January 4, 1934:
Saturday night as Dr. W. S. Calhoun and his chauffeur, Henry Dixon, were enroute to Mountain Grove to attend the show, on their way down Whetstone hill they noticed a light on the bank at the side of the road and suddenly became aware that someone was in the road waving for them to stop. According to reports, Dixon applied the brakes, the road was slick, and the car whirled around and upset at the side of the road. No damage was done except that the right rear window in the Buick sedan was broken. The only injury was a slight bruise received by Dr. Calhoun when Dixon stepped on his ankle in getting out of the car. On getting out the pair found that E. L. Finch and Nolan Devault had had the same misfortune in Mr. Finch's car, and it was they who had been seen waving. No serious injuries resulted from either accident.
Rev. Mose Willis suffered a broken rib and severe bruises Monday when he walked in front of a local freight train near the depot in Norwood. According to those who witnessed the accident, the mind of Mr. Willis seemed to be preoccupied so that he failed to heed the shouted warnings of those near by. That he was not killed was probably due to the fact that the train was moving at a slow rate of speed.
Miss Marie Basye, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Basye of Eolia, Missouri, and Mr. Evan W. Means of St. Louis, eldest son of Rev. and Mrs. C. N. Means of Norwood (C. N. was editor of the Index), were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 23, at the home of Lyle D. Stone, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Kampsville, Illinois, who performed the ceremony. They were accompanied by George L. Busch of Troy, Missouri, and Miss Beulah Cornstubble of St. Louis, close friends of the bride and groom. The bride wore a golden yellow silk crepe dress with brown collar and cuffs and accessories to match. The groom was attired in a suit of blue homespun. The bride was graduated with the 1932 class of Eolia high school and at present is employed as teacher at the Elliott school in Lincoln County, Missouri. She is an active worker in the Methodist church of Eolia, and played on the Eolia girls basketball teams during her high school career. The groom was a member of the class of 1928 of the Fairfield, Illinois community high school, and after spending a year at Norwood on the Index, moved to St. Louis where he has been in the employ of the Union Electric Light and Power Company since July 1929. The happy couple will make their home in St. Louis.
At a formal wedding in the McGowan home near Mountain Valley at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Miss Glennette McGowan, became the bride of Mr. Harry Redman. The house was beautifully decorated in a pink and white color scheme, while sweet peas decked the altar. The bridal party made up of Misses Phyllis and Farrell Sullivan, bridesmaids, Joe Lathrom, best man, Misses Janice Lee Robinson and Lois Barnes, flower girls, and Jackice Lou Long, ring-bearer, along with the bride and groom, marched to the altar as the organ played Lohengrin's Wedding March. The rites were read by Rev. H. B. Smith, the single ring ceremony being used. The bride wore a pretty gown of white crepe, with a long veil, and carried a bouquet of pink and white roses. The bridesmaids wore gowns of green and blue. The flower girls had dresses of pink, and the ring bearer was attired in white. Refreshments of coffee, sandwiches, pie and cake were served. Mr. and Mrs. Redman left soon after the ceremony for Kansas City, where they will be at home to their friends.
Rev. Neal Moore attended the funeral of Uncle Jim Pruitt at Oak Grove Monday evening.
Five cars wrecked on Whetstone hill west of the bridge on the curve Saturday night, resulting in serious injuries to 4 people. This makes quite a grand total of cars having been wrecked on this curve in the past month.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Holt are the proud parents of a baby boy born December 28.
January 11, 1934:
The body of Ottie Owens, who died at his home at Tulare, Cal., last week, arrived in Norwood Tuesday and funeral services were held at Oak Grove Wednesday afternoon. Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Owens who live north of Norwood, and who received the news of his death just 26 days after the death of another son, Ruben Gray Owens, who died in a Los Angeles hospital following an automobile accident.
Mr. and Mrs. Von Tharp report the arrival of a baby boy in their home south of town Sunday night.
Mrs. Adie Sanders, wife of Levi Sanders, who is a brother of John Sanders of north of Norwood, passed away at her home in Greenfield, Indiana, Sunday, January 7.
Miss Alice Frye and Mr. Roy Hensley of Mansfield were united in marriage December 27. They are living with his parents.
January 18, 1934:
From Editor's Column: As concerns the sale of intoxicants, our country is facing a condition worse than has ever been known within the memory of any living man.
E. L. Bouldin of Springfield reported to police of that city that his overcoat was stolen from the pastor's study of the South Avenue Christian church Sunday. The coat, valued at $27.50, was taken from beneath 8 other garments. Mr. Bouldin is a son of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Bouldin of Norwood.
John Hutson, who is believed to have been the oldest man in Wright County, died the last of the week at the home of his son, Sam Hutson, near Talmage, from a complication. Mr. Hutson's exact age could not be determined, but it was known that he was past 100. His age was placed somewhere between 103 and 109.
James Pruett, Civil War veteran in his 93rd year, died at his home here Dec. 31.
Aunt Polly Ann Newton, 92, former pioneer resident of this county, died Sunday at the home of her son, Eldridge Newton, in Neosho and was buried here Tuesday in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. She was the widow of the late William Newton and the mother of the late Mrs. Sally Oliver Mashburn.---Wright County Republican
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hill, at 10:30 Sunday night, a baby girl.
Mr. Lloyd H. Cantrell of Marshfield and Miss Ethel M. Latimer of Hartville, were united in marriage Tuesday evening by Rev. G. Chadwell at his home in Norwood.
Rev. Jim Chadwell, formerly a resident of this section but now of Tulsa, Okla., had one leg broken in two places and sustained other flesh wounds when he was struck by an automobile in Tulsa Sunday. His brother, Rev. G. Chadwell, expected to leave Wednesday evening to be with him for a few days.
Mrs. John Greenwood passed away Thursday. The funeral was conducted at the Methodist church in Mountain Grove Friday at 2:00 p.m. and the body was taken to Mansfield for burial.
Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Roy are the proud parents of a baby boy born January 5. He will go by the name Clarence Franklin.
Sam Fry was married last Saturday to Mrs. Beck.
January 25, 1934:
Paul Willard Jackson, 22 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Jackson, died at the home of his mother in Kansas City Sunday, January 21, of muscular atrophy, with which he had been afflicted since childhood. He was born near Norwood January 9, 1912. His parents have not lived together for a number of years and young Jackson has spent part of his time with his father here, and the remainder with his mother at Kansas City. Paul has had to go about in a wheelchair since the age of 9. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church in Norwood Wednesday afternoon, Rev. George Scott and Rev. G. Chadwell in charge and interment was in Thomas Cemetery.
The first candidate to file for county office was A. E. Brown of Mansfield, who has filed for the office of Probate Judge on the Republican ticket. Mr. Brown is justice of the peace in Pleasant Valley township.
Ray Whitteker moved his harness and shoe repairing outfit from Hartville to Norwood last week. He is located in what is known as the "White Elephant" building east of the Bouldin-Ryan funeral parlors. He and Mrs. Whitteker also have living quarters in the same building. They are welcome to our town.
Mrs. V. O. Ballew, son Billie, and daughter Miss Mary Lee, spent the week end in Koshkonong with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thoman. The Thomans celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, and Mr. Ballew, accompanied by his father, drove down for dinner. On their way down they received a scare when the car overturned near West Plains. However, no one was injured and they proceeded to Koshkonong as soon as the car was righted.
Word has been received from Alfred Johnson that he is about to lose his eyesight. Alfred was in an explosion in a gold mine in the Fall, and that is believed to be the cause of his trouble. He is now in Washington.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Stienert are the proud parents of an 8 1/2 pound baby girl.
February 1, 1934:
A driver for the Luna Truck Company of West Plains was arrested Saturday at Mountain Grove for operating a truck without a proper license. He was taken before Judge Stevens at Mountain Grove where he was assessed a fine of $15 and costs, and was ordered to unload his truck and return home. The truck was loaded with tea, coffee and other merchandise, brought from Mammoth Springs, Ark., and consigned to the Reed-Harlin stores between West Plains and Springfield. The law regulating the operation of trucks on the highways of Missouri is very strict and unless one has met all the requirements, he will run into trouble sooner or later.
Last Tuesday afternoon as Rex Upshaw, 30, of Denlow, his financee, Miss Melba Lott, 15, and the latter's mother of Vanzant were on their way to Hartville to obtain a marriage license, their pick-up truck overturned near Whetstone bridge on highway 60, about 5 miles east of Norwood, injuring all three. According to reports, they were travelling at a high rate of speed and the car turned over as they rounded the curve near the foot of the hill, approaching the bridge. It turned over several times and finally landed in a field by the roadside. The occupants were thrown out of the car onto the highway. They were taken to the Ryan hospital in Mountain Grove by the Botton ambulance, which was called to the scene. Their wounds were dressed and Mrs. Lott and Miss Melba were soon able to go home, but, at latest reports, Upshaw was still in the hospital, unable to walk. First reports were that both Upshaw and Miss Lott were fatally injured.
Charles E. Mack, 46, of the famous comedy team of Moran and Mack, died last week as the result of an auto accident near Mesa, Arizona.
Chicken thieves visited the farm home of S. J. Lawson near Macomb Tuesday night, January 23, taking 80 white Minorca hens. This is the second visit to the Lawson roosts within a month.
The trial of Wid Ryan for alleged drunkenness and disorderly conduct which was set for a hearing before Harve Jackson Wednesday morning was continued until next Monday as the prosecuting attorney could not be here Wednesday.
Word was received here last week from Washington of the death of Mrs. Lottie Hylton, known as Aunt Lottie. She died at the home of her son, Lee Mann, January 10th.
February 8, 1934:
Now that Congress has voted $950,000,000 more for the CWA, we may be able to secure more walks for Norwood. Perhaps one up Baptist hill. With a walk already finished from the railroad to the school house, and with another planned from the railroad south to the Ben Nall corner, an extension on to the Baptist church would give the children living beyond the church a walk almost all the way to school, besides accommodating many who attend religious services on the hill. This is one of the most travelled streets in town.
Mrs. Fay E. VanNoy accompanied her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Fuson, of Hartville, to Springfield Tuesday to attend the funeral of Dr. Frank Fuson, 74 years old, who died at his home in Larned, Kans., Sunday. Dr. Fuson at one time practiced medicine in Mansfield, going from there to Springfield, and later going to Kansas.
The 7 year old granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Gregory died last Thursday at the Gregory home north of Owensville. Funeral services were held Monday with Gene Holdren of Hartville in charge, the body having been held to await the arrival of the child's father, Mr. Oliver, from Detroit.
Wid Ryan plead guilty Monday in Harve Jackson's court to the charges against him and was assessed a fine of $5 and costs, the total of fine and costs being a little more than $15. He was arrested several days previously for drunkenness and disturbance at Kirk's Cafe in Norwood.
Mr. and Mrs. Dee Caudle report the arrival of a new baby girl in their home last Tuesday night.
Miss Beulah Cole and Mr. Johnnie Clemmons were united in marriage Sunday and are making their home at Mountain Grove where the groom has employment.
Wedding bells have been ringing again. Mr. Ethan Dodd and Miss Vera Frisk were united in marriage Saturday, February 3.
Mrs. J. J. Smith received word from Bakersville, Calif., of the death of her brother, W. T. Christner.
L. C. Gregory and family were called Thursday to the home of his uncle, George Gregory, 16 miles north of Norwood on account of the death of Margorie Oliver. Rev. Homer Smith conducted the funeral Monday at Bethel and interment was at that place. Death was caused by bronchial pneumonia.
February 15, 1934:
"Gray hairs are caused by a vicious-looking germ," states a scientist. In our opinion, no man has any right to talk about his wife like that.
The CWA, among its other important activities, has a flea counting service. From Baltimore comes the profound announcement that the CWA rat catching service counted the fleas on the 14,000 rats caught, and established the important fact that each rat has an average of 4 fleas. One rat with 89 fleas held the record.
Mrs. Martha Adeline Barnett, aged 76 years, 2 months and 29 days, died Sunday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ella Jackson, north of Norwood. Funeral services were conducted at the Assembly of God church in Norwood at 2:00 o'clock Monday afternoon by the pastor, Rev. Atchison and interment was in the Thomas Cemetery. Mrs. Barnett suffered a broken hip in a fall some time ago, death coming as a result of this accident. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Retherford and was born in Tennessee. The Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors had charge of arrangements.
Thomas Keyes, aged resident of Macomb, passed away at his home there Friday after a long illness. Burial was in the Macomb cemetery Saturday.
Miss Joyce Cramer, daughter of Charles Cramer of Norwood, was united in marriage last Tuesday to James A. Bryant of Mountain Grove. They will make their home in Mountain Grove where the groom has employment.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Gothard have opened a cafe at the old Burke stand. The building has been thoroughly overhauled and put in first class condition by the owner, Dr. VanNoy, and the Gothards have an inviting place of business. Miss Nettie Bruton is assisting in the cafe.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cramer have bought a radio.
A brand new baby girl made her arrival in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Jackson last Thursday.
There were a number of accidents on the highways Saturday night due to the ice on the road, but no serious accidents or injuries were reported in this vicinity.
Lummie Caudle came home Friday night and reported they had made a rule that no member of a CCC camp should drive a car, so Marshall and Bill Caudle, Jr. took him back to camp Sunday and brought his car back home.
Mr. and Mrs. Stillman are the proud parents of a baby boy. Mrs. Stillman will be remembered as Miss Rebecca Schudy, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Schudy.
World News: August A. Busch, Sr., wealthy brewer, committed suicide in St. Louis Tuesday.
Because of alleged fraud President Roosevelt issued an executive order
cancelling all domestic air mail contracts. Arrangements are being
made to carry all air mail in army planes. Charles A. Lindbergh wrote a letter of protest to the President, declaring it unfair and disastrous to a
great industry to cancel all contracts without even giving the accused a chance to prove their innocence.
February 22, 1934:
The mothers of this town who are responsible for the girls who gad the street should stop and think what they are doing. These girls are no longer children. They are at an impressionable age. Where will you have their impression come from---from the riff of the street or from the home? It is for the mothers of this town to settle the question.---Mansfield Mirror
The 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Coffman who live 3 miles northeast of Owensville was dangerously burned around the body, on the arms and on the legs last Saturday when her clothing was ignited as she came too close to a pile of burning weeds and rubbish in the garden. Dr. VanNoy was called to treat the burns and the patient is getting along as well as could be expected. However, the doctor is very doubtful of her recovery.
Miss Julia Divan, 23, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Divan of Mansfield, was severely injured and her fiance, David Peugh, of Pittsburg, Kansas., was killed when their automobile crashed into the center of a Joplin electric work train near Pittsburg Saturday night. Miss Divan suffered a broken right leg and severe head and shoulder injuries. She is employed in Kansas City and was spending the weekend with her fiance at Pittsburg.
Under the firm name of Jones & Little, Lester Jones and Frank Little have opened a new grocery store on the corner in the Ryan Building. The room has been redecorated, new shelving put in and the wiring rearranged for better lighting effect. They have a fresh stock of staple groceries, flour, fruits and other lines usually carried by up-to-date grocery men.
Miss Gladys Hyde and Howard Klingsmith were united in marriage January 28 at Manes, and were charivaried that evening at the Hyde home. They will make their home at Green Mountain.
Harold "Flag" Reberry and Miss Beulah Thompson were united in marriage last Wednesday evening in the Bill Robinson home by Rev. Archie Grogan. The couple planned to kept it a secret for a while but it was found out the following day. They were given a charivari Saturday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Amos Jackson have named their new daughter Virginia Lee.
March 1, 1934:
Athal Ryan, of Norwood, who was employed on the Frisco extra gang at Tyronza, Ark., died in a Memphis hospital at 2:00 o'clock Friday morning as a result of gunshot wounds received at 10:00 that night. According to meager reports received here, Ryan was with a party who were drinking and playing cards in a house near Tyronza when the fatal shooting took place. He was rushed to the hospital but lived only a short time. Mrs. Ryan was notified of the shooting and left for Memphis on the night train but did not reach there until after he husband's death. The body was taken to Mrs. Ryan's former home at Henderson, Tenn., for burial. Deceased leaves his widow, an adopted son, and his father, who is practically helpless. His sister, Mrs. Janie Mullins, also lived with them here. All these were dependent on him for support.
Tuesday evening of last week Mrs. Jim Williams, who lives about a mile north of town, was seriously injured when attacked and knocked down three times by a ram while helping to look after the sheep. Mrs. Williams suffered a broken ankle, a fractured leg bone, and a dislocated knee cap, besides other painful bruises. She suffered a great deal for several days but was reported as resting better the first of the week.
Miss Alice McConnell, sister of G. W. McConnell of the Norwood high school faculty, was united in marriage February 16 to Mr. Bertram F. Johnson of Plad, Dallas County. Miss McConnell has been making her home here with her brother this winter and is a junior in the local high school. The McConnells came here from Dallas County.
Mr. and Mrs. Alva long report the arrival of a new baby in their home Saturday night.
Mrs. J. J. Smith has received word from California of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. B. F. Christner, who passed away in Tulare hospital February 20. Pearl was well know here, having lived her most of her life.
March 8, 1934:
The 58th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Absher of near Norwood was celebrated last Wednesday when they were given a surprise dinner in honor of the occasion. It was also in honor of their grandson, Jesse, who left for California Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Absher are known to everyone as "Uncle Broady" and "Aunt Manerva". Best wishes for many more years of happy wedded life were extended by those present.
There was some excitement in town Sunday afternoon when smoke in copious quantities was seen issuing for the roof and sides of the John Scruggs residence. The Scruggs family was away from home, hence the volunteer fire fighters who gathered at the first sound of alarm found it necessary to force an entrance into the house where it was discovered that Mr. Scruggs was smoking his meat. We would suggest that citizens who leave home under such conditions post a notice on the door to the effect that smoke is not always indicative of fire of a destructive nature.
Doris Coffman, 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Coffman, died last Wednesday morning as the result of burns received when her clothing caught fire nearly two weeks before from a trash fire in the garden. Funeral services were held at Oak Grove Thursday afternoon by Rev. Selph Jones and interment was in the cemetery at that place.
Marion Huffman informs us that he has already filed as a Republican candidate for prosecuting attorney of Wright County. John C. Pope of Hartville will be his opponent in the primary.
General Strunk, pioneer resident of the Glendale neighborhood southeast of here, died Monday night at 9:00 o'clock. Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Strunk was the father of Noah Strunk of the Farmers Produce Company in Norwood.
Jasper F. Stewart who lived about 2 1/2 miles south of Macomb died Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. He had been suffering for some time with stomach trouble and other complications. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon and interment was in the Macomb Cemetery.
While returning from Mountain Grove last Thursday night, Sheriff Claxton's car left the highway, going over the embankment and landing in the Bruton field at the east edge of Norwood. Mr. Claxton was not seriously injured, receiving only minor cuts on the hand and a few bruises, but ht car was badly damaged.
It may still be news to some of Sterling Williams' friends in this community to know that he was married on Christmas Day to Miss Louise I. Bowen of Watertown, Mass. Mr. Williams first met Miss Bowen at Harvard university where she was his French teacher several years ago. She has held the position of Assistant Registrar of the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, since 1920. After March 15, Mr. and Mrs. Williams will be at home in Belmont, Mass.
Miss Verba Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Allen of the Pleasant Hill community, visited over the weekend with her cousin, Miss Lena Allen, in the Fairview community.
Merle and Orville Robertson attended the charivari at R. W. Hinton's Thursday evening. The newlyweds are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Woods. Mrs. Woods was formerly Mrs. Ruth Hinton-Jones. They expect to make their home at Shoshone, Idaho, having left Monday.
March 15, 1934:
Ethel Lewis of Mountain Valley vicinity was married Saturday.
Mrs. W. M. Shores died at her home in Exeter, Calif., March 3. Mrs. Shores was before her marriage Miss Effie Fletcher, and she has many friends here who regret to hear of her death and who sympathize with the bereaved husband and children.
Thieves looted Dr. VanNoy's car Monday night, taking 2 cases containing medicine and surgical instruments to the value of $75 or more. The same night, John Scruggs' car was stripped of 2 tires and rims and other accessories. The doctor's gas tank was drained. No clue as toe the identity of the guilty parties has been discovered.
Preston Smith passed away at his home Tuesday night and was buried Thursday.
Miss Maggie Johnson and Mr. Aubrey Shinpaugh were married February 18. The will live on the Stafford Wallace place.
Misses Lena and Lesta Allen spent Saturday night with their cousin, Verba Allen.
March 22, 1934:
The Old Fiddlers' Contest, sponsored by the Recreational Department of the CWA, Friday night was attended by a crowd of more than 500. First prize went to Bill Conley, 74, of Mansfield, who was also the oldest fiddler present. Cecil Conley of Norwood, son of the winner, was judged second best. Rivalry between father and son for first was close, and there were many others good enough to make it a difficult contest to judge. The youngest fiddler present was Bernice Matlock, 10, who showed unusual ability for a boy his age. There were 12 ballad singers contesting for best singer, which prize was awarded Oliver Gann, with Russell Stout second. Beside the ballad singers there were 3 dance numbers by Ike Arnold, Artha Maxey and Bernice Matlock, and a quartet composed of Warner Coday and 3 Gann boys rendered 2 numbers. The winners are eligible to enter the District Folk Festival at West Plains April 5 and 6.
Garden seed for 65,000 Missouri Relief gardens will be distributed by April 5th. Shipments have already been ordered for the 40 southern counties in the state, where county garden officials will make the allotments to needy families. Seed will be sent into the central and northern zones as the planting season moves northward. More that 250 men have been placed over the state to assist in the distribution of seed and in supervision of planting and gardening. A garden supervisor has been named in each county, to work with the County Garden Committee and the Relief and Reemployment Committee. The original estimate of 45, 000 relief gardens was surpassed soon after the State Garden Program was announced, necessitating the purchase of 20,000 additional units of seed. Each unit contains 18 varieties of see, including beet, carrot, two each of corn and peas, lettuce, radish, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip, onion, mustard, tomato, cabbage and 3 of beans. Fertilizer and insecticides will be furnished where they are required. See for group gardens, in which several families work their own plot, will be allotted to counties and shipped later.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Laub of Cornelius district, south of town, are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl in their home last Wednesday evening at 8:00 o'clock. The little Miss, their first child, has been given the name Viola Marie.
Mrs. Florence Robertson received a message Wednesday that her sister, Mrs. Myrtle Poschume, had passed away at her home in Conway Springs, Kansas, March 11.
Lummie Caudle spent the weekend at home. He reports that quite a number of boys are quitting CCC camp March 30.
March 29, 1934:
Our community was saddened last Sunday morning when its people learned of the death of one of this section's most beloved and respected citizens, Walter T. Webb, who had passed away at a hospital in Memphis the night before, March 17. Mr. Webb was superintendent of the Norwood consolidated schools in 1928-29. He was born in Howell County December 25, 1881, and died March 17, 1934 at the age of 52 years, 2 months and 22 days. For more than a quarter of a century he was a leading educator of this section of the state.
Born Tuesday, March 27, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Talbot at their home 3 miles north of town, a baby girl.
The J. D. Winters family has received word of the death of Harry W. Heuermann at a private sanitarium in St. Louis where he has been for treatment ever since leaving Norwood 4 years ago. Mrs. Heuermann is a sister of Mrs. Winters.
Mr. and Mrs. Dee Miller are the proud parents of a baby girl born March 19. They have named her Deloris Fay.
Little Joyce Wedge spent the weekend with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harve Wedge.
Mrs. William Potts passed away Sunday morning.
April 5, 1934:
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Atchison are the proud parents of a baby girl who made her arrival Friday.
Preston Holman arrived home from CCC camp Sunday. His term is out there.
An infant boy of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Snavely was buried Sunday, having been dead at birth. Mrs. Snavely is getting along all right.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Owens, living 10 miles northeast of Norwood, are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl born Tuesday morning.
Edgar L. Hughes, 43, died at his home in Kansas City Friday, March 30, and was brought to Norwood Sunday for burial. He formerly lived near here.
Norwood's streets have been greatly improved by grading and by the spreading of crushed rock on them in a number of places where such treatment seemed to be badly needed.
Mrs. Ella Luther, 58, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Florence Jones, in Norwood Tuesday night, March 27, after a lingering illness. She had been here the past 9 months.
Lummie Caudle is home from CCC camp. He served 10 months and 7 days.
April 12, 1934:
Disgraceful conditions prevailed in Norwood Saturday night. Drunken men and women paraded the streets, using language unfit for human lips, and conducting themselves in a manner that marked them as lower than the beasts of the fiels and woods. It is said that this drunken orgy continued through most of the night. It is high time that all decent citizens were rising up against such things which are becoming more and more common. Let us redeem the good name of our town even if it takes the application of some good tough hickory withes to the anatomy of those who know no law of decency.
An interesting wedding ceremony of Easter Sunday morning was that at which Miss Margaret Sears of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Harry Eckert of this city, took their vows before the Rev. George A. Warmer, pastor of First M.E. church. Only a few close friends were bidden to the rites, for which Miss Sears was charmingly gowned in silk crepe of soft blue with touches of white. The while was repeated in her hat, slippers and gloves and in the bridal bouquet of snowy rosebuds. Miss Lucille Lawder of the Bible Institute, Los Angeles, was maid of honor and wore pale green crepe with a corsage bouquet of Cecil Brunner rosebuds. George Eckert, of Long Beach, served his brother as best man. Guests at the wedding and at the pretty bridal breakfast which followed, included Mr. Eckert's four little children, Harold, Donald, Roger and little Miss Helen, delighted to have a mother; his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Kirksey, his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George Eckert and their two sons, and T. J. Miller, all of Long Beach; Miss Lucille Lawder, Los Angeles; Mrs. F. A. Matthews and Mrs. Bertha Claus and son, Freeman, Santa Ana. After a honeymoon spent at Catalina, Mr. and Mrs. Eckert will make their home in Santa Ana where the former is employed with the Home Ice Company.---Santa Anna (Calif.) Register
Bill Caudle, aged about 60 years, was arrested Saturday on a paternity charge filed by his half-sister, Blanche Caudle, and was lodged in the county jail at Hartville.
Irvin Brown was arrested Saturday on a charge of assault on his brother, Glenn. It is alleged that he gave Glenn a severe beating and then set fire to his clothing.
Uncle Peter Absher passed away early Tuesday morning at his home northeast of Norwood. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 2:00 Wednesday afternoon and interment was in the Thomas Cemetery. The Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors were in charge. Mr. Absher is the father of Clyde Absher, mail carrier on the star route out of Norwood.
John Jarrett was placed under arrest last week, charged with burglary and larceny and will be given a preliminary hearing before Justice of the Peace J. D. Turner at Hartville April 19. In the meantime he is in the county jail. It is alleged that Jarrett disposed of some goods stolen from Ben Nall's store in Norwood some time ago. We understand there is also a forgery charge pending against him.
Last Wednesday night someone entered the R. E. Williams family garage, took his spare tire, a valuable quilt and some tools and drained his gasoline tank.
Denzil Henson, 25 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. I. P. Henson of Coldspring, whose death was briefly mentioned in these columns last week, was killed in an automobile accident at San Antonio, Texas, March 31. Henson was enlisted in the U. S. Army and was stationed at Brooks Field, near San Antonio. Burial took place Tuesday of last week in the family cemetery at Coldspring.
Bro. Albert Brook united in marriage last Wednesday evening at his home Miss Leota Dake and Ralph Oliphant.
Harley Mears and Miss Dobb of Oklahoma were married April 2. They are making their home in Oklahoma.
The 14 months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon McCarty passed away last Monday and was buried in Mt. Arratt cemetery Tuesday morning.
April 19, 1934:
The erection of a jail is an invitation to the "boys" to walk straight.
There is quite a bit of discussion as to whether or not the horse will come back. Let us hope, the Christian County Republican says, that at least horse sense will return.
Last Wednesday morning about 10:00 L. W. Brown, who lived on the Agee place about 6 miles northeast of Norwood, was instantly killed when the fly wheel on a wood saw burst. Mr. Brown was helping saw wood for a neighbor, Mrs. Zilpha Burns, at the time of the fatal accident. The wheel burst into three pieces, one piece severing the victim's head completely from the body. A large limb of a nearby tree was cut off 15 feet above the ground also. Coroner F. A. Steffe of Mansfield was called to the scene of the accident but decided an inquest was not necessary. Mr. Brown had lived on the Agee place for about 10 years and was a highly respected citizen of that neighborhood. Lewis Wesley Brown was born in Texas County, Missouri, October 24, 1887. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Price Brown. He is survived by his wife, mother, 6 brothers and 3 sisters, his father having preceded him in death 2 years ago. He was converted and united with the Cabool Baptist Church in 1909. He was united in marriage to Stella McFarland October 24, 1909. To this union were born 8 children, seven of whom still survive: Gerald, Maye, Lola, Ladoris, Wilbur, Lucille and Lois. One child died in infancy. He passed away at 10:30 April 11, 1934. Funeral services were conducted at Whetstone by Rev. G. Chadwell, assisted by Rev. T. B. Ritzinger and the body was laid to rest at Pleasant Hill.
The board of trustees of the town of Norwood met last Wednesday night and organized by electing L. C. Gregory chairman and C. N. Means clerk. The matter of building a jail was discussed and the chairman was instructed to ascertain the cost of building one. The board met again Friday night, a number of the business men of the town being present, at which time it was definitely decided to go ahead with the building, there being an insistent demand for such action on the part of the citizens. It was first decided to erect the building at the west end of the street which terminates at the east boundary of the old mill pond property, now belonging to Noah Strunk, and adjoining the northwest corner of Mrs. Ollie Randall's residence property. However, rather than have the building so near her residence, Mrs. Randall very generously secured a plot of ground from Mr. Strunk, at the northeast corner of his property and just west of the railroad stock pens, on which to erect the new jail house. Work was begun Tuesday and relief labor is being used largely in the construction work. Business men have made a generous donation in money, and it is not expected that any money will be used from the regular town funds. The building will be 10x18 feet in size with two rooms and will be of concrete construction throughout.
In Justice Court: 'Squire Harve Jackson's
court in Norwood was a busy place Tuesday. The first case called
was that of Gene Ridens, charged with stealing
Bill Knotwell's car. This case was continued for 30 days with the understanding that if defendant pays all costs and goes to work for his father
in the meantime, abstaining from loafing on the streets and drinking, the case will be dismissed. Mr. Knotwell's car was taken some time ago
and was found at the Ridens home.
The case of the State vs William Caudle was continued until Friday, April 27.
A case in which Dovie Cartright had brought suit against Charles Richardson
for unlawful detainer was tried Tuesday afternoon. The case was
decided for the plaintiff who gained restitution of property and damage to the amount of $5. Attorney Charles Jackson appeared for Mrs.
Cartright and N. M. Ball represented Mr. Richardson.
Monday evening about 7:00 o'clock as Mr. and Mrs. Lee Burney were driving west on the highway about 2 1/2 miles east of Norwood, their DeSoto coupe was hit by a large truck, turned over a couple of times, and was almost completely demolished. Mr. Burney who was driving escaped with only minor bruises, but Mrs. Burney suffered a broken clavicle and other injuries about the shoulder and chest. She was brought to Dr. VanNoy for treatment and is getting along nicely. The truck, which born Missouri license No. 27,737 and P.S.C. Mo. No. T1106, was driven by W. B. McGuffee of Thayer. According to witnesses the truck had been zig-zagging back and forth across the road and Mr. Burney states that it was apparently turning into the byroad leading past the Pete Rogers residence but when he attempted to pass the driver suddenly turned back across the highway, giving him no time to get out of the way.
The two front tires were stolen from Fay VanNoy's truck Saturday night, and all the tools were also taken from the truck.
New sidewalks have been build in front of the J. M. Ellis and Mrs. Randall residences the past week. Relief labor was used and the property owners paid for all material.
Mrs. Sherman Hammack has handed in her resignation as operator of the local telephone exchange. As operator Mrs. Hammack has given satisfaction to the public and the patrons of this exchange regret to hear of her retirement. Her successor has not yet been named.
Mr. and Mrs. George G. Creal, Kansas City, Missouri, announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Katherine, weight 8 1/2 pounds, April 12. Mother and child are both doing nicely. Mrs. Hattie Chadwell of Norwood, mother of Mrs. Creal, is visiting her and helping to care for the new granddaughter.
Orville Robertson says he will feel very grateful to the party who stole his plow wrench from his plow out in the field if he will return it soon, as he needs it.
Making garden, planting potatoes and hatching chickens seem to be the order of the day in this community.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Long are rejoicing over the arrival of a son. Little Jackie Ray was born Saturday, April 14. He is their first child.
The little 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Smart, who had pneumonia and measles, passed away last week.
Mrs. Isaac Wagner of Olathe passed away suddenly Tuesday, April 10, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery at Olathe.
Mrs. Carl Seaholm received a telegram Sunday of the death of her oldest sister, Mrs. Flora Crain, of Mena, Ark.
April 26, 1934:
It has been called to our attention that we have never announced the winner of the subscription offered last fall for the best 12 ears of corn brought to this office. We regret this oversight and hasten to say that the award went to H. H. Miller.
Norwood Eighth Grade Graduating Class: Doris Miller, Maxine Sumner, Alice Williams, Mayme Hitchcock, Vialta Kelley, Inita Helsley, Fred Royal, Bethel Seymour, Leon Joy and Lawrence Shannon.
Peter Absher was born in Wright County, Missouri, February 9, 1858. He died at his home northeast of Norwood April 10, 1934 at the age of 76 years, 2 months and 1 day. He had been in poor health all winter, but was confined to his bed only 2 weeks. In the year 1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Barnes. To this union was born one daughter, Inez. On January 22, 1889 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Calhoun. To this union were born 4 boys and one girl, one of the boys dying in infancy. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary E. Absher; 3 sons, Albert of Portland, Oregon; Everett of the home address; and Clyde of Norwood; two daughters, Mrs. Blanche Barnett of Norwood, and Mrs. Inez Spillman of Caldwell, Idaho; 3 brothers, W. B. Absher of Norwood; Smith Absher of Mountain Grove; and Jim Absher of California; and 1 sister Mrs. Izora Gregory of Hartville. Also 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, April 11, by Rev. Selph Jones of Mansfield and interment was in the Thomas Cemetery. The Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors were in charge.
Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Moody report the arrival in their home of an 8 pound son, born April 12th.
Mrs. Ernest Miller has been appointed to the position of switchboard operator in Norwood for the Western Telephone Corporation and will take charge May 15. The miller family expect to live in the exchange building.
J. A. Douglass, judge of the county court for the south district, passed away at his home in Mountain Grove Sunday after a very brief illness. At the time of his death Mr. Douglass was head ot the Douglass Hardware Company founded by his father.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Forrest, April 15, a son. Her mother Mrs. Al King of near Norwood is staying with them.
Mrs. Reaves of Tarkio and daughter, Sadia, of Springfield, mother and sister of Mrs. Roy Absher, and another sister from Arkansas were called here last week on account of the serious illness of their daughter and sister, Mrs. Ben Long, of Mountain Grove, who passed away last Saturday.
Most everyone in the neighborhood attended the funeral of Mr. Brown at Whetstone a week ago last Thursday.
May 6. 1934:
John Hitchcock of Norwood is to received $16.02 a week for 19.44 weeks for a permanent injury to his eyes, on the basis of an award issued recently by Edgar C. Nelson, chairman of the Missouri Workmen's Compensation Commission. Hitchcock was injured July 6, 1933 when an explosion threw dirt and rock in his eyes while he was working on a farm-to-market road 12 miles north of Norwood. The hearing to determine the facts was held at the courthouse in Hartville April 17 by chairman Nelson, who found that Hitchcock has sustained a partial loss of vision in both eyes.
Houston Freeman passed away Friday evening at 9:00 o'clock at his home in Mansfield, at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 3 days. Mr. Freeman had been afflicted with palsy for 3 or 4 years and had gradually grown worse. Recently he had contracted cold congestion which developed into pneumonia and was the immediate cause of death. His condition became critical Wednesday night, the end coming Friday night as above stated. Funeral services were conducted in the Mansfield Baptist church Sunday afternoon by Rev. J. E. Seal, assisted by Rev. T. B. Ritzinger, and interment was in the Hensley cemetery north of Mansfield. He was converted at about the age of 18 years and became a member of Shiloh Baptist church. He is survived by his wife, 1 daughter Mrs. Myrtle Thompson of Kansas City and one son, Mason, who is a student in Springfield Teachers' College; one sister, Mrs. Mary Gates of Norwood; and 2 brothers, Jimmy of Mansfield, and Joda Freeman of West Plains. Mrs. Freeman is a sister of H. H. Miller of Norwood.
The former Miss Juanita Hensley, 25, passed away at Mountain Grove Thursday, April 19. She was buried at Wynn Cemetery Saturday, April 21, with Rev. Selph Jones conducting the funeral service.
Miss Velma Williams of Macomb and Eldon Miller were secretly married February 23, 1934 at Lebanon, their marriage not being known until a short time ago. They are living with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Miller, near Shiloh Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Pugh of Lindsay, Calif., announce the arrival of a baby girl, Billie Jean, April 15.
The case of the State vs William Caudle was heard before H. C. Jackson in Norwood last Friday and resulted in Caudle being discharged and the case thrown out of court. Reports have it that the prosecuting witness, Miss Blanche Caudle, gave conflicting testimony which resulted in the action as above stated. Miss Caudle is an expectant mother and had charged that the defendant, who is her half brother, was the father of her child, but on the witness stand repudiated her sworn testimony. It seems to be the opinion of those who heard the testimony that she was telling the truth in the first place but that pressure was brought to bear to cause her to change her statement. It is understood that another warrant was issued Saturday for the arrest of Caudle on another charge of similar nature, but in the meantime he has departed for parts unknown and has not yet been apprehended.
May 10, 1934:
Monday afternoon as Dr. L. T. VanNoy, accompanied by Mrs. VanNoy and Mrs. Wheaton Cottengim and two children, was returning home from a professional call to a patient at Vanzant, he met with might have been a fatal accident to the occupants of his car. As he came over the top of a hill about 2 miles south of Mountain Grove the car hit a large rock which knocked a hole in the left front tire and caused the doctor to lose control of the machine. After careening back and forth across the road a short distance, the car turned over three times, throwing out all the passengers except Mrs. VanNoy. It is said that the doctor was thrown more than 50 feet from the car and when picked up was at first thought to be dead. All were immediately taken to the Ryan hospital at Mountain Grove. At the hospital it was found that he was suffering from severe bruises about the chest and other parts of the body and that some on his ribs were broken, but no other broken bones were found. Two doctors were called from Springfield to assist in treating him, and for a few hours it was feared that he could not recover. However, by Tuesday afternoon he was resting much better and, unless complications develop, his recovery is now confidently expected. Mrs. VanNoy suffered many severe bruises, the worst being about the left shoulder, but no bones were broken and she is getting along well, expecting to be able to come home within a few days. Mrs. Cottengim was also badly bruised, her worst injury being to one ankle where some ligaments were torn. She is recovering nicely. The children were not seriously hurt and by Tuesday morning were able to run and play. It is reported that the driver of an oil truck had left some large rocks in the road, and that it was these which caused the accident. The car, a 1933 Chevrolet coach, was badly damaged, the top being smashed in and all the windows broken except the windshield, and there were many dents, plus a ruined tire. If it were left to a vote of the people of this community there is little doubt that Dr. and Mrs. VanNoy would be declared out most useful citizens, for they have been friends and benefactors to countless numbers. The night is never too dark or stormy for Dr. VanNoy to answer the call of those in need of his services regardless of the prospects of financial reward, and his purse is always open to every worth cause. Mrs. VanNoy (Bertha to everyone) has stood nobly by his side in his ministry of mercy. All hope and pray for their speedy recovery. His brothers, Dr. H. E. VanNoy of Lawrence, Kansas, and Rev. G. O. VanNoy of Springfield, came at once to be with and to help care for the doctor and Mrs. VanNoy. Later Wednesday morning reports were that all were improving nicely and that Mrs. VanNoy is able to be up and to go into the doctor's room.
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. VanNoy report the arrival of another son, their third, last Wednesday at their home in Independence.
Charles Burns, Jr. has enlisted in the U. S. Navy, having left Monday for St. Louis, from whence he will go to San Diego, Calif., where he will board a training ship.
Ray Robinson of the CCC camp spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Robinson.
May 17, 1934:
The new city jail is nearing completion and from the outside presents a very cozy appearance. To those who may be called upon for a sojourn on the inside it may not look so well, but anyway it will be a fine place in which to sober up as well as do some sober thinking.
Last Thursday morning about 8:00 o'clock a meat truck belonging to the Pitkin, Boyd and Neale Packing Company of Joplin was struck by a fast freight train at the crossing just east of the depot in Norwood and the drive, Howard White, of Springfield was almost instantly killed, life being extinct within 5 minutes after he was picked up. The truck was demolished and the contents, consisting of all kinds of fresh and cured meats and lard, were strewn along the tracks for some distance. Mr. White was thrown clear of the moving train, hitting a box car which was standing on the side track south of the main track. His neck was broken and his hips crushed, along with other cuts and injuries to different parts of the body which, however, was not badly mangled. The body was taken to the Bouldin-Ryan undertaking parlor, where it remained until Thursday afternoon when it was taken in the Bouldin-Ryan ambulance to Springfield to be prepared for burial by the Klinger Undertaking Company of that city. Mrs. White and a sister and Judge Alfred Page of Springfield and Mr. Neale of the packing company came down and accompanied the body back to Springfield. Funeral services were held Sunday at Granby, former home of deceased, and burial was at that place. Mr. White is survived by his wife and also by his father and mother, who live at Granby. He had stopped at the Kirk Cafe north of the railroad where he had ordered his breakfast and then had started ot cross the tracks and make some deliveries at G. M. Shaw's and at the Jones & Little grocery store south of the railroad, expecting to return for his morning meal. For some unknown reason he failed to see or hear the train which was coming in from the west, and drove directly in front of the swiftly moving locomotive, the truck apparently being hit almost in the center. It is said that the engineer was blowing the whistle almost continuously as he approached the crossing. This is a very dangerous crossing, as the depot obscures the view of the track from the northern approach and there are often box cars which prevent anyone from seeing very far in either direction as they come from the south. The railroad company should either put in a warning bell or place a watchman there for the protection of the public.
Marion J. Huffman announces in this issue of the Index as a Republican candidate for the office of prosecuting attorney of Wright County. Mr. Huffman was born in Norwood and has spent his entire life in this county, receiving his education in the Norwood common schools and in Norwood and Mountain Grove high schools. After graduation from high school he took 2 years of preparatory work in State Teacher's College in Springfield. He received his LLB degree for Cumberland Universtiy, Lebanon, Tenn. Was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1929 and has practiced law in this county ever since. He was married in 1933 to Miss Lylian Lee of Mountain Grove and they now reside in that city where he practices his profession. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Huffman of Norwood. Mr. Huffman made a strong race for this office 2 years ago, being defeated in the primary by a small margin. He invites the voters of Wright County to make a careful investigation of his qualifications for the important office of prosecuting attorney, and if elected he promises honest and efficient service in the conduct of the office, always keeping in mind the interests of the taxpayer.
We are glad to be able to report that Dr. VanNoy is getting along nicely in the Ryan hospital at Mountain Grove and that Mrs. VanNoy has been able to be in the drug store part of the time this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Berry are the proud parents of a baby girl born May 4.
Miss Olive Burris and John Wood were united in marriage last Monday. They are making their home in the Ike Wood home.
An old time charivari was held Saturday night in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Mears.
May 24, 1934:
J. D. Turner of Hart township is another of the native sons of Wright County to enter the campaign this year and is out for the office of judge of the probate court. Mr. Turner devoted almost his entire lifetime to farming and stock raising at which he was unusually successful and he still owns and manages the farm his father settled and on which he was born. A life-long Republican, he has been a staunch supporter of Republican principles and a worker for the party all his life but has never held county office. He has served his township for 4 years as assessor and as justice of the peace for 14 years. In the latter office he has earned a county-wide reputation for justice, impartiality and fairness and a good, sound judgement of the law, qualities that will help him out in the administration of the probate court should he be elected. Regardless of the outcome of the election Mr. Turner says he will still be a Republican and a supporter of the entire ticket.
Mrs. I. E. Taylor, the former Miss Lova Fuson of Hartville, spent Saturday and Sunday here with her sister, Mrs. Fay E. VanNoy. Miss Fuson was united in marriage to Rev. I. E. Taylor of Commerce, Okla., May 7.
Walter Hartley who escaped from the Gainsville jail, where he was being held while awaiting trial for bank robbery, and who was killed by officers last week near the Arkansas state line in Ozark County, was buried at Cabool Sunday. Hartley formerly lived at Mountain Grove.
The town board met Monday night at which time ordinances prohibiting drunkenness, disturbances, and other offences in the town of Norwood were under consideration. They will be up for final passage at the regular meeting of the board Friday night, June 1. Attorney M. J. Huffman is assisting in the preparation of the ordinances.
Dr. VanNoy was brought home from the hospital Sunday morning and is getting along very well.
Mrs. Frank Ellis, widow of D. F. Ellis, pioneer Baptist minister of Wright County, and mother of Roy Ellis, president of Springfield Teachers' College, died at the home of her son, Joe, in Mountain Grove Saturday. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. Gordon Bayless at Mt Zion Baptist church in the west part of the county Monday and interment was in the cemetery at that place.
Mrs. Mabel Jarrett received an announcement of the birth of an 8 1/2 pound son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lawrence. Mrs. Lawrence will be remember as Miss Pauline Jarrett.
May 31, 1934:
Miss Rose Mook of Loveland and Ernest Carlson of Norwood, Mo., were the principals of a quiet wedding that took place Saturday evening at 7 o'clock. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. A. E. Lathrop at the parsonage of the Free Methodist church with Mrs. Ada Mook, mother of the bride, and Mrs. Lathrop acting as witnesses. The bride was attractive in a gray ensemble suit, with hat and accessories to match. They are spending a few days in Loveland before going to Laporte, Colo., where the groom has a position. Mrs. Carlson attended the Loveland schools and is popular among the younger social set.---From a Loveland, Colo. newspaper
Rev. Haskins, well known minister of the General Baptist church, died at the home of a son in Ava Sunday evening. He was 67 years of age.
Ray Whitteker was called to Hartville Monday on account of the condition of his brother, Clay, who was rendered unconscious for several hours by a blow on the forehead by a hammer. He was changing a tire in his garage and in some manner the hammer slipped, hitting him as about stated. At last reports he was getting along all right.
Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Carlson recently received a letter from their son, Ernest, of Colorado telling of his marriage recently.
June 7, 1934:
[The following is a synopsis of Ordinance 9 approved by the Norwood Board of Trustees on June 1, 1934]: 1. Being intoxicated and annoying, disturbing or intimidating anyone; or being guilty of indecent or lewd behavior, is an offence. 2. Fighting or otherwise assaulting another person, is an offence. 3. Disturbing the peace by loud swearing, or by using profane, obscene, or indecent language, or quarrelling, threatening, challenging or fighting, or making any loud or unusual noise, is a misdemeanor. 4. Challenging someone to fight is a misdemeanor. 5. Interfering with a law enforcement officer, or refusing to aid a law enforcement officer while he is performing his duties is an offence. 6. Disturbing or disquieting any religious worship is a misdemeanor. 7. Breaking a wall, door, window, or window shutter in order to help some one escape confinement is a misdemeanor. 8. Loitering around the jail while prisoners are confined is an offence. 9. Anyone violating any ordinance, rules, provision of parts of ordinances of the village of Norwood, if no other penalty is given, shall be punished by a fine not less than $5, nor more than $100.
Donald Shelton and Ruth Pope met with a slight accident last Saturday. While going to Hartville after their marriage license their Ford coach hit a truck. Neither was seriously injured. They were married Sunday afternoon at the home of Rev. Claude Smith.
June 14, 1934:
Mr. William Bolt of the Henton Engraving Company of Joplin, Missouri and Miss Maxine Purday also of Joplin were married May 26 at the home of the Reverent White in Joplin. They were attended by the mother, Mrs. Margaret Purday and Mrs. Minnie Bolt.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Caudle are the parents of a new 10 pound son, born May 31. The little one will answer to the name of Avon Lee.
June 21, 1934:
Susan Mary Davis was born at Kansas, Illinois, December 27, 1848, and departed this life June 14 at the age of 85 years, 5 months and 18 days, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rosa Mulkey, in Pleasant Hill community. She had been bedfast for the past 3 years. She was united in marriage in 1867 to Logan Redman, and to this union were born 2 daughters, Hettie and Rosa. Hettie, with her father, preceded her mother in death about 18 years ago. Aunt Mollie, as everyone knew her, was converted when young. She leaves to mourn their loss her daughter, Mrs. Mulkey, 12 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Pleasant Hill June 15 by Rev. Will Anderson and the body was laid to rest in the Fairmount Cemetery beside that of her husband.
Douglas McNealey was born in Winchester, Va., June 11, 1849: departed this life June 12, 1934 at the age of 85 years and 1 day. He was united in marriage February 1, 1873 to Mary Ellen Williams who preceded him in death 3 years ago. To this union were born 6 children: Ed, who departed this life at the age of 40 years, Ezra of Hartville, Myrtie Hutchinson of Coldspring, Omar of Bolivar, Everett of Seymour and Minnie Gheer of Ava. Mr. McNealey was converted in early life and united with the Methodist church. He leaves to mourn his passing 5 children, 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his son, Everett, in Seymour by Rev. G. Chadwell. The body was laid to rest in Hartville Cemetery.
Rod Raney was seriously injured last Thursday afternoon while driving a team hitched to a mowing machine. While on the farm-to-market road near the J. E. Hart residence the team became frightened at a truck driven by John Cramer and Mr. Raney was thrown from the mowing machine. It was said by witnesses that the wheel of the machine ran over him. He was taken to the Ryan hospital in Mountain Grove where he was found to be suffering from broken ribs and a slight concussion of the brain. At last reports he was resting very well.
In loving memory of our dear husband and father, John A. Randall, who passed away 2 years ago today, June 22nd. Sadly missed by wife and children.
A marriage license was issued last Wednesday at Las Vegas, Nevada, to Fred E. Raney, 37, Mountain Grove and Thelma Dalton, 31, of Las Vegas.
June 28, 1934:
Mr. Frank Calhoun, only son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Calhoun of Norwood, and Miss Jessie Parker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Parker of Mansfield, were united in marriage Sunday evening by Rev. Selph Jones in Mansfield. They expect to make their home in the R. L. Calhoun residence near the school house.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Hutsell of Casper, Wyoming, visited over the weekend with his sister Mrs. Carrie Worsham, in Norwood.
Neulin Dake was exhibiting a large rattlesnake, with 8 rattles, in town Saturday. He killed the reptile on the farm-to-market road north of town.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vancil are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby boy born June 17. He answers to the name of Frank Everett.
July 5, 1934:
C. R. Raney was brought home from Ryan's hospital in Mountain Grove Thursday.
Ernest Green, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Green, of near Dawson was shot and killed by city marshall R. B. Atkinson at Mountain Grove Saturday night a few minutes before 9 o'clock. At the inquest held Sunday morning before Coroner F. A. Steffe at the Botton Funeral Home the coroner's jury returned a verdict of justifiable homicide, saying that Green met his death at the hands of Atkinson, who was acting in self defence. According to evidence given at the inquest, Atkinson had arrested Ernest Green's father, Jim Green, for being intoxicated, had taken him to jail and was locking the jail door, when young Green came up behind the marshal with an open knife in his hand. Atkinson was warned of his approach and seeing the knife, demanded that he drop it. Green kept closing in and Atkinson repeated the command. Drawing his gun, Atkinson fired once in Green's direction, hope to frighten him into his senses. However, Green kept coming and Atkinson shot him in the chest just to the right of the heart. He still cam on the the marshall who is also a deputy sheriff, hit him on the head with his gun before he fell. The body was taken to the hospital and it was approximately 15 minutes after the shooting that life expired. It is alleged that Atkinson, fearing Green's relatives and friends, fled to Hartville and remained there until the inquest Sunday morning. According to testimony given by the Texas County sheriff, Green had had friction with the law before. A pint bottle 3/4 full was found in Green's pocket.
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Burke and two small children and Mrs. Burke's mother went to Quaker Valley, Kans., last Monday and were accompanied home by their sister-in-law, Mrs. Arthur Lawrence, and son, of California, who will spend two weeks here visiting relatives. Mrs. Lawrence's husband died suddenly from heart trouble June 8th as they were enroute here from California.
July 12, 1934:
About 2:00 o'clock last Thursday morning Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Williams witnessed a strange sight in the heavens, they inform us. The crescent moon was rather low in the eastern sky and from each corner and from the center underneath there shot out a beam of light such as is thrown by a strong search light. These three beams of light came to the earth but just before reaching the ground each one forked out, making two beams instead of one. The beams were apparently about a foot in diameter and one of them came down in the Williams yard near the house. We have received reports that parties in Douglas County were also witnesses to this strange phenomenon.
L. C. Courtney, 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Perkins of south of Norwood, accidentally shot himself through the right lung Saturday afternoon while handling a revolver. The bullet went through the body, coming out just below the shoulder blade at the back. He was taken to the Ryan hospital in Mountain Grove in the Bouldin-Ryan ambulance and is reported to be getting along very satisfactorily.
Noah Strunk has his new building completed and will open his second store and produce house in Norwood Saturday. He has a splendid location across the street south from the Huffman building formerly occupied by G. M. Shaw, and the new business building is a great improvement to that part of town.
Miss Audrey Shores and Mr. Clifford Peck were quietly married at the home of Rev. T. B. Ritzinger, pastor of the Baptist church in Mansfield, last Tuesday. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Little. Mrs. Peck is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Shores of northwest of town. She obtained her education in the Norwood schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1931, and has taught school since that time. She is employed to teach the Pleasant Hill school southeast of Norwood, the coming year. Mr. Peck, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Peck, of Terrel, Ark., also graduated from the Norwood high school in 1931, and has since lived at Norwood and Terrel. His father was section foreman of the Frisco here for a number of years. Mr. Peck recently purchased the Philips Service Station on the highway and he and Mrs. Peck will operate the station. The young couple was given a charivari last Thursday night at the home of the bride's parents, after which Mr. and Mrs. Frank Calhoun, who were married a short time ago, were also charivaried.
Mrs. C. W. Moyer received a telegram Thursday, stating her brother, Joe Soller, of Ratcliff, Ark., died July 4.
July 19, 1934:
Tuesday was a scorcher with the temperature at 110 in the shade, and not much shade at that.
Many people in and around Norwood are out of water, having to haul or carry same for family use and having to drive stock long distances to water.
At a meeting of the school board Monday night it was decided to open the school well to the public on account of the acute shortage of water, and the power was turned on and the pump started Tuesday. This is good news to many of citizens and the board is to be commended for its action.
Franklin Welch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Welch, who formerly lived north of Norwood, was drowned Monday at Browns Branch in Taney County where he was with the CCC camp. The drowning occurred while young Welch was swimming with a number of other boys from the camp. The body was brought back here for burial in the Caudle cemetery Wednesday afternoon. The family now resides near Goodville in Douglas County.
Miss Mary Lee Ballew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. O. Ballew of Norwood, ranked highest of any student in Southwest Missouri in the intelligence test given to high school students last Spring, making 400 points out of a possible 410. The next highest in rank made 387 points. This intelligence test was in competition with students in Springfield, Joplin and other cities as well as in the smaller towns and schools.
Last Thursday Claude Sumner's meadow west of town caught fire, presumably from a spark from a Frisco locomotive, and burned over 18 acres which had just been cut, then jumped across the road to the John Williams place where J. D. Winters lives and burned an acre there. Mr. Sumner lost two rick of hay containing 18 or 20 tons, his hay stacker was burned, as was also a wagon belonging to Herbert Frye, and 7 milk cows had their udders so badly burned that 6 of them were a total loss. Most of the fence posts around the field were also burned. Had it not been for the presence of mind of Walter Kempt who returned home from the cheese factory with a load of whey while the fire was raging, the loss on the Williams place would have been much greater. Mr. Kempt took the whey to the scene of the fire and it was used by the volunteer fire fighters ot wet sacks which were used in beating out the flames.
Mrs. S. J. VanNoy received a message Tuesday telling of the death of her sister, Dolly Milton, who lived near Swanee, Tenn. The deceased was about 75 years old and had been in poor health for some time.
Calvin Claxton, pioneer resident of Wright County, passed away at his home in Hartville last Thursday at the age of 81 years. Funeral services were conducted Friday by Rev. Selph Jones and interment was in the Hartville cemetery, with the Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors in charge. Mr. Claxton is survived by his wife, 3 brothers and 9 children.
Robert Boyer, another old time resident of Hartville, also died at his home there Tuesday of last week at the age of 68 years.
Word was received here Saturday that Mrs. Agnes Arrowsmith died that morning in a Denver hospital. Mrs. Arrowsmith has been in very poor health for some time. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Lindholm. The body will be brought back to her parents, near Mountain Grove, for burial. Death was due to tuberculosis.
Everett Soule left Monday for a locality better known to himself. We will miss him but wish him luck wherever he goes.
Miss Lyllyan Book of Norwood and Mr. Frank Cox of Springfield were quietly married at the home of Rev. Will Anderson Monday, July 9. They were attended by the bride's mother, Mrs. Mary Book and Miss Florence Richardson. Tuesday evening they were treated with an old-fashioned charivari, there being 62 present. After the customary treat by the bride and groom the remainder of the evening was spent playing games and visiting. At a late hour all departed for their homes, wishing the newlyweds much joy and happiness.
Miss Ruth Reaves and Clifford Shepherd were married Sunday.
July 26, 1934:
Rev. G. Chadwell of Norwood and Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Smith of Owensville were united in marriage Tuesday afternoon at the home of the bride, Rev. William Fox performing the ceremony. The happy couple were given a charivari Tuesday night at the Chadwell home in Norwood by about 40 friends and neighbors who were treated to cigars and candy. The groom is 77 and the bride 71 years of age.
Mrs. Sam Shaw, who lived south of Mountain Grove in Douglas County, died Monday night at 9:30 from typhoid fever. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Pleasant Hill Baptist church by Eld. W. E. Brook and interment was at that place. Mr. Shaw is also very low with typhoid and not expected to live. Deceased leaves 4 children. She was a sister of Mrs. G. M. Shaw of Norwood, while the husband is a brother of Mr. Shaw.
Mrs. Vesta Hutsell returned home Tuesday from an extended visit with her children at Graff and Rayborn.
Harry Cecil Brazeal, 36 years old, who was killed in an automobile accident near Mena, Ark., was buried at Mansfield Tuesday. He was a son of J. W. Brazeal of Mansfield.
August 2, 1934:
We have received information that drouth relief money may be available for the drilling of a well in Norwood. The drilling would all be done at government expense, but we would have to furnish the pump. Should the well be drilled a state geologist would come here to select the location. We can think of nothing which is more sorely needed than an adequate water supply, and we are sure that the money can be provided for a pump and tank, so let's have the well!
Blinded by the sun, Mrs. Orpha Martin, 72 year old widow of a prominent southern Illinois physician, causing her to pull into the path of a west-bound train at Cabool last Sunday afternoon. The car was demolished, Mrs. Martin was fatally injured, and her invalid brother, Jospeh J. Shirk, was killed instantly. Both were from Belknap, Illinois.
F. J. "Flem" Thompson, well known citizen
of Norwood and a deputy sheriff of Wright County, was shot to death with
his own rifle Sunday afternoon as he attempted to arrest two men who had
allegedly beaten his son, George, and the latter's wife at their service
station 3 miles east of Norwood. Jimmy McGuire, bouncer at Jim Hartley's
road house and dance hall east of Mountain Grove, and a "drifter" accused
of firing the bullet which dug into Thompson's head, was arrested in a
wooded section 3 miles east of the scene of the shooting by a posse after
a brief chase. Jack Southerland, Mountain Grove feel dealer, was
later arrested, and both men were charged with first degree murder, as
well as assault and battery. As the story was told, McGuire and Southerland
came to George Thompson's station Sunday afternoon, and McGuire tore a
catalogue into bits to demonstrate his strength. After a little more
damage, according to reports, the two men, who are said to have been drinking,
got into their car to drive away. Thompson took the bits of paper
and put them into the car, saying they could throw it away along the road.
Words ensued and one of them struck at Thompson, and a fight began.
One of the men is said to have struck Thompson on the head with a gun and
the other with a bottle. Beating him to the ground they trampled
him under foot. Mrs. Thompson came to her husband's aid and he escaped
to the house from whence he emerged with a rifle, a .38 calibre gun belonging
to his father, who was later killed with it. His assailants took
the gun from him and mutilated him farther. Mrs. Thompson came to
town and found her father-in-law, Deputy Sheriff F. J. Thompson, and they
hurried back to the scene. On arriving the attackers were missing
and the deputy, accompanied by his son-in-law, Parley Barton, who drove
his car, came back to get handcuffs to hunt the men and arrest them.
On going back to the station they found that McGuire and Southerland had
returned and were continuing their attacks on the younger Thompson.
When deputy Thompson got out of his car, McGuire came out of the building
and ran behind the gas pump, rifle in hand. Instead of surrendering,
as the deputy ordered, he shot Thompson through the head, killing him almost
After the shooting McGuire ran through a field and into a wood north of the road, later coming out near Flacy's store on the east side of Whetstone hill, going up the road and into the woods on the other side of the road. He threw the rifle away in a clearing near Flacy's store. He was seen and recognized as he fled to the woods the second time and was soon captured. Meanwhile Southerland drove away in his car and was arrested later on the highway near Mountain Grove. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon and interment followed at Thomas cemetery north of town. George Thompson is in the hospital suffering from a broken nose and severe bruises about the face and body. He was brought home for his father's funeral and then taken back to the hospital.
Jimmie Gothard, of Norwood, was instantly killed a few minutes after 12:00 o'clock last Saturday night just 1/4 mile from the home of his parents who live 2 1/2 miles from Fairplay. The family had been to Fairplay that night to attend a band concert. The father and mother and other members of the family had returned home, and Jimmie and his brother, Winburn, were following in the latter's car. Jimmie was driving and as he came to a curve lost control of the car which ran into an embankment. Winburn was asleep and was awakened as the car left the road. He was not injured. Jimmie's neck was broken, apparently by the jar as there were no bruises of cuts on the body. It was the opinion of those who examined the car after the accident that the steering wheel had become locked, preventing the driver from holding the car in the road as he rounded the curve. The family had been at home about 30 minutes when news of the accident reached them. Mr. Gothard cam to Norwood during the building of the farm to market road north of town, being employed by the contractor. He was united in marriage August 14, 1933 to Mrs. Mamie Connolly of this place and for the past few months they have been engaged in the restaurant business here. He had been helping with the threshing at the home of his parents but had finished that job and expected to return to Norwood Monday. Funeral services were conducted Monday at Lindley Prairie cemetery by the Rev. Denton of Springfield and interment was at that place. Mr. Gothard was 26 years old July 23rd. He is survived by his father and mother, 3 brothers, 1 sister and his heart-broken wife.
George Ward, 29 year old "lone wolf" bank bandit and the latest addition to the ranks of Ozarks bad men, was captured unarmed Sunday morning at a Mountain Grove hide-out. Ward is wanted for many crimes, including the robbery of a Joplin couple, a raid on a Welch, Okla., bank, and other crimes. He admitted 4 Oklahoma bank robberies, a bank hold-up in Texas, and a hijacking at Neosho, Mo. The bandit was trailed to a house in Mountain Grove Saturday night. The house was occupied by families with numerous children and rather than risk shooting innocent parties, officers watched the house and arrested Ward when he left the house with another man Sunday morning. Known as a gunman, Ward surprised officers with the ease of his capture.
Sam Shaw passed away at 4 o'clock last Thursday morning at his home south of Mountain Grove in Douglas County, just 54 hours after the death of Mrs. Shaw. Both succumbed to the ravages of typhoid fever, according to the report of the attending physician. Funeral services were held for Mr. Shaw Thursday afternoon at Pleasant Hill Baptist church, with interment at that place. Mr. Shaw was 32 years of age and Mrs. Shaw 25, and they are survived by 4 children as follows: Neva, 7; Calvin, 6; Loyd, 3; and Curtis, 14 months. The children will be cared for by their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Shaw, and by their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Shaw of Norwood.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown Woods are the proud parents of a baby boy.
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Quillen are rejoicing over a new baby boy, born July 21.
James E. Long and Miss Opal Kelley of near Norwood, were married in Springfield last Thursday. Both gave their ages as over 21.
Troy William is the name given to the 7 pound son born to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cole last Thursday night. This is their first child and Bill wears a broad smile.
Huffman, Colton and Coday win Republican nominations.
You have no doubt heard of the man who lost a bass drum, but it remained for R. L. Calhoun, local truck man, to lose a calf. Ralph went to the country last Wednesday to bring in a calf to be transported to St. Louis that night and the animal was duly loaded into the truck which was tightly closed, with a cover over the top, but when the truck stopped in front of the Norwood Motor Company it was found to be completely empty. Mr. Calf had vanished into thin air. He was later found calmly grazing along the highway.
Flem Jackson Thompson was born April 18, 1866 at Vienna, Missouri, in Maries County. He lived there until January 22, 1899 when he moved to Norwood, where he has been a resident for 35 years. He was united in marriage June 11, 1887 to Mary Elizabeth Wilson. To this union were born 6 children: Tina Leona Osradker of Memphis, Tenn.; Ida Mae Young of Enid, Okla.; George Thompson and Hartense Barton of Norwood; and Arzona and Harlon Thompson, who have passed on. Mr. Thompson was a man who was always capable and honest in his dealings with his fellow men. He has served as an officer of the law off and on for several years, and always stood for law enforcement. He leaves his wife, 4 children, a sister, Mrs. Mary Basham of Belle, Mo., and 11 grandchildren. Death came July 29, 1934. Funeral services were conducted August 1, at the Christian Church in Norwood, with Rev. Selph Jones preaching the sermon and interment was in the Thomas Cemetery where the ritual of the Masonic Lodge was given. The Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors had charge of arrangements.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Akers proudly announce the arrival of a 7 1/2 pound baby girl in their home Thursday, August 2.
Mr. and Mrs. Wess Harris are the proud parents of a new baby boy.
Dake and Long finished a well for Tom Muran last week, it being 100 feet deep and furnishing a stream of water at 60 gallons per hour. This is a good well for dry weather.
Mr. and Mrs. Elder Towe are the proud parents of a baby girl. She will go by the name Barbara Anne.
Mr. Coffman has been drilling a well for Mr. Mozley. He got a drill bit hung and is having to dig it out.
August 16, 1934:
The official count in Wright County showed Huffman winner over Pope by 25 votes.
W. C. Koehler was born March 23, 1859. Departed this life August 9, 1934 at 2:30 a.m. He was united in marriage to Lucy May Sikes at Spearville, Kans., and to this union were born 2 children, Hugh and Jay. His wife preceded him in death July 9, 1932 and Hugh passed away March 12, 1905. October 9, 1933 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Ellen Sumner. He leaves to mourn their lost his wife and his son, Jay Koehler of Norwood.
Mr. and Mrs. Wes Sisco of the Fairmount community, southeast of Norwood, were given a surprise dinner Sunday by their daughters, Misses Florence and Alma, in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. Mr. Sisco was asked to help a neighbor work on his truck that morning, and he and Mrs. Sisco went, returning about noon to find the yard filled with cars. A bountiful dinner was served and the afternoon was spent in vocal and instrumental music.
Saturday, August 11, 1934 at the home of Rev. E. H. Rhoads at Brushy Knob, Miss Carmel Rhoads was married to Elmer Jefferson of Buffalo, Iowa. The solemn, yet felicitous, words which united the congenial couple to a long life of happy usefulness, as it is hoped, were pronounced by the bride's grandfather, Rev. E. H. Rhoads, in the presence of a few relatives. Mrs. Jefferson, daughter of Mrs. Lou Rhoads, graduated from Ava high school in 1932 and taught school last year, proving herself to be an energetic and successful teacher. Elmer is a highly respected young man and had lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Jefferson, at Brushy Knob until a few years ago, when he received steady work in Iowa. The happy couple left Tuesday morning for Iowa where they will make their home.
John R. Penner, well known farmer of Prior, a former judge of the county court of the eastern district, died at his home on Thursday of last week, following a lingering illness and stroke of paralysis only a few days previous. Mr. Penner was born Oct. 6, 1857 at Windlow, Ind. In the fall of 1877 he came to Douglas County, Missouri. On January 4, 1878, he was married to Elizabeth Curnutt, and returned to his home in Indiana. He lived there for 7 years and then returned to Douglas County and had resided on the same farm near Prior, for the past 40 years. He was the father of 8 children, 7 of whom with his life's companion survive. They are: Ora Penner, Prior; Mrs. Viola Smallwood, Norwood; Frank Penner, Vanzant; Clayton Penner, Bakersfield, Calif.; Maud Biggs, Cottage Grove, Oregon; Clyde and Lon Penner, Vanzant. Noble died in infancy. He was a member of the Masonic lodge at Mt. Ararat. He was converted to the Christian faith at the age of 16 years and was a member of the General Baptist church. Rev. Dick Anderson of Mountain Grove preached the funeral sermon. All of the children except Mrs. Biggs were present during his last illness and for the funeral service.---Douglas County Herald
In our issue of July 19 we carried a news story to the effect that Miss Mary Ballew had ranked highest in an intelligence test given to high school students of Southwest Missouri last spring, with a score of 400 points. The information on which the story was based was given the Index by Mr. D. W. Lewis of Southwest Teachers College of Springfield. However, it develops that outside the fact that Miss Ballew's score was 400 as stated, the information was inaccurate. There was in the Southwest district 16 students ranking from 400 up to 439, 7 of these ranking 420 and above. The highest score in the district was 439 made by a student in the Nevada high school. This was not an intelligence test but rather a vocabulary test. The above information was obtained by Supt. W. C. Carlisle from Dr. W. J. Saupe, professor of psychology, University of Missouri. That a student of Norwood high school ranked among the 16 highest in Southwest Missouri should be considered quite an honor, even though she was not the highest.
Word has been received here that Lloyd Webster and Helen Nelson are married.
Donn Woods, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Bird Woods, fell off of their truck Sunday and throwed his elbow out of place.
We must not fail to mention that we had a new scholar at Sunday School Sunday---Troy, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cole.
August 23, 1934:
Considerable suspicion was aroused just after dark Monday evening in the north part of town when a party of tramps, mostly female, was sighted coming into town with a sack of chickens. Indignant citizens thought seriously of calling the officers but closer investigation revealed that there was no cause for alarm. It was only members of the intermediate class of the Baptist Sunday School, accompanied by Mrs. C. N. Means as chaperone, who had been to the home of their teacher, Mrs. Laura Mozley, on a hike and tacky party, and the chickens were some that Mrs. Mozley had given to Mrs. Means to help feed the hungry Baptists assembled here this week. The party was planned as a surprise for Mrs. Mozley who was both surprised and delighted with their coming. All were dressed in the latest approved tramp fashion. Lemonade and cookies were served to the group.
Raymond Groves, about 20 years old, died suddenly about 4:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon while working in the field at the home of his grandfather, Mr. Evans, with whom he made his home, south of Norwood.
Henry Bradshaw suffered a severe injury to one eye Saturday evening when he was hit by a peach thrown from a passing truck. It is feared that he will lose the sight of the eye. It is alleged that the peach was thrown by a Dobbs youth from near Denlow, and he is reported to have been arrested and later released on bond.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Pope suffered the loss of 2 wheels and 3 tires which were stolen from their automobile Sunday night at their home northwest of town.
August 30, 1934:
Raymond Groves, grandson of Frank Evans, who died suddenly of heart trouble last Tuesday afternoon, was buried in Thomas Cemetery Thursday afternoon. He was 21 years and 11 days old. His mother, who lives in Hollywood, Calif., was unable to come. The Bouldin-Ryan funeral directors had charge of the body.
Mr. Sig Finley and Mrs. Pete Absher were united in marriage Wednesday.
Bird Woods left Monday morning for California with a truck load of people from this vicinity who are going in quest of work.
Jimmy McGuire, who was being held in the Hartville jail on a murder charge for the killing of F. J. Thompson, was adjudged insane by the county court last week and was ordered sent to the state hospital at Nevada.
Henry Hylton, who has been in poor health for some time, passed away at his home Tuesday. Rev. J. B. Hylton conducted funeral services Wednesday at Fairview church at Olathe. Mr. Hylton was 84 years old.
The community was saddened last Sunday when Uncle Billy Long died. He was 84 years of age. Funeral services were conducted at the Mountain Valley church on Monday by Rev. H. B. Smith and interment was in Mountain Grove Cemetery.
September 13, 1934:
Members of the Highway 60 Association from Mansfield, Norwood, Mountain Grove, Cabool, and other towns appeared before the State Highway Commission at Jefferson City Monday afternoon and made a plea for the paving of 60 from Mansfield to Cabool with concrete. At the conclusion of the hearing the chairman of the Commission assured the delegation that the matter would be duly considered and that no action would be taken without first notifying the people interested.
Miss Vada Bogart and a friend from St. Louis spent the weekend at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bogart.
Lloyd Westbrook of Mansfield and Miss Geneva Latimer were married last week at the World's Fair.
Louis Keyes and Miss Lois Kidd of Macomb were married one day last week.
Owen Hart of Mountain Grove passed away August 29. He was in his fifteenth year. He professed faith in Christ last Fall. Rev. Selph Jones conducted the funeral at Oak Grove where he was buried. He was a nephew of J. W. Fletcher.
Otto Thierman of Lockwood, Mo. has 2 full-grown cats that have 24 toes each.
September 20, 1934:
John Ellis has installed a radio in his car.
Mr. W. L. Hylton and Mrs. Elizabeth Sowers were united in marriage last Tuesday. Both are well known and highly respected citizens living south of town.
September 27, 1934:
Mr. and Mrs. Everett McIntosh are the proud parents of a baby boy born September 19.
The army worms are numerous around here. They have devoured a lot of Dave Best's meadow and have cleaned Earl Cline's pasture.
About seven or eight years ago a barn-like structure called a gymnasium was erected on the school grounds. It was only a shell of a structure---a foundation that was to be completed later---and those who attended ball games, plays, and other activities there during the cold weather in the ensuing years realized its barn-like qualities. In the fall of 1928 a high school coach named Potter attempted to induce the patrons of the district to vote bonds to finish this project, which was rotting away as the weather beat upon its unprotected sides. On came the Depression, but in spite of that N. F. McKinley, who was superintendent here for 3 years, accomplished much in adding to the warmth and protection of the building by putting tin on the outside and wall-board on the ceiling. And there it stands, its rough, unfinished walls, its soft pine floor, bulging in places where rain has leaked in through the roof, and its inadequately constructed bleachers telling all who enter of a seriously needed project that was started but not completed. Already people of other towns speak of it as a folly of Norwood's citizenry. While Norwood is known to have the largest basketball court in this section, it is known and dreaded as a cold place, lacing the modern equipment of warm dressing rooms, showers, lockers and seating facilities that other schools have. As an auditorium it is one of the largest of this section, but the stage is woefully lacking in equipment. Norwood's school officials go to league meetings and sit while the events you read about last week are awarded to other schools, and are humiliated because Norwood can ask for none. Beginning in 1930-31 Norwood has been among the leaders in basketball and has gradually gained ground in other activities, but most of her achievements must be made on "foreign" soil, for she has not the equipment to have them at home. What is to be done about it? Are we going to continue to live where we must look upon our "folly" daily and do nothing about it? We are facing one of the hardest Winters in the history of our nation. The Federal Government has spent money for relief until it seems that to spend more will mean bankruptcy. So, let us do our part to relieve our own needy and, at the same time, accomplish a long-needed task by voting bonds to finish sealing the interior of the gymnasium, put down a hardwood floor, build substantial bleachers, put in showers and lockers, and add stage equipment. Materials and labor will never be cheaper than at present. So let's act! What do you think about this project? We will gladly publish letters for or against. Be sure to sign your name; it will not be published if you do not desire it.
The stork has been a busy bird in Norwood the past week, leaving an 8 1/2 pound boy, their 8th child, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas, Friday; a girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Calhoun Sunday; and a boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Findley, Monday.
Wayne Means of Mountain Grove has recently been appointed Archaeological Investigator for Wright County under the FERA. Mr. Means requests everyone who knows of Indian graves, mounds, village sites, and names of places in this county, to get in touch with him at once.
Mrs. Clara Johnson and children spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Della Wedge. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wedge and daughter, Joyce, also spent the day there.
October 4, 1934:
Winning 18 of their last 23 games while the New York Giants were dropping 13 of their final 21, the St. Louis Cardinals came out on top in the National League 2 games ahead of the New Yorkers, as Dizzy Dean shut out the Cincinnati Reds Sunday 9-0.
Dr. W. T. Little arrived here Tuesday from Salina, Kans., and is making arrangements to locate in Norwood for the practice of medicine. He also plans to put in a hospital. Dr. Little was reared in this community, being a son of the late Dr. J. B. Little, but has been away for 25 years.
The wreck of a freight train which occurred between Mansfield and Macomb delayed traffic on the Frisco Sunday. The wreck was caused by a broken flange on the wheel of a car loaded with chat. Eleven cars, including 3 carloads of flour and one of apples, left the track. A boy about 17 years old was riding on the chat car, and 2 men and 2 women were in a box car which was wrecked but none of them were seriously hurt.
The stork has been busy the past week. He left girls at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hensley, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Gray and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hale; and boys at Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Milsap's, Mr. and mrs. Martin Oetting's and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Jones.
Mr. Nova Sears, son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Sears, of southeast of Norwood and Miss Helen Patton of the same neighborhood were united in marriage Sunday. They were given a charivari at the Sears home Monday night.
The army worms are becoming numerous around here, making a clean sweep on late crops.
Lillian Caudle has received an announcement of the marriage of her son, Herman Caudle, and Miss Bethel Bryant of Tulare, California. The rites were celebrated September 23, that being his 22nd birthday.
Everyone is almost through canning peaches, some having canned as many as 100 gallons.
Melvin Wade and Miss Edna Halford were married Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Shiloh church in the presence of a few friends by Rev. Leonard Rhoads.
October 11, 1934:
The St. Louis Cardinals walloped the Detroit Tigers 11-0 in the 7th game of the World Series Tuesday to become World Champions. Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean was the winning pitcher.
The editor in one of our neighboring towns quite unintentionally hit upon a novel scheme to increase circulation. He placed the following paragraph on the front page of his weekly paper: "While returning to our residence late one night last week, we noticed a certain well known citizen laving the house of a socially prominent lady whose husband happened to be out of town. He was leaving by the back door and in his hurry, did not seem to recognize us. As the gentleman is not a subscriber to the 'Weekly Banner', we earnestly request that he forward $6 at his earliest convenience so that he can keep abreast of the times and take advantage of the exceptional offers made by our advertisers." The following morning's mail brought 37 new subscribers.---Neosho Times
Mrs. Smith Fry went to Springfield Thursday evening to spend a few days helping care for her brother-in-law, Bill Fry, who has been critically ill with typhoid for several weeks. He passed away Tuesday afternoon, but we did not learn about funeral arrangements.
Uncle Norvell Allen, who lives just across the line in Douglas County, will celebrate his 86th birthday anniversary October 25. Mr. Allen is probably the oldest school teacher now living in Wright or Douglas counties, having taught school here more than 60 years ago. Born in Indiana, Uncle Norve was brought to the Ozarks by his parents when only a small boy and has lived here 81 years, receiving his education in Wright County schools.
October 18, 1934:
A village girl down in Virginia eloped in her father's clothes, and the next day the local paper came out with an announcement of the elopement headed FLEES IN FATHER'S PANTS.
Irene, the 2 weeks old baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Jones, died Saturday night and was buried Sunday at Ashley. Rev. Claude Smith preached the funeral sermon.
Sherd Findley of Macomb and Bill Rippee and Tom Dean of Mansfield were injured Sunday morning when the car being driven by Rippee struck a tree near the river bridge at Hartville. Findley suffered a broken arm and severe injuries in the hip; Dean had one arm badly broken and suffered injuries about the head; but Rippee escaped with minor scratches. The car was demolished.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ryan are rejoicing over the arrival of a new daughter, born Monday night.
Word was received here recently of the death at his home in Idaho of Henry Hensley, a brother of Watson Hensley of Norwood.
October 25, 1934:
Mrs. Christina Franklin, 81 years old, wife of Willard W. Franklin, retired president of the Franklin Transfer Company, died yesterday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Hazel W. Davis, near Overland Park, Kans. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday at the Stine & McClure chapel. Burial will be in Floral Hills cemetery. Mrs. Franklin had been ill about a year. She was a resident of Kansas City from 1901 until a year ago when she went to live with her daughter. Born February 24, 1853 at Chillicothe, Mo., Mrs. Franklin was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James W. L. Bunton. Her father was an organizer of schools in Missouri in the early 1850s. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin were married at Heytesville, Mo., in 1873 and came to Kansas City in 1901. Mrs. Franklin was a member of the First Baptist church. Besides her husband and Mrs. Davis, she leaves 4 other daughters: Mrs. Flora Hoover of Overland Park; Mrs. Stella Heuerman of the home; Mrs. Lulu Winters of Norwood, Mo.; and Mrs. Laura Roberts, Los Angeles; 2 sons, James B. and E. K. Franklin of Overland Park; a brother J. T. Bunton, Los Angeles; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Haggett, pastor of Broadway Baptist church, Friday, October 19.---Kansas City Star
Noses of Missouri babies are going to be used for something else than just blowing and wiping. They are going to be counted. Uncle Same is anxious to know if citizenship papers are being filed for all the new arrivals in this state. The State Board of Health, in co-operation with the Missouri Relief and Reconstruction Commission and the Federal Bureau of the Census, is launching at "Register Your Baby" campaign in the state to increased the efficiency of the birth reporting system of the state as well as to acquaint the mothers and fathers of children as to the necessity for registering baby's birth completely and accurately. Within the next few days, the Bureau of the Census will mail to every family in Missouri a card asking for certain information relative to babies born in the past 12 months. Parents are requested to fill out the blanks on the card and drop the card back into the mails, without postage. The card then goes to the Bureau of the Census in Washington and in turn transmitted to the State Board of Health where it is checked against the birth registration records in the State Board of Health. Proper registration of children is becoming increasingly necessary as demands for proof of age and nationality grow. A properly recorded birth certificate proves age, inheritability, legitimacy, citizenship and many other things in favor of the baby. The properly registered baby is never in all his life successfully questioned as to who he is and when he was born, whether he is a native American or not.
The criminalistic career of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd was brought to a close when officers shot him down on a farm near East Liverpool, Ohio, Monday afternoon. Floyd had eluded officers for 4 years, working mainly in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Clifford Peck's auto license plates, which were stolen from his car Thursday night, October 11, were found in Memphis, Tenn., on a car stolen in Springfield the same night and belonged to H. H. Wageman, of Springfield. Wageman's tags were missing.
The trial of Jimmy McGuire, alleged murderer of F. J. Thompson, which was scheduled for Monday was postponed until December.
Mr. and Mrs. Charley Jones are the proud parents of a new baby girl.
November 1, 1934:
A. C. Caudle and Edd Jarrett have made around 300 gallons of sorghum in the past 10 days.
November 8, 1934:
J. W. Johnson passed away Friday night at his home in Norwood after a long illness with heart trouble and complications. Funeral services were conducted at Oak Forest Sunday afternoon by Rev. Will Anderson in the presence of a large congregation. Interment was in the cemetery at that place. Jonas Wilson Johnson was born in Buchanan county, Missouri, May 2, 1856; departed this life November 2, 1934, at the age of 78 years and 6 months. He was united in marriage to Carolyn E. Mattuck November 14, 1878. To this union were born 6 children, 3 of whom died in infancy. In the year 1904 they moved here, locating on a farm near Oak Forest and living in that neighborhood until 3 years ago, when they moved to Norwood. He was converted and joined the Oak Forest church 15 year ago. he leaves his aged companion and 3 sons: H. A. and E. P. Johnson of St. Joseph and C. M. Johnson of Norwood; 3 grandchildren, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Strunk are the proud parents of a new girl born Friday night. Mother and baby are doing well.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Blevins of the Fairmount vicinity report the birth of a baby girl November 3rd.
Mr. and Mrs. Noah Nash of Mountain Grove were injured, Mrs. Nash seriously, in a car wreck last Saturday. At last reports their condition was satisfactory. The wreck occurred on the Whetstone hill. The same day a bread truck turned over just outside of Norwood on the highway. The driver sustained slight injuries but his companion, a young woman, was not hurt.
November 22, 1934:
Dr. J. A. Johnston was born March 5, 1870 and died Nov. 5, 1934. His age at death was 64 years and 8 months. His parent were Richard A. and Mary Johnston. He was the eldest of 8 children. He spent his boyhood days on a farm in Wright County, Mo., where he obtained his elementary and secondary education in the schools of Wright County. After growing to young manhood, he was married to Mittie O. Seymour, eldest daughter of John Seymour, Baptist minister, and Martha Seymour. To this union were born: Ethel, deceased in infancy; Eunice, Ralph, and Everett, living. May 3, 1911, the mother and wife, Mittie Johnston, died, leaving the rearing and care of these children to the doctor. A few years thereafter he found a helpmate and wife in Mrs. William Cotton of Licking, Mo. She came into the home bringing her 3 fine children, Nell, William and Ruth, to join the doctor's children. This made a pleasant and happy family for them of 7 children, over which the doctor and Mrs. Johnston centered their lives. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Eastern Star, the Odd Fellows, and the Knights of Pythias lodges. He was a member of the State and National Dental Associations, serving on various committees in the state society. Dr. Johnston confessed his faith in Jesus Christ at an early age and was baptized under the faith of the Christian church in Houston in 1902 or 1903. He is survived by his wife; a daughter Mrs. Eunice Plumb; 3 sons Ralph, Leland and Everett Johnston; 3 stepchildren Mrs. Nellie Crane, Bill Cotton and Miss Ruth Cotton. All were here for the funeral except Miss Ruth who lives in New York City and was unable to come.
The preliminary hearing of Jay Wilson, Lula Kelley and David Thomas, against whom criminal charges have been filed with Justice Harve Jackson for the injure of J. H. Egeline, maintenance patrolman for the state highway department, will be held here next Monday, having been postponed from Wednesday of this week. The 3 defendants were transporting 6 used cars last Wednesday and while passing workmen who were repairing the oil mat on the highway 3 miles west of Mountain Grove one of the drivers ran into an oil distributor on which Mr. Egeline was working, braking both of his legs and cutting and bruising him otherwise. A damage suit for $10,000 has also been filed against the men and their cars attached.
Rev. J. R. Bogart of near Mansfield and Rev. J. E. Kiger of Hartville were calling at the Index office Wednesday morning. They are holding a revival meeting at Cedar Gap Baptist church.
Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Rutter report the arrival of a new girl at the Cushing Memorial Hospital, Leavenworth, Kans., November 8th. The little Miss weighted 7 3/4 pounds. Mother and baby are doing fine. Mrs. Rutter's mother, Mrs. J. W. Robertson, is caring for her.
November 29, 1934:
W. R. Clinkenbeard, 66, well known businessman and resident of Ava, died at his home there last Thursday from a heart attack. He had been in failing health for several months. Funeral services were conducted in the First Baptist church of Ava Sunday afternoon by Rev. Walter Goss of Seymour and burial was in the Ava cemetery.
Last week the Douglas County Herald published an interesting sketch of the life of Jesse Cox, whose 90th birthday was recently celebrated at the home of his son, Austin Cox, near Denlow. Mr. Cox, a veteran of the Civil War, is very active for his age, reads his newspaper, is straight of posture, strong and health. He is a native of Tennessee but came to Missouri with his mother, his father being dead, in 1852.
Charles Lindholm and George and Anna attended the funeral of Thelma Foster at Cabool Sunday. The Fosters lived here a few years ago, moving from here to Springfield. Thelma is a sister to Mrs. Ted Lindholm. Ted and his wife and little daughter stopped on their way back home and spent a few hours with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindholm and family.
Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson are the proud parents of a new baby boy born November 22.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Schudy are the proud parents of a baby boy born November 22.
Tom Huffman had the misfortune of having his barn and all his feed burned about 4 o'clock one morning last week. How the fire started is not known.
Seems like everybody is busy pulling turnips.
December 6, 1934:
Miss Berniece Kelley and Mr. Carl Thomas of Mountain Grove were quietly married at Mansfield Friday night by Rev. Selph Jones. Miss Kelley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Kelley of southeast of Norwood, and is a graduate of Norwood high school with the class of 1930. She attended Southwest Teachers' College at Springfield and is now teaching her second term of school in the Mountain Grove consolidated district. Mr. Thomas comes from Oklahoma, where his parents reside, and has been in Mountain Grove for some time, operating, in conjunction with his brother-in-law, a ten cent and variety store there. They put in a new store at Lebanon some time ago and Carl now manages the Mountain Grove store. The young couple will make their home in Mountain Grove for the present. They were given a charivari at the Kelley home Tuesday night.
The revival meeting being held by J. R. Bogart and C. N. Means at the Macomb Baptist Church is continuing through this week. Bad weather blighted the attendance last week, but it is reported as better this week.
Noel Worsham, Roy Burnett and Lester Jones bagged 2 wild turkeys last weekend in Southeast Missouri. Mrs. Carrie Worsham entertained some friends with a turkey dinner Monday evening and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Burnett gave a turkey dinner Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Allen report the birth of a baby boy Monday, December 3.
The 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moor of Owensville, died of pneumonia Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Dean of 10 miles south of Norwood are the parents of a new baby boy, born November 27. He will answer to the name Sidney Wayne.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kline are the proud parents of a baby boy born November 23. Mrs. Diltz is caring for Mrs. Kline and baby.
Mrs. Mabel Jarrett received announcement of the marriage of her son, Lowell Jarrett, and Miss Doris Finley of California. Miss Doris is a daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Oren Finley.
December 13, 1934:
The rains of the past few days have brought the Lake of the Ozarks to its normal stage for the first time in 3 years. The water covers an area one-half mile wide southeast from Warsaw, near the head of the lake. This is the second time the lake has been full since construction of the Bagnell Dam and the first time since 1931. Lake Tanecomo is also back to normal.---Douglas County Herald
Miss Bertha Brazeal, daughter of Mrs. W. D. Lacy, and Mr. Bill Caudle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dee Caudle, were married Saturday by Squire Harve Jackson at the latter's home north of town. The young couple will live in the property owned by the bride's mother, near the Frisco tracks in the west part of town.
Securing their license at the same time as the above couple were Ralph Calhoun, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Calhoun of Wolf Creek, and Miss Maye Bennett of the same vicinity. They were married by Probate Judge A. L. Pope at Hartville.
W. A. Sanner of Poplar Bluff, son of J. H. Sanner and brother of Mrs. Ben F. Nall of Norwood, died suddenly Monday evening of a heart attack. According to information, he started to carry in some wood at his home and dropped dead. Mr. Sanner was mayor of Poplar Bluff, having taken office in the spring of 1933. Funeral services will be conducted in Poplar Bluff at 2:00 o'clock Friday afternoon.
Wiley Post, 'round the world flier, set a new altitude flight record in his monoplane "Winnie Mae" near Bartlesville, Okla. Friday, when he soared 55,000 to 57,000 feet above the earth. He reported a temperature 70 degree below zero and a 150-mile gale in the stratosphere.
The killing of "Baby Face" Nelson November 27 by Federal agents marks another step in the drive to exterminate crime. His 22-year old wife was captured and sentenced to prison for concurrent terms of a year and a day, and 6 months, as a violator of probation. She violated a 10 months probation which she received in lieu of a sentence last May after pleading guilty to harboring John Dillinger and Tommy Carroll in Northern Wisconsin. In giving the sentence, Federal Judge Stone of Madison, Wisconsin, said: "Today the Department of Justice has convinced you and others that there is only one end to that kind of a life---prison or death. It ought to teach a lesson to you and those who are inclined to be criminals." Since last January 1st, Eugene Green, Jack Klutas, Herbert Youngblood, who escaped jail with John Dillinger; Tommy Carroll, Homer Van Meter, Harry Pierpont, and Charles Makley, all Dillinger henchmen, along with John Dillinger himself; Verne Sankey, kidnapper and arch criminal; Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker, Marvin Barrow, brother of Clyde; "Pretty Boy" Floyd and "Baby Face" Nelson, last but one of the Dillinger gangsters, have all been killed in the drive by the Federal Government to wipe out crime. Russell Clark, Edward Shouse, Walter Dietrich, Harry Copeland and James Clark, all members of the Dillinger gang, are serving life sentences in state prisons.
Approximately 600 people were arrested by Federal agents in nation-wide narcotic raids over the weekend. H. J. Anslinger, Chief of the Narcotic Bureau, said that the extent of the traffic showed a need for legislation of similar nature to that concerning kidnapping.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Carlson of southeast of Norwood are the proud parents of a 9 pound baby boy, their first born, which arrived Saturday December 8. Mrs. Carlson is at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Brook. Dr. VanNoy was the attending physician.
Dr. VanNoy has resumed the practice of medicine after being out of the game for 7 months due to injuries received in an auto wreck May 7th. His many friends are glad that he is again able to minister to the suffering.
An Index correspondent writes in to apprise us of the prowess of Sherman Hammack as a hunter. He alleges that it has been reported to him that Sherman ruined his best trousers last week crawling over rocks and brush trying to put salt on a wild turkey's tail to catch it. Said correspondent says that it is his opinion that Sherman will make a hunter yet, if he keeps on.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Akers entertained with a wild turkey dinner Sunday. Homer killed the fowl while turkey hunting with his brother, Arthur, east of town Saturday. Those present at the dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Akers and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Johnson, Lloyd N. Means and Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Hammack.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Reeves have a new baby girl.
December 20, 1934:
Joe Guinn, former Wright County resident, accused in the feud killing of Hiram Williams at Grove Spring in 1933, was acquitted in Circuit Court at Hartville last week after his second trial. The first trial last summer ended with the jury deadlocked. Guinn not lives at Bucklin, Kansas.
Eddie Daryle Moody, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Moody was born April 12, 1934 and departed this life December 13, 1934 being 8 months and one day old. He leaves to mourn their loss his father and mother, a little sister Carol June; his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Will Green and Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Moody; his great-grandparents Mrs. S. E. Sleuter and Johnathan Moody. Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Norwood Friday afternoon and interment was in Thomas Cemetery.
Joseph Burns, one of the last of the Dillinger gangsters, was captured in Chicago Sunday by police, along with his sister.
Betty June, 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cones, died Thursday night at the home of her grandmother Cones in Norwood. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery Friday. Death was caused by membranous croup.
Grandpa and Grandma Pusey were brought from Mansfield last week to spend the Winter in the home of Rev. and Mrs. William Fox in Norwood. Both are in their 80s and Mrs. Pusey is confined to her bed as the result of a broken hip sustained in a fall 2 months ago. Their daughter, Mrs. Lora Hunter, who had been here caring for them, left Saturday morning for her home at Seminole, Okla.
Recipe: Fried Prunes---Soak large prunes for several hours. Dry and remove stones. Wrap prunes in thin slices of bacon sprinkled with cayenne and salt and fry two minutes in hot fat.
December 27, 1934:
Miss Opal Coonts, who has been employed here in the Dr. VanNoy home for the past 18 months, surprised her friends Saturday by the announcement that she had been united in marriage November 17 of this year to Mr. John Pamperien of Douglas County. The wedding took place in Lebanon, Rev. Kerr performing the ceremony.
Jim Rippee, an aged man living northwest of Hartville died Tuesday. Funeral services were held Wednesday with Gene Holdren of the Bouldin-Ryan funeral home in charge of arrangements.
Ray McAllister, 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McAllister of Pleasant Hill district, died Tuesday morning of pneumonia. Funeral services were held Wednesday.
Mrs. Alfred Owens of near Owensville died Saturday, after an illness of several months. Funeral services were held at Oak Grove Sunday afternoon and interment was at that place.
J. W. Fletcher passed away at his home 5 miles east of Norwood Friday morning as a result of a paralytic stroke suffered 3 weeks ago. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. S. Jones at Oak Grove Saturday afternoon and interment was in the cemetery there.
Lloyd Voshburn, alias Jimmy McGuire, who was sentenced to the penitentiary for life last week for the murder of Flem Thompson and who has feigned insanity since his arrest, broke his long silence Saturday and confessed to his attorney, John C. Pope, that he had been feigning insanity all along. McGuire called for his attorney to come to the jail and there he made his confession, thanking his lawyer for his services in his defence. Attorney Pope had been appointed by the courts, along with Attorney Leonard E. Newton of Mountain Grove, as defence counsel when McGuire appeared for trial without counsel. McGuire said that he had thought the matter over carefully and concluded that to play insane was his best course. He said that he had no friends, money or background and had no corroborating or supporting testimony in his behalf. He said that he did not know what course Jack Sutherland, also charged with the murder, would take as his own case was coming up, so he decided to play insane and took no one into his confidence. He used the ruse rather successfully as many people, including his attorneys, thought him to be insane and even the doctors at the Nevada asylum were not sure whether his insanity was faked or genuine. Sheriff Claxton took McGuire to the prison Monday to begin his life term.---Wright County Republican
Tom Dinkins, 44 years old of Elington,
Mo., motor car salesman, died last night in Springfield of injuries suffered
when struck by a car Sunday on Highway 60 near Norwood. Lights on
his car had gone out and he was walking toward town, leaving his family
in the car. He is survived by his wife; 2 sisters; 3 daughters, one
of whom is Mrs. Minnie Chilton of St. Louis; 4 brothers, including Charles
Dinkins of St. Louis.---St. Louis Post-Dispatch
According to reports received by the Index, the lights on Mr. Dinkins' car, a Model A ford coach, had gone out near Paul Ryan's home west of town, and he had just gotten out of the car to start to town when the accident happened. Apparently he tried to stop an approaching car when he was struck by it, the driver of the second car, a Model T. Ford coupe, alleging that Dinkins stepped directly in front of him. He suffered concussion of the brain, a broken leg and other injuries. A passing motorist took him to Mountain Grove to the Ryan hospital and from there he was rushed to Springfield, the ambulance driver stopping at Dr. VanNoy's office here enroute that the suffering man might be given a shot to relieve the pain. Ira While of Montauk was the driver of the Model T and he and Mrs. White were taking his sister, Mrs. H. E. Rogers, to her home at Carthage when the accident happened. Dinkins' car was also hit and it is probable that he was caught between the two cars. His wife and 3 daughters were with him in the car. A brother-in-law came from Springfield after the car Tuesday.
Earl Williams of north of Mountain Grove and Miss Lula Clemons of Norwood were quietly married Sunday evening at the home of Rev. W. E. Brook, Bro. Brook tying the knot.
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December 30, 1943:
Russell Gorman, son of Samuel B. and Iva Locke, was born near Macomb, in Douglas County, Mo., February 18, 1924; departed this life December 17, 1943 at the age of 19 years, 9 months and 29 days. Twin sisters, Clara and Carrie, preceded him in death. Russell lost his father in 1940 and although he was only a child, he, without hesitation, stepped into his father's place, watching over and caring for his mother and little brothers and sisters. Russell was converted and united with the Norwood Baptist Church in March 1942. He leaves to mourn his departure, a loving mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters, all of the home; 2 grandmothers.
The following births
have been reported to us this week: Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Freeman
of Macomb, a boy, born Sunday; Mr. and Mrs. John Willhite of Manes, a boy,
born Sunday; Mr. and Mrs. Willard Pyle of Wolf Creek, a girl, born Thursday.