Through the Years

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

50 Years Ago

July 31, 1963

Chan Griffin, one-time principal at Cassville Elementary School and a native of Cassville, passed away suddenly on Friday of an apparent heart attack while vacationing at Table Rock Lake. He was a guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Nicoll at the time. During the early 1950s, Griffin was very active in Cassville civic work. He was 45 years old.

Construction started this week on a two-story lodge building and dormitory at Peaceful Valley, southeast of Cassville, for a boys' camp. The Optimist Club, of Rosedale, Kan., is sponsoring the project, which is designed to accommodate 100 boys. Tom Horner is in charge of the construction.

The Missouri Highway Commission expects to let a contract in December for the re-location of Highway 37, be- tween Cassville and Monett. The project, estimated to cost $3.5 million, could start as soon as January 1964.

Karl VanZandt, power use advisor for Barry Electric Cooperative since 1945, has been named public works superintendent at Crane. His resignation with Barry Electric was effective immediately.

40 Years Ago

Aug. 8, 1973

An open house for the new Shell Knob-Viola Community Building will be held on Saturday. Cecil Davis has served as a volunteer general contractor for the 4,000- square-foot project.

The Tim Shaw family, of Perryton, Texas, has joined the staff of Crystal Springs Trout Farm, according to John Pottebaum, owner. Shaw will be replacing Warren Skelton, who retired after 21 years with the local business.

Paula Watson Kester, of Springfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Watson, of Cassville, will receive a master of education degree from Drury College during graduation exercises on Saturday. She has been employed with the Springfield School System as a teacher at Ritter Elementary School for the past four years.

Charles Cowherd captured just about every honor offered in the Holstein division of judging at the Ozark Empire Fair this week, which included the coveted grand champion purple ribbon. He is a 1970 graduate of Cassville High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cowherd, of Butterfield. He will begin his third year this fall at the University of Missouri.

30 Years Ago

July 20, 1983

Crew assignment changes for Barry Electric Cooperative were announced this week by Joe Preddy, manager. Tom Turner, superintendent and foreman, has reverted to a lineman status. Turner has been with the cooperative 18 years. Named new general superintendent was Bill Shiveley, who has been with the company for nine years. Jim Pilant has been named construction foreman. He has been with Barry Electric since 1968.

Effective July 29, Gene Ledgerwood will end a 35-year career with the U.S. Postal Service in Cassville. He has been postmaster since June 1972. However, he began his career with the Postal Service in May 1948. Twenty-four years of his career were spent as a letter carrier. He replaces the late Postmaster Gladys I. Smith.