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140 Years Ago
Jan. 8, 1880
Wed – Married at the residence of the bride’s father, Dec. 24, by Eld. S.F. Firestone, Mr. D.F. Martin to Miss Martha Harvey all of Knox City; At the residence of the bride’s mother in Lyon Township, Dec. 30, 1879, by Rev. Thomas Gallaher, Mr. Harry Barkalew to Miss Nettie Duncan, all of Lewis County; On the 24th of Dec. 1879, by Elder J.C. Risk, Mr. Henry L. Adams of Knox City and Miss Vinie L. Morton at the residence of the bride’s father, Martin V. Morton, in Canton. Also married during the holidays in Novelty, Missouri, at the residence of the bride’s father, were Mr. John A. Garnett of Shelby County to Miss Ella Owen of Novelty by O.J. White.
Appointed – Joseph Victor was appointed marshal of Edina by the council Monday night. T.J. Crow resigned.
130 Years Ago
Jan. 8, 1890
Purchase – Those feeding cattle in this vicinity are buying all the surplus corn they can get, paying 25 cents per bushel delivered, Bee Ridge item.
Death – We learned of the death of Mrs. James Kelly last Tuesday. She was buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Indians – A band of Cherokee Indians and half-breeds about fifteen in number, are camping in the banks of the Fabius, just south of town.
120 Years Ago
Jan. 11, 1900
Merchant – F.B. Parsons has opened up a large dry goods store at Locust Hill.
Wed – Thomas M. Davis and Rose A. Norton were married Jan. 9, in the office of Probate Judge C.R. Fowler.
Alfred C. Lipper and Miss Myrtle Green of Baring were married Dec. 24.
Death – E.A. Martin, west of the church had a little girl, aged about seven years to die Jan. 7. Mr. Swetnam was wired on the 6th to take her photo and did so, Rock Creek Church item.
Joseph St. John died at the home of his son, Frank St. John, Dec. 28. Interment in the Colony Cemetery.
Market – Corn is worth 30¢ a bushel in these parts.
110 Years Ago
Jan. 13, 1910
Wed – Perry Davis, a well known resident of Lima, and Mrs. Ellen Harris of Edina were married here, Monday morning in the office of Judge McCrory, Quincy Herald.
Surgery – A young child about fifteen months old of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Keith, who live near Novelty, underwent a surgical operation Friday at the Villa Maria Hospital here for the removal of a grain of coffee which had been swallowed sometime ago and lodged upon its lungs, inflicting constant suffering and coughing.
100 Years Ago
Jan. 8, 1920
Birth – A ten lb. boy arrived at Lafe Brown’s Saturday, Pleasant Ridge item.
Martha Ruth, their first child arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Crank last Thursday.
Wed – Thomas McManus and Miss Mary O’Rourke were married at St. Joseph Church by Rev. D.J. Donovan, Monday morning. Verle Collins and Miss Ruby Nicol were married at Edina Saturday. George Glover and Mrs. Ella Poor were married New Year’s Eve. Arthur Nelson and Miss Juanita Albert were married at the home of the bride’s parents New Year’s Eve.
Fire – The house on the farm owned by Mrs. Nora Stinson of Sterling, Colorado, near Fabius, and occupied by Rollie Eyler and family was completely consumed by fire last Thursday.
90 Years Ago
Jan. 9, 1930
Birth – Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Lockett are the parents of an 11 lb. 12 oz. son, James Franklin, born Dec. 26, 1930.
Wed – Ernest Ben Baker and Edan Feral Sallee of Rutledge were married last Thursday in Edina.
Death – Mrs. Ellen Fisher of Hurdland, 84 died Sunday noon at her home.
Road Work – A crew of surveyors is working on Highway 6 west of Edina, relocating and staking the proposed new road.
80 Years Ago
Jan. 4-11, 1940
Births – An 8 lb. daughter, Lora Jane, was born Dec. 22, to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Smith.
A son, David Lee, was born Dec. 22, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Miller.
Wed – Miss Roberta Rekus of east of Rutledge and Kenneth Hamstreet of Rutledge were married Dec. 24.
Fire – The hen house on the Bert Swann place burned to the ground last Thursday afternoon and also burned about 150 hens, Rourke item.
Accident – Glen Fast of the Rock Creek neighborhood came near losing an arm Tuesday when a shotgun he had brought into the house to hang up on a peg accidentally discharged, striking his arm between the wrist and the elbow making a frightful wound. Dr. C.C. Gibson was called and it is believed the arm can be saved.
Street Work – Five more Edina streets were ordered graded and rocked at a city council meeting Monday night. They are North Main Street, North Fourth Street, Lafayette Street, North Sixth Street and Shumate Street.
70 Years Ago
Jan. 5, 1950
Wed – Miss Dorothy Frazee of near Knox City and Carl Heinberg of Ashton were married Sunday at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.N. Frazee.
Purchased – The Brees Produce Company, a well-known Edina firm, has been sold by A.C. Patterson and J.A. Rose to Ernest Rowlison and Wilbur Brown and will be known henceforth as the Farmer’s Produce Company.
60 Years Ago
Jan. 14, 1960
Wed – Miss Rose Simmons, youngest daughter of Mrs. Beulah Simmons of Plevna and John Simmons of Novelty, and Terry Marble, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Marble of Edina, were married in a double ring ceremony at 6:30 o’clock Friday evening by the Rev. J.L. Shoemaker at his home in Moberly.
In Service – Gerald F. McMillen, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. McMillen, of Edina recently was promoted to Specialist Four in Mainz, Germany. He is a member of the 8th Infantry Division as a rifleman in Company E, 505th Infantry.
Airman James M. Dodds, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard C. Dodds of Edina has completed his initial course of Air Force Basic Military training at Lackland, Texas. He will attend technical training for armament systems and gunnery training at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.
Death – Mrs. Minnie A. Sprague of near Elmwood, Oklahoma, 92, and an early citizen of Knox County, Missouri, and native near Newark, died Jan. 3, 1960. Burial was in the Mountain View Church Cemetery there. Miss Minnie Alice Nelson was a daughter of Adam Clark and Sarah Miriam Bledsoe Nelson of near Newark, Missouri, born July 14, 1867. Married to Mr. Sprague at Newark, she was better known as Aunt Minnie Sprague. She left Knox County in 1902 by covered wagon for Western Oklahoma and in 1906 she and her husband homesteaded the land where she spent the remainder of her life. For many years she lived in a sod house.
50 Years Ago
Jan. 8, 1970
Special Judge – Judge Bruce Normile will sit as a special judge with the Supreme Court of Missouri during its January 1970 session. Judge Normile will sit with the Supreme Court on such days as it may designate, hearing, considering, preparing orders and opinions and other duties connected with any case or cases heard by it while he is sitting. The assignment was made by Chief Justice Fred L. Henley.
Injured – Steven Schmitt was injured Thanksgiving Day in Vietnam. Injuries included his right hand, wrist and arm and the loss of his little finger.
Engaged – Mr. and Mrs. Glen W. Funk announced the engagement of their daughter, Joyce Ann to Danny Peterson, of Hurdland.
Golden Anniversary – Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Miller, of five miles northwest of Hurdland, will observe their golden wedding anniversary Jan. 18.
Death – Mrs. Anna Jane Boone, Edina, died Jan. 4, 1970, at Gibson Hospital.
40 Years Ago
Jan. 13, 1980
Presidential Campaign – Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy brought his presidential campaign to the Tri-State area asking democrats for their support. Accompanied by his wife, Joan, and children, Ted, Jr., and Kara, Kennedy was critical of Jimmy Carter’s handling of recent events in the middle east. He told the crowd of Iowa Democrats that the U.S. should strengthen its conventional military forces and intelligence capacities as well as condemn the recent Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He said the president’s decision to impose a grain embargo on the Soviet Union was a mistake. Instead, the U.S. should embargo the technology the Soviet Union needs for their military and industry.
Thefts – A speaker, tires and a truck were all stolen over the holidays in Knox County, according to Sheriff Harold Foreman. Authorities have recovered the vehicle and investigating the other thefts.
Engaged – Mr. and Mrs. Verlin Tonnies of Knox City announced the engagement of their daughter, Deborah Louise to Steven G. Huebotter of LaBelle.
Wed – St. Aloysius Church in Baring was the setting for the double-ring ceremony on Nov. 10, 1979, of Miss Mary Susan Moore and Mark Steven Blodgett.