July 22, 2004

Symmonds gets first career win at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (July 17)-Brandon Symmonds claimed his first career USRA Hobby Stock feature win on J's Foods night at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway. Others picking up feature wins included Tommy Elston (Late Models), Mark Burgtorf (USRA Modifieds), Mike Robinson (USRA Stock Cars), Jerry Reese, Jr. (USRA B-Modifieds), Dave Hudson (Cruisers), and Tyler Schulte (Pony Stocks).

Jody Wood took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 20 lap Late Model feature. Wood would hold the top spot until lap 4 when Tommy Elston, who started 6th, jumped to the outside of him coming out of turn four to take the lead. Elston then pulled away on the final 16 laps to pick up his 5th win of the season at Memphis. Wood held on to finish 2nd. Thad Trump came from 8th to finish 3rd while Denny Woodworth was 4th with Gordy Grubb coming home in 5th. Elston and Trump claimed heat race wins.

Newcomer Rich Smith took the lead on the drop of the green flag in the 15 lap USRA Modified feature, with Brad Ford close behind in second. Smith continued to lead as Mark Burgtorf, who started 6th, was closing to challenge for the top spot. Burgtorf would jump to the outside of Smith on lap 5 to take over the lead, but Smith would come back on the bottom to get the lead back on lap 6. Burgtorf would jump to the outside of Smith on lap 7 to take the lead back. Burgtorf then lead the final 8 laps to claim his 5th win of the season at the speedway.

Smith would come home 2nd, Martin Bennett was 3rd, Ryan Meyer was 4th, with Brad Ford rounding out the top 5. Heat race winners were Burgtorf and Mike Bennett.

The 15 lap USRA Stock Car feature saw Jim Brown and Jason Cook on the front row with Cook jumping out front on lap 1. Cook would hold the top spot until lap 5 when Mike Robinson slipped under him to grab the lead. Robinson would hold off a last lap challenge from Cook to pick up his 5th win of the season at Memphis. Ryan Cook came from 8th to finish in 3rd, Eric Flander was 4th, with Brown coming home in 5th. Butch Bailey and Brown picked up heat race wins.

Jerry Reese, Jr. took advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 15 lap USRA B-Modified feature. Reese, Jr. would lead all 15 laps and held off several challenges from Jack Evans, Jr. to pick up his 8th win of the season at Memphis. Ron York was 3rd, Danny Daggs came from 10th to finish in 4th, with John Shaffer coming from 9th to round out the top 5. Heat race winners were York and Gary Dreyer.

The 12 lap USRA Hobby Stock feature was cut to 8 laps due to a time limit, with Brandon Symmonds emerging from the 28-car field to get his first career win. Symmonds would jump out front on lap 1, with Mike Shelton challenging him in second. Symmonds would hold off several challenges from Jeff Soper to pick up the win. Jeremy Hamlin was 3rd, Shelton would come from last after pitting on lap 1 for a flat tire, to get 4th, with Tony Becerra coming from 10th to round out the top 5. Jesse Garrett, Hamlin, Mark Holt and Soper would pick up heat race wins.

Brian Overhulser took the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap Cruiser feature from his 3rd place starting spot, with David Hudson close behind in second. Overhulser would hold the lead until lap 5 when Hudson slipped by for the top spot. Hudson then held off Overhulser on the final 5 laps to pick up his 3rd win of the season at the speedway. Craig Spilker was 3rd, Keith Reed was 4th, with Michael St. Clair coming home in 5th. Heat race winners were Spilker and Hudson.

The 10 lap Pony Stock feature was a battle between Tyler Schulte and Dave Burdette, with Schulte holding on to claim his 4th win of the season at Memphis. Brandon Savage came from 15th to finish in 3rd, Brent Forest was 4th, with Andrew Hustead rounding out the top 5. Dennis Schulte and Burdette picked up heat race wins.

Coming up next week will be Bradley Insurance night at the speedway. The rained out Hobby Stock, Cruiser and Pony Stock features from July 9th will be ran first before the regular night of racing begins. Also there will be a candy dash thanks to RPM. Gates Open at 4:30 p.m., Hot Laps at 6:00pm and Racing at 6:30pm.



Results

Late Models

Heat Race 1: 1.Tommy Elston, Keokuk, IA 2.Lynn Monroe, Memphis 3.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 4.Rob Kirchner, Donnellson, IA 5.Russell Jeffries, Kirksville, 6.Jerry Asher, Kirksville

Heat Race 2: 1.Thad Trump, Kahoka 2.Jody Wood, Donnellson, IA 3.Denny Woodworth, Mendon, IL, 4.Gordy Grubb, Oskaloosa, IA, 5.Kevin Tomlinson, New London, 6.Jim Fuller, Memphis

Feature: 1.Elston, 2.Wood, 3.Trump, 4.Woodworth, 5.Grubb, 6.Burgtorf, 7.Kirchner, 8.Jeffries, 9.Monroe, 10.Asher, 11.Tomlinson, 12.Fuller

USRA Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 2.Jerry Conners, Pleasant Valley, IA 3.Rich Smith, Davenport, IA 4.David Wietholder, Liberty, IL 5.Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA 6.Chris Eggers, Lancaster, 7.Phillip Cossel, Montrose, IA 8.Bob Dale, Gorin 9.Mike Delozier, Carthage, IL

Heat Race 2: 1.Mike Bennett, Des Moines, IA 2.Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL 3.Brad Ford, Mt.Pleasant, IA 4.Martin Bennett, Ankeny, IA 5.Jon Fuller, Memphis 6.Brad Stephens, Bussey, IA 7.Kevin Tomlinson, New London 8.Brad Moriarty, Des Moines, IA

Feature: 1.Burgtorf, 2.Smith, 3.Martin Bennett, 4.Meyer, 5.Ford, 6.Mike Bennett, 7.Conners, 8.Cossel, 9.Eggers, 10.Wietholder, 11.Fuller, 12.Stephens, 13.Moriarty, 14.Tomlinson, 15.Gillenwater, 16.Dale, 17.Delozier

USRA Stock Cars

Heat Race 1: 1.Butch Bailey, Novelty 2.Eric Flander, What Cheer, IA 3.Ryan Cook, West Point, IA 4.Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, IA 5.Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA 6.Todd Phillips, Ollie, IA 7.Kiel Morton, Kirksville

Heat Race 2: 1.Jim Brown, Fremont, IA 2.Troy Alexander, Memphis 3.Mike Robinson, Moravia, IA 4.Jason Cook, Mt.Pleasant, IA 5.Michael Browning, Edina 6.Jeff Murphy, Columbus Junction, IA 7.Trent Vrchoticty, Columbus Junction, IA

Feature: 1.Robinson, 2.J.Cook, 3.R.Cook, 4.Flander, 5.Brown, 6.Alexander, 7.Lynch, 8.Phillips, 9.Bailey, 10.Dresden, 11.Murphy, 12.Vrchoticty, 13.Morton, 14.Browning

USRA B-Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Ron York, Edina 2.Jack Evans Jr, Keokuk, IA 3.Jerry Reese Jr., Baring 4.Amos Zimmerman, Memphis 5.John Shaffer, Memphis 6.Todd Morton, Kirksville 7.Joe Hooper, Mendon, IL

Heat Race 2: 1.Gary Dreyer, Quincy, IL, 2.Larry Newman, Kirksville 3.Logan Trueblood, Memphis 4.Pete Toubekis, Keokuk, IA 5.Danny Daggs, Kahoka, 6.Tony Morton, Kirksville 7.Luke Holst, Augusta, IL 8.David Snyder, Greentop

Feature: 1.Reese, Jr., 2.Evans, Jr., 3.York, 4.Daggs, 5.Shaffer, 6.Newman, 7.Toubekis, 8.Holst, 9.Todd Morton, 10.Snyder, 11.Dreyer, 12.Tony Morton, 13.Trueblood, 14.Zimmerman, 15.Hooper

USRA Hobby Stocks

Heat Race 1: 1.Jesse Garrett, Batavia, IA 2.Tony Becerra, Carthage, IL 3.Randy Phillips, Columbus Junction, IA 4.Michael Lay, Lewistown 5.JR Miller, Fairfield, IA 6.Kevin Cheney, Quincy, IL 7.Scott Phillips

Heat Race 2: 1.Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis 2.Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, IA 3.Jerard Fisher, Pulaski, IA 4.Richard Hudson, Arbela 5.Mark Jacob, Carthage, IL 6.Bill Crowell, Kahoka 7.Earl Six, Keokuk, IA

Heat Race 3: 1.Mark Holt, Memphis, 2.Jim Walker, Mystic, IA 3.Robert Kibbe, Salem, IA 4.Patrick Profeta, Keokuk, IA 5.Ryan McCarty, 6.Gordon Hudson, Arbela 7.Abe Huls, Carthage, IL

Heat Race 4: 1.Jeff Soper, Kahoka 2.Jason Overhulser, Alexandria, 3.Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 4.Jim Lynch, Farmington, IA 5.Josh Soper, Kahoka 6.Jimmy Hooper, Wyaconda 7.Kevin Londrie

Feature: 1.Symmonds, 2.Jeff Soper, 3.Hamlin, 4.Shelton, 5.Becerra, 6.Walker, 7.Kibbe, 8.R.Phillips, 9.Josh Soper, 10.Lynch, 11.Hooper, 12.Profeta, 13.Cheney, 14.McCarty, 15.Crowell, 16.S.Phillips, 17.Huls, 18.Londrie, 19.Fisher, 20.Overhulser, 21.Holt, 22.Lay, 23.G.Hudson, 24.Six, 25.R.Hudson, 26.Miller, 27.Garrett, 28.Jacob

Cruisers

Heat Race 1: 1.Craig Spilker, Quincy, IL 2.Jody Small, Rutledge 3.Brian Overhulser, Alexandria 4.Michael St.Clair, Wayland 5.Jason Henry, Augusta, IL 6.Eric Bergheger, Hannibal 7.Kevin Fountain, Arbela

Heat Race 2: 1.David Hudson, Memphis 2.Keith Reed, Quincy, IL 3.Bill O'Haver, Kirksville 4.Jon Antal, Lancaster 5.Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA 6.Shawn Crowell, Alexandria

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

Pony Stocks

Heat Race 1: 1.Dennis Schulte, Keokuk, IA 2.Tyler Schulte, Montrose, IA 3.Brent Forest, 4.Ryan Miller, Gorin 5.Brenda Wear, 6.Jim Hamilton, Keokuk, IA 7.Austin Schulte, Keokuk, IA 8.Brandon Savage, Keokuk, IA

Heat Race 2: 1.Dave Burdette, Keokuk, IA 2.Rob Hammel, Hamilton, IL 3.Jerry Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 4.Andrew Hustead, Rutledge 5.Sean Cannon, 6.Rick Miller, Gorin 7.Michael Prebe

Feature: 1.T.Schulte, 2.Burdette, 3.Savage, 4.Forest, 5.Hustead, 6.Prebe, 7.Cannon, 8.A.Schulte, 9.Rick Miller, 10.Wear, 11.Ryan Miller, 12.Symmonds, 13.Hamilton, 14.D.Schulte, 15.Hammel

Rotary Hosts SCR-I Football Coaches

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Members of the football coaching staff from Scotland County R-1 High School recently presented a program to the members of the Scotland County Rotary Club.  The Head Coach is Mikel Gragg and assistants are Troy Carper and Rod Sears.  Coach Gragg reported that there are 30 boys on the team and two are injured and unable to play.  There are 13 seniors on the team.  Mr. Carper is the defensive coach and Mr. Sears works with special teams. In the classroom, Mr. Gragg teaches Jr. High & High School PE.  Mr. Carper teaches Life Skills and Mr. Sears teaches high school math classes.  The football coaches are pictured with local Rotarian and school superintendent, Ryan Bergeson.

Patrol Discusses Bus Safety

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Elementary Guidance focused on safety during the month of September.  Sgt. Brent Bernhardt discussed Bus Safety with SCR-1 kindergartners.  We can ALL help keep our students safe by slowing down and stopping when we see the flashing lights and stop signs.  Thank you bus drivers for your service!  

MHS Class of 1956 Reunion

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1956 GRADUATING CLASS HOLDS 60 YEAR REUNION – A total of 23 class members of 1956 graduating class of Memphis High School met at the Scotland County  Fitness Center to celebrate their 60th class reunion. A delicious dinner was catered by the Rutledge School Restoration Society.  Traveling the farthest was Dean Hicks from Las Vegas,  Nevada, followed by Bill Smoot and Suzanne  Smoot (Leach) traveling from Billings, Montana.  A good time was enjoyed by all. Pictured in the front row (L to R) are Evelyn Magruder (Prebe), Marilyn Dunn (Prebe), Joyce Aylward (Kiddo), Joann Rood (Carlson), and Edna Gundy (Miller). Middle row (L to R) are Marietta Fowler (Ferris), Betty Ann Lefler (Walker), Leon Kerr, Joanna Shelly (Peck), Suzanne Smoot (Leach), and Ruby Hanson (Pample). Back row (L to R) are Kenny Nelson, Dean Hicks, Barbara Smith (Adams), Jerry Bland, Carol Scurlock (Simerl), George Rude, Bill Smoot, Audrey Glass, Larry Howe, Larry Harrington, and Phil Aylward.

Rush to Preach at Kahoka

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Rev. Terry Rush  will be the guest speaker at the Kahoka Christian Church on October 2, 2016. Terry began his ministry at Kahoka Church of Christ in 1974.  He has been pastor of the Memorial Drive Church of Christ, Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the past 39 years. He and wife, Mary, have three children who are also involved in Christian Ministry. Rev. Rush has a long standing association with the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team, including playing at their Legends Camps and being spiritual mentor to a number of current and former players and coaches. October 2 will be a special “Baseball Sunday”.  Everyone is invited to wear their favorite Team Jersey, or to simply come-as-you-are. Please help welcome Terry Rush back to Kahoka. Services start at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Conservation Considerations – Archery Season 2016

by MDC Agent Michael Collins

Fall is right around the corner and so is everyone’s favorite time of the year. Between the ‘Friday Night Lights,’ Football Sunday, cooler weather, bonfires and last but not least, pursuing that trophy buck that you’ve been watching all year – this is truly a special time of the year. Archery season is here and it’s time to wipe the dust off of your hunting gear, check to see if everything is up to par and to hone your archery skills.

This year, the dates for Archery Deer and Turkey Season are September 15 through November 11, and November 23 through January 15. The legal shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise, to one-half hour after sunset. During this season, hunters may use longbows, compound bows, hand-held string releasing devices, atlatls, recurve bows of any draw weight, and crossbows. Yes, crossbows, too. Beginning this year, hunters are now allowed to hunt deer and turkey with a crossbow. In the past, hunters needed a hunting methods exemption in order to use one – however, this is no longer the case. Your archery equipment may be outfitted with any illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights. Hunting with the aid of an artificial light, possession or use of night vision or thermal imagery devices, use of any sighting device that casts a beam of light on game, and use of electronic calls for deer and turkey or through the use of bait is illegal and will result in a citation. After harvesting a deer or turkey, hunters are required to notch the month and day of harvest, along the margins of their permit. Hunters are also required to keep their permits with them at all times while hunting.

The season limits are as follows: Hunters may harvest two turkeys of either sex and both may be taken on the same day, may not exceed the limit of 2 antlered deer (all seasons combined), and can fill any number of Archery Antlerless Deer permits in all counties except Iron, Reynolds, Butler, Scott, New Madrid, Mississippi, Dunklin and Pemiscot counties.

As always the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages you to hunt, fish, trap and enjoy the great outdoors. Missourians play a great role in driving the conservation of our wildlife resources through generations of outdoor tradition – for now and more to come. Be safe and good luck out there!

For more information go to mdc.mo.gov, see the 2016 Fall Deer & Turkey pamphlet, contact the Northeast Regional Office or contact Conservation Agent Michael Collins at (660) 216-1374.

Roll Clouds

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Roll clouds were part of an amazing sunrise in Scotland County early Tuesday morning, September 13th.  A roll cloud is a low, horizontal, tube-shaped and relatively rare type of arcus cloud, a category of low cloud formations.  Roll clouds form near advancing cold fronts.  A downdraft from the advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud.  When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form.  They differ from shelf clouds by being completely detached from a thunderstorm base or other cloud features.  They usually appear to be “rolling” about a horizontal axis.

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Former Pastors to Speak at First Christian Church Centennial Homecoming

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Phillip Gore and Tim Hawkins, former ministers of the Memphis First Christian Church, will be the speakers for the Sunday, October 2, morning worship service as the Church hosts Homecoming Services to celebrate the completion of the current church building (located on the corner of Jones and Main Streets) which was completed in 1916.

Gore, who grew up in Vandalia, preached his first sermon at age fifteen.  He graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry.  In January, 1998, Gore became minister of Memphis First Christian Church where he served until 2000.  He is owner of Phillip Gore Design and designs web sites and creates digital art.  Gore and his wife Lanaya have four children. They currently live in San Antonio, Texas.

Hawkins, who served as youth minister and then senior minister at First Christian Church from 1994 to 1997, now resides in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife Stephanie and their four children.  He is Executive Director of Sojourn Collegiate Ministry and has been with the group since 2006 helping college and university students on their journey back to God.  Hawkins is pastor of Reunion Christian Church, Somerville location.

Former Memphis resident Terry Rush will speak at the closing service on Sunday afternoon (October 2).  Rush has served the Memorial Drive Church of Christ congregation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, since July of 1977, and also serves as the coordinator of the Tulsa Workshop. He is the author of seven books including, “The Holy Spirit Makes No Earthly Sense” and “The Miracle of Mercy”. Rush is an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and has a unique ministry of playing baseball in legends camps with former St. Louis Cardinal old-timers since 1984. He and his wife Mary have three adult children; their two sons are in full time ministry.

There will also be services on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, (see schedule of services ad published in this issue of the Democrat).  Special music for the services will be provided by the Gateway Singers and Paul Burton and Mercy’s Bridge Band, a country gospel group.

The Planning Committee for the Church Homecoming celebration will share historical information about First Christian Church as part of the three special services and host fellowship times with snacks, a barbecue, and luncheon for  the congregation, the community, and friends to enjoy.

Voters Reminded Last Day to Register to Cast November Election Ballot is October 12th

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Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Those words by former President Roosevelt ring true, for those who chose not to vote as well as those who fail to properly register.

Scotland County Clerk Batina Dodge reminds prospective voters that the deadline to register to vote in the November 8th general election is October 12th.

Missouri law states that any citizen of the United States who is a resident of the State of Missouri and seventeen years and six months of age or older shall be entitled to register and to vote in any election which is held on or after his eighteenth birthday. (115.133, RSMo)

Prospective voters can register in person in the county clerk’s office in the Scotland County Courthouse. Dodge says individuals simply need to bring with them a copy of a birth certificate, a Native American tribal document, other proof of United States citizenship, a valid Missouri drivers license or other form of personal identification at the time of registration.

You can also register to vote online at the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office https://www.sos.mo.gov/.

An application may also be printed from the website or obtained at the county clerk’s office, completed and mailed to Scotland County Clerk’s Office, 117 S. Market, Street Suite 100, Memphis, MO 63555.

Not only is the application used to initially register to vote, but the short one page form also needs to be completed when voters move to other jurisdictions, or change their address on a current voter registration within the same jurisdiction, or change the voter’s name.

“If a voter needs to change his or her address or name, a new voter registration application must be filed with the local election authority,” said Dodge. “Please note that voters who do not update their addresses before election day may be sent to a different polling place depending on their new address.”

To check your voter registration, contact the office of Batina Dodge, Scotland County Clerk, at (660) 465-7027 or visit https://www.sos.mo.gov/.

Bushel Basket Open House Highlights Local Orchard’s Tasty Products

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by Andrea Brassfield

Richard Zimmerman and his family hosted an Open House for their business, The Bushel Basket, on Saturday, September 17th.  They also own Evergreen Sharpening and are located south of Memphis (take HWY 15 to the first gravel, then 1.5 miles west).

At the Bushel Basket, the Zimmermans are busy producing honey and growing apples, peaches and strawberries.

The family started their fruit orchard five years ago and have eight varieties of apples including Ginger Gold, Crimson Gala, Honey Crisp, Cortland, Crimson Crisp, Sun Crisp, Gold Rush and Pink Lady.  The Honey Crisp apples have already completed their growing season.  They also have two varieties of peaches including Baby Gold and Red Haven.  This is the second year of apple production and the first year for peach production.  The past two years, the winters were too harsh for the peach blossoms which are not quite as hardy as the apples.

Additionally, the Zimmermans have added more strawberry plants to their gardens and hope to have enough production next spring to begin selling.

Another part of their apple production includes custom washing, polishing and pressing not only for themselves but for other apple growers as well.  Their delicious apple cider is sold in gallon and half-gallon jugs.

Another tasty treat found at the Bushel Basket is honey and can be purchased in a variety of sizes.  The Zimmermans currently have four hives in production as well as neighbors who add to their honey supply.

Honey harvesting takes place twice a year, in August and October.  A brood box is the nest where the queen bee lays up to 2,000 eggs per day.  There are anywhere from 20,000 to 70,000 bees per colony with only one queen bee.

Another interesting fact about these amazing little creatures is that one ounce of honey would provide one bee with enough energy to fly around the world.  Also, it takes twelve bees their entire lifetime to collect one teaspoon of honey; 556 bees a lifetime to collect one pound of honey from approximately two million blossoms!  With this in mind, it is easy to see where the term “busy bee” comes from!!

The Bushel Basket is not the only family business owned by the Zimmermans; they also have owned and operated Evergreen Sharpening for the past seven years.  They sell Echo brand chainsaws, new chains, and some accessories.  They also sharpen chainsaw chains, saw blades, drill bits, kitchen knives, pinking shears and sewing scissors.

Mr. Zimmerman works full-time at Raytec LLC here in Memphis, however during his busier harvest times, he works four days a week in order to spend more time with his fruit orchards and honey production.

Business hours are Monday, Friday and Saturday all day and “by chance” on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Downing House to Host ‘Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past’

The Downing House Museum Complex received a $2,000 grant from the US Bank Corporation for the purpose of “providing opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work”.  Rhonda Mathes and Beverly Shelley are pictured presenting the grant, on behalf of US Bank, to Rhonda McBee, museum volunteer.  The grant is being used to purchase props, supplies and costumes for the upcoming “Evening at the Museum – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

The Downing House Museum Complex received a $2,000 grant from the US Bank Corporation for the purpose of “providing opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work”. Rhonda Mathes and Beverly Shelley are pictured presenting the grant, on behalf of US Bank, to Rhonda McBee, museum volunteer. The grant is being used to purchase props, supplies and costumes for the upcoming “Evening at the Museum – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

The Downing House Museum Complex, as part of the Scotland County Historical Society, recently received a $2000 grant from the US Bank Corporation. US Bank’s guidelines for the grant specified that the grant should be used to provide opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work. With this in mind, the Downing House Museum applied for the grant in order to provide a new cultural activity for our community. The grant will enable the Museum to purchase props, supplies and costumes to host a fall event at the location at 311 South Main Street in Memphis, Missouri – “EVENING AT THE MUSEUM – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

Join us for a unique evening walking tour of the museum complex while enjoying narratives from the past provided by fascinating residents from the Downing House, the Memphis Depot, the carriage house, summer kitchen and the Boyer House. Residents will be portrayed by volunteers from the Memphis Community Players and will include such characters as Ella Ewing, William G. Downing, Tom Horn, a barber in the barbershop, a blacksmith working in the carriage house, the ticket master at the Memphis Depot, kitchen servants, Dr. Keethler, a one room country school teacher, and a Civil War soldier, They will tell stories from their lives while living in the buildings of the museum complex. You will learn little known facts and details that will open your eyes to our local history and the residents that have had an impact on our community. Candlelit tours will be offered on Friday and Saturday October 14th & 15th and will begin at 7:00 p.m. The tour will last approximately 75 to 90 minutes and are $5 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Memphis Theatre on October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2016 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. for $5 each or you may call the theatre during those times to reserve a ticket. The theatre phone number is (660) 465-2277.

Discover our local history, the mansion and buildings, and the architecture and artifacts that give the Downing House Museum Complex its distinctive character. It is a museum of Scotland County’s history with many stories to tell; tales of amazing local citizens complete with period furnishings and artifacts from our past. The Downing House was built in 1858 and was listed on the National Historic Register in 1979. It sits one block south of the town square on South Main Street in Memphis, Missouri.

Submitted by Rhonda McBee

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