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20 YEARS 1997

Farmington Fire Department responded to a fire at 921 W. Liberty, caused by sparks from a grinder in a shed on the farm of long-time county resident Byron Harrington. No injuries were reported.

Sister Angela Senyszym, O.S.F. was honored as part of the nationwide celebration of the National Day of Appreciation for Catholic School Principals.

Farmington High School named their students of the month as Kara McDowell, Tabitha Clark and Jill McCain. The school district honored students monthly for outstanding achievements.

RJ Reynolds Co. gave Farmington residents a taste of action behind the wheel of a Winston car when the simulator was brought to the area. It was set up on the corner of Karsch Boulevard and Highway 32. The simulator showed a video tape of actual Winston Cup racing, giving the riders a feel for the speed and action.

30 YEARS 1987

Farmington was honored at the Missouri Community Betterment Conference at the Lodge of the Four Seasons by having Stephanie Simmons named as the recipient of the Governor’s Youth Leadership Award. Stephanie is the daughter of Charles and Barbara Simmons of Farmington. Stephanie was a freshman in the Honors College at the University of Missouri-Columbia, pursuing a major in psychology, with plans for law school to follow.

The newly constructed Dairy Queen in Farmington held their grand opening, located near the intersection of Highway 67 and County Highway W. 

Total employment in Missouri remained near record levels in October as the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent, Jerry M. Hunter, Director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, announced.

The Market Basket at 229 E. Liberty St. in Farmington held their ribbon cutting.

40 YEARS 1977

Everybody knows that bankers never work on Saturday, but Jack Sebastian got caught in the act (in the rain) on a Saturday performing surgery on the decorative gum trees in front of First State Bank. Sebastian endured all sorts of kibitzing from pedestrians and a few passing motorists and even the intrusion of Wit Ledbetter of the Farmington Press taking the photo.

The Farmington Knights basketball squad would look up to a quintet of seniors for the 1977-78 year. The Knights returning lettermen were Pat Ratcliff, Greg Wade, Lance Evans, Randy Detring, and Charlie Cresswell. All five first saw action for the Farmington varsity team two years prior to their senior year.

Vandals broke a large glass window out of the St. Joseph’s Catholic School gymnasium. According to Farmington Police, vandals either shot or threw projectiles through the 16-by-36 inch piece of glass. A number of green tomatoes were thrown onto the gym floor scattering the glass across the floor.

50 YEARS 1967

Dr. Emmett F. Hoctor, director of Community Psychiatry at Farmington State Hospital, received an award at the Governor’s Conference on Aging in Jefferson City. At the time, Hoctor had a distinguished service record of 41 years with the State of Missouri in the field of aging.

Billy J. Meador was posthumously awarded two medals by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam, according to word given by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow K. Meador. The announcement came through the US Department of the Army, Washington, DC.

The two awards were the Military Merit Medal and the Galantry Cross with Palm. Billy was killed in action in Vietnam.

A barn at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Rickus, Route 3, was completely destroyed by fire early in the morning after being struck by lightning. Machinery housed in the building were lost in the fire, but their cattle were safely outside the barn and unhurt. The Rickus residence also received some damage, when the bolt struck the home, entering by way of the television wires. Volunteer help of friends and neighbors as well as fire personnel soon had the fire under control.

60 YEARS 1957

The annual nation-wide Thanksgiving Clothing Collection conducted in all Catholic Parishes during Thanksgiving week was completed and was a huge success. This was the ninth annual Thanksgiving Clothing Collection conducted by the Catholic Bishops in America. In the eight previous years the collection was held, 87 million pounds of clothing, blankets, bedding and shoes were collected and distributed to almost every country in the world.

The St. Joseph Catholic High School basketball team of Farmington won the annual Thanksgiving basketball tournament played in Ironton. Players were: Ton Van Doren, Bob Walton, Dick Thurman, John Romas, Jim Aubuchon, Jerry Marler, Sid Christopher, Glen Van Doren, Morgan Smith, J.B. Ryan, John Govro and Larry Kast.

Dor Mac Bardoliermere, son of O. Bardoliermere 2nd, one of the outstanding Angus bull calves to be purchased by breeders in the Western Illinois Consignment Sale from the Dor Mac Angus Farms at Quincy, Illinois, had a home on the Kollmeyer Farm in Farmington.

The the time, the Kollmeyers owned Angus cattle for 30 years.

70 YEARS 1947

Jamieson and Spearl, architects for the proposed Bonne Terre Hospital addition, after a number of conferences and submission of numerous tentative plans, were making the large scale “detailed drawings and specifications” so bids for construction may be obtained.

The plans called for a three-story addition - approximately 44 feet by 124 feet - to the northwest end of the building. The building would be a reinforced concrete structure, tile walls with brick facing and the concrete floors covered with asphalt tile.

The addition would increase the capacity of the hospital from 44 adult beds to approximately 74 adult beds, of which 20 would be in the maternity section.

Local musician Johnny Rion, with his hillbilly band, the Martha White Mountaineers, appeared daily on the local radio station.

Rion had considerable radio experience and won a wide following. He composed numerous songs which were published and sold nationally.


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