Times-Tribune Throwbacks: Nov. 13-19

Worth County High School students recreate the famous Iwo Jima Memorial during a Veterans Day assembly in the R-III gymnasium five years ago.

5 years ago

Grant City Rural Health Clinic re-opens in new location

The Grant City Rural Health Clinic opened in its new location this week.

After the former building on W. Fourth Street closed last week from Nov. 7-9 the clinic resumed regular operating hours at 307 E. 2nd St, formerly Casey’s General Store on Monday, Nov. 12.

The clinic will be operational five days a week to assist patients of all ages with their health care needs.

“It is an incredible transformation,” said Jon Doolittle, Regional President of Mosaic Life Care and Northwest Medical Center. “Reinventing a vacant convenience store into an updated, eye-pleasing clinic offering convenient healthcare to serve the people in and around Grant City is a win-win for everyone.”

The Northwest Medical Center Foundation worked with Casey’s stores to receive the donation of the old Casey’s location and make the renovations, jointly funded by Northwest Medica Center Foundation and Mosaic Life Care, possible.

The clinic will hold an open house so the public may tour the updated clinic shortly after they open. More details on the open house will be released once they are final.

The clinic’s phone number will remain the same, 660-564-3322.


10 years ago

Grant City ties for first place in Community Betterment Award

In a meeting at City Hall Monday afternoon, Nov. 12, The Missouri Community Betterment presented Grant City as the First Place Community Award winner in Category II, for a tie between Grant City and the town of Novinger. The award was based on progress made on projects including the new pool bathhouse, the walking/biking trail, the new Emergency/Fire house, the basketball court renovation and volleyball court.

Mayor Debbie Roach, an MCB ambassador, was also recognized for her participation with MCB and the community.

Attending the meeting was Jan Simon, MCBEF Executive Director, Missouri Representative Mike Thomson, Tom Salisbury with Senator Roy Blunt’s office, Mayor Debbie Roach, GC Community Betterment Board Alderman Kathy James and member Shannel Troutwine.


25 years ago

Roach appointed to Grant City Council

Debbie Roach was appointed to the Grant City Council Wednesday evening, Nov. 12, during their regular meeting. Roach will finish out the term that was held by Dr. Swift. She was chosen from three other candidates including Jim Carlson, Kirt Bowman and Marcia Henry. The council made two nominations concerning the matter including Kelly Young nominating Jim Carlson and Cathy James nominating Roach. These nominations failed to receive a second as David Findley wished to abstain, however, city attorney David Parman pointed out that the council had to appoint someone. Findley then changed his mind and Roach was then appointed. Carlson and Roach were present while Bowman and Henry were not.

Roach sits on the Solid Waste Commission as a chairperson and is involved with Community Betterment. She also has sat on board for Farm Bureau and the University Extension. She informed the council that she has the time available to commit to the job and is interested in the city’s streets and future.

Roach and her husband, Danny, have two children, Justin and Darcie.

Residents will officially elect an alderperson in the special election of April 1998 for the west position. They will again do this in the regular election in 1999.


50 years ago

Snow hits local area

The first major snow storm of the year hit the Worth County area Monday, dumping six inches of snow and causing power outages for the majority of the area for nearly three and one half hours.

Snow started falling in the area Monday morning and continued all day, ending sometime late Monday night. Large, wet flakes fell early Monday with a lot of melting as it hit, before temperatures started falling near mid-morning. The snowfall was intense, a lot of the wet flakes did not have time to melt before others fell and started lowering ground temperatures.

By mid-morning, the mercury had dropped well below freezing and the accumulation had started. Mrs. Della Korn, official weather observer, reported an official six inches, Tuesday morning with .91 moisture. To add to the misery of the cold temperatures, high wind, and snow, as the majority of the county was without electrical power for one to three and one-half hours. Grant City experienced power failure at 1:20 p.m. and it was not until 3:45 that it was restored.

Businesses closed and virtually all those that remained open were at a standstill. Local service stations were swamped with snow tire installations and the power outage brought a halt to those activities, as air compressors were stilled, due to lack of electricity. Many vehicles were left helpless, with their rear ends hoisted into the air, and no wheels or tires. Many sat for that period of time, before they could be let down or new tires installed.

... The Worth County R-I school system dismissed classes at 2 p.m. as the school buildings began to cool down, due to lack of heat and roads becoming practically impassible.

100 years ago

Absentee vote elects Nesbitt

For the first time since the absentee ballot came into use in Missouri, the absentee vote elected a candidate in Worth County last Saturday when the ballots sent in by absentee voters were opened and counted. In this case the absentee vote elected Dr. E.P. Nesbitt the Democratic for Judge of the County Court, West District over E. L. Alderson, his Republican opponent. The count of regular ballots cast at Tuesday’s election resulted in a tie between these two candidates. The count of absentee votes elected Nesbitt by two votes.

Twenty-three absentee votes were received, but of this number only 11 could be counted. The other 12 were thrown out because the election judges at the voting places where the ballots were cast had failed to write their names on the backs of the ballots. In voting a regular ballot only the initials of two election judges on the back of the ballot are necessary; but an absentee ballot must have the names in full of all six election judges in the precinct where the vote is cast. The law governing the casting of an absentee ballot must have the names is different from that governing other ballots and apparently few judges are informed as to this difference. The law is denounced as a poor absentee law, and should be amended and simplified or repealed and a new one in its place. But as long as it is a law the count must be made accordingly.

Of the 23 ballots, 16 were cast by person living in the west district and thus affected the judgeship; but of this 16 only four were counted, one going to Alderson and three to Nesbitt. The final count stood Nesbitt 982, Alderson 980.

The 11 absentee ballots count in the county at large reduced C.T. McLaughlin’s majority by one vote elected him as representative by 10 votes over Lee Seat, his Democratic opponent.


125 years ago

Another big fire

Thirteen head of horses are burned to death

The burning of barns seems to have assumed the proportions almost of an epidemic in all sections of the country. Last Saturday night at about the hour of 11 o’clock the big barn of Horace Jones, in the western suburbs of Parnell, Nodaway County, was discovered to be on fire and in an incredibly short space of time it was burned to the ground. Thirteen head of horses perished in the flames. Efforts were made to get them out, but the animals refused to be coaxed or driven out of the burning building and stood in their stalls until overcome by heat. 

Eyewitnesses say it was horrifying to see the poor animals stand quivering with the intense agony of pain until they sank to the ground – victims of their own fear and obstinacy. Mr. Jones also lost 125 tons of hay, 12,000 bushels of corn, 800 bushels of oats and rye, a lot of harnesses and farm implements. The barn was 66x80 feet in dimensions. The aggregate insurance on barn, contents and stock is $3,900. We are informed that train on the Maple Leaf passed just a short time prior to the discovery of the fire, and it as the barn stood near the railroad track, some are inclined to the opinion that it was caused by sparks from the engine.