A look at our community history.
100 Years Ago
June 7, 1907
Lynch & Cooney have replaced the old fixtures in their barber shop with an entire new and up-to-date set, which makes a very fine shop.
The west bound morning passenger was wrecked about a mile east of LaBelle Tuesday morning which delayed all trains. The wreckage was not cleaned away until after midnight.
The granitoid walk fever has taken deep root in Edina and if it stays with us until fall the few remaining walks will look like strangers in a strange country, and in appearance when compared with the new walks will resemble a copper cent with a hole in it.
The two-cent passenger rate goes into effect in Missouri June 15. There is a strong possibility that the railroads will carry the law into the courts and finally knock it out. To be on the safe side the public should get in the traveling habit as soon as the new law goes into effect.
75 Years Ago
June 2, 1932
The Knox County jail, since its recent overhauling, is being kept busy. To its occupants of an alleged murderer and three confessed chicken thieves were added two men last night for intoxication and fighting. “Goose” King and another man, whose name could not be learned this morning, were lodged in the jail following an attack on Chauncey Aucutt about 11 o’clock last night. O.W. Morrow, deputy sheriff, called to the scene, received a black eye in the melee before he had the men under control. And the prisoners are “sorry sights” today.
Three young men, ranging in age from 19 to 26 years, are in the Knox County jail here charged with stealing eighteen grown chickens during the night from Henry Hunziker of 4 ½ miles southeast of Knox City sometime last Thursday night or early Friday morning. Each has made a confession and indicated he will enter a plea of guilty before Judge Paul D. Higbee. Those held: D.W. Baker, 26 years old, of northeast of Knox City; Grant Bowles, 21, Knox City; Robert Smith, 19, Rich Hill, Bates County, Missouri, who was visiting relatives near LaBelle. Bowles had been married but three weeks at the time of his arrest.
The Coffee Shop and Hamlin’s Café in Edina changed hands during the last week. The partners at the former place, Lester Victor and Clarence (Bill) Garrett, sold their lease to Girdon Dauma and Web M. Delaney and the new proprietors took possession yesterday as of June 1. Mr. Dauma was connected with the Collins & Hunziker grocery, which changed partnership last week. Mr. Delaney is a young man who came here from Macon and is a brother of Mrs. Haley Mettes of Edina. Hamlin’s Café was sold Monday to Roy Lanhan, who has been connected with the restaurant business a number of years. He took possession the day of the deal.
The uncompleted 18-room mansion at Kenwood of the late John M. Irwin, which was sold a few weeks ago to Dr. R.O. Strickler and Charles Truitt of Kirksville, has been completely razed and the last of the materials were moved by truck the first of the week to lots belonging to the men. They are building homes in Kirksville, for which the materials are being used.
50 Years Ago
June 6, 1957
The Frank Bell place here in southwest Edina was bought in by E. Donald Hicks, a nephew, at the sale in Edina Saturday at $1695. The sale of the Jack Patton house in Baring was on a bid by Goldie Steward at $650.
The Dr. Charles W. Miller farm, three miles north of Edina, has been sold to H.K. Hawker, Hunnewell. The 511-acre farm sold for $84,500, and Mr. Hawker also purchased the herd of Hereford cattle and equipment.
Oscar T. Harvey of La Plata, a native of the Knox City vicinity and a longtime farmer and blacksmith of south of Knox City, died at 8:25 o’clock Saturday evening, June 1, 1957, at a hospital in Kirksville. He was 73 years old. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist Church in La Plata by the Rev. J.T. Quigley, pastor of the church. Burial was in the cemetery at Knox City.
Funeral services for Mrs. Rosalee Kintner, 72, who died Saturday evening at her home in Greensburg, were held Monday afternoon at the Christian Church there, with the Rev. G. Lolin Eaton of Memphis officiating. Burial was in Greensburg Cemetery.
Mrs. Mary Boltz, 87 years old and a native of Knox County, died at 7:50 o’clock Tuesday evening, June 4, 1957, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Francis Tripp, southwest of Novelty. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock this Thursday afternoon by the Rev. Frank Barnett of Locust Hill at the Hudson Funeral Home in Edina, to where the body was brought and has been since death. Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, north of Knox City, where was buried Mrs. Boltz’s husband, Allen Boltz, who died March 6, 1940.
25 Years Ago
June 9, 1982
Luther and Karen Green are the parents of a daughter, Brandi Sue, born May 21 at 7:25 p.m. in Gardner Marino Clinic. She has one brother, Shawn Ryan, 8 ½ and one sister, Jaclyn Dee, 14 months. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Green, Hurdland and Ruth Cooper, Greentop. Maternal grandparents are Mr. Charles Goodwin, Edina and Julia Pflum, Knox City. Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Pharris Goodwin, Edina and May Pape, Knox City.
Bill and Jean Lewis of Route 2, Hurdland are the parents of a son born at 1:03 Friday afternoon (May 28, 1982) in Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital. The baby weighed six pounds, fourteen ounces and is 18 ½ inches long. He has been named Bradley Ray. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lafolette of Princeton and Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lewis of Hurdland. Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James M. Lafolette of Princeton, Mrs. Harry Stanley of Kirksville and Mrs. Clifford Lewis of Edina.
Lewis Sens Fleak, 75, of south of Edina, died at 11:59, Friday night (May 28, 1982) in Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital, where he had been a patient since May 22. Funeral services were held at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon (June 1, 1982) in Hudson-Rimer Funeral Chapel, Edina. The Rev. Luke Turnbough of Edina conducted the services. Burial was in Park View Memorial Garden, Kirksville.
10 Years Ago
June 4, 1997
Della Mae Arment, 96, died Sunday, May 25, 1997 in the Knox County Nursing Home, Edina, MO. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 29, 1997 in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Chapel, Edina, MO. The Reverend Neil Jones officiated. Burial was in the Park View Memorial Gardens, Kirksville, MO
Sophia McKelvey and Richard Womack of Memphis, MO are the parents of a baby boy born Thursday, May 29, 1997 at the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Brett Austin weighed 7 pounds, 9 ½ ounces, and measured 22 inches in length. He joins Jaden, 2. Grandmothers are Barb Norton, Edina, MO and Janice McKelvey, Memphis. Great-grandmother is Sadie Stoner, Edina. The father is employed as a construction laborer and the mother is a CNA.
Martha Anne and David Kirk Strange of Edina, MO are the parents of a baby girl born Monday, May 26, 1997 at the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Keeley Marie weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces, and measured 19 inches in length. Grandparents are Donnie and Sharon Strange, Knox City, MO and Phyllis Parsons, St. Charles, MO. Great-grandmothers are Josephine Strange, Knox City, MO; Clara Marie Hettinger of Edina, MO and Margaret Parsons, Middletown, MO. The father is a farmer and the mother is a teacher.