Forum Flashbacks: June 6-7

Jay and Jean Cain are shown in 1943 in one of the only photographs taken of the twin brothers during World War II. Jean, who participated in the D-Day invasion of France, survived the war, but Jay was killed in a pre-invasion training exercise known as Operation Tiger.


25 years ago

  • Fifty years ago on June 6, 1944, the greatest seaborne military force the world had ever seen landed on the coast of Normandy in France.
    It has been said that Hitler suspected Normandy would be the target, but as a result of his determination to protect more “obvious” targets, and a little clever disguising by the Allies in England, Normandy made for an ideal invasion point.
    From the tragic Operation Tiger, a dress rehearsal for the invasion, to Hitler’s failure to reinforce Normandy despite his intuition, Operation Overlord seemed destined to succeed.
    One Maryville man, Jean Cain, was a participant in both Operation Tiger and Operation Overlord. His twin brother Jay, however, lost his life during the Tiger exercise, which was tragically marred by friendly fire casualties and an attack by German “fast boats."
  • Clara Bailey is the Maryville Citizens for Community Action Project Pride recipient for the month of June.
    The organization recognized Bailey for her diligence in creating a yard display of seasonal flowers that bloom throughout the summer.
    Members representing the organization presented the award certificate to the octogenarian at her home at 122 North Walnut following a recent MCCA meeting.
    “We want to express our gratitude to you for your efforts to beautify this lovely yard and, in turn, our community,” MMCA member Bridget Brown said during the presentation. “Your hard work is an inspiration and source of pride for us all.”

15 Years ago

  • If all goes according to plan, Maryville will soon be a home to a new hotel.
    Doug Portell and Roger Ratzlaff, owners of Portell & Ratzlaff LLC, have announced their intention to open a hotel near Applebee’s on South Main in Maryville in late fall.
    Portell & Ratzlaff, based in Overland Park, Kansas, are planning a 60-unit hotel that includes 17 suites, a conference room and an indoor pool. The company plans to purchase land from Security Rentals Inc. on which to build the motel.
    Director of Public Works Greg Decker said a petition to annex the property was approved by the Maryville City Council in April.
  • Applications are now being accepted through June for the annual “Christmas in the Summer” program sponsored by area churches.
    According to LeDonna McIntosh, who represents the Missions Team of the First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dan Evans, minister at the church during the 1990s, founded the program.
    It supplies needy children in Nodaway County with new clothing to wear on the first day of school.
    “Rev. Evans remembered going to school on the first day of the year wearing old, worn-out clothes,” McIntosh said. 

5 years ago

  • A major thunderstorm system, which included high winds and hail, roared across much of the Maryville region Tuesday night, but the worst of the damage to crops and structures occurred in the southwestern corner of Nodaway County.
    “The worst damage I saw in Nodaway County was a five- to six-mile swath that ran from Atchison County in a northwestern to southeastern direction through the Bilby Ranch Lake Conservation Area through Skidmore and Graham and on down to Andrew County,” Nodaway County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Tim Dreier said.
  • About 60 people, mostly Northwest Missouri State University faculty and staff, gathered in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom Thursday to meet Timothy Mottet, a candidate for the position of university provost, or top academic officer.
    During remarks at the open forum, hosted by Northwest’s provost search committee, Mottet spoke of the need to intertwine all aspects of the university — faculty, staff, human resources, student affairs and other segments — so that they operate as a whole.
    “Students and new faculty are about 10 years ahead of where higher education needs to be,” Mottet said. “I think our new faculty and our students are wanting more interdisciplinary programs, and our systems need to catch up.”

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