Bob Mitchell: Where did 2017 go?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Here we are in another year, 2017 has passed too quickly for some, not quite fast enough for others! Regardless of the opinions, it’s 2018 and going to be that way for another 12 months.

Since we’ve reached this New Year, the thought arrived that it might be interesting to look back over a period of years and see what might have been going on and what New Year’s speculations, resolutions, or thoughts might have been on different minds. In past years, it wasn’t unusual for the Cassville Democrat to seek resolutions or predictions of the future from the public instead of relying completely on staff for input.

So, here we go. How many of these thoughts do you remember?

Back in 1957

There was some possibility that Cassville could hook into a close relationship with Rogers, Ark., and become what was obvious... a growing and prosperous area. Espousing this idea was a close friendship between Cass Hough, president of Daisy Corp. and Bill Sellers, who at the time was Barry County sanitarian. Both had been POWs in World War II after being shot down over Germany. No one ever knew what happened to this possibility, which faded after Sellers met an untimely death with his wife and another couple in an air incident over Oklahoma. Mozark Poultry of Cassville announced of possibly doubling employment in their plant. Involved in an unfortunate disagreement with Cassville city council, the firm unexpectedly moved to Monett, to become Tyson’s.

Extending the city limits was always a need in those days, and was being pushed by some citizens.

New white way in 1962

Barry Electric announced plans to expand Cassville’s white way lighting on Main Street to meet safety accommodations.

People in some sections of Barry County were anxious to see more cooperation between towns. There was a meeting at Crowe’s Restaurant concerning a possible central airport where a Monett councilman expressed doubts about Monett and Cassville could ever agree on any such project.

Flying saucers in 1967

Residents of several areas reported flying saucers, probably from out of space, had landed at their farms. They pointed to burned grass where the units had landed and departed. No crewmembers were ever sighted.

A big event for Cassville following the first of the year was the Soils and Crops Conference, which annually filled the American Legion Home to hear Extension Staff theories on agriculture. A noon-time lunch was served by Chamber of Commerce.

Sixty-one rural school eighth-graders were promoted in a program held in Cassville’s rock gym.

Flood control problem in 1969

Cassville was struggling with Flat Creek, because Hawk Branch and Little Troublesome caused flooding in the central parts of town. The city began looking to government agencies for a solution that the city could afford. Wants of the city included a new fire truck, solution to hospital problems and the possibility of an airport becoming reality with a project-friendly city council.

Some youthful survey notes their wishes were for clean air, clean and adequate water, clean cities, beautiful forests and wildlife. What could be better?

The late Odis Holder was rated one of the top auctioneers in nation.

Hearings were slated by the Missouri Highway Department concerning the possibility of a new highway leading into Shell Knob and Viola communities.

C of C support decline 1978

Merchants were expressing concern about one-street parking in business areas. They pointed toward spaces being utilized by courthouse officials and employees being a principal problem that was resulting in lost business possibilities.

County population 1987

Missouri noted Barry County’s population was 32,325, one of state’s largest growth figures at 17.3 percent.

Able 2 Products announced a 25,000-square-foot expansion project.

Cassville Senior Center and Cassville Golf Course both announced new facility plans.

More cooperation TR 1994

Table Rock neighbors and Cassville looked toward more and better cooperation, which makes one wonder what ever happened to the once highly anticipated programs between communities in those years.

Cassville boasted four areas of economy; industry, agriculture, tourism, commercial businesses, not necessarily in that order.

Sights set for 2018

Our sights are set high for this year with peace, government stability, truthfulness, honor, courage, and humility, caring for and respecting others and honest service; goodness knows we could use any and all these days. Then there is the wonder about what Cassville will tackle to push her to the front of progress and service to her people and the community. The hope of most is for nothing short of the very best!

Now, in leaving, my usual thought, “God save these United States of America!”

Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat. He is a 2017 inductee to both the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame and Missouri Southern State University’s Regional Media Hall of Fame.