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140 Years Ago
August 23, 1880
Fair Time – Remember the World’s Fair will commence in Edina October 5th. A fine half mile race track has just been completed and many fast horses are expected during the fair.
Death – Died at his residence about five miles west of Edina, William Fox. Mr. Fox was one of the oldest settlers of Knox County.
130 Years Ago
August 28, 1890
Sold – A.W. Lyons sold the Louis R. Brand farm, consisting of 120 acres, situated five miles northeast of Edina to Augustine Gangloff, consideration $2300.
College – If you wish to learn telegraphy, shorthand or bookkeeping, attend Western College, LaBelle, Mo., one of the cheapest schools in the state.
Wed – T.L. Hodges and Miss Lillie Wilson, both of this place were married in Shelbyville last Thursday, Newark item.
120 Years Ago
August 30, 1900
New ride – Uncle Sam Surry has bought a new bicycle and is now learning to ride at the age of 73 years, Hurdland item.
Harvest – Corn is selling readily at 50 cents a bushel and there seems to be hardly enough coming to town to supply the demand. Butter is scarce and is in demand at 20 cents a pound.
Wed – Elsa Patterson and Miss Jessie Barnes were quietly married at the M.E. Church South parsonage in Brashear Sunday night, August 19.
110 Years Ago
August 25, 1910
Immigrants – When Henry Gellert, special commissioner of the Missouri Immigration Commission goes Sept. 1 to Ellis Island, New York, to induce immigrants from Europe to settle in Missouri, he will carry with him 10,000 pamphlets, printed in German, telling of the advantages this state has over other sections. The pamphlet will cover every phase of farming, fruit raising, stock raising, dairying, and other pastoral pursuits. Mr. Gellert received his commission yesterday from Gov. Hadley duly accrediting him as the state’s representative at Ellis Island.
Invitation – Edina Camp 4312 invites all neighbor camps and all their friends to their second annual Woodman Log Rolling and picnic Sept. 1-15, 1910. Two big days and two big nights of pleasure!
City Fathers – The air is so filled with the pollen from rank weeds that one cannot walk or ride without discomfort! This will undoubtedly result in bronchial difficulties and distressing symptoms of catarrh and hay fever. Is it not expedient and proper that the city authorities have the weeds cut along the streets and see to it that property owners have them cut on their premises? Hay fever, malaria, and all sorts of disease germs lurk among the dark dank weeds. Let us have the sunshine let into these damp places.
Birth – A son was born to the wife of Robert Sharp August 23, Doctor Campbell attending physician.
110 Years Ago
September 1, 1910
Reward – Evidences have been found that the fire in The Sentinel Office on the night of August 17 was the work of an incendiary. The Sentinel Printing Company offers a reward of two hundred and fifty dollars for information leading to the conviction of the guilty party.
Harvest – Thos. Cloyd delivered the largest load of oats at LaPlata on record, had on 118 bushels while Clarence Tweed takes the cake for largest load of wheat at Hurdland, had on only 93 bushels or 5,580 lbs.
Wed – At Bethel, Missouri, on August 31, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Hewitt, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Evalena to Mr. J.V. McKay of Knox County.
Joseph McCloskey of Edina and Miss Pearl Langworthy of Chicago stepped into Justice Bonney’s office about 1 o’clock this afternoon and stated they wished to be married and the justice happily obliged.
Fire – The neighborhood was shocked Sunday morning upon hearing of the sad loss of Jasper Miller and wife. Their new home was burned and there being no plastering done they were unabl3e to save but a few pieces of furniture.
100 Years Ago
August 26, 1920
Sold – The John McGraw farm of 242 acres was sold this morning for $140 an acre to Charles A., Schieferdecker of Golden, Illinois.
Wed – George Huling of Novelty and Miss Ruth L. Barrier of Carrollton were married in LaPlata Wednesday afternoon of last week, the Rev. G.R. Miner officiating.
Miss Gladys Hanes, of northwest of Edina went to Chicago a few weeks ago, and was married there lately to John J. Diehl of Beloit, Wisconsin.
Dexter Botts of Hurdland for a long time writer of the news from Prarie View for The Sentinel, and a well-to-do farmer has taken unto himself a wife, being married last Thursday night to Mrs. Eva Welch of Locust Hill by the Rev. H.B. Harvey.
Death – Miss Ellen Taylor, 29, a daughter of Ms. Elizabeth Taylor, died last Thursday at her home at Baring of tuberculosis of the lungs.
90 Years Ago
August 28, 1930
Temps – August of 1930 will go down in history as a month of extremes, the thermometer ranging from 48 to 107. Two mornings last week it registered 48, Pleasant Ridge item.
Wed – George C. Campbell of Hurdland and Miss Velda Pauline Dunham were married Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 19, at the home of the bridegroom’s parents in Camden, Arkansas.
W.Eads Haselwood and Miss Irma G. Bockwitz were married Saturday afternoon at the country home of the bride’s parents at Mason City, Illinois.
Death – J.R. Ferguson, 78, of southwest of Edina in the Mt. Carmel vicinity, well known Knox County farmer died at his home Tuesday afternoon.
80 Years Ago
August 29, 1940
History – Knox County’s only covered bridge and one of the few left in the state is to get a new coat of paint and will despite having its sixty-eighth birthday, have once more a very young looking appearance. The Millport Bridge, as it is called, after the village which once stood there, was completed in January 1872. William Hudson, a builder of railroad bridges erected the 100-foot span, using the very best of white oak timber, except on the roof and siding.
N.J. Schofield decided a 1-penny piece he has of the date 1848, that the 92 year-old-coin is larger, thicker and heavier than a quarter dollar.
Wed –A wedding of interest to friends occurred Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil C. Kaser when their daughter, Miss Kathryn Kaser became the bride of Allyn Watkins, young Phoenix, Arizona insurance man.
Miss Louise Werner of Edina and John Harrington of Kirksville were married at the Community Church in Edina.
Miss Edna Bradley of LaBelle and Neil Klocke of Knox City were married Wednesday afternoon of last week by C.E. Hunolt, justice of the peace in Edina.
Death – Thomas L. Moyers, 78, who has farmed near Hurdland for more than thirty-five died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Peter Stutsman, Saturday night. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery, Hurdland.
60 Years Ago
August 25, 1960
Flying Farmers – Knox County does not have to take a back seat for any other county when it comes to landing strips for airplanes. There are three private strips now, all in the vicinity of Novelty. The Knox County strips are owned by Raymond McConnell, H.C. Palmer and Carroll Rogers, the latter two of which belong to the Flying Farmers Association. All three of the Novelty men own their planes and fly for their own pleasure rather than commercially. The landing strips are located on the men’s farms, and while they are private, they are available to any pilot who might have to land in an emergency.
Founded – A new saddle club, the Pioneer Rangers was organized and met Wednesday of last week in Edina at the city hall which will be their regular meeting place.
Birth – Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Allen are the parents of their first daughter, Diane Renee, born August 25, 1960, at KOH, Kirksville.
Engaged – The parents of Miss Pamela Grass of Normandy to Mr. Phillip Graff Hinds of Edina announced the engagement and pending wedding date of October 29, 1960.
Wed – Miss Nancy Ann Bishop, formerly of Edina, and Donald L. Green, of Glasgow, were married Friday at St. Mary’s Church in Glasgow in a double ring ceremony.
Donald Dean Moots of Hurdland and Lillian Irene Jones of Novelty were married last Thursday, August 18, 1960, at First Church of The Nazarene in Dodge City, Kansas in a single ring ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Kutzner were married August 21, 1960, at the Edina Methodist Church.
Golden Anniversary – Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Greenley, were married in Knox County on Sept. 8, 1910, at the country home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Holmes, near Novelty. A reception was hosted by their son-in-law and daughter.
Death – Brady F. Greenley, a successful farmer and stock raiser, who lived for more that forty years on Bee Ridge, and the last four years in Edina, died last Thursday morning, August 25, 1960. Bradley Fire Greenley, son of Willis J. and Mary Fite Greenley, was born March 11, 1884, in Knox County, his early life spent near Plevna. He was married Feb. 2, 1910, to Miss Letitia May Hudson of Edina. Burial was in Linville Cemetery, Edina.
Farming – To figure your silage needs for a year, plan for 6 tons per beef cow, 9 tons per milk cow, and ¾ ton per ewe. In addition, plan for some extra silage for feed reserve.
40 Years Ago
August 22, 1980
Burglary – Early’s Inc. located three miles east of Edina was burglarized last week. Missing from the business is $240 cash.
Bridges – Liners from railroad cars may soon be in widespread use as Knox County bridges.
20 Years Ago
August 23, 2000
The Boys Are Back In Town – “Doc McCottnn” comprised of hometown band members, Kurt Cottey, John Swann, Bub McCurren and Jim Clark are reuniting as the main stage entertainment on Saturday evening, September 9, during the CornFest 2000.
Weather – Most cornfields in Knox County are taller than they’ve been for years. A secluded small field north of the ballpark in Edina didn’t “weather” last week’s storm so well on August 22-23, 2000. Freak winds snapped stalks and laid them flat in nice tidy rows. Reports of two or more inches of rain fell along with a couple of trees downed and lightning strikes seen in this area.
Assault – Officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office were assaulted during an incident at the Baring Coop Plant on July 31, when Ian C. Stewart and an unnamed accomplice allegedly attempted to run officers down with a vehicle. The officers found the pair in the process of stealing anhydrous ammonia from the Plant. Shots were fired at the vehicle and neither officer was injured. Stewart was charged with one count of assault on a law enforcement officer, a felony count with $50,000 cash only bond.
Birth – John Paul and Angie Miller of Columbia, Missouri, are the parents of a son, Mason Lane Miller, born August 18, 2000 at Boone Hospital in Columbia.