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September Meeting

Of Historic Madison County Society

Eighteen members and one guest of Historic Madison County Society met in regular monthly session September 16, 2003 with John Paul Skaggs presiding. Hazel Robinson was welcomed as a guest, and Mike Shetley was recognized as a member attending for the first time.

Treasurer Glenna Bollinger, who was hospitalized a few days while visiting in Denver, was absent. Although she is much improved, Glenna did not feel like coming to the meeting. In her absence, Harvey Moore gave the treasurer’s report, saying book sales have increased in the last few weeks. The balance in checking is $3877 with the utility bill and a bill to IBS still outstanding.

Mr. Bob Meager is still recovering from a broken hip sustained in a fall and has had a pacemaker installed. Well wishes were extended to him.

In the ongoing saga of the ailing copier, Harvey reported it has been working like a charm. Therefore, Harvey and John Paul, designated decision makers, decided to purchase a new cartridge and postpone buying a new copier at this time.

Iron County has published census books for 1900-1930. These can be bought for an approximate cost of $100. Since they are needed for reference in the Historic Madison County Society Library, Ralph Huffman moved the books be bought. Ruth Ann Skaggs seconded and the motion carried.

The Historic Madison County building will be open during the Cub-Arama on September 26 and 27. Harvey Moore and John Paul will be on hand to help visitors and would welcome assistance from other members.

Harvey Moore reminded the group that we still have Veterans’ Books for sale as follows:

Volume I $42.00 each plus $3.00 shipping

Volume II $35.00 each plus $3.00 shipping

Volume III $42.00 each plus $3.00 shipping

A special price of $100 plus $10 shipping is being offered when all three books are purchased at the same time.

John Paul Skaggs requested permission to place his millstones, plus two donated, (about 6 total) on the concrete around the lawn of Historic Madison County meeting place. No objections were raised.

Harvey Moore reported Robert Sharp has requested that a volunteer record on Cassette. John Paul replied that he is already doing that and will have the Mr. Sharp’s name put on the list for tapes. To date John Paul has been recording the newsletters and some history of Madison County.

Mary Yancey and Rose Snell are still accepting old recipes, especially those that list ingredients as a pinch of this, a dab of that, and a dollop of something else. These recipes will be compiled into a book that will be offered for sale. If you have such recipes, please consider taking the time to send them to Mary, Rose, or to Historic Madison County Society at 122 N. Main, Fredericktown, MO 63645. Your contributions will be appreciated.

Harvey Moore did some research into the highlights of the year 1970. He prefaced his remarks by saying that the period had not started well for him because he had lost his father and father-in-law in 1969. This was also the year Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Among the main events of 1970 were:

1. The Vietnam situation was building again. The United States went into Cambodia and started bombing Vietnam.

2. Protests at Kent State University resulted in the deaths of four students.

3. President Nixon appointed two women to serve as generals in the military.

4. The Baltimore Orioles won the World Series.

Highlights of the year in Madison County were:

1. Six and one-half inches of snow fell the first of January and stayed on the ground for a month. By the second week of February the temperature had risen to 60 degrees.

2. O.J. Ferguson purchased the Democrat News in 1913, and his brother Andrew bought The Standard. For a time the brothers were in competition until they decided to combine the two papers.

3. Tom Runnels turned one ton of scrap metal into a sculpture of a Longhorn steer, which was mounted at the Longhorn Motel and Restaurant on Hwy 67 South. Several years later the steer was taken down and moved to Marble Hill.

4. A new fire station was built on West College. Marvin Graham retired with forty plus years as Fire Chief and fifty years plus of service to the city. Darrell Asher was appointed to be the new Fire Chief.

5. The state appropriated money to widen and improve 72 West. Work was begun in 1972.

6. Postmaster Earl Bollinger announced Saturday window service at the Post Office would be stopped as of January 1, 1970.

7. After starting the year with 6 1/2 inches of snow, 80 degree temperatures were recorded in November.

John Paul Skaggs displayed the original deed to Mine La Motte. It was hand written in Washington D.C. on both sides of two large pieces of sheepskin and signed by President Martin Van Buren in March 1839.

John Paul gave a brief history of the local library, beginning with the first one started in Madison County in 1882 when some young men formed a club to loan books to each other and to the public. The library was open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. It was located on Main Street in Gray’s Drug Store next door just east of Bob Schulte’s store.

The Friday Club, organized in 1907, established the second library. Members donated and raised money to stock the library, which was soon destroyed by fire. Insurance enabled them to begin again in the old Womack Hotel Building. Eventually, the city passed a tax to finance the library.

Over the years, the library was relocated several times. At one time there was both a City Library and a County Library. They merged and later combined with Ozark Regional Library. In early 2003, the Fredericktown branch of Ozark Regional Library purchased the old IBS building. Renovations are being made, and it is anticipated that the local library will move into its new quarters before the end of the year.

After being entertained with a few jokes by Jonathan Robbins, Harvey moved for adjournment. Ruth Ann Skaggs seconded.

The next meeting of Historic Madison County Society will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at 122 North Main Street in Fredericktown. Please join us.

Respectfully submitted,

Willa Dean Combs

Recording Secretary

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