30 Years – 1989
A 23-year-old Farmington man was charged with stealing over $150 and burglary second after a morning break-in at Heck’s IGA in Farmington. The suspect kicked in a vent to the frozen food compressor and gained entry to the building. After an outside check of the premises, the officers searched the inside of the store and found the suspect crouched behind a counter in the front area of the store. The suspect had a shopping cart filled with groceries and an assorted amount of change which the suspect had taken from the register.
Denny Downs of Farmington was a member of the Razor’s Edge, the jazz vocal ensemble at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, which placed second in the National Vocal Jazz Contest in Chicago, Illinois.
The Board of Education of the Farmington R-7 School announced the hiring of David Waters to the post of assistant principal at Farmington High School. Mr. Waters was a 10-year-veteran of the school district teaching science and biology.
40 Years – 1979
Each teacher at Farmington High School modeled a “Teacher Appreciation Day” tee shirt given to them by the Student Council. The council also provided breakfast for the teachers and cake with their lunch.
The six 8th graders at Farmington’s St. Paul’s Lutheran School knocked the socks off Missouri’s BEST Test. 100 percent of the students had mastered two of the three main areas of the test. In only one of the categories did the students fall down, missing two correct answers and dropping the “mastery” percentage from 100 to 83.3 in the one category.
Mr. and Mrs. Lansford Meyer celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with a reception given by their children.
May 1979 gas prices were 78.9 for Regular and 83.9 for No Lead. Chuck Lewis manager of the Zephyr station stated that Regular Gas would reach 80 cents per gallon in the weeks to come.
The Farmington Tracksters advanced to state-level competition at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, placing them in the top three in district action at Sullivan. The state bound athletes were: Gladys Amonette, Lisa Layton, Rod Vessell, Debbie Brockmiller, Annette Penberthy, Teresa Thomas, Debbie Harrison and Steve Lee.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Forshee of Farmington celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the home of her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Holloway of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Jeff Pautz, son of Dr. and Mrs. Dudley Pautz was named Teenage of the year by the Farmington Elks Lodge.
50 Years – 1969
Brockmiller Construction Company of Farmington was awarded the contract for remodeling work at the Junior High School.
The Farmington Chapter of Farmington High School FFA, held their Parent-Son Banquet and awards program. Scholarship pins were given out to Wayne Detring, Steve Lindwedel, Kenneth Detring and Kim Kollmeyer.
Bob Bone was installed as President of the Farmington Jaycees. Outstanding Jaycee of the Year, Bob received unanimous support in a previous election for the office.
Pay increases to city employees, tentative approval to the improvement of parking lots in the downtown business district, and a report concerning the city and state regarding additional sewage service were the major topics of the Farmington City Council meeting. Another cost increase was highlighted when the board chose to double the water and electric deposits on all residential property meters and to allow an additional increase on commercial meters.
Ms. Nancy Jean Cozean and Marilyn Ann Jones were candidates for Associate in Arts Degrees from Stephens College at Columbia.
60 Years – 1959
Two out of the four prisoners who escaped from the St. Francois County Jail voluntarily turned themselves in a few hours later. An extensive search was conducted for the other two men. The escapees tunneled under the floor and stone wall of the jail to make their escape. One of the prisoners was being held for the murder of his uncle, one was there with the charges of intent to kill. The other men were incarcerated due to mental health issues and burglary charges. The prisoners used a spoon and other tools to dig their way out.
As a result of the recent reorganization of the Missouri Army National Guard under the new pentomic structure, the local unit at Farmington was changed from a battalion headquarters and headquarters company to a Rifle Company. The new unit designation was “Company A, 1st Battle Group, 140h Infantry.”
Work was started on the installation of the Missouri Natural Gas Company’s high pressure gas pipeline to serve the State Hospital No. 4.
70 Years – 1949
Mrs. Earl Kassabaum was featured in the story, “The H.D.A. and Grandma’s Bonnet,” which was published in the May issue of the “Farm Journal.”
The story was written by Mrs. Kassabaum’s sister, Jean Bell Mosley of Cape Girardeau, who also wrote stories for the Ozark Guide and Woman’s Day.
William Mahurin was indicted for first-degree murder in the death of his wife, and made an oral statement admitting that he had killed her. He made this statement in the presence of Prosecuting Attorney C.B. Thomlinson, Sheriff Dewey Smallen, Buford Jinkerson and two of his brothers. Mrs. Mahurin was found dead in the yard of her home located near Desloge.
A tentative list of candidates for certificates and diplomas in the various divisions of the Farmington public schools was released. The high school this year graduated 72. The Junior High school graduated 54 and Douglas School graduated five.
Playing at the local theatre was Rachel and the Stranger starring Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum and William Holden.