July 1, 1937:
At the auction sale Saturday N. E. Caudle bought the Caudle school house and grounds for $92.50. C. R. Raney bought the Stony Point building and ground for $70.
J. Lon Dennis of near Mansfield, was almost instantly killed Sunday morning when he was hit by a car on the Smith hill north of Mansfield. Mr. Dennis was walking to town where he expected to join the Christian Harmony band of singers and go on to the singing at Prairie Hollow with them in the school bus. When he reached the Smith hill Clyde Huggans came along and stopped to give him a ride on into Mansfield. Mr. Dennis, who was very hard of hearing, stepped around to get into the car when he was hit by a car driven by Bill Young, Frisco signal foreman of Mansfield, who was coming in home from Hartville and was passing the Huggans car. Mr. Young stopped to render whatever assistance he could to the injured man. Dr. Fuson was called at once, but Mr. Dennis died a few minutes after he arrived, his skill having been crushed. Mr. Dennis will be greatly missed by a great host of friends throughout this section. He always accompanied the old time singers and was the spokesman on all public occasions. He was also a poet of no mean ability, writing poetry mostly for his own pleasure. He was at one time Wright county representative in the state legislature and at the time of his death was serving as collector of Pleasant Valley township, having been re-elected to that office this spring. He was 66 years old and had never been married, living on the old home place, near the Dennis church with his brother, Joe Lee Dennis. Rev. L. W. Hensley, assisted by Rev. J. E. Burney, conducted the funeral service at the Baptist church in Mansfield Tuesday afternoon and interment was in the old Dennis cemetery. The Christian Harmony ban of singers had charge of the song service. Mr. Dennis had been engaged to make a speech Saturday, July 3, at the celebration in Norwood.
Preparations are being made to entertain the largest crowd ever assembled in Norwood next Saturday, July 3rd. Indications are that by Saturday morning everything will be in readiness to welcome to our town a great host of people and to royally entertain them throughout the day. Seats will be placed in the Norwood Motor Co. building for the convenience of all who want to hear the speaking and music and at the same time be out of the sun. For those who prefer the outside there will be a loud speaker in operation so that all may hear on any part of the grounds. Plenty of ice water will be available and convenient to the public, and for those who prefer to slake the thirst with soda pop and ice cream there will be refreshment stands ready to serve them. Ample police protection will be provided to keep order and to clear the grounds of any who might create a disturbance. Electric lights will be installed and made available to all stands on the grounds.
Howard Bruton who for some time has been subject to spells of mental disorder was taken to Hartville Tuesday by local officers, and was given a sanity hearing there Wednesday.
Grandpa Cole died at 2:20 Sunday afternoon and funeral services were conducted at Fairview church Monday afternoon at 2;00 o'clock by Rev. W. E. Brook, with interment in Thomas cemetery, under direction of the Bouldin-Ryan funeral home. James Preston Cold was born January 1, 1854 in Crawford county, Mo., near Cherry Valley. He departed this life June 27, 1937 at the age of 83 years, 5 months and 26 days. He was married to Matilda Rebecca Eaton in July 1872. She preceded him in death Oct. 13, 1933. To this union were born 6 children, the oldest dying in infancy. Those surviving are William Isaac of near Aldrich, Mo., Julia Ann of Osawatomie, Kans., Charles Henry of Norwood, James Franklin of Ottawa, Kans. and Martin Bertie of Fairfax, Okla. He was converted in early married life and joined the Fairview Baptist church soon after its organization. Shortly after uniting with the church he was ordained as a deacon. His passing is the last of a family of 7 children.
Jarrett "Bob" Campbell, 72 years old, died Sunday evening at his home near Pleasant Hill school house as the result of a heart attack with which he was stricken Saturday night. Funeral services were conducted at the home Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock by Rev. Will Anderson and interment was in the Thomas cemetery, under direction of Bouldin-Ryan. Mr. Campbell is survived by his widow and by 6 children as follows: Charley and Louise who are at home, Mrs. Noah Strunk, Mrs. Charles Thomas, Mrs. Bill Calhoun and Fred Campbell.
Nancy Hill was born July 18, 1857 in Belleville, Ill., and died at her home near Norwood, Mo., on June 23, 1937, after an illness of several weeks. She was united in marriage to John F. Irwin on Feb. 4, 1873 in Marion, Ill. To this union were born 6 children, 2 preceding her in death. The 4 surviving are: Mrs. J. W. Shastid of Granite City, Ill., Mrs. D. S. William and Albert Irwin, both of Decatur, Ill., and Archie Irwin at home. Mr. Irwin died September 2, 1902 in Oreana, Ill. On December 8, 1910, she was united in marriage to Samuel McFarron who survives her. She also leaves 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Baptist church at Oreana, Ill. She came to this country from Illinois in 1918 and had been a resident here ever since.
Edward G. Harris, 46, and Thomas Maxwell, 60, both of St. Louis were killed Sunday on highway No. 5 two miles north of Mansfield. Their car was overturned when it struck a stave bolt in the road and the men were thrown a distance of 40 feet. Harris was killed instantly and Maxwell died in a Springfield hospital that night. Their bodies were sent to St. Louis for burial.
Rev. J. R. Bogart filled his regular appointment at the Macomb Baptist church Sunday. He and family were dinner guests in the Gene Doyel home.
Women are busy canning beans, beets, peas and cucumbers.
Mrs. L. D. Pugh and Mrs. J. J. Smith and husband attended uncle Ruff Morgan's funeral Tuesday at Brushy Knob.
July 8, 1937:
We heard an Indian powwow over the radio last Saturday night, thus having primitive America brought to us through the most modern of scientific achievements. A century ago the ancestors of those Indians would never had dreamed of waiting for a paleface announcer to finish before going into their war dance.
Junior, 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Akers, accidentally shot himself Wednesday morning while shooting at a target at the family home at the west edge of town. He was rushed to Mountain Grove to the hospital but died before reaching there. The shot entered about the mouth and ranged upward through the head. The accident happening near our press time we are unable to give details.
In point of attendance, interest and general enjoyment the celebration in Norwood Saturday was very successful.
During the celebration Saturday local officers, headed by Deputy Arthur Akers, were on the job and as a result there was but little disturbance on the grounds. Drunks soon learned that they must stay in the background if they did not want to make the acquaintance of the inside of a jail. In the afternoon, Virgil Prock, of Grove Spring was arrested for driving a car wile intoxicated. Prock tried to make his getaway but a shot form the gun of Mr. Akers convinced him that it might be best to stop. He was taken into custody and was soon on the way to Hartville where he was later released on bond. A gun was taken from his companion, a Mr. Todd, who was also arrested. Dave Boman, giving his address as Thayer, was also arrested for driving a car while intoxicated and at last report was still in jail. He was driving a car with a Kansas license. Joe Hill was arrested for disorderly conduct and was released on $500 bond. Friday afternoon Tom Pope and Tom Cramer were arrested by Mr. Akers and were taken to Hartville, being released Saturday morning. Mr. Pope will be given a hearing before the police judge here on the charge of public intoxication. State patrolman Ted Taylor was here Saturday afternoon assisting the officers and checking up on car licenses and titles.
Someone stole the tires off of Jason Finley's car Saturday night.
July 15, 1937:
Mr. Raymond Alberty and Miss Dorothy Bouldin of Springfield were united in marriage at 7:00 o'clock Monday evening at the home of the bride's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Bouldin, in Norwood. Rev. W. O. Kellison of the South Street Christian church, Springfield, officiated. The young couple will make their home in Springfield.
Dr. and Mrs. J. J. Spencer announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary Colene, to Homer Rollis Chadwell, on Sunday, May 10, 1936. The marriage took place at the home of the bride's uncle, B. H. Watson, with the ring ceremony by Rev. Robert McElvoy. Their many friends extend the heartiest of congratulations and best wishes, even though they are a whole year in arrears.
Mrs. J. C. Claxton, known to her many friends as Aunt Lina, died last Thursday at her home in Hartville at the age of 76 years, 9 months and 26 days. Funeral services were conducted at the Free Will Baptist church in Hartville Sunday morning at 10 o'clock by Rev. George Scott, Jr., and burial was in the Hartville cemetery. The old time singers had charge of the song service. Mrs. Claxton is survived by her husband and 9 children.
Homer J. Akers, Jr., son of Homer J. and Grace Akers, was born Sept. 29, 1922 in Norwood, Mo., where his parents now reside. He departed this life July 7, 1937, at the age of 14 years, 9 months and 8 days. He was converted Dec. 13, 1932 and joined the Christian church in Norwood. He is survived by his parents, a sister Jean, a brother Billy. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. George O VanNoy, assisted by Rev. William Fox, at the Baptist church in Norwood Saturday afternoon in the presence of a large audience. Interment was in the Thomas Cemetery. The business houses of Norwood were closed during the funeral service.
John B. C. Hopkins of the Dawson neighborhood received a telegram last Wednesday from his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Angie Hopkins of Fresno, Calif., as follows: "The family went to Grant Park for the weekend. Ivan went fishing Sunday morning. Lost or drowned. Men hunting. No trace yet. Come." Thursday Mr. Hopkins received telegrams from Ivan's brother and Mrs. Hopkins, saying that there was no hope. Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins left Friday morning for California. Mrs. Angie Hopkins is a granddaughter of Mrs. G. Chadwell of Norwood. Ivan is about 30 years old and the father of 3 children.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Little are receiving congratulations over the arrival of a son and heir in their home early Saturday morning.
J. E. Hart asks us to state that there are lots of blackberries going to waste on his place and that anybody is welcome to come out and pick them.
Sidney Towe, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Towe of Olathe, was in our community last week, but his mind was so bad he was taken to the asylum Saturday.
Lester Doyel and Miss June Hall of south of Macomb were united in marriage Sunday at the Primitive Baptist church. They charivaried them Monday night. They will reside south of Macomb.
July 22, 1937:
We need a few more blackberries and will allow you 20 cents per gallon on subscription for fresh clean berries at the Index office. Will also take other fresh sound fruit and green beans on subscription, at market prices. Can use a few potatoes also.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bogart of near Macomb report the arrival of a baby boy in their home Monday morning.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Calhoun, last Wednesday morning, a boy. The same day, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Barnett welcomed a girl into their home.
A visit to Roy Burnett's place of business the first of the week was enough to convince one that the world was just about turning into blackberries. He bought 500 gallons Monday and a larger quantity Tuesday. They go to the canning factory at Mountain Grove.
July 29, 1937:
Mrs. John Berlieu was called to St. Louis last week on account of the death of her brother, Robert Morawski, who died at the veterans' hospital. The funeral was in charge of the American Legion, with full military honors. Mr. Morawski followed his father in death just a year and a week, the father dying at the home of Mrs. Berlieu in Mountain Grove when the family resided there. Besides Mrs. Berlieu he is survived by another sister, Mrs. Paul Schwarz, of Lost Angeles, Calif.
Amanda Adaline Smith, daughter of Henry J. Smith, was born Feb. 20, 1859 in Indianapolis, Ind. Departed this life July 24, 1937, at the age of 78 years, 5 months and 4 days. She came to Missouri with the family at about the age of 11 years. She was united in marriage to Levi Burton Oct. 5, 1874. To this union were born 7 children, 2 of them preceding her in death. Five are still living: Fidella Maddy, Bessie Turner, Jodie Burton and Willie Burton, all of Fresno, Calif., and Ella Fletcher of Norwood, Mo. Mr. Burton having departed this life, she was later united in marriage to James Allen, and to this union was born one son, Ocie Allen, Of Mountain Grove, Mo. Mr. Allen having died she was later united in marriage to James W. Housley who also preceded her in death. She is survived by her stepmother, Elzone Smith, of Hartville, Mo.; 6 children, 23 grandchildren; one brother and 3 sisters. She united with the christian church at an early age, then later joined the Freewill Baptist church at Oak Grove. Funeral services were conducted at Oak Grove Sunday by Rev. George Scott, Jr., and interment was in the cemetery there with the Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors in charge.
Uncle Alec Glenn, pioneer resident of the Pea Ridge community, died Sunday morning at the home of a son in Springfield. He was 88 years old. Funeral services and burial were at No. 5 Tuesday morning at 11:00 o'clock.
Floyd Jarrett and Oda McIntosh were arrested here Saturday night by Sheriff Baker on charges of intoxication. They were taken to Hartville.
The body of Ivan Hopkins, who was reported missing a few weeks ago, was found in a creek in California. It is not known whether he was accidentally drowned or someone murdered him and threw the body into the water.
Ray Whitteker who has been conducting a shoe and harness repair shop in Norwood the past few years returned to Hartville last week. He has installed his shop in the front of the Whitteker garage building. Mrs. Whitteker will remain in Norwood until about the first of August while Mr. Whitteker fixes up the rooms on the second floor of the building where they will have an apartment. Hartville friends will be glad to welcome them back home.---Wright County Republican
Mrs. Zettie Dean of Norwood, Mo., and Mr. William Gallagher, of Detroit, Mich. were quietly married at the home of Rev. Will Anderson at 6:00 o'clock Tuesday evening. Mr. Anderson performing the ceremony.
Mr. Everett Richardson and Miss Edna Rutter were united in marriage Sunday.
August 5, 1937:
H. E. Ryan, son of Dr. R. A. Ryan, of Mountain Grove, received word Monday that he had passed the state bar examination. Mr. Ryan will be located in the office of Attorney C. H. Jackson in Mountain Grove where he will engage in the general practice of law. He graduated from Harvard las school this spring.
Miss Girlie Moore left Saturday for the home of her sister in Idaho where she will spend several months and while there will undergo an operation. Her brother-in-law came after her. While she is gone her father, Marion Moore, will stay with his daughter, Mrs. J. H. Helums, on Whetstone.
Like more little boys who play with firecrackers, Dr. VanNoy got his finger and thumb painfully injured the other day when his curiosity got the best of his judgement. He wanted to find out why his firecracker had not exploded when he threw it at some birds, so he picked it up to investigate when---BANG--and the damage was done.
Ben Owens and daughter have opened up a lunch room and will also sell cold drinks and candy in the cobblestone building adjoining the Moles and Bradshaw garage on highway 60.
Mr. Elliot Long and Mrs. Lizzie Barnett were united in marriage last Thursday in Hartville. They will reside on Mr. Long's farm near Mountain Grove. Mr. Long is the father of Mrs. Amos Caudle of Norwood.
The Tuttle Heading Mill in Norwood has been sold to the Griffin Stave Co. of Springfield. Mr. Cloud, the new manager, expects to have the mill in operation again soon, and will remain in Norwood if sufficient timber can be secured.
Roy Burnett reports that during the current season he bought more that 7,000 gallons of blackberries at his service station in Norwood.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Long, north of Norwood, are the proud parents of twin girls born last week.
Jim Hutsell of Rayborn, who has been sick for almost 2 years is reported very low. His sister, Mrs. Carrie Worsham, accompanied by her daughters, Mrs. Zelma Hammack and Mrs. Iva Wilson, called to see him Monday evening.
Charley Cole has been appointed a permanent deputy sheriff by Sheriff Baker, having received his commission Monday.
Sheriff Condo Evans of Webster county was fatally injured in an auto collision at Picher, Okla. Sunday, dying a short time after the accident which happend while he and Mrs. Evans and Mr. and Mrs. John C. Pope were returning with a prisoner from New Mexico. Mrs. Pope suffered a broken ankle and is in a Springfield hospital, but the others were not hurt.
Dan Shields is driving a new 1928 four door Chevrolet. Dan gets along with it o.k. since he has big oversize headlights on it, but his wife says he sure makes lots of noise; which little Bobbie just sits and smiles and say "Pour it on it, Daddy."
Mrs. Goldie Helsley and Miss Eilene Jones of near Hartville called on their sister, Mrs. Marie Milsap, Monday afternoon.
August 12, 1937:
L. S. Hinote sent to the Index office Wednesday an egg, laid by one of his hens, which weighs 3 1/2 ounces and is 7 inches in circumference one way and 8 inches the other.
Mrs. Martha Moore passed away last Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Sparks. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock by Rev. Ocie Allen of Mountain Grove, at the Sparks home and interment was in the cemetery at the old Frog Knob church near Hartville. This cemetery is located on the farm that was homesteaded by Mrs. Moore and her husband in their early married life.
Martha Melvina Zeigler was born December 22, 1853 at St. James, Mo. and departed this life on August 5, 1937, at the age of 83 years, 7 months and 14 days. She was married to Joseph Moore, June 10, 1870. To this union were born 8 children, 5 of whom preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn their loss, 3 daughters Mrs. A. J. Sparks and Mrs. J. H. Conrow, of the home community, and Mrs. J. P. Raney of Baxter Springs, Kansas. She became a Christian at the age of 17 years and united with the Christian church.
Miss Berniece Sikes of St. George is putting in a beauty shoppe in Norwood and will be ready for business next Wednesday with a complete new outfit of the latest equipment. She will be located upstairs in the Jones Hardware building. We welcome Miss Sikes to our town and wish for her abundant success in her new venture.
The reporter made a short call on Mrs. S. J. VanNoy Monday and found her still lying in her comfortable bed but all full of life and smiles. Mrs. VanNoy who had her hip broken some time ago is getting along nicely and says that she will soon be able to perform on the trapeze which she has up over her bed.
Lost---Somewhere on the S. A. Boyer farm, a potato patch; last seen about the 20th of June. Mrs. Boyer would appreciate any information that would help her to find it.
Loyd Millsap sold his store to Lee Hart of north of Hartville last week and Lee took possession last Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Denver Cottengim are rejoicing over the arrival of a new baby boy born August 4.
Mr. and Mrs. Ova Raney are the proud parents of an 8 pound boy born Monday morning.
Mrs. Edd Lawrence of near Cross Roads school was called last week to the bedside of her father, George Killham, in Nebraska. Mr. Killham died about an hour before her arrival there. She is expected home this week.
The advice we used to get to work hard and save our money has turned out to be foolish after all. For the Harveyville Monitor asserts, the fellow who worked hard and saved his money now has to support the guy who thinks the government owes him a living.
August 19, 1937:
Cecil Connolly was taken into custody Saturday afternoon by officers Arthur Akers and Charles Cole and was taken before police judge C. M. Minihan on a charge of drunkenness and blackguarding. He was released and headed towards home with a warning not to repeat the offence. Sooner or later people may learn that they have to walk straight in Norwood.
Frank McConnaughay of Poplar Bluff has bought the Bert Morgan garage in the Thompson building. The business will be run under the name of Mack's Garage. Mr. McConnaughay will move his family here soon.
Jonathan Moody, northwest of town, was taken to the state hospital at Nevada last week for treatment. Mr. Moody is nearly 80 years old and his condition is said to be due to the infirmities of age.
Uncle Same McFarron, south of town, received a very pleasant surprise las week when his half brother, Gene Halvert, of Chicago, came in for a few days' visit. Mr. McFarron and Mr. Halvert had not seen each other since 1903. Mr. Halvert left Friday for El Reno, Okla., to visit a sister, and will go from there to Ft. Worth, Texas.
I. C. Sparks who has been working at Beaumont, Texas the past year arrived Saturday for a short visit with his family east of town, returning to his work Wednesday. Mr. Sparks expects to move his family to town to be nearer the school.
Frank Jarrett was placed under arrest Saturday on the charge of having hit a car on the road near Hartville and fleeing from the scene of the accident without stopping. He was released on $1000 bond.
Ike Woods of Mountain Grove is staying with his stepson, Johnnie Clemmons, in Norwood while receiving treatments from Dr. VanNoy for rheumatism.
Mr. Larner Owens and Miss Linda Eden, of Hartville, were united in marriage Sunday morning by Rev. Ben Owens at the latter's place of business on highway 60 in Norwood.
Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Sikes of near St. George were here the first of the week helping their daughter, Miss Berniece, decorate and get ready for the opening of her new beauty shoppe Wednesday. Miss Sikes' teacher, Mr. George Baird of the Riveria Beauty College of Lebanon, is here today to assist her on opening day.
Uncle Tom Burke who will be 95 years old his next birthday is standing the summer heat fine.
Price Smith died at his home at Hartville Sunday night. He was a nephew of France Smith of Norwood.
Almost too late for the roasting ear season, Dr. Calhoun completed a new set of teeth this week for Mrs. Henry Bradshaw. Henry says he will have to work a little harder now to keep enough to eat on the table.
Rev. Lester Greenwood, pastor of the Methodist church at Bolivar, and his 6 children Mary, Ruth, Arthur, John, Leona Pearl and Doris, visited his brother, W. R. Greenwood and family, and his father, J. E. Greenwood Saturday and Sunday. Rev. Greenwood attended services at the Macomb Baptist church Sunday morning and at the Mountain Grove Methodist church Sunday night.
The threshing machine and tractor belonging to W. R. Greenwood was turned over near Seymour Friday afternoon. Cab Brazeal, who was driving the tractor was under the machine, but was not seriously injured. Dr. Fuson was called and Mr. Brazeal had 3 broken ribs and minor injuries. He is able to be up some now at his home in Macomb, no one else was hurt. Mr. Greenwood ordered parts that were broken and hoped to be able to have the machine running again by Monday noon or Tuesday. The machine was new, having been just been running 5 weeks to the day.
Walter Brazeal has purchased a new radio.
August 26, 1937:
Dan Brashers, 70, living about 9 miles northwest of Mansfield, committed suicide about 6:00 o'clock Saturday morning by shooting himself through the head. Mr. Brashers was a brother-in-law to Mrs. Dora Caudle, north of town. Ill health is thought to have been the cause of his act.
Joe Snavely who has been working in Iowa has returned home.
J. C. VanHorn traded for a Dodge sedan in Springfield Monday. Henry Bradshaw accompanied him to Springfield.
Mrs. P. D. Little returned home from Springfield Sunday. She was accompanied home by her sister, Mrs. Eliza Woods who came for a visit.
Miss Berniece Sikes who opened a beauty shoppe in the Jones Hardware building last Wednesday, reports a splendid business. She had to turn patrons away Saturday as she could not handle all who wanted work done.
The residence of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Filer, south of town, was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. Some of the household goods were saved. A defective flue is thought to have been the cause of the fire.
The Security Bank of Mountain Grove was robbed of $6,000 at 12:30 last Wednesday afternoon by three armed men. After scooping up all the money in sight the robbers left in a big black sedan which was waiting on the outside. They seem to have made a clean get-away.
Lutitia Paulina Browning, daughter of Isaac N. and Sarah Browning, was born Feb. 2, 1865 near Lebanon in Laclede county, Mo. Departed this life at her home in Norwood, Mo. August 19, 1937, at the age of 72 years, 6 months and 17 days. She was united in marriage to Orestes L. Curtis on Nov. 21, 1886. To this union was born 1 daughter who preceded her mother in death at the age of about 9 years. She professed faith in Christ about 40 years ago. She is survived by her husband, 2 brothers Jim Browning of Springfield, Mo. and Elbert Browning of Lebanon, Mo. and 1 sister Mrs. Georgia Griffith of Springfield, all of whom were at her bedside when death came. She also has another brother whose whereabouts are unknown. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. N. Means at the Christian church in Norwood Friday afternoon and interment was in the Curtis cemetery north of town, with the Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors in charge.
Mr. Hans Voss and Mrs. Mary Book were united in marriage Saturday, August 21, in Mountain Grove. A crowd of friends gathered Monday night and charivaried them, wishing them many happy years of married life. They will reside on the Doc Johnson farm southeast of Norwood. This is Mr. Voss' first step into double harness and we hope that he pulls well and believe he will as he has always liked books.
The picnic has come to town this week and you will find all kinds of amusement on Main street and Frisco Square in Norwood from now until Saturday night. Anyone looking for Dr. VanNoy of Ed Kelley will probably find them riding the merry go round or drinking pink lemonade.
Charlie Rowland, Jr. and Frank Jarrett engaged in a fight in Norwood Saturday in which Mr. Jarrett had several ribs broken and was badly bruised about the head. He was unconscious for several hours be is reported getting along all right. When Floyd Jarrett undertook to come to the aid of his brother, he was knocked out by a blow from the fist of Charles Rowland, Sr. and decided not to proceed further. It is said that the trouble grew out of previous differences between the two principals, who are brothers-in-law.
Word from Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mears tells us that their little 16 month old son got some lye and was not expected to live. Bill is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mears. Bill lives in Oregon.
Tom Shannon of Fairmount whose health has been bad for some time ran off Sunday morning and late in the evening had not yet been found.
As Othel Jackson and Gene Bradshaw were starting home from Norwood about 1:00 o'clock Wednesday morning, they were stopped near the school house by two men and two women in a truck and Mr. Jackson was taken by force into the truck. Bradshaw escaped by running and not stopping until he reached the home of Henry Bradshaw and gave the alarm. The kidnapers became frightened, evidently, and did not go far before turning Jackson loose. He is said to have obtained the license number of the truck.
Mrs. Oscar Coday, former resident of Mansfield and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Reynolds, died at her home in California Saturday morning. The body was brought back to Wright County for burial.
Slot machines are again being exterminated in Missouri. The one armed bandits have more lives than a cat.
September 2, 1937:
A band of gypsies came to town with the carnival last week, Wednesday. Without proper authority they pitched camp on the Thompson lots on highway 60. Failing to comply with requests to move they were taken before justice of the peace W. B. Hensley where fine and costs amounting to $9.60 were assessed against them for trespassing. Coming back up town that night they were given orders to close their fortune telling booths and leave town, which they reluctantly did when their pleadings failed to move the hard-hearted member of the village board and the hard boiled officers of the law.
Mr. Dale Barnett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tirey Barnett, and Miss Fern Moody, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eph Moody of Macomb, were united in marriage Saturday. They were given a charivari Saturday night.
Howard Freeman and Berniece Seal were quietly married last Tuesday. A large crowd gathered Wednesday night and gave them a real old fashioned charivari. They treated the crowd with cigars and candy.
The new baby girl at Leonard Keith's is quite a treat for the family. She has been named Loretta Louise.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wymer are the proud parents of a baby girl born August 26.
Mrs. Ed Dunlap died Monday night in her home north of Norwood.
Born to Mrs. Raymond Strunk, Tuesday morning, a boy. Mr. Strunk is playing professional baseball in North Carolina this summer and will no doubt hit 'em a little harder on receiving word of the safe arrival of a son.
Mr. and Mrs. Ruey Moles and son, accompanied by Mr. Moles' parents of Douglas county, went to Clever Sunday to visit Sterling Howerton. Ruey's car broke down that evening when he went to take his parents home and he had to be pulled in.
Grandma (Jennie) Pusey, 86 years old, died in Mansfield Friday. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. William Fox Saturday afternoon at the Steffe funeral parlors and interment was in the Hensley cemetery.
September 9, 1937:
Wade Rippee who escaped a few days after his arrest in February, 1932, in connection with the robbery of the Bank of Forsyth, and who had since been at large, was captured Thursday night at the home of his father, Oscar Rippee, near Mansfield. Officers participating in the raid in which Rippee was taken were Sheriff Baker, highway troopers Taylor, Massey and Brill, and Carl Endris, agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rippee is known to have been in this county for some weeks and has been under suspicion of having been implicated in the robbery of the Security Bank at Mountain Grove on August 18. He was one of 5 men who robbed the Forsyth bank in 1932, it is charged. Percy Rippee, a brother, was scheduled to be released from the state penitentiary Friday after serving a 5 year sentence. Another brother, Collins Rippee, died in the prison hospital 3 years ago. Ralph Newton was sentenced to 5 years and Chester Huffman drew a 12 year sentence for the holdup. Later information was secured implicating not only Rippee but four other Mansfield and former Mansfield men in the Mountain Grove bank robbery. We have been unable to secure complete definite information before going to press, but understand that Wright county officers went to Wichita, Kansas the first of the week to bring back the alleged robbers who were being held there.
A. L. Pope has returned to Hartville.
Friday, August 27, being the birthday anniversary of Arthur W. Akers, Mrs. Akers planned a surprise for him that evening. He was taken into the country by Henry Bradshaw on an official errand, so he was told, and when they returned to the house the yard was full of people who had come in to help him celebrate. Ice cream was served.
Aunt Belle Thomas has moved onto the Grandma Anderson farm. We are glad to have her as a neighbor.
Mrs. Fate Stark has been visiting her daughters, Mrs. Ira Atchison and Mrs. Mary Taylor, near Hickory Flat, for the past two weeks.
Mrs. Jahue Fry of Mansfield has purchased a new sewing machine. If anyone wants any sewing done just take it to her.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Roper of Vanzant are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby boy in their home Sunday night.
Mr. Greenwood made 149 gallons of sorghum Thursday at his mill at home. The sorghum is nice this year, and higher in price than for a few years.
September 16, 1937:
A surprise dinner was given last Friday for Mrs. S. J. Dickerson at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. T. Doyel, near Macomb in honor of Mrs. Dickerson's 93rd birthday anniversary. She was born in South Carolina September 10, 1844; moved to Georgia at the age of 12 years and remained until 1882 when she came to Ava, Mo., where she remained until 1902, and then moved to near Macomb where she has lived until the present time.
The Bouldin-Ryan Furniture Company cordially invites you to visit their new Funeral Home just completed in the building occupied by the furniture store. It will be a pleasure to us to show you our home-like family room, artistically finished and furnished for the comfort and convenience of the public, and to take you through our well arranged display room. The next time you are in town come in and pay us a visit. You will be pleased to know that Norwood affords such an establishment.
The Farmers Produce Co. truck driven by Clifford Shores, was forced off the highway just east of Mansfield Tuesday afternoon by a car said to have been travelling at an excessive speed. The truck, loaded with 39 sacks of feed, turned over on its side but was not badly damaged. The driver was not hurt.
Jim Hutsell who had been sick for a long time died Tuesday afternoon at his home near Rayborn. Funeral services are to be held today (Thursday). He was a brother of Mrs. Carrie Worsham of Norwood.
Wade McGinnis of Vanzant was brought home Monday from the hospital in Springfield where he had undergone an operation for appendicitis. He was brought home in the Chaffin ambulance from Ozark and a short stop was made in Norwood. Wade is the brother of Miss Tressie McGinnis who was employed here in the home of Dr. and Mrs. VanNoy for some time.
Miss Ethel Wimberley of Mountain Grove visited her sister, Mrs. R. L. Ferguson and family in Norwood Sunday.
Postmaster Mrs. Roy Burnett, issued her first International money order Tuesday. Only 10 such orders have been issued by the Norwood office since it has been an International money order office.
Mr. and Mrs. Othel Coday of Kansas have just returned home after spending a week here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. McIntosh.
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Long and son, Evi, of Coffeyville, Kansas, were called here Saturday on account of the death of their nephew and cousin, Jesse Long, oldest son of Ben Long of Mountain Grove. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Johnston and daughter, Bessie, attended the funeral with them and Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Long and son came home with them and stayed until Sunday afternoon.
We are certainly proud of our boys and girls of Liberty. Every one who graduated from the 8th grade last spring is attending high school at Norwood this year. This is the first time this has happened in the history of our district. Those who graduated last spring are Lavern Owens, Mary McIntosh, Arletta Brazeal, Stella and Everett Shores and Andrew Johnston.
Mrs. Jack and Mrs. Schlicher have a new Norris washer. No more backache for them.
Alva Gray's son, James, got in a fight with James Jones coming home from school last week and got his jaw bone broken. He was taken to the doctor for treatment.
Theodore Larue and Miss Fern Stewart were united in marriage last week. They will reside south of Macomb.
Jack Johnson who moved onto the L. D. Pugh farm last week received a telegram Thursday night from Colorado saying that his mother had been killed in a car accident. Mr. Johnson left at once for Colorado.
Mrs. Lou Mackey o Exeter, Calif. came for the birthday celebration of her sister, Grandma Dickerson. It had been 35 years since the sisters had seen each other.
Bill and Fred Jack are fencing 80 acres of their woods with hog tight fence so they can have hogs eat the acorns.
TAKE NOTICE: To the one that is spreading the false gossip about the Caudle Church doors being closed, and nothing doing there any more: You are sadly mistaken, as there is Sunday School every Sunday morning with good interest, Bible reading every Sunday night, preaching Saturday night before the third Sunday, Sunday and Sunday night of each month, with singing on Friday night of each week. If everyone would live for the Lord and the betterment of the community in which they live, there would be no time for gossip.
September 23, 1937:
The new driver's license law will stop a lot of ladies from driving the family car. They have to give their age and weight on the license application.
In the ancient ramshackled Court house of Webster County, in Marshfield, Monday of this week, Circuit Judge Cornelius H. Skinker opened the September term of court by dismissing a charge of murder against Dr. W. F. Schlicht of Niangua. The charge growing out of the mysterious slaying of Robert Robinson, Webster county farmer, in June, 1935, was dismissed on motion of Prosecutor, John C. Pope. Pope said the motion was based on "lack of evidence" and "as far as I'm concerned, this closes the Robinson case." With these words a conclusion has been reached in episode of Webster County history that has held the attention of hundreds of people both in Webster county and many outside of the county almost constantly since June 4, 1935. Great crowds have gathered in Marshfield each time a hearing was to be held in connection with this case. The case has cost both the defence and the taxpayers thousands of dollars. The son and wife of the slain man, Lloyd and Mary Robinson, are now serving prison sentences for the crime.---Marshfield Herald
Friends of Rev. Selph Jones have asked us to state that it is not true that his ministerial papers have been taken away from him, as he holds his papers from another association.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Calhoun of Oconto, Wis. and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Calhoun and son of Green Way, Wis., arrived here Thursday night to visit their father and grandfather, Dr. W. S. Calhoun. Mrs. R. L. Calhoun's father, J. M. Lewis, died at his home at Rogersville last week.
Mrs. Carrie Worsham and Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Hammack attended the funeral of Mrs. Worsham's brother, J. M. Hutsell, at Friendship church, 9 miles north of Mountain Grove, last Thursday afternoon. Mr. Hutsell was postmaster and merchant at Rayborn for many years, selling out to his son in 1935.
Jeff Ellis who lived on the Ray Barnett farm north of Norwood, died Monday afternoon and funeral services were held at Oak Grove Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Ellis would have been 80 years old his next birthday. He had been a resident of Wright county 12 years.
Mr. and Mrs. William Moore who live near Fletcher's store north of town are receiving congratulations over the arrival of twin girls in their home Tuesday morning.
Vernon Ballew, a former Frisco agent in Norwood, died at 12:05 p.m. Sunday in a Memphis hospital. He came from his home at Pensacola, Fla., to attend a Frisco Club meeting at Memphis and was taken sick on the train from which he was taken to the hospital on his arrival in Memphis, dying soon afterwards. Funeral and burial was at Winona at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Frost, south of town, are rejoicing over the arrival of an 8 pound boy Monday morning.
Sorry to hear of Mrs. Clyde Huggans passing away. She (Opal) was taken to Springfield hospital for an operation for appendicitis and died Sunday morning. (Note: Cause of death was cancer.)
Jessie Young came home last week from the CCC camp where he has been for the past 6 months.
The revival at Fairview is going on with good attendance and good interest. Two have already been saved, for which we are so thankful.
Herschell Cole arrived Thursday night from California where he had taken a load of people seeking employment there.
Reverend Will Anderson and Rev. Kelley began a meeting here at Pleasant Hill last week and as far as we know now it will go on this week, but it looks like there isn't much interest in the church any more.
Mrs. Harve Wedge received word last week that her little granddaughter Joyce Wedge, of Chicago, had cut her leg pretty badly on a piece of rusty tin. They had to take 4 stitches.
Saturday afternoon as some folks were on their way to Mountain Grove on old highway 60, near Pleasant Hill, they were driving at a good speed and as they turned the corner the car door came open, throwing a man and little child out and the child was hurt pretty badly. Reports were that the men were drunk.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Smith and family of Fairmount have moved to Mrs. Smith's father's, Mr. Stephens, near Lone Star, to take care of Mr. Stephens who is alone and getting up in years.
Corn cutting is over and ti is getting time to sow wheat but if it don't rein pretty soon people can't sow. Water is scarce and it is a sight how the water has dried up in the past few days.
Mrs. Ernest Ryan and 3 months old son, Johnnie Lee, of Tulare, Calif., arrived here Tuesday for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ryan.
The 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Clark near Vanzant, had his arm badly broken at the elbow last Thursday night when he fell from a horse. Dr. VanNoy set the broken bones.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Allen are moving to the Bill Eggen farm south of town.
Mrs. S. E. Sluder is having her new cistern plastered and will soon be ready for a good rain.
Mrs. G. Chadwell is moving to her home at Owensville and Mr. and Mrs. Noel Worsham will move into her house in Norwood.
Virgil Caudle who was fined some time ago was taken back to Hartville Tuesday by Henry Bradshaw to lay out his fine in jail.
Mrs. F. L. Cones expects to move to Mrs. Thompson's house recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Amos Caudle about the first of October.
While shoeing a horse las week Bill Pope had a horse shoe nail stuck into his leg in some manner, inflicting a painful injury.
Mrs. R. D. Bush who has been with her mother, Mrs. Hatcher, at Freeport, Fla., the past two weeks reports that Mrs. Hatcher, who has been suffering with blood poisoning in the hand as a result of cutting it on a tin can, is better. Mrs. Bush is expected home about Sunday. Mr. Bush is suffering with an abscessed tooth.
September 30, 1937:
When the case of the State versus W. A. Pope, disturbance, was called before justice of the peace W. B. Hensley Friday morning, a change of venue was granted to Bob Morton's court. The case will be tried at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 30, at Ben Owens' Cafe in Norwood.
A family reunion was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Branstetter on Pea Ridge in honor of Mr. Branstetter's brothers, Peter Branstetter, and his sister, Mrs. Martha Denny, both of whom live in Texas and who are back here on a visit. It is Peter's first visit to Wright county since 1891 and Mrs. Denny's first visit in 20 years. A large crowd of relatives and friends attended the gathering Sunday and all reported a fine time.
J. N. Busby made a trip to Elk City, Okla., last week to take his father home. Mr. Busby brought back some very fine water melons but failed to state whether he got them in the night or during the day. However, it looks suspicious as he left Norwood after dark. The editor and family having been permitted to sample a large one we will ask no more questions, and we are sure that other favored friends feel the same way about it. The melons were delicious and Mr. Busby has our thanks.
Mr. Herschel Knight and Miss Lucille Caudle were united in marriage Saturday evening by Constable Ben Owens at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Caudle, in Norwood. The groom is a stepson of Elbert Barnett, southeast of Norwood. The newlyweds were given a charivari Saturday night.
Mrs. Jason Roy died at 5:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon at her home at Vera Cruz. She had been in failing health for the past 3 months but her death was unexpected and came only a few hours after she had eaten a hearty dinner. (Jessie B. Roy---d/o R. M. Roper and Amanda Price)
Mrs. Mary J. Brook of Dawson visited over the weekend with her son, Rev. W. E. Brook, near Norwood. Mrs. Brook is about 90 years old and is very active for one of her age, doing her own cooking and getting around wherever she pleases.
In circuit court at Ava last week, J. T. Broadus was granted a divorce from Stella Broadus. The divorce case of Ruth Doyel against Terry Doyel was dismissed.
Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Cunningham report the arrival of a baby girl in their home Saturday morning. Ruth Pearl is the name given the new arrival. Mother and baby are reported doing nicely.
Jason E. Roy, former merchant at Vera Cruz, and unsuccessful candidate for representative last fall, was appointed treasurer of Douglas county last week by Governor Stark.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Matlock were here from Pea Ridge Saturday to consult Dr. VanNoy for Mrs. Matlock who is in very poor health.
Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Bouldin were in St. Louis last week buying a modern 3-way combination hearse and invalid coach.
Petit jurors from Clark township for the October term of circuit court are Tirey Barnett and Ben Jack, with J. N. Busby and Sherd Findley as alternates. Mountain Grove--Walter Lee and Fred Morton; alternates J. W. Stephens and Arthur Richardson. Pleasant Valley--John A. Dennis and O. B. Davis; alternates R. D. Berry and Ray Morris. Wood Township--Ben Sails and Jesse Deer; alternates Thomas Walker and W. A. Allen. Hart Township--Sisco Shaw and W. I. Wynn; alternates John Kinser and J. D. Turner.
Sigh Smith and wife are the proud parents of a baby boy. He made his arrival Sunday, September 26.
Hugh Woods has his car burned up last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Allen who returned last week from California are staying in the Roscoe Allen home.
W. D. Murrell, Hartville, will again use a home-made attachment on his mowing machine for harvesting his Korean lespedeza seed crop. Mr. Murrell has used this attachment for the past year or two in harvesting his home supply of Korean lespedeza see. The attachment is made of metal roofing and is fastened onto the cutting bar in such a manner as to collect the shattered seed and to allow the stem part of the plant to pass on over onto the ground. Under such a method of harvesting, the lespedeza must necessarily be allowed to become well matured to cause free shattering of the seed. On the other hand if the seed crop is to be mowed and threshed with a grain separator, the lespedeza should be cut before it is too mature, when one-third of the seeds have turned to prevent excess shattering and loss of the seed. Either of the two methods are very satisfactory. Mr. Murrell was able to harvest approximately 1000 pounds of seed after it had been run through a fan mill for re-cleaning. His lespedeza cut for hay in July shows promise of making a large yield of clean seed.
800 head of sheep and 100 head of goats have been listed by 27 sheep raisers in the Odin and New Grove communities for dipping, according to County Agent Hargrave. The concrete dipping vat and dipping pens on the W. S. Allen place will be made use of on two different days, Monday October 11th and Tuesday October 12th. The 27 producers will work co-operatively on the project and in turn purchase the dipping materials co-operatively. Estimated cost is from 2 to 3 cents per head. The purpose of dipping will be to control sheep lice, ticks and general skin diseases. Results from dipping in Oregon County and by J. A. Westbrook last year indicate that the wool clip per sheep was increased by 2 pounds per head.
Bill McGowan was arrested for drunkenness Saturday afternoon and was taken to Hartville. He plead guilty. Fine and costs amounted to $19.50.
October 7, 1937:
Recently upon hearing someone make a crack about the filthy rich, it suddenly occurred to us that it is better to be filthy rich than merely filthy.
Bill Pope was tried last Thursday before Judge Bob Morton in Norwood on a charge of having created a disturbance at the negro entertainment here September 18. A jury was empanelled and after hearing the evidence brought in a verdict of acquittal. Reports reaching this office indicate that the jury said in effect, "You're not guilty, Mr. Pope, but please don't do it again." The defendant plead his own case to good effect, while the state was represented by Prosecuting Attorney, M. J. Huffman.
Erple Hensley, 14, only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Hensley of Mansfield, was killed and Don Freeman, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Freeman also of Mansfield, seriously injured last Thursday night about 7:30 when a Chevrolet pickup truck overturned with them near the highway maintenance depot in the north part of Mansfield. The two boys were members of the Freshman class of Mansfield high school and were attending wiener roast at Sam Smith's north of town that evening. According to reports they borrowed the Chevrolet pickup from Amon Short and started to town to get some soda pop when the fatal accident occurred. There were no witnesses to the accident, and Marvin Bogart, John Huffman and another man were first to reach the scene. They found Freeman lying in the road where he had apparently been thrown when the car turned over the first time. Hensley was found dead underneath the overturned car. It is said that neither boy had ever driven a car before, except that young Freeman had on occasion backed his father's car out of the garage at home. Freeman was rushed to the hospital at Springfield and during the night, it is reported, kept repeating the words, "It just kept going faster and faster." On regaining consciousness Friday, he stated that the accelerator became stuck and they did not know what to do to loosen it or to stop the car.
Mrs. Carrie Wagner, 61 years old, died Tuesday morning at the home of her son, Merton Cottengim in Mountain Grove, after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday morning at 11:00 o'clock with the Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors in charge, and burial was in the Hartville cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Ed Claxton died very suddenly at 6:00 Saturday evening at his home two miles west of Hartville. Funeral services were held Monday at Elk Creek and burial was at that place. Rev. John Russell, assisted by Rev. Selph Jones, conducted the funeral. Mr. Claxton was about 63 years old and was a brother of Henry C. Claxton, well known to many of our readers.
The day old baby of Mr. and Mrs. George Williams died Monday.
Among the births recorded the past week are: A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Riley at Buckhart, last Thursday; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Ocie Smith at Vanzant, last Thursday; and a girl to Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Taylor of Mansfield, Wednesday.
Frank Henry got the large sack of flour given away at the Farmers Produce Saturday. It weighed 176 1/2 pounds. Oscar Ridens received second prize, a set of knives and forks. H. H. Miller third prize of 24 pounds of meal.
Mr. Berner and Mr. D. W. Larson of this community opened their skating rink at Mountain Grove last Friday night. We wish them success.
West Campbell district has some new neighbors. A family by the name of Holler from near Owensville moved on the Guy Rake farm and a family from Macomb by the name of Harry Young moved on the Joe Ellis farm.
Mr. and Mrs. Owen Coday of near Mansfield are the proud parents of a 12 pound baby boy.
Everyone around her is busy picking apples and digging potatoes.
The meeting here (Pleasant Hill) closed with no good done. It seems as though there isn't any interest in the churches any more. We planned last Sunday night to start a prayer meeting at this place and we hope everyone will come out and help us. The prayer meeting will be every Sunday night.
Mrs. M. A. Sisco is having a cobblestone house built. Lewis Rook of Fairmount is doing the work.
Some boxing match at the fair Saturday night as little Herbert Sisco and Buddy Hatfield put on the gloves and had a knock out. Herbert is 7 years old and Hatfield 8 years. Herbert is small but he can do a pretty good job of boxing. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. McKinley Sisco.
October 14, 1937:
Josh Hayseed of Squashville, better known to his many friends in Wright County as Eli Atkinson, was winner of second prize in an amateur contest held at the Tri-County Fair at Mountain Grove Saturday night. He came on the stage in costume leading his 'coon dog, "Tan", and went through his many imitations of wild and domestic animals. The imitations were pronounced very, very good by the large crowd present. At a former amateur contest held by Radio Stations KWTO and KGBX in Springfield at their 5th anniversary celebration he won 3rd prize in a field of some 30 contestants. Eli is thinking very seriously of trying out on the Major Bowes program at Madison Square Garden in New York City.---Wright County Republican
Wilbur Jennings was arrested last Thursday by Deputy Arthur Akers for driving a car while intoxicated. Jennings started out from Norwood east on the highway and when Akers attempted to stop him he turned the car around near W. C. Bruton's place and ran into the side of the Akers car. Akers shot into the hood of the car and also shot down one of his tires before Jennings would stop. It is reported that he will plead guilty at the October term of court.
Mrs. J. G. Burgess of the Norwood telephone exchange will leave Friday of this week for New Orleans to spend the winter with her two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Miller and family are moving into the telephone building and Mrs. Miller will have charge of the exchange.
Mrs. Charles Johnson left early Monday morning for St. Louis to attend the 63rd annual session of the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was accompanied by Mrs. Stella Carter of Hartville and Mrs. Myrna Coats and Grace Bryant of Cabool.
The Christian Endeavor Society had a pie supper at the Macomb school house Saturday night. The proceeds, which were over $12, went to the Endeavor Society.
John Pryor moved the last of his household goods by truck from the Greenwood farm Saturday.
Lyle Williams and Miss Sylvia Stewart were united in marriage September 21. They gave them a big charivari the next night. They have moved to the Masters farm south of Macomb which they have rented.
Sunday night Mr. and Mrs. Harry Vining parked their car near the church while they attended services here (Pleasant Hill) and in some manner the car was started and ran down the hill and ran through two fences, being found later in Jess Davidson's field. It was not badly damaged. The car had been parked for perhaps 45 minutes when Mr. Thompson who was on his porch heard the noise and went out to find out what it was, and found that the Vining car was gone. After the song and prayer service Ida Ruth had gone out and put the dog in the car and it was all right then. It is not known whether someone pushed it off or not but we hope no one would bother another's property. We hope this doesn't bluff Mr. and Mrs. Vining out of coming again.
Sam Bruce has purchased a new radio.
A good many Norwood people went to Mansfield Friday to see the whale, mermaid and other marine exhibits, and many of them expressed disappointment because the exhibition was not up to advance notices.
October 21, 1937:
Gangsters have come down the ladder quite a distance since the $25,000 funeral of Dion O'Bannion in Chicago in 1926. Last week, Al Brady, latest criminal to bear the title "Public Enemy No. 1" was killed by G-men in Bangor, Maine and was buried in a pauper's grave. They're not quite so glamorous since the Federal Bureau of Investigation started running them down and the politicians can no longer protect them.
Tom Pope was arrested one night last week by A. W. Akers on a charge of intoxication and disorderly conduct. Mr. Pope appeared before police judge L. C. Gregory Monday and plead guilty, and was fined $5 and costs, amounting altogether to $11.45. He was given a stay of execution to Nov. 1, giving bond to secure fine and costs.
Pete Akeman was arrested Monday evening and taken before the police judge on a charge of intoxication. He was fined $11.45, including costs, but was given a stay of execution during good behavior.
Percy Rippee, 33, who was being held in jail at Hartville on charge of driving a car while intoxicated, broke out of jail last Wednesday night. He had been allowed the run of the upper corridor and he broke a hole in the upper rear wall with a can opener, a piece of wire and a brace off a cot. Rippee was only recently paroled from the state penitentiary where he was serving a term for robbing the bank of Forsyth. Irvin Warren, 19, of Enid, Okla., awaiting trial on a charge of stealing an automobile, was the only other inmate of the jail, and he gave the alarm when Rippee escaped. Sheriff Baker and deputies have made diligent search for the escaped prisoner but at last reports he had not been captured.
At 8:00 o'clock sunday morning at the Christian church in Dodge City, Kansas, Miss Lucille Garver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don B. Garver of Dodge City, became the bride of Mr. Eldo Joy of Dodge. City. Eldo is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Joy of Norwood.
Mrs. Bertha Brixey who has been in California the past two months helping take care of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Lawrence, who passed away recently, is expected home this week. She made a visit with relatives in Texas on the way home. Mrs. Brixey is a sister of Mrs. T. L. Burke of Norwood.
691 head of sheep and 42 head of goats were dipped at the W. S. Allen farm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of last week.
Dan Shields, driver for the Norwood Motor Co., was badly injured and his truck badly damaged Tuesday when another driver ran into him on highway 66 this side of St. Louis. The other driver was killed, it is reported.
Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Ryland, new proprietors of the Thompson filling station, are moving into the John Jones house with Mr. and Mrs. F. A. McConnaughay.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Laub are rejoicing over the arrival of an 8 pound boy in their home Saturday night. Fred will have to get a larger farm as this is 5 boys for him and Mrs. Laub.
History of Norwood Public Schools:
In the year 1881 the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railroad was built through Wright County, Missouri, at which time the town of Norwood was laid off by the officials of the Railroad Company and at once began to grow and became a prosperous little town. In 1882 the School District of Norwood was organized and a school house built near the line of xx between range No. 13 and 14 in the east part of Norwood on the south side of the railroad track, and that building was used for school and other purposes until the town and school district outgrew the school building. In about the year of 1895 an addition known as Burnham's Addition to the town of Norwood was laid out on the north side of the railroad track, at which time an acre of ground of the said addition was secured and set apart for the purpose of erecting a larger school building to take care of the increasing number of patrons and children. Bonds were voted and a new school house was begun; when said house was almost completed, it was destroyed by fire, the origin of which was supposed to be incendiary. The citizens of Norwood and patrons of the Norwood School District, being determined to have a new school building, voted more bonds and a new school house was completed. In about the year of 1905, the J. R. Hitchcock addition to the town of Norwood was laid out, in the Northeast part of the town. Norwood's population grew so rapidly that an ordinary school district was inadequate, so an election was held, and the district was voted into a village school district. Shortly afterward the Freeman addition to Norwood was laid out in the northeast part of the village of Norwood.
About 1890, the Caudle addition was laid out in the southern part of Norwood. At the close of school in the year of 1918, the School Board and the patrons of the Norwood School, seeing that the old wooden building had outlived its usefulness for the district and was not worthy of repair and had been condemned by the State School Department, decided that a better and larger building should be erected to accommodate the growing village and school district. On September 4, 1919, a special meeting was called by H. J. Schofield, President of the Board of Directors, at which time a petition of a majority of the qualified voters of the district ws presented and an election for the purpose of voting bonds was ordered to be held on October 7, 1919, at which time a majority voted favorable to bond the district for 5% of the assessed valuation of the district. On the 19th day of April, 1920, bonds for $7,400 were issued and officially signed by H. J. Schofield, President of the School Board, and F. M. Huffman, Secretary of the School Board. The said bonds were to run for a period of 20 years, bearing 6% interest from May 1, 1920. A redemption clause was written into the bonds allowing the district to pay any part of the bonds after 5 years at the option of the makers. On, or about, June 20, 1920 the above bonds were sold at a 5% discount, that being the best bid secured by the district.
Immediately after the sale of the bonds and the securing of the money, the School Board began buying material and making all necessary arrangements for the erection of a new, hollow-blocked, concrete, stuccoed school building on a new 6 acre tract of land secured from L. A. Huffman for that purpose. On September 19, 1920, the corner stone of the building was laid upon a new solid concrete foundations which forms a part of the building by being a basement of four rooms and a hall which are to be used for any purpose in the conducting of the school. The corner stone was laid by the officers of the Grand Lodge of the State of Missouri of A. F. & A. M., and ceremonies were conducted by Rev. C. H. Briggs, Past Grand Master. The school board at this time were: H. J. Schofield, President; F. M. Huffman, Secretary; W. V. Carter, Treasurer; G. H. Robertson, member; A. R. Worsham, member; R. L. Calhoun, member.
In September, 1935, the attendance at the Caudle school had fallen so low that the school was closed by order of the State Department of Education. The children in attendance at the Caudle school were transported to school at Norwood by W. F. Kempt, at the cost of Norwood Consolidated District No. 1. A few weeks later patrons of the Stony Point district present a petition to transport the Stony Point children to school in Norwood. As a result, N. W. Worsham was employed to transport the Stony Point children. In 1937 another school bus was added, which was driven by Theodore Pridemore. This then brought the total number of school buses to 3 and of the 208 students in attendance at the Norwood schools, 118 of them were riding school buses.
A birthday dinner next Sunday Oct. 24th in the Roscoe Allen home will be given in honor of Uncle Narve Allen's 89th birthday.
Aunt Sarah Moreland who has been ill for some time, passed away at her home Sunday night.
Morris Owens got his car damaged quite a lot Saturday night when another car ran into him on highway 60.
Hot Chilli and all kinds of sandwiches now served by Thompson filing station.
Uncle Thomas Burke, our oldest subscriber (he'll be 95 in January) renewed his subscription this week for another year. He just can't get a long with the Index.
R. D. Bush expects to leave Saturday for Linden, Ala., where he is a witness in a lawsuit of the Frisco railroad against E. M. Frazier. The trial is set for Oct. 25th.
Everybody around here are putting their heating stoves up as it had been cold for almost a week.
We are hoping the school at Mansfield will start right away. Everyone is scared since the little Roy boy died with infantile paralysis last week. He took sick in the school room.
The story has been going the rounds of a city man who bought a farm. While examining the line fence which had been a source of much quarrelling in the past, the neighboring farmer said: "That fence is a full foot over on my land." "Very well," said the newcomer, "we shall set the fence over two feet on my side." "Oh, But that is more than I claim," stammered the surprised farmer. "Never mind; I would rather have peace with my neighbor than two feet of earth", said the newcomer. "That's sure fine of you," replied the farmer, "but I couldn't let you do a thing like that. Let's not move the fence at all." It is suggested the next time you have a dispute about "rights", you try surprising the other fellow by giving him more than he claims, and then see what happens!---Rotarian Magazine
October 28, 1937:
Mrs. Hattie Chadwell wants it orated around and published abroad that she won three blue ribbons with her home arts exhibits at the fair--one on canned vegetables, one on cake and one for the 6 best jars of fruit canned in Sunshine coffee jars. Bachelors and widowers will please take note.
Ray Forbey Absher, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Absher, was born near Mountain Grove, Mo., August 14, 1906. He departed this life October 22, 1937, at Anaconda, Montana. On May 25, 1927, he was united in marriage to Margaret Jones. To this union the following children were born: Donald, Bernice, Duane, Clara May and Quinith. Besides his faithful companion and 5 children, he is survived by both father and mother; 2 brothers Carl and Oscar; and 4 sisters Goldie Absher, Mrs. Ruth Reaves, Mrs. Bertha Barnett and Mrs. Hazel Bayless. He spent most of his life in and around the place of his birth. Funeral services were conducted at the Norwood Christian church Monday afternoon by Rev. George Scott, Jr. and interment was in the Thomas Cemetery.
Dogs Tree Queer Fox: Mr. and Mrs. Phyneas Barnett, Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Peck, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Vanzandt, Roy Miller, Jay Randall, Clifford Shores and Misses Pauline Grant, Berniece Sikes, Elizabeth Rowe and Louise Strunk went on a fox chase Tuesday night, but about the only excitement reported was the treeing of a tom cat [or was it a fox?] by Dr. VanNoy's dogs---the ones he has so well trained.
Missouri's 1938 automobile license plates will have black numerals on an ivory background and are now being manufactured in the state penitentiary at Jefferson City. The new plates will be mailed to the 55 state automobile license branch offices about December 25 and they will be placed on sale January 1.
The front tires and the spare tire were stolen from the R. E. Williams car Monday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Crisp are rejoicing over the arrival of a new 10 pound boy. He will answer to the name of Jack William.
Arthur Lund has quit hauling milk and bought a farm. He is getting ready to move onto it. George Sargent is running the milk route Arthur recently vacated.
Burley Owens had a sale Tuesday and is leaving for north Missouri.
Jim Coffman is still in the neighborhood drilling wells and is now finishing up one for Claud Smith.
Mrs. Herald Lindholm was called to Upton in Texas county Tuesday to attend the funeral of a friend, Wayne Roderick, 15, who died at San Diego, Calif.
W. H. Johnston sold 14 bushels of peaches in Norwood the first of the week. Mr. Johnston has had ripe peaches on his farm all the time since late June.
The old time singers were at Friendship, north of Mountain Grove, Sunday, and will be at Stony Point, between Norwood and Mountain Grove, next Sunday.
Dr. J. M. Hubbard, 84, pioneer physician of Mountain Grove, passed away Monday morning. Funeral services were held Tuesday and burial was in Hill Crest cemetery at Mountain Grove.
Rev. and Mrs. Merle Mitchell of Lebanon are the proud parents of an 8 1/2 pound baby girl born Saturday. Mrs. Mitchell was formerly Miss Mildred Murrell and is a niece of Dr. L. T. VanNoy.
November 4, 1937:
Incidentally, the poor man's car has vanished, if such an animal ever existed. Increased costs of labor and materials have raised factory prices while increasing taxes and cost of maintenance make the little fellows chances of buying a new auto extremely slender. Even the Willys, the working man's last hope, has a top price of $715 for certain body types. Perhaps Ford will come to the rescue again.
Acting on a hunch, Deputy Sheriff Arthur Akers arrested Bill Barnett and recovered the tires stolen from R. E. Williams' care and two three dogs stolen from Broadie Absher last week. Mr. Akers had observed Barnett in this vicinity Monday and had noticed that he was gone Tuesday and decided that the stolen property might have left with him. Akers went to Sarcoxie Tuesday night, arriving there just before daylight Wednesday morning, and secured a search warrant for the Harrison Barnett place near there. Accompanied by a deputy from Sarcoxie he went to the Barnett farm home where a thorough search revealed the tires hidden under some fodder in an old shed. From there they went to Carl Junction where the dogs had been sold by Bill Barnett. The dogs recognized Mr. Absher at once and were identified by him as the ones stolen. Bill Barnett confessed to the theft of both tires and dogs and is in jail at Hartville. He said that he got the dogs Monday afternoon while the family was attending the funeral of Ray Absher in Norwood and that the tires were taken from the Williams car between 9 and 10 o'clock that night. Barnett, who is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Barnett, former residents here, was only recently released from the penitentiary in Texas where he had served a 4 year sentence of stealing an automobile.
C. C. Baker who had been making his home with Mr. and Mrs. Will Anderson at Oak Forrest died at 2:00 o'clock Friday morning and was buried in the Thomas cemetery Friday afternoon. No obituary has been furnished us.
Allen McClannahan has a new coat of paint on his coupe.
Frank Mays had a public sale Friday at his home at Mt. Zion, about 4 miles north of Ava, and left Monday for northern California where he will take possession of a 107 acre dairy farm Nov. 5. This is a strictly modern dairy farm in every respect and is also under irrigation. He will have 30 cows to milk. Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Moody who have been employed by R. R. McCoy about 7 miles northwest of Norwood are taking charge of Mr. Mays' farm at Mt. Zion.
The Farmers and Merchants bank in Mansfield was robbed about noon Tuesday by 3 men who entered the bank when only 2 women employees were there. About $800 was taken and the women were locked in the vault while the robbers made their escape. The safe was locked and could not be opened by the women, hence the smallness of the loss.
Cecil Vining of Baldwin, Kans., won the Kansas corn husking championship Tuesday and established a new state record of 30 bushels, 6 and 1/4 pounds in the allotted time of 80 minutes. The previous record of 29.43 bushels was set by Lawrence House of Sherman county in 1933.
Tom Pope was taken to Hartville Monday evening by Deputy Akers to begin serving time for fine and costs recently assessed against him. However, after spending the night at a "guest" of Sheriff Baker, he decided to pay off to the tune of $17.05 and return home.
Orville Orr of Ava was arrested by local officers here Saturday night for operating an automobile while intoxicated, but escaped and at last reports had not been found.
November 11, 1937:
Orville Sims and his bride, Mrs. Orletta Sims, of Wichita, Kansas, and John Bayless of Kansas City were arrested in Wichita last week and returned to Missouri for investigation in the holdup of the Farmers and Merchants bank at Mansfield. Later another man was brought in by Sheriff Baker of Wright county. All the prisoners were turned over to the federal authorities.
Grandma Calhoun was given a dinner Sunday at her home in Norwood in honor of her 85th birthday anniversary. There were 67 present, including 8 of her children, 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Her sister, Aunt Katy Long, and the latter's daughter, Miss May Long, of Hartville were also present. Mrs. Long will be 86 November 18th.
Everyone around here are working in the walnuts now as the kernels are 20 cents a pound.
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Rutter are the proud parents of a baby boy born October 15.
Douglas Shedd, 27-year old WPA worker, confessed Monday to the murder of Bertha and Lillian Gregory near Eminence on Tuesday night of last week. Shedd said he and Lyman Tripp, 22 years old, went to the home to rob the sisters and that the women resisted. He said that one of the women recognized him when his mask slipped and that he told her that they were going to kill her. He said that he and Tripp stuck the women over the head with the butt of a 12 gauge single barrel shot gun and with a stick of wood, and that after killing them their bodies were place on a bed and the house was set on fire. Tripp confessed to having part in the crime but tried to shift most of the blame onto Shedd. The men said they secured only $2 in the robbery. They are being held in the West Plains jail for safe keeping---threats of violence having been made in Eminence.
Dr. L. T. VanNoy is driving a new 1938 Chevrolet car.
Mrs. M. E. Thompson has moved into the Trailway hotel building and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Allen will occupy the house vacated by Mrs. Thompson, across the street east of the Standard filling station.
November 18, 1937:
From the Seymour "Citizen": The Citizen
this week extends its bouquet for good fellowship to Superintendent N.
Fred mcKinley, absent minded professor of the local high school.
School teachers have long been the victims of gags directed at their forgetfulness
and most of them are a bit touchy on the subject, but just to be different
Supt. McKinley admits that he's afflicted a bit with amnesiac tendencies,
and tells an incident to illustrate his point. But that comes later
in our story. Little Freddie was one of 11 sons and daughters born
to Mr. and Mrs. Peter McKinley of Norwood, and he came into being on the
3rd day of September in 1894. His father, since deceased, was a prominent
stockman of that community. Others in the family were Joe, B.S.,
Mrs. Jim Hale, Mrs. E. M. Grisham, Mrs. Sidney Bond, Mrs. W. O. Warden
and 4 youngsters who passed away in infancy. McKinley (not the President)
attended country school in the Reed district near Norwood, grade school
at Norwood and Hartville, high school at Gainesville and Fair Play, holds
a B. S. degree from Springfield S.T.C., and studied at Missouri U.
His high school days were interrupted by the war and in the spring of '17
he enlisted in the army, where he served 32 months, 14 of which were overseas
in the great drive. After taking part in two of the last major offensives
Fred's warring days were ended (until 1925) by the armistice, and he returned
home. Back in America he worked awhile as street car conductor in
Kansas City before returning to Fair Play to finish high school.
Mr. McKinley was married in 1925 to Miss Myrtle Patrick, daughter of Mrs
Paul Patrick of Althea. They have 3 children, Virginia 11, Bobby
9 and Sue 4. Both Bobby and Virginia attend the local school which
is under their father's supervision, and claim that he shows too much favoritism---to
other children. "Mac" whose hobby is farming when he isn't devoting
his time to his profession, is in his 17th year as a teacher. Three
years were spent in a large rural school and since then he has superintended
the following high schools: Gainesville 2 years, Nixa 3 years, Norwood
3 years and this is his 6th term in Seymour.
A bit o' th' ol' Scottich, McKinley is one of the best---and most free-hearted men we know, always looking for a good joke on another and welcoming one on himself. Leaning back in his swivel chair and scratching his Heavenly (there is no parting there) head, he told us of the time when, on his first visit to the school building, he locked his keys in the office and was forced to retrieve them by crawling into the office window by way ot the gym roof---which acrobatic debut we'd have enjoyed seeing.
Bill Barnett of Sarcoxie, Mo. was taken to Jefferson City to the state penitentiary Monday by Sheriff Jim Baker. In a special term court Saturday he was given a two year sentence for the theft of two hound dogs belong to Broady I. Absher, and three auto tires belonging to Mrs. R. E. Williams of Norwood. Mrs. Baker accompanied the Sheriff as far as Lebanon, in order to have her tonsils removed.---Mansfield Mirror
We are sorry to hear of the death of Paul McIntosh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charley McIntosh of this neighborhood. Paul was in California and we understand that he was killed by a train hitting a truck he was driving.
C. W. Towe received a telegram Wednesday from C. W. Wilson of New Mexico telling him of his wife's death. Mrs. Wilson was Miss Alma Towe before her marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. Oren Bass are the proud parents of a new baby boy, Sidney Arthur.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Tedrick of Blanche report the arrival of a baby girl in their home Sunday.
November 25, 1937:
Aunt Missouri Long, widow of the late John Long, died Tuesday morning at her home near Owensville. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at 10:00 o'clock at Bethel church by Rev. Wells of Springfield, and interment was in the Broyles cemetery. Two of her daughters arrived from California before their mother's death.
It is rains while the windshield is out of order, rub a little kerosene on the outside of the windshield and the glass will remain clear through the heaviest rain. One application will last an hour or more. A small tin of kerosene kept in the tool box may prove a great convenience.---E. T. Boston
Before commissioner Charles H. Thompson in federal court last Monday, Orville E. Sims and John Richard Bayless pleaded guilty to robbing the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Mansfield. Mrs. Orletta Sims, wife of Orville, entered a plea of not guilty. Bond was set at $2500.---Wright County Republican
Mr. Bill Moxom, well known citizen of this community, was united in marriage here last Thursday night to Minnie Alson of Kansas, Rev. Ben Owens officiating.
Darcus Coday of Wolf Creek passed away Saturday night and was laid to rest in the Wolf Creek cemetery Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Newkirk are listening over a new radio now of which their son, Frank, made them a present last Saturday.
The Whetstone neighborhood was made sad to hear of Frances Young of Mountain Grove passing away last Friday.
Charles C. Baker was born in Kentucky December 14, 1854. Departed this life October 29, 1937 at the age of 82 years, 10 months and 19 days. He had lived in Missouri for over 50 years. Deceased joined the Methodist church over 50 years ago. He leaves 4 nephews, one niece and a host of friends. For the past two and a half years he had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Will Anderson. He was an invalid the last year of his life, taking double pneumonia at the last, death coming 24 hours later. Funeral services were held at Oak Forest, Rev. William Fox officiating at the request of Brother Baker. Interment was in the Thomas Cemetery.
R. L. Ferguson is driving a new Ford.
December 2, 1937:
Lowell Walker has bought the Texaco filling station , at the old hotel building, from Fay Forrest.
Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Cheney are the proud parents of an 8 pound boy born Sunday, November 28. He will be known by the name Mayo Kirk, Jr.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Herschell Cole a baby girl Sunday November 28. The little miss will answer to the name of Mary Ann. Dr. Ryan of Mountain Grove was the attending physician. Mother and babe are doing fine, and we think the father will also recover.
Ezra Dennis of Mansfield was down in our part of the country last Wednesday quail hunting and lost a black and white spotted bird dog.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Allen and daughter, Mary, and Beatrice Smalley took dinner in the Mrs. Hattie Wilson home Thanksgiving day. Mr. Allen worked for her that day.
Miss Verba Allen is staying in the Roscoe Allen home doing house work.
December 9, 1937:
A lot of mothers are going to be gunning for a certain doll manufacturer after Santa Claus brings their little daughters one of those wetting dolls for Christmas.
Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Osbern of near Oak Forest have opened a restaurant and grocery store in the Mrs. P. D. Little building across the street from the post office. There has been need of a good eating place in Norwood for a long time and we welcome Mr. and Mrs. Osbern to our town.
Mrs. Classie McIntosh, 19, Norwood, was arrested Wednesday and lodged in jail at Hartville on a charge of running a bawdy house. Mrs. Betty Roadlander Pruitt, 16, Norwood, is in jail on a disturbing the peace charge. Miss Augusta Smalley, 16, Norwood, is being held for questioning but is not under arrest. Preliminary hearing of the two charges has not been set yet.---Wright County Republican
Mrs. McIntosh, mentioned above, had been
occupying rooms in the "White Elephant" apartment house here the past few
weeks, and according to all reports the officers have done a good piece
of work in making the arrests. Mrs. Pruitt was arrested by deputy
Akers on a warrant sworn out by Mrs. Young, who lives in the same building,
and this led up to the arrest of the others by Sheriff Baker and deputies.
We understand that a called term of circuit court will be held at which
time the young women will plead guilty and receive sentence. Others
inform us that Miss Smalley is also under arrest and not merely being held
for questioning as first reported.
Monday evening Frank Tompkins was arrested for breaking his parole and was taken to Jefferson City Tuesday. It will be remembered that he was convicted several months ago for stealing timber and was released on parole.
Miss Eula Dodson was also taken into custody Monday evening and was take to Hartville. Both Tompkins and Miss Dodson were implicated in the affair at the White Elephant, we understand.
The Strunk beer joint, long a sore spot in Norwood, is again closed and it is reported that the proprietor has been warned by Sheriff Baker that if he reopens for business the place will be padlocked for a year as the sheriff is said to have plenty of evidence with which to proceed against the place. Mr. Strunk also had a citation to appear before the State Board of Liquor Control at Jefferson City Wednesday of this week to show cause why his state license should not be revoked for failure to secure a village licence.
The notorious Hartley road house, east of Mountain Grove, was raided by Sheriff Baker and Federal officer Shoemaker Saturday night and 4 men, a truck and a keg of whiskey were taken.
Howard Bradshaw, Bert King and Jess Young were arrested Sunday by Sheriff Baker. Bradshaw is charged with disturbance and resisting an officer. Young with disturbance, and King with disturbance, interfering with an officer and giving whiskey to a minor. The arrests were a result of a disturbance at the gymnasium after the close of the entertainment Saturday night. Bradshaw, who was said to be drunk, grabbed June Caudle and as she fought to free herself, Deputy C. H. Cole started to place Bradshaw under arrest when the latter struck the officer in the jaw. Bradshaw's brother, Jack, grabbed him and managed to get him outside the gym where he was overpowered, place in a car and taken home. King and Young are said to have interfered with officer Cole in the performance of his duty.
Miss Nola Allen spent the weekend at home near Owensville.
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Hoffman are rejoicing over the arrival of a new baby boy born Saturday evening.
We know a few people in this community who have their wings already sprouted, if we are to believe what they say. But sometimes their actions belie their words.
We saw a sign the other day as we passed through a Missouri town which said "Women Ready to Wear Men's Clothing." Some of them have been wearing the pants a long time so we guess its just as well that they don the coat and vest also.
John W. Walker and Alice Hall, both giving their address as Norwood, were granted a marriage license at Ava last week.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Cheney passed away November 30, and was laid to rest in the Jackson cemetery northwest of Norwood.
Mr. Edgar Stubbs and Miss Anna Marie Gosvener were united in marriage at Ava Monday, November 29. They expect to leave about December 15 for Idaho where they will make their home.
December 16, 1937:
At a special called term of circuit court at Hartville Tuesday, Mrs. Classie McIntosh was sentenced to the state prison at Jefferson City for a two year term on the charge of operating a house of ill fame in Norwood. We understand that Mrs. Betty Pruitt and Miss Augusta Smalley were being tried Wednesday but we did not learn the results.
W. B. Gasperson who had been in poor health for a long time died Monday night at his home near Pleasant Hill. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the home by Rev. Will Anderson. Mr. Gasperson's daughter, Mrs. Hallie Orr, arrived Saturday from Kansas City.
Owen Cottengim who just recently returned to Norwood from California took over the Thompson filling station on highway 60 last Thursday and he and Mrs. Cottengim are operating it. They are putting in a lunch counter.
Howard Bradshaw, Bert King and Jess Young, whose arrest was mentioned in these columns last week, plead guilty before justice of the peace Bob Morton at Macomb one day last week and were given fines and costs amounting to about $11 each.
At a meeting of the village board of trustees held Tuesday night Arthur Akers was appointed to serve as marshall by unanimous vote of the board. Mr. Akers has been serving under his authority as deputy sheriff but circumstances made it necessary that he be given the appointment as marshall. Mr. Akers has done good work here in the past few months and law abiding citizens will be glad to know that he is to continue on the job.
Morris Owens wrecked his Pontiac car Friday night when he ran into the embankment near the H. H. Miller residence west of Norwood, while trying to pass another car. Owens was returning home from the CCC camp near Willow Springs for a weekend visit with home folks and had take Oscar Ford on to the latter's home at Macomb, the accident happening on the return trip from Macomb. The car was badly damaged but Owens escaped without injury.
Santa Claus is coming to Norwood. Word has been received that this jovial old gentleman will arrive here on the Sunnyland train at 2:17 Friday afternoon, December 24.
Floyd Sanders, accompanied by Gene Holdren of Hartville, made a trip to St. Louis Friday with the Bouldin-Ryan ambulance to take Joe Coffman of near Manes to the Missouri Baptist Hospital. Mr. Coffman had his right leg broken between the knee and hip eleven weeks ago and the bones had never grown together. An operation was performed at the hospital a few hours after his arrival there but the results have not been learned.
Mr. and Mrs. George Findley are the proud parents of a baby girl which they have named Joan. This makes them 6 children and is the second girl.
A number of neighbors went to Roscoe Allen's to listen to the radio. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Lawrance Allen, Miss Pauline Rhoads, Mr. and Mrs. Will Wymer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Will Anderson and their two grandchildren Lavern and Carl Cones. Heard some fine singing, one song especially was fine "Is Your Name Written in Heaven?"
A large crowd attended the funeral of Marian Keeling at Wolf Creek church Sunday afternoon.
An unusual incident was reported in Cabool this week by Harry Osbourn. His brother, Sanford, of Joplin, was in a train wreck in San Francisco, Calif., and was reported killed. His sister, Mrs. Virginia McQueen of Fullerton, Calif., went to San Francisco, identified the body and had the body buried there on November 23. On Tuesday, December 8, Mr. Osbourn came to his home in Joplin, hale and hearty. He is 41 years of age and has two children. The body which was mistaken for Mr. Osbourn was badly cut up and bruised which made identification vague. Harry Osbourn is manager of the Pevely Dairy at Cabool.---Cabool Enterprise.
December 23, 1937:
Mrs. Lew Butcher died at 9:45 Sunday night at her home near Owensville as a result of an attack of flue and pneumonia. Mrs. Butcher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Raney, was born in Summerset, Ky., December 4, 1858. Funeral services and burial were at Oak Grove Tuesday. Deceased is survived by 3 children. Her brother, Will Raney, has been seriously ill for several days.
William Gasperson, son of Thomas and Sarah Gasperson, was born in Franklin County, Mo. May 1, 1856. In 1877 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Sorrell of Crawford County. This devoted couple lived together 60 years. To this union were born 6 children, two of whom preceded their father in death, Gracie dying in infancy, and Iva at the age of 12. Surviving are his widow, his son Tom at home; 3 daughters Mrs. Clara Johnson and Mrs. Della Wedge of the home community and Mrs. Hallie Orr of Kansas City; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mr. Gasperson was converted at the age of 25.
Some of the boys have been doing quite a lot of hunting this week. Three of them brought in 6 birds Monday evening, and thought that two apiece was a pretty good average. Clifford Peck would probably have gotten more had he not have run out of ammunition, and Harvey Davis' gun just wouldn't shoot straight.
Balda H. Findley was born June 16, 1896; died December 18. 1937, at the age of 41 years. He was converted and joined the Baptist church at the age of 11 years. He leaves to mourn his going a mother, Mrs. Mary Findley; two sisters Anna of the home and Mrs. Charles Nevels of Strasburg, Mo.; 2 brothers George of the home address and Frank of Shoshone, Idaho. Funeral services were held at the Macomb Baptist church Sunday at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. Jordan Bogart, assisted by Rev. William Fox. Burial was in the Findley cemetery.
Habeas corpus proceedings last Friday freed
Otto Bess, former Mountain Grove resident, who was arrested the previous
day on a charge of embezzling $21,000 in negotiable United States bonds.
The proceedings were brought by attorneys of Bess late Thursday night,
papers being served on Sheriff James Baker that night and on M. J. Huffman,
prosecuting attorney, next morning. County Judge N. M. Ball, of Norwood,
freed Bess after a hearing conducted at the former's home near Norwood.
Habeas corpus proceedings can be conducted by a county judge in the absence
of the circuit judge from the county. Bess was arrested under a warrant
issued by the Justice of Peace court of Mike Smith, on a complaint of Mrs.
Mattie Gee of Mountain Grove and other heirs of an estate of Bess' father,
who, Sheriff Baker sid, had been adjudged insane in several courts after
Baker said Bess had evaded arrest for 3 years, having been wanted since 1934, when complaining witnesses say, he illegally took possession of twenty-one $1,000 non-registered government bonds belonging to his father and which were being kept in safe-keeping by a daughter, Mrs. Gee. Baker said that Mrs. Gee kept the bonds of Bess' father from 1928 to 1934, and Bess is charged with taking them from Mrs. Gee one day while she was clipping the coupons, which she turned over to Bess' father. Baker said complaining witnesses charged that Bess had previous to that made several attempts to obtain the bonds unsuccessfully, and after obtaining them had taken his father with him, moving the latter from the jurisdiction of every court that has adjudged the man insane and named a guardian. Baker said the bonds were taken when Bess' father lived in Mountain Grove, jurisdiction in the charge coming in this county. The chief complaining witness also charges that Bess had a fire-arm in possession at the time he allegedly illegally took possession of the bonds.
The case is arousing considerable interest because of the large amount of money involved.---Mansfield Mirror
On authorization from Circuit Judge C. H. Skinker, a special term of circuit court was convened here Tuesday, George C. Murrell, presiding, to try the cases of Mrs. Classie McIntosh, 19, of Norwood, charged with conducting a bawdy house, and Augusta Smalley, 16, Mrs. Betty Roadlander Pruett, 16 and Eula Dodson, 15, all Norwood girls and charged with delinquency. All entered pleas of guilty and sentence of two years in the penitentiary was imposed on Classie McIntosh, and sentences of two years in Girls' Industrial Home assessed against the other three. The Dodson girl was paroled to her mother, Mrs. James Bradshaw, and Rev. R. E. Darrow of Mountain Grove. Judge Murrell also ordered a grand jury empanelled with general instructions to inquire into any criminal activity. The jury is compose of L. W. Hensley, Hart township, foreman; Duane Dennis, Pleasant Valley; E. L. Colton, Union; Argus Palmer, Elk Creek; Home Smith, Wood; Jerry Carter, Mountain Grove; John Dixon, Clark; W. U. Thomas, Brush Creek; Riley Tate, Montgomery; Robert Kinser, Gasconade; Bert Eaton, Boone and J. F. Davis, Van Buren.---Wright County Republican
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sanders are rejoicing over the arrival of a new baby boy. He answers to the name of Joe Allen.
I know two men who tried to start their car so they could take their wives to town, but after working quite a while they told their wives they could not take them and went on to town without them. But to their surprise they saw their wives and the old car in the city of Norwood. Don't try that trick again, but get the old car started.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Besson are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby boy December 12. Mrs. Besson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Schuette.
We were sorry to learn of the death of Mr. Gasperson. He was laid to rest in the Lone Star Cemetery. Rev. Will Anderson preached the funeral.
I was sorry to hear of the death of E. C. Young of the LIttle Creek neighborhood. He was an old schoolmate and neighbor of ours.
We overlooked an item from last week---the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Finch December 11.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hill are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby in their home Monday of this week.
Mr. and Mrs. William Appier, south of town, announce the birth of a son Thursday, December 16. He weighed 9 pounds and has been named Billy Lee.
Mr. Floyd Sanders and Miss Leota Raney were united in marriage a few weeks ago but had kept it a secret until last week. Last Wednesday night a crowd of friends gathered and gave them a charivari, and then charivaried Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stubbs, recently married. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders have moved into rooms in the Mrs. Viola Smallwood house where they are now at home to their friends.
December 30, 1937:
Mrs. Anna May Hill, estranged wife of Joe Hill, and her brother Clifton Bunch, plead guilty Monday morning before police judge L. C. Gregory to the charge of fighting on the streets of Norwood last Friday at which time Mrs. Hill and Mr. Bunch had some trouble with Mr. Hill in which he is said to have been beaten up by the two defendants who were arrested at the time by Marshall Arthur Akers. The were each fined $5 and costs, making a total of $11.45 in each case. The fines and costs were paid. A warrant was issued for Hill who is to stand trial Thursday of this week. Clifford and George Preston were also arrested Friday by Mr. Akers on a charge of drunkenness and attempting to fight on the public streets. They were lodged in the county jail, having failed to pay off.
There was an immense crowd in Norwood Friday afternoon to meet Santa Claus and give him a royal welcome to our town. He arrived on the Sunnyland from the east and was at once escorted to the truck where the drawing was then taking place. After the drawing was finished candy was distributed to the boys and girls.
William Levi Raney, living two miles north of Owensville, died about 10:00 o'clock Sunday night. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Homer Smith at Oak Grove Tuesday morning at 11:00 o'clock and interment was in the Oak Grove cemetery. Mr. Raney would have been 77 years old Jan. 1, 1938. He had lived on the same farm for 39 years. He is survived by his widow, 4 sons and 4 daughters.
Barbara Jean Proctor, year old daughter of John Proctor of route 2, died Monday morning of an injury she received a few days before in a fall off a bed. The child was playing on the bed and fell off, striking the back of her head on a metal toy that was on the floor. The injury seemed to be slight but infection is believed to have set in causing death. Burial was in Brushy Knob cemetery. The child was born November 4, 1936.---Douglas County Herald
Mr. Roy C. Raney of Barnsdall, Okla., and Miss Blanche Embrey of Seymour were united in marriage at the home of W. B. Hensley Christmas day, Mr. Hensley reading the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Raney left Sunday for Oklahoma with Mr. Raney's brother, Monroe, and Miss Esther Wallace who had been here on a holiday visit. The newly weds will make their home in Oklahoma where the groom is employed.
Mrs. Rose Menne is enjoying the company of a new radio.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Brown are the proud parents of a baby boy born Dec. 14. He will answer to the name James Louis.
Bink Sisco is having an enjoyable time breaking in a new set of teeth.
The baby born to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hill
last week only lived a few hours.