Through the Years

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

50 Years Ago

Aug. 14, 1963

Two Barry County FFA members took top honors in their respective divisions of competition at the Ozark Empire Fair last week. Bob Vinson, of Cassville, and Larry Purdom, of Purdy, received the honors.

Grape growers in Barry County will start harvesting their crop next week. Most grapes grown in the county are contracted to the Welch Company of Springdale, Ark. Growers in this area include: Oscar Bacon, John Shoestall, M.H. Sigmund, Evan Starkey and Mrs. Cecil Thrasher.

Art Grass has purchased his partner's interest in the Big M Boat Dock on Table Rock Lake. C.A Walls sold the interest in the Monett-sponsored dock on Table Rock Lake this week. The business has been in operation since November 1959.

A heart attack claimed the life of Gale Cope, age 62, this week. He has been a life-long resident of Barry County, a schoolteacher and businessman. He was a former member of the Cassville Chamber of Commerce, the Cassville Rotary Club and a member of the Cassville School Board of Education. He was an elder in the Mill Street Church of Christ.

40 Years Ago

Aug. 22, 1973

Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held this Sunday afternoon for the new Central Community United Methodist Church at Shell Knob. Caryl Trowbridge serves as chairman of the administrative board. The auditorium is designed to seat 160 persons, according to Max Grimes, construction contractor.

An open house is scheduled for this Sunday for the new elementary building at Southwest School at Washburn, according to Superintendent Hubart Barton.

Ranger Gary Stewart, of the Missouri State Parks, has been transferred from Lake Ozarks to Roaring River State Park to replace Corporal Charles Weathers, who resigned to enter private business.

Current figures from the Barry County Welfare Department show there are 702 families in the county approved to receive food stamps, according to Warren Swanson, program director. The individual count was 1,895.

30 Years Ago

Aug. 3, 1983

Top honors in the Ozark Empire Fair display in the Holstein dairy animals were garnered by two Barry Countians, Randy Cowherd and Rhonda Purdom. Cowherd captured the Grand Champion ribbon. Purdom had the Reserve Champion Holstein.

Stanley Michael Irsik, of Cassville, enlisted in the Navy's delayed entry program in Kansas City on July 6. He is a 1981 graduate of Cassville High School.

Renee Force, administrator of the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance in Monett, was named Paramedic of the Year 1983 at the annual EMS Seminar. She is the first woman ever to win the award and was cited for her contribution to the field.

According to Mayor Bill LeCompte, the city of Cassville will do at least $94,641.60 worth of street work in the near future, as that was the contract amount awarded to Evan Hutchens and Son Construction Co.