May 13, 2004

City Council Refuses To Grant Permission for July 3rd Party

A proposal for an outdoor party at a local bar was shot down by the Memphis City Council at the May 5 meeting.

The Board of Aldermen voted 3-1 to reject the request by Shelly Boyer to host an outdoor party at Shelly Bs on July 3rd to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

The proprietor had requested written permission from the city to host the event. She stated the liquor control department had stipulated that a fence be installed around the property. The adjustment to the liquor license to allow sales outside of the existing property required council approval.

She noted that noise ordinances should not be a problem as there are no residences in close proximity to the business. Boyer noted that a band would be playing but would only be providing music from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Alderman Mike Stone raised the issue of the number of conflicts that had occurred at the establishment recently.

Alderman Ron Gardner asked Boyer how many fights had occurred at the bar in the past six months.

There was some discussion regarding the number of instances at the bar and outside the facility, in addition to the handling of the problems.

Im concerned when you move something like this outside and you have a large volume of people how you can control the situations, Gardner said.

Boyer indicated she had additional security lined up for the party and noted that a temporary fence would be installed around the property to control the flow of customers in and out of the party.

Alderman Lucas Remley pointed out that liquor is served in bars and that there are occasionally altercations in such situations. He stated he saw no reason not to allow the bar to host the July 3rd party.

He moved the issue to a vote. Gardner seconded the motion for discussion but when a vote was called the council voted 3-1 against the proposal. Remley voted in favor of the issue while Stone, Gardner and Teresa Skinner entered no votes.

In later action the council approved an amendment to the citys liquor license statutes.

A state law change made it necessary to transition the liquor license from 3/2 alcohol to five percent.

Alderman Gardner spoke on the law change pointing out that it had snuck up on many cities and retailers alike. Because of the law change, the 3/2 beverages were becoming hard to come by as the bulk of businesses switched to the five-percent beer as allowed by the new law.

The council voted 3-0 to repeal the existing statute and replace it with a new statute allowing the sale of five-percent beer. The new statute also raised the cost of a liquor license from $37.50 to $75.

Skate Park

Beverly Talbert was present at the meeting and during the public participation portion of the agenda she asked about the citys past work on a skateboard park.

Mayor Ron Alexander questioned the commitment to such a facility, pointing out that the Antique Fair Committee had closed one side of the city square on several nights to host skaters. He noted that a maximum of four skaters attended the evening sessions causing the group to quit hosting the events.

Thousands of people supposedly wanted this skate park, but when these folks went to the trouble to provide a place to skate there wasnt very much participation.

Alderman Remley pointed out the difference between a flat public street and the proposed ramps, jumps and other highlights.

He stated he had passed the skate park in Ottumwa, IA, which seemed to receive regular use.

The question boils down to how many people really want this thing, Alexander said. As a city we have to make our dollars go the farthest. If we spent $60,000 on a park that five or six people would use, this council would get hung by the voters.

The council also discussed the liability issues a city-owned skate park would create.

The discussion concluded with the council asking Talbert to gather more public input on the topic with some form of measurable number of prospective users.

Boat Motors

The council voted 4-0 to repeal the city ordinance limiting boat motors to 40 horsepower or less at Lake ShowMe. Superintendent Dennis Howard noted that the city had moved to a no-wake limit at the lake but had never officially repealed the horsepower limit.

Street Corners

Superintendent Roy Monroe presented a bid from W.L. Miller for resurfacing three of the four intersections on the Memphis square.

In April, Monroe had submitted an estimate of $6,600 to replace the troublesome streets with concrete.

The May bid from Miller was for asphalt resurfacing, installation and milling of the old surface. The cost would be $8,251.80 for 2-inch thick asphalt on 2,760 square feet.

Monroe pointed out the project would likely cost about $1,000 more than the bid figure as the company measured differently. The project would actually replace roughly 3,300 square feet.

The council discussed the two options and questioned the patchwork appearance that would be created by replacing part of the asphalt streets with concrete. They also noted that the concrete bid was just materials and that the street department was going to be busy finishing the swimming pool.

The council voted 4-0 to proceed with the bid from W. L. Miller to replace the intersections with asphalt.

Monroe said the project would likely get done later this summer as the company would be working on Highway 81 south of Kahoka and would them move to Memphis for the job.

Software

The council voted 4-0 to appropriate $15,000 to purchase a new software package for the city office. The programs would manage the general ledger, payroll and other city programs and could be expanded with added modules to handle tax collection, utilities and other accounts.

A May 17 demonstration has been planned at City Hall for the proposed system. Alderman Gardner reported that several other local municipalities have the software package and gave it good reviews. He noted it is a preferable system and also costs about half as much as the other software packages.

Putnam County Stops SCR-I 3-2 in Softball Season Opener

Katie Feeney’s head-first slide into home just beats the tag as she scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to knot the score at 2-2.

Ashleigh Creek smashed the first strike she saw in her senior season for a solo home run on Monday night in Memphis, but it was not enough as Scotland County fell to Putnam County 3-2 in the 2017 season debut for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Midgets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a couple of base hits.

But Creek trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when she led off in the bottom of the second inning, crushing a line drive over the left field fence to make the score 2-1. Khloe Hamlin and Abby Blessing followed with base hits to give SCR-I a chance at a big inning, but both runners were stranded.

SCR-I erased a lead off error in the third when catcher Katie Feeney gunned down a would-be base stealer at second with a nice catch and tag by shortstop Khloe Hamlin.

The momentum carried over to the bottom of the third when Feeney led off with a base hit. She stole second base and moved into scoring position on a ground out by Kaitlyn McMinn. The sophomore then sprinted home and her head-first slide just avoided the tag on a wild pitch to knot the score at 2-2.

But Putnam County pulled ahead for good in the top of the fourth inning. A pair of singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs when a blooper fell in behind the mound and everyone was safe to make the score 3-2.

Creek worked out of a jam in the seventh, stranding a pair of runners.

Unfortunately, SCR-I managed just one base runner over the final four innings, a two-out single by Creek in the sixth, as Putnam County held on for the 3-2 win.

Creek took the loss on the mound, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a hit by pitch. She struck out eight in seven innings of work.

Sammi Bradshaw limited SCR-I to two runs on five hits while striking out five.

Creek went 2-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Feeney, Hamlin and Blessing recorded the other hits, all going 1-3.

MARY LOUISE BROWN (10/30/1918 – 8/17/2017)

Mary Louise Brown, 98, died Thursday, August 17, 2017, at her home in Carbondale, IL surrounded by loving family.

She was born October 30, 1918, in Kirksville, MO, to George E. and Nannie Moore Leslie. She grew up in Memphis, MO, where she attended public schools and was valedictorian of her high school class. Following graduation with a Bachelors Degree from Kirksville State College, she taught in high schools in Kirksville and Monticello, MO. She was married in 1940 to Clyde Moseley Brown. In 1951 they moved to Carbondale, IL where they raised their family. After his death in 1965, she worked in Academic Advisement at Southern Illinois University until her retirement in 1988.

Mary Lou was a devoted mother, survived by her children Nancy Cook (Greg) of Makanda, IL, Susie Ellison (Lee) of Portland, OR, Bill Brown of New Braunfels, TX, Rosemary Hopson (Jack) of St. Louis, MO, Laura Ventetuolo of Cranston, RI, and Charles Brown (Jeanne) of Beltsville, MD. She was grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 23 children. She is also survived by her sister Nancy Harris of Memphis, MO and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by many longtime friends and neighbors and by her dedicated caregivers, Diana, Eva, Rachel and Pat.

Mary Lou was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Carbondale for 66 years, and of Chapter GX, PEO Sisterhood. She volunteered in her children’s schools and scouts. Among her many interests were traveling with family, playing bridge, gardening and reading. She was an enthusiastic supporter of Saluki Basketball, attending all home games for many years.

Services for Mary Lou were held Wednesday, August 23, at First United Methodist Church, in Carbondale, IL with Rev. Alan Rhein officiating. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to First United Methodist Church, Hospice of Southern Illinois or a charity of the donor’s choice will be appreciated. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale assisted the family with arrangements.

To share a story or memory of Mary Lou please visit, www.meredithfh.com.

Rutledge Ruby Red Hats Travel to Quincy

The Rutledge Rudy Red Hats carpooled to Quincy, IL on Monday August 14th. Some of the ladies met at the Zimmerman’s cafe to depart while others gathered in Colony for rides.

We had a great lunch at Kelly’s Tavern.

Those present were Julia Hunolt, Charlene Montgomery, Celina Erickson, Alice Ann Gipson, Jewel See, Marjorie Peterson, Virginia Hustead, Reva Hustead and Neta Phillips.

Everyone received a gift from their hostesses, Dorothy Hunolt and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt.

The next meeting will be at El Jays Restaurant (where the VFW used to be). Our hostesses next month will be Alice Ann Gibson and Marjorie Peterson.

Submitted by Naomi Kidd-Schwandt

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Cedar Grove Club Meets in Greensburg

The Cedar Grove Club met on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the home of Betty Bissell.  We enjoyed an all salad meal of chicken salad, potato salad, macaroni salad, cucumber salad, sliced tomatoes, and a dessert salad.  Betty said the blessing.

Reta Stott was on vacation, so Vice-President Betty called the meeting to order.  Present were Betty Bissell, Peggy Cumby, Christine Musgrove, Virginia Woods, and Phyllis Heckethorn.  Christine brought special guest, Joy Musgrove.

Peggy is going to notify Betty and Christine of when she will next be in town.  They will meet at the Care Center to discuss the Community Project.

The September meeting will be on the 13th at the home of Reta Stott.

Submitted by Phyllis Heckethorn

Rutledge Renegades

Charlene Montgomery and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to Kirksville.

Katrina and Neta went to Kirksville.

Katrina and Neta went to LaBelle Harvest Festival on Saturday, August 19th.  Neta rode on the Eastern Star #316/Masonic Lodge #222 float in the parade.

There was an exercise class at the Memphis Pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We called ourselves the “Memphis Mermaids”.  Our lifeguard was Megan Kice and our instructors were Lorri Shirkey, Katie Kittle Tuck, Kendra Schlater, and Megan Weber.  Some of the “Mermaids” were Ethel Barrett, Benji Briggs, Kathe Droege and granddaughter, Kallee Kretzer, Karen Kelso, Julie Chamley, Marilyn Blessing, Dee Wiley, Terry Sommers, Nancy Jo Waack, and Neta Phillips.

Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge will be going to Ogo’s in Keokuk, IA on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.   We will be meeting at Zimmerman’s at 9:15 a.m.

Lena Mae Horning and Marion Huber had to get up very early to come to work at Zimmerman’s.  They made 25 dozen donuts!!

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Don Tague, Neta Phillips, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Marjorie Peterson, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Oren and Celina Erickson, Doris Day, Charlene Montgomery, Ruth Ludwick, Katrina Hustead, and Victor Childers.

Mark the Path

I’ve learned over the years, to keep a watchful eye when I travel to a tree stand in an unfamiliar place. I especially do this when I’m hunting in another state. I’ve been lost a few times. When I’m walking in, I always try to turn around and look back to see what the view looks like going in the opposite direction. I also mark certain topographical differences such as a fallen tree or one that has a certain shape or characteristic. I also take with me some marking ribbon just in case I have to wander through the woods in search for an animal I may have shot. I will mark my path back to my tree stand.

I’ve just hunted long enough to understand that no matter how experienced I may think I am, I can and will get turned around in a strange place. One of the simplest inventions that came along a few years ago was reflective tacks. They are pushed into a tree and when passed over with a flashlight will make a path look like an airport runway.  I’ve hunted in some places where these tacks were put on both sides of the path every few feet, all the way to the foot of the tree where I was to hunt. Because someone marked my path, there was no way I was getting lost.

When I think about the most important things in my life, I am equally thankful some folks marked a clear path to keep me from getting lost. And even though I chose to stray from that path many times, it was not because the path was not marked sufficiently.

Wisdom is knowing when to blaze your own trail and when to understand the trail that others have blazed is the only way to go. It is also making sure you have marked the correct trail for those who will come after you. There are some areas in life that those who follow us must find out for themselves; things like what their call is or what their passions are. There is no shortcut for these pursuits. In other areas we can save them a lot of heartaches if we will clearly mark the path and warn them concerning leaving its narrow way.

Even though I had some great guides in my life, I also know if others had also accepted their responsibility for pointing me the right way, I could have learned a lot of important lessons a lot earlier than I did. Don’t ever be afraid to mark the path when you are exactly sure where it leads.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

www.outdoortruths.org

Battle of Brier Creek

The Battle of Brier Creek was an American Revolutionary War battle fought on March 3, 1779 near the confluence of Brier Creek with the Savannah River in eastern Georgia. A Patriot force consisting principally of militia from North Carolina and Georgia was surprised, suffering significant casualties. The battle occurred only a few weeks after a resounding American Patriot victory over the British at Kittle Creek, north of Augusta,  reversing its effect on morale. Following the entry of France into the Revolutionary War in 1778, the British focused their  attention on the American South, to which they had not paid great attention in the early years of  the war. The British Commander was Mark Prevost. The American Commander was  John Ashe. On the afternoon  of March 3, 1779 a rider galloped into the American camp warning of the British approach. While the exact time they had to deploy is uncertain, the relatively hurried nature of their deployment is clear. The number of troops that actually formed up was about  900, as a  number of troops had been dispatched to the south for scouting and  others were on duty elsewhere. Distribution of ammunition to the men  was complicated by  the shortage of cartouche boxes and varying musket  calibers, and most of the Patriot militia did not have bayonets. Seeing the British charging at them, many broke and ran without even firing a shot. The result was a British victory. The American Patriots had at least 150 men killed, unknown wounded and 227 captured.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

MARTHA ANGELA “MARTY” COCHRAN (7/5/1954 – 8/19/2017)

Martha Angela “Marty” Cochran, 63, died Saturday, August 19, 2017. She was born July 5, 1954 in Kirksville, Missouri, the daughter of Wayne Stanley and Shirley Ann (Watson) Parker.

She was a 1972 graduate of Scotland County R-1 School, a member of First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, Kansas and was owner of a title insurance company in Hutchinson, Kansas.

On December 21, 1972 she married Jimmy Dean Cochran in Memphis, Missouri. He survives. Also surviving, are their sons, Ryan and Carrie of Hutchinson, Kansas, and Zac and Kate of Wichita, Kansas; two grandsons, Fisher Austin and Bane Parker; sisters, Kathryn Eggers of Overland Park, Kansas, Rebecca Parker Childress of Edina, Missouri, Tamara Parker Nance of Tampa, Florida, Teresa Parker McDonald of Venice, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marty was preceded in death by her parents and her parents-in-law, John and Edna Cochran.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Elliott Chapel with Reverend Jeff Slater presiding. Friends may sign her memorial book through service time Thursday, with family to be present from 1 to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Reno County, in care of Elliott Mortuary and Crematory, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Descendants of Original Pioneers Pay Visits to Scotland, Schuyler Counties

Henry Hawkins Downing, II descendants recently gathered to explore Scotland and Schuyler counties where their ancestor was one of the original pioneers settling in the region. Photo by Abby Fincher.

by Barbara Blessing

On August 14 and 15, 2017, descendants of pioneer settlers converged on northeast Missouri to view the origins of their predecessors. Henry Hawkins Downing I and his wife Airy Hitch Downing were joined by five of their seven children to make the 1,000 mile trek to Missouri in 1834. Included with the five journeying to Missouri was our ancestor Henry Hawkins Downing II.  The other four children were Harriet Green Smoot, Martha Acton Briggs, Amanda Melvina Williams, and William G. Downing.  A sister, Sarah Ann Downing Hudnall, with her family, soon joined the Missouri contingent.  The only one to remain in Virginia was son John Hitch Downing.  Together with their families, they made the trek from Virginia to settle on the frontier.  While they had no wealth when they left Faquier County, Virginia, through industry and hard work, they were soon landowners and prominent businessmen.

Henry H. Downing II had nine children: namely, John Alexander, Rhoda Ann, William Green, Mary Etta, Amanda D., Harriet (Hattie) Ann, Henry Hawkins III, James M, and Jennie Valiant.  The descendants of John Alexander, Rhoda Ann and Jennie Valiant were present for the reunion.  Those attending were Bill Cox, Rebekah Cox Fish, Jennie Downing Cox, Mel Cox, Abby Cox Fincher, and matriarch Melba Cox from the Jennie Valiant Nelson family.  Those attending from John Alexander’s family were Kathleen Downing de Izaguirre, Indiana Lugo Downing and Emma Lugo Downing, Maria Downing de Villa, Martha and Frank Fair, Pearl Gizzarelli, Vivian B. Najarra,  Sergio and Maria Zamora, and Maria Downing,   Those present from Rhoda’s family were Henry Hawkins Blessing and his wife Barbara, Marilyn Blessing and her husband Roy Blessing, Jr., Jim Bruner, Louise Newland, and  SC researcher Joanne Aylward who had helped Mr. and Mrs. Cox during a previous visit.  The descendants attending currently live in New Jersey, California, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

Bill Cox and his late wife Teresia have done extensive research on our family’s origins.  On Monday, he presented a notebook to everyone detailing some of the information they have gleaned from years of study.  We left the fellowship hall of the Downing Christian Church to go to the Downing Family Cemetery located on land owned now by Henry H. Blessing II, another descendant of Rhoda’s.  We visited at the recently renovated site and took pictures.  Then we journeyed to the James Garnett home to visit the place of the original homestead of Henry H. Downing II.  There have been years of change, but there remains the cistern and a depression in the ground where the cellar was originally and then filled in.  After lunch at Keith’s, we went to the Downing House Museum built by Henry’s brother, William G. Downing to view artifacts, history, and memorabilia from Scotland County.

The Downing House Museum hosted the group of Henry Hawkins Downing descendants during their visit to Memphis. Photo by Jennie Cox.

The Scotland County Genealogical Society presented us with folders of information from their files.  They also hosted a reception at their building and served refreshments in honor of Miss Indiana Lugo Downing’s 77th birthday.  We then went to view the square where Mr. John Alexander Downing, upon returning to America from Nicaragua, established a business.  His father Henry II had deeded him three lots with a house where they resided during their brief sojourn in America before returning to Nicaragua to finally establish their permanent home.

We went to the Scotland County Library where we viewed the resources that were available for genealogy study.

On Tuesday, we reconvened at the Fellowship Hall of the Downing Christian Church before going to the Downing Museum where we were hosted by volunteers Judy Sharp and Jerry Scurlock.  Several pictures were taken and visiting continued.  We then went to the Winn Hill Bed and Breakfast to view a typical 1850’s home where the brick were kilned on the property.  After a fantastic meal and more visiting and picture-taking, several had to depart to catch planes to return to their homes.  The Cox family went to the Dover Cemetery to view the resting places of Colonel John William and Rhoda Priest and their descendants and then to Henry and Barbara’s home to view the Middle Fabius grist stone, the site of the presumed Rhoda Downing Priest’s home, and other artifacts.

We are indebted to the Genealogical Society, Curators of the Downing House Museum, Rhonda McBee, Lynette Dyer, and Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick, the Childresses for opening their Winn Hill B&B home for touring and dining, Melissa Schuster of the SC Library (who is herself a Downing descendant), Mr. Garnett and Henry Blessing II for access to their land, The Downing Christian Church for use of their fellowship hall, and to Ronnie Tinkle for refurbishing the family cemetery.

“I am bound to them, though I cannot look into their eyes or hear their voices, I honor their history.  I cherish their lives.  I will tell their story.  I will remember them.”  Author Unknown

 

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