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Days Gone By – Feb. 12, 2015

20 YEARS 1995

Clyde Rawson, of the Maintenance Department, was chosen by his co-workers as the 1994 Employee of the Year at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center. He received a $200 check and a plaque from hospital administrator Kenneth C. West.

First State Bank said farewell to two long-time employees of the bank, Lee Kreitler and Stanley Mabery. Both were very loyal and dedicated employees and have been instrumental in the growth that First State Bank has obtained through the years.

Lee joined the bank in 1955. At retirement she was vice-president of First State Bank, Farmington. Stanley came to the bank in 1967, and at retirement was senior vice president.

County Prosecutor Gary Stevenson stated he would seek the death penalty in the cases against two of the Rousans responsible for the deaths and disappearance of Grace and Charles Lewis. Brent Rousan, 17, was charged with stealing, armed criminal action and two murders in the first degree. His father, William L. Rousan, was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, stealing, armed criminal action and two murders in the first degree.

30 YEARS 1985

The Sheriff’s Department investigated a burglary at the Farmington Livestock Market and in the process learned that the Auction Market Café had been broken into a second time within two days. A deputy sheriff reported that someone entered the livestock market through a rear door, and then travelled through the animal pen area enroute to the office.

A St. Francois County road worker became the first reported victim of the current storm and bitter cold. The worker died of an apparent heart attack while blading roads.

Raymond Rohrer Roberts of Farmington, attorney at law and prominent labor arbitrator died Feb. 1 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Mr. Roberts was the son of Marguerite Rohrer Roberts and the late Raymond S. Roberts. He was a graduate of Farmington High School.

40 YEARS 1975

Winter Wonderland was the theme which won for Mrs. K. C. Weber of 513 W. Columbia St., the February Yard of the Month. The award was presented by the Nancy Weber Garden Club.

Lewis G. Asher, recently retired farm manager at the Presbyterian Home for Children would be honored at a reception at the dining room of the home. Farmington Mayor Floyd Hager would be principal speaker of the occasion. “Pop” Asher, as he was affectionately known by the children and staff of the home, served for 31 years as farm manager. It was under his direction the Boy’s Farm once produced 1,000 broiler chickens a month.

Farmington High School junior Mary Presnell was crowned as Sweetheart Queen at festivities held during the Sweetheart Dance. First runner-up was Debbie Green.

50 YEARS 1965

The contested sheriff’s race between Leslie “Buck” Jones and Kenneth Buckley was renewed when the Missouri Supreme Court denied a “writ of prohibition” on behalf of Buckley’s attorneys.

The ruling of the Supreme Court supports the decision of Circuit Judge Roy W. McGhee who previously had denied a “motion to dismiss” on two occasions in the election suit. The motion to dismiss the suit was filed in Buckley’s behalf. Originally Jones had filed a contested suit based on the counting and voting of absentee ballots in his race in November of 1964 with Buckley.

The election contest was now in the hands of Judge McGhee who denied the motion to dismiss and ordered a recount of absentee ballots. Two days prior to the date set for counting of the ballots-which would have been the final day of the allotted time-the Missouri Supreme Court issued a court order that the recount not be made until it had had time to rule on the “writ of prohibition.”

60 YEARS 1955

Owners of the McClard Hereford Farm decided to hold a complete dispersion sale of their cattle. Due to the fact that his two sons, Ted and Tom, would be away at college, and the years of drought and its drastic reduction of grass and feed, this was the decision made.

Billy Feezor, a member of the Farmington Future Farmers chapter, was the chapter winner of the FFA Tractor Operators contest. Billy would represent St. Francois County in a district contest in March. The district winners would compete in a state contest in April. The tractor operators contest and plowing contest was sponsored by the Ford Tractor Company. District winners would receive a 17-jewel wristwatch and the state winner would receive a new Ford tractor.

70 YEARS 1945

The Farmington Auto Supply Company, wholesale dealers in automobile parts, announced the opening of a Farmington store. There was a lease on the A.S. Davis building and workmen rearranging the interior of the store room. It was reported “as soon as stock is received their store will be open for business.”

Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Rigdon, of Farmington received a letter from the War Department saying that their son, Sgt. Norman L. Rigdon, who was reported missing in action, was aboard the transport troop ship which was sunk on Dec. 25, 1944. The letter stated that there were 1,400 survivors and 500 missing. At the time, it was reported Rigdon was still termed missing in action and “there is a possibility that he is in enemy hands.” The Rigdons were informed that they would receive another communication from the War Department in three months, and “before that time if any further developments arise.”

In last week’s #throwbackthursday, Jeannie Currington knew a few of the subjects in the picture. Although she did not know the Farmington Police Officers, the boy with the bike was Brad Currington, behind him was his brother, Greg and sitting on the bench was their dad, Bruce.

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