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30 YEARS 1988

As the opening of the new Farmington Walmart was close, city officials scrambled to find solutions to the traffic problems that would be created by the opening. There was discussion of a southbound ramp from Highway 32 onto southbound U.S. 67. Many residents had written to the state expressing their safety concerns of having to turn around on northbound U.S. 67 to go south.

Randy Fitch, district survey and plans engineer, met with city leaders and informed them there would be no funds available from Proposition A for at least 15 years. Proposition A was a tax increased passed by state residents in April of 1987 allocating the increased tax money to specific road improvement projects.

At that time, Farmington had $240,000 allocated from the state for capital improvements on city roads.

If predictions by local and state officials were correct, voters would flock to the polls in record numbers due to the sheriff’s race and also the for the national and state-wide candidates.

40 YEARS 1978

St. Francois County voters agreed with voters across the state on six of the eight amendments on the ballots. One of the amendments defeated was the right to work amendment to bar union shops. It was defeated with a 60 percent negative vote.

Farmington’s newest park, the Danieley Nature Park wasn’t completely finished. The central part of the park with park benches, picnic tables, and barbecue grills were installed along with children’s playground equipment. There was also a landscaped area in the center with a boulder and its nameplate of dedication. The Farmington Optimist Club gave the plate. Land for the park was donated by Bill Cooper

The four member street committee of the Farmington Board of Aldermen recommended to the full board that residents along Weber Road not be charged for the planned resurfacing of the road.

50 YEARS 1968

Imagine the bewilderment of the patrol office who investigated an accident in which a Mr. Wilkinson and a Mr. Wilkerson were involved. Two vehicles driven by Rev. Eddie Wilkinson of Knob Lick and Mervin Wilkerson of East St. Louis, collided head-on on U.S. Highway 67 south of the Jefferson County line. Mervin and his wife suffered minor injuries. Eddie Wilkinson was bruised up and shaken.

Homer L. Hughes, an employee of Missouri Natural Gas Company since 1931, retired on Oct. 31, 1968. 

New faces in the school district were Marilyn Ballard, elementary art; Bonnie McGowen, seventh grade; Glenda Bandy, guidance counselor and Larry Spakes, teaching art, crafts and ceramics.

60 YEARS 1958

Unofficial returns from the five counties making up the 27th Judicial Circuit showed that former Judge J.O. Swink was leading Judge B.C. Thomlinson for the office of Circuit Judge.

St. Francois County trained residents toward becoming volunteer workers at the State Hospital No. 4. These volunteers would give their time to augment and supplement activities for the patients, which program will be combined with and made a permanent part of the patient care program.

Sixteen prizes were awarded in the annual Kiwanis Club Halloween parade and contest held on Oct. 30. The Halloween party is an annual event staged by the Kiwanis Club.

Miss Sylvia Jean Thurman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Thurman was crowned 1958-59 queen of the Farmington CYC. Miss Thurman was escorted by the CYC president Leonard Naeger. Attendants were Charlet Cissell and Carolyn Eck, both of Farmington.

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