Through The Years

Friday, November 22, 2013

50 Years Ago

Nov. 27, 1963

President John F. Kennedy died from an assassin's bullet in Dallas, Texas, shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, after two years and 11 months in office. Sworn in as the 36th president of the United States shortly after the death of President Kennedy on Friday was Lyndon B. Johnson. As soon as he received the oath of office, President Johnson order a day of mourning on Monday. Barry County mourned the death of the late president much like the rest of the country did. Several memorial and prayer services were held throughout the county. All federal and state offices, and county schools were closed, and flags were flown at half-mast.

Leonard F. Gennine, was shot and killed by a deer hunter near Roaring River State Park on opening day of deer season. He was the first deer hunting fatality in Barry County's history of modern day hunting.

Max Cooper, Cassville insurance man, has been named to the board of directors of the Barry Electric Cooperative. He will fill out the unexpired term of the late E.K. Horine.

Gus Tatum's Service Station in Butterfield was completely destroyed by fire last week. No cause of the fire was determined.

40 Years Ago

Dec. 5, 1973

Two Cassville Wildcats, juniors David Shelley and Hal Smith, were named to First Team District football teams by the Joplin Globe's poll of coaches and officials. The poll also placed three other Wildcats on the honorable mention list: Phil Hutchens, Randy Baker and Dennis Ledgerwood.

The Cassville Golf Association has named Cal Campbell, former director of the Optimist Camp Op-Bo-Ca near Cassville, as manager of course facilities for the coming year. W.C. Hailey, president of the association, said Campbell will assume the position vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lau.

The first appearance on their home court for the Cassville Wildcat junior varsity will be Tuesday night against East Newton. Team members include: John Thomas, Mike Morris, Gary Stockton, Donald Weigel, Richard Norman, Steven Reed, Randy Tinsley, Jeff Carr, Jon Betts, Carl Craig, Danny Buchanan and Don Betts. Danny Lynch is the team coach.

30 Years Ago

Nov. 16, 1983

James Woods, Cassville insurance agent for Shelter Insurance Co. in Columbia, was recently honored for having 35 years of service to the company.

Skeleton remains of a female were discovered Sunday by deer hunters near a scenic overlook on Highway 39 just north of Shell Knob. Barry County Sheriff Jim Hopkins, officers of the Missouri Highway Patrol and others are continuing the investigation.

Bob Allen, a Cassville insurance man, was named president of the Cassville Chamber of Commerce in a board of directors' meeting on Tuesday. Donald Cupps will serve as vice president and Landon Fletcher, treasurer. Out-going president is Jack Nickols.

Deer hunters took 547 deer from Barry County woods the opening weekend of deer season last week. According to Charles Marrs, conservation agent, this was down considerably from last year when hunters checked in 779 deer.

The death of a hunter in the Roaring River State Park area has been ruled a suicide, according to Coroner Doyle Williamson. The body of Donald Kral, 40, was found by a search team about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Cassville Board of Education accepted the resignation of Football Coach Ron Martin Monday night. The Wildcats' record was 0-10 this season.