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20 YEARS 1997

Pulitzer Community Newspapers announced the appointment of Tim Evans of Princeton, Illinois as the new publisher of the Daily Press Leader in Farmington. Russ Cannon, publisher of the Daily Journal, stated Evans would have responsibilities in leading the advertising departments of both newspapers.

After nearly a week without playing an opponent, Coach Justin Callahan’s Farmington Knights got back into action and picked up a win over the Bismarck Indians of 43-40.

The score, however wasn’t an indication of how things went for Farmington. At some times during the game, Bismarck had as much as an eight point lead, with the Knights rallying back.

Farmington Knightettes also had a win beating Festus 73-49. Brittany DuVall, who came off the bench for the Knightettes, led the team in scoring with 14 points; Andrea Gladbach added nine, Joselyn Yates and Emily Barks scored eight each and Erin Webb scored six.

30 YEARS 1987

Mother’s Gift Box and Wine Shoppe opened in the Washington Square.

A hearing was held to review proposed cuts in the 1988-89 school year for the Farmington R-7 School District. There were estimated to be 100 in attendance at the hearing to voice their opinions regarding the budget cuts for the coming year. Cuts were expected to include some extracurricular activities, one instructional program, the Gifted PAGES program for elementary students, and district tuition assistance.

The board proposed a four-year cost-cutting schedule that would result in a net savings of $371,678. Superintendent Dr. Robert Webb explained the district would have to make a decision on the proposed cuts sometime in February. Also, a decision to put a proposed levy increase on the ballot would have to be made, with an April timeline given for that decision.

40 YEARS 1977

Mrs. Minnie Swaringim got a greeting card from President and Mrs. Carter for her 99th birthday. The little card bearing the Presidential seal, offered congratulations on her birthday and “special joy on that day.” Mrs. Swaringim was a resident at Thomas Dell Nursing.

The following athletes were varsity winners in the third annual Farmington Quad wrestling tourney held at Farmington High School. The athletes from Farmington were Brian McNamara, Mike Lober, Gary McCord, Scott Lawson, Bruce Hense, and John Hahl.

50 YEARS 1967

Anna and Mary Graham, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Lim Graham, Knob Lick were the Senior and Junior winners in the "Make it yourself with Wool" contest held at North County High School. These ladies were eligible to go to the state contest in January in Columbia, Missouri.

Marine Private Michael G. Shelley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nixon W. Shelley of Farmington, graduated from eight weeks of recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

60 YEARS 1957

Bob Bukowsky, star end of the Fredericktown Blackcats, was selected on the first team of Missouri High School All-State Football team. Eddie Blaine, Farmington High School full back, was named on the second team. Blaine, a senior, was among the top contenders for first team in the balloting in Columbia.

Robert Shannon, seven month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Shannon of the Libertyville community, died of injuries received in the tornado which struck the southern part of the county. Several houses were leveled by the tornado. The Otto Strader home was demolished and all of the buildings on the Jennie Boyd place were destroyed. The Boyd house was not destroyed.

Martha Dean, age 9, and Glenda Pauline, age 14, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Plummer, died as a result of drowning. The girls were playing on the ice on a pond at their home and Martha fell through the ice. Pauline drowned while trying to save her sister.

70 YEARS 1947

Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Belnap celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family reunion and a dinner for all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Belnaps were 81 years of age and married Dec. 22, 1887. Mrs. Belnap was the former Sarah Marie Simms and married Winnet P. Belnap at the old Simms Farm, located at the foot of Simms Mountain between Bismarck and Elvins.

A winter rain gradually turned into a clinging snow and blanketed the area, resulting in a three-inch white blanket before nightfall. Temperatures fell considerably below freezing but the skies later cleared and rising temperatures removed most of the snow.

Thal’s Supermarket on West Columbia Street observed their first anniversary with a special sale on groceries, fruits, vegetables and meats. The store was managed by John Gowan and built up a fine trade during the first year of its existence.


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