20 YEARS 1997

Farmington High School’s Cross Country program - around for five years at the time - was coming off a Class 4A district championship and placing fourth as a team in a sectional race at Jefferson Barracks. The finish gave FHS a trip to State Championships in Jefferson City.

Mayor Kevin Engler dedicated a proclamation to the team, joking “we’re invaded by youths,” as 12 athletes lined a wall during the city council work session at city hall.

Coach Willis Gunder described his team as “exceptional young men, young ladies, that are very fine citizens at the high school." Gunder went on to say being recognized by the city council was “an honor.”

This year marked the 79th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending World War I. Participating in the event was VFW Color Guard, Desloge VFW, American Legion Post #416 and AMVETS Post #113, American War Mother’s and Ladies Auxiliaries.

30 YEARS 1987

Frank Detring, a rural mail carrier for the Farmington Post Office for 18 years, was honored on his final day. He was presented with a certificate of service award for 21 continuous years of postal service employment.

Bud Norman, Farmington Parks and Recreation director, said 1,295 people of all ages viewed the “Spook House” at Wilson-Rozier Park. Norman said a total of 653 persons were admitted to the exhibit on Halloween night, traditionally the biggest night of the project. Twenty-four youngsters took part in the costume contest.

For the fourth time in 1987, Farmington R-7 school patrons said “no” to a tax levy increase. The vote was 1,146 in favor the 95-cent increase and 1,391 against. Superintended Dr. Robert Webb stated at the time to his knowledge, there was no intent by the school board to put the proposal back on the ballot.

40 YEARS 1977

Two escapees from the St. Francois County Jail were arrested in Florida. Ronald Martin, awaiting trial on rape and sodomy charges, and Ricky Counts, being held for escaping from the halfway house in Farmington, were arrested about 50 miles north of Tallahassee, Florida.

First State Bank President Jack Sebastian was photographed with saw in hand trimming limbs from the decorative gum trees located in front of the bank's downtown Farmington office.

A section highlighting local students featured James R. Gallagher, age 9, and his skills on the drum set. The article states the Farmington youth was taking lessons since the age of 7 from a member of the St. Louis Symphony, who found him to have promise. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Leeman Gallagher, the article goes on to state his parents said his choice of listening to rock music is too "hard" for their taste.

50 YEARS 1967

Sam Raines of Farmington was the lucky winner of the brand new Plymouth Fury III which was the top prize in the Dugal's Big Star promotion. Charles Carver of Weingarten won the RCA entertainment center and Alpha Brune of Farmington received the RCA color television.

There were also winners of 10,000 Quality Stamps and those were: John E. Lunsford, Beulah Garner, David McFarland, George Williams, Susan O. Smith, Mabel Marshall and Larry House.

Seventeen residents of Crossroads petitioned to allow their school district to be annexed into the Farmington R-7 School District, according to County Superintendent Orville Adams.The petition was forwarded to the State Board of Education, where it received approval.

J. L. McNutt would head the Ministerial Alliance for 1968. Mr. McNutt was the chaplain at the State Hospital No. 4.

Members of the Hornets A and B basketball teams for St. Joseph Catholic High School included (A Team): Terry McClintock, Ron Comte, Don Heidenfelder, Fritz Pfaff, Greg Herbst, Kenny Nations, and Ronnie Vessell. B Team members: Jim Basler, Darrell McClintock, Steve Forsythe, Dennis Nations, Mark Wilfong, Keith Peterson, John Ellis, Tom Freeman, Chris Pope, and Kenny Wade.

The annual FFA Barnwarming was held and the new queen crowned. The new queen was Christy Miller and she was crowned by David Swink. She was escorted by Darrell Biri. Attendants were: Jane Bone, escorted by J.W. Hampton; Sherri Johnson, escorted by Roger Hane; Patti Ragsdale, escorted by Tim Kollmeyer; and Cindy LaPlante , escorted by Danny Nicholson.

60 YEARS 1957

Farmington Chamber of Commerce President Frank L. Plumlee announced the city of Farmington and chamber of commerce would offer prizes totaling $100 for the best decorated residences of Farmington this year. The contest was being promoted to spread the spirit of Christmas by means of decorating with lights. The first place winner would be entered in the General Electric nation-wide Christmas decorating contest, with a prize of $5,000.

Firmin R. Mabery of Flat River was appointed director of the 1958 March of Dimes in St. Francois County. It as also announced Jack Webster of Springfield would serve as state chairman and Mrs. Hazel Stover of Farmington as chairman of the local polio chapter.

The January polio campaign marked the 20th anniversary of the March of Dimes - the sole source of funds for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

Farmington Knights played host to the Fredericktown Blackcats of Fredericktown and was Farmington’s final game of the season. Fredericktown beat the Knights with a final score of 27-13.

70 YEARS 1947

Alumni of Farmington High School and Ste. Genevieve High School would engage in a football game at Wilson-Rozier Park in Farmington. Both lineups would be composed of former star performers from the two schools and the game should be most entertaining.

Farmington’s lineup included: Wheaton and Carrow at end; Saylor and Pratt at tackle; Hartshorn and Vincel at guard; Coffer at center; Wiley playing quarterback; Doughty and Bryant at the halves; and Roberts playing fullback. The players' weight is an average of 185 pounds with the center of the line averaging 200 pounds.

Scott’s Home and Auto Supply Store opened with a greatly enlarged and modernized store made necessary by their increasing business since Earl R. Scott, present owner, took charge of it three years prior.

Farmington’s healthy growth was reflected in the report of the superintendent of the Light and Water Department, J. Frank Zimmer. He reported that the department made 1,000 sewer connections in the city limits. The report went on to state there were, at that time, the following number of light meters being served by the city: 1,098 residence, 180 commercial, 68 power, and 331 rural.


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