20 YEARS 1997

One question city councilmen could not answer for either side of a highly emotional group of city residents at the public hearing on commercial development on West Columbia Street was the question of what type of business would move in. The council would vote on the zoning issue on Sept. 15 at the next city council meeting.

Highway 67 in St. Francois County was the topic of discussion for local citizens and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) in recent weeks and months, but lately the discussion was switched from the highway system to “What’s the deal with all the billboards?”

As a result of a three-year savings for capital improvements designed by city council, the city police department sustained a 25 percent yearly budget cut but received raises for officers.

Eight-year-old Megan Johnson was ready to begin another school year as the 1997 Heart Child at Washington-Franklin Elementary in cooperation with the American Heart Association (AHA). Johnson, a bubbly second grader, was chosen by administration at Washington-Franklin to fill the role of “Heart Child” at the request of AHA.

As lighting flashed outside, former Dallas Cowboy linebacker D.D. Lewis talked about family, football and the reasons for which he chose agriculture after retirement from his first career in professional football. As a crowd of educators from St. Francois County and neighboring counties, agricultural industry representatives and conservation representatives filed into the banquet room, Lewis’s Super Bowl ring were viewed on display.

30 YEARS 1987

Four 35-year employees of Trimfoot Co. were honored at a dinner gathering. The employees were Nancy Gann, June Abernathy, Marie Herman and Ethel Porter. On behalf of the company, Plant Manager Carl Phillips presented each of the four with a watch and a pin commemorating 35 years.

Officers for the Farmington Women of today Organization were Faye Worley, Sharon Sherrill, Donna Friedman, Yvonne Shroeder, Louella McNeill, Joan Pingel, and Mary Gosling. The first week of September was designated as Membership Week for this organization.

Captains of the 1987 Farmington Knights’ football team were Chris Brady, Bobby Sherrill, Chris Woodfin, Joe Chatman, and Phil Maloney. The Knights opened their season at Jackson.

Members of the first place bowling team in the Night Summer League at Farmington Bowl-Aire were Mildred Eaton, Edith, Tawfall, Inez Kniffen, Faye Sitzes, and Carolyn Baker. The team was sponsored by Farm Bureau.

St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Gary Stevenson said Geoffrey Pratte began his duties as a part-time assistant prosecuting attorney. Pratte, Farmington attorney, had been with the law firm of Roberts, Roberts and Pratte. 

40 YEARS 1977

Farmington Police were swamped with a rash of theft reports over the three-day holiday weekend. One call was to 514 Center St. and a bicycle was taken from that residence. Another call was to 401 W. Liberty with the reported theft of a concrete eagle from the steps of the front porch. Twin City Landscaping was the next hit and vandalism was also noted. Joe Govreau reported two holly bushes were uprooted and stolen and two others had been ripped from the ground. The plants were valued at $12.75 each. A pay telephone was stolen from Heck’s IGA and later found in Flat River Creek.

Farmington Police were also continuing their investigation into an incident in which two masked motorcyclists rode their motorcycles through the Farmington High School gymnasium. Police Chief Walter Ellis said one of the cycles was identified and several individuals were questioned in connection with the incident. Ellis stated the two cyclists apparently hid out Friday afternoon in an attempt to elude police but one of the cycles was spotted Friday evening by police officers. The owner was questioned, but further investigation was necessary.

Sixty-seven of the original 140 members of the class of 1967 of Farmington High School got together for the 10th reunion. Members of the committee in charge for the reunion were Ron VarVera, Gary Sutterfield, Sandy Mackley, Terry Burnett, Teddy Miller, Nancy Cleve and Mike Sherrill.

There was no official word, but it looked like approval from Washington DC for the Farmington Public Schools to receive a grant. The $58,000 Public Works grant, half of a city-school application, would be used to redo science labs in the middle school and to replace the splintering plywood seats in the middle school auditorium.

A man was killed late at night after he lost control of his motorcycle on Old Highway 67 about a mile north of Route 8. Harry Leroy Russell, Jr., 21, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Bonne Terre Hospital.

50 YEARS 1967

The Farmington R-7 School District announced the purchase of the former International Equipment Company Building for use by the school district. The news release stated the new facility would be used to service and maintain a growing fleet of school buses, and to provide badly needed space for the lunch program and other departments of the school.

Bernard Brady was unanimously elected chairman of the Troop Committee for Boy Scout Troop 483, Farmington, at a special meeting of the committee at the home of Assistant Scoutmaster Art Freeman. At the same time Michael Thurman was appointed as an assistant scoutmaster of the unit.

The new Mineral Area Osteopathic Hospital continued to make progress on their new addition. Concrete for footings was poured and grade beams and bricks were laid. The building is proceeding on schedule, employing one superintendent, seven bricklayers, five laborers, an electrician, and four plumbers.

The Department of Labor approved a $131,600 grant to the Mineral Area Coordinating Corp., Farmington, to finance a Neighborhood Youth Corps project for 166 enrollees, Sen. Stuart Symington (D-Mo.) Sen. Edward V. Long (D-Mo.) and Rep. Paul C. Jones (D-10th-Mo.) announced.

Phil Pardon, Union Electric Company District manager, announced a comprehensive report on St. Francois County would be made available to the 500 largest United States members of the Union Electric Industrial Development Division who call on these firms in the national Call Program.

60 YEARS 1957

Louis W. Shelburne of Kennett, Governor of District No. 609 of Rotary International, would visit the Farmington Rotary Club. Besides conferring with the club officers, he will address the club at its regular meeting. Shelburne will conduct a club assembly.

Under contract with St. Francois County Court, the Trogdon Construction Company of Farmington announced completion of the new bridge of Wolf Creek a few miles southeast of Farmington. The bridge was constructed across Wolf Creek to allow all-weather crossing.

Results of the St. Francois County AASC Committee Elections held at Farmington on Aug. 30 were announced as follows: Fremont Shaner of Bismarck was reelected chairman; Lloyd Jones of Bonne Terre vice-chairman; and Alfred D. Holmes of Farmington, regular member.

Army PFC Vearl D. Mayberry, son of Mrs. Mamie A. Mayberry, graduated from the I Crops Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Korea. Mayberry completed the academy’s four-week course which trained him in leadership, map reading and other military subjects.

John M. Dalton, attorney general of Missouri, would be the speaker at the September meeting of the St. Francois County Democratic Club in Bismarck. This was Dalton’s second highly successful term as attorney general of Missouri.

70 YEARS 1947

The Trimfoot Company augmented the present sales force with Walter McVickar of Seattle, Washingotn, Sam Stone of Boulder, Colorado, and Richard Lund of St. Louis. After a course of instruction at Farmington and Newport, Arkansas, Trimfoot had a total of 18 salesmen representing the company throughout the United States.

Members of the Ozark Golf Club held a party at the golf course clubhouse with a fine number of attendance of members and guest. It was the second such get-together held there during the season. The course was opened this year by Dr. C.E. Pickett.

The United Bank of Farmington was unusually busy due to the fact that ex-servicemen were permitted to cash their terminal leave bonds. There were 109 bonds were cashed at the local bank, totaling almost $25,000 and averaging about $125 each.

Charles L. Black, district manager for the Automobile Club of Missouri, announced the Auto Club’s 15th annual September School Opening Safety campaign to protect school children. 

At a meeting of all the members of various committees who are assisting in the plans for the St. Francois County Fair and the Horse Show, reports showed most all advance arrangements had been completed. Numerous firms had already contracted with the fair board for space in which to make commercial exhibits as well.


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