A look at Edina's past . . .
By Crystal Howerton
100 Years Ago
June 28, 1907
The seventeen-year locusts are here in immense numbers.
J.L. McBride has purchased the residence property belonging to the Beal estate and will move in to it the first of the month.
The brick for the St. Joseph’s College building has arrived and is being hauled to the ground this week. This building will be a handsome structure as Iowa white brick is to be used.
George W. Newman and family, of Pennsylvania, are expected to arrive in this place the first of next month to make their future home here. Mr. Newman is the gentleman who purchased the Edina electric light plant.
Brady’s jump from the Brooklyn Bridge into the East river New York was considered a great feat in its time. Ditton the world’s champion high diver would consider a leap of that kind child’s play. On July 4th in Edina Ditton will make two leaps for his life from a ladder sixty feet in the air into a net suspended in the street.
75 Years Ago
June 23, 1932
The house of Charles Matlock in the northwest part of Edina was badly damaged by fire and water late Sunday afternoon during a severe electric storm and downpour. It is believed the dwelling was struck by lightning, a heavy crash being heard at 5: 15 o’clock. No one was injured, Mr. Matlock and his family being at Fayette over the week-end to visit his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Garland.
John B. Norris, a former Novelty banker, was appointed deputy state finance commissioner Monday by D.R. Harrison, commissioner. Mr. Norris takes the place made vacant by the recent promotion of Mr. Harrison, who was named finance commissioner upon the resignation of S.L. Cantley. Mr. Norris has been a state bank examiner the last eight years and in charge of the St. Louis district two and a half years.
John Howard of west of Baring was fined, with costs, $15.15 Tuesday by S.E. Botsford, mayor of Edina, on a city charge of intoxication. He was taken into custody Monday afternoon by Ralph Kidwell, sheriff, and O.W. Morrow, deputy, and lodged over night in the jail here.
50 Years Ago
June 27, 1957
Mary Lou Wheeler, 15, daughter of C.R. Wheeler, or “Shorty” Wheeler, who operates a welding shop on South Main Street here, has been missing since about 6:30 o’clock Saturday evening. Officers here are conducting an investigation, along with Quincy police. Miss Wheeler’s mother lives in Quincy and she was reported to have been visiting there. Miss Wheeler, who attended the Edina public school this year and worked as a waitress at the Gibbons Hotel Coffee Shop, was, according to several, seen around Edina as late as 7:15 o’clock Saturday evening in the drug store. A check-up in Quincy and around Edina has so far failed to turn up any evidence to her whereabouts. Carl Burkhardt, Edina Police Chief, who has been questioning a number of Edina people relative to the girl’s being in Edina on Saturday, said yesterday all those interviewed were positive she was here between 7 and 7:30 o’clock Saturday evening.
Judge Joseph L. Gutting, Kahoka, judge of the 37th Judicial Circuit, will continue to sit in cases to be heard in the First Judicial circuit, the three-county circuit comprised of Adair, Knox and Lewis counties. The temporary appointment of Judge Gutting to the first circuit by the Supreme Court was necessary because of the death of Judge Tom B. Brown. The Clark County judge will continue to hear cases in Edina, Canton and Kirksville in addition to those in this home circuit until the vacancy is filled by the Governor, James T. Blair.
Harold Early of southwest of Edina recently sold a purebred Angus bull each to M.J. McReynolds and J.J. Rekus of Rutledge and to L.T. Primm and Sons of Baring.
25 Years Ago
June 30, 1982
In an effort to regain more than $15,000 in redirected school funding, the Knox County R-1 Board of Education will bring a dual purpose bond issue before county voters in the August 3 election. If successful, the bond issue will allow for repair and maintenance costs in the school district and get the lost funding back.
Michael and Dean Campbell, both of Knox City, entered pleas of guilty last week during a trial in the Knox County Associate Circuit Court. The two entered their pleas involving the theft of several radiators belonging to Dallas Perrigo, Edina. Imposition of sentence on Michael Campbell, 21, was suspended and he was placed on one year unsupervised probation on the condition of $75 restitution. Richard Dean Campbell, 24, was sentenced to 30 days in the Knox County Jail, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on one year unsupervised probation on the condition of $75 restitution and payment of cost totaling $26 to the crime victim compensation fund.
Approximately $2,900 in farm chemicals and other items were reportedly stolen near Route K and V in northern Knox County last week. According to Sheriff Harold Foreman, a theft was reported Tuesday morning, June 22, at the Hustead Farms property south of Colony. Reported stolen from a farm truck owned by Tim Hogan, LaBelle, were a Motorola business band radio and nylon tow rope belonging to Hogan. Also reported taken from the truck were 50 pounds of Sencor and 2 gallons of Dual herbicide, belonging to Charles Tague, Gorin. The theft apparently occurred the morning of June 22 between midnight and 8 a.m. The theft is being investigated by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department.
10 Years Ago
June 25, 1997
Restoration is progressing on Rex Arment’s building, The Clothes Closet. The building, located on Main Street, west side of the square, is one of those rebuilt after the February 12, 1891 fire which destroyed the block. Arment is restoring his building with a view toward getting it approved for the National Historic Register.
After almost 11 years at Delaney’s Convenience Store in Baring, George and Dorothy Delaney recently announced plans to retire, effective June 30. Before becoming a cook at the store, George served as postmaster for about 25 years. Prior to that time, the couple farmed for about 18 years, and Dorothy worked for Baring Oil for 20 years.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office reports a burglary occurred at Rabbit Ridge Rentals sometime between Monday evening, June 16, and early Tuesday morning, June 17. Persons unknown forcibly entered several rental storage units at the facility, located on Route P, northwest of Edina. The Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the Edina Police Department, responded to the burglary report.