FIVE YEARS AGO
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.
TEN YEARS AGO
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.
20 YEARS AGO
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.
30 YEARS AGO
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.
40 YEARS AGO
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.
50 YEARS AGO
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.
60 YEARS AGO
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.
70 YEARS AGO
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.