October 4, 2007

Highway Patrol Works Overtime on Local Roads

Captain John W. Elliott, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces the results of Selective Traffic Enforcement Operations conducted in the Troop B area during the month of September 2007.

The goal of the additional traffic enforcement operations is to detect hazardous moving violations and other traffic violations that contribute to traffic crashes.

On September 7, 2007, four troopers focused their attention on highways located in Schuyler and Scotland counties. During the four-hour enforcement operation, officers made three arrests and issued 27 warnings. Of those arrests, one individual was cited for a drivers license violation, one was cited for an insurance violation, and one individual was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant.

On September 8, 2007, four troopers focused their attention on highways located in Knox County. During this four-hour enforcement operation, officers made two arrests and issued 22 warnings. Of those arrests, one individual was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and one individual was cited for a hazardous moving violation.

On September 29, 2007, four troopers focused their attention on highways located in Shelby County. During this eight-hour enforcement operation, officers made seven arrests and issued 42 warnings. Of those arrests, four individuals were arrested for driving while intoxicated, one was cited for speeding, and two were cited for non-moving violations.

Special enforcement operations are important in reducing traffic crashes, stated Captain Elliott. I would like to encourage all motorists to help us in reducing the number of traffic crashes in Missouri by focusing on good driving habits.

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


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


Summer Winding Down

School starting, no way. Both of our youngest grandsons, Kameron and Russ are in their last year of preschool. Several of our older grandkids have taken off to college.  Times passes quickly.

I hope you all have had a good summer and enjoyed being with kids and grandkids. I have managed a couple of road trips with mine. In July we went to Beach Ottumwa for a day of water fun, and in August we had a fantastic day at Hannibal seeing the sights downtown, and lunch, then on to the cave.

I think Russ has been intrigued with Mark Twain. He listened intensively to several guides explaining Mark Twain days, and was able to see an impersonator of Mark Twain. He asked a lot of questions also. Fun times. I was talking to Kayla relative to calling my phone company, being Mark Twain Rural Telephone Co.  I said I called Mark Twain, and Russ turned around, quite wide eyed and said Granny did you talk to Mark Twain?  So very cute.

Recently, I don’t know  about all of you, but I have been making a lot of hummingbird food. I so enjoy watching them close up. I always say I am going to hold a feeder in my lap some morning and see if they will feed right from there. I make at least 4-6 cups per day.  Hungry little feathered friends need energy.

The wrens on the front porch are almost ready to fly and most birds on the trails are tending their young and teaching them what they will need to know for the winter months ahead. The Robins have sure quieted down. I love fall, but hate to see the hummingbirds leave in early October and all the other visitors get ready for winter.

My bluebirds took a hit this summer from the raccoons.  I tried a lot of things but some of them went down due to nest compromise.  I know that many of us need rain. We were able to get an inch here this last week, and close by 2.2 inches. Much needed.  My lawn mower has had a rest.

You should be seeing some American Gold Finches right now at your feeder, still colored in their best yellow suits. Enjoy the rest of the summer, and until next time, good bird watching.

We Must Not Let Religion Get In The Way Of Christ-ianity 

The four gospels are consistent with repetitive pattern; religion and Jesus do not mix. This. Is. Their. Message. Of. Which. We. Are. Still. Learning.

The church, which is to be the body of Christ on earth today, has a fierce ongoing battle which must be faced.  Yet, basic indifference has transpired.  The light has gone out in much of the spiritual terrain for the Son of God has been placed by a religious ego of sorts known as “we do church right”.

We are in desperate need for the Spirit of God to awaken us.  Awaken us; not the unbelieving world, not the thieves and robbers and swindlers…but us!  A growing picture is developing in far too many places which replicates the garden scene; Jesus praying while the disciples tip over in contented slumber.

Religion puts one to sleep in the midst of the very process of vital activity.  The constant repeating of acts of worship gradually becomes that which is worshipped…. not God…. in all religions.  Christ-ianity, on the other hand, is vibrant with anticipatory enthusiasm for the worshipper senses a reality of one’s spirit connected to the reality of One’s Spirit.

Imagination becomes fascinated as the heart engages in bringing God honor.  One at this juncture has no taste for going through the church motions.  The craving for the Higher cannot be satisfied by the habits of the Lower.

Religion is all about motions.  We call a portion of it “acts of worship”.  The question for us is, “Are we genuinely, actually, actively worshipping God?”  Indeed, this accomplishment is rewarding, renewing, and rebuilding.  We must praise something (Someone) bigger than ourselves.  Otherwise, we will continually be watching the one(s) better than us… and such a one(s) will eventually have a clay foot fall off.

It is a daily call, I believe, because it is a daily war to not let religion get in the way of Christ-ianity.  I preached Bible too many years without preaching the Christ of the Bible.  I had my slants, my perspectives, and my applauded/lauded stances; all the while, Jesus was not the centerpiece of ministry and labor.  May we gain new momentum and then renewed momentum day by day.

Christ is to be the key in the term Christ-ianity.  Religion and Jesus do not mix; but, oh how we still try to make the two fit into our preferred forms.


JAMES “JACK” AARON RUTH (1/12/1940 – 8/13/2017)

A celebration of life service for Jack Ruth, 77, of Brownwood, Texas was held Thursday, August 17 at Victory Life Church under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home. Burial was in Eastlawn Memorial Park.

James “Jack” Aaron Ruth was born in Brownwood, on January 12, 1940, to Wesley Charles Ruth and Ruth Evelyn Ruth. Jack went home to be with the Lord on August 13, 2017.

Jack graduated from Brownwood High School in 1958. While attending Howard Payne College, he managed the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company that his father had founded.

In 1960, he married his best friend and the love of his life, Peggy Joyce Crow, who he adored, and affectionately referred to himself as Mr. Peggy Joyce Ruth.

The highlight of Jack’s life was pastoring Living Word Church (now Victory Life Church) where he became a father to many and developed life-long friendships. He went on to establish a Christian school and radio station. He retired from pastoring in 2005, but not from the ministry. Jack has spent the last 12 years spreading the Good News of the Gospel, counseling and ministering to college students and providing marital counseling.

He enjoyed spending time on the ranch and taking on projects, one of which was the Old Yantis house on Main Street, and was always there to help others along with being a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Jack is survived by his wife of 57 years, Peggy Joyce Ruth; one daughter, Angelia Schum; one son, William Ruth; and loving grandchildren who he became their “Bumbie,” not to mention numerous relatives, life-long friends and his church family who he loved dearly, and who loved him.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Victory Life Academy and Crosslines College Ministry.

Honorary pallbearers were Bo Allen, Robert Johnson, Dr. Henry McGowen, Joe McCluskey, Mike Welch, Herb Waits, Mitch Huser, Gene Reagan, David Patton, Wilson Smith, Steve Brandenburg and Tim Dees.

Condolences can be offered to the family online at heartlandfuneralhome.net.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, August 10, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; Deputy County Clerk, Nancy McClamroch;

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the minutes from August 9, 2017; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins.  Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission audited and signed checks.

Seeing no further business, Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins was absent; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 2-0.

The minutes from August 10, 2017 were presented. Presiding Commissioner Ebeling moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Clatt. Motion carried 2-0.

Presiding Commissioner Ebeling reported that he attended a meeting with FEMA and SEMA Tuesday to review floodplain maps.

The Commission approved invoices 170195-010-5 and 170195-020-5 to SKW for engineering services on Bridges 2170011 and 1600009.

The Commission reviewed budget reported presented by Batina Dodge, County Clerk.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, met with the Commission to discuss current projects.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Living Life Over


A Saturday afternoon fire destroyed a machine shed and all of its contents north of Gorin.  The Scotland County dispatcher received a call at 5:29 p.m. reporting a possible fire on the property, owned by Chad Winters.

The Gorin Fire Department responded to the structure fire call and placed a mutual aid call to the Scotland County Fire Department.

Responding emergency service personnel found the structure fully engulfed in flames.  Crews worked shuttling water from a nearby pond to allow the blaze to be extinguished.

The structure and its contents were a complete loss.  The contents were owned by Brian and Karen Kraus and Robert and Joni Kraus.  The fire destroyed two tractors, a baler, a 1979 Ford pickup, shop tools and some personal belongings that were being stored in the building.

The fire department indicated the blaze likely started in one of the tractors, which had been used prior to the blaze.


Seven people from northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa recently traveled to Texcoco, Mexico, just outside of Mexico City, to work with Adrian Sanchez and his church plant.

The travelers were Martha Parish, Tom Owings, Dr. Celeste Miller-Parish, Jierra Woods, BethAnn Shewmaker, Justin DeVries, and Barri Hoffman.

The group assisted in a four-day vacation Bible school while in Mexico.  The volunteers also assisted their host community, doing multiple painting and carpentry jobs.

While in Mexico, the mission group had the opportunity to visit the pyramids, The Temple of the Sun and The Temple of the Moon.


An early morning fire destroyed a hay barn and caused extensive damage to an adjoining milking building at the Leon Horst residence on Route T near Bible Grove.

The Scotland County Fire Department was called to the scene at approximately 5:15 a.m August 21st.  At least a dozen firemen responded to the call, taking four fire trucks to the scene.  Upon arrival at the scene the hay barn was totally consumed by fire.  The firemen focused their work on saving the milking building.

Hose teams concentrated their efforts on the concrete building where as many as four hose teams attempted to stop the spread of the flames.

Through the combined efforts of both the Scotland County Fire Department and the Rutledge Fire Department, the fire was eventually brought under control at approximately 7:30 a.m.  They hay barn was totally destroyed, but a large portion of the milking building was saved despite fire damage to the interior.


If you are traveling within 75 miles of Memphis and you see some strange flashing lights, don’t be alarmed, it is not a UFO! What you are seeing are the lights on the newly constructed TV tower located southwest of Colony.

The tower, erected by KTVO-TV, Kirksville-Ottumwa, IA, is one of the tallest in the United States, and among the tallest in the world.  The 2,000 foot tower, equipment and anchors cover 160 acres of land. Seven levels of strobe lights, with a total of 19 lights, can be seen for miles.

The tower was built to increase the number of viewers.  The estimated cost of the construction is 1.4 million dollars.  It is expected to attract a viewing audience of a 150 mile radius.


Sunday, August 28th, the Memphis Pool is having a water basketball game.  There will be half-time entertainment.  It will be free to the public.

Immediately following the game the pool will be open to the public as usual.

At 4 p.m. a dance contest will be held.  The winning couple will receive two adult passes to the Airway Drive-In or dinner for two at B & B Snack Bar.

After the Dance Contest, watermelon games and a drawing for Pepsi will be enjoyed.


A new class in Drafting has been placed into the curriculum at the high school and will be taught by Duane McDonald.  Physics is being offered this year and will be taught by Mrs. Sheryl Pringle.  A third course added to the curriculum is clerical practice which will be offered on a double period basis and will be taught by Mrs. Betty Smith.

Typing this year is being opened to sophomores on a limited basis.  A summer class of typing helped to make it possible to have more in the fall class for additional students.


About 35 consignors met at the Fairgrounds Tuesday and built another sorting alley and row of holding pens for the Scotland County Producers Association.

This new equipment will make it possible to handle more cattle in a shorter time than has been done in the past.

This year’s cooperative sale will be held on September 30th.  Those beef cattle producers who plan to consign calves for the 1957 sale should list them very soon at the extension office as listings may be closed at any time.

The Scotland County sale was at the top of all Missouri sales last year in average selling prices.


The Gerhold building on the south side of the square, occupied by the E. J. Caldwell Co., will be extended back toward the alley approximately 45 feet.

The new addition will be one story, constructed of concrete blocks and the contract has been let to J. M. Creek.  Work on the building will start within a few days.

Part of the new additions will be used for sales room, enlarging the present room, and the balance will be used for a stock room.  The present stock room is on the second floor.

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