Drumright’s Ace Hardware, above, received moderate water damage from a broken water main Monday at the intersection of Jackson and Crittenden Streets.

June 8, 1994

25 years ago

A Marshfield city crew Monday repaired a water main at the corner of Jackson and Crittenden streets after a small leak turned into a stream that flooded the area.

Maintenance Supervisor J.E. Jones said Tuesday workers dug out the area of the leak and one of the workers was attempting to clean off the pipe.

Jones said the pipe was old and scheduled to be replaced next year.

“One of the boys was in the hole, rubbing the pipe to clean it off and a hole blew in it about three inches in diameter,” Jones said.

Although it did not take long to repair the main, Jones said Monday’s incident is “something that doesn’t happen very often.”

Drumright’s owner Talton Greer said the flood caused “slight damage” to the store, but was cleaned up by Wednesday.

Greer said the “system wasn’t designed to handle the pressure” placed on it.


The Webster County Heart Association will hold a “Cardiac Arrest” on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Webster County Courthouse. Prominent people throughout Webster County will be “arrested” and required to raise at least $50 for bail money, which may be raised before the event.

Joe Brooks, a member of the committee said Tuesday that more than 50 people from around the county had consented to be arrested, and others will be surprised on the day of the event. Area law enforcement officials will carry out the “arrests.” The “jailbirds” raising the most money during the event will receive a prize.

Brooks said county residents may also call and have someone arrested for a donation to the organization.

Cellular phones, provided by Alltel Mobile Communications, will be on site at the courthouse for those arrested to raise bail. Refreshments for the event are being sought.


Tracy Keeth’s 20th birthday on June 1 brought more than a few surprises. Keeth, who has been fighting a disease since junior high school which ultimately resulted in the loss of both of her legs, received more than 400 birthday cards from well-wishers.

The first day the mailman brought birthday cards, Keeth said the mailbox was stuffed.

“I thought that was probably all of them,” she said.

But the next day, the mailman had to make a special trip to the Keeth home to deliver more cards. She was still receiving cards on Saturday.

“I was overwhelmed,” she said. “Most were from people I know, but some were from people I don’t know.”

Well-wishers at the Marshfield Evangelical Methodist Church presented her with a large birthday banner signed by members of the congregation. Balloons and flowers also filled the Keeth home.

“It looked like a flower shop in here the day of her birthday,” said Glenda Keeth, Tracy’s mother.


Deaths reported in this issue: David Rost, 85; Clyde “Boots” Vester Hurst, 74; Noon S.L. Schwartz, 7; William Lee Cantrell, 84; Julia C. Johns, 87; Aubrey James Marlin, 79; Kasie Lorene Morrison, stillborn.

June 12, 1969

50 years ago

One of Marshfield’s oldest firms, Rathbun Drug Store, is beginning a “quitting business” sale this week. The reason for the sale according to the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rathbun, is because of age and medical advice To slow their activities.

Rathbun Drug Store was started in March 9, 1922, when the Rathbuns purchased the store owned by Louis and Bill Hodgkins and Wirt Harris, located in the building now occupied by Value Mart Grocery.

It was operated there for about nine years until it moved to its present location in December, 1931. The new location had even formerly owned by the old Farmer’s Exchange Bank which had gone out of business.

The business has operated for 47 years, 38 in the present location.


June 15, 1944

75 years ago

For the second year in secession Marshfield will not hold a Fourth of July celebration and homecoming this year, it was decided Wednesday by the executive committee appointed Monday night by the city board consisting of E.W. Brooks, chairman, Paul Beckerdite, Murray Thompson, Stanley Elmore and Claud Wood.

Reasons for not holding the event this year were about the same as last year: shortage of cold drinks, ice cream, food and manpower, along with gasoline and tire restrictions.


A deal was completed Wednesday night when Fred Carpenter, who has been operating it, bought the pocket billiard parlor on the Southside of the square form Jake Burchfield.


June 19, 1919

100 years ago

A surprise party was given Miss Ruth McCall Friday night in honor of her birthday. The evening was spent with music and games. Ice cream and cake were served to the following: Misses Teanie and Nannie Hoover, Ruby and Amy Wheeler, Joyce McNabb, Lucy Hedgpeth, Nannie McCall and Lucy Day, Messrs. John Hedgbeth, Edward Day, Bill Barclay, Newt McNabb, Frank Price and Monroe Case.

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