FIVE YEARS AGO

Scotland County R-1 graduate Christine Marlowe is returning to her roots.  The recent college graduate returned to Memphis after completing her college degree, and now she is getting back to where she started on a professional level as well.

With the opening of Acorn Hill Veterinary Services, Dr. Marlowe will be practicing veterinary medicine back in the place where she grew up as a livestock producer and exhibitor in the ranks of 4-H and FFA.

Acorn Hill Veterinary Services is located three miles south of Memphis on Ridge Road.  The new facility features ample space for patient examinations offering a clean, patient-friendly environment for both large and small animals.

TEN YEARS AGO

Less than 24-hours after resolving a series of crimes in the city, the Memphis Police Department found itself with a new case to crack.

During the evening of February 16th at least three businesses in Memphis were burglarized.  According to the MPD, the burglars entered the Farm Bureau office and Kay Eggleston Bookkeeping and Tax Service on Highway 15 and took an undisclosed amount of cash from each business.  The burglars also gained entrance to Musser’s Animal Feed Store on Highway 136, but nothing was reported stolen.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Department reported the Catfish Place near Arbela was burglarized sometime that evening between 7:40 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

These crimes match similar patterns associated with a series of burglaries at businesses across southern Iowa.

20 YEARS AGO

Meagan Fromm, eighth grade daughter of Kevin and Dani Fromm, won the seventh annual Spelling Bee held February 19 at the Scotland County R-1 North Elementary School.

Fromm will compete in the regional spelling bee on March 22 at the Quincy Junior High School in Quincy, IL. 

Brittney Courtright, fifth grade daughter of Bob and Barbie Courtright, was the Middle School (grades three through six) champion and Melissa Cotton won the 2nd Grade Pre-Spelling Bee event. 

30 YEARS AGO

Beverly’s Place, formerly Jan’s restaurant, is now open under new management.

Beverly and Jack Givens reopened the establishment early Monday morning, following the purchasing of the facilities located on Highway 136 East, Memphis.

Jack Givens is a truck driver and his wife, Beverly, will be in charge of the restaurant.  Former residents of Rutledge, the Givens now reside in Memphis.  They are the parents of four children, Barbara Hurley, Jeff, Jackie, and Jeanne Givens.

Beverly says, “We plan to provide the same service as our customers are accustomed to in the past.  Noon meals, short orders, and desserts will be available.

40 YEARS AGO

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol are helping in the manhunt for the man who robbed the Milton branch of the Cantril Savings Bank at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The man is described as being about 5’8” tall and between 30 and 35 years of age.  He was wearing a ski mask and green overalls when he left the bank on foot.  It is thought that he got into a 1972 Pontiac Firebird with Oklahoma license plates.

The amount of money taken in the robbery has not been determined at this time.

50 YEARS AGO

The Scotland County Sheriff’s office has been moved from its former location at the northwest corner of the Court House basement across the hall to the quarters formerly occupied by the Scotland County Welfare Office, on the east side of the same basement area.

The Welfare Office had previously moved their offices to the former Bank of Memphis building on the northeast corner of the square, and more recently occupied by the Toye and Bam Restaurant.

60 YEARS AGO

The Teenage March of Dimes dance was held at the high school auditorium Saturday night, February 14 for teenagers only.  Selected as Queen of the Dance was Miss Sharon Fountain, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Fountain of Memphis.  Miss Fountain is a senior at Memphis High School.  Other candidates in the contest were Terry Skinner, freshman; Sharon Gardner, sophomore, and Mary Ransford, junior.

Each class placed jars in various stores around the square and voting for the candidates was on the basis of a penny a vote.  The total amount taken in, funds which were turned over to the March of Dimes, was almost $50.

70 YEARS AGO

Income tax returns for the calendar year 1948 must be filed not later than March 15, 1949, with the Collector of Internal Revenue, St. Louis (1), Missouri.

While most taxpayers will be able to prepare their own returns, a Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue will be assigned to Memphis, March 7 and 8.  He will be at the court house to give any advice or assistance needed.  No charge will be made for this service.

90 YEARS AGO

Highway No. 15 will be completed to the Iowa state line, eleven miles north of Memphis this year, according to word received yesterday morning from C. J. Wiegner, assistant division engineer at Hannibal.

Mr. Wiegner states that in the next letting of contracts, which will be March 15th, there will be two projects let in Scotland County.  One will be Route 15, Section1, five miles of grading, culverts and bridges.  This will complete Highway No. 15 from Memphis to the State line, with the exception of the surfacing, which will be done next year.

The other contract to be let March 15th, will be on Highway No. 4, and will be 500 feet of concrete retaining wall to be built along the north side of the Memphis cemetery.

This wall has been designed to prevent the slides, which have been occurring along the road at the cemetery.  It will be a height of from eight to twelve feet.  This will be a permanent improvement at the cemetery.