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120 Years Ago
Jan. 11, 1900
Whiskey – The sentiment of the people over the whiskey case at Hurdland Saturday is that the verdict was right, and if whiskey is sold let it be sold according to the law, over the bar in an open way, Mt. Tabor item.
Trade – Washington, Jan. 6. – Secretary Wilson, in an interview, emphasized the great commercial significance of the “Open Door” concert of the powers respecting China. He said: Our Trade Relations Secured. “Anything produced in the United States will now permanently find its way into all parts of the Celestial empire. Our trade relations there in the future are secured. Not of the least importance is the fact that the permanency of the cotton market in China is secured. The trade in cotton goods has been very heavy in Manchuria and other northern provinces. Our trade interests generally, our dairy, poultry and other products from the farms of the United States now have assurances of permanent markets in all the provinces throughout the Chinese empire where such things are in demand, and this demand is growing and will continue to grow.
Killed – West Plains, MO., Jan. 5 – Moze Caulder, a half-breed bad man, was shot and killed by Belle Gillam, a woman of ill repute, in front of her house in the suburbs of this city at 12:30 yesterday. Caulder had been drinking the night he went to the woman’s house and attempted to gain admittance. Being refused, he became abusive and threatening. Yesterday, he returned and was again ordered away. He attempted to throw a rock through a window, whereupon the Gillam woman began shooting. Caulder attempted to run and she shot him six times and dropped him with the last shot. He expired in a few moments. The woman gave herself up to officers and gave bond. Public opinion justifies the act.
Deaths – Floda Sprouse died Dec. 24, 1899, from typhoid fever. Floda Blanch Sprouse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Sprouse, was born March 11, 1885. Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church at Edina and the remains were taken to Luray, Clark County and laid to rest.
Ina May Poor, infant daughter of Ira and Ahneda Poor, born Aug. 1899, died Dec. 25, 1899.
William Thomas Harris died of pneumonia at his home in Baring, on Dec. 26, 1899. Born Oct. 6, 1866, on Dec. 9, 1890, he was united in marriage to Luella F. Forrester. To this union four children were born. The body was laid to rest in Greensburg Cemetery, Dec. 28.
Martin Sheridan, a well known citizen died Monday evening after being stricken with apoplexy, became unconscious until he passed. The deceased was a brother of Hugh Sheridan, president of the Knox County Farmers Mutual Insurance Association. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Edina.
110 Years Ago
Jan. 6, 1910
Birth – Born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Bodkins, Dec. 25, a girl, Black District item.
A son was born Dec. 21, 1909, to Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Marsh in Chicago. He died Sunday, Jan. 2. Mrs. Marsh is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.J. Berberet of Edina.
Wed – Miss Mary Longfellow and Fisher Woodard surprised their many friends Sunday last by driving to Edina and having Brother Rennison, say the words which made them husband and wife, East Shelton item.
Ray Thomas, 17, of Novelty, and Eva Johnson, 18, of Kirksville, were married at Kirksville.
100 Years Ago
Jan. 1, 1920
Birth – Mr. and Mrs. Robert Plunkett are the parents of a son born Dec. 20, the fourth child and second son, Newark item.
Licensed – A marriage license was issued Friday to Arthur C. Nelson of Novelty and Juanita M. Abbott of Newark, and Monday to George H. Glover and Ella Poor of Newark.
Death – Mrs. John Shalley of near Harmony died Friday of blood poisoning. Burial was in Harmony Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, a little son, John J., 3 years old and a little daughter, Margaret Ruth, 16 months old, her father, A.C. Ely, and one sister, Helen, Mrs. Wilbur Sharp and three half-brothers and one half-sister,
90 Years Ago
Jan. 2, 1930
Birth – Mr. and Mrs. Sam Peters are the parents of a 9 lb. boy born Dec. 25, Colony item.
Attack – William Eyler, Baring taxi driver, well known as Bill Eyler is confined to his home there recovering from the affects of an attack by two men Tuesday night, when he was robbed of $4 or $5, tied and gagged, and left in a field to die. He was found by Leon Lingenfelter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Lingenfelter, of Edina, who happened to stop his car nearby and heard Mr. Eyler’s cries for help, the latter having succeeded in getting the gag out of his mouth.
80 Years Ago
Jan. 4, 1940
Birth – An 8 lb. daughter, Lora Jane, was born Dec. 22, to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Smith, Novelty item.
Death – Leo Francis Kriegshauser, 12 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Kriegshauser of Edina died last Saturday of complications following scarlet fever. His twin brother is Lawrence Kriegshauser.
Wed – Marjorie Grigsby, daughter of Mayor and Mrs. C.L. Grigsby of Edina and Cecil Letton, of Ewing were married at noon Sunday by Rev. D.J. Van Devander at the parsonage.
70 Years Ago
Jan. 7, 1950
Factory – A start for a $200,000 factory building in Baring is underway. The first move is getting $5.00 each from one hundred people for investigation expense. The town has plenty of good locations,, and is now next to and connected with a good lake of water – besides being on the greatest railroad in America – the Santa Fe between Kansas City-Ft. Madison-Burlington-Chicago and the big West and California field-upon which one can go places and haul everything. The factory will employ mostly women, presumably from all around the area of Baring.
Burned – Ruth Elliott, who lives on a farm north of Edina and who was severely burned about the throat and shoulders about three weeks ago when gasoline she was using for cleaning exploded and caught her clothes on fire is now in University Medical center at Columbia, steadily improving.
Explosion – A sudden explosion about 8 o’clock Saturday morning caused some concern around the business district here. It happened at Patterson’s Standard Service, two blocks west of the square, where a hole was blown in the roof of the building as well as down through the ceiling. Kenneth Patterson said it is still a mystery as to what caused it.
50 Years Ago
Jan. 8, 1970
Death – Word was received this morning that Tommy Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Moore of Memphis, Missouri, was killed Jan. 5, 1970, in Vietnam. He was about 21 years of age and was married to Judy Kapfer.
Award – Cu Chi Vietnam – Army Platoon Sergeant Lon D. Nicol, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Nicol received the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star. The award was presented for gallantry in action against the enemy. Nicol is an intelligence sergeant in Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron of the 25th Infantry Division’s 4th Cavalry. He also holds the Distinguished Service Cross, three awards of the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, four Purple Hearts, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Norman Goodson and Mr. and Mrs. John Nicol of Knox City.
Burglary – An estimated $122.00 in personal property was taken in a break-in of the residence of Edmund W. O’Rourke, six miles west of Baring the afternoon of Dec. 30. O’Rourke told the sheriff’s department that the burglars took about 100 lbs. of meat from the freezer and a table model radio. Entry was made by breaking the glass in a side door and reaching through to work the lock.
Campaign – The Knox County Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults has joined the Missouri Easter Seal Society and Division of Health in an immunization campaign to stop rubella, generally known as German or 3-day measles. Health officials expect an epidemic of rubella in late winter and spring as past evidence s shows that large outbreaks of the disease occur every six to nine years. While rubella is a relatively mild disease of childhood when pregnant women contact the virus during the first months of pregnancy, it can be serious. During the last major epidemic in 1964, health officials estimate that 20,000 to 30,000 infants were born in the U.S. with abnormalities such as cataracts, heart defects, deafness or mental delays. Other effects of rubella are miscarriage or stillbirth. Children between the ages of one year and puberty are the prime carriers of rubella.
Engaged – The engagement of Joyce Ann Funk and Danny Peterson have been announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn W. Funk.
Mr. and Mrs. Pershing Peterson of near Rutledge announced the engagement of their daughter, Brenda Kay to Gary G. Gooch, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Gooch of Hurdland.
Mr. and Mrs. Walker Wade Forbes of LaMonte announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Anne to John W. Franke, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ray Franke of Novelty. The wedding will take place March 21, 1970 at the LaMonte Christian Church.
Wed – The Red River Army Depot Post Chapel at Texarkana, Texas was the setting for the double-ring ceremony uniting Nora J. Soares and Ronald C. Higgins on Saturday evening, Dec. 20, 1969.
Golden Anniversary – Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Miller of five miles northeast of Hurdland will observe their golden wedding anniversary Jan. 18, 1970. Pearl Miller and Jessie Bennett were married Jan. 20, 1920, in Kirksville, Missouri.