December 25, 2008

(9/14/1940 - 12/19/2008)

Harold Gale Armstrong, age 68, of rural Luray, MO, died peacefully on Friday, December 19, 2008, at his home, following a battle with cancer.

He was born September 14, 1940 at Arbela, MO, a son of Ora Earl and Margret Wright Armstrong.

On December 19, 1960, he was united in marriage to Mary L. Pat Barnes in Knox County.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Armstrong, of rural Luray, MO; three sons: Steve (Kim) Armstrong of Donnellson, IA, Jeff (Lisa) Armstrong of Luray, MO, and Trevor (Lessley) Armstrong of Moberly, MO; seven grandchildren: Angela (Woody) Wiley of Bloomfield, IA, Christopher Armstrong of Memphis, MO, Kimberly Armstrong of Iowa City, IA, Tyler Armstrong of Luray, MO, and Sydney, Conner, and Parker Armstrong all of Moberly, MO; two step-grandchildren, Daniel (Lacey) Workman of West Point, IA and Hailey Workman of Donnellson, IA; two great-grandchildren, Fedrick and Kade Wiley of Bloomfield, IA; three brothers: Darrell (Wilma) Armstrong of Hesperia, CA, Vancel (Patti) Armstrong of Indiana, and Dallas (Brenda) Armstrong of Shelbyville, MO; three sisters: Kathleen Schutz of Savanna, IL, Iris Armstrong of St. Paul, MN, and Delma (Monty) Kelley of Live Oak, TX; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law including: Doris Armstrong of Marshall, MO and Leta Brown and Bill and Joyce Barnes of Kahoka, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Kenneth, Leland and Merlin Armstrong; and four sisters: Cleota, Doris and Norma Armstrong and Lois Drillon.

Gale graduated from Granger High School. He farmed near Luray and for 40 years was an employee of Shellor Globe, retiring in 1998. He was also president of the SECU for a number of years.

He was a member of the Southern Baptist Fellowship Church in Wayland. He was active in mission work and belonged to the Northgate Kansas City Mission Builders, Campers on Mission, and was involved in mission work at the Combs Baptist Church in Combs, TX. He and Pat loved their Fig Tree Resort family they wintered with in Texas.

He also enjoyed woodworking, camping and most of all, spending time with his grandkids.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 22, 2008, at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastors Mark Lowman and Dan Steinbeck officiating. Cheryl Brammer was pianist and Delbert Drummond, vocalist, with selection Amazing Grace. Additional music was recordings Far Side Banks of Jordan, Angels Among Us and I Can Only Imagine.

Honorary pallbearers were Sydney Armstrong, Conner Armsrong, Parker Armstrong, Angela Wiley, Kimberly Armstrong and Hailey Workman.

Pallbearers were Christopher Armstrong, Tyler Armstrong, Woody Wiley, Daniel Workman, Chris Burton, Toby Burr and Patrick Burton.

Burial was in Combs Cemetery at Luray.

Memorials were suggested to Hancock County Hospice or the Southern Baptist Fellowship Church at Wayland.

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VIRGINIA MAY (INSKIP) HUTSON (8/17/1947 – 2/12/2017)

Virginia May (Inskip) Hutson, age 69, of Windermere, FL, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Celebration, FL.

She was born August 17, 1947, in Memphis, MO, the daughter of Charles Sylvester Inskip Sr. and Vera May Pulis Inskip.

She was united in marriage to William A. Hutson and to this union one daughter was born.

Surviving is her daughter Margaret May Hutson of Windermere, FL; one sister and four brothers, Lois Walker and husband Charles of Macon, MO, Charles J. Inskip and wife Linda of Rolla, MO, Charles S. Inskip Jr. and wife Vicky of Moberly, MO, Larry D. Inskip of Armstrong, MO, J. Dean Inskip and wife Carol of Ashland, MO, including many nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Carl Ray Inskip.

Virginia was raised in Derby, Colorado where she received her education.

She was briefly employed with Banquet Foods in Macon, and worked in a nursing care facility in Columbia, MO. She also lived in Rolla, Macon, Higbee, Edina, and Moberly, MO; then moved to Florida in 2008 where she lived with her daughter Margaret.

Hobbies included Embroidery and collecting many types of hummingbird figurines, collectable plates of many varieties, and collectable spoons.

Memorial services were held Saturday February 18 at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.  Reverend Mike Myers officiated the services.  Burial was in the Linville Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Margaret Hutson to help cover expenses.  Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO, 63537.

MARGARET ELLEN HOWARD   (8/3/31 – 1/24/17)

Margaret Howard, 85, peacefully passed away early Tuesday morning, January 24, 2017, at her home in Citrus Heights, CA following a short battle with cancer. Her daughters and son-in-law were with her.

Margaret was the daughter of the late Harry and Ruth Callahan, of Memphis, MO.

She is survived by her three daughters, Coleen Howard and Jana Howard, both of Sacramento, CA, and Sherri Kelleher (Dan) of Vacaville, CA; grandchildren Sean Kelleher (Sylvia), Jennifer Dean (Ned); great-granddaughter Kiera Margaux Dean; and former husband, Wilmer Howard. She is also survived by her brother, James Callahan (Barbara) of Godfrey, IL; and many nieces and nephews on the Callahan and Howard sides of her family.

Margaret graduated from Granger High School in 1948 and then attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville. She married in 1951 and moved to California in December 1955.  In 1970 she went to work at American River College in the Job Placement Center.  She worked there until retirement.    Throughout her life she made many trips back to Memphis to see family and friends.

At her request there were no services.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


Sheldon and Ashley Martin of Memphis, MO are the proud parents of a daughter, Tirzah Rain, born February 9, 2017 at 10:36 p.m. at Northeast Regional Medical in Kirksville, MO.  Tirzah weighed 6 lbs 9 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Ivan and Nancy Martin of Lancaster, MO and Lamar and Melody High of Downing, MO.


Carl and Leann Zeiset of Memphis are the parents of a son, Corwin Grant Zeiset, born February 15, 2017 at 2:59 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Corwin weighed 7 lbs 2 oz and was 20 inches long. Siblings are Weston, Douglas and Jerian. Grandparents are John David and Nancy Zeiset of Memphis; and Ivan and Linda Martin of Memphis.

Rutledge Renegades

Neta Phillips picked up Aunt Jewell Brown and went to Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge at Memphis Pizza Hut.  Jewell said she had a wonderful time.  She received a box of candy and a word search puzzle book.

Katrina and Great-Aunt Neta went to Kirksville.

Charlene Montgomery went to Kirksville and visited with Charlene Wheeler.  Charlene then went to Kirksville Hospital and had surgery on her right wrist and then back home.

Katrina took Neta to Memphis Hospital where she had carpel tunnel surgery on her left hand and then back home.

Dorcas Martin visited with Marjorie Peterson.  She brought her a small loaf of homemade bread.  Great-Nephew Matt Rankin and family sent Marjorie a dozen roses.

Jim and Nancy Jo Waack went to Keosauqua, IA.

Jack White came from Palmyra to visit Air Force buddy, Bob Hunolt.  They went to visit woodworking friend, Arlo Trueblood in the Scotland County Hospital.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Neta Phillips, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Marjorie Peterson, Charlene Montgomery, Milt Clary, Rodger Holtman, Mike and Pam Blaine, Larry and Tamara Tague, Doris Day, and Thomas Kortkamp.

Living Life Over


On Feb. 15th Judge Karl DeMarce, a judge on the 1st Judicial Circuit (Scotland County) sat by special designation with the Supreme Court of Missouri.  DeMarce was sitting in the place of Judge Mary R. Russell who was recused from one case argued today.

In place of Russell, DeMarce heard the first case on the Court’s docket this morning: Case No. SC91968, State of Missouri ex rel.MoGas Pipeline LLC v. Missouri Public Service Commission, an appeal from Cole County regarding a state agency’s intervention in a federal regulatory proceeding.


Several area residents were among the winners when more than $263.7 million in prizes of $1,000 or more were awarded to Missouri Lottery players during January.

Winners of $1,000 or more included: Irvin Bennett of Downing ($1,525), Charles Adams of Gorin and James Paris of Memphis (both $1,000).


Brian Robinson and Angie Stephenson were crowned at the 1997 Scotland County Courtwarming Royalty during halftime of the Tigers’ basketball game February 21st.  Robinson was crowned king by 1996 queen Melissa Harvey.  Stephenson was crowned queen by Patrick Miller who was standing in for his brother, Andy Miller, the 1996 king.


According to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department, a farm house, owned by Ed and George Morrison, approximately 3 ½ miles northwest of Memphis, was broken into sometime between Thursday evening and Saturday evening.  The house was vandalized, with many valuable antiques stolen, and many antique dishes, glasses, etc., were broken and destroyed.  The vandalism and theft is under investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department.


Extensive damage was done to grave stones and mausoleums in the Gorin Cemetery by vandals sometime over the past week-end.  A number of grave stones were toppled and plates pried off mausoleums.

Also in Gorin, the home of Mrs. Bertha Walker has been broken into and vandalized.  Mrs. Walker, who lives alone, is currently a patient in a nursing home.

Both incidents are under investigation by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department.

The Gorin Cemetery Association is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandal or vandals.


A 4-H leader recognition and worship was held at the Memphis Christian Church on Wednesday with a turkey dinner served at the noon hour to some fifty persons.

Presentation was made to the following: Clover Award to the twenty year member, Florence Stevenson; there were 30 1st year awards presented, then four 5-year awards, Mrs. Ray Baker, Mrs. Letha Musgrove, Mrs. June Reed, Mrs. Alice Smith and four 10-year awards: Mrs. Hope Curry, Mrs. Beulah Davis, Mrs. Opal Durham and Mrs. Leota Lancaster.


A new feed store will open in Memphis Monday, March 4 in the Plenge building at 129 North Johnson Street, across the street from the elementary school.

The new feed store is owned by Homer Kapfer and will handle a complete line of Pay-Way feeds for livestock, poultry and pets.

Tom Newkirk is the local representative of the Pay-Way feed mills.

The building which the new store will occupy is a new one built by the late E. H. Plenge.  The new store hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  They will also have pick-up and delivery service.


A movement, which has been on foot in Scotland County for the past few months to organize a new bank in Memphis, reached a climax this week when the 50,000 capital stock and $25,000 surplus was oversubscribed, it is said.

Application has been made for a charter, according to W. A. Southerland, and all the requirements have been met.  After approval by the comptroller at Washington, the organization will be perfected.

No quarters for the new bank have been obtained although several buildings are under consideration.

At the present time there is said to be a total of 28 stock subscribes to the proposed institution.

White House

The White House, one of the most recognizable buildings in Washington, DC., was designed by James Hoban, an Irish-born-and-trained architect who won a competition organized by President George Washington and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson in 1792. He also designed the Capitol. Although  President Washington oversaw construction, he never lived in the house. President John Adams, elected    in 1796 as the second President  was the first resident of the White House. Abigail Adams, President Adams’ wife, was known  to have complained about the largely unfinished new residence. President Thomas Jefferson, upon moving into the house in 1801, was also not impressed, and dismissed the house as being too big. Jefferson made several structural changes under architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, such as the addition of terrace-pavilions on either side of the main building and single-story wings  for storage. In addition  to replacing the slate roof with one of sheet iron, Jefferson further improved the grounds by landscaping them in a picturesque manner. While James Madison was  President from 1809 to 1817, the White House was torched by the British  in the War of 1812. Although the fire was put out, charred walls and the interior brick walls were all that was left. Madison brought Hoban back to restore the mansion, which took three years. Expansion and further alterations were made when President Theodore Roosevelt declared the house unfit to inhabit. He had extensive remodeling done and extended the office wing adding the well known oval office. It was President Theodore Roosevelt who gave the White House its official name. President Harry Truman decided again the building was unsafe and had to be gutted, and remodeled. The White House, is an architectural symbol of the American presidency and the nation’s power, remains a stylistically simple resident and an  example of the stolid republican ideals of the Founding fathers. It is listed in the National Register of Historic places, along with other historic buildings in Washington, DC.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Pieces to Our Puzzle

My childhood days of fishing amounted to going to different places along the canal that wound in and out of my little town. The only fish I ever caught was a carp. I can also remember as a youth the day I was bit by the bass bug. Even though I had never been to the lake, the levee was known to be full of largemouth. And even though it was still in my small town, for a kid who either walked or rode his bicycle everywhere, it was a little further away than I was use to going.

One summer morning however, we made the trip to the levee for my first attempt at catching a bass. I don’t exactly remember how I got the information but I would be using as bait a red plastic worm. That day marked two distinct changes that, to this day, still affect my fishing. First, it brought a love for that particular game fish and secondly, it made me learn to love the plastic worm. I caught five keeper bass on that first day.  When I did start going to the lake as an older youth and a young adult, I can never remember not throwing a plastic worm. In fact, that’s the only bait I ever used. While others were cranking and spinning I was patiently and methodically throwing that worm. It is still my favorite bait today.

Much like that infamous first day of bass fishing, there are other markers in all of our lives that changed us forever. Some of those markers were happy moments and some were unhappy – even tragic. But all of them are significant. They are significant because when you put them together, over the years, you see a pattern. It’s a pattern of how God has worked in our lives even when we didn’t realize He was there and at times when we thought we were not going to survive. Even something as simple as a first fishing trip can become a story you are reading right now.

Nothing is insignificant to God. Everything is a piece to our puzzle that God is using. If we will let Him, He will take every moment of our life, no matter how good or bad, and use it to make us and the ones around us better.

 Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

Early Three-Point Barrage Leads Tigers Past North Shelby 57-42

Lane Pence gets fouled from behind as he puts up the shot under the bucket in the Tigers’ win at North Shelby.

Three-pointers were falling early for Scotland County but it was a solid defensive effort that helped lead the Tigers to a 57-42 at North Shelby in the regular season finale on February 14th.

While love may have been in the air on Valentine’s Day, it was SCR-I three-pointers that were filling the sky. Elijah Cooley got the scoring started with a three ball. Brett Monroe came off the bench to nail a couple shots from behind the arc and Gage Dodge added another triple as SCR-I raced out to a 19-10 lead.

The Tigers cooled off a bit, going nearly three minutes with a point to start the second period. Fortunately SCR-I’s scoring picked up, while the defense held the Raiders to just three second period points.

Lane Pence scored in the paint followed by a Grant Campbell field goal. A put back by Aaron Buford extended the Scotland County lead to 25-12.

Buford continued his work on the offensive glass, scoring on another rebound. He gave the fans a scare when he tumbled hard to the ground when he was fouled on a fast break. He was able to hop up despite a hard fall on his back, and calmly sank both free throws.

That was a theme for the Tigers, who had a solid shooting night from the charity stripe. Dodge added two free throws to close out the first half with Scotland County ahead 34-13.

Will Fromm made a pair of free throws to start the third period, but North Shelby opened with a 12-2 run to force an SCR-I timeout at the 2:58 mark with the Tigers leading just 36-25.

Buford responded with a basket on a drive to the rim. Pence followed that up with a nifty up-and-under move that froze the defender for an easy two points. Fromm added two more free throws to extend the lead back to 42-28.

Aaron Buford

SCR-I put the game away early in the fourth quarter. Buford sank two free throws and then found Cooley with a nice pass for an easy transition score. Campbell’s two free throws extended the lead to 50-29.

Fromm finished off the Raiders with a three-point play and a pair of fast break scores that pushed the margin to 57-33.

North Shelby closed the game with a 9-0 run in the final minute to trim the final deficit to 57-42.

Scotland County finished the regular season with a 15-7 record. Buford and Fromm each had 13 points to lead the Tigers.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, February 2, 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 was absent; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

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

The minutes from February 1, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 2-0.

Commissioner Clatt was designated as Presiding Commissioner in Commissioner Ebeling’s absence, pursuant to RSMo § 49.070.

Chris Kempke, University of Missouri Extension Specialist, presented the Commission with an annual report and discussed local government resources.

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

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 as they will be attending the annual training February 8-10, 2017.


Wednesday, February 15, 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 was absent; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

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

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

Commissioner Wiggins was designated as Presiding Commissioner in Commissioner Ebeling’s absence, pursuant to RSMo § 49.070.

The Commission signed court order #92-2016.

Commissioner Clatt moved to appoint Margaret Curry as County Health Officer pursuant to RSMo § 201.100.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wiggins.  Motion carried 2-0.

The Commission acknowledged receipt of the rock distribution request for the Village of Arbela, calling for gravel on Rathburn Street, east from the Highway H intersection. Gravel was also requested for 9th and 10th streets south from Highway H; Jones Street east from Highway H to 8th Street; 8th Street south from Jones Street; and 6th Street, south from the Rathburn Street intersection.

Kathy Kiddoo, Treasurer, presented a monthly settlement of funds.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects with the Commission.

Batina Dodge, County Clerk, presented monthly budget reports.

The Commission approved invoices 41453 and 41462 to Ellis, Ellis, Hammons & Johnson.

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

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

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