September 30, 2010

Downing House Museum Receives $500 Grant from NMCAAs Step Up

On September 17, 2010 the Downing House Museum in Memphis Missouri received a $500 grant from Northeast Missouri Community Action Agencys (NMCAA) 2010 Step Up to Leadership Program Graduate, Ruby Jimenez. The grant funding will be used to purchase an air conditioning unit for the museum.

NMCAA Step Up to Leadership initiative is a 12 session program design to provide participants with information on community organizations, how they are formed, what rules, regulations, and laws govern these groups, and ways citizens can to be involved in community activities. One Step Up To Leadership session focus on learning how to submit grant applications for community projects.

Ruby, a local Memphis resident, successfully submitted and received the $500 NMCAA Step Up To Leadership Grant on the behalf of the Downing House Museum.

Ruby selected the Downing House Museum, as the grant recipient based on a summer visit to the museum. The tour guides in the museum were all uncomfortable due to the heat. The fans in the museum were on, but blowing hot air. The curator told me that they would appreciate a window air conditioner very much.

Kristal Phillips, the Memphis Area Step Up To Leadership Facilitator and Grant Writing Mentor, said that: Preparing the grant application was a lengthy process and Ruby spent numerous hours submitting grant documentation and corresponding with the Downing House Museum Board of Directors and local businesses to secure the grant funding in order to purchase and install the air conditioning unit. Rubys hard work was well worth the effort and her success will benefit the Downing House Museum and the citizens of Memphis for years to come.

Woody’ Puts Spotlight on SCR-I Track Program Ahead of Debut of New Facility

If Scotland County R-I students needed any more incentive to think about participating in track next year, Matthew Woods just put the punctuation mark on the coaches’ recruitment speeches.

With a new all-weather track set to be constructed this summer and ready for action for the 2020 season, SCR-I appeared to have plenty of excitement building for the program. But if the new facility wasn’t enough to get young Tigers and Lady Tigers interested, “Woody” as he is affectionately called by his fellow students young and old, put the icing on the cake with the boys’ program’s first ever state championship this weekend.

While winning a state title is an amazing accomplishment, what makes Woods’ story even more interesting, was he did it in his first year in track.

“I ran track in junior high, but it was just distance runs,” said Woods. “Coach Carper had been after me to come back out the past few years and I’m glad he stayed after me.”

Coach Carper was equally as pleased with the results of his persistent recruitment.

“I had asked Woody every year to come out for track and give it a try,” he said. “I knew that he could help our team and that he would excel in the running and jumping events. I guess he finally got tired of my asking and decided to give it a try, and I’m glad that he did.” 

Woods became the first male athlete in SCR-I history to win a state title, with Nicki Webber, the only other SCR-I athlete to achieve the accomplishment in track. He brought home a state championship in the Missouri Class 1 long jump competition. It took a personal best leap of 22-feet 0.5 inches to earn the top spot on the podium in Jefferson City on Saturday.

“Each jump down at the state meet he just kept breaking his personal record,” said Carper. “His last jump was a monster, his toe went over the scratch line for a “scratch” or “foul” but they showed him the mark of 22’8 his jaw almost hit the ground.”

It was only fitting that Woody saved his best for last. The question is, was it his last? Previously the senior, an all-state performer on the football field had expressed interest in trying to secure a scholarship to attend college based on his pass catching skills.

“To be honest, going into the year, I never expected to make it to state, especially not in the long jump,” said Woods. “So we’ll see. If I were to get some scholarship offers, it would just be another good surprise.”

After seeing Saturday’s performance, it seems quite possible that collegiate track programs out there might try to capitalize on his raw athleticism to move him to pursue a track career.

“Woody is just scratching the surface from one season of jumping,” said Carper. “A school would be getting a diamond in the rough if they gave him a shot.”

But it isn’t just his jumping ability that will get the track program’s attention. Woods also finished third in the 100-meter dash in a personal best time of 11.51 seconds.

“Woody is a natural when it comes to running and jumping,” said Carper. “His long jump form has improved so much over the year. He has a different way of marking his steps, jumping, and landing, but it works for him. He had gained so much confidence over the track season and everything just seemed to click down in Jefferson City.”

It was a busy two days in the state capital for the SCR-I senior. He qualified in all four of his events.

Woods ran the 10th best time in the 200 meter dash preliminaries and didn’t qualify for the finals Saturday.  However he still ran a 200 meter race on Saturday, anchoring the SCR-I 4×200 meter relay team that earned a spot on the podium with a fifth place finish.

That meant Woody brought home three state medals total, helping the SCR-I program finish 10th place over all at state. Not bad, for a kid who had never run track before.

Woods walked across the stage the following day to graduate with the SCR-I Class of 2019.

Carper and girls’ track coach Kim Small are hoping his performance, teamed with the new track facility will help lead to even bigger and better things in 2020.

“The kids we took to state are excited about the future,” said Carper. “I heard a lot of talk about next season and how the kids are going to be faster and stronger for next season. We try to make state as fun as possible and the kids love the experience. I hope the new track and our success this season helps build an excitement around Scotland County for the sport of track.”  

Downing Depot Museum News

A vintage hot air balloon being watched by a crowd. Notice the large number of people assisting the balloon on the ground – not today’s hot air balloon.

Submitted by Judy Sharp

If you happen to be near the Depot Museum any day now, you’ll probably see a few folks busily preparing the Museum for the season opening on the Smorgasbord weekend, coming up on June 2.  We’ve determined that “we bit off more than we could chew,” as mother used to say. Not all the items and pictures and clothes and documents will be where we’d like them to be, nor in their completed state. But it will be presentable and interesting and rearranged. And we certainly hope you will take a look while you’re in the area on Sunday, for the Smorgasbord dinner and door prize drawings.

Speaking of door prizes, we’d like to thank these Memphis merchants for generously donating nice prizes for the drawings we’ll be having on June 2, at the Downing Appreciation Days Building: Hair Co., Hopkins Lumber, Scotland County Pharmacy, RPM Truck Accessories, Witmers Furniture, Gas & More BP, Memphis Mercantile & Appliance Stores, and Countryside Flowers. We appreciate you all.

Two events have dominated the City of Downing for many years now. The annual Downing Depot Museum’s Smorgasbord dinner held at the beginning of summer, and the Downing Appreciation Days weekend held at the end of summer. Both events have drawn big crowds to the area. They are like Homecoming, when past residents from far and wide tend to come home for an infrequent visit. These times are looked forward to by many locals, and lots of preparations are made.

If you look back at Downing Museum News of yester-year you will find a bit of nostalgia about Downing Appreciation Days. This event is held in September each year. Imagine, in 1976, when the Burlington Northern Depot was recently moved and the Museum was just getting started. Inez Shaw reported that in one day, “more than 1,000 people milled through the [Depot] building viewing displays and demonstrations.” That just boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

In the early years of the Museum, 1976 through 1978, collections and demonstrations varied during the Appreciation Days. One was of Bob Stice’s collection of arrowheads and artifacts found near Downing. Collections representing businesses of old included: ice and tobacco tools of the late Henry Ross and a hand-operated sheep shearing machine of Fred Havens. Two items that were new in the Museum displays were the first fire-fighting equipment tank and a freight wagon that was used by the Downing Lumber Co. to convey lumber from the railroad to their building. There was also a taxidermist and rock collection. The whole while the organ was being played to entertain visitors. Demonstrations taking place included quilting, needlepoint, coffee grinding, butter churning, tearing rags for rug making, crocheting, rope making, shoe repair, and making a broom like those that were handmade in Downing during the 1870s.

The Hocker Brothers’ Model Ts. Looks like they were ready for a road tour, including all the girls and a baby.

By the mid-1970s, people no doubt missed the railroad, the sound of the train coming through town day and night. But they were good at remembering the past. Sentiment ran deep for Downing history. That’s how the depot became a museum. That’s how so many things have been donated over the years, to gather the combination of interesting items we have today. That’s how you can remember the museum when you’re getting rid of “that old thing.” Don’t throw it away. Share it. It may seem that the museum is chock full of stuff, but there is always room for a new-old thing. Just let us try.

You might think the Depot Museum has some of everything. In some cases that may be true, but while preparing the special Transportation exhibit for the opening of the Museum in two weeks, it became apparent that some transportation modes were missing—for instance early tractors, bicycles and unicycles, cruising cars of the 1950s, someone’s first car being rebuilt in the backyard, and 3- and 4-wheeled ATVs replacing horses around the farms. We believe these things existed, but have found no photos to prove it. Do you have some to share? to let us scan to use, or to donate to the Museum?

You may be surprised, but the mode of rail travel is very minimal in our photo collection. We have the standard pictures of the last engine, the Doodlebug, and the bridge crew posing near Centerville. Yes there are a couple of shots of the depot with people posing at the door, but the shot is from far, far away and the people are indistinguishable. What’s missing is a real train traveling the real tracks near or through Downing, or stopped at the depot. There are no engines and engineers, cabooses and conductors, brakemen working the train, freight being loaded or unloaded, nor passengers waiting at the depot. Do you have some to share? to let us scan to use, or to donate to the Museum?

Three of Downing’s service stations, each referred to by different names. At top left is “Bob Wineingar’s ‘filling station.’ The Methodist Church has a parking lot here now [date unknown]. The house at rear is Dr. Drake’s.” Top right is the Harris’ Phillips 66 station that you can still see pillar bottoms standing near Hwy 136 and Route A junction, in 2019. Several people owned or operated this station over the years. At bottom is the Morgan “Auto Port,” a common name for early gas stations. This was run by Frosty Jackson for many years. Jack’s Coffee Shop shared a portion of it.

Does someone have pictures of Hwy 4 becoming Hwy 136? Of the first paving or rocking of Prime Street, when Drag Day wasn’t needed anymore? Of a horse race on One Mile Road, between Downing and Memphis? How about an event at Campground? with some of the Gypsies who reportedly frequented the area? Are there photos of slaves working a farm or driving a wagon? or of the dedication of the Slave Memorial placed at Campground Cemetery? How about pictures of a family cemetery that is long unused, but not forgotten? These may all be long buried subjects, but alas they are in fact, our history. Let us share them at the Downing Depot Museum. We’d love to hear from you.

104th Annual Wyaconda C-I Alumni Banquet Held in Kahoka

Approximately 72 alumni, family, and friends attended the 104th annual Wyaconda C-1 Alumni banquet held Saturday, May 11, at the Clark County Middle School Gym.

After the invocation given by Louis Ferguson, the group enjoyed the evening meal, catered by Steve’s Family Dining. Steve Howell and his parents Larry and Ilene once again did a marvelous job with the food and serving!

President Chris Hull called the meeting to order after the meal and provided the group with fun facts about each of the honored class years. For the class of 1949, three of the four surviving class members were in attendance, and they shared a little about their lives: Louis Ferguson, June (Steele) Ferguson, and William North. The fourth surviving member of the class, Harold Boone, sent a letter to be shared with the alumni.

Those giving the response for the other honored classes were Janet (Carter) Bair (1959), Candy (Childress) Humes (1969), and Joe Humes (1979). No members for the class of 1994 were present.

The secretary’s report was presented by Cookie Howell, and the members approved it. Mary Dieterich presented the treasurer’s report, and it was approved. Cookie Howell read the necrology report, and a moment of silence was observed for those members who had passed away in the past year.

Attendance prizes were awarded to those who scored a Bingo in the Wildcat Bingo game, featuring fun (and not so fun) things students may have experienced while at WHS. This led to some interesting stories being recounted.

There was no old business. In new business, the alumni voted to donate money to Clark County Middle School in appreciation for allowing the banquet to be held at the gym. In other new business, it was stressed that increased participation in helping with planning the banquet and silent auction would need to take place for the continuation of a successful banquet.

The same officers were retained for next year: Chris Hull, president; Mark St. Clair, vice president; Cookie Howell, recording secretary; and Mary Dieterich, corresponding secretary/treasurer.

After the meeting was adjourned, the results of the silent auction were announced.

A Look Back at Local Veteran for Memorial Day

Seventy-four years ago a young Scotland County resident was set to become a Navy Air Cadet.

As Memorial Day approaches, we take a look back at the 1945 Memphis Reville Article:

Harvey Musgrove Becomes Navy Air Cadet

Lt. Cmdr. F.G. Lasecke, officer in charge of the office of Naval Officer Procurement, Kansas City, has announced that Harvey Lee Musgrove, Gorin, son of Mrs. Nellie Musgrove, left for the Case School of Applied Science to begin his Naval Air cadet Training. Young Musgrove was selected and enlisted in the V-5 program in Kansas City, October 5, 1945 and has been on inactive duty awaiting entrance in the November class.

As part of the navy’s recently announced peacetime continuation of its famed V-5 pilot training program, Musgrove is one  of the 2,400 young men selected to enter leading colleges throughout the land this November. One year of college training will prepare him for pre-flight and flight training. Upon completion of this intensive program, estimated to be worth $27,000, he will be commissioned either an Ensign in the Navy or a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps.

Seaman Musgrove announced that the V-5 program remains open and that another class will convene in March 1946. To be eligible for this class, applicants must high school graduates or expect to graduate before February 25, 1946. Unmarried young men who have reached their 17th birthday and will not be 20 before March 1, 1946 are eligible. “This is an outstanding training program and I urge every eligible young man to contact the Kansas City, Mo., office for more detailed information,” says Harvey Lee Musgrove.

Scotland County R-I Elementary Menus


Thursday, May 23 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, May 24 – Cook’s Surprise; Last day of school!

Monday, May 27 – No School.

Tuesday, May 28 – French Toast Sticks, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 29 – Flapjack on a Stick, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk

Thursday, May 30 – Breakfast Burrito, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk


Thursday, May 23 – Cook’s Surprise

Friday, May 17 – Sack Lunch, Last day of School.

Monday, May 27 –No school.

Tuesday, May 28 – Pepperoni Pizza, Green Beans, Mandarin Orange Slices

Wednesday, May 29 – Chicken and Noodles, Whipped Potatoes, Buttered Corn, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears

Thursday, May 30 – Walking taco, Lettuce/Cottage Cheese, Diced Tomatoes, Sliced Peaches

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, May 23 – Clinic hours from 8-11 a.m. for lab draws. 

Friday, May 24 – Clinic hours from 8-11 a.m. for lab draws and from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols, blood pressure checks, immunizations, etc.

Monday, May 27 – Office closed.

Tuesday, May 28 – Clinic hours from 8-11 a.m. for lab draws and from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols, blood pressure checks, immunizations, etc.

Wednesday, May 29 – Clinic hours from 8-11 a.m. for lab draws. Thursday, May 30 – Clinic hours from 8-11 a.m. for lab draws.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, May 23 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Bread, Cookie

Friday, May 24 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day, “Honoring All”.  Center closed; no meals.

Tuesday, May 28 – Juicy Burger/bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Vegetables, Pears, Cookie

Wed., May 29 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, May 30 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake


Thursday, May 23 – Card Party 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day, Center closed; no meals.

Tuesday, May 28 – Movin On Group here at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 30 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

More Track Pictures

I was delighted to read in the May 16th paper that thirteen SCR-I athletes advanced to the state championship in Track & Field. As a former track athlete, I know the dedication and perseverance it takes to get to that level of competition. Great work, kids!

I would love to see more photos of our high school athletes doing the impressive feats that got them so far. Besides the encouragement a young person can get from being in the paper, track and field events can yield some exciting and dramatic images for your readers to enjoy. 

I appreciate celebrating athletes who do other sports too, but it seems imbalanced when one spread of the paper has three baseball photos, one golf photo, and zero shots of these athletes who made state. I can’t help but recall all the hoopla in this paper when the girls’ basketball team made state. Why can’t track & field get similar kudos and coverage?

Perhaps, if it’s an issue of getting a photographer to these meets, a supportive parent could volunteer to take high-res shots of the kids competing.


Alyson Ewald

Rutledge, MO

Scotland County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions Program Joining National Campaign to Raise Awareness During Mental Health Month

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

May is Mental Health Month was started 70 years ago by national organization, Mental Health America (MHA).  Scotland County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program is joining this year’s national campaign to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.

A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions. For those dealing with a chronic health condition and the people who care for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health. That is why in 2019 we are expanding upon last year’s theme of 4Mind4Body and taking it to the next level, as we explore the topics of animal companionship, humor, work-life balance, and recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness.

“It is important to really look at your overall health, both physically and mentally, to achieve wellness,” said Valerie Brown, Program Director of Senior Life Solutions. “Finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk with a friend, meditating, playing with a pet, or working from home once a week can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy – it’s all about finding the right balance to benefit both the mind and body.”

MHA has developed a series of fact sheets (available at to help people understand how their lifestyle affects their health.

“We know that living a healthy lifestyle is not always easy, but it can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes,” concluded Brown “Finding the balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, physical health and mental health, can help you on the path towards focusing both 4Mind4Body.”

Scotland County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of older adults suffering from symptoms of anxiety and depression often related to aging.

For more information, call the Scotland County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program at (660) 465-7595.

For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit MHA’s website at

Founded in 2003, Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC) operates inpatient and outpatient programs located in rural communities across the country.  Founder and Chief Medical Officer, James A. Greene, M.D., a geriatric psychiatrist, was born and raised in a rural community, which today hosts a rural hospital.  He developed PMC with the sole mission to improve the quality of life of older adults living in rural communities.  PMC, which operates the Senior Life Solutions outpatient program, is one of the largest geriatric mental health management companies within rural hospitals across the United States. 

Scotland County Hospital May 23rd Board Meeting Agenda

I. Call to Order at 5:30 p.m.

A. Approval of Open Session Agenda

B. Approval of Executive Session Agenda pursuant to Missouri Sunshine Law §610.021 Sections (1) Legal Matters, (3) Hiring, firing and discipline of employees, (13) individually identifiable personnel information

II. Consent Agenda

A. Approval of April 25, 2019 Minutes and consent agenda items B.-I.

B. CNO Report

C. HIM Update

D. HR Update

 1) Employee Experience Committee

E. Material Mgmt.

F. RHC Report

G. Supervisor Mtg

H. Contract

 1) Quest Reference Lab

I. Policies

III. Public Comment

IV. Quality Corner

A. Committee Report

B. Patient Experience Committee

C. Dashboard

V. Financial Report

A. Finance Report

B. Approval of May A/P-action needed

VI. Administrative Report-

VII. CMO Report

VIII. Old Business

A. Approval of Med Staff Officers, Committees and full list SCH Committees

B. Revenue Cycle Update

C. EMS Separation- Ratify Proposed Separation Financials

IX. New Business

A. Letter to Board (DeRosear family)

B. Open Bids – LMS and MMS Tree Removal

C. Budget Progress Report

D. Hospital Liability Insurance -action item

X. Executive Session

A. Approval of April 25, 2019 Executive Session Minutes

B. Personnel

C. Legal

XI. Adjournment

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