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20 YEARS 1998

Standing tall and showing no remorse, Jeremiah Daniel Gregory appeared in a St. Francois County courtroom to answer the question which would seal his fate forever. “How do you plead to the charge of murder in the first degree?” to which Gregory replied, “Guilty.” With that, Gregory, 19, would spend the remainder of his days in prison.

Gregory was arrested and charged with the murder of Joshua Chesley, whose body was discovered in a ditch along a county road between Park Hills and Bismarck on the evening of July 7, 1997.

They say dog is man’s best friend and William Gaffney is one of them. Gaffney believes his life was spared when his two dachshunds alerted him to an electrical fire which engulfed his trailer only moments after escaping with his canine companions.

30 YEARS 1988

Three Farmington kindergarten students and a bus driver escaped serious injury when the bus in which they were riding in ran off the shoulder of the road and overturned. The accident occurred on Highway H.

The three students – Kelly Underwood, Jennifer Wisdom and Carmen Wichman – were returning home from W.L. Johns Elementary School after morning classes.

Farmington City Council had new faces as well as returning ones. The new councilmen elected were Lindell Kennon and Gay Wilkinson. Returning to the council were Dan Combs, Walter Ellis and Bill Cleve.

The successful passage of the R-7 tax levy was the result of not only the Farmington voters, but also the work of the Blue Ribbon for Education Committee, whose all-out efforts to pass the levy raised the community’s awareness of the issue. Blue ribbons popped up on cars, houses, trees and street lamps. Cindy Danieley, chairman of the committee, stated that the committee was started by a small group of parents who were concerned that the gifted program at the elementary school would be eliminated if the tax levy did not pass. 

40 YEARS 1978

Lisa Klemp, Lori Klemp, Beth Colson and Susan Ruble performed a lively tap dance entitled “Fool’s Gold” during the annual Knight Life Talent Show. The contest winners were chosen by audience ballots. The winners were Lisa Pingel, who sang three songs while accompanied by Barb Gegg on guitar. Second place went to Lance Evans and third place to Sally and Susan Hoehn .

Representatives from the PTA staged a humorous skit. The participants were Phil Tatum, Marshall James, Elma Jennings, Virginia Head, Carol Short and Dave Gillespie.

50 YEARS 1968

A barn at the home of Jack Gray located south of Farmington, was destroyed by fire along with contents, several horses and some machinery. The Farmington Fire Department responded to the alarm but, because of the high winds, was unable to save the building or its contents.

Edward B. Effrein of Effrein’s Shoe Store retired having been in the retail business from 1928 to 1968. In business with Effrein for many years was his brother, Tom. Both learned the retail shoe business in Farmington. The store’s slogan widely known throughout the community was, “We wish you were in our shoes.”

Third grade classes of the Washington Elementary School planted a flowering Kamzan or Japanese Cherry in the front of the school building. The tree was planted in commemoration of Arbor Day in Missouri. Last fall these three classes earned money to purchase the tree.

Two major road improvements in St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve counties were announced. Highway 32 from Farmington to Ste. Genevieve – a route of 25.5 miles – would be completely seal-coated with a 20-foot wide surface.

Supplementary system projects included 17 miles of Route W in St. Francois and Iron Counties. This route received a 22-foot wide bituminous mat leveling course from Route 21 northeast to Farmington.

60 YEARS 1958

The seniors of Farmington High School – 75 in number – left on an extended 10-day trip through the east. They were accompanied on their tour by Berl J. Miller, president of the Board of Education and Mrs. Miller. Several faculty sponsors were also going on the trip.

The trip took the seniors by way of Lexington, Kentucky through Natural Bridge, Virginia and on to Washington, D.C.

An incident occurred when Ed Mayscott from St. Louis was bringing a plane in to be re-licensed when the wheels bogged down in the mud. The plane went up on its nose and Mr. Mayscott climbed out. A few minutes later a gust of wind caught the tail and flipped it over on its back. The plane had minor damage.

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