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100 years –July 26, 1923

Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Asa of Advance, Mo. Tuesday bought the Commercial Hotel of this city of Mrs. Talbert, the change in management becoming effective at noon, Tuesday. The deal has been pending for two or three weeks, though lately it was generally understood to have failed. Mr. and Mrs. Asa have made a very favorable impression already on the local citizens and guests of the hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar M. C. Whitener are the proud parents of a nine pound baby girl, who arrived last Thursday morning. Her name is Angela Marie Elizabeth.

George Elder is fitting up his new barber shop in the Odd Fellows building and will be ready for work within a day or two. It has been newly papered and decorated.

Enos Lawrence was considerably bruised this morning when the horse to his meat wagon ran away on North Main and threw him down the embankment near the bridge.

It is so dry that corn is almost ruined. We have had not rain to amount to anything for four weeks.

75 years —July 29, 1948

President Truman last week issued a proc

lamation calling for the draft registration to start Aug. 30. On that date, persons born in 1922 after Aug. 30 will register. There was nothing in the proclamation to indicate when actual inductions into the armed services will begin. By law, the draft can’t start until Sept. 22. That is 90 days after Mr. Truman signed the Selective Service Act.

Grover W. Revelle announced this week the opening of his new subdivision, located east of Wood Avenue and between Virginia and Cahoon streets. A public inspection of the new homes has been set for Saturday and Sunday, at which time anyone may visit the subdivision a

nd view the progress made.

The fellow who said “it’s not the cost but the upkeep” when talking of marriage will have to alter that statement a bit as a result of provisions of Missouri’s new marriage laws. The price of getting married, like other prices, has gone up. Beginning last week it takes 50 cents more or $2.55 for a license. The increase is required by law passed in the last session of the legislature which requires additional work of clerks and specifies the additional fee to pay for it. Again, it’s papa who pays.

Adorning the window of The Democrat-News this week is another cucumber. The vegetable measured nine inches in circumference and twelve inches in length. It was grown by Mrs. Joe Griffith of the Oak Grove community.

50 years –July 26, 1973

U.S. Representative Bill D. Burlison of the Tenth Congressional District announced this week the President has extended the disaster declaration of April 27 to include the flash flooding that occurred in eight Southeast Missouri counties over Memorial Day weekend. “Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Perry, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard, and Wayne Counties have been designated as Presidential disaster areas,” Burlison remarked.

Phase 4 is in effect and food prices are predicted to rise even higher. Housewives in Fredericktown will find a large increase in the price of dairy products and pork since the recent removal of the price ceiling on these products.

July 1973 will long be remembered as a near record month for industrial expansion in Fredericktown and Madison County. Steve Schneider, one of the owners of Sports Sales, Inc., was in Fredericktown Monday conferring with Chamber of Commerce officials. According to Darr

yl Asher, president of the Chamber of Commerce, the chamber will donate approximately 10 acres of land to Sports Sales. The firm has agreed to build its new 12,000 square foot plant within one year after the deed has been delivered.

About 15 years ago (he thinks) Lloyd Kinder planted a wild grape seed near the entrance to the service station on the court square and now (15 years later) there are a few grapes appearing. The luxuriant growth of the vine is a “wonder” of Fredericktown. Kinder awaits full p

roduction of fruit before setting up the wine presses.

25 years – July 29, 1998

The 1998 Lion’s Club Rodeo Queen is Andrea Starkey, daughter of George and Kathy Hawn and the late Jim Starkey, Andrea was crowned at intermission following competition with the four other candidates.

The 1998 Lion’s Club Rodeo Queen is Andrea Starkey, daughter of George and Kathy Hawn and the late Jim Starkey. Andrea was crowned at intermission following competition with the four other candidates.

Thomas A. Mooney, the Agriculture Education Instructor and FFA Advisor for the Fredericktown R-I school district, was recently selected by the Missouri Vocational Association (MVA) as Teacher of the Year.

The Fredericktown Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee Yard of the Month for August is the yard of Roger and Shirley Bollinger at 112 Pacific.

Angela Renee McDaniel, daughter or Jerry and Janet McDaniel, has been chosen as Miss Junior Fredericktown Teen.

The Missouri National Guard 1140th Engineer Battalion, with companies from Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Perryville, Sikeston, Fredericktown and Farmington, participated in annual military training June 19 through July 3 at Ft. Chaffee, Ark.

1 Comment

  1. Kathlee LaMacchia on August 9, 2023 at 8:05 am

    100 years ago the barber shop was “newly papered” and decorated. I can only imagine what wall paper a barber shop had to pick from. Things have not changed from the 75 years ago comment. “it’s not the cost but the upkeep” still holds true when it comes to the cost of marriage.

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