Through The Years

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

50 Years Ago

Jan. 1, 1964

Cassville's first full-time manager of the Cassville Chamber of Commerce, Ben Craig, Jr., has been elected president of the Metcalf State Bank in Overland Park, Kan.

Funeral services were held Thursday in Williamson Chapel for W.D. Koon, 73-year-old former funeral home owner, who died Tuesday. He was founder of the Koon Funeral Home, which is presently known as Williamson Funeral Home. He was a charter member of the Cassville Rotary Club. He was a member of Cassville First Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge in Cassville.

Bro. T. Dean Hill, new pastor of the First Baptist Church in Cassville, will assume his duties on Jan. 12.

A small ceremony will mark the cutover of natural gas services for Cassville this Thursday, according to Mayor Evan Shore. Civic officials will meet at Crowe's Dinner House for the ceremony.

Marion Wooten, owner of Wooten Drug Store in Cassville, was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield following an apparent heart attack Wednesday.

Barry County Sheriff Bill Hemphill has filed with the Barry County Clerk for a fourth term in the office.

40 Years Ago

Jan. 9, 1974

A fire last week at the home Misha Hull and her daughter Symbra virtually destroyed all of the household belongings.

Newly commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy is Don James, son of Mr. and Mrs. John James, of Cassville. The Cassville High School graduate completed his education at MU in Columbia through the NROTC program.

A major area industry, Fasco Co., of Rochester, N.Y., confirmed this week plans to conduct an extensive labor availability survey in Cassville next week. The effort is toward a possible location of a manufacturing facility in Cassville in the near future.

A new volunteer service is being initiated in Cassville and the immediate surrounding area. The program is called Traveling Meals, and it consists of having meals prepared at an approved location and then delivered to the homes of persons who are elderly or disabled.

Missouri Secretary of State James C. Kirkpatrick will speak at the annual membership and ladies' night dinner of the Cassville Chamber of Commerce Thursday night.

30 Years Ago

Dec. 21, 1983

An unexpected Christmas present arrived in Cassville this week with an announcement that stated "To acquire warehouse space and provide space for possible new lines, Just Boot Co. in Cassville will begin an expansion program shortly after the first to the year." The announcement came from J.T. Dickinson, president. The company plans to add just over 19,000 square feet of floor space on the plant that was acquired two years ago from U.S. Shoe Corporation.

In convention last Friday, the Barry County ASCS community members named a Shell Knob businessman and rancher, John Cupps, to the three-member administrative board. Cupps replaces John Sparks, of Golden, who has served the committee for the past 20 years.

The Cassville Rotary Club elected Bob Allen to serve as president for the coming year. Don Stockton is the vice president and Jim Haenig, treasurer.