Workers at the Marshfield Optimist Club fireworks stand, located on the north side of Interstate 44 at the Fair Oaks Motel parking lot, organized the stand before the crowds hit on Tuesday. Pictured, from right, are Trevor Catron, Jason Jones and Candice Hagar. Proceeds from the sales will help fund Optimist-funded youth projects in Marshfield.

June 29, 1994

25 years ago

The entry period continues for the 57th annual “Fairest of the Fair” and “Miss Teen Fair” contests, to be held on July 13 during the Webster County Fair.

Webster County girls ages 17 through 21 are eligible to compete in the “Fairest of the Fair” contest, and girls ages 14 through 16 may complete for “Miss Teen Fair.” Ages are as of July 1.


Debbie Cain, RN, CRNI, was recognized with a special award at the Nurse Recognition Banquet held May 6 at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield. The Missouri Home Infusion Association presented Cain with a plaque acknowledging her contribution to the nursing profession in southwest Missouri.


On June 15, Sgt. James E. Marlin, director of criminal investigations for the Missouri State Water Patrol, was promoted to the rank of captain. Capt. Marlin will assume responsibilities as supervisor of District I, West Central Missouri, which includes Stockton, Pomme De Terre and Truman lakes. Marlin’s promotion comes after 15 years of service with the Water Patrol.


Beginning July 1, all telephone customers will be required to dial an area code when calling long distance, even though the call is being made to someone within the same area code.

According to Don Neely, public affairs manager for GTE, area codes are being used because the number of numical combinations is limited.

“It is not a GTE or Southwestern Bell thing; it is a national thing,” Neely said. “Nobody thinks that much about it when they dial a number, but the second digit of an area code is always a zero or one.”

The use of area codes with every long distance call will allow telephone companies to assign more numbers.


Oral and Mary Barrow, Rogersville, observed their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday with a family celebration hosted by their children: Tom and Sharon Barrow, Linda and Jack Day, and Betty Rose. They have one son and two daughters, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Walter Oral Barrow and Mary Elizabeth Stuber were married June 30, 1934, in Brookfield.


Deaths reported in this issue: Lorraine Speer, 72, Marshfield; Jo Ann Hurst, 47, Memphis, Tennessee; William P. Letterman, 72, Niangua; and Homer Frick, 67, Leon, Kansas.

July 3, 1969

50 years ago

The Burgner-Bowman-Matthews Lumber Co. in Marshfield has been purchased by Ralph Gander and Frank Davis. The change in ownership was effective July 1. Gander will continue to manage the firm. The name of the business will be changed to Marshfield Lumber Co.


Kenneth E. Sands, new superintendent of schools at Niangua, with his wife, has moved to a mobile home on the Lotha Mathis property in Niangua near the school. Mr. and Mrs. Sands are the parents of two sons, Walter and Herbert, both serving in the Air Force, stationed in Germany and England.


Thursday night Pee-Wee League: Red Sox pitcher J.C. Cunningham tossed a no-hit shutout by striking out six and walking five. The Red Sox scored 12 runs in the first inning and seven in the second. The first inning was highlighted by a two-run double by Eric Burchfield. Winning pitcher was J.C. Cunningham; losing pitcher, Dennis Richardson.

July 6, 1944

75 years ago

Announcements have been received of the marriage of Pfc. Dewey Cecil Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Commodore Smith of Marshfield and Miss Gertie Jo Mearse of Sweetwater, Texas. The marriage was solemnized Friday evening, June 16, at 8 p.m. in the First Methodist Church of El Paso with the Rev. C. Raymond Gray the officiating minister. Their attendants were Albert H. Mearse and Mrs. Oleta Williford of El Paso.

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