FIVE YEARS AGO
The Memphis City Council met August 6th for their monthly meeting. The council discussed the ongoing work being performed in the city by Mastec and its various subcontractors performing the boring and installation of buried fiber optic cable for the telephone cooperative.
Additionally, Superintendent Roy Monroe reported work in process with the Missouri Department of Conservation regarding the possible installation of a new access road and fishing dock at Lake Show-Me to be located on the south side of the waterway.
TEN YEARS AGO
Local singer, Sarah Marshall, will give a benefit concert for the Bible Grove Historical Preservation Committee at the Memphis Theatre on August 20th.
The gospel performance will get underway at 7:00 p.m. It is a free-will offering for spectators with all proceeds going to help restore the old Bible Grove School.
Sarah Leanne Marshall was born in Bermuda and moved to North Carolina at age 2 ½, at age 5 moved back to Bermuda, and moved to Missouri at age 12.
She started singing at the age of three when she performed at the Tryon, NC, Seventh Day Adventist Church. She sang at least monthly and enjoyed listening to the piano.
20 YEARS AGO
The Summer Reading Program held at Scotland County Memorial Library in Memphis ended July 17. A total of 3,319 books were read by 170 children between the ages of three and twelve. There were sixty-five participants in the “Read to Me’ group. The first and second grade group had 47 participants and sixty-five readers made up the third through sixth grade group. Brad Hunt won first prize, a family trip to Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun.
30 YEARS AGO
Donna J. Bailey received the Masters of Arts degree in Mathematics Education at Summer Commencement on August 10 at Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville.
Donna is the daughter of Weldon Tague of Gorin and taught mathematics at Scotland County R-I High School in Memphis for six years.
40 YEARS AGO
Scotland County R-1 Schools open Monday, August 26, 1074. School will be in session the full day. Lunch prices will be 50 cents for all students Kindergarten thru 6th grade and 60 cents for all students 7th thru 12th grade. The transportation system will operate the same as last year, under the direction of Bob Trueblood. The high school curriculum has been expanded to include additional classes in Vocational Agriculture, Industrial Arts, and a Formal Work-Study Program, under the department of Co-operative Occupational Education. Many students will be employed part-time by local businesses and will receive occupational training in conjunction with the work experience.
50 YEARS AGO
Official returns of the Primary election held on Tuesday, August 4, were not changed any by the absentee ballots cast. In the race for U.S. Senator Symington received a plurality of 1317; Hearnes a plurality of 161 for Governor; Eagleton 162; Kirkpatrick for Secretary of State a plurality of 556; M.E. Morris for State Treasurer, 409; Trimble for Attorney General 75; Magee received a plurality of 322 for Representative in Congress.
On the local level Croley received a plurality of 113 for representative; Graber 15 for Judge of Western district; Shriver 90 for judge Eastern District; Fry 316 for assessor and Norton 884 for county collector.
All the preceding figures are pluralities.
60 YEARS AGO
Scotland County farm and town people are making plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Agricultural Demonstration work. The event is to be known as Extension’s Golden Jubilee and will be held on the square in Memphis on September 9, 10 and 11, according to County Agent Arnold Barber.
Tentative plans include three days and three nights of delightful entertainment, interwoven with programs showing progress made in living during the past 50 years.
70 YEARS AGO
The new honor board, which was recently erected at Gorin near the W.L. Harker shop, was appropriately dedicated with ceremonies Saturday night when a large crowd of people gathered there to honor the men whose names appear on the board. The program included addresses, music and talks, and lasted for about three hours. The board when lighted up makes a fine impression and those who contributed to its erection deserve much credit. There are 154 names on the board at present and 32 more to be added. The board is amply lighted and is a fitting memorial to the boys who have gone from Gorin and community to the armed forces.