July 8, 2004

(3/22/1923 6/30/2004)

Harold E. Mathes, 81, died suddenly on June 30, 2004, in Albuquerque, NM.

He was born March 22, 1923, at Crawford, MO, the son of Okla and Bessie Walker Mathes.

Harold was with the Boeing Company of Seattle, WA, for many years and never lost his interest in airplanes. He was a retired member of the United Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 192, Cheyenne, WY.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Dorothy; five children, Essie, Mary, Ronald and wife, Lavonne, Perry and Marguarite; four step-children, Patty Dyhes and husband, David, Dan Stuart and Nancy Jones; sisters, Pauline Hohstadt, Cleo Woods and husband, Leo, Lela Trueblood, and Alice Harvey, all of Memphis, MO; one brother, Wayne Mathes and wife, Joyce, of Arkansas; eight grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces.

He will be missed by many.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service by the Moose Lodge #1517 of which Harold was a 20-year member will be held on July 9, 2004 in Albuquerque, NM.

Triplett’s to Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Lonnie Dee Triplett, son of Gerildive and Marguerite (Riddington) Triplett, and Reva Darlene Kraus, daughter of Richard and Cleta Mae (Dochterman) Kraus, were united in marriage on Sunday, April 2, 1967, at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon, from the Arbela United Methodist Church, with the Reverent Barbara Barnett officiating.  They are parents of two sons, Daryn Lee Triplett and Brandyn Dee Triplett.  They enjoy their three grandsons, Aden Lane, Zyan Riley and Nate Calian Triplett.  Lonnie and Reva will be quietly celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary with family.  They would enjoy receiving cards in honor of this special occasion at 426 West Elm, Memphis, MO 63555, or notes directed to their e-mail address lontrip@nemr.net.

PTO to Host Elementary School Spring Carnival April 7th

Mark your calendars now for SCR-I PTO’s first annual Elementary Spring Carnival.  The Parent-Teacher Organization is working hard to organize and bring back an old favorite.  Proceeds from the event will be utilized to purchase technology upgrades for the classrooms and other classroom need requests.

The Carnival is being held at SCR-1’s Elementary School from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7th.  The evening will include games for all ages (ring toss, bean bag toss, cake walk, duck pond, and angry birds) with prizes for everyone and face painting.  Presale tickets are $5.00 for 15 game plays and tickets at the event are $5.00 for 10 game plays.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Elementary School office and Scotland County Pharmacy.

There will also be a concession stand with nacho pies, walking tacos, maid-rites, and much more!

PTO is a national organization whose mission is to help local parent groups become leaders and take responsibility in the school life experiences of their children.  Local PTO organizations are comprised of parents, teachers and staff and are intended to facilitate parental participation in the school system.

Locally, the purpose of SCR-I PTO is to: support the education of the children at Scotland County R-I Elementary School by fostering relationships among the school, parents, and teachers.  The Parent Teacher Organization identifies school needs and supports those needs through fund raising activities and membership participation.

Any parent, guardian, or other adult standing in loco parentis for a student enrolled at Scotland County R-1 Elementary School and staff member wishing to promote the goals for SCR-1 and subscribe to the PTO bylaws may be a member and have voting rights.

Some of the things PTO has helped with at SCR-I are Teacher Appreciation Week, the purchase of iPads for elementary classrooms, Doc Cams, snacks during MAP testing, the purchase of playground supplies, games for classrooms, classroom supplies, and much more!

SCR-I PTO meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Elementary Art room.  The next meeting will be May 9th, 2017.

Lady Tigers Well Represented in NEMO Media All District Basketball Honors

Calesse Bair

The historic hoops season by the Scotland County Lady Tigers did not go unnoticed by the sportswriters and broadcasters that cover northeast Missouri sports. Scotland County landed three players on the group’s annual all district first team and also took home Coach of the Year honors.

Cory Shultz was named the girls’ Class 2 Coach of the Year for the northeast Missouri region after leading his Lady Tigers to a 28-2 mark, including the first ever Final Four appearance in the program’s history. Shultz improved his career mark to 56-4 in his two years at the helm while bringing home from Mizzou Arena the Missouri Class 2 3rd place trophy.

Calesse Bair, Chelsea Wood and Abi Feeney were all named first-team all district by the media group that represents schools from across the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s Class 2 districts 6 and 7 that encompasses the northeast corner of the state.

Bair topped the region with a 17.7 points per game scoring average and also was the leader with more than four steals per contest. Wood led the region with a 66% field goal percentage, making two of every three shots she attempted en route to a 14.2 scoring average. She also was among the region’s leaders in rebounding, grabbing on average eight boards a game.

Chelsea Wood

Feeney earned the nod as the top point guard after leading the region with 5.2 assists per game. She also averaged 10.1 points per contest and contributed 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals a game.

Rounding out the first team all district squad were Ashtyn Lagaman of Clopton and Laken Hugenberg of Canton. Lagaman averaged 15.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest while Hugenberg was second only to Bair with a 17.5 scoring average to go with 7.0 rebounds per contest. Hugenberg is a junior while all four of her fellow first teamers were seniors.

Abi Feeney

Named to the all district second team were: Elaine Ewigman, Marceline, Sr.; Madison McCabe, Knox County, Sr.; Kaitlyn Kuntz, Clopton, So.; Allison Moore, Paris, So.; and Summer Small, Schuyler County, Sr.

Named to the Class 2 Boys 1st Team were: Derek Richards, Louisiana, So.; Makenzie Fessler, Marceline, Sr.; Calvin Heidenwith, Putnam County, Sr., Noah Talton, Knox County, Sr.; and Lance Logsdon, Canton, Sr.

2nd Team All District honorees included: Alec Patterson, South Shelby, Jr.; Koy Smith, Canton, Jr.; Stephen Tolbert, Clopton, Sr.; Lathyn McMorris, Van-Far, Jr.; and Hayden Miller, Knox County, Jr..

The Class 2 boys Coach of the Year was Clopton’s Craig Smith.

Coach of the Year Cory Shultz.


City of Memphis Spring Softball League Starts This Week

The annual City of Memphis spring softball league will kick off play this week with high school teams from Iowa and Missouri competing on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Memphis over the next two months.

Weather permitting, the first pitch on the 2017 league play will be tossed on Wednesday night, March 29th. The Scotland County team will host Bloomfield, IA at the Scotland County R-I softball field while Keokuk, IA will take on the Clark County Rage at Johnson Park. Both games are set to start at 6:30 p.m.

The following week, Keokuk and Scotland County will do battle at Johnson Park on Wednesday, April 5th. The following evening, the Clark County Rage will take on Bloomfield at Johnson Park.

Both parks will host games every Wednesday night from April 12 – May 3rd. All game times are 6:30 p.m. Scotland County will play at the SCR-I field each week.

For more information contact Michelle at Memphis City Hall 465-7285 or Allen Garrett at 341-0714.

SCR-I Rallies to Down #2 State-Ranked Canton 8-4

Will Fromm was 2-3 with three runs scored to help Scotland County down #2 state ranked Canton 8-4 on March 21st in Memphis.

It’s just the first week of the season, but Scotland County may have already played its most memorable game of the year after pulling off an 8-4 victory versus Canton on Tuesday night.

The game pitted two pre-season top 10 squads and was a rematch of last year’s heart-breaking district championship contest that saw SCR-I fall 2-1 to Canton, who went on to finish second in the state.

That likely generated enough excitement in itself, but then the game featured some superb pitching, a power display, and three lead changes. But all of that may have been overshadowed by the tension on the field where a pair of hit batsmen and a couple of controversial calls had the pressure level sky high.

In the end, Scotland County was able to prevail behind a near flawless season debut by hurler Aaron Buford.

The one major hiccup cost the Tigers the lead in the fourth when Canton third baseman Lance Logsdon blasted a three-run homer to put the visiting team on top 4-3. But Buford recovered, and didn’t surrender another run en route to a complete game victory.

Scotland County put the pressure on early to the #2 ranked team in the state.

Back-to-back singles by Justin McKee and Aaron Blessing had starter Coy Smith in trouble in the second before he was able to escape the jam. Smith was not as fortunate in the bottom of the third. Buford walked to start the inning. Singles by Will Fromm and Grant Campbell loaded the bases for McKee, who delivered a two-run single. An RBI groundout by Lane Pence plated Campbell to put SCR-I on top 3-0.

Canton got a run back in the top of the fourth inning, but the damage could have been worse. A walk and an error opened the door for a double by Lavion Wilson that appeared to score both runners. Scotland County appealed that the second runner failed to touch third base and he was called out, ending the frame with SCR-I still on top 3-1.

That changed in the top of the fifth when Logsdon connected with two runners on base. His homer put Canton ahead 4-3.

Scotland County pulled even in the bottom of the fifth inning. Fromm singled and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and a passed ball. After McKee walked, Pence hit a sacrifice fly to knot the score at 4-4.

The wheels came off for Canton in the sixth inning when back-to-back errors allowed four runs to score. Blessing started the rally with a base hit. A two-out error allowed Buford to reach. A walk to Fromm loaded the bases for Campbell, who popped one up near the second base bag. The ball was dropped, with Canton arguing that the fielder was interfered with by the SCR-I runner on the bag. In the meantime a pair of runs crossed the plate. SCR-I plated two more runs when McKee reached on an error, extending the lead to 8-4.

That was all the cushion Buford would need. He retired Canton in order in the sixth inning and then worked around a leadoff single in the seventh to notch the victory. The senior threw 105 pitches in recording the complete game. He allowed four runs, all unearned, on four hits while walking two and striking out eight.

Smith took the loss for Canton, getting tagged for eight runs, three earned, on eight hits and three walks while striking out three.

McKee was the hitting star, going 2-3 with a walk and two RBIs. Fromm and Blessing also recorded two hits apiece.

Scotland County improved to 2-0 on the season with the win.

JAMES EDWARD BEHR (1/25/1938 – 3/22/2017) 

James Edward Behr, 79 of Downing, Missouri passed away at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Missouri on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

The son of Paul John and Lillian Jeanette (Rother) Behr, he was born in Joliet, Illinois on January 25, 1938.  On May 15, 1993 at the Showme Lake in Memphis, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Suzanne E. Fullmer.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne E. Behr of Downing, Missouri; his children, James Edward Behr, Junior of North Aurora, Illinois, Sheryl Rene’ Baker and husband, Gary of Lancaster, Missouri and Paul Edwin Behr of Aurora, Illinois; one stepdaughter, Jodi Drane and husband, Michael of Phoenix, Arizona; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one half-sister, Rosemary Erman of Coal City, Illinois and other family members.

James is preceded in death by his parents; one stepdaughter, Kelly Sue Schilb; one sister, Jeanette Swiggert and one half brother-in-law, Fred Erman.

James worked for Caterpillar as a furnace operator as he made parts for their tractors.   He was a member of the United Auto Workers Union Local 145 and was also a lifetime member of the American Motorcycle Association.

When James was younger, he restored vehicles and motorcycles.  His hobbies also included hunting, fishing, camping and enjoying the outdoors.  He especially enjoyed the time he was able to spend with his family and always had a great entertaining story!

A memorial service was held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri with Sonny Smyser, Pastor of the Schuyler County Church of Faith officiating.

Memorials have been established for the family.

Burial will be at a later date as the body has been cremated.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to normanfh.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.

Jews for Jesus to Speak at Lighthouse of Faith Church

Lighthouse of Faith Church invites all to hear a presentation given by Jews for Jesus on Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m.  The topic will be Model Seder.

Jews for Jesus is an agency that proclaims that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world. The late Moishe Rosen, a Jew who has believed in Jesus for over 35 years, founded the organization. However, Dr. Rosen was quick to point out that he did not “start” Jews for Jesus. “Jews for Jesus began about 2,000 years ago, around 32 C.E., give or take a year. Jesus’ first disciples were Jewish, and there have been some Jewish people who have believed in him ever since.”

The organization has permanent branches in eight North American cities (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, New York City, Washington D.C. and Fort Lauderdale) as well as over 127 volunteer chapters spanning some 41 states and five countries. The group’s international branches are headquartered in Johannesburg, London, Paris, Odessa, Moscow, Essen, Rio de Janeiro, Kharkov, Dnepopretrovsk, and Tel Aviv.

To the Jews for Jesus, believing in Jesus makes sense in light of the Jewish Bible and in light of their experiences as “believers.” For those who argue that Christianity contradicts the meaning of Judaism, the Jews for Jesus say there are answers, which their representative will be happy to discuss after the presentation.

Call Curtis Ebeling at (660) 216-4040 for more information. There will be no admission charge.

Living Life Over


KMEM radio station is celebrating their 30th anniversary with the public on Friday, March 30th.  The station’s first day on the air was March 29, 1982.

KMEM was founded in 1982 by Sam Berkowitz and his family.  The radio station was located in the east end of what is today the Sunrise Motel.

The Berkowitz family owned and operated the station until 1988, when KMEM was sold to the Boyer Broadcasting group led by Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer.  Their daughter-in-law, Denise Boyer managed the station until it was sold in 2001 to a group from Ottumwa, IA, including Mark and Karen McVey, Mark and Lisa Denney, and Rich Brown.


The Scotland County R-1 School Board voted 7-0 to sign off on a proposed $1.8 million renovation project for the school campus.

The largest portion of the plan cost is earmarked for a new ground source heating and cooling system at the high school.

The facility was constructed in 1975.  The building’s heating and cooling systems are beyond projected life expectancies and despite considerable repairs have been deemed inadequate to meet the district’s future needs.


The Rural Rough Riders met March 15 with 13 members and one guest, Thelma Strong, present.  Hosts for the evening were Helen and Eugene Newland and Dorothy and Howard Nelson.

After dinner the group played cards.  High scores for the evening went to Millie Nelson and Eugene Newland.  Second high went to Bea Reeves and Junior Snodgrass.

Hosts for the next card party, which will be April 5, are Ann and Noel Barker and JoAnn and Olan Shadrick.


The annual meeting of the Missouri State Polled Hereford Association was held in Columbia at the Hilton Hotel on March 6th.  As a part of the evening festivities, six prominent Polled Hereford people from across Missouri were presented awards.

Among the award winners was Elisabeth Huff of Huff’s Polled Herefords, Rutledge.  Elisabeth was given the Polled Hereford Enthusiasm award for 1987.  She was cited for her dedication and hard work on behalf of Polled Hereford breeders throughout Missouri.  During the year, she served the Association as the state Queen and first runner-up to the National Queen.

Elisabeth is the daughter of Jane and LeRoy Huff of Rutledge and is a junior at the University of Missouri, Columbia, majoring in Food Science and Nutrition with a double major in Animal Science.


The Scotland County Senior High College Bowl team competed in the Tri-Rivers Conference Tournament at North Shelby in which Scotland County captured first place. In the first game, played Tuesday night, Scotland County downed Clark County by a score of 435-230.  In the second match, Thursday night, they met their traditional rival, Knox County, who they handily defeated, 625-340.  The championship match was played against Milan, Friday night with Scotland County becoming Conference Champions by a score of 595-375.

The entire season proved to be a victorious one with an overall record of eleven wins, including two tournament victories and four losses with an even team effort by all.

Team members were Eric Pence, Captain, Gail Carlson, Ellen Aylward, David Forsythe, Dean Blakeley, and Scott Robinson, with Mrs. Barbara Chasteen as sponsor.


Increases in student fees at the Northeast Missouri State Teachers college were recently announced.

President of the Board of Regents, James R. Reinhard, said resident students will pay $180 an academic year, beginning September 1st and non-residents $399.

Part-time resident students will pay $10 a semester hour for less than six hours and non-residents $22.

All graduate students will pay $216 for the academic year, and part-time graduate students $12 a semester hour.


Percy, the pig, which the local chapter of the Jaycees received as a surprise last week from the Canton, Missouri Chapter of the Jaycees, gave up residence in Memphis and moved to the Jaycees chapter at Brookfield.

Tuesday night, Paul Lancaster, Wayne Mathes, Harold Davis, Pearl C. Cotton, and Kenny Thrasher began the journey to Brookfield with Percy.  Car trouble along the way caused the group to be late for the meeting, however, the group succeeded in locating the Jaycees president and made him a present of Percy.

So—Percy doesn’t live here anymore.


The sale of the Northeast Missouri Angus Breeders Association was held at the sale pavilion in Memphis Saturday. The sale averaged $334.00 per head, a little less than the average last year.

One hundred and three head were sold and the top price was $1,200 for a bull consigned by Earl Rogers.  The top cow price was $726.00.

A large crowd of people attended the sale.

Rutledge Renegades

Ann and Leon Shaw held a birthday party for grandson, Cole White, to celebrate his first birthday.

Victor Childers, from Indianapolis, Indiana, came for Bill Delaney’s visitation.  He was to meet his grandson, Adam Arnold, at Sandhill to go to Zimmerman’s for lunch.  Adam goes to Truman University in Kirksville.

Katrina and Great-Aunt Neta Phillips went to Columbia.

April 17, 2017 the Ruby Red hats of Rutledge will be going to the I.D.K Café in Baring at 1:00 a.m.

Carol McCabe attended the Scotland County Campus Bowl tournament Saturday.  The Scotland County JV received 1st place and the varsity team received 2nd.  Carol was the JV coach last year until she retired and she was very proud of them.

After the tournament, Carol attended Milton Earl’s 70th birthday party at the Community Building – great to see everyone there.  Seems a good time was had by all.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Neta Phillips, Charlene Montgomery, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Marlene Henry, Ruth Ludwick, Mike and Pam Blaine, Marjorie Peterson, and Bob and Dorothy Hunolt.


So much to do, so little time. It feels as though spring and summer are upon us. With stores’ greenhouse buildings popping up all over and mulch appearing in the parking lots, it makes you feel that garden planting and flower planting are upon us.

At Red Hatters today, we heard Cardinals singing when we left. So neat. I don’t have a lot here in the wide-open spaces west of Wyaconda.

I have been having lots of Woodpeckers. One in particular is the Red-bellied Woodpecker. It frequents my feeder, along with my woody woodpecker, who is making a mess of the bluebird houses here in the yard. Red-bellied Woodpeckers are common statewide and found in forests, woodlands, parks, and suburban areas. They frequent backyard bird feeders during the winter months in search of sunflower seeds and suet.

Red-bellied woodpeckers forage amongst the trees for acorns, fruits, and insects, using their strong bill to chip away at bark to expose hidden creatures. Their tongue is long, barbed, and sticky, and they use it to extract insects from deep under the bark. They excavate nest holes in the wood of dead or decaying trees. Clutches are made up of 2 to 6 eggs, which incubate in 12 days. Young birds fly in 24-27 days.

The red-bellied woodpecker’s are banded with black and white bars. The male has a wide red band from its bill over the crown to its nape, and the female has red on the nape of neck only.  Keep your eyes open for the male and female, interesting to watch.

Until next time, good bird watching.

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