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April 2, 1936:

The Christian Harmony Band, composed of old time singers of Wright, Douglas and Webster counties, will soon start on their 1936 singing tour.  All churches or communities desiring to have them sing will please notify John Dixon at Norwood, J. W. Brazeal or J. H. Dennis at Mansfield, Will Whiteker at Hartville, Bud Matney of Seymour, or Bill Gentry, Ava.  The first singing will be held at the old Wolf Creek or Moody church Sunday, April 19.  Everyone invited.

A fish supper and good social time was enjoyed by more than 50 guests at the service station of F. A. Rippee & Sons in Norwood Saturday night.  Music was furnished by Robert H. Todd and his string band of New Grove, and by Tommy Bogart and his string band from Mansfield. Everyone enjoyed both the supper and the entertainment, but some fears were felt by Mr. Rippee for the safety of Noah Strunk and Ernest Miller who ate so much fish that they were reported to be sprouting fins the next day.  It was also reported that Roy Johnson's wife had to stand him in a tub of water.

Uncle Martin V. Parmenter, oldest man in this section and a pioneer resident of Wright County, died at 6:00 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Cale, near Pleasant Hill.  Mr. Parmenter was born April 1, 1838 at Chattanooga, Tenn.  Funeral services were to be held Thursday of this week with burial in the Long Star Cemetery.

Mrs. Vida Davis, formerly of Bryant in Douglas county, died March 23 near Phoenix, Arizona, where she had gone 4 months ago for the benefit of her health which had been poor for several years.  She is survived by her husband, L. N. Davis, and 8 children.  Mrs. Davis was a sister of Mrs. Ernest Miller of Norwood.

Robbers were again at work in Norwood last Friday night.  The blacksmith shop of Jack Garrison was looted of a quantity of tools, some of which were used in forcing an entrance into the general store of J. M. Wllis & Sons and the VanNoy Drug Store.  The glass in the door at VanNoy's was smashed, as was also the glass in the front door of the west room of Ellis' store.  A quantity of cigarettes and candy were taken at VanNoy's, but they seemed to have been frightened away from the Ellis store before securing any merchandise, as they left their tools in front of the safe in the store.

Lee Turner of Mansfield died rather suddenly Monday.  Funeral services and burial took place Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Crewse of Mansfield are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby boy last Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Wess Sisco went down to the creek last Wednesday to get some sand and found Homer Akers and John Dixon both stuck in the creek.  Wess pulled them out with his team.  Horses are lots of help, after all.

Rev. Robert Herd filled his regular appointment at Fairview Saturday night, Sunday, and Sunday night.  His mother died March 1.

Mr. and Mrs. George Liska have a new baby boy.

Bob Allen and small daughter, Mildred Mae, have been sick the past week.

Linville Hardin closed a very successful term of school here [Pleasant Hill] Friday with an excellent program and a pie supper in the evening.  A large crowd was present.  Ida Ruth Vining won the box of chocolates for being the most popular young lady.  Frances Vining was awarded the cake of soap for having the dirtiest feet.  Arthur Richardson won a jar of pickles as the ugliest man. Proceeds were near $10 which will be used for the school.

Wedding bells were ringing in the Oak Forest community again last week.  Mr. George Williams was united in marriage to Miss Avena Long.

April 9, 1936:

Some little excitement was aroused in the village election Tuesday when a fight was started on C. N. Means, one of the candidates for trustee, by a few citizens who seemed to be dissatisfied for divers reasons.  C. M. Minihan, Ray Whiteker, Sherman Hammack, Frank Little and Means were elected.  All except Little were re-elected, having served as members of the Board the past year.  Little succeeds J. N. Busby, who was not a candidate this year.

Dr. R. A. Ryan is home again after spending several weeks in a Springfield hospital from an attack of pneumonia.  But he is not the familiar doctor we knew before he went away.  He has been walking with a cane since he came home, calls it his "get along."  But being home where he can visit around with his friends is already helping a lot and we predict he'll soon throw the can away.  We regret that he will not reopen the Ryan hospital at present.  The institution was filling a distinct need throughout this section.---Mountain Grove Journal.

The funeral services for Uncle Martin Parmenter were held at the home last Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Will Anderson.  Interment was in the Lone Star cemetery south of Mountain Grove.  The Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors of Norwood were in charge of arrangements.

Aunt Mary Johnson, a resident of Hartville for more than half a century, died at her home there Sunday at the age of 106 years.  Funeral services were conducted Monday by Rev. D. S. Jones and interment was in the Hartville cemetery.

Miss Effie Long, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Long of near Norwood, and Mr. Howard R. Fagan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed C. Fagan of near Mansfield, were quietly married at the home of Rev. J. W. Anderson near Oak Forest on Tuesday, March 31.  The young couple will be at home to their friends on the J. A. Williams farm north of town.

Mrs. Ollie Randall's chickens, consisting of 10 White Rock hens and a rooster, were stolen Monday night.

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Shaw was buried at the LaRue cemetery Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ethan Dodd are the proud parents of a baby girl born Saturday, April 4.  She will answer to the name Irene Mary.

April 16, 1936:

With this issue we are now entering our 10th year of publication.

Funeral services for Otis Dodson, 21 years old, who shot and killed himself at Mansfield Sunday after Miss Lillian Wynn, 19, his fiancee of 4 years, had broker off their engagement, were held from the Pea Ridge Methodist church Monday.  Dodson's body was found at the roadside near a viaduct on the outskirts of town.  He had shot himself through the heart with a short-barreled shotgun.  According to Coroner Steffe, a note found near the body said that Dodson had planned for several days to kill himself because Miss Wynn had told him she did not want to go with him in the future.  No inquest was considered necessary, Steffe said.  Saturday night Dodson, who worked in a stave mill, met Miss Wynn in a picture sow and they went riding in his auto.  He sought to effect a reconciliation but without success.  He stopped the car near the viaduct, and Miss Wynn got out and went to the nearby house where she was employed.  Dodson's body was found near the automobile, which had not been moved after Miss Wynn left it.  Miss Wynn was among those attending the funeral.  Dodson's parents live in the Pea Ridge community, while the girl's parents have a farm between Mansfield and Hartville.  They had attended school together.

John Cecil passed away last Wednesday at the home of his son, E. A. Cecil, north of town at the age of 87 years, two months and 12 days.  Burial was in the Thomas Cemetery Thursday.  The son, E. A., is reported seriously ill this week.

Raymond Strunk left Tuesday for Bentonville, Ark., where he will play professional baseball this season.

While cranking his car Saturday morning Wess Sisco slipped and fell, breaking his right leg just above the ankle.

Dale Barnett sustained a broken arm Saturday evening while cranking his car.  Dr. VanNoy set the broken bones.

Mrs. Williams, grandmother of Clifford Peck and Mrs. Willie Cole of Norwood, passed away at her home at Dogwood in Douglas county Tuesday evening at 5:00 o'clock.

The Pleasant Hill community regrets very much to lean of the death of Mrs. Henry Higby, which occurred April 8 at her home north of Mountain Grove.

Hearty congratulation to the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Mead.  Mrs. Mead was formerly Miss Alma Sisco.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Carter Sunday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Binley are the proud parents of a baby girl born April 6.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Quessenberry, a baby girl Saturday, April 11.

April 23, 1936:

A friend of ours hands us this good suggestion for the man who drinks, and asks us to pass it on:  "Start a saloon in your own house; be the only customer and make your wife the bartender.  Give the wife two dollars to buy a gallon of whiskey, which is 69 drinks.  By the time it is gone she will have $4.90 to put in the bank, plus two dollars to buy another gallon.  Should you live 10 years and continue to buy booze from her and then die with snakes in your boots, she will have money enough to bury you decently, educate your children, buy a house and lot, and marry a decent man and quit thinking about you.

After running down many clues to no avail, officers have at last found the tools and machinery stolen from the Moles & Bradshaw garage in Norwood four weeks ago.  Glenn Allen was under suspicion of being implicated in the robbery, and when a news item appeared in a daily paper stating that a man by that name had been arrested near the Missouri-Iowa line charged with stealing meat, deputy Jim Baker, Mr. Bradshaw, and others went up there to investigate but found that it was not the Allen for whom they were looking.  They came back to Kansas City where the chief of detectives was put on the job to search for the stolen property.  Soon after returning to Norwood a telephone message was received here that the property had been located in a pawn shop in Kansas City.  Officer Baker, Mose Gray, Henry Bradshaw and Ruey Moles went to the city Saturday and identified the tools.  The Jew who owns the pawn shop gave a description of the men who sold him the stuff, and also their truck license number.  The license had been issued to W. H. Hart of Cross Timbers, Mo., who was arrested and taken to Kansas City, but he was not the man wanted, his license plates having been stolen, and he was released at once.  In the meantime a message came from officers at Falls City, Nebr., that they were hold a Glen Allen and George Delano on a chicken theft charge, and asking if they were wanted in Wright county, as they had given this as their home.  Officers here notified the police at Falls City to hold them and deputy Jim Baker, accompanied by Sheriff Claxton, left Tuesday for the Nebraska City to bring the prisoners back to Wright county.  Allen and Delano, his father-in-law, have been living just south of Norwood for some time.  Mr. Bradshaw and attorney Chas. Jackson of Mountain Grove expected to go to Kansas City Wednesday to recover the stolen goods.  Mr. Bradshaw is high in his praise of the work of Deputy Baker, who had worked on the case untiring from the beginning.  The tools were stolen here March 23 and were sold in Kansas City the 25th.

Night watchman Curtis Turner of Seymour discovered two bandits in the Farmers Exchange at Seymour early Monday morning of last week just as they blew the safe, but an exchange of gunfire with a third bandit who was watching near by allowed them to escape.  They took $6 from the front.  turner stated that he did not see them well enough to be able to identify them.

Just as we go to press Wednesday, word comes that Clint Atkins, well know citizen living northwest of Norwood, dropped dead at his home Wednesday morning.

A number of men were here Sunday from Rolla looking after the old mining property on the J. P. Snyder and L. S. Hinote land south of town.  It is expected that this mine will be reopened in the near future.

Word has been received by friends here of the birth of a baby boy to Mr. and Mrs. George Creal at their home in Kansas City at 6:30 Tuesday morning.  Mrs. Creal was formerly Miss Gladys Chadwell.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mears are the proud parents of a baby boy born Wednesday, April 15.

Howard Besson left last Sunday, leaving no word where he was going.  He wrote a note to his wife, telling her he was gone, and took all his clothes and his gun.  It is said that he and Mrs. Besson had had no trouble.  Mr. Besson taught the Glendale school.

Emmet Allen, son of Bob Allen, is quite sick.

April 30, 1936:

Deputy James Baker and Ruey Moles went to Kansas City Tuesday to get the tools and machinery which was stolen from Moles & Bradshaw March 23.  The second hand dealer who had bought the stolen property wanted $100 to turn it over to the owners, and after considering the expense of getting possession by process of law, which would have included attorney fees, court costs, and two or more trips to Kansas City, Messrs. Bradshaw and Moles decided it would be cheaper and better to pay the amount demanded.  Last week, as stated in these columns, officers went to Falls City, Nebr., to get Glenn Allen and George Delano, who were being held there and who were suspected of the Norwood robbery.  However, they failed to fit the description of the parties who sold the tools in Kansas City and were not held on the robbery charge.  Before the Wright county officers reached Falls City, Delano had pleaded guilty there to chicken stealing, and it had developed that Allen, whose right name is Glenn Allen Alexander, was wanted in Kansas on a jail breaking charge, he having been in custody there for auto theft.  It is said that he faces a 15 year sentence in that state on the two charges.  Allen, or Alexander, came here more than a year ago and had engaged in selling poultry remedies and culling chickens throughout this section, but it seems that his main business might have been carried on under cover of darkness when he visited the chicken roosts without the owners' knowledge or consent.  As an alibi to the garage robbery here, he had invoices showing that he had sold several hundred pounds of chickens in St. Louis the next day after the tools were sold in Kansas City.

Mr. and Mrs. George Shores, Sr., pioneer citizens of Clark Township, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, April 26, at the home of their daughter, Mrs. G. H. Cunningham, west of Norwood.  Relatives and friends to the number of 137 were present to enjoy the bountiful dinner which was spread on a 30-ft. table at the noon hour, and to congratulate Uncle George and Aunt Matt and wish them many more years of happy companionship.

Mr. Archie Seal and Miss Ruth Young were united in marriage last Tuesday.  Mrs. Seal is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Young of this community, and Mr. Seal is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Seal of near Mansfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore LaRue are the happy parents of a baby girl.  They have 3 boys, but this is their first girl.  Mrs. LaRue's mother is staying with her.

It is reported that Mrs. Walter Frink received a telegram from California saying that her daughter, Mary Jane Ford, was dead.  We hope it is a false report.

Mr. Elza Sisco and Miss Dora Absher were united in marriage Sunday at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Absher, northwest of Norwood.  They will make their home on Mr. Absher's farm, we understand.

Mrs. Ella Whelchel and daughter, Macie, and husband of Mountain View visited Mrs. Whelchel's brother, F. A. Rippee, in Norwood a short time Saturday while enroute to Austin, Texas, to visit her 2 daughters there.

Mr. Clifford Leach and Miss Irene Tarkelson were married here last week.  Several gathered Monday night and gave them an old fashioned charivari.

Junior Richardson, 23, was struck by a limb from a tree one day last week and died a few hours later at the Ryan hospital in Mountain Grove.  The funeral was conducted at Prior church by Rev. Darrow, pastor of the Methodist church in Mountain Grove, and interment was in the Vanzant cemetery.  Junior's pleasant disposition made him loved by all who knew him.

Bill Sutherland gave a dance Saturday night to dedicate his new barn.  Only intimate friends were invited.

May 7, 1936:

We hear it rumored that a public dance hall may be opened in Norwood soon.  We hope the rumor is not founded on fact.  Such an institution would add nothing to the good name of our town, but instead would be a detriment to all that is uplifting.  Every good citizen should protest the coming of the public dance hall into our midst.

Clinton Miller Atkins was born in Henry county, Tennessee, on November 8, 1864; departed this life April 22, 1936, at the age of 71 years, 4 months and 14 days.  He was united in marriage to Mary Louiza Smotherman on November 26, 1896.  To this union were born 2 children: one son, who died in infancy, and one daughter, who survives him.  He leaves to mourn their loss a daughter, one sister, one niece, two nephews.  He was converted at an early age.  His parents moved to Calloway county, Kentucky, when he was 2 years old, and from there to Greene county, Missouri, in 1880.  They moved to Wright county, near Norwood in 1884.  Norwood was his post office for 52 years.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Chris Tyson, and he was laid to rest in the Jackson cemetery.

Mrs. Barney Beckham passed away at her home near Bethel Chapel last Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brooks, who live in the Oak Forest community, have had their applications for old age assistance approved and will receive $7 each per month.

Van is the name given to the 10 pound boy born to Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Raney Monday afternoon.  This is their 11th child, and Mr. Raney, who is 75 years old has a number of children by a former marriage.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rogers report the arrival of a 9 pound son at their home at Corcoran, Calif., April 29.  This is their first child, and he has been named Paul Wayne.  Mr. Rogers is a nephew of Mrs. Ernest Miller of Norwood.

I. J. Iseralson died Monday at his home near Vera Cruz on Clever Creek.

G. W. Feese of Mountain Grove has bought the Thompson garage building in Norwood.

If you are interested in machinery, you should see the tractor which has been constructed by the workmen at the Moles & Bradshaw garage.  It has a Chevrolet motor, a Studebaker rear end and an Avery tractor frame.

Mr. Vernon Moore of Marionville and Miss Lucille George of Ellington were united in marriage in the Rev. Ben F. Nall home in Norwood Saturday evening, Rev. Nall performing the ceremony.  Ray Nall and Frank Royal of Springfield, Miss May Nall of Seymour, and a sister of the bride attended the wedding.

"Are you an angel, daddy?"  "Of course not!  Why?"  "Because I heard mother say she was going to clip your wings."

Mr. and Mrs. Bishop Babb are the proud parents of a 9 1/2 boy born April 30.  They have 4 other boys.

May 14, 1936:

Mrs. Bertha Peebles, age 25, passed away Friday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Martin, in Mountain Grove.  Funeral services were held at the Free Will Baptist church in Mountain Grove Saturday and burial was in the Thomas cemetery north of Norwood.  Mrs. Peebles had been in poor health for a long time.  She was a sister of Mrs. Claude Sumner and Mrs. J. C. Perry of near Norwood.

Mr. Ray Nall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Nall of Norwood, and Miss Esther Carney of Springfield were united in marriage Sunday, May 10, at the Tabernacle Baptist church in Springfield, Rev. Robert Baker, pastor of the church, of which both bride and groom are members, performing the ceremony in an informal but beautiful and impressive service.  The bridesmaids were Miss May Nall and Miss Mildred Carney, with Frank Royal and Vernon Moore as best men.  Ray will continue in school and will still reside at 818 Belmont, Springfield.

Mr. J. T. Broadus of the Oak Forest community south of Norwood and Mrs. Stella Mansur of Wichita Falls, Texas, were quietly united in marriage at the home of Mr. and mrs. T. E. Osbern Friday evening, May 8, Rev. J. W. Anderson officiating.  Mr. and Mrs. Broadus are spending their honeymoon in the Ozarks.  They will be at home to their friends after June 1 on the groom's farm 6 miles south of Norwood.

Mrs. Garland Reynolds and 2 sons and John Cale, Jr., of Springfield spent Mother's Day with Mrs. Reynolds' and Mr. Cale's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Cale, Sr., near Pleasant Hill.  They returned to Springfield Sunday evening, accompanied by Miss Frances Vining, who will stay in the Reynolds home while attending a beauty culture school.  Sunday afternoon while the two Reynolds boys and Ida Ruth Vining were playing in the Vining car, one of the boys turned on the key and the other stepped on the starter.  The car was in gear and started off, running into the corner of an outbuilding which stopped the car but knocked off the corner of the building.

Mrs. Ellen Hudson died at her home near Owensville Tuesday.  Funeral services will be conducted at Oak Grove by Rev. G. M. Walker Thursday, with burial in the cemetery at that place.  Mrs. Hudson was an aunt of Arch and Jake Ryan of near Norwood.

M. E. Thompson was born in Indiana in 1869.  He departed this life May 6, 1936, at the age of 67.  He passed away at the home of his brother, C. R. Thompson, in Springfield, Mo.  He leaves one brother and his wife to mourn their loss.  Funeral services were conducted at Oak Forest by Rev. J. W. Anderson and burial was in Oak Forest cemetery.

Mrs. Allie Cole recently received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. Vina Cooley, at Headrick, Okla.  She is the mother of Granville Cooley whom many of the readers of this paper knew, as he used to live here, singing and teaching singing throughout the country.  She is also the mother of Dolph Cooley of Mansfield.

As to the rumor of erecting a public dance hall in Norwood, I give my view on the situation.  I think it is one of the worst pieces of work humanity can do.  Saloons are bad enough, and too bad if they can be avoided.  These dance halls lure the young men and young ladies, and the older ones too, away from religious services many items, break up homes, cause murder, and send many a soul into everlasting punishment.  I think the people of Norwood and surrounding communities should take every step possible to prevent it being erected.  Erect a library filled with good religious books and see how many souls you can win for Christ instead.

The tennis court in Norwood is about completed and play is expected to begin before the end of the week.

May 21, 1936:

Norwood was shaken with one of the most tragic accidents in many years Monday evening about 7:11 when 3 young people, two young men and a woman, were killed as a freight train struck a Chevrolet couple in which they were riding as they crossed the tracks west of the depot.  Two were killed outright and the other one died 2 hours later in the Ryan hospital in Mountain Grove.  Lester Strunk, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Strunk of southeast of Norwood, who was driving the car, was thrown under the train and badly mangled, as was also the woman, Mrs. Offie Coffman, 28, wife of Merle Coffman, truck driver of Mountain Grove.  The other occupant of the car, Ernest Vaughn, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Vaughan also of southeast of Norwood, was still in the smashed car on the front of the train when it stopped.  He was rushed to the hospital in Mountain Grove but there was no hope for his recovery and he died within 2 hours.  The car is reported to have belonged to Strunk's father.  The young men had gone to Mountain Grove Monday afternoon and returned late with Mrs. Coffman in the car with them.  They had been driving about town, having various others in the car with them at different times.  It is reported that two other young men had just left the car a few moments before the accident occurred.  According to reports, they had driven away from in front of the Harrison Strunk cafe and around the block, coming by J. M. Ellis & Sons store on the west, driving at quite a rapid speed, just as the train thundered alongside the depot.  The fireman on the train saw them come past the store building and said they approached the tracks at unabated speed, apparently unmindful of the on-coming train, it is said.  He attempted to attract the attention of the engineer, B. Duncan, but that workman was busily tooting his whistle and knew nothing of what was happening until the auto had been struck.  The trainman applied his brakes but he was past the semaphore signals in the west part of town before he could stop.  The car containing the unconscious and badly broken body of Vaughan, was wrapped around the front of the engine.  After Vaughn had been removed, it was necessary to tie the auto fastly to the rails then back the train to remove it.  As has been stated, Strunk and Mrs. Coffman were thrown under the train and parts of their bodies were strewn far up the tracks.  Hands, legs and feet were severed from the bodies.  Upon arriving at the scene Coroner Steffe of Mansfield immediately announced that no inquest would be necessary and the bodies were gathered up and taken to the Bouldin-Ryan funeral home.  Funeral services for Strunk and Vaughn were held at Denlow Tuesday afternoon and they were buried in the cemetery there.  Rev. J. W. Anderson conducted the funeral.  The body of Mrs. Coffman was taken to Mountain Grove late Tuesday morning in the Botton funeral car and burial was in the Pleasant Hill cemetery southeast of Mountain Grove Tuesday afternoon.  Mrs. Coffman leaves a 6 year old son.

Ernest Walter Vaughan, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Vaughn, was born January 20, 1914; passed away May 18, 1936, at the age of 22 years, 3 months and 27 days.  He is survived by his parents, a brother Leonard of Fontana, Calif.; 5 sisters: Mrs. Ola Jarrett of Mountain Grove, Mrs. Nora Sluder of Fontana, Calif., and Beulah, Hazel and Edith of the home.

Miss Elva Rhoads, daughter of Mrs. Lou Rhoads of the Shiloh community, southeast of Norwood, and Mr. Clyde Campbell of Brushy Know were married by Rev. Archie Halford Sunday, May 12, at the home of the groom's sister, Mrs. Sauers, at Brushy Knob.  The wedding was kept secret until after the closing of the Ava high school where the bride was a student.

Dr. John W. Good, coroner of Webster county, died Monday of last week of a heart attack at his home in Fordland.

Mrs. J. H. Robinett, 81, a descendent of the Lee family of which Gen. Robert E. Lee was a member, died suddenly at her home in Mountain Grove, Saturday, May 9.

The Young Republican club of the county held a meeting at the Indian Grove school house in Brush Creek township Wednesday of this week.  Judge Walter E. Bailey of Springfield was the principal speaker.

Roy Chaffin, for 14 years an employee of the People's Bank of Seymour, died at the tubercular sanatorium in Mt. Vernon Wednesday.

Will Greenwood pulled 10,000 sweet potato plants from his bed Saturday.

Uncle Narve Allen spent last week visiting his son, Bob, and family.

Miss Alta Allen is staying with Mr. and Mrs. Murphy Allen, helping to care for the new baby, Miss Shirley Ann Allen...born May 11, weighing 7 pounds.

The crowd was very slim at Wolf Creek Sunday, it being the communion services.

Mrs. James Findley received word last week from Oklahoma that her sister's husband, Elige Box, had died.

We were very sorry to hear of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Coats losing their house by fire.  Only a very few things were saved.

May 28, 1936:

Lester Fay Strunk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Strunk, was born September 15, 1911; passed away May 18, 1936.

William Joy returned last Thursday from Lawrence, Kans., after attending the funeral of his brother, N. T. Joy.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Thompson and twin sons, Mason and Jason, of Kansas City, and Mason Freeman of Springfield visited in the Dr. L. T. VanNoy home in Norwood Sunday evening.  Mrs. Thompson is a daughter and Mason Freeman a son of the late Mrs. S. H. Freeman.

Mrs. S. H. Freeman, 65, died at Springfield last Thursday following a prolonged illness which resulted from cancer of the stomach.  Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church in Mansfield by Rev. G. O. VanNoy of Springfield, and interment was in the Hensley cemetery near there.  Mrs. Freeman was a sister of H. H. Miller and aunt of Mrs. L. T. VanNoy and Ernest Miller.

Mrs. J. G. Burgess of Kansas City has purchased the Norwood telephone exchange and she and her daughter will take charge the first of June.

Harry Turner of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Monday morning of a stroke of paralysis.  Mr. Turner was a brother of Mrs. Jesse Douglas of Shiloh community.

Homer Tarbutton of Mansfield, nephew of Mrs. P. D. Little of Norwood, died suddenly Tuesday morning.  Funeral services were held at Mansfield at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Tom Sherrell, 80, died at his home in Mountain Grove Wednesday morning of last week.  Mr. Sherrell had lived in Mountain Grove for nearly 60 years.

Mrs. Ann Westbrook died at her home north of Mansfield May 3, at the age of 95 years, 8 months and 10 days.  She was the mother of J. A. Westbrook, prominent farmer of near Mansfield.

According to the Douglas County Capital, Dennis Moorfield of Camdenton was convicted in circuit court at Gainsville in Ozark county las Thursday of the first degree murder of Tondo Elliot, Douglas county farmer, last July, and was given a life sentence.

Judge C. M. Beaumont, 81, died at his home in Houston at midnight Sunday night.  As a child, Judge Beaumont came to Wright County with his parents from Tennessee.  In 1886, he moved to Houston where he spent the remainder of his life.  Mr. Beaumont was married to Sarah J. Rippee who died in 1900.

Mr. and Mrs. Murphy Allen and baby daughter, Shirley Ann, visited in the Roscoe Allen home Sunday.

The people in this community extend their deepest sympathy to the parents and families of the two boys, Lester Strunk and Ernest Vaughan, who lost their lives in the tragic accident in Norwood May 18.  Also to the 3 children and grandchildren of Mrs. Harriett Charlotte Higby, who lost her life May 18 in an accident at Houston.  She was the mother of Rev. Henry Higby, George Higby and Mrs. Bill Paul, all of Mountain Grove, and Mrs. Mark Vining of Mahaska, Kans.

Mrs. Sarah Owens of the Oak Grove community died at her home Saturday morning.  Funeral services were held at Oak Grove Sunday at 2 o'clock.  Brothers Selph Jones and Homer Smith preached the funeral.

Mrs. Leo Chandler and baby of near Hartville spent several days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Justice.

The Fairview community is grieved at this time over the death of Mrs. P. O. Carlson, who died Thursday of a stroke of paralysis.  Funeral services were held at Fairview church, to which she belonged, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Eld. R. E. Herd, her pastor, preaching the sermon.  The largest crowd ever witnessed here was present to pay her their last respects, which spoke of how greatly she was loved by all that knew her.  Her daughter, Mrs. Esther Cottengim of Banta, Calif., arrived Saturday on the Sunnyland to attend the funeral.

June 4, 1936:

T. L. "Tom" Pope was injured late last Wednesday evening, when he is thought to have been struck by a truck as he was on his way from his home northwest of Norwood to town.  He was found lying by the roadside by a tourist who reported it to Walter Kempt who lives near by.  He was brought to Norwood by a passing wrecker and was taken in the Bouldin-Ryan ambulance to the Ryan hospital in Mountain Grove, where he received first aid from Dr. Ryan.  He was then taken to Dr. Fuson in Mansfield and from there he was taken by Leonard Pope and Clifford Peck to the Veterans' hospital at Fayetteville, Ark., where it was found that his shoulder was broken and his arm was broken between the shoulder and elbow.  He also had a few lacerations about the face.  Mrs. Pope, his daughter, Mrs. Chester Slate, and Bethel Seymour were in Iowa on a visit at the time and were called home, arriving on Friday.

Mrs. Eliza Peters, who has spent the greater part of her life in Wright county, died early Sunday morning at the home of her foster daughter, Mrs. H. M. Sutton, at Jefferson City.  Funeral services were held at Mansfield at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon and interment was in the cemetery there.  She was a sister of Henry and Ross Brazeal of Mansfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Smith of Walnut Grove spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mrs. Smith's father, F. A. Rippee, and her brothers in Norwood.

Mrs. J. H. Davis of Mansfield is spending this week here in the home of her son, Harvey, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Ellis, taking care of her grandson, Danny Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Davis.  The latter are the parents of twins, a boy and a girl, born Sunday morning.  Mrs. Davis is recovering nicely.

Miss Verba Allen is visiting her grandfather, Narvel Allen.

Lot of moving in this vicinity this week.  Mrs. Jessie Williams is moving to Mansfield.  Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fagan are moving to Kelley district on the Roadlander place.  George Shackleford is moving to the Oscar Kidd place.  Marshal Simmons moved onto Herald Calhoun's place vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Farmer Wheeler.  Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler moved to Katin Long's place.  Ralph Calhoun moved onto Hugh Quillen's place.  Mr. Milsap moved on the place vacated by Mrs. Williams.

Mrs. Pearl Johnson and daughter, Carroll, spent a few days with her mother, Mrs. Roseman, near Mountain Valley.

Lum Gray has leased his service station to some people from California, they having taken possession last Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Douglas arrived home from Oklahoma City where they went to attend the funeral of Henry Turner, brother of Mrs. Douglas, who died May 25.  He was laid to rest in Fairlawn Mausoleum on Saturday, May 30.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. R. White, a Missionary Baptist preacher.  Harry spent his boyhood days in the Shiloh community.

Miss Verba Allen is staying at Roscoe Allen's, helping with the housework.

June 11, 1936:

Ernest Caudle and Earl Stewart were arrested Sunday afternoon near the Stewart home east of town, by Sheriff Claxton and Constable Henry Bradshaw, being charged with robbing the south side store f the Farmers Produce Company in Norwood.  Orville Strunk, manager of the business, left the store about 8:30 Saturday night, and it was broken into between that time and 9:00 o'clock, it is thought.  Entrance was made by cutting the screen on a front window and raising the window.  Quantities of candy, tobacco, cigarettes, and other articles were taken.  Part of the stolen goods have been recovered, and the boys confessed their guilt to Mr. Strunk.  They were to be tried at Hartville Wednesday of this week, but we go to press too early to give the results of the trial.  It was thought, however, that they would plead guilty.

Susie Ethel McAllister was born near Norwood, Mo., May 12, 1885; departed this life May 21, 1936.  She was married to P. O. Carlson on March 16, 1902.  Eight children were born to this union, four having preceded her in death.  She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, 4 children:  Alma Wakefield of Hartville, Esther Cottengim of Banta, Calif.; Ernest Carlson of Loveland, Colo., and Bertie Lou of the home; a sister, Mrs. Willa Doyel of Norwood; a brother, Charles McAllister of Long View, Wash.; 6 grandchildren.  She was born into the Heavenly family of God at the age of 11 years, joining the Missionary Baptist church in 1896.

Mrs. Wanda Wedge and daughter, Joyce, spent the weekend with her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Will Anderson and Oak Forest.

June 18, 1936:

Last Thursday night robbers broke into the Norwood post office, entrance being made by prying open the front door.  The combination was broken off the vault door, and failing to gain access to the vault in that way they tried digging a hole in the brick wall to the right of the door but failed again as they dug into the side wall.  The only things taken from the office were the money order date stamp and a fountain pen belonging to Roy Burnett.  Some small change in the money drawer at the stamp window was not molested.  The vault door was so badly damaged that it had to be taken off and sent to Springfield to be repaired.

Mrs. Cora Gosvenor passed away about 10:00 o'clock Tuesday night at the home of her son, Elmer, north of town. She was 68 years, one month and 9 days of age.  She is survived by the son and one daughter, Mrs. Zeno Swing.  Funeral services were held at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon and interment was in the Thomas cemetery.  Deceased was a daughter of the late Amos Caudle.

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bogart of Mansfield have rooms with Mrs. M. E. Thompson in Norwood while Mr. Bogart is working on a gravel hauling job here.

Mrs. M. A. Burke on route two has a pepper plant which is 3 years old and still bearing peppers.  The plant has been kept in a pot in the house.  It yielded 14 pods the first year and has continued to bear since that time.

Miss Goldie Yvonne Hart of St. Louis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Hart of Norwood, was married to Edward P. Hickman at St. Charles, MO., June 6 in the Presbyterian church by the pastor, Rev. W. D. McColgan.  Mr. Hickman is employed by the Terminal Railroad in St. Louis and Miss Hart is manager of the St. Louis branch of the United Farm Agency.  They will live in St. Louis.  Mr. Hickman's parents reside at Union City, Tenn.

Burton & Payne of Aurora have 10 trucks here hauling gravel from Whetstone for repair work on highway 60.  Most of the men are boarding at the Rippee service station.

Mrs. J. C. Parry of south of Norwood and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Martin and Mrs. Verba Newton of Mountain Grove attended the funeral of Sampie Hopper at Mansfield Thursday of last week.  Mr. Hopper was a cousin of Mrs. Martin.

A telegram received here Saturday morning by Mrs. Carrie Worsham announced the birth of a 7 1/2 pound son to Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Wilson in Kansas City at 10:00 o'clock Friday night.  Mrs. Wilson will be remembered in Norwood as Miss Iva Worsham.

Rob T. Libhart of Hofflin, Mo., was here last Friday investigating the prospects of securing a lease on the mining property on the Snyder and Hinote farms south of town.  There are said to be large deposits of pyrite of iron ore on these farms and Mr. Libhart, who is a mine operator, would like to secure a lease on the property with a view to mining the ore as soon as machinery could be installed.

Ernest Caudle and Earl Stewart plead guilty in circuit court last Wednesday to the charge of Robbery and were given two years each in prison, but were paroled.  Caudle was paroled to Henry Bradshaw and Stewart to his half-brother, Edgar Stewart.  The boys were charged with braking into the south side store of the Farmers Produce Co., and stealing quantities of merchandise on the night of June 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cline of Mutal, Oklahoma, report the arrival of a 10 pound son at their home June 7.

Miss Verba Allen returned Sunday evening to the home of her grandfather, Narve Allen, where she expects to stay this summer.

Mr. and Mrs. Bye Conley have a baby boy born June 9.

June 25, 1936:

Cora Gosvenor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Caudle, deceased, was born May 7, 1868; departed this life June 16, 1936.  She was married to Richard Gosvenor in 1889.  To this union were born 3 children:  Elmer Gosvenor and Dolly Swing, both of Norwood, and Lillie Gosvenor, who preceded her in death about 28 years ago.  She also leaves 4 grandchildren, 4 sisters, 4 brothers, 7 half sisters, 4 half brothers and a stepmother.  Funeral services were conducted by Elder George Scott, Jr., at the Caudle church at 1L30 Wednesday afternoon and burial was in Thomas Cemetery.

When you cuss the editor just remember that he may not think so much of you either.

The honeymoon trip of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Powers of Mountain Grove ended within a few hours in a wreck at West Plains, Mo. in which the driver of the car, Herbert Powers, almost died from loss of blood.  The bride is 17, the groom 20 years old.  A charge of driving while intoxicated was filed against Herbert Powers.

Ben Arnall, who is a candidate for the important office of sheriff, is another of the native sons of Wright county.  He is a son of Ike Arnall, who at present if living with his sister, Mrs. F. L. Cones, in Norwood.  His grandfather was an early pioneer and homesteader, and the family have been residents of the county for three generations.  Mr. Arnall is widely known over the county, having lived in Hart, Clark, Boone, Pleasant Valley, Wood, Brush Creek and Montgomery townships.  For the past 25 years he had lived in and near Hartville, where he has been engaged in the trucking and transport business.  He is now owner and operator of a blacksmith shop.  He is from rock-ribbed Republican families on both sides of the house, and he is the only one of them to ever become a candidate for public office, and this is the first time he has ever tossed his hat into the ring.  Besides being active in all plans for the general betterment of the community, Ben gained wide fame a few years ago as manager of one of the best baseball teams ever known in this section.  He is a married man and has 9 children.  He was educated in the common schools and is well qualified in every respect for the office he seeks.

July 2, 1936:

Goldie Mae Ward was born at Fairplay, Mo., Sept. 9. 1893; departed this life June 17, 1936 at Corcoran, Calif., at the age of 42 years, 9 months and 8 days.  She was united in marriage to Frank Cooper February 16, 1909.  To this union were born 3 daughters:  Jewell Preston of Norwood, Mo., Opal Williams and Ruby King, both of Tulare, Calif.  She was again united in marriage June 23, 1927 to Tom Rhodelander, who is left to mourn his loss.  About 8 years ago she professed a hope in Christ and united with the Pentecostal church.  She leaves her husband, 3 daughters and four grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 23, at Community Hall by Christ Tyson and interment was in the cemetery at that place.

The Index carries the announcement of James Baker as a Republican candidate for Sheriff of Wright county.  Mr. Baker has never before sought or held public office in the county, but has been deputy under two sheriffs.  In discharging the duties of a deputy sheriff, Jim Baker has given eminent satisfaction and his friends point with pride to his record as a law enforcement officer.  He has proven a tireless worker in the pursuit of criminals, never giving up the chase as long as there was the faintest hope of success.  He has served for 6 years on the school board in his home district.  He is a member of the Free Will Baptist church and stands for and practices the highest type of citizenship.  Mr. Baker was born near Manes but his father moved into Brush Creek township when Jim was 2 years old and that has been his home ever since.  He is from staunch Republican families on both sides of the house.  His father, the late John S. Baker, was a Union veteran of the Civil War.

Ivan Lark has just completed a fine new cave at his farm home north of town.

The well at the school grounds in Norwood has been opened to the pubic, due to the severity of the drought.

John Rippee orders the Index sent to him at Ocean Beach, Calif., where he has employment with the Standard Oil Company.

Foster A. Rippee, who seeks the Republican nomination for Representative in the state legislature from Wright county, is a native born citizen of the county.  He was educated in the rural schools of the county and in Mansfield high school; after which he taught 12 terms in the rural schools and two terms in the Mansfield high school.  Mr. Rippee has been a tireless worker for the success of the Republican party, and he feels that he is worthy of the support of his fellow Republicans in the coming primary election.  His experience as a teacher, farmer, and business man will enable him to discharge the duties of representative in an intelligent and capable manner.  He is asking for this office that he might receive the highest honors that the voters of any county can bestow upon a fellow citizen.  Mr. Rippee stands for the highest type of morals, and if nominated will add strength to his ticket in November.

Weldon Love, mining operator, of Rolla was in Norwood from Saturday until Tuesday negotiating for the mining rights on the Hinote and Snyder properties south of town.  However, Mr. Love returned home without having made a deal.

John M. Ellis and Miss Harriet E. Rinck were united in marriage 50 years ago, and their golden wedding anniversary was fittingly celebrated Sunday afternoon when they held a reception at their home in Norwood.  Mr. Ellis has long been identified with the business interests of Norwood, and is still active in the conduct of the general store of J. M. Ellis & Sons.  Mrs. Ellis is still active in religious and social work.

Mr. Byron Lark of near Norwood and Mrs. Ella Hough of Lebanon were united in marriage at Hartville Sunday.  The happy newlyweds will reside on the Lark farm a mile east of Norwood.

J. M. Ellis & Sons of Norwood last week bought the P. W. Newton grocery stock in Mansfield.  Mr. Newton has been in business in Mansfield for 45 years and is now retiring to take a much needed rest.  He and Mrs. Newton will take a vacation trip through the West this summer.

Rain!  Beautiful, bountiful, glorious rain!  It started with showers Tuesday afternoon, then about midnight Tuesday night it began again and continued until 7:00 o'clock Wednesday morning.  The extreme heat of the past week had wrought havoc with corn and gardens, but with the ground thoroughly wet and the temperature lowered, everybody's feeling good.

Al Brooks and Mrs. Minck were married at the home of the bride recently.

Miss Madell Campbell and Mr. Howard Moody were married last Friday night.  They were given a miscellaneous shower and supper Sunday at the home of the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eph Moody.  They expect to move to the Edgar Freeman place.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Freeman announce the birth of a son on Saturday, June 27.

Mrs. Wanda Wedge is staying with her sister, Mrs. Ola Mae Pennington, at Cabool.

Mrs. J. W. Allen spent the weekend in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lora Muse, in Mountain Grove, getting acquainted with her new granddaughter born to Mr. and Mrs. John Muse Wednesday, June 24.  Miss Lesta Allen is staying the Mr. and Mrs. Jack Muse's home in Mountain Grove.  They also have a baby girl born last week.

July 9, 1936:

The old-fashioned woman who used to borrow her neighbor's cook book now has a daughter who borrows her neighbor's can opener.

Little Miss Marjorie Ann Carter of Belleville, Ill., is visiting in the home of her aunt, Mrs. W. E. Ellis, in Norwood.

W. C. Bruton, who is seeking the Republican nomination for treasurer of Wright county, is a resident of the community in which he was born.  W. C. is a son of Pierce Bruton who at one time was elected assessor of Wright county.  Mr. Bruton has never held an elective county office but served his county well as cattle appraiser in the crisis of 1934.  While is not a rank partisan he has always voted the Republican ticket and feels that every citizen should have a political and religious home.  He was educated in the common schools and in teachers college.  He says he also got enough of the university to find out "he didn't know much."  Mr. Bruton takes an active part in making his community a better place in which to live, giving his loyal support to the schools and churches.  His experience includes 16 years as a public school teacher, 4 years as a rural carrier, and census enumerator in 1930.  He resides on the farm to which his family moved when he was about 2 years of age.  He believes that "a public office is a public trust."

Sunday, July 5, was a great day for Hartville. The weather was ideal and perhaps 5,000 people were there during the day.  As scheduled, the Wright County Annual Singing Convention convened at 10:00 a.m. when John W. Brazeal, vice president, led the Old Harmony Singers in 3 old time songs.  President Jones opened the convention proper at 10:20 and everybody joined in singing "O Happy Day," then Rev. M. C. Cox led the invocation.  M. K. McMurtrey delivered a short, well worded welcome address to the convention.  President Jones responded with nice acceptance remarks, also with an appropriate solo, "I Want To Go There", Miss Ilene Jones assisting at the piano.  The entire day was devoted to class singing, solos, duet, quartets, and other special features.  The King loud speaker put the program out fine to the large audience in the courtyard and nearby, and it was engaged for next year.  At 4:20 p.m. the president sang an appropriate closing solo, accompanied by Mrs. Ray Delcour at the piano, after which he announced the benediction and closing prayer.

Mrs. Sam Fuge died in a Springfield hospital Sunday afternoon. Foster Rippee and John Dixon attended her funeral at Odin Tuesday.  Services were conducted by Rev. John Russell, assisted by Rev. Selph Jones.  Interment was in the cemetery at the Newton school house south of Odin.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Calhoun a 10 pound boy July 1.  Mother and baby are getting along fine.

Mrs. T. E. Osbern is the proud grandmother of two little girls, Patricia Ann, born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Muse on June 25, and Carrol Sue, born to Mr. and Mrs. John Muse on June 24.  Both live in Mountain Grove.

Miss Effie Dethredge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Dethredge, and Jim Kitts were married in Mansfield by Rev. Jim Russell Saturday, June 27.  They were given a charivari Monday night.

We received word of the death of Pleas Freeman of California, who passed away June 26.  Mr. Freeman lived in Shiloh community several years ago and while here was a faithful member and deacon of the church.

July 16, 1936:

Mr. and Mrs. George Sparks are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sparks, north of Norwood.  Mr. Sparks has been in the U. S. Navy for several years and has recently been stationed near Washington, D. C., but is being transferred to San Diego, Calif., stopping off for the visit here while enroute to his new station.

George Vest Owens passed away last Wednesday night at 10:45 o'clock at his home east of town after a long illness with rheumatism and complications.  He was 56 years, 2 months and 3 days old at time of death.  The body was taken to Henry county Friday in the Bouldin-Ryan hearse for burial in the Combs cemetery near Clinton that day.  Mr. Owens is survived by his wife and 2 sons.

Sergeant and Mrs. James L. Todd of Ft. Dupont, Delaware, arrived Sunday for a visit with Mr. Todd's sister, Mrs. G. M. Walker, and his mother, Mrs. Todd, who is making her home with the Walkers.  Mr. Todd has been in the U. S. Army for 18 years.  The first of the week they went to Nevada to visit relatives there.  Mrs. Walker, her mother and her daughter, Miss Marie, accompanied them to Nevada.

The two weeks' meeting conducted by Rev. T. B. Ritzinger at Whetstone Baptist church closed Sunday night.  As a result of the meeting, Misses Lucille and Lois Brown were baptized Sunday afternoon at the Lindholm ford by the pastor, Rev. C. N. Means.  There were also 2 additions to the church by letter.  Miss Mary Williams from Norwood church was also baptized Sunday afternoon by her pastor, Rev. William Fox.

Mr. Arthur Morgan of Norwood and Miss Ruby Patterson of Mountain Grove were united in marriage at Hartville Tuesday.  They will make their home on the farm of the groom's father, Bert Morgan, in Douglas county.

An important item overlooked last week was the marriage of Mrs. Roy Weimer to Miss Clara Richardson July 2.

Tom Pope returned home last Friday from the veterans' hospital at Fayetteville, Ark.  He is getting along fairly well.

Marion Moore and his granddaughter, Lois Gann, of Norwood spent a few days with Mr. Moore's daughter, Mrs. Jim Helums, last week.

There was a business meeting at the Friendship church Thursday for the purpose of electing a pastor and clerk.  Bro. Rhoads would not accept the pastorate again.  Rev. J. Bogart was elected to succeed him.  After serving as clerk since 1915, except for two years when he was in California, J. J. Smith retired as clerk and Arvis Dixon was elected.

July 23, 1936:

We hear that the church at Paw Paw junction has cut down the salary of their pastor.  The members have to spend so much for gasoline and picture shows that they have decided to let the preacher either walk or stay at home and amuse himself by looking at the pictures in the old family album.

The left forearm of Mrs. Ethel Chalos of Hammond, Ind., was amputated in the Ryan hospital in Mountain Grove Sunday as the result of an auto accident in Norwood Thursday evening.  The accident occurred when Mrs. Chalos, accompanied by Mrs. Everett Burke and children of the Stony Point neighborhood in Douglas county, rounded the corner of the farm-to-market road by the Cole and South Side Farmers Produce houses at too great a speed and swerved into Cole's truck which was parked in front of the Produce.  She had come over the hill by the Methodist church at quite a high speed and her brakes failed to hold in the loose gravel.  The car was smashed in on the driver's side and Mrs. Chalos' left arm was crushed below the elbow.  She was given first aid by Dr. VanNoy, then taken to the ryan hospital in Mountain Grove.  It was at first thought that the arm could be saved but amputation became necessary.  The other occupants of the car were badly shaken up but none seriously injured.  Mrs. Chalos, a daughter of Dow Holt of the Goodville community, was here on a visit and had planned to return to her home in Hammond soon.

Suspension of the retroactive feature of Missouri's old age assistance program has been announced by Col. Allen M. Thompson, state old age assistance commissioner.  And as a result the pension rolls of the state are being increased by more than 400 names daily.  The federal government had refused to match state money for payment of retroactive claims, but was willing to equally share the costs of current pensions.  Missouri faced a possible loss of a $403,087 federal grant as a result of this stand, hence the decision to suspend payment of back obligations.  Records in the old age assistance department disclose that on June 3 there were 15,962 persons receiving pensions.  Commissioner Thompson is of the belief hat approximately 25,000 persons can be added to the rolls immediately as a result of the suspension order.

A severe wind and electrical storm hit this vicinity Saturday evening about 6:00 o'clock.  Fruit trees were blown down.  T. E. Osbern's barn was hit by lightning and burned to the ground.  An International truck, four tons of hay, all garden implements, plows, carpenter tools, washing machine, about 200 fruit jars, and some new lumber were destroyed.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Strunk are the proud parents of a 10 1/2 pound son born July 13.

Mrs. J. W. Allen was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lora Muse, in Mountain Grove a few days last week.  Mrs. Muse was very sick at the time.

The stork was pretty busy in the Goodville community last week.  A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charley Gilley and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Alva Cardin.

Mrs. Sherman Helsley and her daughter, Miss Inita, left Friday for a visit with friends in Colorado.

Mrs. Fanny Priest and daughter, Miss Ruth, moved to Mansfield this week where Mrs. Priest is forelady in the government sewing room.

During the storm Saturday afternoon H. H. Miller received quite a shock from the lightning.  Mr. Miller had gone out to put up some guttering which the wind had blown down and the lightning came down the guttering which he was handling.  Aside from a temporary shock and severe aching in the body for a time, no ill effects resulted.

Mrs. James M. Murrell, widow of the late James Murrell of Hartville, spent last week at Fayette visiting her brother, John Palmer, whom she had not seen in 52 years.  They had lost track of each other and she had only recently located him.

Sam Blevins of Odin vicinity died in a Springfield hospital on Tuesday evening of last week following an operation for the removal of his left forearm.  Several years ago Mr. Blevins suffered a broken arm and a silver plate had to be placed in his arm.  Recently an infection set in above this place and blood poison later made amputation necessary.  He never rallied from the operation.  Funeral services were held Sunday and interment was in the cemetery at the Newton school house near Odin.

Samuel Thomas White, 88, the only Civil War veteran living in Ava, died at his home there on Monday of last week.  His death leaves 5 survivors of the Civil War in Douglas county:  George Nelson of Vanzant, Jack Pierce of Richville, Prov Anderson of Blanche, John Hutcheson of route 4 Ava, and Jesse Cox of Coldspring.

John W. Tombleson, 86, died at the home of his son, Edward Tombleson, near Pea Ridge on Thursday, July 9, after being stricken with paralysis on Tuesday before while on his way to attend the funeral of Mrs. S. H. Fuge at Odin.

July 30, 1936:

Scores of friends and relatives called at the George Shores, Sr., home 3 1/2 miles west of Norwood on Sunday, July 26, to extend congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Shores, youngest son and daughter-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. George Shores, Sr., who were married July 10.  The bride was Miss Bessie Hathaway of Macomb.

Roy E. Curtis is working hard to beat the weatherman by installing an irrigation system on some of his farm land near Manes.  He is buying the pipe and having it hauled out there now and as he has a big engine and pumps a heavy expense will not be entailed in getting it in order.  He proposed to irrigate about 40 acres that is in grass.  Not wishing Roy any expense but we would sure like to see a regular old fashioned downpour just as he gets the thing all set up and we further hope he gets it set up today.---Wright County Republican

Miss Verba Allen is staying with her grandfather, Uncle Narve Allen.

A colt belonging to Sam Bruce fell into a 40-foot well in his pasture Saturday morning.  After two unsuccessful attempts to rescue it by E. Beechner and S. Bruce, Nelus Johnson succeeded in typing a rope around it so that it could be pulled up.  The colt had a small cut on a hind foot and the hair was rubbed off of its hip and back; otherwise, it appeared to be all right and a few minutes after the rope was removed, it walked away.  The well had only a little water in it.

Charles N. Findley was born August 1, 1862; died at Nevada State Hospital July 23, 1936.  He had been in poor health for some time.  He was married to Easter Miller in 1884.  Six children were born to this union.  One son died in infancy.  His wife died in 1922.  Later he was married again.  He was a minister for several years.  The 5 children living are:  Charley of California, Mrs. Oscar Moody of Kansas, Mrs. Ethel Atkisson and Mrs. Pete Brazeal of the Macomb community and Mrs. Cora Barnett of Hartville.  Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Pete Brazeal, Saturday morning by Rev. Ray Letsinger, with Steffe in charge.  Burial was in the Ashley cemetery.

Fire, thought to have started from a train, burned Friday on the C. H. Moore, Mrs. L. Christy, and W. R. Greenwood farms at Macomb, destroying pastures, meadows, forest trees, and hay stacks, and burning a barn on the Moore farm with hay and farming tools in it.  The damage is estimated at over a thousand dollars.  Men came when called, and when it was finally conquered many men were fighting.  A wind was blowing from the south and it was 108 degrees in the shade, making fighting very difficult.  The Moore house where Pete Brazeal lives and Mrs. Christy's house were both in great danger of burning.

Miss Grace Frisk and Mrs. Wayne Rake were married last Thursday and left Friday for California.

August 6, 1936:

I want to say this to the merchants of Norwood:  If you expect the people to come to town, and if you want their trade, why don't you do something?  From the looks of Norwood, we have no laws.  The people will drink, fight, cuss, and blackguard, and the women and children have to heat it, for it happens right on the main streets.  Why don't you take that beer joint out of town, or move it off the main street?  Young people who come here say that Norwood is the toughest little town they know of.  If the business people of Norwood don't want their business to go down, they had better see that better order is kept on the streets.  It isn't a fit place for women and children to go to.  They drink beer and fight with the bottles.  If we have any laws, we would like to see them clean things up in town.---A Norwood trader.

Mr. Richard Lawrence and Miss Dortha Conrow were married with a quiet ceremony at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Conrow, just before noon on Sunday, July 26, with only the families of the bride and groom and the family of Rev. Ocia Allen present.  Rev. Allen performed the ceremony.  Richard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Lawrence, who were formerly of Chapman, Nebraska.

Tuesday afternoon 6 men in a car drove up to the Summers service station on the east side of the city, had their car serviced, pushed their car to get it started again, and as they were leaving the station grabbed up some of the station tools.  Raymond hollered at them to drop the tools, but they didn't heed him.  Just then Basil drove up and the two armed themselves, got in a car, and took out after the fleeing tool thieves.  They overtook them at Norwood, but a search failed to find the tools.  The thieves paid for the tools rather than be turned over to the officers. The boys watched carefully along the roadside as they returned home and found the missing tools where the thieves had thrown them out.---Mountain Grove Journal

Rev. Leonard Rhoads and Miss Marie Wade were united in marriage last Tuesday afternoon, July 28, by Rev. Jordan Bogart at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin twelve miles north of Hartville, the ceremony being witnessed by Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Smith of the Shiloh community.  Rev. Rhoads is the son of Mrs. Lou Rhoads, who lives south of Macomb, and is pastor of the Macomb and Friendship Baptist churches.  The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wade of Douglas county.  They were given a charivari Wednesday night at the home of the groom's mother where they will make their home for the present.  Later they expect to move to a farm near Dawson.

Tuesday afternoon, July 28, a windstorm hit the community near the St. James school in Douglas county, levelling to the ground a large barn on the John Gross farm, breaking out 5 large windows in the J. C. Douglas residence and flooding rugs on the floor, and also blowing part of the roof off of a chicken house there.  At the J. J. Smith home the roof was taken from the stone cellar house and part of the roof from a chicken house.  The Smiths were not at home at the time and mail which the carrier had left in the mail box was found in the garden the next day.  Fourteen trees were blown down on the road near the school house, making travel impossible until they were removed.  The wind was accompanied by a heavy rainfall.

Mrs. Martha Jones and William S. Stewart, both living east of town, have been granted old age pensions, beginning July 1.  Mrs. Jones will received $10 per month and Mr. Stewart $9.

August 10 has been set, according to county agent Hargrave, as the date for starting the crushing of limestone under the county-wide project.  Approximately 2,000 tons have already been requested and it is his belief that considerable more will be called for before the grinding is completed.  One hundred ton grinding points will be located approximately as follows:  E. M. Cogdill farm, W. F. Rippee farm, J. F. Newton farm, near Tom Freeman farm, Wolf Creek community, L. E. Absher farm, Rex Chadwell farm, Dr. L. T. VanNoy farm, J. A. Wheeler farm, Lou Raney farm, E. Carter farm, E. S. Austin farm near Astoria, north of Manes; Everett Hightower farm, and northwest of Grove Spring.  Other groups of farmers may form 100 ton pools and have it quarried and crushed at a cost of $1 per ton; they should see their township committeemen about arrangements.

Mr. and Mrs. Velvice Price are announcing a new baby boy born last week.  Mr. and Mrs. Martin Coday have a new girl.

Mrs. H. M. Shorter received a gas iron for her birthday.  Her 5 children made the gift.

August 13, 1936:

Bill Caudle's Chevrolet coupe was wrecked about 6:00 o'clock Tuesday evening when it struck a culvert near the J. L. Scarborough home north of town.  Mr. Caudle was accompanied by W. A. Pope and sons, Roy and Valbert, and they were coming home from the Richard Jarrett place where Mr. Pope has the contract to do some carpenter work.  the accident was caused by the radius rod of the car coming down.  Mr. Pope was knocked unconscious and was badly bruised but no bones were broken and he is getting along very well.  One of the boys had a badly bruised arm, but Mr. Caudle and the other boy escaped with only minor scratches.

The Kansas City Times of August 4th publishes the information that Hazel B. Raney has filed suit in Kansas City for divorce from Roy C. Raney.  The Raneys, former Norwood residents, who were married here in 1929, had lived in Willow Springs the past few years, Mr. Raney until recently being an employee of the State Highway Department.

Wedding bells have been ringing again.  Mr. Frank Wedge and Miss Blanche Goodman were united in marriage last Friday.  They left Saturday for Chicago, where Mr. Wedge has employment.  Mrs. Wanda Wedge and daughter, Joyce, accompanied them.

Mrs. Hortense Long is visiting in the Roscoe Allen home.

We were sorry to see Mrs. Wanda Wedge leave, for she will be badly missed by everyone.  She was such a good church worker.  God bless her wherever she goes.

August 20, 1936:

Mr. David Perkins and Miss Sunshine Atkins were united in marriage Tuesday morning by Rev. G. Chadwell at the latter's home in Norwood.  The bride is the only daughter of the late Clint Atkins.

Houston experienced the worst windstorm in its history Sunday afternoon.  No buildings were destroyed, but houses were unroofed and large shade trees were blown down.  A heavy rain was accompanied by destructive hail.  Leaviett's department store stock of goods was damaged about $1,000 when the building was partly unroofed and water flooded the store room.  Dr. W. S. Herron lost 2 cows by lightning and County Clerk C. E. Elmore's barn was struck by lightning and burned.  Two of his cows were killed immediately after his sons had finished milking them.

Mrs. Harry Gamber of east of Norwood died Monday afternoon at 4:00 at the Burge hospital in Springfield, where she had given birth to a baby boy on Friday morning of last week.  Short funeral services were held at the Botten Funeral Home in Mountain Grove at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, and she was taken to Illinois for burial.  She is survived by her husband, Harry Gamber.  The Gambers came to Missouri from Michigan about a year ago.

Births Reported:  A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Holt last Wednesday.  Boys to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Stubbs and to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shepard Friday.  A girl to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Caudle Sunday.  A girl to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kelley Monday morning.  A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gamber of Whetstone, at the Burge Hospital in Springfield Friday morning.

Frank Eric, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lindholm, died Sunday evening.  He was 9 months and 2 weeks old.  Mrs. Walter Stubbs conducted the funeral and the body was laid to rest in the Swede cemetery in Mountain Grove Monday afternoon.

Dr. Wren of Lockwood turned his car over election day, when he hit some loose gravel while driving on highway 160.  The windshield was broken but no other damage is reported.

A forest fire raged in the Goodville community for several days last week.  The CCC boys were called to aid in the fight, but they only walked around the fire and then returned to West Plains, leaving the local men to do the fighting.

August 27, 1936:

Little Ruby Lee Bradshaw, daughter of Walter and Martha Bradshaw, was born March 13, 1936; departed this life August 21, 1936, age 5 months and 18 days.  She leaves her father, mother, a sister, Francis Junella, and grandparents.  Funeral services were conducted in the home by Elder Homer Smith and remains were laid to rest in the Curtis cemetery.

Mrs. S. A. Brooks, aged about 80 years, passed away about noon Monday in the Ryan hospital in Mountain Grove where she had been for some time.  The body was brought to Norwood and prepared for burial at the Bouldin-Ryan funeral parlor here.  Funeral services were held at Shiloh Wednesday afternoon.  Mrs. Brooks was the mother of Cale and charley Brooks, and was a long-time citizen of Douglas county, south of Macomb.

Rhoda Belle Bolt was born January 30, 1887, at Norwood.  She attended school at the Cornelius school.  At the early age of 13 she was converted and united with the Baptist church.  She was married to Perry Calhoun October 6, 1914.  To this union were born 5 children:  Logan, James, Gertrude, and twins, a boy and a girl, who died in infancy.  She entered her eternal rest Saturday, August 22, 1936, at the age of 49 years, 6 months and 23 days.  She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, 3 children, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. William Fox at the Baptist church in Norwood Sunday, August 23, and interment was in the Relaford cemetery.  The Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors had charge of arrangements.

Roy F. Absher, 41, farmer living northeast of Norwood, died suddenly while working in the field Friday, being found dead by Mrs. Absher.  Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon under the direction of the Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors, Rev. George Scott, Jr., preaching the sermon.  Burial was in the Thomas cemetery.

The 19 day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. charley Simpson of the Mountain Valley neighborhood died at 9:00 o'clock Monday night.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Homer Smith at Friendship church Wednesday morning and burial was at that place.

Ella Sue, 18 day old infant of Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Dennis, who live on the John Kelley farm north of Norwood, died Sunday.  burial was in the Oak Grove cemetery Monday.

The stork, with Dr. VanNoy as chief assistant, has been a busy bird the past few days.  The following new arrivals are reported this week:  Mr. and Mrs. Ted Allen, a girl, born Friday.  Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith, a boy, Saturday morning.  Mr. and Mrs. Arley Gleason, a boy, Sunday morning.  Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Lock, a boy, Sunday.  In 12 days, from August 12 to 23 inclusive, Dr. VanNoy assisted in the delivery of 10 babies.

Mr. Fred Souder and Miss Eunice Steinert were united in marriage last Wednesday evening by Rev. Ketchel of Springfield.  Mr. Souder is the mail carrier on the star route out of Norwood, and the bride is assistant in the Norwood postoffice.  They were given a charivari at the Souder home here Friday evening.

Mr. Wade Richardson, youngest son of T. R. Richardson, and Miss Pansy Raney, second daughter of Elmer E. Raney, were united in marriage Saturday night in Houston, Rev. Hiram W. Craig of that city performing the ceremony.  The newlyweds left Monday evening for Shoshone, Idaho, where Mr. Richardson expects to have employment.  They were accompanied to Idaho by Roy Robinson and Mrs. Frank Sowersby and children.

Gallup & Hartley, who are drilling a well on the Cheney farm, north and west of Norwood, broke into a cave at a depth of 216 feet, and the drop of the 4200 pound drill a distance of 22 feet broke the mast of their Keystone driller.  Mrs. Gallup was here Saturday to have some 20-foot stuff sawed to replace it.  In drilling the well the slush-bucket brought up some rich specimens of lead and silver ore from a depth of about 70 feet.  Mr. Gallup says that he has drilled all over the Continental Oil Co.'s fields, both in North, Central and South America, and has never seen the earth so dry as it is at present.---Mountain Grove Journal

In reporting births last week we omitted the name of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Turner, who are the happy parents of a boy born August 14.

About 10 a.m. Monday as J. I. Medley was driving south on highway C south of Norwood, another car in which Floyd Dryer and Homer Stanley were riding came over the top of a hill and there was a head-on collision.  Bruises and scratches were the only injuries to the riders, but both cars were badly damaged.

September 3, 1936:

Sarah Jo Ann Bales was born in Lee county, Va., June 23, 1865; departed this life August 24, 1936, at the age of 71 years, 2 months and 1 day.  Her father having lost his life in war, she resided with her mother and only sister in Richmond, Va., until June 10, 1883, when she was united in marriage to William Newton Brooks.  The following year the couple moved to Hoope, Tennessee, living there until the year 1889, when they moved to a farm in Wright county, Missouri.  The following year, they moved to Douglas county where they have resided since.  To this union 8 children were born, 7 of whom survive, one having died in infancy.  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and one sister of Gibson Station, Va.  The children are as follows:  Mrs. Mary Hartwell, Lone Rock, Iowa; Mrs Minnie Hafner, Stillwater, Okla.; Mrs. Hattie Wilson, Norwood, Mo.; Cale Brooks, Brushy Knob, Mo.; Mrs. Lillie Miller, Charlie and Maggie, all of the home address.  The husband preceded the wife in death Jan. 18, 1926.  The deceased became a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist church, Clayborne county, Tennessee, 1895, where she remained a member until 1908, having moved her membership to Shiloh, Douglas county, where she remained a member until death.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Seal Wednesday, August 26, at Shiloh, and interment was at that place.

While digging his well deeper last week, W. H. Stark, who lives near the Hickory Flat school house, struck some rich deposits of zinc and jack at a depth of only 12 feet from the surface.  Mr. Stark left a sample of ore taken from the well at the Index office where it may be seen at any time.

Mr. LeRoy Barlow, teacher in the Norwood public schools, and Miss Lura Raney, daughter of Mrs. Josiah Raney of north of town, were united in marriage at Houston Saturday evening, August 22, by Rev. Hiram Craig.  The wedding took place at the same time as that of Mr. Wade Richardson and Miss Pansy Raney, niece of Mrs. Barlow.

Mrs. C. L. Cox, who lives on route 1 northeast of Norwood, was given a preliminary hearing Tuesday before H. C. Jackson on the charge of assault, it being alleged that she had unlawfully beaten her 10 year old stepdaughter with a heavy leather strap.  She was bound over to the circuit court.  Mr. and Mrs. Roy Johnson have taken the child and are sending her to school in Norwood.

Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Gleason are the proud parents of a baby boy.  They have named him Billy Ray.

Wedding bells were ringing the in the Goodville community last Saturday when Miss Sadie Housley and Floyd Tuttle were united in marriage.  The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pleas Housley.  The groom is the son of Mrs. Dave Kennedy of Little Creek.

September 10, 1936:

Harry Owens and family attended the birthday dinner of his grandmother, Mrs. Martha Owens, at Mountain Valley last Sunday.  she was 90 years old.

September 17, 1936:

Bert Bagley and Bill Hill were badly bruised Sunday when a truck ran into their car while driving near Ava.  The car was almost completely demolished.

Azel Spitler, 45, California orange grower, was shot and killed August 27 by his wife, Mrs. Agnes Spitler, who then committed suicide by shooting herself twice in the head and once under the heart. The tragedy was caused, the officials thought, by Spitler's having filed a suit for an annulment of their marriage.  Spitler was shot 10 times with a .32 pistol. Mrs. Spitler's son, Guy Campbell, his wife and Spitler's nephew, Robert Spitler, were all present and witnessed the struggle and the killing.  Mrs. Spitler had been married 5 times and two of her former husbands, I. T. Robinson and John Campbell, had been found dead under mysterious circumstances, but their deaths were not investigated at the time.  Mrs. Spitler was raised in this county and she and John Campbell were married here.  They owned a hotel and livery stable in Hartville at one time and were well know here.---Wright County Republican

Hollen Kelley, Mountain Grove jeweller, committed suicide last Wednesday morning, his body being found by his wife in the basement of their home at about 1:00 p.m. with a bullet wound in the temple.  Mr. Kelley was 65 years old and had been a resident of Mountain Grove since 1899.  Failing health and a fear of becoming blind are thought to be the causes of his killing himself.  Funeral services were held at the family home Friday afternoon, with his pastor, Rev. R. E. Darrow of the Methodist church, officiating.  Burial was in Hillcrest cemetery.

September 24, 1936:

George William Larue, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Larue, was born in Tennessee February 23, 1925; died September 20, 1936, at the ageof 11 years, 6 months and 28 days.  He came with his parents near Macomb in 1927.  George was a student in Macomb school and attended school last Tuesday for the last time.  The school attended the funeral in a body, and pall bearers were boys in school, namely:  Hubert Brotemarkle, Lloyd Woody, Everett Shores, Edward Everett, Floyd Greenwood and Junior Robertson.  The girls carried the flowers.  His illness was not thought serious until a short time before his death.  He was taken to a Springfield hospital Friday.  One brother preceded him in death in 1927, and he leaves two small brothers, a baby sister and his parents.  Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon by Rev. Leonard Rhoads at the Macomb Baptist church.  Interment was in the Macomb cemetery. [cause of death was Diabetes Mellitus]

Mrs. J. J. Dickerson of Macomb who was 92 years old Sept. 10, is visiting her brother, T. A. Kay, in Douglas county.  Mr. Kay is 10 years younger than Mrs. Dickerson and has spent the past 66 years of his life in Douglas county, coming here from Georgia.  They have two other sisters, Mrs. Tempa Haden, 88 years old who lives in Texas, and their "baby" sister, Mrs. Lou A. Makcey of California, who is 75 years old.  With Mrs. Dickerson today are her daughter Mrs. Doyel, and two sons, Perry and Lester Doyel.---Douglas County Herald.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bayless, on Whetstone, report the arrival of a baby girl in their home Saturday.  Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Doyel of Macomb also report the arrival of a baby early Friday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Harbold report the arrival of an 8 1/2 pound daughter in their home at Partridge, Kansas, last week.  Mrs. Harbold is the oldest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Kelley of Norwood.

Mr. Thompson closed his singing school at Pleasant Hill Friday evening.  A pie supper was given Friday evening and the proceeds, which were $9.37 were given to Mr. Thompson.  Miss Louise Campbell was awarded the cake for being the most popular young lady, and Kenneth Rake and Miss Walker were awarded the jar of pickles for being the most lovesick couple.

Fate Starks received word that he would soon get his old age pension.  We are glad so many of the old people are getting their pensions.

October 1, 1936:

William Joy has leased his filling station and tourist camp west of town to Randall Myers of Illinois for a year.  Mr. Myers takes possession Saturday.  Mr. Joy is having a sale today.

The stork left a baby boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Rader, south of Mountain Grove, Friday; a boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Buster Mallory, near London, Northwest of Mansfield, Saturday; and a girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Woods on Fox Creek Saturday.

Charles Menne fell out of the back part of Guy Williams' car Saturday evening as they were returning from Norwood.  As Mr. Williams turned a corner Mr. Menne fell out and was pretty badly bruised up and knocked unconscious for a little while.  But he is up and about again.

October 8, 1936:

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hake who recently traded California property for the Uncle Bill Cottengim farm 3 miles west of Norwood, arrived here from California Saturday and have moved to their new home.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Allen are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby boy in their home Monday.

Miss Ethel Wimberley went to Kansas City Wednesday to visit her sister, Mrs. Jean Ochiltree. Mr. Ochiltree was recently injured in an auto accident, having several teeth knocked out and being bruised some, but not dangerously hurt.  His car was badly wrecked.

Miss Anna May Means spent the weekend with Mr. and mrs. Hubert Smith and family north of Cedar Gap and attended services at Antioch church, where Rev. George Simmons of Texas is helping the pastor, Rev. J. R. Bogart, in a series of meetings.  Miss Majorie Smith accompanied Miss Means home Tuesday morning, visiting here while her father went on to Willow Springs to see an uncle who is seriously ill.

A large crowd attended the Republican speaking at Mansfield Friday night when Dewey Short was the principal speaker.

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Findley who lived on the J. E. Greenwood farm, have sold their stock and most of their household goods and are visiting a few days before leaving for California.  They bought Cab Brazeal's car.

A well is being drilled at the Macomb school house.  $500 in bonds were voted last Tuesday for the expense.

Mrs. Everett Woody was the lucky one at the Ben Morris store in Mansfield a week ago last Saturday and won the 9x12 rug that was given away.

Most everyone from the West Campbell community attended the fair last week at Mountain Grove.  Miss Grace Helums won first prize fo angel food cake at the fair.

Word has been received here of the marriage of Gayl Johnson and a young lady in California.

Rev. J. W. Anderson preached the funeral of Mrs. Flora Holt Sunday afternoon at Denlow.

We were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Asby Holt.  It is sad to hear of a mother having to leave 4 little children and one tiny baby just a few hours old.  The oldest child is 14 years old.  Mrs. Holt died Sunday morning, Sept. 27, and the funeral was Sunday, October 4.  They waited for her mother to get here from Idaho.  Mr. and Mrs. Holt had been here only about 2 years.  Mr. Holt is a son of Sherman Holt of near Glendale.  Mrs. Holt was laid to rest in the Denlow cemetery.

October 15, 1936:

A Mr. Collins of Illinois arrived here Sunday on account of the illness and expected death of his mother at the home of his sister, Mrs. Bevans, near Brushy Knob.

The following births have been reported by Dr. L. T. VanNoy during the past week:  October 8, a girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Turner, north of Owensville; October 9, a girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Eastin of Mountain Grove; October 10, a girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Milsap, north of town; October 13, a girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brazeal, south of town.

Mrs. S. D. Davis gave a dinner Sunday at her home at Vanzant in honor of the 90th birthday anniversary of her father, Uncle George E. Nelson, a Civil War veteran.  The guests included Jess Cox and J. C. Clouse of Mountain Grove, also veterans of the Civil War.  At the noon hour the three aged veterans were seated together.

They got plenty of water in the well they were drilling at Macomb school Saturday.  They went 205 feet.

Miss Mildred Anderson and Paul Lund were married last Monday at Hartville.  They will make their home with her parents.

Mrs. Susan Bray visited her nephews, Ula, Jim and John Findley, last week.  She is 84 years old, does all of her own work and reads without glasses.

Misses Verba and Mary Allen spent the weekend with their uncle, Roscoe Allen, at Oak Forest.

October 22, 1936:

The Index can use a few more sweet potatoes on subscription.  The wood season is also here again, and if you do not have the ready cash, bring us a load of wood.

Uncle Narve Allen, pioneer citizen of Wright county, will celebrate the 88th anniversary of his birth Sunday, October 25.  Mr. Allen now makes his home with his son, Roscoe, south of town, and is hale and hearty for one of his years, and still votes the Republican ticket.  He spent 14 years teaching in the rural schools of the county.

The new pump for the Macomb school has arrived, and they expect to put it in the first of the week.

October 29, 1936:

We venture the prediction that Landon and Knox will have not less than 295 electoral votes when the smoke of the battle clears away next Wednesday morning, and may have considerably more.  This gives them a comfortable margin over the necessary 266 required to elect.

Raymond Dale Strunk was born July 13, 1936 and passed away October 22, 1936.  He leaves to mourn their loss his parents, Raymond and Dorothy Strunk; 2 sisters, Delores Rae and Bonnie Lucille; his grandfather Strunk and family, his grandfather Diltz and family.  Funeral services were conducted at Denlow on Friday by Rev. Will Anderson, with burial in the cemetery there.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Neulin Dake October 20, at their home in California, an 8 1/2 pound boy.  He will answer to the name Jackie Lee.  Mrs. Dake will be remembered as Miss Beulah Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Jones.

J. W. Robertson waged war on chicken hawks Friday.  A hawk had caught a chicken, eaten its fill, and left, so Mr. Robertson took the remaining part of the chicken to bait a steel trap, and put it upon a post.  In less than 2 hours after he had set the trap, he had caught 2 large hawks.  The largest one measured 4 feet, 4 and 1/2 inches from wing tip to wing tip.

George Hutchinson of near Coldspring is in a critical condition as the result of a paralytic stroke suffered Tuesday.  This is the third stroke which he has had.

Frank Little was in Hartville Monday and Tuesday serving on the grand jury, which was called last week by the county court, under direction from Judge C. H. Skinker.

Mrs. A. P. Fullerton, aged about 70 years, died suddenly from a heart attack last Thursday night at her home near Vanzant, being found dead in bed Friday morning.  She had been suffering with heart trouble for some time.

An old-fashioned log house raising was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. White on route one Friday, October 16, when a number of neighbors gathered there to spend the day in work and pleasure.  The house measures 14x28.  Mr. White, who is working in Illinois, was not able to get home for the house raising, but is expected here in the near future.  Mrs. White is very grateful for the wonderful way in which the neighbors came to her assistance.

November 5, 1936:

Roosevelt Wins in Landslide.

Charles H. Kinney, ex-commander of Nebraska G.A.R., stopped at Mansfield October 22 on his way to his home at Raymond, Nebraska, after attending the G.A.R. Encampment at Washington, D.C., and visiting relatives in Virginia and his old home state of Ohio.  This 91-year old Civil War veteran saw active service under Grant and Sherman at Vicksburg.  He enlisted at the age of 17 years as a private in Co. C, 96th Ohio Regiment, 13th Army Corps.  He saw 3 years of service.  After his discharge in 1865, he went to Raymond, Nebraska, where he has made his home since that time, now living with a daughter-in-law and grandson there.  He visited his granddaughters, Mrs. Martin Oetting and Mrs. W. R. Greenwood, and families, and Mrs. Lousella Christy at Macomb while here.  Few are as active at 71 as he is at 91.

Miss Helen Schuette and Howard Besson were married last Tuesday.  Miss Schuette is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schuette of near Glendale.

Mrs. Fisher is dangerously ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. A. Boyer.  Mrs. Fisher is 92 years old.

The Pleasant Hill community regrets very much to hear of the death of George Temple, which occurred at his home near Mountain Grove October 24.  He was 72 years, 7 months and 24 days old.  He and Mrs. Temple, who survives him, lived in this community a number of years.  They had no children.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Caudle are rejoicing over the arrival of an 8 1/2 pound girl in their home Saturday evening.  Mrs. Caudle was formerly Miss Bertha Brazeal, daughter of Mrs. W. D. Lacy.

November 12, 1936:

J. E. Rowe, barber at Mansfield for the past several years, and his son-in-law, L. A. Poindexter, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, have leased the Thompson service station and the Thompson hotel building on highway 60 in Norwood, taking possession Monday.  Mr. Poindexter has been employed for several years as shipping clerk for the Carpenter Paper Company of Omaha, Nebr.  He and Mrs. Poindexter have 3 children, Marjorie, Robert and Lorraine, who entered the Norwood grade school Monday morning.  Mr. and Mrs. Rowe will move here at an early date.  The new firm will operate the station as the P & R Service Station, and the hotel will be known as the Trailway Hotel.  H. C. Shelton, who has been operating the service station the past few weeks, is undecided as to what he will do in the future.

Mrs. Fisher died last Tuesday.

November 19, 1936:

Ralph Dittmar, 8th grade teacher in the Houston schools, and his brother, Raymond Dittmar, clerk in the Ellis store at Houston, were struck and instantly killed by an automobile while walking on the highway near Licking a week ago last Friday night.  The young men had started to walk from Licking to the home of their mother, Mrs. Anna Dittmar, a short distance north of the Log Cabin park on highway 63.  The driver of the death car was Lawrence Ware, who lives near Licking.  He drove on without stopping but later came back to the scene of the horrible accident.  He admitted that he had been drinking.  The verdict of the coroner's jury was that the young men came to death by culpable negligence of Lawrence Ware by running into them and killing them.  Ware was placed under bond to await a preliminary hearing, Nov. 30.  Funeral services were held at Boon Creek Baptist church, of which they were both active members, Monday.  Rev. F. W. Taylor, their pastor, Dr. Courts Redford, president of Southwest Baptist College, where they had graduated, and Rev. J. R. Halbrook, pastor at Houston, had part in the services which were attended by 1500 people.  Ralph was 23 years of age and Raymond was 20.  A widowed mother mourns the loss of her sons, a community is deprived of their Christian influence, and the church sadly misses their loyal services and youthful energy, all because of liquor--liquor sold that someone might make a few cents profit and that a few cents in revenue might go into the treasury of nation and state.  What price profit!  What price revenue!

Mrs. Ernest Ellis received a message last Wednesday morning telling of the death of her sister, Mrs. John Boyd, at Green Castle, Ind.  Mrs. Boyd was injured in an automobile accident near her home Tuesday and died Wednesday morning.  Mr. and Mrs. Ellis left Wednesday for Green Castle to attend the funeral.  Mr. Ellis returned Saturday, but Mrs. Ellis remained there for a few days visit with her brother-in-law.  Mrs. Boyd was the oldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Allen of Hartville and Mr. Boyd is also a former resident, having been reared near Norwood.  Mrs. Ellis was expecting her sister here for a visit on the day she receive word of her death.

Mr. and Mrs. Harl Hiltz were called to Lyons, Kansas last week by the death of Mr. Hiltz's grandmother.

Mrs. Wess Sisco has received word that her niece, Miss Dorothy Christine of Kansas City, Kans. and mrs. Howard Napp of that city were united in marriage Oct. 14th.

Miss Lena Allen spent the weekend with her parents.  She is working in the Gamber home on Whetstone.

Mr. and Mrs. Arvis Dixon are the proud parents of a baby girl born Sunday, Nov. 8.  They named her Edrea Jean.

Miss Ruth Letsinger and Leonard Keith were married Wednesday.

November 26, 1936:

Uncle Sam Rippee, 92, pioneer resident of Mansfield, died Tuesday of last week on a train near Conway, Ark., while enroute to Rodessa, La., to spend the winter.  Mr. Rippee suffered a heart attack, slumped forward in the car seat without warning and died instantly.  He was accompanied by his son, Bill.  Mr. Rippee was born March 5, 1844, on Woods Fork 7 miles northwest of Mansfield, and had spent almost his entire lifetime in Wright county.  He was a Civil War veteran, having served in the 16th Missouri Cavalry.  He participated in the famous battle of Wilson Creek, which took place near Springfield.  Funeral services were help Friday in the Cumberland Presbyterian church in Mansfield, with Rev. Selph Jones in charge, and he was buried with military honors in the Hensley cemetery.  Surviving him are 3 sons and one daughter:  Rufus Rippee of Elizabeth, Miss.; Charles Rippee of Friar's Point, Miss.; W. M. Rippee of Mansfield, and mrs. Myra Young, of Rodessa, La.

Lois May Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tobe Walker, died on her 12th birthday at the Walker home near Whetstone on Saturday, November 14.  Funeral services were held at Bethel church and burial was in the Broyles cemetery, north of Norwood, on Sunday, November 15.  She is survived by her parents and 6 brothers and sisters.

Mr. Howard Dodson, son of Mrs. Jim Bradshaw, and Miss Jewell Bradshaw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Bradshaw, were united in marriage last week.

Claude Kelley has bought the John Pearson farm, and Mrs. Pearson bought the Claude Roy place south of Olathe, moving there Thursday.  Claude Roy and his father bought the Middendorf farm, and Claude moved onto it the first of the week.  Jack Douglas moved from the Core farm, now owned by C. W. Towe, to his own farm, and Dane Perry and family moved onto the Core place.  T. Todd moved from the Middendorf farm to the old Rothrock farm south of Olathe.  Archie Douglas moved from the moles farm to his grandfather's farm in Mt. Nebo district.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Coday of Mansfield report the arrival of a baby girl in their home last Friday.

The Trailway hotel will serve a real turkey dinner Thanksgiving day for 50 cents.

Manson Daubenspeck, 90 year old resident of Mansfield, passed away at his home there about 2 weeks ago.  He had lived in Mansfield for 33 years.  He was a native of Indiana.

Mrs. R. E. Williams received word Sunday that her sister, Mrs. T. L. Hurlbert, had died Saturday night at her home in Kansas City.  She was 63 years of age and had been in poor health for some time.

Wedding bells have been ringing for Mrs. Ella Moxom and Mrs. Joe Fresier who were married a week ago Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Hopper have a new boy, born November 20.  Mother and baby are doing fine.

December 3, 1936:

Last Wednesday afternoon as Everett Richardson and Art Kelley were returning from Mansfield in Arthur Richardson's new 1937 Chevrolet Sedan, a car came onto the highway from the farm-to-market road right into their path, according to reports.  it being impossible to pass this car, which was driven by Clyde Jones of northwest of Norwood, it is said that in order to avoid a collision Everett applied his brakes and swerved sharply, causing the car to turn over.  The car was damage considerably on the left side, on which it landed, being mashed in and the windows broken.  Both the occupants escaped with only a few slight injuries.  Everett was able to help get Art, who was knocked unconscious, out of the car, but the latter was able to hobble around when he came to, having only a skinned and badly bruised leg and a bruised chest.  Damage to the car was estimated to be about $200.

Mr. Emmett Frost and Miss Chlodine Koehler were united in marriage Tuesday at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Will Anderson near Oak Forest.  The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Koehler.

The Oak Forest community has been saddened by the tragic death of Amos Thorpe of Seminole, Okla.  He lived in this community for about 10 years.

Little Patricia Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Muse of Mountain Grove, and granddaughter of Mrs. T. E. Osbern, passed away November 20 at the age of 4 months.

The wedding bells rang in Goodville community last Saturday, when Mr. Henry Allsman and Miss Ola Rhodes were married.  The ceremony was said by Rev. T. F. Evans of Ava.  The groom is the son of Mrs. S. E. Allsman.  The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Rhodes.

December 10, 1936:

Mr. Richard Trettin of south of Macomb and Miss Agnes M. McCaskey of Norwood were united in marriage Saturday night by Rev. C. N. Means at the Means home in Norwood.  They expect to remain here for a time, but will later go to Colorado where the bride's mother now resides.

Charles B. Nelson was born at Pern, Indiana, October 21, 1858; died December 3, 1936 at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 10 days.  He was married May 30, 1896 to Annie Hall, to which union were born 8 children:  Harry of Roswell, New Mexico; Charles of Laramie, Wyoming; James and Mrs. Oscar Freeman of Macomb; Mrs. Bill Talbitzer of Laramie, Wyoming; Mrs. Sam Dennis and Mrs. Bruce Brock of Mansfield; and Mrs. Ellis Hire of Welsh, Idaho.  Funeral services were held at the Macomb Baptist church Sunday afternoon by Rev. Leonard Rhoads.  Interment was in the Macomb cemetery.

We were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Sluder of Fox Creek, a sister of Eli Finch.  She and her son, Orange, have lived together near Glendale since the death of her husband several years ago.

December 17, 1936:

Mrs. Isabella Shaver Yandell, who was born in Randolph county, Arkansas, departed this life Wednesday, November 4, 1936 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dan Brasher, of Mansfield.  She was born March 27, 1851 and was 85 years, 7 months and 8 days old at the time of her death.  She came to Missouri in early life and was married to John W. Yandell, who preceded her in death 22 years ago.  To this union were born 20 children, 5 boys and 5 girls.  The surviving ones are:  Mrs. Nellie Brasher, Mansfield; Mrs. Dora Caudle, Norwood; Mrs. Jennie Armour, Pampa, Texas; Mrs. Laura Neukirk, Mountain Grove; Mrs. Minnie Crider, Boise, Idaho.  She also leaves 21 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  She became a Christian very early in life and was a devoted companion to her father, William Shaver, who was a minister of the Christian church for more than 50 years.

Jane C. Carney was born in LaGrange county, Indiana, May 22, 1844 and departed this life November 3, 1936.  She moved from Indiana to Illinois at the age of 15 years, and from there to Macon county, Missouri in early womanhood.  She was married to William Fisher September 17, 1867.  To this union were born 7 children, 3 of whom preceded her in death---Charles J., Bertha and Carrie.  She leaves to mourn their loss 4 children:  Burton F. Fisher of Grove Spring; Mrs. A. J. Young of Durant, Okla.; Ben L. Fisher of Hartville; Mrs. S. A. Boyer of near Norwood, with whom she had made her home since the death of her husband some 15 years ago.  She was a member of the Missionary Baptist church at Little Creek.  The funeral was preached by Elder Eli Burney and the remains were laid to rest in the Little Creek Cemetery.

Mrs. Nat Stephens, who has been sick for so long, passed away Friday at her home near Lone Star.

Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Mears are the proud parents of a baby boy born November 30.

Miss Mildred Filer was injured Saturday.  She was riding on he side of Jack McIntosh's car when he lost her hold and fell.  The heels were torn off her shoes and he coat was torn in several places and the back of her head was fractured.  She seems to be getting along nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Robertson are rejoicing over the arrival of a 10 1/4 pound daughter December 12.  She has been named Shirley Joan.

Mrs. Florence Robertson received word Saturday of the death of her father, S. T. Poer, at the home of his son, I. E. Poer in Hosington, Kansas, December 12.

December 24, 1936:

Charlie Wilhelm Menne was born December 13, 1869 in Berkelsheim, Westfalia, Germany.  He departed this life Dec. 18, 1936 at the age of 67 years and 5 days.  He came to America in 1894, and in 1896 bought the farm that he made his home.  He was married to Marie Rose Hebenstreit Dec. 5, 1911.  To this union were born 5 children:  Carolina, Anna, Emma, Willia and Carl.  Carolina and Carl preceded him in death.  Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock by Father Frowin, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic church in Springfield.  The body was laid to rest by the side of his two children, in the Thomas cemetery.

As Mr. and Mrs. Sam Chadwell and son, Ralph; T. R. Richardson and Charles W. Rowland were returning home from a visit with relatives in Tennessee last Friday evening their car turned over on highway 60 near Cabool.  Ralph was driving at the time but was not to blame for the accident which was caused by the car running into ice on the road, without warning.  None of the occupants of the car were seriously injured, a few scratches and bruises being the only hurt inflicted.  Mr. Richardson had to walk with a cane a few days, he being the worst hurt of any.  The car, belonging to Paul Chadwell, sustained damages to the amount of about $25.

The 3 months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. John Woods, who live in the old Hoy property in the northwest part of Norwood, died at 1:00 o'clock Wednesday morning.  Burial will be at Denlow today.

December 31, 1936:

Sylvester T. Poer was born at Grape Creek, Ill., May 27, 1854 and passed away at the home of his son, I. E. Poer, at Hosington, Kansas, December 12, 1936, at the age of 82 years, 6 months and 16 days.  He was married to Alvaretta Bishop of Danville, Ill., January 24, 1884.  To this union were born 8 children:  J. E. Poer, Grangeville, Idaho; I. E. Poer, Hosington, Kansas; Florence Robertson, Norwood; O. M. Poer, Coldwater, Kansas; C. D. Poer, Cheney, Kansas; Mrs. Ruth Cowles, Pulaski, Iowa.  Elmer and Myrtle, together with their mother, preceded him in death.  He was converted at an early age.  In 1886 he moved to Missouri from Illinois and resided there until 1913 when he moved to Cheney, Kansas.  He was a railroader and first class carpenter; also operated a grain elevator a number of years at Cheney, Kansas, but met with an accident there that caused his retirement from active business pursuits.  Funeral services were conducted at the United Brethren church at Hosington December 14 by Rev. Buckles, and the body was taken to Cheney for interment beside his wife.

Little Wanda Mary, daughter of Mr. and mrs. Howard Fagan, was born Dec. 18 and passed away Dec. 23.  Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Will Anderson and burial was in the Curtis cemetery.  She was a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Fagan and of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Long.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Carlson are the proud parents of a 9 pound baby boy born December 17, 1936.  He was named Wilbur Lee.

Items excerpted from "The Norwood Index" by Phyllis Rippee.  March 8, 2010