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Days Gone By

30 Years – 1989

¦ Jonathan Bird, MD, announced his association with Medical Arts Clinic. He was scheduled to begin his practice in family medicine and obstetrics.

¦ The Air Force rock band entertained students throughout the area with a series of special concerts. The group was composed of active duty Air Force personnel. The show’s were designed to help the Air Force display it’s contemporary side and to benefit recruiting programs.

¦ Law enforcement authorities cracked a ring that may have been responsible for 19 burglaries and thefts throughout St. Francois County. The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department reported that cassette tapes, stereo speakers and stereo equipment stolen were found at an Elvins residence. A 13-year-old juvenile was turned over to authorities in connection with the incident.

¦ Jody Jamieson of Farmington groomed her Galbvieh Heifer for a showing with the help of Dave Klein of Salina, Kansas, at the North American International Livestock Exposition. The event was a two-week extravaganza featuring shows and sales. More than 1,500 animals were paraded before judges by exhibitors hoping to claim a share of the more than $400,000 in total premium and awards. The event was held at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

40 Years – 1979

¦ A fire of undetermined origin whipped through the second story of the Dan Laws home on Main Street. The blaze left the upper story and attic a charred hull. A portion of the first floor was also damaged.

¦ Officials from the city of Farmington and the R-VII School District braved a cold rainy afternoon to meet at Washington Franklin School to discuss the placement of two large, white trailers alongside of the building. City officials plagued by complaints of the residents urged the school to move them as they were an eyesore.

The school district stated they could not remove them as they needed them for use as added classrooms. The school district then agreed along with other officials to discuss the chances of putting in a privacy fence to hide them, making them less visible to residents.

¦ Building permits for unincorporated areas were established for the first time by the St. Francois County Court. The court instituted the permits through a court order issued. The new order applied to anyone planning to construct any building costing more than $600.

¦ The Farmington Knights suffered an 88-54 loss to the Herculaneum Blackcats in the season opener for the two teams. Knights Coach Ed Street was obviously upset, but stated the team was going to get better. The Knights had some trouble getting the ball down the court and coming up with a good shot, turning it over 24 times in the course of the game.

50 Years – 1969

¦ Raymond Fort, administrator of Mineral Area Osteopathic Hospital, was recently accepted into the American College of Osteopathic Hospital Administrators. The organization’s purpose was to promote a high level of administration and recognize administrators for their ability in their field.

¦ The third State Re-Organization Commission selected Dean A.C. Sullivan of Mineral Area College as the staff director at its November meeting. Dean Sullivan would be on leave of absence from the college from March 1, 1970 until July, 1971. He was previously assistant budget director during Governor Hearnes’ first term. He was also the chairman of the State Personnel Board, which administered the State Merit System.

¦ Construction bids on the Farmington Middle School were received by the board of education in a special meeting. Brockmiller Construction Company of Farmington was the low bidder on the general construction and was given a contract.

¦ A total of 840 Baptists were expected to assemble for an “M-Night” Rally at the Farmington Junior High School Auditorium. This host of people came from 40 Baptist Churches and missions which were located in an area from Potosi to Ste. Genevieve, and Glover, Missouri. The churches are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. “M-Night” is designed to challenge the churches to develop an ever-improving program for the spiritual growth of new Christians and new church members.

60 Years – 1959

¦ United Bank and First State Bank began paying 3% on savings accounts.

¦ Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Overall Sr. received word of the election of their daughter, Mrs. George Jacoc, of Marion, Ohio, to the office as councilman at large for the city of Marion which had a population of 40,000.

¦ Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Shelton were honored with an open house at the First Baptist Church in celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

¦ Mr. and Mrs. Zeno Smith of Farmington celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary quietly with family who brought their dinner to them and celebrated with them.

¦ Dr. W. R. Sheets was host to a bachelor party honoring Dr. Dudley D. Pautz, who was to marry Miss Evelyn Herbst.

¦ Interest in bookmobile services to rural areas in St. Francois County continued to mount. Miss Edna Bothe, director of field services for the Missouri State Library and Miss Virginia Walton, public library consultant — both of Jefferson City — held an informal discussion at Flat River Junior College.

70 Years – 1949

¦ It was expected by Carl Harris, president of the Presbyterian Orphanage Board, that five families of displaced persons from Europe would arrive in about 45 days and would be housed at the orphanage until suitable arrangements could be made for them. Another 10 families were expected to come later. As far as it was known at the time, this was supposed to be the first of the authorized 250,000 displaced persons admitted by this county to arrive or be placed in this area.

¦ Denver Ranson, 22 of Route 2, Farmington was charged with burglary and larceny of the Jackson Market. He was found guilty of burglary but not guilty of larceny.

¦ Playing at the Edwards and Plumlee Theater was Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald in “Top O’ The Morning”; and “Calamity Jane” starring Howard Duff and Yvonne DeCarlo.

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