FIVE YEARS AGO
After a season lacking moisture, local creeks and streams were replenished and then some, as heavy rains on April 17th and 18th led to wide spread flash flooding across northeast Missouri.
The National Weather Service reported rain totals between four to six inches in Scotland County during the two days. That led to extensive flooding in the region. Flood waters breached the banks of the North Fabius River making for some tense moments for property owners along the canal. Flood waters threatened the Fuller Farms shop and the Hometown Animal Health store, but ultimately receded.
The waters made it to the parking area of Village Market on the west side of the river and spilled over into the neighboring farm ground submerging the region around the Highway 136 and 15 junctions. The waters never reached the roadways themselves.
TEN YEARS AGO
Alarm clocks were replaced early Friday morning by quite a surprise for most area residents that were shaken awake by the rumblings of an earthquake centered more than 100 miles away.
Later that morning, those that were awakened by the brief concussions that hit the area learned that a magnitude 5.2 earthquake centered near Bellmont, IL, had more than just woke people up early in southern Illinois and western Indiana at 4:32 a.m. when the natural disaster occurred.
But despite being the largest earthquake in the region since 2002, there were no major injuries or significant damage reported.
20 YEARS AGO
The Next Generation Wrestling Federation will present Legends of the Ring II:”Insane Caged Carnage” April 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Scotland County R-1 High School.
The show will feature a new look this year, as all the matches will be enclosed in a steel cage.
The evening’s events will feature a championship match between “Sandman Simerl” and “Ringmaster Scott Simerl”.
John Steel “From the X” will then do battle against the “Divine Dance Technician.” A dog collar match will follow pitting the “Boogieman” versus the “Terror.”
The tag team championship will feature “The Sorority Sweethearts” versus the “Click’s Best.”
In the multi-media championship, the “Country Cowboy” will tangle with the “Lumberjack.”
The night’s schedule will also include the Royal Rumble as well as the Kahoka Tag Team Challenge.
“Low Rider” will take on “Scream” before the grand finale, the Country Whippin’ Match, which will feature the “Southern Bumpkin” versus the “Redneck.”
All proceeds from the event will help support the Scotland County D.A.R.E. program. Donations will be taken at the entrance gates.
30 YEARS AGO
Work continues on the moving process of the Memphis Depot. Weather permitting, the building will be moved soon to the new location on the west side of the Historical Society property on Main Street.
In order to move the building, it has been divided into two sections. Much time, labor, and monetary contributions have been made to help preserve this piece of Scotland County history for the people of the community. The moving project is one that has attracted many residents.
Restoration of the depot will begin as soon as it is standing on its new foundation.
The first steps will be to seal the two sections back together and restore and repair the roof. The outside of the building is expected to be restored before work begins on the interior.
40 YEARS AGO
Alan Bunch, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bunch, has been selected to represent the Scotland County R-1 High School at Boy’s State of Missouri. It will be held June 10-17 on the Central Missouri State University Campus at Warrensburg, MO.
Boy’s State of Missouri is sponsored annually by the American Legion of Missouri. Alan is being sponsored locally by the Memphis Lions Club.
The week’s activities will be centered around the theme of “Democracy Depends on Me”. The objectives for this year are: To develop leadership, to get back to the fundamentals of our form of government, to make Boy’s State a laboratory of practical Political Science, and to make Boy’s State a functional citizenship training program. It will be a week of concentrated training in learning about our government and participating in its operation. There will be boys from every county in Missouri in attendance.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Davis Burrus of Memphis, returning from a trip to Woodward, OK and Texas, upon landing their plane at the local airstrip Saturday, damaged the prop slightly after letting down on a strip of sod, not realizing that the field was soft from the recent rain.
There was very little damage and no personal injury.
60 YEARS AGO
A special city election will be held May 6 to decide the improvement issue, which, if approved, will authorize the issuance of improvement bonds in the amount of $40,000 for the purpose of extending and improving the combined waterworks and sewerage systems. Plans made by Frank Beard and associates in January included repairs made to the above shown spillway which would be cleaned and 6-9” of new reinforced concrete would be poured over them. The damages portion of the sloping part would be removed and replaced. A new pier would be built approximately eight inches higher than the present one would be built for the emergency spillway. A toe-wall would be poured under the bottom slab and void under the slab filled, if the improvement proposal goes through.
70 YEARS AGO
The Granger School Carnival was an enjoyable affair, and all the noise and confusion that accompanies a carnival, was exploited. Doris Kittle received the door prize Friday night and Roene March received it Saturday night. Mrs. John Sleeter won the pressure sauce pan.
Friday night, the one-act play “Life O’ the Party” was presented. The characters were: Margaret Callahan, Pauline Stevenson, Emma Lou Linder, Edna Tudor, Leona Day, Virginia Mason, Ben Biggs, Carroll Kittle, Dennis Fitzgerald, Bob Trueblood, Oris Selby, and Bill Guernsey.
“Orville’s Big Date” was presented Saturday night. The characters were: Vera Selby, Carolyn Cline, Berneta Hohstadt, and Carl Baker.