30 Years - 1989

One of the most popular attractions returned to Country Days. It was the Airshow at the Farmington Airport. Also a repeat performance was done by an act called “the drunken farmer act.” A man appeared in the crowd drunk, was taken away by police, then reappears behind the controls of a plane and took off doing a variety of air stunts.

Also returning was a 17-year flying veteran, Bobby Younkin who performed aerobatics in his AT-6 plane, and skydivers who parachuted out of a plane.

Tammy Blanton of Farmington won first place in the Ladies Division of the Busch Pool League National Singles Championship in St Louis. Tammy took home $4000 and a trophy.

40 Years – 1979

A ribbon cutting took place at one of Farmington’s newest businesses. Matt’s Plants offered landscaping services, shade trees, flowering trees, shrubs, ground covers and evergreens.

Three juniors from Farmington High School were selected to represent their school at William Woods College. They were: Beth Detring, Mary Hirsch, and Jane Cook.

A case of cattle wrestling took place in St. Francois County when thieves brought their own trailer to steal 19 head of cattle worth over $15,000. The cattle were taken from the Ed Franke farm on Highway H.

Work continued to progress on the widening of busy Highway 67 to four lanes south of Farmington. This superstructure is over the St. Francis River and it is near completion. This bridge is the expansion just north of Knob Lick.

Highway patrol officers found no evidence of foul play in connection with the discovery of a body just outside of Farmington. Harold C. Heyl was discovered by a state trooper slumped over the front seat of his 1968 Chevrolet sedan, which was found parked on the shoulder of the highway near the State Hospital.

50 Years – 1969

George C. Giessing III, known as “Skippy,” son of Dr. and Mrs. George C. Giessing received an appointment to Annapolis Naval Academy in Maryland. George was a great nephew to Emma Patton and Maymie Giessing of Farmington.

William C. Collins, Jr., publisher of the Florida County Official, a monthly magazine published for elected office holders in the State of Florida appointed Peter J Reynierse to the position of Managing Editor.

Mr. Reynierse was a 1961 graduate of Farmington High School.

Terry Ray Hopkins, Seaman Apprentice, USN, son of Lyman Hopkins of Farmington on leave after completion of basic training at the US Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL. After leave he was to report to USS Nicholas DD 449 , in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Army First Class John R. Hastings, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hastings was assigned to the 199th Light Infantry Brigade neat Long Binh, Vietnam, as a cannoneer.

60 Years – 1959

Mr. and Mrs. Beecher Chipman who lived near Doe Run drowned in a private lake about seven miles south of Doe Run. The couple had been fishing.

The sheriff’s statement said apparently one of the couple had fallen into the lake and the other attempted to assist. The bodies were recovered from the lake around midnight.

First performance of the Kiwanis Club’s twelfth annual Variety show was held at Farmington High School. The show was composed of six acts with a Barbershop Quartet performing.

An open house was held at Easter’s Home of Ruth for the Aged, Convalescents and Invalids. The new addition with 31-bed accommodations was completed and connected to the brick home, formerly the Schramm residence, which is the administration building.

The construction of the new Farmington Senior High School was progressing very satisfactorily. The brick and block work was scheduled to be completed June 1. The entire building was to be completed in September 1959.

70 Years – 1949

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Birdsell formerly of Evanston, Illinois, recently opened the Pony Drive-In located on Highway 61 between Farmington and Flat River where Banister’s pony ride was located.

Birdsell said that it’s a Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not, but will be the first drive-in to serve chop suey. There would also be animals, snakes and an aquarium located adjacent to the drive-in.

Lee Lewis, Farmington bowler, put together three-game totals of 566-610-625 plus a 99-pin handicap to score 1900 pins for the all-events championship of the St. Francois County Bowling Association. Paul Van Doren, Farmington was second with 1890 score, closely followed by Joe Windle of Flat River, who had 1883.

The meeting of the Lead Belt Sportsman’s Club discussed offering a reward to any person offering information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person or persons willfully setting fires to fields, forests, or woodlands in St. Francois County with the intent of destruction of property or forest resources.

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