June 17, 2004

Smith, Shelton grab first wins of 2004 at Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal Memphis, MO (June 12, 2004) - Memphis Auto and Truck night at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway saw a total of 129 cars sign in to due battle in front of huge crowd. A smooth, fast race track helped Tommy Elston (Late Models), Tony Fraise (USRA Modifieds), Mike Robinson (USRA Stock Cars), Kelly Smith (USRA B-Modifieds), Mike Shelton (USRA Hobby Stocks), Larry Powell (Cruisers) and Dave Burdette (Hornets) pick up feature wins in their respective divisions.

Denny Woodworth took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 20-lap Late Model feature, with Jody Wood close behind in second. Woodworth would hold the lead until lap 2, when he slowed going down the backstretch with mechanical problems, giving the lead to Wood. Wood and Thad Trump were battling for the lead, as Tommy Elston, who started 10th, was working his way towards the front. Elston would grab the top spot from Wood on lap 12 and then lead the final 8 laps to pick up his second win in a row at Memphis. Wood was 2nd, Terry Schilpman was 3rd, Trump was 4th, with Mark Burgtorf rounding out the top five. Trump and Burgtorf claimed heat race wins.

The 20-lap USRA Modified feature saw newcomer Kelly Smith jump out front on lap 1, with Tony Fraise close behind in second. Smith, who was running the top of the speedway, and Fraise, who was on the bottom of the track, battled for the top spot for the next four laps, before Fraise moved out front on lap 5. Fraise would hold the lead until lap 9 when Brad Pinkerton jumped to the outside of him to take over the top spot. Fraise would come back on the bottom of the track to grab the lead on lap 11 and then held off Mark Burgtorf, who started 10th, on the final lap to claim his second win in a row at the speedway. Pinkerton came home in 3rd, Zack Vanderbeek came from 8th to finish 4th. Smith came home in 5th. Heat race winners were Burgtorf and Mike Delozier.

Mike Robinson took the lead on lap 1 of the 15-lap USRA Stock Car feature from his front row start, with Jim Brown challenging him in second. Robinson would lead all 15 laps to pick up his second win in a row at Memphis. Brown finished 2nd. Jason Cook came from 10th to finish 3rd. David Wietholder came home in 4th with Ryan Cook rounding out the top five. Matt Greiner and Robinson claimed heat race wins.

Newcomer Chris Leathers jumped out front on lap 1 of the 15 lap USRA B-Modified feature, with Jerry Reese, Jr. and Jack Evans close behind in second. Leathers would hold the top spot until lap 8 when another newcomer, Kelly Smith, slipped by for the lead. Smith then led the final 7 laps to claim his first win of 2004 at Memphis. Reese, Jr. was 2nd. Jerry Poor was 3rd. Evans, Jr. was 4th, with newcomer Bob Woodrow coming home in 5th. Heat race winners were Poor, Wyatt Lantz and Gary Dreyer.

Tony Becerra took advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out front on lap 1 of the 12-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Jeff Soper, Mike Shelton and Jim Walker battling for second. Becerra would hold the lead until lap 5 when Shelton slipped under him to grab the top spot. Shelton then held off Soper on the final 7 laps to pick up his first win of 2004 at the speedway. Walker was 3rd, Becerra was 4th, with Jeremy Hamlin coming from 13th to round out the top 5. Matt Snyder, Walker and Doug Small picked up heat race wins.

The 10-lap Cruiser feature saw Larry Powell move out front on lap 1, with Michael St. Clair close behind in second. Powell would lead all 10 laps and held off a last lap charge from David Hudson to claim his second win of 2004 at Memphis. Craig Spilker was 3rd, Brian Overhulser was 4th, with St.Clair rounding out the top five. Heat race wins went to Eric Bergheger and Overhulser.

Dave Burdette charged from his 8th place starting spot to lead lap 1 of the 10 lap Hornet feature by inches over Tyler Schulte. Burdette, who was running the top of the speedway, and Schulte, who was running the bottom, ran the next 6 laps side by side with Schulte grabbing the top spot on lap 7. Schulte looked to be on his way to the win, but he slowed on the final lap allowing Burdette to go by for the win. Aaron Baker came home 3rd, David Lorton was 4th, with Rob Chase coming home in 5th. Burdette and Schulte claimed heat race wins.

Coming up Thursday, June 17th is the United States Modified Touring Series sponsored by Gatorade. The USMTS Modifieds will be running for $2,000 to win and $200 to start, with the USRA B-Modifieds going for $350 to win. USRA Hobby Stocks will be going for $300 to win, while the Hornets will be racing for $150 to win. Gates Open at 5:00 p.m. Hot Laps at 6:45 p.m. and Racing at 7:15.

Then Primrose Realty and Kay Eggleston Bookkeeping & Tax Service presents the regular Saturday night program, with Scotland County Lanes sponsoring a candy dash for the kids. As always Gates will Open at 4:30 p.m. Hot Laps at 6:00pm and Racing at 6:30pm.


Late Models

Heat Race 1: 1.Thad Trump, Kahoka 2.Tommy Elston, Keokuk, IA 3.Jody Wood, Donnellson, IA 4.Jeff Laue, Burlington, IA 5.Jeremy Townsend, Bloomfiled, IA 6.Gordy Grubb, Oskaloosa, IA 7.Jay Chenoweth, West Burlington, IA 8.Justin Fuller, Memphis

Heat Race 2: 1.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 2.Terry Schlipman, Mendon, IL 3.Denny Woodworth, Quincy, IL 4.Terry Gallaher, New London 5.Lynn Monroe, Memphis 6.Dick Weber, Kirksville 7.Jerry Asher, Kirksville

Feature: 1.Elston 2.Wood 3.Schlipman 4.Trump 5.Burgtorf 6.Laue 7.Monroe 8.Townsend 9.Fuller 10.Chenoweth 11.Gallaher 12.Weber 13.Asher 14.Grubb 15.Woodworth

USRA Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 2.Zack Vanderbeek, New Sharon, IA 3.Tony Fraise, Donnellson, IA 4.Phillip Cossel, Montrose, IA 5.Kelly Smith, Kirksville, 6.Jim Roach, Kahoka 7.Danny Lorton, Moberly 8.David Snyder, Greentop 9.Charles Baker, Labelle

Heat Race 2: 1.Mike Delozier, Carthage, IL 2.Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL 3.Brad Pinkerton, New Sharon, IA 4.Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA 5.Bob Dale, Gorin 6.Jardin Fuller, Memphis 7.Bruce Summers, Hamilton, IL 8.Kevin Tomlinson, New London

Feature: 1.Fraise 2.Burgtorf 3.Pinkerton 4.Vanderbeek 5.Smith 6.Delozier 7.Meyer 8.Gillenwater 9.Dale 10.Cossel 11.Fuller 12.Summers 13.Tomlinson 14.Lorton 15.Baker 16.Roach 17.Snyder

USRA Stock Cars

Heat Race 1: 1.Matt Greiner, Washington, IA 2.Butch Bailey, Novelty 3.Jim Brown, Fremont, IA 4.Harley Hill, Kahoka 5.David Wietholder, Liberty, IL 6.Heath Huggins, Bloomfield, IA 7.Kiel Morton, Kirksville 8.Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, IA

Heat Race 2: 1.Mike Robinson, Moravia, IA 2.Troy Alexander, Memphis 3.Jason Cook, Mt.Pleasant, IA 4.Ryan Cook, West Point, IA 5.Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA 6.Todd Phillips, Ollie, IA 7.JR Flowers, Perry, MO 8.Diana Chamberlain-Johnson, Montrose, IA

Feature: 1.Robinson 2.Brown 3.J.Cook 4.Wietholder 5.R.Cook 6.Greiner 7.Alexander 8.Bailey 9.Hill 10.Phillips 11.Dresden 12.Lynch 13.Morton 14.Chamberlain-Johnson 15.Huggins 16.Flowers

USRA B-Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Jerry Poor, Novelty 2.Jack Evans, Jr., Keokuk, IA 3.Jerry Reese, Jr., Baring 4.Chris Leathers, Macon 5.Luke Holst, Augusta, IL 6.Bill Baker, Hannibal 7.Danny Daggs, Kahoka 8.John Shaffer, Memphis 9.Kelly O'Haver, Kirksville, 10.Joe Evans, Jacksonville

Heat Race 2: 1.Wyatt Lantz, Bowen, IL 2.Bob Woodrow, Perry 3.Larry Newman, Kirksville 4.Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL 5.Jeff Eddy, Milan 6.Ron York, Edina 7.Tony Morton, Kirksville 8.Michael McCarty, Moberly 9.Logan Trueblood, Memphis

Heat Race 3: 1.Gary Dreyer, Quincy, IL 2.Kelly Smith, Kirksville 3.Teddy Collins, Clarence, 4.Terry Houston, Mt.Sterling, IL 5.Bob Hightower, Palmyra 6.Bobby Cookson, Quincy, IL 7.Hugh Eddy, Milan 8.Amos Zimmerman, Memphis 9.Todd Morton, Kikrksville 10.Brad Willoughby, Moberly

Feature: 1.Smith 2.Reese, Jr. 3.Poor 4.Evans, Jr. 5.Woodrow 6.Leathers 7.Dreyer 8.Lantz 9.Houston 10.Cookson 11.Dunker 12.Baker 13.Daggs 14.Hightower 15.Holst 16.Newman 17.Trueblood 18.Shaffer 19.York 20.Zimmerman 21.Todd Morton 22.H.Eddy 23.O'Haver 24.Evans 25.McCarty 26.Collins 27.J.Eddy 28.Tony Morton 29.Willoughby

USRA Hobby Stocks

Heat Race 1: 1.Matt Snyder, Green City 2.Jeff Soper, Kahoka 3.Tony Becerra, Carthage, IL 4.Mark Holt, Memphis 5.Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis 6.Bill Crowell, Kahoka 7.Jim Lynch Farmington, IA 8.Tanya Trout, Pulaski, IA

Heat Race 2: 1.Jim Walker, Mystic, IA 2.Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, IA 3.Jason Overhulser, Alexandria 4.Josh Soper, Kahoka 5.Beau Taylor, Canton 6.Patrick Profeta, Keokuk, IA 7.Jimmy Hooper, Wyconda 8.Richard Hudson, Arbela

Heat Race 3: 1.Doug Small, Memphis 2.Troy Brierton, Versailles, IL 3.Kevin Cheney, Quincy, IL 4.Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 5.Earl Six, Keokuk, IA 6.Mark Forrester, Columbia 7.Heather Woodrow, Perry 8.Matt Messamaker, Moravia, IA

Feature: 1.Shelton 2.Jeff Soper 3.Walker 4.Becerra 5.Hamlin 6.Holt 7.Overhulser 8.Small 9.Josh Soper 10.Symmonds 11.Lynch 12.Taylor 13.Woodrow 14.Brierton 15.Profeta 16.Cheney 17.Hooper 18.Crowell 19.Hudson 20.Forrester 21.Snyder 22.Messamaker 23.Six 24.Trout


Heat Race 1: 1.Eric Bergheger, Hannibal 2.Michael St.Clair, Wayland 3.David Hudson, Memphis 4.Larry Powell, Hannibal 5.Craig Spilker, Quincy, IL 6.Daniel Robbins, Greentop 7.Keith Reed, Quincy, IL

Heat Race 2: 1.Brian Overhulser, Alexandria 2.Jody Small, Rutledge 3.Jason Henry, Augusta, IL 4.Bill O'Haver, Kirksville 5.Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA 6.Jon Antal, Lancaster 7.Shawn Crowell, Alexandria

Feature: 1.Powell 2.Hudson 3.Spilker 4.Overhulser 5.St.Clair 6.Bergheger 7.O'Haver 8.Crowell 9.Kirkland 10.Antal 11.Henry 12.Reed 13.Small 14.Robbins


Heat Race 1: 1.Dave Burdette, Keokuk, IA 2.Aaron Baker, Ft. Madison, IA 3.Donald Miller, Gorin 4.George Poil, Wyconda 5.Andrew Hustead, Rutledge 6.Austin Schulte, Keokuk, IA 7.Jim Hamilton

Heat Race 2: 1.Tyler Schulte, Montrose 2.Rob Chase, Clark 3.Dennis Schulte, Keokuk, IA 4.David Lorton, Moberly 5.Danny Miller, Gorin 6.Michael Grossman, Keokuk, IA 7.Warren Poil

Feature: 1.Burdette 2.T.Schulte 3.Baker 4.Lorton 5.Chase 6.D.Schulte 7.Grossman 8.Donald Miller 9.G.Poil 10.Danny Miller 11.Hustead 12.A.Schulte 13.Hamilton 14.W.Poil

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A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Downing Cemetery, Downing, Missouri.

Betty LeaRose Smith Mathes was born June 18, 1933.  She passed away on December 10, 2015 at age 82.  She was the daughter of the late Victor and Marvelle Power Smith.  Betty married the late Kenneth Mathes on January 9, 1955.

Leaving to mourn her passing is her son, Steven and his wife Pam of Kershaw, SC; Granddaughters, Megan Mathes (Levi Barrett) of Camden, SC and Shelly Smalls (Ryan) of Conway, SC; and four great-grandchildren, Steven Barrett, Hannah Barrett, Jackson Smalls and Presley Smalls.  She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Mathes.

Betty spent most of her life in Scotland and Putnam County Missouri.  In 2002 she moved to Kershaw, South Carolina to be with her son and family until her passing.  She was a member of Refuge Baptist Church in Kershaw, SC.

WILLIAM “BILL” HOLLIS (3/9/1928 – 7/21/2016)

Hollis Obituary web

William “Bill” Hollis, 88 of Washington, IL died at 11:36 pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

Born on March 9, 1928 in Bible Grove, MO, he married Amanda McGill Ellis on July 4, 1976. She survives.

Also surviving are their children: Pam Keel of Cummings, GA, Mary Hollis of Acworth, GA, and Mike Hollis of Union Springs, AL, Janet (Marion) Roberson of Pikeville, TN, Linda Webster of Washington, IL, Randy (Judy) Ellis of Eureka, IL, and Rick Ellis of Morton, IL, 3 sisters; Loretta Leible of St. Charles, MO, Betty (Henry) Slobe of Grayslake, IL, and Martha Bradley of Bible Grove, MO, 20 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Hollis, one son William “Billy” Hollis, one stepson, David Ellis, one granddaughter, Michelle Ellis, one brother, Wayne Hollis, two sisters, Mary McGill and Lorraine Aldridge and three brothers-in-law, Warren “Junior” Aldridge, Mayo “Toots” Bradley and Eddie Leible.

Bill graduated from Bible Grove High School in 1945. He then retired from the US Army after more than 20 years of service, where he attained the rank of Major and served in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He also worked at Dixie Bearings in Atlanta, GA for eight years and at the United States Post Office in Peoria, where he worked as a sorter.

He was an active member of Taylor Lodge A.F.&A.M.  #98 in Washington, IL where he was currently serving as Chaplain. Bill was a Mason for over 50 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #100 in Washington and the Disabled American Veterans.

Funeral Services for Bill were held at 10 am Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington.  Pastor Jim Gorby officiated. Services followed with military honors rendered by the US Army. Visitation was from 5-7 pm Monday, July 25, 2016 at the funeral home where Masonic Services followed at 7 pm.  Cremation rites were accorded after the services and inurnment will be in Bible Grove, MO at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Taylor Lodge A.F.&A.M.  #98.  Bill’s memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com where condolences may also be sent to the family.

MERVIN M. HIGH (11/26/1945 – 7/19/2016)

Mervin M. High, 70, of Cantril, Iowa, entered into rest July 19, 2016, at his home, following a brief illness.

He was born November 26, 1945,  in South Lebanon Township, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, the son of Melvin and Verna (Musser) High.

On August 6, 1966, Mervin married Martha B. Shirk.  They began dairy farming in Berks County, Pennsylvania in March, 1971, before relocating to Cantril, Iowa, December 4, 1979.  He milked cows until 2008 and continued helping in the dairy and with the farming until June, 2016, finding satisfaction in hard work and helping others.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  Mervin was a member of the Northview Mennonite Church.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Martha, of nearly 50 years and nine children:  Lonita (Leonard) Burkholder, Edina, Missouri; Lavon (Martha) High, Cantril, Iowa; Lucinda (Eugene) Weiler, Mt. Sterling, Iowa; Kathy (Allen Jr.) Martin, Rutledge, Missouri; Keith (Alma) High, Milton, Iowa; Lynette (Wesley) Weiler, Rutledge, Missouri; Lorelle (Galen) Weiler, Rutledge, Missouri; Leslie (Charlene) High, Cantil, Iowa and Karlin (Joanne) High, Memphis, Missouri.  Also surviving are 62 grandchildren;  15 great-grandchildren; six brothers: Leon (Katie) High, Robesonia, Pennsylvania; Melvin (Mabel) High, Savannah, New York; Glenn (Lucille) High, Robesonia, Pennsylvania; Clair (Edna Mae) High, Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Elmer (Miriam) High, Lititz, Pennsylvania; Marlin (Rachel) High, Lebanon, Pennsylvania and five sisters:  Mary (Leroy) Musser, Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Luella (Earl) Hoover, Lititz, Pennsylvania; Emma (Elmer) Zeiset, Savannah, New York; Rhoda (Earl) Gingerich, Lititz, Pennsylvania; Lois (Harlan) Martin, New Washington, Ohio and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1986, his mother in 2002 and a sister-in-law, Marian High.

Funeral services and burial were held at 9:30 AM, Monday, July 25, 2016 at Northview Mennonite Church in northeast Scotland County.

Living Life Over


Residents will have a front row seat to one of nature’s most spectacular shows in the upcoming weeks.

Friday night, the Delta Aquarid meteor shower will become visible to stargazers, marking the start of a double meteor shower that will last into August.  As the Delta Aquarid shower concludes, the Perseid meteor shower will begin, offering plenty of time to wish upon shooting stars.

Dr. Matt Beaky, Associate Professor of Physics at Truman State University, explained that the beat time for viewing the Delta Aquarid shower will be later in the week due to the slender crescent Moon.  “It’s definitely visible in Missouri,” Beaky said of the celestial event.  “The best observing will be in the pre-dawn hours of July 29.”

The Perseid shower will be most prominent on August 12, but its visibility will be more limited than the Delta Aquarid shower.

Meteors, as explained in a recent article from national Geographic, are caused by Earth’s atmosphere slamming into clouds of sand and grain-size particles shed by orbiting comets.  As particles enter the atmosphere at speeds in excess of 93,200 miles an hour, they burn up in a fleeting streak of light.


The Memphis Police Department is investigating a break-in at the municipal pool that occurred overnight Friday, July 21st.

An employee at the Memphis Swimming Pool reported the incident early Saturday morning after finding the door to the pool’s pump room ajar.

Water Department Superintendent Dennis Howard inspected the pool equipment and found no damage to the invaluable pool pumps or chemical equipment.

The suspects gained entry to the locked room by using some form of tool to destroy the door casing and free the deadbolt and door locks.

Investigators were able to recover evidence at the scene of the crime and the city is considering the possibility of offering a reward for information in the case.

In just its second season, the new swimming pool represents a significant investment by the community, with more than $350,000 in funding used to construct the aquatic center that averaged more than 100 customers a day last season.


James Treece of the USDA Rural Development office met with members of the Scotland County Care Center staff and board members July 18 to present the final approval and funding for the new 28-apartment assisted care facility to be constructed as part of the nursing home.

Care Center Administrator Jim Richardson as well as board members Mitch Jayne, Bill McRobert, Doug Robinson, Joe Fulk, Dee Wiley, and Glen Lister were presented with a rural development loan check from USDA for $1,242,000 to help fund the project.

The project appeared doomed last fall because of bureaucratic red tape, but thanks to the work of the staff and board members combined with State Representative Jim Sears, it was salvaged.  Sears helped get legislation passed that allowed SCCC to be exempt from a state-wide certificate of need.

With the USDA Rural Development Funding the Care Center will proceed with the 11,300 square-foot facility to be built on the southwest corner of the Care Center lot.  The crews wasted little time, as the initial ground work began July 22.


Cub Scout Pack 97 had a “Whale of a Time” at their annual fishing derby and campout.  Twenty-five Scouts and parents participated and enjoyed fishing, food and fun at Lake Show Me July 13 and 14.

Pack 97 would like to thank Missouri Conservation Agent Robin Raisch for his help and supplies, Mike Ahland for the wood, the Wood Shop for donating fishing lures for prizes and a special thanks to that little skunk who played hide and seek with them all night long.


Albert Lee Gardner, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Gardner of Memphis, received burns to his hands, arms, and back in a fire which happened Sunday night at about 9:15 p.m.

According to the report, Gardner was washing the floor at the Memphis Implement Company, located at 226 S. Market St. and owned by his father, A.E. Gardner, when the fire broke out.  Gardner was using diesel fuel to do the washing and it was apparently ignited by a water heater.

The damage in the building was not extensive but Gardner was taken to the Scotland County Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield, Iowa, for treatment.  He was later taken to an Iowa City Hospital where his condition was reported serious Monday morning.

A later report indicated that Gardner had been removed from intensive care at the Iowa City Hospital.


Grand Opening Dinner at the Memphis Country Club will be held Wednesday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

The dinner will be catered by Everett Keith and served at the Club House.  All members are urged to attend.  Tickets will be $2.50.

Following the dinner will be dancing and cards as the guests wish.

Melvin Gordy killed a large badger at their farm home, seven miles northwest of Revere, about 2:30 Thursday morning.

It was reported that Mr. and Mrs. Gordy were awakened by the barking of their two shepherd dogs, and went to investigate the commotion.  Thinking at first it was a raccoon crouched along the fence near the chicken house, Mr. Gordy tried to send the dogs after it.  After shooting the animal and learning it was a badger, he understood why the dogs were not willing to tackle it.

Mrs. Gordy reported she had been losing eggs lately, but it is not known for certain whether the badger was the culprit.


Memphis, in the early 1890’s had 3500 inhabitants and was the most important city in Northeast Missouri.  It had many fine residences and business buildings.

Among the establishments in the community were one college, nine churches, four newspapers (1 daily), eight restaurants, nine grocery stores, eight clothing stores, six millinery stores, four jewelry stores, two wagon factories, one electric light plant, one telephone system, five blacksmith shops, eighteen lawyers, five barber shops, three photographers, three shoe shops, five hotels, twenty carpenters, ten brick masons, one cooper shop, four butcher shops, three saloons, one band and orchestra, one marble shop, two furniture stores, two public schools, three banks, five drug stores, four hardware stores, two flouring mills, one foundry, one buggy carriage and bus factory, one pickle works, one creamery, two opera houses, one plow works, two handle factories, one washing machine works, one four cabinet manufactory, two brick yards, one tile factory, ten doctors, three harness shops, two dentists, two bakeries, six contractors, eight plasterers, two lumber yards, two billiard halls, two music houses, one produce and poultry house, sixteen secret societies, four confectionery stores, three tin shops, a building and loan association, water works, five livery stables, two tailor shops, two laundries, one fair association and one cigar factory.


The Bueter bread truck from Quincy was badly damaged early Saturday morning when the driver of the truck, Robert McKistner, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and ran off of the highway east of the Clyde Wright home three miles east of Memphis.

McKistner was accompanied by his 14-year old son who received painful injuries in the crash.  The truck left the road just west of the Walter Smith home and went into the ditch on the north side of the road.  The truck continued west into the ditch, struck the west abutment of the bridge and turned over on its side in the water of the small stream.

The father and son climbed out of the truck and walked to the Clyde Wright home from where the bakery at Quincy was called.  Mr. Bueter, owner of the bakery, came in a car and took McKistner and son to Quincy.  A Quincy wrecker came and pulled the truck out of the ditch with the help of Roy Lee Smith and his tractor.  The truck was towed back to Quincy.

PEARL GRUBB (12/8/1924 – 7/16/2016)

Pearl Elizabeth Grubb, 91, of Memphis, MO, passed away July 16, 2016, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  Pearl was born December 8, 1924, in Lockridge, IA, the daughter of Alvin and Ethel Duttweiler Stephenson.

Pearl attended grade school and high school in Lockridge, IA, graduating with the class of 1942.

On April 25, 1943, she married Jacob Warren Grubb in Fairfield, IA and to this union, four children were born: Russell, Elaine, Diane and Jerry.

Pearl’s married life as a homemaker began in Atchison County, MO.  In 1952, she and Warren moved to Scotland County after purchasing a farm seven miles southwest of Memphis, MO.  She was very faithful to her family and marriage.  Pearl was the corner stone to the farming operation which involved row crops, cattle and several hundred head of hogs.  There were many days that Pearl assisted with the chores during the planting and harvesting season in addition to caring for the family.  Her children remember some of the difficult times growing up on the farm, but regardless how tough things were, Pearl was dedicated to feeding and clothing her family.

Pearl’s family was very important to her.  The many birthday celebrations, annual Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings were special to her and will be missed by all the family.  At these gatherings, there was never a lack of food.  Pearl would make noodles, bake rolls, pies, cakes, and tea rings for family gatherings as well as several members of the Memphis community that ordered them.  For many years, she baked goods for the Scotland County Soil & Water annual meeting.

Once the grandchildren started arriving, Pearl became very dedicated to them: babysitting and feeding them when needed, entertaining them, playing games, etc.  Pearl was a quilter and made each of her 12 grandchildren a quilt upon graduation from high school.  She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, jig saw puzzles, crocheting and was a weekly letter writer to many family members that were not close by.

Pearl was a member of the Memphis United Methodist Church and attended regularly.  In her later years, she looked forward to attending church, followed by eating lunch with some of the family at Keith’s Café.  She enjoyed having her children and grandchildren stop at her home to visit.  She was truly God’s example of putting others first and not letting the materialistic society influence her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Warren; two brothers, Glen and Robert Stephenson; one sister, Frances Seibel; one sister-in-law, Vaunceil Stephenson and three brothers-in-law, George Hinshaw, John Anderson, and Jerry Fish.

Pearl is survived by her children, Russell Grubb and wife Karen, of Hannibal, MO, Elaine Briggs and husband, Richard of Memphis, Mo, Diane Duley and husband, Phil of Memphis, MO, and Jerry Grubb and wife, Lisa of Memphis, MO; 12 grandchildren, Linda Briggs of Memphis, MO, Brian Briggs and wife, Melinda of Memphis, MO, Daniel Grubb and wife, Allison of Minneapolis, MN, Sarah Moss and husband, Jason of Memphis, MO, Amy Hunziker and husband, Jaryt of Boonville, MO, Leslie Ranney and husband, Justin of Kansas City, MO, Laura Colvin and husband, Marc of Wyaconda, MO, Kaitlin Grubb and Kevin Fountain of Memphis, MO, Andrew Duley of Downing, MO, Bethanie Grubb of Memphis, MO, Anna Duley of Kirksville, MO, and Abbey Duley of Columbia, MO; 13 great-grandchildren, one sister-Winnie Fish of Hillsdale, MI, one sister-in-law, Roberta Stephenson of Keosauqua, IA, and one brother-in-law, Harold Seibel of Traveres, FL;  along with several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Memorials are suggested to the Scotland County Nutrition Site, Scotland County Health Department or the Memphis United Methodist Church and can be mailed to or left at the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by logging on to Payne’s website at www.paynefuneralchapel.com.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, July 21, 2016, at the Memphis United Methodist Church at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Memphis Cemetery  Pallbearers were Brian Briggs, Daniel Grubb, Andrew Duley, Jaryt Hunziker, Marc Colvin and Justin Ranney.  Honorary pallbearers were Phil Duley, Richard Briggs, Jason Moss, Larry Riney and Mike Ahland.  Musicians were Sarah Myers, pianist, and Tom Cotton, vocalist.

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

The Simple Act Of Compassion 

Society at large is in a world of hurt.  Everyone has enough on their plates; even to the point of overload if not, at least, significant distraction.  To be frank about it, every person hurts significantly.  What we want to address is how to ease the pain; no, cure the burdens we each encounter.

A healthy perspective is to recognize that humanity is a composition fabric.  No one is an island; though we often seem to strive to find our space and guard it ferociously. When we are blended, however, we learn to look out for one another.  Community is to offer substantial strength.

Loneliness, on the other hand, is devastating.  We may find ourselves all alone.  We need at least one someone to help.  Good neighbors, then, like teamwork or family or group carry new health for all encompassed within the expanding populace of valued acquaintances.

From experience (observing others and my own), the strongest way to recovery from feeling abandoned or forgotten is to care for another/others.  Deep within the secret passages of our hearts is the yearn to make a difference… for someone else.  When we set our insecurities aside and wade out into the deep end of the pool to give assistance to another, our weight can seem to lift.  The simple act of compassion is all that is needed for any individual who is struggling with depression or loneliness.

The magic of God is that He noted a hurting world and waded right into the center of its deepest wounds; insult, abandonment, and even death.  He arrived with a message;  “I.  Understand.”  Take a look at Hebrews 2:14-18 and then 4:14-16.  The life that we encounter when we give ourselves away to those who hurt is the fulfillment of what God has promised all along; if we will lose our lives we will find them.

Those who can’t find life to be of meaning and purpose are the same ones who measure conversations and actions by what they want without compassion for a neighbor who is hurting every bit as much.  When we give ourselves away in sympathy toward another, we run into the very life we have always craved.

If you happen to be having a very bad day (or even life), bring such to an end by caring more about those around you.  As you lift their spirits by giving your valuable attention, He will lift yours.  He promises.  That’s the way… the only way.,. life works.  Stop the complaining.  Shelve the criticizing of others.  Do something meaningful.  Love your neighbor more than yourself.  You’ll like the results.

Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by      the President of the United States in the name of  the U.S. Congress to U.S. military only.  There are three versions of the medal, one for the Army, one for the Navy, and one for the Air Force. Personnel of the Marine Corps and Coast Guard  receive the Navy version. The Medal  of Honor was created in 1861, early in the American Civil War, to  give recognition to men who distinguished themselves “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidly” in combat with the enemy of the United States. There have been 3,469 Medals of Honor awarded  to the nation’s soldiers, sailors airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen since the decoration’s creation, with just less than half of the awarded for action  during the four  years of the Civil War. The Medal of Honor is usually presented by the President in a formal ceremony at the White House, intended to represent the gratitude of the American  people, with posthumous presentations made to the primary next of kin. In 1990, Congress designated March 25 annually as “National Medal of Honor Day”. Due to its prestige and status, the Medal of Honor is afforded special protection under U. S. law against any unauthorized adornment, sale of manufacture, which included any associated ribbon or badge. 621 of these Medal of Honor have been awarded posthumously. One of the first Medal of Honor was awarded to Seaman John Ortega in 1864.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Strategic Planning

I’m reminded of an old country song that goes like this. “It’s too hot to fish, too hot for golf, and too cold at home” (Imagine a deep twang). Well, while the home fires may still be burning, it’s definitely too hot to fish and too hot for golf. So, I just sits and thinks and plans. And in the late afternoon or early morning I check trail cameras and move tree stands because harvesting a deer doesn’t happen in the late fall or winter but more often than not, it happens in the summer. It happens without a bow or gun but with a map, a camera, and strategic planning.

Over the years, I have been able to hunt several places where I had to scout before I hunted. My normal routine would be to walk around in the woods for a few hours and determine where I needed to set a tree stand. Most of the time, I would decide on the first place I saw signs of any deer activity. I was too quick to settle on a spot because I felt like I was wasting time walking when I could be hunting. As a result, I rarely saw many deer. The professionals do it differently. On a five-day hunt, they will spend at least two days locating the deer and finding out where the best places to hunt might be. They will also consider the wind in determining when to hunt a particular spot. They have discovered that killing a deer is much easier when you know its pattern and tendencies. They have discovered the actual harvest is simply the culmination of time spent learning the behavior and practices of the game they are hunting. They were not successful because they pulled the trigger on a deer, but because they understood how their deer thought and acted.

What goes for good hunters also goes for good communicators. Good communicators are not able to connect with an audience simply because they have good speaking skills. They connect because they have learned how their audience learns and behaves. They have learned it is worthless to have answers to questions no one is asking. Over the years it seems for many pastors, we spent too much time communicating and not enough time on finding out how our audience learns and what their tendencies were. We preached on Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night, and did it with passion. But when you look at church attendance today, I am not sure that we were as effective as we could have been. For me, I wish I had spent more time scouting and less time in the stand. Because the goal was not to see how many times I could speak. It was to celebrate a harvest. And that is still the goal.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries


Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to families and friends of Barbara Whitefield, Dennis Hoffarth (Dancing Rabbits), Martin Huber (worked at Zimmermans), Nathan and Mary Joyce Zimmerman (loss of baby boy), Sheldon Paul, and Mervin High.

Neal and Dawn Kirkpatrick’s daughter, Ann and husband, Jahaziel Cantu and children, Eli, Elizabeth and Lydia, from Flower Mound, came up for a visit.  They visited with other relatives and friends and went on a few tours.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead and great-grandsons, Will and Waid, went to Kirksville.

Neta Phillips went to Kirksville.

Charlene Montgomery went to Kirksville.

Some others in this week were Dale and Lisa Tague, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Marjorie Peterson, Alyson Ewald, Mark Mazziotti and daughter, Cole Mazziotti, Ruth Ludwick, Robert Peed, Bill and Margie Delaney, Don Tague, Milt Clary, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Nancy Jo Waack, Kathy Blythe, and Otho and Dorva Harbur.

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