FIVE YEARS AGO

The 2014 Scotland County Antique Fair royalty include King Leon Wheeler, Queen Linda Wheeler, Prince Brody Wheeler, and Princess Halle Miller.

Top times for the annual Fun Run were Austin Smith with 21 minutes and 39 seconds and the top female performer was Lisa Murguia with a time of 23:38.

TEN YEARS AGO

First District State Representative Brian Munzlinger (R-Lewistown) isn’t ready to give up serving his constituents.  After four terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, Munzlinger announced on August 21st that he will be seeking the 18th district senatorial seat.

Munzlinger won the first of four elections for the first district house seat back in 2002.  Due to term limits he cannot seek re-election.  He will now seek to expand his service area from the seven counties (Scotland, Schuyler, Clark, Knox, Lewis, and parts of Marion and Adair counties) of northeast Missouri in the First District to the 13 counties of the 18th Senatorial District.  The senate district includes all of his original constituents in addition to Putnam, Shelby, Monroe, Audrain, Ralls, and Pike counties and all of Marion and Adair counties.

20 YEARS AGO

Julie Shaw of Gorin, won the top award for a beginner at the 4-H Dog Show, Aug. 17, during the Missouri State Fair.  She received the Best Junior Handler Award in the novice division with her 3-year-old beagle-terrier mix, Lady.

Having spent a lot of time with Lady, Julie said they are so familiar with each other that often they can communicate with only a look.  “By the look in her eyes, I can tell how she’s feeling, whether she wants to go play, if she’s happy or sad.  She can usually tell what I expect from her too.”

The animal lover has been training her dog for two years and admits that at times, it gets frustrating when Lady doesn’t do what she wants.

Julie also placed third in an obedience category, the pre-novice, 8-to-10 years, beginner or first year dog.  In addition, she won the junior showmanship, 8- to 10-years, novice class.  Cody Musgrove, Gorin, showed a bichon named Oreo for 4th place.

30 YEARS AGO

Five Scotland County Centurians will be honored August 31 at the Scotland County Nursing Home.  The celebration will begin at 2:00, with state officials, family, and friends present.  A balloon lift will follow.

Those to be honored are: Grover Cleveland Buford, Maye Dieterich Blanton, Grace Irene (Adams) Brookhart, Mary Funk Johnston, and Grace Jones Jeffries.

These import centurions will be featured in the September 7 issue of the Memphis Democrat.

40 YEARS AGO

Tom Cotton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl C. Cotton of Memphis, who teaches at Clopton High School at Clarksville, MO, was among those who were privileged to meet President Carter as the “Delta Queen” stopped at Clarksville.

Tom’s High School Band performed for the Presidential group as they stopped to greet the people of Clarksville, who had gathered to greet the President on his trip down the Mississippi on the “Delta Queen”.

50 YEARS AGO

Pvt. Lester H. Clark completed his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO August 22.

Lester’s company was awarded for Honor Company and for Physical Combat Proficiency Test.  He was promoted to E-2 and will be stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas for medical corpsman training.

Mrs. Lester Clark, Mrs. Emery Clark, Kathie, and Larry, Milton, Earl Clary and Wanda Johnston attended his graduation o Friday, at 10:30.

60 YEARS AGO

Earl Westhoff of Rural Route 2, Memphis, won a red ribbon in the 4-H Junior Chicken of Tomorrow Contest held at the Missouri State Fair Sunday.  First prize in the contest was won by Billy Lee Clemons of Blackwater.

The contest is sponsored by the Missouri Broiler Council and the Missouri Poultry Council.  Dressed birds of the top five winners were sold at auction at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Although the contest was open to FFA and 4-H members, no FFA entries were shown this year, according to an announcement made this week by the Fair management.

70 YEARS AGO

The Kansas City Monarchs, said to be the fastest colored baseball team in the country, are to be here Friday, September 9, to play the Memphis team.

In a letter from Tom Beard of Kansas City, who books games for the Monarchs, he said if Memphis wanted a good, fast baseball game, all they had to do was to furnish a team which could interest the Monarchs.

The Monarchs have played in Memphis before and have always had a team of major league class.  The Monarchs have five pitchers on their team in addition to the regular infield and outfield.

The game will be played on the fairgrounds park and will start at eight o’clock.  Six hundred reserved seats will be put on sale at the Missouri Midland Gas Co. Saturday for this game.  The largest crowd of the season is expected.

90 YEARS AGO

Hundreds of people in Scotland County got a good view of the Graf Zeppelin when it passed over this county yesterday shortly after twelve o’clock.

Word was received here that the ship had passed over Kansas City at 9:50 a.m., Chillicothe, MO about 11:30 and at noon word was received that it has passed over Kirksville.  Hundreds of people in Memphis immediately sought vantage points out from under the trees so they could get a view of the big ship if it passed in sight.

They were awarded about 12:15 p.m. when the big silver tube hove in sight west of Memphis, headed this way.  When first seen, it looked like it might have been over Downing.  It was taking a northeastern course, passing apparently between Brock and Milton thence on east towards Cantril, Keosauqua, and Burlington, Iowa.  When last seen from Memphis, it appeared to be about over Cantril.

The Zeppelin did not come close enough to Memphis for anyone to get a good view of the cabins, although in the north part of the county, they could be seen.

The Zeppelin resembles a long, silver tube with both ends folded to a point.  The sun was shining bright and it sparkled in the sun.  It was a wonderful sight to see the big ship which the Japanese people, on the other side of the world, had seen only a few days ago.

The ship, passing in sight of Memphis during the noon hour, gave everyone an opportunity to see it.  People were scattered all over town looking at the west, watching for it to come from the direction of Kirksville.  Not since Tony Janis made his first flight at the old Scotland County fair twenty year ago have people been so excited over anything.