Through the Years, April 17

50 YEARS AGO: Leon Sanders and Jerry Deal monitoring tape driven machine. Both these machines, and three more to follow next month, are included in company up-dating plans. Duane Stockton and Deal operate the ultra-modern machines on one of the company’s three shifts. Initial tape perforations at the plant are calculated by computers on direct hook-up with the company at stations in Houston, Tex. and Ann Arbor, Mich. Democrat file photo

50 years ago

April 24, 1974


Mr. and Mrs. Jim O’Neill of Cassville have purchased the Stoney Point Store between Cassville and Exeter from Mr. and Mrs. Hal Miller. The O’Neill’s will live at the location and operate the business. Several improvements are planned. They also purchased stock and equipment from Mr. and Mrs. Ormston at Bates Corner for the new operation.


Cassville recorded one and one-half inches of rainfall in Sunday storms. Heavier amounts up to five inches and some hail was recorded at farm areas between Butterfield and Purdy. Mr. and Mrs. Loren Nickols said six storms went through their area Sunday. Some lightning damage was reported in county areas.


With the prospect for some additional community investments coming, Cassville’s industrial land purchase fund grew to $48,600 this week, according to Doyle Thomas and Truman Baker, co-chairmen of the effort. The latest report is a $1,600 increase over the $47,000 figure reported last week. Included in the latest contribution list were: $250-Varsity School Supply, Sanders Bookkeeping and J. C. Fulton. $200-Charley Whisman Laun-dries. $150-Bing Miller Oil Co. $100-Paul Hen-best, Wayne Smithson, Gene Schlichtman, Cassville Bowl and Hazen Cycle Shop. Displays of the products FASCO Industries intends manufacturing in the new Cassville plant will be on alternating display in local business houses during coming weeks. The first week both Cassville banks. OTASCO and Taggart Medicine Shop will have the motor and blower displays prepared by the Chamber of Commerce.

40 years ago

April 15, 1984

— BRIDGEWAY PLAZA BUSINESSES BOUGHT Restaurant facilities on Bridgway Plaza at Shell Knob have been purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Roger Sowder of the lake community. They acquired the property from Joe Kastendick of Springfield. Extensive remodeling to a modern decor is scheduled to begin soon, with a target date opening of June 15 anticipated. Decorations will include a large aquarium. Name of the new establishment will be T-Bone Restaurant. The Sowder’s son, Mike will be associated in the business.


Sponsorship of an Eagle Rock area youth, Connie Waller, in participating in the American Youth in Concert Tour to Europe this summer, has the Eagle Rock Community Association sponsoring an auction and bake sale in the lake community center on Saturday, May 5. • The community-wide effort is being directed by Haupt Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Shaw and Grace Heiniger. A wide variety of items are scheduled in each division of the effort. Auctioneers will be Fritz and Gary Brown. Co-chairs of the event say all assistance from the area will be appreciated. To assemble items, the Eagle Rock community building will be open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and May 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive items. Miss Waller, a CHS senior, is the ninth youngster from Missouri and the first from this area to be invited to make the prestigious tour. Music appearances for the group will include New York City, Washington, D.C. and several countries in Europe.


Miss Nola Bowman has been employed by the Purdy school district as elementary principal for the upcoming 198485 school year. Miss Bowman, a 1973 graduate of Southwest high school in Washburn, completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northeast Oklahoma State University in Talequah, Oklahoma, and has a master of science degree in Education from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. She is currently employed / by the public school district of Cushing, Oklahoma, where she heads the gifted and talented children’s program. Miss Bowman will begin her duties with the Purdy schools on August 6, says superintendent Richard Place.

30 years ago

April 13, 1994


An article in the April issue of Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association was coauthored by Dr. David Cupps, DVM, of Cassville. The article covered a rare situation of redroot pigweed poisoning in cattle. Dr. Cupps contributed information on two herds in Barry County that lost 50 head to poisoning during the summer of 1991. All the affected cattle were found to have been exposed to pastures containing pig-weed. The animals had been exposed to the weed for five to 28 days. Illness duration ranged from 1 to 14 days.


Running in the 400 meter and 800 meter races within 30 minutes of each other is an accomplishment within itself. But, winning first place in the events is another accomplishment that was claimed by junior Bradley Epperly of the CHS thinclads at Pierce City last week. Coach Joel Wells predicted after the running that Epperly would break some existing records by his senior year. Epperly ran the 400 meter in 52.7, which is .05 second from the Cassville record. He then returned to the starting blocks and ran the 800 meter, traveling the distance in 2:11 and another first place medal, leading the Wildcats in a sixth place standing in the prestigious 16-team field. Steve McCluney took second place in the 300 intermediate hurdles, time 46.4 and got third in the 110 highs at 17.8 a personal record time. Fifth place in the intermediates went to Brian Baze with John Bailey winning fifth in the 1600 meter. Jimmy Huse got sixth in the pole vault at a nine foot level. Posting a personal best, Jay Bailey got seventh in the long jump at 19’2.5” Erick Bomke was seventh in the 3200 meter event at 12.09. Cassville was rained out at Webb City junior varsity events Monday. The varsity teams are scheduled at the East Newton Relays this Thursday. They will host the Wildcat Relays, lone meet at CHS Athletic Field on April 18.