July 9, 2009

Alleged Shooter Facing Jury Trial on Meth Charges

Despite the fact that more than four months have passed since a Memphis man allegedly fired shots at a Scotland County Sheriffs Deputy and still no charges have been filed by the Van Buren County, IA or federal authorities,, the alleged shooter is facing his day in court on separate charges in Scotland County.

Christopher J. Armstrong, 23, will face a jury of his peers beginning December 14th to decide his fate on a series of drug-related charges.

First Circuit Judge Gary Dial scheduled the dates during a trial setting hearing held July 1st in the Scotland County Courthouse.

Armstrong is facing a class D felony charge of possession of anhydrous ammonia in a non-approved container, class C felony of receiving stolen property ($500 or more in value), and class C felony tampering with a motor vehicle.

He initially fled from law enforcement officers on February 6th, 2009 following a fire at his residence that allegedly was related to the production of methamphetamine. A search of the property uncovered an ATV that was stolen from Van Buren County, IA.

Armstrong was apprehended in Scotland County following a massive manhunt on February 12th that started as a vehicle pursuit. Armstrong and two passengers allegedly fled in a stolen vehicle from a Scotland County Sheriffs Deputy. During the chase shots were fired at the law enforcement vehicle, with at least one bullet striking the deputys truck.

Arbela United Methodist Church to Host Vacation Bible School

All community children are cordially invited to attend three fun-packed evenings of Bible learning at the Arbela United Methodist Church, beginning July 25 through July 27.

The excitement will begin with supper served at 5:30 p.m. each evening with lessons, crafts, and games all centered around the study of Galatians 5:22-23.  Dismissal is promised to seem all too soon at 8:00 p.m.

Those planning this year’s event are pleased to have had Lori Kiehl of Meadville MO, Lay Leader of the Mark Twain District of the United Methodist Church, offer her assistance and attendance.  The Baptist Church in Arbela will also be represented in a very much appreciated leadership role.

The only collection will be that of a can of canned fruit to be donated to the Scotland County Food Pantry.  Each one attending is asked to also bring a family favorite recipe naming a fruit as a main ingredient.

Most summer ball teams are resting from a busy season, the local fairs are in the books, and swimming is becoming tiresome, so let’s give the Lord a short three evenings of our time.

Family vacations will be a lot more enjoyable after spending a few hours  attending VBS!!  For further information, please call 660-465-2837 or 660-342-5651.

SC Genealogy Society Plans for Antique Fair Fundraising

The Scotland County Genealogical Society met Monday, July 9th for their regular monthly meeting.  Vice President, Terry Arnold, called the meeting to order.  There were seven members present and one guest.

The Secretary’s report was given by Connie Bratton and June Kice delivered the Treasurer’s report.

Under Old Business, the group discussed copy machine prices and membership book placement.

Under New Business, discussion was had on the book sale to be held during Antique Fair weekend, Friday and Saturday, August 27th and 28th.  The book sale will be held in the Genealogy Building.  In addition, cookies will be sold on the square as in the past.  An inventory of cookie cans will be done at the August 13th meeting and work times will also be assigned.

Several books will be sold during the book sale including: Sound the Firebell (about the Iowa Medical Center in Keokuk during the Civil War).  This book will sell for $15.  A Town Called Memphis will also be sold for $15.  Making Missouri History will sell for $17.50, Scotland County Bicentennial will sell for $30, I Suckered Tom Horn will be priced at $18.95, and Tom Horn, Killing Men is My Specialty will sell for $18.

The meeting adjourned for a word day of sorting obituaries.

The next meeting will be held August 13th in the Genealogy Building at 1:30 in the afternoon.  Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings.  Additionally, on October 13th, the Missouri State Historical Society will have their Fall Lecture by Caroline Fraser on Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Registration and more information about this lecture can be found on shsmo.org.

Submitted by Connie Bratton, Secretary.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, July 19 – Chicken Salad Sandwich, Potato Chips, Lettuce Salad, Lima Beans, Pineapple, Glazed Donut

Friday, July 20 – BBQ Ribs, Parsley Potatoes, 3 Bean Salad, Hot Roll, Rhubarb Cobbler

Monday, July 23 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Vegetables, Mandarin Oranges, Cake

Tuesday, July 24 – Meatloaf, Mixed Vegetables, Cauliflower/Cheese sause, Bread, Peach Crisp

Wednesday, July 25 –Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Marinated Carrots, Hot Roll, Jell-O and Fruit

Thursday, July 26 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Bread, Ice Cream


Wednesday, July 18 – Board and Business meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 19 – Scotland Co. Health Dept. here for blood pressure checks. Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 26 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Ashcroft Announces Free Workshops for Intermediate-Level Genealogists

Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft today announced the locations and dates of seven public genealogy workshops intended for intermediate-level family historians already possessing a basic understanding of genealogical research sources and methods. These offerings will occur at the following locations in the late summer and fall of 2018:

  • Hannibal, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, 120 N. Main St., Hannibal, MO 63401
  • Springfield, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at The Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810
  • St. Joseph, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau, 911 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64501
  • Cape Girardeau, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Dr., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
  • Independence, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Rd., Independence, MO 64055
  • Jefferson City, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, 600 W. Main St., Jefferson City, MO 65101
  • St. Charles, Thursday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Spencer Road Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library District, 427 Spencer Rd., St. Peters, MO 63376

Missouri State Archives reference staff will provide instruction on how best to use lesser-known county records, state and federal naturalization records, appellate court records, state documents, professional registration records, military records, non-population census records and more! All offerings are free, open to the public and approximately seven hours in duration, including a one-hour lunch break. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with maximum attendance at each determined by the size of the venue.

These workshops are made possible through a State Board Programming Grant awarded to the Records Services Division of the secretary’s office and the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

The Missouri State Archives works closely with the MHRAB, the central advisory board for projects relating to historic records that are developed and carried out within Missouri. The board appraises grant proposals submitted to the NHPRC, as well as providing training opportunities, guidance on archival best practices and other cooperative strategies.

For further information on the workshops, or to register, contact the Missouri State Archives’ liaison to the MHRAB, Brian Rogers, at (573) 526-1981 or brian.rogers@sos.mo.gov.


Bluebirds feeding growing babies that have fledged from the nest is one of the neat things that I have been watching this week. I have two nests of bluebird eggs just ready to hatch. One in my front yard has five eggs in it. They are bound to be busy. I am anxious for them to hatch and I can keep my eye on them and the four legged situation.

My baby chipping sparrows in my bush near the front porch are growing like weeds. I so enjoy checking on them. I have not been checking regularly on the Cabin Robin, but they are getting close to hatching.  I will keep you posted.

The fresh water in the bird bath is crucial this kind of weather. I have four bird baths, and they are always busy. I enjoy watching the Robins, bluebirds, and others use my front porch bath. They make quite a splash.

I have been having several American Goldfinch at my feeder as well.  I have friends in Quincy that are feeding the Goldfinches, House finches, and woodpeckers. They are keeping busy feeding all of them. Quite entertaining though I might add.

I have been keeping the hummingbird feeders filled with fresh nectar water. I have so much trouble with Sparrows getting in the feeders. I have managed to keep the ants out of most of the feeders. I read on my Terro that you could place the little pre-filled packs outside. I did this and took care of most all ants. It sure helped my problems.

We need prayers in all areas of the northeast part of the state for rain, and I’m sure Iowa and Illinois as well. Crucial for cattle, and all livestock to have water and pasture.

I spotted an owl in the tree the other night after dark, and the birds were going crazy.  I can tell you it was a predator and looked like an owl. Lots of frightened momma and daddy birds out there. I went out and it flew away but it was really scaring them.

I have not mowed the trails recently and have been out of town on two different occasions, so bear with me, and walking the trails will be possible soon again. I want to thank you for all of your kind words for our family recently. It means the world to us, and keep praying for us in the days and months ahead.  Until next time, good birdwatching.

Downing Depot Museum News

Roy and Nellie Farris, color enhanced; original photo donated by Mrs. Dorothy Ruth, Downing

Forty-two years ago, Nellie M. Tucker Farris wrote a memorial of her husband, railroad agent, Roy W. Farris. The tribute describes Downing from the mid-1930s to the late-1950s, illustrating the importance of one man in a community, and how vibrant Downing was at that time. This account is one of many documents available in the Downing Depot Museum. It is taken as printed, from an unidentified local newspaper. Note: Roy William Farris (1892–1971) is buried in Lancaster’s IOOF Cemetery.

“Reasons why the Roy W. Farris family chose Downing, Mo., as their home:

“First, and foremost, naturally, was to find a place where the breadwinner would be happy in his work. So after visiting several stations that were up for bids at that time, Roy decided on Downing. As Downing was the best shipping point for livestock on the Centerville division from Centerville, Ia., to Keokuk, Ia.

“The shippers at that time were, as I recall: John Rhodes, Jim Lewis (Mrs. Glen Bolton’s father), Hobert Lewis, Elmer Schupbach, Henry Kethe and Karl Kinion. These are all the names I recall. I hope I have not missed anyone. These men all proved to be nice men to work with.

“The only drawback was the fact that Roy had to work Sunday morning freight as the shippers wanted their livestock on the early morning market. I think the shippers always accompanied his load to the market.

“The heavy business continued for many years, in fact until the large trucks began moving through the smaller towns.

“The second reason was the fact Roy had met and talked with several of the merchants and found them very cooperative. At that time they all depended on the railroad for the movement of their merchandise.

“At that time there was also a helper at the depot. Donald Lewis, who later lost his life in service, assisted. Also a dray man (Harvey West) who delivered the merchandise to the stores.

“The third reason the Farris family came to Downing was the school system. Roy had talked with the superintendent of schools, G.V. Burnett, and several of the board members. He felt Downing offered good educational facilities for our daughters who both graduated from Downing High School.

“Fourth, last but not least by any means we found friendly active churches who made us feel welcome.

“There were also fraternal organizations, the I.O.O.F., Rebekah, Masons, and Eastern Star. Downing was a friendly community who made us all feel welcome and content that we had chosen Downing as our home.

“Roy assumed his duties in Downing in the spring of 1936. The family did not move until later due to the illness and death of my father Postmaster W.A. Tucker (Granger).

“Prior to coming to Downing, Roy had aided boys in telegraphy and station work. Fred Ebling from near Memphis who went to a good position with the railroad in Illinois. Also Waldo Scott who acted as ticket agent in Stockton, Calif., where he recently retired. He helped Russel Mathes there in Downing who went on to a position on the Santa Fe in Fort Madison, Ia. He helped Dale West who has a position in Kirksville, Mo., and also Charles Shepherd who had a position in Illinois.

“During the years of service in Downing Roy was interested in civic affairs having served as mayor and president of the school board.

“He helped to organize and maintain the Downing Band and with other business men played when needed. He played with various orchestras.

“Roy, as he was known, to old and young alike, helped Harry Potter and Rev. Ben Bradbury (deceased) and others to maintain and send to camp a Boy Scout Troop.

“He helped to organize and acted as secretary for the Downing Fire Association.

“He attended Sunday School and Church when work permitted and was one of the trustees of the Baptist Church.

“Among his hobbies were taking care of our flowers and working with his train sets. One was a steam operated freight train the other a diesel operated Santa Fe passenger train. He made the tracks, mountains, tunnels, bridges all by hand on which the trains traveled. So with the lights and whistles working it was a pleasure for him, the grandchildren and many others both old and young.

“He had a collection of railroad lanterns and bought the telegraph instrument from the depot after the service was discontinued.

“I think one of the saddest days of Roy’s work in Downing was the last run of our two passenger trains which gave us daily service from Centerville to Keokuk.

“On that morning I gave him a new camera to take, to be sure we had pictures of the train, crew and passengers. Wouldn’t you know it – he took splendid pictures of all, but failed to get one of him. I was so disappointed, I wished I had gone down and taken pictures myself.

“If I remember correctly, the conductor was Jock Simmons, the brakeman, Frank Farris. There were only two passengers, one was Corda Schupbach, and I don’t remember the other one.

“For sometime after that the freight carried the passenger coach which folks called the “Doodle Bug.” It was not too uncomfortable so we used it for short trips.

“Speaking of happenings in and around the station I am quite sure Mr. Ingram, Mr. Toney or any of the section crew could recall more incidents than I can.

“I do remember one experience. As you all know Roy with several others liked to play with the high school band. So one Saturday afternoon Roy asked me to work at the depot for him while he went to the Glenwood Reunion as usually the afternoon was not very busy. I could read the telegraph code but could not send messages – so had to use the phone if necessary. Things had moved nice and smoothly until a few minutes before train number two came in. Here came a man with two dogs to be shipped. That was one thing Roy had not showed me what to do, so while I was trying to find the necessary papers, here came the train. I don’t know who was more nervous the man or me or the dogs.

“The train crew were so kind; since the dogs were only going a short distance they said they would be sure to take care of the dogs and Roy could settle with the man on Monday. Roy came a few minutes later, ate dinner, and went back to play at the Glenwood Reunion.

“Roy retired in 1959, having served fifty years of continuous railroad work – two with MK and T Railroad in Oklahoma and 48 years for the Burlington known as the Burlington Northern or Amtrak which awarded him a pin for fifty years of service.”

Submitted by Mrs. Roy Farris, September 15, 1976.

The Depot Museum, located at Downing Appreciation Days Park, is open to the public on the 1st and 3rd Fridays each month through September, 2018, (noon to 4 pm). Volunteers are there at other unscheduled times, too. If you’re interested in helping with our renovation, please contact Jerry (660-379-2467), Carol (641-929-3915), or Judy (660-342-1454).

Facing Life Head-On

Graham and I have tried to implement as many permaculture concepts in Cob’s vegetable garden this year as time has allowed. One concept that really caught my fancy was to plant perennial flowers and certain veggies in amongst the veggie beds to attract pollinator insects (e.g., cosmos, nasturtiums, zinnias, daisies, borage, and dandelions) and to discourage pest insects (e.g., onion, garlic, leeks, basil, radishes, and marigolds). Liz here, in awe of the beauty of a permaculture garden in the fullness of summer.

The summer bounty is beginning to come in at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. It’s been a dry summer and my thoughts often turn to how we can maximize catching rainwater for the garden. Right now, we catch rainwater from a shed roof and use county water when we run out of rainwater. A new weather pattern that old-timers have begun noticing is that instead of frequent rain showers throughout the summer, we now often get less frequent, fast deluges of rain. So, having the capacity to catch more rainwater with each storm would really help the water supply for the garden. The list for what we want to implement in the garden next year is growing quickly. While I am content with what I’ve learned and accomplished in the garden this year, I’m looking forward to trying more ideas next year.

My seasonal hunger for summer squash is waning, which means we’ve stepped-up processing the 5 to 8 squashes we get on a daily basis and we freeze, can, or dehydrate many for use by our kitchen co-op later in the year. We have started pickling and have established a system for picking cucumbers each day, accumulating them for a week, and then pickling them in batches before they start to decay.

I quick-pickled radishes and red onions with garlic, lemon slices, fresh oregano, and peppercorns along with coriander, mustard, and fenugreek seeds. Yum! These quick-pickled veggies are ready to eat after a day and last several weeks in the refrigerator. We harvested the first of our basil to make pesto for pasta with, you guessed it, summer squash. New parsley, nestled in the shady understory of flowers and towering tomato plants to keep it from bolting in the heat, went into a marinated, mushroom salad along with the first of the garlic harvest.

Just when it seemed that Graham and I were settled in our early morning schedule, tasks were slowing down somewhat with plants beginning to produce, and flowers and clover in the veggie beds had begun to crowd out the weeds we needed to pull, we realized it was time to start seeds for our fall garden. I sowed kale, arugula, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, several kinds of beets, and garlic seeds. I was so happy to learn there are several ways to grow garlic and that we had accumulated a box of garlic seeds from our recent harvest. You really can’t ever have too much garlic.

It has been my intention since I moved to Dancing Rabbit over a year ago for my kids to feel at home here, even if they don’t end up living here. Although Dancing Rabbit is now their home base, it can’t be easy to settle into a new home that comes with a whole community. Both of my kids are currently living here and seem to be adjusting well. Several days ago, we welcomed Isabelle, half-sibling to my kids, for a visit. I feel joy watching the ease with which my daughter Talia shows Isabelle around, advising her on how to navigate life here, from composting toilets to kitchen co-ops.

Talia and I have resurrected the Kirksville bunny-hop, a weekly rideshare into town in a car from our vehicle co-op. We share the expenses of the ride and get to know some fellow Rabbits a bit more.

My kids have a routine coffee gathering at the Milkweed Mercantile in the mornings and we have a new family tradition attending the Mercantile’s pizza night each Thursday.

One wonderful aspect of living in community is that if you have an idea for an activity or event, there are plenty of people to help you with it and to attend. Bear’s milestone-birthday plans included building a water-slide into the pond and hosting an Appreciation Circle the following day.

The Milkweed Mercantile recently hosted a viewing of the World Cup Final. Alline and Cob served biscuits and gravy with mimosas. I’m not a sports fan by any stretch, but I have the good sense to show up for Alline’s biscuits and gravy.

The village recently said goodbye to participants in the third session of the Dancing Rabbit Visitor Program and the Mercantile staff have begun preparing for the arrival of ten students and two teachers for a five-day stay. My part in this will be to cook their breakfast each day and this begins with baking our House granola and some quick breads, such as zucchini or banana bread.

My dear friend Tereza just returned from a month in Italy and I’m looking forward to continuing our routine of prairie walks, sitting together for Sci-Fi Movie Night, raising an occasional glass of port, and sharing the latest news.

The sale of my house in California is final and I feel the achy-sadness of cutting another tie with California, yet I feel relief from carrying the burden of that connection. I no longer need to monitor California wildfires and earthquakes. I am now free to live my best life. I am looking forward to having more time to ponder the meaning of that.

There is a metaphor in Buddhism that has been helpful at many times in my life. Ken McLeod tells his version of this metaphor in “Reflections on Silver River”:

You are standing on a wooden dock. It is old and falling apart. In front of you, the open expanse of the ocean extends to the horizon. Below your feet is a boat, well stocked and fully equipped. You know it is, because you took care in preparing it.

It is the only boat at the dock. The other moorings are empty, forgotten.

You are not exactly sure how you came to be here, but you do know you cannot turn your back on the ocean. Yet you hesitate to step into the boat. What stops you?

You know that your friends, your colleagues, and your relatives are all busy–providing for their families, moving ahead in their lives, making their mark in the world. You are here looking at the ocean, the boat gently bobbing at your feet as waves lap against the dock.

The world behind you seems simultaneously full and empty. There are many enjoyments and rewards. You have tasted them. But you cannot escape a sense of futility and a gnawing insistence that wonders, “Is this all there is?” Your friends sometimes touch the same feelings, but they turn away from it quickly–a gap in the web of life that is never explored.

You cannot turn away. You wonder how they can. And you wonder what, if anything, you can do for them so that they do not turn away. You wonder because you are pretty sure that you are missing something, and that is why you prepared the boat. And you think they may be missing something, too. But you do not know what.

What will it take for you to step into the boat?

For me, there is something fundamentally human about belonging to a group. The longer I live in community, the more palpable is the relief in belonging. Belonging is part of getting into that figurative boat. Being of service to others makes the boat move. And love, kindness, and compassion sustain that movement forward.

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit outside Rutledge, MO, focused on demonstrating sustainable-living possibilities. We offer public tours of the village on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, April through October; the next is Saturday, July 28 at 1 pm. Reservations are not required. Tours are free, though donations to help us continue our educational and outreach efforts are gratefully accepted. For directions, call the Center for Sustainable Culture and Community at 660-883-5511 or email us at dancingrabbit@ic.org. To find out more about us, please see our website: www.dancingrabbit.org.


Kendrya Seyb of Wyaconda and Devin Jones of Wyaconda are the parents of Joslynn Elizabeth Seyb-Jones, born June 13, 2018 at 11:37 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Joslynn weighed 6 lbs 9.2 oz and was 19.75 inches long.


Tanner and Emilee Morton of Edina are the parents of a daughter, Eastyn Lee Morton, born July 6, 2018 at 3:06 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Eastyn weighed 8 lbs 4 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are John and Jana Morton of Edina; and Terry and Julie Cramsey of Lewistown.


Vernon and Darla Brubaker of Arbela are the parents of a daughter, Lindsey Brielle Brubaker, born July 11, 2018 at 5:36 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Lindsey weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Siblings are Weston, Miranda and Cheyanne. Grandparents are Elam and Arlene Sauder of Arbela; and Luke and Anna Brubaker of East Earl, PA.

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