.

Junior High Track Squads Close Out Season at Conference Meet

Teammates Kaden Anders and Alex Long battle it out down the stretch in the conference finals of the 200 meter dash. (Photo by Dr. Stephen Terrill)

The Scotland County junior high track teams closed out the 2017 season at the Lewis & Clark Conference on May 9th at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

The Tigers finished third in their inaugural season in the new league while the Lady Tigers were sixth out of nine schools.

Paris won the boys title with 124 points followed by Knox County with 94. SCR-I amassed 86 points to edge Clark County with 81.25 points. Westran was fifth followed by Harrisburg, Marceline, Schuyler County and Salisbury.

Marceline won the girls crown with 159 points. Salisbury (109) was second, followed by Paris (77.33), Harrisburg (75)  and Clark County (45). SCR-I earned 42.33 points to edge Schuyler County (41.33), Westran (15) and Knox County (12).

Kaden Anders led the Tigers with a first place finish in the long jump with a distance of 19′ 6.5″. Alex Long was third with a distance of 18′ 7″.

Anders also took top honors in the 400 meter dash and was third in the high jump and third in the 200 meter dash.

Alex Long finished fifth in the 200 meter dash. He took fourth in the 100 meter dash with brother Hayden Long in fifth. Alex was third in the 100 meter hurdles while Hayden took seventh.

Hayden Long earned third in the 1,600 meter run while Brady Curry was seventh.

Austin Holtke finished third in the shot put.

The 4×400 relay team of Kale Creek, Carson Harrison, Kade Richmond and Holtke finished fifth. They also teamed up for a seventh place finish in the 4×200 relay.

The 4×100 team of Jared Cerroni, Hunter Cook, Kabe Hamlin and Magnum Talbert finished eighth.

Hailey Kraus led the Lady Tigers with a third place finish in the high jump. She took seventh in the 400 meter dash.

Hannah Feeney finished third in the 800 meter run and was seventh in the triple jump.

Aayla Humphrey finished sixth in the 200 meter dash and was eighth in the 100 meter dash.

Shantel Small finished seventh in the 1,600 meter run and eighth in the 200 meter dash.

Haylee McMinn was sixth in the shot put and Emily Dial took eighth in the long jump.

The 4×400 relay team of Morgan Blessing, Jenna Blessing, Emily Terrill  and Kraus finished fourth.

The 4×100 relay team of Bobbi Darcy, Kiley Bradley-Robinson, Jenna Blessing and Morgan Blessing, also took fourth place. The same team took fifth in the 4×200 relay.

Spring Turkey Hunters Harvest 43,339 Birds

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 39,239 birds during Missouri’s 2017 regular spring turkey season April 17 through May 7. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 932 birds checked, Texas with 843, and Callaway with 697. Young turkey hunters harvested 4,100 birds during the 2017 spring youth season, April 8-9, bringing the overall 2017 spring turkey harvest to 43,339.

Scotland County hunters checked in 274 adult gobblers, 35 jakes and five bearded hens for a harvest total of 314. Schuyler County hunters bagged 215 birds while Knox County checked in 271 turkeys and Clark County hunters harvested 318 turkeys.

The 2016 overall spring turkey harvest was 48,374 birds with 4,167 harvested during the youth weekend and 44,207 during the regular spring season.

“Given that we haven’t had good hatches the past couple years, and the less-than-ideal weather during a considerable portion of this year’s season, the drop in harvest compared to last year was not unexpected,” MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle said.

He added that the number of birds harvested this spring wasn’t too far behind last year’s harvest total going into the second weekend of spring turkey season, but the heavy rains that blanketed much of the state shortly thereafter caused the harvest to drop rapidly.

Isabelle noted favorable weather over this past weekend helped harvest numbers bounce back a bit.

The 2017 spring turkey season included two non-fatal hunting incidents. One involved a shooter who mistook another hunter for a turkey and the other was a self-inflicted shooting injury.

Missouri offers some of the best turkey hunting in the nation. MDC restoration efforts in past decades have taken this popular game bird from almost being wiped out in the state by the 1950s to an estimated sustainable population of more than 300,000 birds today. Missouri turkey hunters spend more than $125 million each year on related travel, food, lodging, and hunting equipment, which helps local businesses and the economy.

Tigers Mash Milan 14-0 to Advance to District Championship Game

Aaron Buford tossed two shutout innings as the Tigers blanked Milan 14-0 in the Class District 5 semifinals on Monday in Memphis.

A pair of nice defensive plays early on by the Milan outfielders kept Scotland County off the scoreboard early in Monday’s Class 2 District 5 semifinals in Memphis. But the Tigers’ offense proved too potent to keep down for long, as SCR-I put up seven runs in back-to-back innings to defeat the Wildcats 14-0.

Aaron Buford got off to a rough start, walking the leadoff hitter before surrendering a single. He recovered nicely, striking out the next six batters he faced.

Milan got out of a bases loaded jam when Wyatt Boyle robbed Justin McKee of a hit with a diving catch in center field.

Jesus Gonzalez made a similar play in right field in the bottom of the second inning to steal a base hit from Will Pickerell after Elijah Cooley opened the frame with a bunt single. After Buford was hit by a pitch, Cooley advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Gage Dodge singled home Buford to make the score 2-0. With two outs, Grant Campbell walked and Will Fromm plated both runs with a base hit. He scored on a double by Lane Pence. McKee followed with an RBI single. After a base hit by Cooley, Aaron Blessing walked to load the bases. A base on balls to Pickerell plated McKee to extend the lead to 7-0.

That was more than enough cushion to give Buford the hook after just 36 pitches, allowing him to be used in Wednesday night’s title game.

The Tigers limited the workload on the rest of the staff as well, adding another seven-spot in the bottom of the third to insure the game would end early by the 10-run rule.

McKee, Campbell and Blessing had RBI doubles in the frame.

Grant Campbell held Milan hitless over the next 2 2/3 innings in relief for SCR-I. Gage Dodge got the final out to nail down the 14-0 victory as SCR-I improved to 19-1 on the season.

Buford notched the win, allowing a hit and a walk in two innings of work while striking out six. Campbell fanned five batters and walked one.

Fromm went 3-4 with three RBIs. Cooley was 3-3 with two runs scored and McKee went 2-3 with two RBIs.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards Nearly $170,000 to Missouri Schools, Nonprofits and Literacy Organizations

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of more than $170,000 in literacy grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools this morning. These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves, and plan to positively impact the lives of nearly 15,000 Missourians.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

Northeast Missouri Caring Communities, Inc. of Edina received a $12,000 grant.

Statewide grants are part of more than $7.5 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded this morning. Recipients of today’s grant announcements plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, promote childhood summer reading or learn English. Missouri recipients are listed below and a comprehensive list of grant recipients may be found online at

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 18, 2017. Youth literacy grants support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new or expanding existing literacy efforts. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs. Applications are available online at

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the Dollar General Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at

Anna Monroe Named to  Graceland University 2017 Honors List

LAMONI, IA (05/16/2017)– The honor roll lists for Graceland University’s 2017 spring term have been announced, and Anna Monroe of Memphis, MO, has been named to the Honors List.

Graceland University students with a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99 are named to the honors list. Congratulations, Anna! Graceland commends you on your academic success.

For more information visit and find Graceland University on Facebook and Twitter to follow additional student achievements.

Founded in 1895 and sponsored by Community of Christ, Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, is more than just a school. It is a community of passionate, caring and dedicated individuals who put their relationships with students first. Campuses are located in Lamoni, Iowa, and Independence, Missouri. For more information and to see additional student achievements, follow @gracelandu on Twitter and like Graceland University on Facebook, or visit

Cemetery Revitalization

I want to publicly applaud the efforts of Elaine Smith, Ronnie Tinkle, Jeff Smith, and the generous donor(s) who made the revitalization of the Bethel Cemetery possible! On behalf of all the Rodgers, Barr and Overfield descendants, we are so grateful for your hard work!

Seeing Bethel the last time I was in Scotland County was heartbreaking and I wanted so badly to find a way to get it cleaned up. Elaine, Ronnie, Jeff, and the donor(s) were an answer to prayer. God Bless you!

Bruce Rodgers

Rochester, MN

SCR-I School Menus


Thursday, May 18 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, May 19 – Last Day of School! Cook’s Surprise.


Thursday, May 18 – Cook’s Surprise.

Friday, May 19 – Last Day of School! Sack Lunch.  Have a Great Summer!

SCR-I Summer School Menus

(Summer School runs from May 22-June 9.  All meals are free of charge to children 18 and under.  Children do not have to be enrolled to eat and walk-ins are welcome.)


Monday, May 22 – Pancakes, Sausage Link, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 23 – Last Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 24 – Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk.

Thursday, May 25 – Breakfast Burrito, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk.


Monday, May 22 – Hot Dog/Bun, Macaroni and Cheese, Peas, Chocolate Pudding, Mandarin Orange Slices

Tuesday, May 23 – Chicken Wrap, Potato Rounds, Buttered Corn, Sliced Pears

Wednesday, May 24 – Cheese Pizza, Green Beans, Applesauce

Thursday, May 25 – Hamburger/Bun, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Sliced Peaches

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, May 18 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onions, French Fries, Pea Salad, Pineapple, Brownies

Friday, May 19 – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Cake

Monday, May 22 – Sausage Biscuits/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Carrots, Applesauce, Cookie

Tuesday, May 23 – Lasagna/Meat Sauce, Lettuce Salad, Hominy, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Wednesday, May 24 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding


Thursday, May 11 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17 – Board and Business Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 18 – Health Department here for blood pressure checks, Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

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