FIVE YEARS AGO

Despite an obvious apprehension surrounding theaters, Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln will be the guests of honor for a special program to be held at the Memphis Theatre on Wednesday, March 24th at 7 p.m.

It won’t be the famous couple’s first trip to town.  Max and Donna Daniels have brought the historic figures back to life for spectators in Memphis on more than one occasion.  They lent their talents to the historic Bring John Home ceremonies for the burial of a Civil War veteran in May of 2005.

TEN YEARS AGO

The Scotland County Courthouse has withstood the test of time for 100 years.  Now the group hosting a centennial celebration for the facility is working to insure the historic landmark continues to keep time for future generations.

The Scotland County Community Betterment Group will host a special celebration on Monday, October 22 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the county seat.

20 YEARS AGO

Local, state and federal authorities are searching for a parole violator who walked away from the Scotland County Jail at approximately 8:45 p.m. October 18th.  The prisoner was entering the last week of his stay at the jail when he allegedly was assisted by at least one accomplice in escaping from the jail.

The prisoner was out of his cell as part of the department’s trustee program.  He had been held in the Scotland County Jail since September 23rd as part of a parole warrant for the Missouri Dept. of Corrections.  He had been part of the trustee program for more than three weeks, during which time he did painting at the courthouse and other work, and was considered a low-risk prisoner.

The sheriff’s department is being assisted in the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sheriff Drummond stated the case would mark the end of the trustee program at the Scotland County jail.

30 YEARS AGO

The Jolly Workers Club celebrated their 50th year at Carol Rogers, of rural Gorin, October 8, 1987.

The club was organized 50 years ago with Vivian Bertram at this same home.  Two charter members, Anna Belle Peterson and Cleo Curfman, were able to attend the meeting.  Vivian Bertram of Sun City, AZ is a charter member, but was unable to attend.  Other former members present were Frances Shacklett, Lois Humes and Susan Ammons.  One guest, Lucille Bundrem of Salem, Arkansas, was present.

40 YEARS AGO

Mr. and Mrs. Don Wheaton and daughter, Jamie, and Mr. and Mrs. Clark Mustoe were hosts to the Rural Rough Riders card party and supper Saturday evening, October 15.  There were 31 present.

Winning high prizes were Florence Stevenson and John Pitzer, and low, Katheline Johnson and Marion Cowell,

The next card party will be November 5th with Katheline Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Otto Powers hosts for the evening.

50 YEARS AGO

Announcement is being made this week of the Grand Opening of the Junction Café, formerly the Highway Café, by Danny Knupp Monday, October 23rd.

Free donuts and coffee will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and registration can be made for a door prize.

60 YEARS AGO

Hatton and Harold Hustead of Hustead’s Garage have recently embarked on a new enterprise which has brought much interest to quite a number of local personages.

Murl Colton approached them several days ago, after his wife was released from the hospital, to make a walker for her.  It will be recalled Mrs. Colton broke her hip a few weeks ago.

After debating, deciphering, cussing and discussing, someone came up with the idea of using a thin-walled electric tubing for the walker.  The enterprise was finished last week, complete with casters and a fresh coat of aluminum paint, and it’s really a fine piece of work.

It’s the understanding of this writer that the Husteads plan to make another one or two, to be used by those who may need them in the future.

70 YEARS AGO

The Memphis High School band, under the supervision of Charles Warren, music instructor, participated in a massed band with sixteen other Missouri high schools at Columbia Saturday during the football game between the University of Missouri and Kansas State College.

Including the University of Missouri band, there were a total of 1,170 instruments in the massed bands all playing under the direction of the University of Missouri director.

Superintendent and Mrs. R. L. Terry, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Roberts and son, Tommy Roberts, attended the game.