Our Yesterdays

“Items, some condensed, from copies of the Monroe County Appeal of three or more generations. They will bring back memories and tell the continuing story of Monroe County.

May 1, 1903

At the closing exercises of the Madison school Tuesday night, the medal offered for the best oration by a male member of the graduating class was awarded to Jas. Baker. The medal offered to the young lady who delivered her essay best was won by Miss Ruby Love.

Robert M. Webb and Miss Lizzie Burgess were married at the home of R.M. Burgess in Paris, Wednesday afternoon, Eld. Briney officiating.

Joe Allen fell from the top of a 16-foot ladder at the George Bassett home, Wednesday, when a step broke under his weight. Although Allen weighs around (200) pounds and landed (rest of article is missing).

October 28, 1904

The Madison street fair was the biggest kind of a success, although the weather was very unfavorable. The crowd on Saturday was so large that standing room was almost at a premium. The exhibits of both livestock and farm products were numerous and of fine quality. The success of the fair should encourage the citizens of Madison to organize and make it a permanent institution.

Miss Rose Davison, teacher in the Anderson district, wanted a dictionary for her school. She gave a pie social and raised the funds, then let the patrons decide who was the most beautiful girl and most homely man in the district. Miss Lillian Bran- (rest of article missing)

Jon W. Vandeventer, south of Florida, was in Paris Tuesday. He reports considerable hog cholera in his vicinity. Fred Utterback has lost about 100 hogs, and others more or less. Mr. Vandeventer says that experience has taught him that the best remedy for the disease is to roast the hog which died with it and feed the meat to the ones that are sick. He can’t explain the philosophy of this remedy, but has tried it with success.

C.C. Curtright’s big chicken house just south of town is nearing completion. It is 135 feet (rest of article missing).

Harvey Ball, Harry Burks and Claud Bodine are in Montana buying sheep this week.

November 4, 1904

Mr. Gilhaused of What Cheer, Iowa, is overhauling the Meyers building on Caldwell street and preparing to open a first-class steam laundry. He expects to be ready for business next week. The plant will be under the management of Jay King, and experienced laundryman.

John Engle, near Evansville, attended the meeting of the central committee at Paris Monday (rest of article missing).

The office statistician, after figuring up the number of feet which the Paris girls baseball team ran last week in scoring 86 runs against Middle Grove finds that the team ran a total of approximately three miles, that afternoon.

John McGinnis, near Paris, is mourning the loss of a dollars worth of coffee. He bought it in Paris recently and took it to the care he thought he came to town in. Later on he found he had put it in the wrong car.

November 1, 1929

E.P. Smiser, of Paris, is featured in an article entitled, “Dirt Saved With Terraces Makes 60 Bushel Corn Yield”, in the November issue of Capper’s Farmer.

A Championship Battle at the fairgrounds park this Sunday, Nov. 3 will be between the Moberly All Stars and Paris (rest of article is not readable).

November 8, 1929

Times have really changed, Eathan Gallop remarked Monday. A month ago he was notified he had a big roast left over at the Paris locker and finally got around to getting it Monday morning. Twenty years ago, said Eathen, if he’d been notified he had a roast coming, hed have walked to Paris to get it at once if he couldn’t have gotten here any other way.

Aubry Milnes of Milnes Feed & Produce Co. is featured as an “All-Star Dealer” (rest of article missing).

April 23, 1953

Mr. and Mrs. Porter Wilson and daughter of Lockport, Illinois, and Mrs. Nancy Hess of Chicago spent the week end with Mrs. W.J. Wilson.

Roland Studer of Shelbina, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dutch Studer of Paris is stationed at Camp Polk, La., but expects to be sent overseas soon. He has just returned from a ten day furlough he spent with his wife who is in Texas).

George Hill, of Holliday left Sunday for New York on a business and pleasure trip. Hill, tap terminal superintendent of the Sinclair bulk plant east of Mexico, will visit Marvin Gosney former Paris man who is now executive president of the Sinclair company.

Craig Holsheiser, Loy Hollingsworth, and L.W. Pelsue partners in the Pelsue Shoe Store at paris, attended the shoe convention in St. Louis Sunday.

Members of the Branham Club, are Mrs. B.G. Smith, Mrs. J.L. Carpenter, Mrs. Elwood Holohan, Mrs. A.E. Elsbury, Mrs. W.C. Hewgley, Mrs. Gerald Garnett, Mrs. J.K. Enochs, Mrs. Donald Garnett, Mrs. J.T. Garnett, Mrs. Logan Webb, Mrs. R.B. VanWinkle, Mrs. Curtis Dixon, and Mrs. R.L. Davenport. The Branham Club is one of more recently organized clubs in the county.

John Ellis, president-elect of the Paris Rotary Club, (rest of article is missing).

Source: Newspaper articles from unidentified Monroe County sources dated 29 Apr 1976, 27 Oct 1977 and 3 Nov 1977; submitted by Judy Baker Barklage.