FIVE YEARS AGO

The MFA Oil Foundation has awarded a grant to the Scotland County Fair Board, to be applied toward the cost of repairing and painting grandstands and bleachers.

The MFA Oil Foundation which was established in 1998, provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees.

TEN YEARS AGO

A brief thunderstorm Friday afternoon proved devastating for one rural Scotland County residence.  At 4:51 p.m. the Scotland County dispatch was notified of a fire at the Jim Johnson residence located northeast of Crawford in rural Scotland County.

Upon arrival, the Scotland County fire department found heavy smoke coming from the upstairs portion of the home.  Fifteen firemen and five fire trucks battled the blaze and were on the scene for approximately four hours.  The fire caused extensive damage to the property.

The fire chief stated no one was home at the time of the fire.  He added that the blaze likely had a significant head start on emergency responders, because it was reported by a neighbor only after the blaze had enough time to generate enough smoke to be visible at the home down the road.

20 YEARS AGO

Lynn Monroe wasted little time to moving to the front of the pack in the Modified feature race at Bloomfield Speedway June 25.

Monroe took control of the race on lap three as he passed Todd Holman of Ottumwa.  He held off the field for the remainder of the race to take the checkered flag for his first win of 1999 at Bloomfield Speedway.

Monroe also was a winner in the third heat race.

30YEARS AGO

Sharon Humphrey will assume her new duties as Director of Nursing at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital on July 10.  Sharon worked at the hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse for twelve years prior to becoming a Registered Nurse in 1986.

Sharon is a graduate of SCR-1 High School; attended Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville; graduated from LPN School, Kirksville in 1972; and received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Southeast Iowa Community College, Keokuk, in 1986.  She served for a year and a half as County Health Nurse for the SC Health Department; worked at the University of Missouri-Columbia Medical Center in orthopedic, neuro and plastic nursing; and for the past several months has been employed at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA, in cardiac telemetry.

Sharon and her husband, Stan, are the parents of two children, Erin, age 12, and Bruce, age 6. 

40 YEARS AGO

On Monday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. the first three party gun range agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation was signed, marking a first for Scotland County and Missouri.

Along with the Missouri Department of Conservation, the City of Memphis and the Scotland County Gun Club have cooperated to build a trap shoot and skeet range on the southwest corner of the new Memphis City Reservoir land.  Completion of the project is expected to be late this summer or early fall.

Attending the signing ceremonies for the agreement are Audrey Glass, Hunter Safety Coordinator Bud Eyman, Gun Club President George (Bill) Camp, Agent Jill Cooper, Outdoor Education Specialist Wayne Martin, Education Supervisor Clarence Billings, Pilot J. S. Holman, and Mayor Harold Davis.

50 YEARS AGO

This last week has been an exceptional week for 20 Boy Scouts, who attended Camp Thunderbird, near Moberly, MO.

The boys have spent a week of swimming, canoeing, rowing, and working on merit badges of their choosing.  They came away from camp with 9 archery merit badges, 5 rowing merit badges, 4 swimming merit badges, 4 rifle merit badges, 4 basketry merit badges, and 4 cooking merit badges.

Special awards given to Troop 97 were a 70% award for boys attending camp this year – 20 out of 21 boys attended.  Two of the troop patrols received 100% awards for attendance.

Three boys, Mike Burns, Tommy Mallett, and Randy Harrison were selected to join the Order of the Arrow, which is a special group of Boy Scouts.  The Scoutmaster, Pearl C. Cotton, Jr., was also selected to join this group.  They will take their ordeal into the Order Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28.

60 YEARS AGO

4-H members, elected to county office at a recent election, will serve as officers for the day on County Government Day.

A recount was held on candidates who tied for the office of County Treasurer and on the recount, Joeddy Harvey was declared the winner by a 43-41 vote.

A full day of activities are planned for the office holders.  In addition to spending the day in the office of the county officials, the county officials and electives will have lunch at noon at the Flower Hotel.

Two Junior Leaders, Betty Boyer, president, and LeRoy Huff, secretary, who helped plan the event were on TV channel 3 at 12:15 Monday.

Electees holding office today are Joeddy Harvey, Treasurer; Larry Riney, Presiding Judge; John Cole, Judge of E. District; Joe Forrester, Judge of W. District; Larry Westhoff, Probate Judge; Sam Riney, Sheriff; Dale Parker, Circuit Clerk and Recorder; Bill Adams, County Clerk; Neal Kirkpatrick, Collector; Lyle McPherson, Assessor; Arlene Huff, Co. Supt. Of Schools; Carol Hartman, Sec. to Co. Supt.; LeRoy Huff, County Agent; Larry Curry, Associate; Betty Boyer, County Home Agent; Phyllis Harrington, Sec. of Extension Office; John Schenk, Soil District Supervisor; John Aylward, Soil Supervisor; and James Baker, Soil District Supervisor.

70 YEARS AGO

Induction of the Missouri State Fair into the Grand Circuit of harness racing this year is one of the most fortunate things that has happened for fair-goers in many years for it means that the world’s fastest pacers and trotters and most renowned drivers will be seen at Sedalia for five days, August 22 through 26.

All Missourians are horse lovers and racing fans or potential racing fans.  Nothing gives them more enjoyable entertainment than a good horse race and they’ll certainly get their money’s worth at the State Fair this year.  The Grand Circuit is a limited and exclusive organization of only seventeen of the best and most prominent tracks in the United States and Missouri has one of the only two membership tracks west of the Mississippi.

90 YEARS AGO

The drilling outfit located between Martinstown and Worthington reached a depth of 300 feet last Friday only to have a cave-in above the drill, and required until Monday evening to remove the trouble.  The drill has been steadily forging down since Monday evening, says the Unionville Republican.

Two shifts are working with the drill.  Each shift is composed of two men, and each shift works 12 hours.  The drill and shaft is 31 feet long and the cave-in occurred above this.

J. H. L. Hickman, on whose land the hold is being sunk, was in town Tuesday, and stated that a large number of leases had been obtained.  It is his understanding that if this hold proves to be a dry one, others will be sunk by this company, which seems to have plenty of money, and plenty of optimism about finding the “black gold”.  The outfit used by this company is capable of going to a depth of 3,200 feet, although oil or gas is expected to be found at a more shallow depth.