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20 YEARS 1998

Gay Wilkinson marked four years of shooting anvils. For the city's Fourth of July celebration, Wilkinson would hold a three-anvil shoot for the third time. 

Ryan Johnston of Farmington participated in the 1998 National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine July 21-31 in Houston-Galveston, Texas.

Johnston was among 350 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across America and around the world who attained the qualifications required to participate in the forum.

A mid-day crash at the intersection of Hunt and Flat River Roads sent paramedics and linemen scrambling to remove Violet Rhodes from a second vehicle involved in the crash. Deputies and police directed traffic around sagging power lines. A utility pole snapped just above the point of impact, leaving lines dangerously loose.

30 YEARS 1988

Farmington Mayor Ron Stevens confirmed he was heading an investigation into the alleged “political conduct” of Police Chief Roland Trautman.

The investigation would determine if the police chief violated city ordinances, which specify city officials not participate in political activities while on duty.

Stevens stated the allegations stemmed from an article in a local paper which stated Trautman “arranged and participated” in a June 10 news conference held at the Lewis Farm in Libertyville.

At that press conference the Lewis’ made serious accusations against Sheriff Ken Buckley, who they claimed had knowledge of their marijuana cultivation prior to their arrest in August of 1986. (An investigation by the FBI found no wrongdoing on the part of Buckley.)

Mayor Stevens has asked for the resignation of Trautman and his lawyer filed an appeal.

Winners of the 1988 Country Days balloon race were Edward D. Jones Co. in third place and Sonny and Elma Jennings owners/operators of Country Jenny’s, along with Clinton Bailey, co-owner of the Farmington Foundation sharing first place.

Eric Burlbaw was at Wilson-Rozier Park for the dedication of a plaque in the memory of his brother, Donny Ray Burlbaw, Jr., who died Oct. 3, 1987. The plaque and batting cage were purchased by the Farmington Athletic Booster Club and the Farmington Parks and Recreation Department through donations from Donny’s family and friends. Donny was a shortstop and pitcher for the Farmington Knights and Chiefs, and the son of Sue and Don Burlbaw.

40 YEARS 1978

Off-duty postal workers carrying warnings of a possible strike converged on post offices across the nation and on postal service headquarters to protest what they called “stalling” in labor contract negotiations.

The Farmington Board of Aldermen met in a special session to issue a contract to former City Administrator Marvin Hudwalker for completion of planned improvements to Dean Danieley Park.

Hudwalker, who resigned from the administrator’s post June 30, would complete the design for the park, prepare specifications, advertise for bids, analyze the bids, make recommendations for a construction contract, submit the park plan to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and assist in the paperwork for a $25,000 state grant under the terms of the contract issued.

Thunderstorms packed high winds and heavy rain across the state, causing some damage but bringing welcome relief to farmers. The pastures were in need of rain for the regrowth not taking place due to the lack of rain.

The two-year wait for senior citizens housing in the Ben-Nor apartment complex on College Street in Farmington came to an end as the first residents moved into the newly completed facility. The 48 apartment complex was turned over to board president Ben Smith by builder Gerald Harris.

50 YEARS 1968

Probably the item of business of most interest to the people of Farmington at a city council meeting was that of the increase in water rates.

The city water department had been operating in the red for the first part of the fiscal year due in part to the growth of the community. Following discussion, it was voted to increase the minimum from $1 to $1.50, with a slight additional increase for users outside the city limits.

The St. Francois County Fair Board met and announced this year’s fair would be held on the recently purchased fairgrounds. The fair opening day was set for Aug. 21, 1968.

A 19-year-old Farmington man lost his life in a traffic accident near the Azalea Park, eight miles east of Fredericktown. Alan Pierre Menard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Menard passed away at the accident scene.

Another fatal one-car accident happened near Farmington on Highway 32, Ste. Genevieve County when Dale Rhinehart was killed. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rhinehart of Ste. Genevieve.

The passenger was not injured and climbed from the car to the highway to find help.

60 YEARS 1958

More than 100 girls had a “good time in the out-of-doors” attending Farmington’s first Girl Scout day camp which came to a close after six days. The camp was held at the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Prentice Wampler, offering activities of interest to Brownies, Intermediates and Girl Scouts. There were cookouts, hiking, song fests, dancing, crafts and nature study.

A postage stamp honoring Journalism and Freedom of Press was issued in September of 1958 on the 50th anniversary of the University of Missouri School of Journalism - the world’s first school of Journalism.

Lee’s Shopping Center, Inc. announced their 20th anniversary sale. To show their appreciation they gave away more than $1,000 in prizes.

The new Edsel automotive was being represented in this area by Wichman Lincoln-Mercury Sales in Farmington. H. Lee Wichman was the general manager.

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