Times Past: July 15, 2020
Ozark County Times
July 13, 1917
The Lieutenant Governor granted six paroles on July 4. Among the number is Ben Richardson, serving a sentence of 99 years for the killing of Alf Henry in 1920.
Richardson was convicted of cattle theft in Ozark County and was in the Howell County jail for self keeping, the penitentiary being quarantined because of small pox. With a fellow prisoner named Grady, he assaulted Jailor Alf Henry, who had brought their breakfasts. They escaped. When the body of Henry was discovered, a general alarm was sounded and hundreds turned out to hunt the slayers.
Grady was captured near Koshkonong and confessed that Richardson killed the jailor.
Prosecuting Attorney J. Otis Livesay made a vigorous prosecution, and the late Bob Tyree made as strong a defense as possibly, but the jury promptly brought in a verdict of guilty.
. . . On account of sickness he was transferred to the hospital at the penitentiary from which he made his escape but was soon recaptured. . . . It is not known why the parole was issued or who he was paroled to.
Mammoth – Miss Cora Foster has begun her school at the Swafford school. She has a 9 months term.
W. L. Dye is having a grain house built of iron. He says that the rats eat about one-fifth of the grain raised in this county.
July 9, 1920
Tecumseh – Several from here attended church and foot washing at Dawt.
Noble – A few cases of measles yet.
N. H. [unsure of initials] Kastning went to Brushy Knob Sunday to preach.
Several from here attended the picnic at Romance.
July 6, 1939
Work on the new courthouse is progressing, pouring the vault walls, girders, and the second floor will be done during the next 10 days.
H. E. (Hopple) Power was down from Joplin feeding the fish near Oakland. The Mayor brought his brother along and gave him a pleasant introduction to his friends, the mosquitoes, snakes, bullfrogs, cranes and water dogs.
July 12, 1945
Pfc. Cleo Robison is spending a 30-day furlough with folks and friends around Thornfield. He was in action in Germany.
Pvt. Max Mahan, who has been overseas for several months in the German theater of war, arrived home a few days ago on a 30-day furlough. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Mahan of this city.
Rawland Trent, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Trent of Thornfield, is home from camp on a 15-day furlough. Young Trent has been in the navy the past year. The Trents have an older son, Paul, who has been in the army four years and went all through the European theater of war. He will receive his discharge soon.
Howard Ridge – Pfc. Max Baxter and wife have been visiting a few days with his father and mother. Max has served in the army in Europe for some time.
Our teacher, Miss Geraldine Kirkland, was severely bitten by a snake last Friday. She is recovering but has had to postpone school for a while.
July 16, 1970
The Modern Telephone Co. has selected a site for a building to house the central office equipment for a new exchange being established at Dora, according to Doyle Cockrum, local manager of the company.
Besides the building, there will be 90 miles of new cable constructed in the area.
The new facilities will improve service to about 150 present customers and for some 100 new customers who are presently without telephones.
July 12, 1995
The city of Gainesville has recently been notified that it has been approved for an $8,000 grant from the Missouri Highway and Transportation Aviation Division to make needed improvements to the Gainesville Municipal Airport.
According to David Stevens, airport manager, the grant will help pay for the lighting of the north/south runway. Stevens said the grant will also go to purchase visual approach aide equipment and a beacon for the airport.