July 2023

Riding into a second century

Not many people live to see 100 years old, and when Wheaton resident Floyd Hughes hit the mark on July 19, he knew the best way to celebrate — riding his bike through town. Starting at his home by the Methodist Church, which he joined with his wife more than 70 years ago, Hughes and more than 50 family and friends rode a few blocks down East Santee Street, across to Main and back around to his home.
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Trout Tales, July 26

Happy belated birthday to the oldest man in Wheaton, Mr. Floyd Hughes, who turned 100 on July 19. Floyd was gracious enough to invite me into his home to talk to him before his community bike ride, even letting me pull him away from that night’s episode of Wheel of Fortune! The ride was not set to begin until 7 p.m., but that didn’t stop Floyd from sitting on his bike in the final 10 minutes, revving up and ready to go. At 100 now, the great-great-grandpa took his time to enjoy the moment, clocking in at about 1.23 miles per hour as he passed the train depot on Main.
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June Evelyn Brandt

June Evelyn Brandt, 93, of Monett, MO, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was born February 26, 1930 in Exeter, MO, the first of five children born to Joe and Ethel Warren.
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Adella Jane Horner

Adella Jane Horner, age 90, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Arkansas. Adella, daughter of Willie and Mabel (Webb) Gowen, was born on July 17, 1933, in Seligman. When she was born, the doctor proclaimed she was the prettiest baby he had ever seen. She was a lifetime resident of Barry County, and attended school in Washburn where she was the Salutatorian of the 1951 graduating class. Following graduation, Adella went to work in Cassville for Royle Ellis as a legal secretary.
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