20 YEARS 1998
Fans and racers attending the weekly events at the St. Francois County Raceway were going to find a noticeable difference during the 1998 season. The biggest change with the racetrack came with the change of promoters with Larry Minkel and Gary Montgomery taking the reins from Dave Mull and Bill Hartupee.
Also, concrete was poured in the grandstand area and new foundations for the new concession stand back in the pits. One of the largest projects the new promoters performed involved the actual racetrack, with 204 loads of dirt hauled in and put on the track.
30 YEARS 1988
A Farmington woman, Edna Russell, would compete in the $100,000 Busch Pool League Singles Championship Tournament to be held in Orlando, Florida. She earned the trip by winning four matches in the regional tournament in Moline, Illinois. A total of 32 women players across the nation qualified for the championship tournament.
The Farmington Chamber of Commerce sponsored a $1,400 Shopping Spree in cooperation with a number of Farmington businesses. Winners included Reva Morris, Sonny Meyer, Beulah Langley, Jeanie Kitchell, Steven DePriest, Don Farmer, Krista Mecey, and Karen Carr.
40 YEARS 1978
The second jail break in as many months at the St. Francois County Jail occurred when two prisoners awaiting trial escaped through a ventilator shaft on top of the jail. One of the prisoners turned himself in and the other was still at large.
Sheriff Jim Hickman stated Jack Battles of St. Louis and George Glen Reed of Kansas City were the escapees. The prisoners employed the same method of escape as three prisoners who escaped from the jail in November.
Statistics at the time showed only one scout in 100 ever reaches the rank of Eagle. Fred Meder, Jr. became one of those boys when he received his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor at the Farmington Elks Lodge 1765. Fred’s mother, Mrs. Frederick Meder, pinned the award to her son’s shirt after Fielding Chandler, Scouting Unit Commissioner, presented the award, Fred, 15, earned 24 merit badges since he began scouting in 1963. He was a member of Troop 418.
Completion of the Ben Nor Apartments on Fleming Street was about half completed. The apartments would be occupied by senior citizens when opening in the spring.
50 YEARS 1968
Ollie G. Baker apparently died from suffocation in a fire discovered in his home in Farmington. His body was found by firemen in the living room after they had put the flames out that destroyed the room’s furnishings.
John F. Lottes, president of the Rozier Store Co., Farmington, and other Rozier outlets in Southeast Missouri, died in a Perryville hospital. Mr. Lottes spent his life in the mercantile business, as well as devoting a great amount of his time to public service. Mr. Lottes was named president of the Rozier Store Co. at Farmington when it was founded in 1924.
Miss Kay Oliver, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. George Oliver, and Miss Mimi Landrum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Landrum, played in a recital at the Baldwin Hall, St. Louis. The recital was sponsored by the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs. Kay played “Fantasie Impromptu Op. 66” and Mimi played “Nocturn in E Flat Major Op. 9”.
60 YEARS 1958
The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson, located on Highway 32 about three miles south of Farmington, was completely destroyed by fire. At the time, the farm was known as the Walter Ellis farm. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson had seven children. No one was injured in the fire.