FIVE YEARS AGO

Terry Rush has a new book coming out in August. MVP (Why You Are Valuable in God’s Eyes) is a most encouraging work for any who suffer from deep self-doubt or hang-nail discouragement.

“This book will give everyone I know a huge boost of how to find the confidence to overcome challenges we once thought too big,” said Rush.

While the content is one of building up simple faith for practical living, due to his Cardinal connection, there is a natural baseball backdrop. MVP is endorsed by St. Louis Cardinal Legends’ Whitey Herzog, Todd Worrell, Bob Forsch, and others. Terry’s friend, Tommy Herr, has written the Foreword.

“We could not dream of a more positive person or message,” said Colin See, vice-president of the publishing company Kelly Press, Inc. of Columbia, MO. “We are proud of this project and believe it will awaken many to the absolute goodness buried within them.”

J’s Foods will carry the book in Memphis.

TEN YEARS AGO

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s office announced this week that Scotland County Memorial Library received a Local Records Preservation Grant in the amount of $4,021. The grant will be used to purchase a microfilm reader/scanner.

The Local Records Preservation program was established in 1991 to support local public records management and preservation and has awarded nearly $5 million dollars since its inception. Grants provide funding up to a maximum of 70% of the total project cost.

“We are pleased to support this collaborative effort to work with local entities to protect important records for the benefit of our fellow citizens. Preserving these records is vital to maintaining our history and heritage,” said Carnahan.

20 YEARS AGO

Area farmers tested their skills during the Scotland County Fair’s Super Farmer Contest.  Contestants tested their post driving abilities before racing wheelbarrows loaded with three cinder blocks.  In between, the participants competed in a hay bale toss.

First District Representative Jim Sears was chosen from the crowd to give a demonstration of each of the events while the rules were read.

Matt Whitaker captured first overall after winning both the hay bale toss and the post driving contest and finishing second in the wheel barrow race.  With the victory, he earned the top prize of $50 and the right to go on to the state competition in Sedalia at the State Fair.

30 YEARS AGO

A Scotland County R-1 band student, Darin Riney, was the recipient of the Golden Rudiment Award during his stay at a Drum Line Workshop held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, July 18 through 20th.

The workshop was open to high school drummers upon the recommendation of their band director.  Scotland County Band Director Sharon O’Donnell recommended Darin for the workshop.

While attending the camp, Darin participated in a contest between the snare drum players to see who knew the thirteen rudiments best.  Darin had gone to the workshop playing the tri-tom drums, however, he had learned the rudiments for drum contest at NMSU last winter, and because of knowledge and ability was awarded the Golden Rudiment Award.  He is the son of Larry and Norma Riney of Memphis and will be a senior at Scotland County R-1 this coming fall.

40 YEARS AGO

The editor of the Memphis Democrat received this letter regarding the J.C. Penney store in Memphis:

Dear Mr. Forsythe:

Thank you for your letter and interest in the continuing operation of our Memphis, Missouri, store.  By now you are at least aware, if not personally involved, with the recent visit of our Regional Vice-President, Mr. W.A. Perry, to Memphis to discuss the operation of our store.

For several years our financial results in Memphis have placed the continued operation of the store in question and, based on our normal operating criteria, this operation should be discontinued.

Mr. Perry advises me, however, after visiting with interested people in the community such as yourself, he is of the opinion we should continue our operation in Memphis for at least another year.  We are doing this, you might say, as an expression of our appreciation for what the people of Memphis have meant to us over the years.  Long-range, however; our continued operation must be based on financial considerations as well as our personal desire to serve the community.  I hope, like you, that we can continue our operation.

We do appreciate your interest, as well as others who have supported Penney’s in Memphis.

Sincerely, Donald V. Seibert, Chairman of the Board.

50 YEARS AGO

After nearly 30 years of teaching in the Brick, Price and Gorin school system, Joe Buford is leaving.

Many of us have benefited greatly from this man and his influence.

We feel it is our turn now to say “thank you” to Joe.

An appreciation day for Joe Buford will be held in the Gorin School Auditorium on Sunday, August 1st at 1:00 p.m. followed by a special appreciation program.

60 YEARS AGO

Play Day, a one-day camp for 4-H members, their parents and friends will be held on Saturday, July 30, 1955, at the Scotland county fairgrounds commending at 9:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the day and evening.  Arrangements for the day were made by a committee from the newly organized C & H Helpers, Keith Dunn, Keith Boyer and Dixie Hunt.

Two meals will be served for those attending.  Menus have been planned by Mary Dean Tippett, Luzonne Darr, Maxine Gundy and Marilyn and Evelyn Priebe.  Scotland County Extension Club members will prepare the noon-day meal.

During the day, recreation will consist of softball, badminton, volley ball, movies, and group games.  In charge are Ronnie Boyer, Larry McNamar, Don Miller, Marjorie Smith, and Pat Anthony.  Assisting will be Fred Mohr, Carol Purvis, Kay Daggs, Maryian Miller, Dixie Hunt, Donna Hunt, and Charlene Pulliam.

70 YEARS AGO

The Memphis Blues baseball team defeated the Arbela team on the local grounds Sunday afternoon by a score of 8 to 4.  The score was tied 3 to 3 at the end of the fourth inning.  Arbela took the lead with one run which they retained to the eighth inning.

In that inning the Blues started hitting.  The Arbela team made several erros.  Hitting and errors netted the Blues five runs in this inning.  No scores were made in the ninth.

The Blues go to Gorin next Sunday.