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20 YEARS 1998

Richard A. Jones, one of two brothers charged with the murder of Ruby Beck, was back in court. Jones was charged with first degree murder, first degree burglary, and armed criminal action. Police were first alerted to the incident when Beck’s adult son noticed a strange vehicle leaving her driveway. A check of the car’s registration led authorities to Jones. A tip led police to a residence outside Centerville, Missouri. Working with Reynolds County authorities, Jones was taken into custody. His brother, Robert, was arrested following a traffic stop.

30 YEARS 1988

Kevin Thurman scored a career high 23 points to lead the Farmington Knights to a 45-42 victory over the Ste. Genevieve Dragons in district tournament play at Potosi. Thurman scored 13 second-half points while the Knights were taking a nine point lead early in the third quarter.

The Farmington Knights closed their regular season at Herculaneum with a 46-39 conference victory. Thurman topped the Knights offense with 15 points, Brad Downs followed with 10 points and Mark Fishbeck had eight points.

A brush fire north of Farmington took firefighters from five cities nearly an hour to control. The fire scorched more than eight acres of land, destroyed several antique cars and threatened several structures before firefighters were able to contain it to a small area. Firefighters were concerned that the gas tanks on the cars would blow up. One gas tank did ignite, but no one was injured in the explosion.

40 YEARS 1978

Dr. Jones Klein, a long-time community leader and known affectionately as “Jonesy,” passed away at his home. Dr. Klein maintained a private dental practice in Farmington since 1938 when he graduated from Washington University Dental School, served for two and a half years with the U.S. Navy and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Town and Country Grocers would take over operation of the grocery store operation of Lees Shopping Center. Glenwood Lees was in the grocery business at the Ste. Genevieve location for 30 years. Town and Country was leasing half of the building space from his shopping center corporation. The rest of the building would be operated by Lees and his son, Graham, as a furniture and appliance store, along with a pharmacy.

Scott Lawson of Farmington signed a national letter of intent to play football at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

50 YEARS 1968

More filings in the upcoming election were James Hawn for the aldermanic seat in Ward Two. The filing of Hawn put the Ward Two position into a three-man race, including incumbent Norman Depper and Dr. Douglas Ross. Filing for the seat in Ward Four was William J. Greif. Greif would oppose incumbent John Pigg. Running unopposed were Ward One and Ward Three incumbents Floyd Hager and Timon Romburg.

The two filing for City Collector were Helen Antoine and Maurice Harrington.

The United Bank of Farmington purchased property at Columbia and Washington Streets from the Farmington Realty Company. The bank’s property extended along Washington from Columbia to Liberty Street. Plans were underway for extensive remodeling of the exterior of the buildings on North Washington.

Michael G. Williams, son of Mrs. Iva M. Williams, was promoted to Army Specialist Five during ceremonies near Long Binh, Vietnam. Immediately following his promotion, Col. Larkins presented Williams with the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service as a senior clerk typist in the force’s Headquarters Company from February 1967 to January 1968.

60 YEARS 1958

The 310 4-H members enrolled in 17 4-H Clubs in St. Francois County observed National 4-H week along with two million 4-H members throughout the Nation. The emphasis was placed on salutes to the part they play in the lives and development of youth.

A record of 29 victories and one defeat is just about as fine a mark as any high school basketball team could achieve. St. Joseph High School of Farmington compiled that ratio of won-loss games during the 1957-58 season. Over a two-year period, St. Joe has compiled a record of 57 victories and four defeats, certainly an outstanding mark for any high school.

Five seniors of Farmington High School were inducted into the National Honor Society. They were: Beverly Powers, Carolyn Schramm, Bernard Cleve, Jerry Bob Griffin and Robert Herbst.


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