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Rick’s Notes
28 Dec 1999

The Question: Who is the former Browning area resident and 1973 Linn County R-1 graduate that has been very successful with the Chariton Valley Telephone Corporation of Bucklin?

I want to belatedly extend sympathy to Lucille Quigley's family. I just forgot last week that Lucille lived in the Enterprise area for many years. Her late husband, Clifton, was a regular visitor at the Hoover Cemetery. All four of Lucille's children where in school when I was a student, or as in J.C., the youngest case, a student of mine.

Mr. and Mrs. Keath Crooks were in Kansas City visiting her brother Dick Askey at Research Medical Center last week. That weekday Dick got to go home. We hope that Dick continues to progress well. He had been a patient at Research for several days. Dick and his wife Sue (Bennett) both graduated from Browning High School in the World War II era. The Askey's now have a Raymore address.

I also want to be lately send my sympathy to the family of Warren Brewer of Brookfield. Warren was the Husband of Mary (Brown) Knifong. We want to send our regards to Mary and her family; Warren seemed to be a fine gentleman.

I understand Dyle and Debbie Knifong of Colorado Springs, Colorado were in the area and attended the services at the Browning Baptist Church on Sunday December 19th. We are glad they were able to be back in the area.

Christmas Day visitors at the home of Rick and Rose Thurlo were Lane, Michele, and Weston Thurlo of Milan, Keith and Amber Thurlo and Betsey Lowe of Columbia. It was a very nice Christmas Day; white in the morning but the snow about all disappeared by sundown.

Answer to the question:

Terri Schrock daughter of Frances and Wanda (Quigley) Schrock. Terri has been with Chariton Valley many years and I understand she has been a very dedicated worker and has done real well. Terri now lives in Brookfield and Frances and Wanda are also with her in Brookfield. We want to wish Terri continued success.

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By Rick Thurlo

21 Dec 1999

The Question: I try to use this space on Christmas to ask about Christmases that I think should be easy to remember (at least for some people). I have written of the 1961 blizzard, the power outage in 1965, and the extremely cold temperatures in both 1983 and 1985.

This year I want to ask about a Christmas that is easy to remember for a different reason. It was the date of a tremendous playoff football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins in Kansas City’s old Municipal stadium. It was some game, unfortunately for Chiefs fans it had a sad ending. For my family it was very much easy to remember because it was our first Christmas as presents. When was this very exciting Christmas Day? (Answer at Bottom)

Jeff Gray of Rothville and a former resident of our area suffered a heart attack while at work at Wadsworth’s in Marceline last Thursday. Jeff was taken to Boone County Hospital. We hope Jeff is home and is getting along ok. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff and his family.

Amos Eastman of Laclede passed away over the weekend. Amos was a former Browning resident and a brother to Mrs. Dorothy Coffman. He was the son of the late Floyd (Big Boy) and Daisy (Miller) Eastman. We send sympathy to Dorothy and the rest of his family.

I hadn’t heard until this weekend that Gary and Suzanne (Rhodes) Liebhart and family are building a new house just North of Brookfield. Although I haven’t seen them for awhile we are all sorry to be losing them from our community.

Diane and Richard Moore and family of Liberty hosted a pre-Christmas gathering on Sunday December 19, 1999. Those attending were Trisha May of Kansas City, Daniel May of Fort Leonard Wood, Diane Tolson, Brooke, Morgan and Zane, Keith and Amber Thurlo and Betsey Lowe all of Columbia, Judy and John Sapko of Kirksville, Rick and Rose Thurlo of Browning, Land Michele and Weston Thurlo of Milan and the hostesses Richard, Diane, Patrick, T.J. Shannon, Hanna and Lexus. A good time was had by all, the snow on the way home made it even more exciting.

A nice crowd attended the Christmas program at the Browning Baptist Church Sunday evening. Anita Smith directed the program and she worked real hard and so did most of the performers.

James Schuler and family from North Carolina are visiting with his grandparents Clifford and Norma Abbott and other relatives in the area.

Answer to the question; it was Christmas Day 1971. Personally, I object to the NFL holding games on Christmas, but I watched the game anyway. It was an overtime loss for the Chiefs. As I remember the weather was cold and overcast.

Jana and J.R. Belew, Moberly, announce the birth of a daughter December 3 in Columbia. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and has been named Kenna Rae. She joins a brother Braden, 2. Maternal grandparents are Johnny and Jane Anderson, Linneus. Great-grandmother is Eunice Sayre, Browning. Paternal grandparents are Karen Han, Cameron, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Belew, Madison, TX.

Friday, December 17, Johnny and Jane Anderson and Eunice Sayre attended graduation ceremonies at Missouri University in Columbia. Their son and grandson, Joel Anderson, graduated with a Masters of Business administration degree. Well-known actor, comedian, and humanitarian Bill Cosby was the guest speaker. He gave a humorous and enlightening address and personally greeted each graduate as they received their diplomas.

The Browning United Methodist Church met on Sunday night, December 19, 1999 for a carry-in supper and Christmas program.

E.R. and Ann Bausell were in charge of the dinner and had provided lovely decorations for the tables and the dining room, using greenery and gold candles.

A tableau of the Christmas Story was prepared by Mary Lee Crooks, Megan Nickell was the Virgin Mary, Michael Nickell, as Joseph, Mary Grice as Angel Gabrel, Susanne and Nicolle Rhodes as angels, Spencer Nickell, Marcus Rhodes, Keath Crooks, E.R. Bausell and John Grice as Shepherds. Rev. Jim King was the reader. The children sang “Away in a Manger” and “Jesus Loves Me”. The church choir sang “In a Manger, He is Sleeping”. Mary Grice sang “What is This”. Mrs. Crooks presented treats to the children. The closing song “Silent Night” was sung by all followed by the benediction by Rev. King.

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The General John Sullivan Chapter NSDAR held their Christmas meeting at the Community Center in Milan, on December 17, 1999, with Brenda Williams, Mary Curtis, Lynda Strine, and Julie Foster as hostesses.

The opening ritual was led by the regent, Brenda Williams assisted by Sue King, acting chaplain. The American’s Creed was led by Pat Mallette, Pledge of Allegiance and Missouri Pledge by Hazel Lewis, National Anthem by Mary Grice.

The president-general’s message was read by the vice-regent, Martha Gragg. Sue King gave the devotional on the Christmas story. Look beyond the manger to the cross. Mary Grice read the national defense message “Tribute to George Washington on the 200th Anniversary of his death.

Mrs. Williams announced that reports are due in January. Mrs. Gragg announced two essay contest entries on George Washington’s obituary. It was voted to allow $25.00 prize for each essay. Gentry Shafer and Daniel Branstetter of Green City are the entrants. Ms. Gragg is searching for a History Award winner.

The program was “Celebrating Our Ancestors – Story Telling” by chapter members. Ancestors Adams, Doty, Clemens, Nephff, Dolittle, Raney, Gooch, Snidow, Blackman and others were discussed. Also on the program to describe the greatest gift you have given, included a story of a gold wedding band.

Meeting closed with the preamble. Members present were Virginia Shearer, Mary Grice, Brenda Williams, Sue King, Hazel Lewis, Pat Mallette, Jolene Campbell, Ines King, Julie Foster, and Martha Gragg.

The next meeting will be at the Paradox January 28, 2000, with Ora Lee Taylor and Floy Borron as hostesses. The program will be “Battle of Athens” by Doug Williams.

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By Rick Thurlo

14 Dec 1999

The Question: Who was the Browning couple that operated the Browning Lumberyard for many years? They at first were just hired by owners to operate the business, but later purchased the yard and operated it for many years. (Answer at the Bottom)

Mrs. Denise Gray was a patient at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia last week. Denise had surgery and we hope she is getting along well.

We would like to invite everyone to the Christmas program at the Browning Baptist Church on Sunday night December 19, at 7 p.m. Anita Smith is the director and several people have been working real hard to get a good program together.

Michele Abbott, Christine Lentz, Amanda Rafferty, Jessica Guyer and other 1999 Linn County R-1 graduates survived their first Semester at Missouri Western College in St. Joseph and are back in our area. We trust they all did real well.

Donald Linhart of Trenton and originally from the area North and East of Browning passed away last week. In 1969-70 when I began my teaching career at Laredo, Donald operated a gas station and I visited with him often. His daughter Debbie, was a 5th grade student of mine at the time. I haven’t seen Donald for many years, but I have fond memories and want to extend sympathy to his family.

Richard Moore and Roger Bennett from Kearney were in the area hunting last Saturday. The called on Rick and Rose Thurlo.

Edward Maggart of Kirksville passed away over the weekend. Edward was a loyal reader and had written me on several occasions. He was a brother to Thelma Kraft and Velma Foster of Browning. We want to extend sympathy to Edward’s family. I sure enjoyed hearing from him over the years.

Answer to the Question: Bill and Geneva Ramsey. I can’t recall for sure when the Ramsey’s first came to Browning but I would say between 1950 and 1955. They retired in the early or middle 1980’s, so I’m sure they were active in the Browning business community for over 30 years. Their son Brad, was a 1972 Linn County R-1 graduate, my second year as a Linn County R-1 teacher.

At one time the Browning Lumberyard was very busy. A number of different people were employed there. Among those I recall were Roy Miller, (buried in Hoover Cemetery), Gary Head, Max Gooch, and Delwin Crum.

Bill is now deceased, but to the best of my knowledge Geneva is still alive. They lived on the Lake of the Ozarks.

While in Browning the Ramseys built the house in the east part of town where Keath and Mary Lee Crooks now reside.

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By Rick Thurlo

7 Dec 1999

The Question: I am ashamed to admit that one of my most co-operative, hardworking, intelligent, and charming students of my 30+ years of teaching was accorded what I would call a great honor and I have failed to congratulate her until now. The young lady’s address is Purdin, but her home is very near the dividing line between the Browning and Purdin mail routes. This young lady was crowned the Missouri Beef Queen. Who is the fine young lady? (Answer at Bottom)

I was very upset with myself and shocked to read of Paul Christ’s death in last weeks Standard. I had know Paul for many years and had a very high regard for him. He preached my grandmother Gooch’s funeral when visiting in our area while pastoring in Colorado, I believe. Paul preached at the present Browning Church of Christ for several in the 1960’s. His son, Terry, graduated with me in 1965 from the old Liberty High School. I sure want to belatedly extend sympathy to Paul’s family.

There will be a retirement event from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This Thursday, December 9, honoring Charles “Charlie” Fields. I have know Charlie since I was about 5, I don’t expect he appreciates me saying a lot about him, but I do recall he hauled the first 4-H calf I ever took to the Browning Homecoming calf show for me. Actually I took 2 calves that year and they got white ribbons. I really haven’t seen many other white ribbon club calves over the years. Anyway, good luck to Charlie in retirement.

I understand Harley E. Almond is now a patient in a Hannibal, Mo. Hospital. We just want to send our best to Harley.

Rick and Rose Thurlo attended Lea Crawford’s 7th grade basketball game in Marshall on Saturday and helped Lea become a teenager one day late, Then the Thurlos traveled to Columbia to shop at the mall and visit with Amber Thurlo and Suzzane Bartow. We also saw several local people at the mall.

Crystal and Miranda Rudloff traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas, and visited with their Aunt Sharon and family over Thanksgiving. They report having a nice time.

The Browning Federated Garden Club is sponsoring a Christmas lighting contest with judging on 20 December, recognition only.

Browning members who sang in the Linn County Chorus Christmas Concerts were Julie McArtor and Joyce Shanks. Performances were at the Father McCartan School in Marceline at 4 p.m. on December 4 and the First Christian Church in Brookfield on December 5 at 2 p.m.

The American Legion Post 274 weekly soup suppers are held Tuesday at 6:30 at the Legion hall. Cards optional, public welcome.

Answer to the Question: Queen Kelly Rojas daughter of Bill and Karen (Foss) Rojas and granddaughter of Lois and the late Harold (Shorty) Foss.

Kelly was a 1997 Linn County R-1 graduate, she was on the junior quiz bowl all 3 years, and was a starter on the undefeated 1992-93 junior high quiz bowl team.

Kelly is a student at the University of Missouri in Columbia. We are happy that she was crowned beef queen and are sure she very much deserved the honor.

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By Rick Thurlo

30 Nov 1999

The Question: Who is the Browning resident and city council member that is a Vietnam Veteran and has worked at Miller’s Garage for over 10 Years? (Answer at the Bottom)

There will be a carry in dinner at the Browning Baptist Church on Sunday, December 5 to help begin a revival meeting. Services will be held at 11 A.M. on Sunday morning and at 7 P.M. Sunday thru Thursday. The speaker will be Don Kabel the Vo-Ag teacher at Linn County R-1 and pastor at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church North of Bucklin. David and Linda Long will lead the music. Everyone is invited to attend.

J.D. Taylor had surgery at a Columbia hospital in Columbia. We see J.D. often and hope he continues to get along well.

We want to extend sympathy to Jerry Beliel for the loss of her sister in Long Beach, California. Jerry and daughter Brenda were recently able to visit in California.

Mrs. Nancy (Head) Knight of Union, Mo. And a 1958 Liberty High School graduate passed away over the weekend. Nancy was the daughter of the late Beryl and Marie (Nickell) Head and was raised just North of Browning. We want to extend sympathy to Neil and the rest of Nancy’s family.

Kenny Wohler was injured in a chainsaw accident Sunday. I understand Ken had to have 25 stitches in his leg. We want to wish him our best.

Harley E. Almond of New New London, Mo. and a 1941 Browning High School graduate was a patient in a St. Louis hospital last week. I understand Harley is home and we want to send our best wishes to him.

I understand the Hughes children who have been residing in east Browning are moving to Reger. Several employees at school have mentioned being sad to lose them, but we want to wish them well at Milan and Reger.

Thanksgiving Day dinner guests of Rick and Rose Thurlo were Loris Dudley, Robert, Cindy, Lea, and Ross Crawford of Marshall, Mo., Tom and Bev Dudley and William of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, Paul Graham of the U.S. Air Force, Charleston, South Carolina, John and Judy Sapko of Kirksville, Chris and Charlotte Shipley of Kearney, Rich, Diane, T.J. and Shannon Moore, Hannah and Lexus, of Liberty, Trisha May of Kansas City, Keith and Amber Thurlo, Betsey Lowe, Diane Tolson, Brooke, Morgan and Zane all of Columbia, Lane, Michele and Weston Thurlo of Milan.

Bill Miller of Brookfield passed away last week at age 76. His late wife, Beverly, was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Carter and was raised in our area. Bill’s sons Charles and Gary were involved in little league baseball with me in Browning. Bill worked many years as a mechanic at Powell Motors in Linneus. We want to extend sympathy to Bill’s family.

Answer to the Question: Dean Spencer, Dean was raised in the Cora area and graduated from Milan C-2 in 1965. Dean and his first wife Vikki (Myers) had 2 children Tammy and Tim.

Dean served in Vietnam in 1967-68. He has lived in Texas and in the Kansas City area. He and his wife Nancy (Tate) have a daughter Kacie and reside in the former Otto Johnson house in Browning. Dean has been an important part of our community for many years.

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By Rick Thurlo

23 Nov 1999

The Question: Who is the former Browning area resident and Browning High School graduated of the late 1940’s that along with her husband operated a restaurant in Milan for a number of years? (Answer at Bottom).

I understand Ronald Dixon recently had surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City. We are glad to see Ronald is back home and getting along ok.

I want to extend deepest sympathy to my good friend Reta (McCollum) Riley, her husband Bill and the rest of her family for the sudden death of their daughter last week. Reta and Bill have a Novinger address. Reta graduated from Linn County R-1 in 1967 and was a frequent visitor of my sisters. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Several people from our area were in Hannibal last Saturday attending Chad Falconer’s wedding and reception. We want to send our best wishes to Chad and his New Bride.

Elizabeth (Warren) Parkson and Gabe Peters were recently united in marriage. We want to send our best wishes to the newly-weds.

Ronald Faulkner of Harris, was a patient at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City last Ronald is home now and we want to send him our best wishes.

We want to extend our sympathy to the family of Orlando (Rooster) Johnson of Purdin. Orlando and his family were involved with the Bank of Purdin, now Bank of Brookfield-Purdin for many years. Many people from Browning did business with the bank and thought highly of Orlando. I had Orlando’s family members for friends and students. Orlando lived a long and very productive life.

Glen Graham of Brookfield passed away recently. I have known Mr. Graham since the late 1950’s when he was employed on the Price Hoskins Dairy Farm. He worked many years at Powell Motors in Linneus. Mr. Graham’s son, Richard, now deceased was in my class in school. We want to extend sympathy to Glen’s family.

Because of Glen’s passing his grandson Paul, who is stationed with the U.S. Air Force at Charleston, South Carolina, was in our area and called on Rick and Rose Thurlo.

I am sorry to report that my good friend Wanda (Watson) Jackson of Milan lost her niece the former Glenda Bundies to an accidental fall. Glenda grew up in our area and I thought she was one of the most attractive girls I knew of at the time. She had bright red hair. Glenda’s mother is Wanda’s twin sister and her dad was the late Glen Bundies. Glen grew up just North of the Locust Valley Cemetery and attended North Hooker School with my dad a few days ago. We are sorry to hear of Glenda’s death, she was around 50.

Answer to the Question: Mrs. Dorothy (Dixon) Crowdis, her husband Bill was the Sheriff of Sullivan County from 1964-1972. Dorothy’s café was just off the southeast corner of the Milan square. She and Bill have two sons.

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By Rick Thurlo

26 October 1999

The Question: Who is the Browning rural resident and 1978 Linn County R-1 graduate that recently took a fieldman’s part-time position with the FSA in Sullivan County? (Answer at the Bottom)

I want to extend sympathy to the family of Wilma DeVore of Centerville, Iowa. Wilma lived in our area at one time. Also at one time she had traveled to Washington, D.C. on a tour with my mother-in-law.

Mr. and Mrs. Rex Cox and three children have returned to the Cox property North of Scottsville. Two of the children have enrolled in the elementary at Linn County R-1. We want to wish them the best in our community.

Remember all veterans are invited to attend and bring artifacts to Linn County R-1 on Veterans Day, November 11. The event will begin at 8:30 A.M.

I want to extend sympathy to the family of Bill Leslie. Bill grew up west of Browning and attended the Climax School. He returned to our area in the late 1970’s. At one time he owned the former Hooker Chevrolet building. I had 3 of the 7 Leslie children and 2 grandchildren as students. Among Bill’s children is the famous (to my world at least) Shelley Leslie Shipman who is the girls’ coach and an instructor at Brashear, Missouri. One of the Leslie sons was a race car driver, I just haven’t heard recently. I enjoyed Bill and am sorry to hear of his passing.

Last week was a great week weather wise for beauty and also harvesting. Most of the soybeans seem to be harvested but some corn is still in the filed but progress has definitely been made.

Answer to the Question: Anthony (Tony) Hedges, Tony began his duties recently. We want to wish him well in his new position. Tony has also been a Duncan township official for several years and I personally respect anyone that will serve in these local government positions.

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"Our American Heritage - Antiques" was the topic of the program presented by Mrs. Lenore Gregory for the DAR, Friday, October 22, 1999.

Mrs. Gregory and her husband live in Newtown, in a house full of antiques and collectibles. She stated that they collect anything, from clocks, advertising plates, furniture, shell boxes, and pottery among other things. She showed pictures of their collections in their home and brought samples of pottery.

The making of pottery in the U. S. was begun in 1878 in Minnesota. The Red Wing Union Pottery and Western Stoneware were two of the early companies. Western made the pottery given with flour by the Sleepy Eye Mill in the early 1900’s. Sleepy Eye, Minn. was named for an Indian. Various colors were made, mostly white with blue trim. Brown and grays were also used.

Brenda Williams, regent, called the meeting of the General John Sullivan Chapter, DAR, to order at 2:05 p.m., at the Paradox in Milan. Fifteen members and one guest were present.

The meeting was opened with the ritual led by Mrs. Williams, assisted by Floy Borron, chaplain. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Aleta Bumgarner, National anthem by Mary Grice, American’s Creed by Echo Bramhall, and the Missouri Pledge by Sue King.

Betty Poland presented an Indian minute, which was the Medicine Wheel prayer.

The chaplain Floy Borron presented the devotional based on Matthew 7: 1 & 2, which included “Judge not lest you be judged”.

The vice-regent, Martha Gragg, read the president-general’s message.

A time of introductions was held with each member giving her name and the year of joining this chapter.

National defense chairman, Mary Grice, gave the message “Littleton is Violent Proof That Our Boys are in Trouble.”

The regent announced the meeting at Trenton, November 8, to meet the state regent, Ann Keller. Members will meet at the library in Milan at 10:15 a.m. to car pool.

The new members, Echo Bramhall, Julie Foster and Sue King were welcome into the chapter by the regent.

A book “The Poland Family” was donated by Betty Poland to the Sullivan County Library and the Unionville Library.

The meeting adjourned with the preamble led by Pat Mallette.

The program chairman, Martha Gragg, reminded members to send a card to a veteran on November 11, or make a phone call. The next meeting will be held at the Paradox, November 19, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. The speaker will be Elizabeth Lovell. Hostesses will be Jolene Campbell, Virginia Johnson, Jane Pratt, Emma Johnson and Debra Danielson. Bring a gift for veterans.

At the close of the program, Mrs. Williams asked everyone to describe their Indian memorabilia. One member wore moccasins; another had a membership card in an Indian tribe, the Chippewa.

Members present were Aleta Bumgarner, Virginia Shearer, Brenda Williams, Pat Mallette, Roberta Ross, Martha Gragg, Echo Bramhall, Charlene Griswold, Betty Poland, Ines King, Floy Borron, Mary Grice, Sue King, Hazel Lewis, and Julie Foster. Mrs. Lenore Gregory was a guest.

The hostesses were Betty Poland, Hazel Lewis, Aleta Bumgarner, and Bertha Wilson.

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By Rick Thurlo

2 November 1999

The Question: Who is the former Browning resident and 1987 Linn County R-1 graduate that is heard often on KTTN radio? (Answer at the Bottom)

I believe that an enjoyable time was had by all at the Browning Halloween Party last Saturday evening. There were some real cute younger people in costume. I really missed seeing some older folks like Eunice Sayre and Delwin Crum being in costume.

Sarah McQueen an 8th grader at Linn County R-1 and daughter of Dennis and Margaret McQueen was injured Sunday night. Sarah was admitted to the Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. We hope she is soon back to School and not seriously injured.

Mr. and Mrs. Keath Crooks were in Seymour, Iowa, attending services for her cousin’s wife Ruth (DeVore) Keller. Mrs. Ernie Dwight Keller of Davenport, Iowa spent Friday night with the Crooks.

I received a real nice note from Janice Keller, mother of Mary Dockery the former Linn County R-1 instructor that was my question recently. I guess somehow Mary’s last name didn’t come out correctly. Her name is Dockery.

Wendell Simpson the former Postmaster at Milan passed away this past week. I want to send sympathy to Frances, his wife and daughter Kathy. Frances’s maiden name was Frances Lawrence and she grew up in Browning, her mother was the late Ruth Rhodes Jenkins sister of Ben Rhodes. I have known Wendell and his family since I first got involved in 4-H back in 1956. He was a fine gentleman.

Answer to the Question: Sharese Head Barry, Sharese does advertisements for lazier eye surgery on KTTN. She works for the Lymer Eye Clinic. Sharese is the daughter of Bonnie and Gary Wayne Head. She and her husband Mike have two children. They reside in Trenton. I greatly enjoy hearing Sharese on the radio.

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By Rick Thurlo

26 October 1999

The Question: Who is the Browning rural resident and 1978 Linn County R-1 graduate that recently took a fieldman’s part-time position with the FSA in Sullivan County? (Answer at the Bottom)

I want to extend sympathy to the family of Wilma DeVore of Centerville, Iowa. Wilma lived in our area at one time. Also at one time she had traveled to Washington, D.C. on a tour with my mother-in-law.

Mr. and Mrs. Rex Cox and three children have returned to the Cox property North of Scottsville. Two of the children have enrolled in the elementary at Linn County R-1. We want to wish them the best in our community.

Remember all veterans are invited to attend and bring artifacts to Linn County R-1 on Veterans Day, November 11. The event will begin at 8:30 A.M.

I want to extend sympathy to the family of Bill Leslie. Bill grew up west of Browning and attended the Climax School. He returned to our area in the late 1970’s. At one time he owned the former Hooker Chevrolet building. I had 3 of the 7 Leslie children and 2 grandchildren as students. Among Bill’s children is the famous (to my world at least) Shelley Leslie Shipman who is the girls’ coach and an instructor at Brashear, Missouri. One of the Leslie sons was a race car driver, I just haven’t heard recently. I enjoyed Bill and am sorry to hear of his passing.

Last week was a great week weather wise for beauty and also harvesting. Most of the soybeans seem to be harvested but some corn is still in the filed but progress has definitely been made.

Answer to the Question: Anthony (Tony) Hedges, Tony began his duties recently. We want to wish him well in his new position. Tony has also been a Duncan township official for several years and I personally respect anyone that will serve in these local government positions.

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"Our American Heritage - Antiques" was the topic of the program presented by Mrs. Lenore Gregory for the DAR, Friday, October 22, 1999.

Mrs. Gregory and her husband live in Newtown, in a house full of antiques and collectibles. She stated that they collect anything, from clocks, advertising plates, furniture, shell boxes, and pottery among other things. She showed pictures of their collections in their home and brought samples of pottery.

The making of pottery in the U. S. was begun in 1878 in Minnesota. The Red Wing Union Pottery and Western Stoneware were two of the early companies. Western made the pottery given with flour by the Sleepy Eye Mill in the early 1900’s. Sleepy Eye, Minn. was named for an Indian. Various colors were made, mostly white with blue trim. Brown and grays were also used.

Brenda Williams, regent, called the meeting of the General John Sullivan Chapter, DAR, to order at 2:05 p.m., at the Paradox in Milan. Fifteen members and one guest were present.

The meeting was opened with the ritual led by Mrs. Williams, assisted by Floy Borron, chaplain. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Aleta Bumgarner, National anthem by Mary Grice, American’s Creed by Echo Bramhall, and the Missouri Pledge by Sue King.

Betty Poland presented an Indian minute, which was the Medicine Wheel prayer.

The chaplain Floy Borron presented the devotional based on Matthew 7: 1 & 2, which included “Judge not lest you be judged”.

The vice-regent, Martha Gragg, read the president-general’s message.

A time of introductions was held with each member giving her name and the year of joining this chapter.

National defense chairman, Mary Grice, gave the message “Littleton is Violent Proof That Our Boys are in Trouble.”

The regent announced the meeting at Trenton, November 8, to meet the state regent, Ann Keller. Members will meet at the library in Milan at 10:15 a.m. to car pool.

The new members, Echo Bramhall, Julie Foster and Sue King were welcome into the chapter by the regent.

A book “The Poland Family” was donated by Betty Poland to the Sullivan County Library and the Unionville Library.

The meeting adjourned with the preamble led by Pat Mallette.

The program chairman, Martha Gragg, reminded members to send a card to a veteran on November 11, or make a phone call. The next meeting will be held at the Paradox, November 19, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. The speaker will be Elizabeth Lovell. Hostesses will be Jolene Campbell, Virginia Johnson, Jane Pratt, Emma Johnson and Debra Danielson. Bring a gift for veterans.

At the close of the program, Mrs. Williams asked everyone to describe their Indian memorabilia. One member wore moccasins; another had a membership card in an Indian tribe, the Chippewa.

Members present were Aleta Bumgarner, Virginia Shearer, Brenda Williams, Pat Mallette, Roberta Ross, Martha Gragg, Echo Bramhall, Charlene Griswold, Betty Poland, Ines King, Floy Borron, Mary Grice, Sue King, Hazel Lewis, and Julie Foster. Mrs. Lenore Gregory was a guest.

The hostesses were Betty Poland, Hazel Lewis, Aleta Bumgarner, and Bertha Wilson.

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By Rick Thurlo

19 October 1999

The Question: Who is the former Browning resident and former Linn County R-1 (Browning site) teacher that is now First Vice-President of the Northeast District of the Missouri State Teachers Association. She will later become President of the Northeast District and her husband at one time was President of the Northeast District. (Answer at Bottom)

I understand anyone wanting to visit the Hoover Cemetery at this time needs to contact Ronald Lantz or Gilbert Peters for the gate key.

T.J. Smith of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, was a weekend visitor of his parents Terry and Anita and sister Clarissa on Oct. 8-10. It was good to see T.J. and he looked like the military was agreeing with him.

I had a nice telephone visit with Eric Siddell who at one time taught music at Green City. Eric said he kept in touch with former Linn County R-1 instructor Jerry DeVos on a regular basic. Jerry is now in New Jersey and teaching as well and playing in several bands himself.

Mary (Smith) Havens passed away last Saturday morning. Mary was a hard working LPN and important part of the community; she will be greatly missed. She was a real nice neighbor to my grandmother Thurlo for a number of years. I have had several of Mary’s children and grandchildren as students. We sure want to extend sympathy for all of Mary’s family.

I haven’t seen near as many turkey hunters as I usually do. But some of the ones on my farm have enjoyed success. I have seen a number of turkeys recently.

A new family with several school age children moved into the Wayne and Virginia Foster, house in Browning the past few days. I don’t know the family name and so far I don’t have any of the children for students. We want to wish them well.

Remember the Veterans Day observance at Linn County R-1 from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. on Veterans Day, November 11. All veterans are invited to attend and bring anything of interest with them.

I would like to add in reference to the death of Ray Maggart that my late grandma and grandpa Wayne and Mabyn Gooch spoke often of when Ray and Gladys operated a business next door to their store in Browning. They enjoyed having them next door a lot.

I want to extend sympathy to Marjorie Taylor’s family. Marjorie was Browning’s oldest citizen when she passed away last week at age 99. I remember seeing Marjorie and her late husband Elba at a doctor’s office in Columbia. At that time Elba and Marjorie lived in St. James, Missouri. Marjorie and Elba at one time lived where Max and Diana Bennett now reside on KK. Marjorie was a fine lady.

Earl Maggart was a patient last week at Regional Hospital in Columbia because of an eye injury. Earl is home and we hope he is getting along well.

Mrs. Nancy Groves and Mrs. Janis Guyer teachers at Linn County R-1 recently attended a workshop in Dallas, TX. It was Janis’ first plane trip. They had a real good time, but were glad to get back to Linn County R-1.

Answer to the Question: Mary (Dimmit) (Woods) Dougherty of Clopton High School. Mary graduated for Green City R-1 in 1973 and began her career at Linn County in the 1977-78 school year. She taught at our school through the 1980-81 school year and was a very hard worker for teacher advancement and the new school building.

I was sorry she decided not to stay at Linn County R-1 when we moved to the new building in the fall of 1981. But I think her future husband, Jim, might have been a consideration.

Mary resided in the former Fanning house near Jerry and Ora Lee Taylor in Browning for awhile; Mrs. Elaine Williams of rural Browning is a sister to Mary.

We are glad Mary began her career at our school and are proud she has taken such an interest in education and teacher issues. We want to wish her continued success. She and Jim have three children.

Linn County R-1 FFA Chapter to Serve in Health, Safety and Courtesy Corps at 72nd National FFA Convention

Louisville, Ky.—Almost any event becomes more intriguing when viewed from the scenes. The 1999 National FFA Convention, which includes everything from arena stage events and laser light shows to dances and workshops for its 50,000 attendees, is no exception. Obviously it takes a lot of volunteers to help make a convention of this magnitude a positive experience for all of its guests. This year about 1,500 FFA members, including students from the Linn County R-1 FFA Chapter, will form the Health, Safety & Courtesy Corps, sponsored by Kosair Children’s Hospital, a part of Norton Healthcare as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. They will view this year’s convention from the other side-backstage, in the newsroom, at competitive events and as hosts throughout the convention center-playing a crucial role in event logistics. The 72nd National FFA Convention will be October 27-30 in Louisville, KY.

Members Volunteering from the Linn County R-1 FFA Chapter are as follows: Matt Pfeiff, Marcia Almond, Kiley Mundell, Nick Miller, Jeremy Palmer, Jamie Floyd, Jesse Foster and Brian Hoerrmann. The local FFA chapter advisor is Don Kabel.

“Participants in the Health, Safety & Courtesy Corps provide valuable services for the overall convention operation, “ said National FFA advisor Dr. Larry D. Case. “FFA gains a tremendous resource, and the participants gain wonderful volunteer experience and an insight into the planning and logistics necessary to ensure a safe and successful convention. They are key to our ability to create a premier leadership and educational event for our 50,000 guests.”

FFA is a national organization of 451,997 members preparing for leadership careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. Local, state and national programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. The organization has 7,268 local chapters located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for Premier leadership, personal growth and career success though agricultural education. National FFA Online, www.ffa.org, FFA’s Internet web site, can provide information about the National FFA.

RICKS NOTES

By Rick Thurlo

12 October 1999

The Question: Who is the former Browning resident and 1973 Linn County R-1 graduate that does physical therapy in the Brookfield-Marceline area? (Answer at Bottom).

On Veterans Day November 11, Linn County R-1 will host a veterans program from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. All veterans are invited to attend and bring any remembrances or artifacts from their service that they would like to display. There will be an early dismissal that day.

Ray Maggart passed away Sunday evening at a Brookfield nursing home. We want to extend sympathy to Gladys and the rest of Ray’s family. Ray was a big part of the community for many years.

Mary Havens was taken by ambulance to Boone County Hospital in Columbia Sunday. We hope Mary is much better and will soon be home.

Mr. and Mrs. Les Clemens of Albany, Illinois were Friday afternoon visitors of Rick and Rose Thurlo. They were here to attend a Clemens reunion in the Trenton area. Les is the son of 1948 Browning High School graduate Helen Gooch Clemens.

Soybean harvest is progressing well in our area. I heard on the radio that the experts were predicting a 27 bushels per acre statewide average. From the reports I have heard most of the local yields are a little higher or close to that 27 bushel per acre average. As a soybean producer I am thrilled with the yield after the extremely dry conditions.

The Browning Baptist Church will host a hayride this Saturday, October 16, beginning at the church at 6 P.M. Everyone is invited to attend.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Hansen and son of Darby, Kansas, were weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Jennings.

Mr. and Mrs. David Long returned home Saturday after spending several days in Tennessee visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Long.

Joe and Alice (Carter) Nichols of Kansas City were Sunday visitors in our area.

Weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Williams were Mr. and Mrs. John Nichols, St. Joseph. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Nichols of Maryville visited Sunday afternoon. Mt. Zion Church had a harvest party and hay ride Saturday night 41 children and 4 chaperones attended the overnight party.

40th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Emmons, Linneus, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children, on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Linneus Community Center. Everyone is invited. No gifts please.

Terry Britton the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Britton passed away Sunday. We want to send our sympathy to Terry’s family and friend. Terry was the grandson of Ella Mae Havens of Browning. He was a big part of the community he lived in and will be sadly missed.

Answer to the Question: Waverly (Wave) (Havens) Dixon. Waverly is the daughter of Mary Havens and Wendell Havens. She is married to Ronnie Dixon a 1971 Linn County R-1 graduate. We have heard many favorable reports about Waverly’s work in the filed of therapy.

RICKS NOTES

By Rick Thurlo

5 October 1999

The Question: Who is the former Browning area resident and 1938 Browning High School graduate that had a long career with FMHA and after retirement has been involved in the real estate business in the Milan area? (Answer at Bottom).

I am both happy and sad to report 3 arrests were made in the Hoover Cemetery vandalism case. It saddens me that such a thing would happen. The fact that all three are people I have had in class is truly upsetting. I just pray for everyone involved.

A large crowd attended the customer appreciation meals at North Missouri Tire last Friday. I saw a lot of Browning area people there. Land and the rest of the tire shop crew appreciate all the attention they received from our area.

Weather prevented the installation of the fence at the Hoover Cemetery this past week. We will plan a workday sometime in the future. Anyone wanting to visit the cemetery contact Rick Thurlo or Gilbert Peters for help getting in.

Mrs. (Floyd) Viola Kirby age 90 of Brookfield passed away last week. The Kirbys lived in the Shafter area for many years. We want to extend sympathy to Floyd and the rest of the family. Mrs. Kirby was the grandmother of Steve Leppin of Steve’s Builders Hardware in Milan.

Keith Thurlo and Betsy Lowe of Columbia attended the North Missouri Tire meal and then spent Friday night with Rick and Rose Thurlo and grandson Weston Thurlo.

Marie Nickell is proud to announce that she began a new job as an Educational Specialist with the North Central Community Action Agency at Kirksville. Marie is an Education and Health Supervisor for Head Start in a five county area with the main office located in Kirksville. We were sorry to lose Marie at Linn County R-1 but want to wish her well in the new job.

Linden Dennis a former resident of the Haseville area west of Browning passed away. Linden was a brother-in-law of my good friend the late James Roach of Bailey Hardware. Mr. Dennis was a good fellow and we want to extend our sympathy.

We hope our items from last week will appear in this week’s paper. I heard from several people, it is nice to be told you are a little bit missed.

Answer to the Question: Hazel (Maggart) Montgomery of Milan. Hazel is a fine person. She is a regular visitor in our area. We want to wish Hazel and Leon the best.

Linn County R-1 FFA News

The Linn County FFA Chapter kicked off the month of October with the annual sale of fruit and beef jerky. They had been split into three teams and the 2 losing teams must BBQ for the winning team. On the 8th they will be hosting the 1999 Barnwarming in joint with the FCCLA, and the Barnwarming King and Queen will be crowned. Then they will move into Parent/Degree Night held at the school on October 18th. At leadership points will head off to Louisville, Kentucky for three days for the National FFA Convention. They will be joined by eight Bucklin FFA members. Written By: Angela Spencer, Reporter

RICKS NOTES

By Rick Thurlo

28 September 1999

The Question: What were the dates that the Burlington Railroad provided service to Browning and our area? (Answer at the Bottom)

Last Thursday evening the Linn County R-1 Board of Education hosted a get together for the employees and their families. The food was good and a large group attended.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ward and family and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ward and family were called to Minnesota because of the death of Jerry and Joe’s sister recently. We are very sorry to hear of this and want to send our sympathy.

Mrs. Lucille (Harmon) Stephenson passed away in Alabama and services were held for her this past weekend. I had known Mrs. Stephenson since my birth. She and her late husband Truman lived right next door to my grandma and grandpa Gooch on the Main Street in Browning. Lucille was a very friendly and fine person. The Stephensons moved to Brookfield in 1973 and then Lucille had moved on to Alabama probably in the mid 1980s. Lucille has many nieces and nephews in our area. We want to send our sympathy to her daughter Marjorie and the rest of Lucille’s family.

I want to extend sympathy to Mary Brookshire’s family. Mary had been a good friend for many years. She had lived were Paul and Sharon Stillwell now reside and on the Freeland Place. I had two of Mary’s children and her granddaughter Angela, for students.

Clayton Ray and Denise Harris recently spent a few days in the San Francisco, California area. We hope they had a good time.

We were sorry to hear of the death of Faye (Lumsden) Oliver. I had known Faye well at one time. She was raised right South of Cora and was the daughter of the late Fred and Eunice (Bundridge) Lumsden. Her late husband, John, was one of the owners and operators of the famous Oliver Brothers Radio Station that broadcast from just North of Scottsville.

Mr. and Mrs. Prather Ellsberry are spending sometime at the Prather log cabin west of Browning. They have a large camper set up. We are glad the Ellsberrys have decided to spend sometime in our community.

Answer to the Question: The railroad began service in Browning in 1872 and brought about the founding of the town. The last train ran in 1981, about the same time as the last day of school in the Browning Building.

RICKS NOTES

By Rick Thurlo

21 September 1999

The Question: Who was the well-know former Browning resident that was Browning’s first supervisor of the water system, he was also fire chief and street superintendent for a number of years? (Answer at the Bottom)

First, Tennille Wilson Banner graduated from Linn County R-1 in 1995. I got a lot of attention on that one. A note from Steve Pfeiffer, Rick didn’t do this one, I made a type O typing it.

We want to extend sympathy to Marlin and the rest of Goldie Belzer’s family. She was a good teacher and a fine lady. I first met Goldie back in 1955 when I first got interested in little league baseball. Goldie taught in our area for over 30 years but retired after the 1982-83 school year. My son Lane was one of Goldies students her final year. She taught at Shelby, Linneus, Browning, the present building and in several country schools. She will be greatly missed.

Sherrie (Sattman) Willis a 1961 Liberty High School graduate passed away. Sherrie lived in the Winigan area and we are very sorry to hear of her death.

I want to add James Creason to those the Hoover Cemetery Board wants to send a special “thanks” to.

Loris Dudley of Marshall spent Saturday night with Rick and Rose and grandson Weston Thurlo. On Sunday they all attended the Samuelson re-union at Promise City, Iowa. Amber Thurlo and Andrew Gerth of Memphis were also among those attending the re-union.

A lot of excitement has been created by the construction work on the former Bank Midwest building in Browning. Elaine Duncan informs us that there are no immediate plans for the structure, they just want a new roof installed before bad weather.

I must say I am disappointed to see that Bank Midwest has spent a lot of money on a bank building at Unionville. As fate has it I actually lived on the sight (not building) of the Unionville Bank Midwest at one time. My family lived at that address in Unionville in 1948-49-50. My twin sisters were born while we lived there. Back to the point, I feel that if Bank Midwest can do that at Unionville, they could have surely repaired the Browning sight. After all it was one of the first banks that the late Gary Dickerson purchased when putting Bank Midwest together.

Mrs. Jerry (Ronald) (Boyd) Duckworth of Chillicothe passed away at age 57. Ronald was a neighbor many days ago, we want to extend our sympathy to the family.

Answer to the question: The late Raymond “Buggs” Rottman. Buggs was quite a fellow, he had a repair shop in Browning, he was also one of the first to get involved with CB radios. I believe the Browning City water got started in about 1956 to 1958 and Buggs was in charge until sometime around 1970 or so.

RICKS NOTES

By Rick Thurlo

14 September 1999

$1,500.00 REWARD

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the "Person or Persons" responsible for the destruction of the headstones at the Hoover Cemetery, in Sullivan Co., Mo. This happened sometime between the Afternoon of Sunday, August 8, 1999 and the evening of Friday, August 13, 1999. The party collecting the REWARD can in no way be involved in the crime. Anyone having information should contact the Sullivan County Sheriff's office in Milan, MO., phone 1-660-265-3313.

The Question: Who is the young lady that graduated from Linn County R-1 in 1955 and has definite Browning connection that was married on July 24 and began her career as a sixth grade teacher at Milan C-2 recently? (Answer at the Bottom)

I would like to send my congradulations to my good friends Clifford and Doris Palmer on their 50th anniversary. I have known the Palmers for 40 of these 50 years and they are sure fine people. I am sorry I was unable to attend the open house last Sunday. Clifford has been employed off and on in different positions at Linn County R-1 almost since I became involved with Linn County R-1 back in 1953.

We understand Erin Harris got a good report at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota last week. We certainly hope and pray that Erin’s problems are behind her.

I want to extend sympathy to Clinton Hale’s parents and pass along my respect to Clinton as a radio newsman. At one time Clinton (in the 1960’s) was the KGHM correspondent and reporter in Milan. At that time he gave daily news reports concerning happenings in the area including Browning happenings. I knew people at the time that looked forward to Clint’s reports each and everyday. Clinton had lived a number of years in Browning.

I want to use this means to extend sympathy to my longtime friend Connie (Watson) Holcomb for the recent loss of her husband Dean in Colorado. I attended Connie and Dean’s wedding in Kirksville a few days ago. We send our thoughts and prayers to Connie and family. Connie graduated from Linn County R-1 in 1966.

Rick, Kathy and Lynn Morris of Williard, Missouri, near Springfield spent the Labor Day weekend at their Browning home with their other daughter Jennifer; they also called on friends and relatives.

Roger and Sherry Foster and family of Camendenton, Missouri, were weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Ken R. Nickell and Mrs. Jean Foster.

A former Scottsville resident and my former neighbor Mrs. Lulu (Brownfield) Almond passed away last week. Lulu and her husband Rex resided in the old Scottsville School and worked for the Bubaney Ranch back in the 1950’s, I remember well. Their three daughters lived at home then, I believe George and Mona were already married. The almonds were good neighbors, we are sorry to hear of her death and want to send our regards to her family. Several of her grandsons have visited our home in recent years. We are proud to have known Mrs. Almond and appreciate her long and useful life, she was 87.

Mrs. Phyllis Brundridge of Green Castle passed away suddenly at age 57 last week. Phyllis’s first husband was Dean May brother of my late brother-in-law Clifford. We had known Phyllis for many years; in fact, her dad Butch Harrington had worked for the University Extension like my dad. Mr. Harrington is still alive. We were shocked to hear of Phyllis’s passing and want to extend sympathy to her husband, Charley and her children, Dennis, Eric and Debbie and the rest of Phyllis’s family.

Mr. and Mrs. James Duckworth of Chillicothe and Lois’s dad Emery Ismeal of Laredo visited our area Sunday. They visited the Hoover Cemetery and then called on Rick and Rose Thurlo. They reported that unfortunately Ronald Duckworth’s wife is extremely ill. Ronald still lives in Chillicothe. They also reported Mr. Floyd Kirby recently moved from Meadville to a new home in Brookfield and Mrs. Kirby is now in a nursing home in Brookfield. The Kirbys lived in our area many years and have many friends in our area.

Answer to the question: Mrs. Tennille (Wilson) Banner daughter of Johnny and Phyllis Wilson of Linneus and grand daughter of long time Browning resident Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Lee Hollon. We want to send our best wishes to Tennille in both of her new endeavors.

August 31, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Curtis visited Brenda and Todd Williams; later Harold visited Harold Downing of Green City. Sunday, Brenda and Todd attended the Snidow reunion at the Humphreys Community Building. Hostess was Mrs. Gary May. Sunday and Monday Michael and Lucas William visited his 2 sisters and families in St. Joseph.

A note from Steve Pfeiffer: Last week saw the last tablet stone reset at the Hoover Cemetery after it’s destruction the week of 9 August. It has taken three weeks to put back, what it took some sick individuals a few hours to wreck. I urge anyone knowing anything about this to come forward. If you think these people are your friends, think again. These people are friends to no one, especially the community they live in. Anyone valiant enough to disturb the dead by defiling the place where they sleep, would do most anything. It was mentioned to me that it could have been just kids out drinking. I think not, the largest stone the way I understand it weighed 3,300 Lbs. This had to be done by grown men of some size that should face grown men’s justice. I for one, do not intend to let this drop if it takes the next 10 years to bring these people to their just deserves.

RICKS NOTES

By Rick Thurlo

7 September 1999

$1,500.00 REWARD

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the "Person or Persons" responsible for the destruction of the headstones at the Hoover Cemetery, in Sullivan Co., Mo. This happened sometime between the Afternoon of Sunday, August 8, 1999 and the evening of Friday, August 13, 1999. The party collecting the REWARD can in no way be involved in the crime. Anyone having information should contact the Sullivan County Sheriff's office in Milan, MO., phone 1-660-265-3313.

The Question: Who is the young lady that graduated from Linn County R-1 in 1955 and has definite Browning connection that was married on July 24 and began her career as a sixth grade teacher at Milan C-2 recently? (Answer at the Bottom)

I would like to send my congradulations to my good friends Clifford and Doris Palmer on their 50th anniversary. I have known the Palmers for 40 of these 50 years and they are sure fine people. I am sorry I was unable to attend the open house last Sunday. Clifford has been employed off and on in different positions at Linn County R-1 almost since I became involved with Linn County R-1 back in 1953.

We understand Erin Harris got a good report at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota last week. We certainly hope and pray that Erin’s problems are behind her.

I want to extend sympathy to Clinton Hale’s parents and pass along my respect to Clinton as a radio newsman. At one time Clinton (in the 1960’s) was the KGHM correspondent and reporter in Milan. At that time he gave daily news reports concerning happenings in the area including Browning happenings. I knew people at the time that looked forward to Clint’s reports each and everyday. Clinton had lived a number of years in Browning.

I want to use this means to extend sympathy to my longtime friend Connie (Watson) Holcomb for the recent loss of her husband Dean in Colorado. I attended Connie and Dean’s wedding in Kirksville a few days ago. We send our thoughts and prayers to Connie and family. Connie graduated from Linn County R-1 in 1966.

Rick, Kathy and Lynn Morris of Williard, Missouri, near Springfield spent the Labor Day weekend at their Browning home with their other daughter Jennifer; they also called on friends and relatives.

Roger and Sherry Foster and family of Camendenton, Missouri, were weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Ken R. Nickell and Mrs. Jean Foster.

A former Scottsville resident and my former neighbor Mrs. Lulu (Brownfield) Almond passed away last week. Lulu and her husband Rex resided in the old Scottsville School and worked for the Bubaney Ranch back in the 1950’s, I remember well. Their three daughters lived at home then, I believe George and Mona were already married. The almonds were good neighbors, we are sorry to hear of her death and want to send our regards to her family. Several of her grandsons have visited our home in recent years. We are proud to have known Mrs. Almond and appreciate her long and useful life, she was 87.

Mrs. Phyllis Brundridge of Green Castle passed away suddenly at age 57 last week. Phyllis’s first husband was Dean May brother of my late brother-in-law Clifford. We had known Phyllis for many years; in fact, her dad Butch Harrington had worked for the University Extension like my dad. Mr. Harrington is still alive. We were shocked to hear of Phyllis’s passing and want to extend sympathy to her husband, Charley and her children, Dennis, Eric and Debbie and the rest of Phyllis’s family.

Mr. and Mrs. James Duckworth of Chillicothe and Lois’s dad Emery Ismeal of Laredo visited our area Sunday. They visited the Hoover Cemetery and then called on Rick and Rose Thurlo. They reported that unfortunately Ronald Duckworth’s wife is extremely ill. Ronald still lives in Chillicothe. They also reported Mr. Floyd Kirby recently moved from Meadville to a new home in Brookfield and Mrs. Kirby is now in a nursing home in Brookfield. The Kirbys lived in our area many years and have many friends in our area.

Answer to the question: Mrs. Tennille (Wilson) Banner daughter of Johnny and Phyllis Wilson of Linneus and grand daughter of long time Browning resident Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Lee Hollon. We want to send our best wishes to Tennille in both of her new endeavors.

August 31, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Curtis visited Brenda and Todd Williams; later Harold visited Harold Downing of Green City. Sunday, Brenda and Todd attended the Snidow reunion at the Humphreys Community Building. Hostess was Mrs. Gary May. Sunday and Monday Michael and Lucas William visited his 2 sisters and families in St. Joseph.

A note from Steve Pfeiffer: Last week saw the last tablet stone reset at the Hoover Cemetery after it’s destruction the week of 9 August. It has taken three weeks to put back, what it took some sick individuals a few hours to wreck. I urge anyone knowing anything about this to come forward. If you think these people are your friends, think again. These people are friends to no one, especially the community they live in. Anyone valiant enough to disturb the dead by defiling the place where they sleep, would do most anything. It was mentioned to me that it could have been just kids out drinking. I think not, the largest stone the way I understand it weighed 3,300 Lbs. This had to be done by grown men of some size that should face grown men’s justice. I for one, do not intend to let this drop if it takes the next 10 years to bring these people to their just deserves.

RICKS NOTES

By Rick Thurlo

31 August 1999

$1,500.00 REWARD

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the "Person or Persons" responsible for the destruction of the headstones at the Hoover Cemetery, in Sullivan Co., Mo. This happened sometime between the Afternoon of Sunday, August 8, 1999 and the evening of Friday, August 13, 1999. The party collecting the REWARD can in no way be involved in the crime. Anyone having information should contact the Sullivan County Sheriff's office in Milan, MO., phone 1-660-265-3313.

The Question: Who is the 1959 Liberty High School graduate that is now retired from the main post office in Kansas City and is presently residing in Brookfield? H has always been known as a very dedicated sports fan. (Answer at the Bottom)

I want to extend deepest sympathy to my student Kenny Rogers for the death of his father Richard Kenneth Rogers. The Rogers family has lived in the northwestern part of Browning the past 3 years. I had known Mr. Rogers for many years; he was a very polite deer hunter on my farm for several years.

I want to send deepest sympathy to my good friend Ruth Graves and her family. Ruth lost a daughter late last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruth and her family.

Unfortunately Erin Harris had more problems last Friday. Erin and her parents traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, over the weekend. We hope everything works out well for Erin at Mayo’s.

There is another workday planned for this Saturday, September 4, at the Hoover Cemetery, (weather permitting) the work is to get underway between 8 and 9 a.m. A lot has been accomplished the last two weeks, but there are several tasks left to be done.

Pauline Peterson had the misfortune to fall and break her hip while in Minnesota. Pauline was planning on returning to Brookfield in a few days when her latest accident happened. We want to send our love and best wishes to Pauline.

School got off to a good start. The air conditioning is nice although the outside rooms (like mine) only receive indirect air conditioning. Enrollment is up, but there are probably on about 5 or 6 new students in my classes, most of the increase seems to be in the lower grades.

Unfortunately Mrs. Bonnie Shanks has been away from school with her dad Lewis (I believe) Kimberling of Jamesport. Mr. Kimberling has been a patient at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. We sure want to wish our best to Mr. Kimberling.

Keith Thurlo and Betsey Lowe of Columbia were Saturday night guests of Rick and Rose Thurlo. They visited with a number of people at the Purdin Fall Festival.

We want to wish Linn County R-1 graduate Rhonda Moore the best in her teaching career at Milan C-2. Also best wishes to Lois Sue Phillips daughter of longtime (but now retired) Linn County R-1 teacher Darlene Phillips as Lois Sue begins her teaching career at Newtown-Harris. Lois Sue is helping with girl’s softball team at Newtown-Harris.

Answer to the Question: Jerry Smith son of Robert (Bob) and Martha (Creason) Smith. I had a real good visit with Jerry at the Linn County R-1 softball tournament last Saturday. We are glad Jerry is retired and able to be back in our area. It is sure good to see him at the games.

RICKS NOTES

By Rick Thurlo

24 August 1999

$1,500.00 REWARD

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the "Person or Persons" responsible for the destruction of the headstones at the Hoover Cemetery, in Sullivan Co., Mo. This happened sometime between the Afternoon of Sunday, August 8, 1999 and the evening of Friday, August 13, 1999. The party collecting the REWARD can in no way be involved in the crime. Anyone having information should contact the Sullivan County Sheriff's office in Milan, MO., phone 1-660-265-3313.

The Question: Who is the young man that was raised east of Browning with a Browning address but inside the Milan C-2 School District that recently began work as the assistant manager of the Milan MFA (Answer at Bottom).

I am proud to report there was a tremendous turn out in manpower and equipment last week, especially last Saturday at the Hoover Cemetery. It was an overwhelming response and much of the damage was repaired. We will attempt to put together a complete thank you for next week’s paper. There is another workday planned for 9 AM this Saturday, August 28.

While at the cemetery I was able to see several people I haven’t seen or talked to for sometime or ever. Among those were Charles and Wanda Jackson and Dottie Riddle of Milan, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jacobs, the former Betty Brown and Ronnie Jacobs all of Brookfield, Leland and Ida Burke of Moline, Illinois, and daughter Julie Neal of Linneus, John and Judy Sapko of Kirksville, Tricia May of Kansas City and Charlotte Shipley of Kearney, also John Creason of Excelsior Springs, Richard Creason of Trenton and many, many others that I have somehow left out. Thank you all for your help and concern.

Unfortunately Erin Harris lost a good deal of use of her right eye last week because of a blood clot problem. Erin spent sometime at the M.U. Medical Center in Columbia, our thoughts and prayers are with Erin.

Mrs. Goldie Belzer is in critical condition at the M.U. Medical Center in Columbia. Goldie has been a patient there since Saturday, August 14. Our thoughts and prayers are with Goldie.

David Sayre sold his new house and small acreage on the east of Z to Mr. and Mrs. Rick Fuller and family. Breezy is moving across Z to the other part of the acreage he still owns. This land is part of the former Wilson Havens Farm. We want to welcome Rick and his family to the MFA and to the community.

Several young people from the area left home last week for college. We want to wish them well, especially those first time college students.

Jerry Bosch has sold his farm and plans on having an auction on Sunday September 12. We hope Jerry will stay in the area.

There is a girl’s softball tournament scheduled at Linn County R-1 beginning this Saturday morning 9 AM. That is weather permitting.

I want to send sympathy to Marilyn and the rest of J.W. Knifong’s family. Dub was a 1941 Browning High School graduate; both my folks were in high school with him. He was known for many years for his famous tattle snake hunts. He had farmed and lived in our area his entire life other WWII service and was a good citizen.

Answer to the Question; Jeremy Mosley son of Pat and Cindy Mosley. He recently graduated from the College of Agriculture at M.U. We want to wish Jeremy well in the new position, but I am sorry Dennis Ryan decided to leave the position.

The family of Alma Nickell gathered at her home for a dinner August 15th. Those present were Judy and Leonard Greathouse, Larry, Sandy, Tiffany and Mallory Snyder and friend Danilla, Pleasant Hill, Debbie and Jerry Dunham, Buckner, Jan and Gary and Jessica Tyrrell, Springfield, James Nickell, Milan, Tessie Darnell, Browning, JoAnn, Arron and Latisha Asher, Linneus, Jeff Meyer, Melissa, Kevin and Jammie Roseman Brookfield. Jeanne, Olivia, Robert and Johnny Bauman, Woodbridge, Va., Joy, Carlos, Jeremy and Natalie Diaz, Aurora, Colorado, Jason Nickell, Jamie McCray, Galt. Fern and Dale Clow, Mercer, Eugene and Alice Mills, Martha, Allison, Alyssa and Timothy Ware, New Boston, Leona and James Alexander, Kandi Jo and Chelsey Jo Million, Moberly. Jim Fitzgerald, Glenvil, NE. The afternoon was spent visiting and taking pictures.

Jamie, Becky and Brandon Asher, Brookfield came later in the evening. Jeanne’s and Joy’s both stayed a week. Jeffery Nickell was a Saturday afternoon visitor.

Thursday and Friday Joy, Carlos, Jeremy, Natalie Diaz and Alma Nickell were guests of the Tyrrells.

A note from Steve Pfeiffer. Other than having my back out of place I enjoyed Saturday at the Hoover Cemetery. It brought a community back together that has grown so far apart in the past few years. I guess something good comes out of everything. The morning had three different crews, setting and leveling stones and by noon the most of them were reset. Hamburgers and hotdogs were barbequed with all the fixings, under the shade of a tree. There is something about eating outside that makes everything taste better. Everyone had a good visit after the meal and work resumed there after. The Eagle that was atop of the tallest stone in Sullivan County was reset right after lunch. To my amazement no one had a camera and a picture worth a thousand words was missed. Next Saturday’s work day will consist of placing the broken parts of the older thin stones down in squares of concrete. I hope we can find all the pieces of the broken stones to do this. Again everyone that can is urged to come and lend a hand.

RICKS NOTES
By Rick Thurlo
17 August 1999

$1,500.00 REWARD

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the "Person or Persons" responsible for the destruction of the headstones at the Hoover Cemetery, in Sullivan Co., Mo. This happened sometime between the Afternoon of Saturday, August 7, 1999 and the evening of Friday, August 13, 1999. The party collecting the REWARD can in no way be involved in the crime. Anyone having information should contact the Sullivan County Sheriff's office in Milan, MO., phone 1-660-265-3313.

The Question: Who is the Browning resident and 1975 graduate that has been in charge of the Browning Water and Sewer Works for many years? He is also a long time employee of the Browning MFA. (Answer at the Bottom)

Unfortunately I must report that vandals did tremendous damage to the Hoover Cemetery recently. There were over 160 stones knocked over. The cemetery is the final resting place for many of the early settlers in our area including my Thurlo, and McCelland and some Johnson ancestors. It is a sicking sight and I sure hope those responsible are caught and punished.

There was a meeting at the Hoover Cemetery last Sunday of those concerned about the situation. A large group attended and every effort will be made to assist local law enforcement in catching those responsible and repairing the cemetery. There is a workday scheduled for this Saturday 21 August 1999 at the cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Askey of Raymore visited last week with Mr. and Mrs. Keath Crooks.

Mrs. Diania Rhoades and daughter of Pleasant Valley were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ken R. Nickell.

Recently Terry and Anita Smith were in the San Antonio, Texas area attending basic training graduation for their son T.J. Although Terry Joe is in the U.S. Air Force he is now stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., (an Army Fort) where he is undergoing training in heavy equipment operation.

Last week the Rusty Abbott family Terry, Anita and Claissa Smith enjoyed camping out and water sports at Milford Lake, in Kansas, they reported a real nice time.

In case you haven’t heard classes at Linn County R-1 begin on Wednesday August 25, which is next Wednesday. I hope the weather is cooler and everyone involved is ready to return to school.

I understand Ray Maggart is making some improvement. We want to send our best to Ray and family.

Amber Thurlo of Columbia spent a few days with Rick and Rose Thurlo. On Saturday they along with Weston Thurlo enjoyed the parades at the Humphreys Homecoming.

I want to use this means to personally thank everyone for their concern and support regarding the Hoover Cemetery situation. I have been involved with the cemetery association most of my adult life. In fact my dad was the first person buried in the new edition and the destruction is very difficult to deal with.

Victor Crawford of Unionville, is once again a patient at Putnam County Hospital in Unionville. Victor is a long time cattle trader and has many friends in our area.

I want to extend sympathy to the family of Harry Clark of Unionville. He had many friends in our area and a number of locals did business with him or his different enterprises. He got a lot of credit locally for helping keep several people going when things got tough.

It came as a surprise that Bobby Carter, son of the late Dr. Howard Carter and Lola Rae (Bartow) Carter of Roland Park, Ks. Has decided to sell his very historic and much discussed (in past times) Browning property. The most well known (at least for many years) being the former ice pond and slaughter building located just south of old Browning and later Linn County R-1 School grounds.

For more than one generation students got in trouble for playing on the ice in winter and even slipping out to this area and smoking. This property belonged to Mr. Carter’s grand parents the late Range and Reta Carter. The Carters used the pond for an ice pond and sold ice in the summer, quite an interesting thing. These beings back in the days when most farmers had no electricity or refrigerators. Mr. and Mrs. Range Carter lived were Jason Graves and family now reside. Mr. Carter also owned a little bit of property east of the Baptist Church. Mr. Carter I understand had been asked several times about selling all this property. I will try to explain more details at a later time, if indeed this does work out.

Those of you who knew Mr. Carter’s Aunt Melba Carter a long time Kansas City area nurse, to the best of my knowledge she is alive and well.

Answer to the Question: Dean Alspach, Dean lives in east Browning in the former Virginia Burk Linhart house. Dean has two daughters, Amanda and Nickie and one grand daughter. He has been an important part of Browning for many years; he also grew up in town.

A note from Steve Pfeiffer
I viewed the destruction personally at the Hoover Cemetery and could not believe my eyes. There have been earthquakes that haven't caused this much destruction. There are stones turned over in every row, some whole rows, and huge stones weighing a ton or more. The smaller limestone headstones were kicked, broken off their bases, then thrown against other stones and busted in pieces. The price tag to repair the cemetery will no doubt be in the thousands of dollars. But sadder yet are those stone that will be gone forever, stones of old Civil War Vets and young children of the area's oldest ancestors. I cannot think of a punishment worthy of this crime. Cemeteries are meant for one thing, a final resting place for our loved ones so they can take their place in history to be remembered. Pictures can be view at
http://www.netins.net/andereck/bug/reward.htm As I understand it there were 160 plus stones either rocked of their bases or busted into pieces. It would help to know the last one to see the cemetery intact. If you visited the cemetery after the 8th of August at 6:30 P.M. contact some of us so we can closer estimate the date of the vandalism. It is a shame society has breed up such individuals to have simply no respect for property or other people’s families. If any of you have transcribed a cemetery list in rows please call 1-660-946-4288. This will aid in repairing the small stones that were busted. There is a workday on Saturday 21 August 1999 to help repair part of this. I urge anyone that can help to do so. The smaller stones will have to be place back together like a puzzle and will require a lot of hands.

Donations to aid in the repair can be made by

Mailing to:
Bank of Brookfield/Purdin
POB 129
Purdin MO
64674

Checks may be made to;
Hoover Cemetery Association -- or
Hoover Cemetery Inc.


I'm sure there are some of you out there that have folks buried in Hoover. This project will need all the help it can get.

RICKS NOTES

By Rick Thurlo

10 August 1999

The Question: Who is the Browning area lady that graduated from Meadville R-4 in 1973 and has taught at Laredo R-VII for many years, but recently signed a contract to teach at Green City this coming school year? (Answer at the Bottom)

Pauline Peterson has moved from her home in Brookfield back to the Twin City area of Minnesota. She is now making her home with her daughter Judy Look. Pauline was able to play the organ at the evening service at the Park Baptist Church in Brookfield on Sunday August 1st. We want to wish Pauline well in Minnesota but are sorry to lose her from our area.

Tyson Maggart is a patient at Northeast Regional Hospital in Kirksville with a broken leg. We want to send our best wishes to Tyson.

I understand John Yardley is ill at his home. We want to send our thoughts and prayers to Johnny; he was a big part of my life and of Browning for many years.

Brandi Biggs recently had knee surgery. We understand Brandi is getting along well and we want to wish her our best.

Rick and Rose Thurlo accompanied Lois Dudley, Robert, Cindy, Lea and Ross Crawford of Marshall to Indianola, Iowa, last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They visited with relatives and attended the balloon event at Indianola. We got to watch Karin (Wohler) Riepe of Pleasant Hill, Missouri. In fact on that particular day Karin placed in the top 3 or 4 in the contest. Karin is a Linn county R-1 graduate. The group then traveled on to the Red Oak area for a short memory graveside service for Rose’s great aunt by marriage, Margaret Stickler.

Mr. and Mrs. George Rehbein of Des Moines, Iowa were weekend guests off the Leo Rehbein family.

There were a group of bicycle riders that passed through Browning on Tuesday, July 27, a very warm day, but I haven’t been able to learn any of the details of the event.

One Correction, Payne Dearing lived at Oceanside not Seaside, California. He had lived many years near Seaside.

Rusty Abbott is on vacation and Kenneth Kelley was scheduled to preach at the Browning Baptist Church last Sunday. Because of Ill health Kenneth was unable to be with us we want to wish him the best. Jeff Kalmon of Chillicothe brought the morning message and did well. C.R. Harris and Jody Morris brought the evening message.

I understand O.H. Clinch is back home after another long visit to the M.U. Medical Center. I am sorry that I was unaware of O.H.’s most recent visit but we are glad he is home and hope he will make good progress.

Debbie Hoerrmann and family recently left Browning and moved to the former Mildred Tornow house in Purdin. There seems to be signs of life around their former Browning residence but I don’t know who is residing there.

Answer to the Question: Vanessa (Rinehart) Cox, daughter of Marvin and the late Icel (Knifong) Rinehart. She and her husband David live north of Browning on Hwy. 5. They have two grown children Melessia and Sam and one grandchild. We want to wish her will in her new position at Green City.