Pike County Memories
Oct. 21, 1937 – 75 years ago
Housebreaker caught by night watchman
Eddie Jones of the CCC camp of this city was arrested and placed in jail Thursday night by night watchman J. R. Oney, when caught at the back door of the L. O. Calvert residence. Friday afternoon Trooper Ester E. Patton and Prosecuting Attorney Edward V. Long questioned the 22 year old boy and he signed the confession of the following thefts: an RCA Victor radio from the Gov. Campbell house; $60 from the home of Harry Hume; $3 from a globe bank at the Radford Jones home; and $7 from a lady’s pocketbook at the Joe McCarty home.
Oct. 22, 1942 – 70 years ago
Former Pike Co. Judge made Lt. Commander
Lt. Commander Andrew J. Murphy made this office a pleasant visit last week. Lt. Commander Murphy, former probate judge of Pike County for eight years special assistant attorney general, was commissioned lieutenant-commander in the navy in st. Louis Friday. In other news, B. Wayne Freeman has been made Corporal in the US Army Air Corps. Wayne has been with the present squadron since returning to the Army Air Base at Long Beach, Calif., the first week this month after a furlough here. When he took the final induction tests, he received the highest grade that had been made at that school.
Oct. 23, 1952 – 60 years ago
Population is now 2,600
At a special election held here an ordinance recently passed by the city council extended the city limits of Bowling Green. In the opinion of the electorate, it was a long-needed movement to bring our city from the classification as a rural community to that of a small city. According to the 1950 census, the population of Bowling Green was 2,396, and with the addition of approximately 200 more persons in the extension plan, the population will now be about 2,596. Bowling Green was the only city in Pike County to have shown a population increase during the census period. With the additional adjoining properties, Bowling Green continues to be a place that attracts progressive businesses.
Oct. 17, 1962 – 50 years ago
Hayrides on public roads dangerous, often illegal
The Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol warns of the illegal use of unlicensed motor vehicles for hayrides. He said that use of farm machinery on highways was limited to traveling from one field or farm to another or to places of delivery or repair. “In rural areas of the state, particularly a hayride on a beautiful fall evening, is a favorite pastime,” said Col. Hugh Waggoner. “Church groups, schools, and civic organization have long used this means of entertainment. In the old days, there was little danger involved.” He went on to add that many people seem to think hayrides are permissible when they stay on gravel roads. “The law forbids the use of these vehicles on any public road for the purpose of carrying passengers,” Waggoner stated.
Oct. 18, 1972 – 40 years ago
Council ok’s bid for community center
Bowling Green aldermen approved awarding a $104,353 contract to Basco Construction Co. of Elsberry for construction of a community center here. The action came at a special city council meeting Tuesday morning. Mayor Ray Dowell sat with representatives of Basco and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Tuesday afternoon to complete the contract. Mayor Dowell said Basco would start razing the old school building on the site for the community center this week.
Oct. 20, 1982 – 30 years ago
PCMH cuts back
Faced with a crushing 25 percent cut in reimbursement costs for persons with Medicare and Medicaid and a hospital census that – influenced by an ailing economy – has sharply declined in past week, hospital officials took the lesser of two alternatives in an effort to balance increasing costs with reductions in revenue. It has reduced the salaries of 180 of its employees effective this week. PCMH has also adjusted its inventories to lower costs. Workers may be called on to a wider range of duties. While no layoffs are predicted, PCMH administrator Mark Marley does not rule out the possibility should the hospital’s financial health keep declining.
Oct. 21, 1992 – 20 years ago
Stark Bro’s garners top awards
Without a doubt, the Stark Royal Gala apple is causing more excitement among commercial fruit growers than in any other trade. The apple’s quick success is one thing the judges on the Missouri Chamber of Commerce took into consideration when they selected Stark Brothers as their 1992 recipient of the Agribusiness Pacesetter Award. The apple’s unequaled flavor has proven to be what the US prefers. “There has been thousands of fruits patented since the 1940’s,” said Stark Brothers president Clay Logan, “Less than a dozen have become as popular as the Stark Royal Gala variety.”