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    Home at Last-
    A US Navy Military Honor Guard from Tennessee carried the flag draped casket of Navy Fireman First Class Charles Thompson to his final resting place Saturday, June 17, during a burial service at Fairview Butcher Cemetery. A host of surviving family members and friends, community well wishers and state and local dignitaries gathered to pay tribute to Thompson with a memorial service earlier that morning at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home in Wheatland. It was followed by burial with full military honors. Thompson, of near Weaubleau, was killed at Pearl Harbor in 1941, but remained unidentified for nearly 80 years. Advances in medical science, such as DNA testing, have allowed military officials to finally begin identifying the lost sailors and bringing them home. Thompson was one of around 20 servicemen who were recently identified country wide, out of the nearly 400 who remain unaccounted for from the USS Oklahoma.
    Young Sailor-
    Charles William Thompson as he looked at the age of 18, just after enlisting in the United States Navy. He began training at the Great Lakes, Illinois Naval Base in January 1940, and was soon stationed on the USS Oklahoma. He had aspirations of traveling the world, becoming a Navy welder, and someday earning enough money to return home and run his own farm. Instead, he gave up his life about two years later, 18 days from his 20th birthday, at the Battle of Pearl Harbor. That attack brought America into World War II.
    High School Graduate-
    The Weaubleau High School diploma Charles Thompson earned as a member of the Class of 1939. There were five girls and 15 boys in the graduating class, and only two survive today. Thompson is remembered as a good student who had a lot of fun in high school.
    A copy of the Navy Oath of Allegiance taken by Charles Thompson in January 1940.
    A Grateful Nation-
    Rachel Gilroy, with the office of U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler, presents a gift to Corinne Bubier-Johnson and her family Saturday, June 17, during a memorial service for Charles Thompson. Inside the box was an American flag that had recently been flown over the U.S. State Capitol in his honor. Several state and local dignitaries attended Thompson’s Wheatland memorial service, including Rep. Warren Love; Teresa Parson, representing the office of Lt. Governor Mike Parson; and Larry Kay with the Missouri Department of Veterans Affairs. Parson and Kay spoke of Thompson’s sacrifice and read a proclamation from the office of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.
    Uncle and Auntie-
    Charley and Lily Selvidge of Butcher, near Weaubleau, were the beloved aunt and uncle of Navy Fireman First Class Charles Thompson and his sister Ruby (Thompson) Boswell. Upon the death of their mother, Rosa Ann, and the departure of their father, Claude, the children were taken in by the Selvidges and raised as their own. Charles and Ruby grew up on the family farm on County Road 180, and Charles so adored his aunt and uncle that he often sent them letters home.
    Class of 1939-
    Charles Thompson is with his friends in a class picture for the Weaubleau High School graduating Class of 1939. He is standing on the farthest right in the back row. Joining him are his best friend Charles Foster, farthest left in the middle row; and Mildred (Allen) Breshears, second from farthest right in the front row. Foster and Breshears are the only ones remaining. Also pictured is Maxine Sherman, second from the left in the front row, who dated Thompson throughout high school; and Superintendent Joe Howard, center of very back row. Howard read a moving tribute to Thompson during his May 7, 1942, memorial service, which was attended by more than 600 community members. Following his high school days, Thompson would attend the State Teachers College in Springfield for one semester, then joined the Navy.
    Respecting Sacrifice-
    Without prompting, brothers Quintin and Clayton Peterman raised their hands in salute to Navy Fireman First Class Charles Thompson as he arrived at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home in Wheatland Friday, June 16. According to family members, they had been explaining the significance of the moment to the young boys, who wanted to offer their respect. Wheatland volunteer firefighters and several community members lined up at the funeral home Friday afternoon to witness Thompson’s return, accompanied by members of the Freedom of Road Riders Local 3 Patriot Guard.
    Patriot Guard-
    More than 20 motorcyclists from the Freedom of Road Riders Local Number 3 Patriot Guard accompanied the remains of Navy Fireman First Class Charles Thompson through Wheatland Friday, June 16, as a military escort made its way to Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home. Thompson’s body was was flown by jet from a medical facility in Hawaii to Kansas City, where he was turned over to funeral home staff. They, along with the Patriot Guard, travelled the distance home, protecting the remains until they were safely back in Hickory County. Along the way, they passed the area of Thompson’s childhood home near Weaubleau, as well as other places which he would have found familiar. Several community members gathered at the funeral home to witness his return.
    American Hero Comes Home
    Community pays tribute to Navy Fireman returning from Pearl Harbor
    Fireman First Class Charles Thompson is home.
    Ventriloquist returns to library-
    The Hickory County Library will host Ventriloquist Kevin Horner at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 22, as part of its summer activities program. Horner, who has been a returning performer at the library for several years, has more than 20 years ventriloquist experience and is a three time winner of the People’s Choice Award for the art of Ventriloquism. His show will feature a unique blend of comedy ventriloquism, comedy illusions, stand up, all backed up by his “special guests.” This will be a free family friendly event and is open to all ages.
    St. Bernadette Summer Fest June 25
    Silent auction includes .22 pistol and diamond ring
    St. Bernadette Catholic Church is hosting its annual Summer Festival 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Danny Johnson, from Kansas City, will be making an appearance at the church as Elvis for the third year in a row.
    Pittsburg Comm. Building Meeting
    The annual board meeting of the Pittsburg Community Building will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at the shelter house behind the Community Building on Highway 64.
    Masonic ice cream social
    Guests are invited to Hermitage Masonic Lodge #288 on Sunday, June 25, for an ice cream social fundraiser.
    Native American Rock Art presentation this Sunday
    This month’s meeting of the Pomme de Terre Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society will be Sunday, June 25, and will include a presentation on Native American Rock Art.
    Hickory County Towing-
    Brandon Banker, 29, and Erika Handley, 26, are the new owners of Hickory County Towing. They purchased the building in February from former owner Shawn Neidel. They are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, and offer 24/7 towing. Banker is also a skilled mechanic, who knows his way around diesel engines and heavy machinery. Handley is incharge of keeping the books and running the front office.
    Hickory County Towing under new ownership
    For those who are not yet aware, Hickory County Towing, south of Hermitage, switched hands earlier in the year and is now owned by a young couple. Working the towing and shop mechanics is 29 year old Brandon Banker, and in charge of the books and front office is his girlfriend of three years, 26-year old Erika Handley. They bought the business from former owner Shawn Neidel in February.
    Weber to speak at Hickory County Democrat meeting
    The Hickory County Democratic Central Committee will meet Tuesday, June 27, at the Pomme de Terre Shrine Club on Highway 254, one mile south of Hermitage.
    LACO concert in Hickory County June 27
    The Lake Area Community Orchestra has begun its summer concert series, with at least nine shows planned around the Mid-Missouri. One of those will be in Hickory County.
    Breaking ground-
    High school student council vice president Leanna Collins, left, junior high student council president Celena Lambeth, elementary student council president Blaine Durnell, athletic hall of famer Clint Sharp, school board member Dr. Brian Hackleman, board member Ivan Kauffman, board member Jeff Freeman, and board president Dr. Brent Lower, were the ground breaking participants at the Weaubleau R-III new gymnasium ground breaking Saturday, June 17. The ceremony took place after the Weaubleau Alumni parade, but before the alumni banquet.
    Crowd shot-
    Nearly 200 guests attended the Weaubleau Alumni Banquet Saturday, June 17. Along with the banquet, the alumni association also hosted a parade, which had 21 floats. There was also a ground breaking ceremony for the building of the new high school gymnasium.
    Serving line-
    Weaubleau FFA volunteered their time to help serve guests at the 31st annual Weaubleau Alumni banquet Saturday, June 17. Pictured above is FFA adviser Amanda Smith, right, serving a roll to one of the guests in line. Preceding the banquet was a ground breaking ceremony for the new Weaubleau gymnasium, and an alumni parade earlier that morning.
    Thanks for the new gym-
    Current students walked in the Weaubleau Alumni parade Saturday, June 17, dribbling balls and expressing their gratitude to the community for the opportunity to build a new high school gymnasium. Other activities for the day included the ground breaking ceremony for said gym, and an alumni banquet.
    Class of 1962-
    This float carried the Weaubleau Class of 1962 in the Alumni parade Saturday, June 17. Their banner reads “Our moment in time.” They were one of 21 floats to be featured in the parade, which was followed by a ground breaking ceremony for the new Weaubleau gymnasium and a banquet. Nearly 200 people attended.
    Weaubleau school and community has much to celebrate
    “It’s an exciting time to be a Weaubleau Tiger”
    Saturday, June 17, will be a day that forever lives as day of History for Weaubleau R-III. Not only was it the day of 31st annual alumni banquet, and of the ground breaking for their new gym, but it was also the day a long lost tiger was finally put to rest where he belonged.
    PDT UMC plans ‘Homecoming’ celebration
    The Pomme de Terre UMC congregation is planning a ceremony in honor of 25 years as a United Methodist Church.
    Hermitage Nursing and Rehab receives
    approval for Fourth of July celebration
    Hermitage Nursing and Rehab officially received approval to host their annual Fourth of July event, which will begin 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30. The event has been going on for over 10 years, according to Hermitage Nursing and Rehab officials, and is free to the public.
    Cross Timbers Class of 1957-
    The Cross Timbers School Class of 1957 was recognized Saturday, June 17, during the annual school reunion. There were originally 12 members of the class, and made it to the reunion. Pictured, from left, are, Front: Frankie (Cox) Ruth, Francis Cox and Archie Arnett; back, Dwight McCarty and Marvin Driskill.
    Cross Timbers Class of 1957-
    The Cross Timbers School Class of 1957 was recognized Saturday, June 17, during the annual school reunion. There were originally 12 members of the class, and made it to the reunion. Pictured, from left, are, Front: Frankie (Cox) Ruth, Francis Cox and Archie Arnett; back, Dwight McCarty and Marvin Driskill.
    Cross Timbers Reunion-
    Graduates of Cross Timbers School held their annual school reunion Saturday, June 17, at the Cross Timbers Community Building. Former students and their spouses began gathering around 5 p.m., with a potluck style dinner served at 6 p.m. Approximately 40 guests attended. They also recognized the Class of 1957, the last Cross Timbers High School class before consolidation with Skyline.
    Cross Timbers community presents first-ever Blackberry Pickin’ Day June 30
    Cross Timbers will be celebrating the Fourth of July in style, as community members and local firefighters have come together to offer the first-ever Cross Timbers Blackberry Pickin’ Day Friday, June 30, on the town square.
    Market Days July 1 on Hermitage Square
    The 2017 Ozark Market Day will be held Saturday, July 1, on the Hermitage Square.
    Frog season is just around the corner
    Now that the weather is warming up, the sounds of summer can be heard. Some of the loudest sounds are the calls of the multiple species of frogs we have here in Missouri. Two of those species, the bullfrog and the green frog, are considered game species.
    Urbana Fire Department will hold annual meeting
    The Urbana Rural Fire Department will be holding its annual meeting Monday, June 26, at their station on Oak Street.
    Preston ‘57-
    The Class of 1957 received special recognition as the last graduating class of Preston High School Saturday, June 17, during the annual school reunion. Five of the 11 graduates were able to attend. Four have passed away. One couldn’t make it, and there are no addresses for the last two. Pictured from left, are: Lloyd Stith, Margret (Simmons) Allen, Oleta (Miller) Reed, Florence (George) Hays and Dean Mitchell.
    Preston School Reunion-
    The graduates of Preston High School gathered for their 25th Annual Reunion Saturday, June 17, at Preston City Hall. Fifty-nine students attended. The day began around 11:30 a.m. with guests catching up and looking at old yearbooks and pictures. Dinner was served at noon, and there was a business meeting, where the same officers were elected for next year’s reunion. The Class of 1957 was also honored as the last class to graduate Preston before consolidation. Six of those students attended.
    Looking Back-
    Jesse and Donna Payne flip through some of the yearbooks available during the Preston School Reunion Saturday, June 17.
    Preston School holds 25th Reunion, Class of 1957 recognized
    The 25th Annual Preston School Reunion was held at Preston City Hall Saturday, June 17, with past students gathering at around 11:30 a.m.
    Dr. Peanut Butter-
    Candence White, left, and Ashley Christian were the main characters of the skit “Dr. Peanut Butter” which was one of several skits performed during the Skyline Summer School Skit Show Thursday, June 15. In this skit, a patient, White, comes in to see the doctor, Christian, complaining about dandruff, acne, and body oder. This strange doctor has a surprising cure all in the form of peanut butter. She spreads it in the patient’s hair, on her face, and under her arms. As it later turns out, the doctor was an impostor all along.
    Contagious Doctor’s office-
    Emma Cunningham, Ashley Christian, and Logan Bynum are shown in the middle of performing a skit called “Contagious Doctors Office.” In the skit, Cunningham is playing patient Number One, who is waiting to see a doctor and magically contracting all the same symptoms as other patients who come in to the office. This includes those of Christian’s character, who randomly falls asleep. Bynum was the standoffish front desk help at the doctors office. This skit was one of multiple performed at the Skyline Summer School Skit Show Thursday, June 15.
    Summer school skit show-
    Branetta McNece, left, Logan Bynum, Emma Cunningham, and Kaitlyn Glor are shown in the midst of their performance of “Classroom Comedy,” one of many skits which were performed at the Skyline Skit show Thursday, June 15.
    Skyline summer school skit show has 20 performances
    Hickory County R-I Skyline School hosted a skit show Thursday, June 15. The first showing was at 1 p.m. and included middle school and high school students attending summer school classes. The second showing took place at 7 p.m. that same night, and included three additional skits performed by the Skyline mini-camp, made up of kids in kindergarten through fifth grade.
    Computer classes begin June 19 at library
    The Hickory County Library announced that it is hosting free computer classes for adults. This basic computer class will begin 4 p.m. Monday, June 19, and will run for eight weeks. It is a two hour class each Monday.
    Pittsburg Know Your Neighbors
    The Pittsburg Know Your Neighbor Club met Thursday, June 8, with nine members and four guests present for a Father’s Day/Flag Day celebration.
    Commission approves online partner program
    The Hickory County Commission met Thursday, June 15, with 10 people in attendance included: Presiding Commissioner Robert Sawyer, Western-District Commissioner Rick Pearson, County Clerk Jeanne Lindsey, Sheriff Brian Whalen, Emergency Manager Carolyn Ream, Deputy Ryan Boulier, John Meadows and his wife, Eric Turner, and Bill McBrayer.
    Capitol Report
    My Fellow Missourians
    Listening Intently-
    More than 30 local residents visited the Hickory County Library to hear a presentation on the life of Mennonites in Hickory County Tuesday, June 13, in Hermitage. It was one of the largest gatherings for a Hickory County Historical Society program in some time. Trevis Headings of Buffalo explained the origin of the Mennonite/Amish faith, their beliefs and troubled past, their split, life in the county and more. This was part of the Hickory County Historical Society’s regular meeting. It lasted half-an-hour.
    Life of area Mennonites explored during Historical Society Meeting
    The Hickory County Historical Society saw one of its best attended meetings in a long time Tuesday, June 13, as approximately 30 residents and interested gathered at the Hickory County Library to learn about the history of the area’s Mennonite communities.
    Benefit planned for Brent Oestreich
    A benefit for Hickory County Deputy Brent Oestreich, will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Pomme de Terre Shrine Club. Oestreich has been diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer, and is currently traveling to the Cancer Treatment Center in Tulsa, Okla. every three weeks for treatment, as well as taking an oral treatment at home twice a day.
    MU Extension plans Hickory County Cattlemen’s Bus Tour Aug. 7-10
    Hickory County University of Missouri Extension Center is working to put on The Hickory County Cattlemen’s Bus Tour designed to educate cattle producers on various cattle operations and other livestock, as well as agricultural operations in southern Missouri, Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois.
    Hickory County Community Wellness Foundation
    now taking nominations for Volunteer Recognition dinner
    The Hickory County Community Wellness Foundation will host a Volunteer Recognition dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Weathered Wisdom Barn in Preston. This intent of this dinner is to recognize volunteers throughout Hickory County that help volunteer with organizations that go above and beyond the call of duty.
    The Hickory County Masters Gardeners Class, which began Thursday, May 11, running every Thursday night until July 20, is in the middle of training several new master gardeners. Pictured above is the class that was held Thursday, June 8, at the McCarty Senior Center, where they learned about how to care for fruit plants. Most of the classes take place at the MU Extension center, however, this night had to be moved due to prior bookings.
    Master Gardeners class covers fruit
    The Hickory County Master Gardeners are in the midst of hosting their Master Gardening class, which takes place on Thursday nights 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., most commonly at the MU Extension Center in Hermitage. The class began Thursday, May 11, and will run until Thursday, July 20. It covers a range of topics from annuals and perennials to the types of pests and diseases that threaten a garden.
    Church News
    Weaubleau First Baptist
    Papa Google
    This past week, I found myself going through old newspapers just looking for something to write about. I made it as far back as 1978, and what grabbed my attention the most were the commentaries that Don Ginnings, aka Papa Don, had written. The columns were typically about politics, county happenings, his views and experiences, or just random thoughts that he had. Many of them were humorous and sarcastic. I can just imagine his smiling and laughing while writing these articles.
    New Pastor-
    Larry Graves, with his wife, Charlene, has been called to be the new pastor at Galmey Community Bible Church, following the retirement of Pastor Rick Walters. A celebration will be held in their honor from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 24.
    Galmey Community Bible Church welcomes Larry Graves as new pastor
    Galmey Community Bible Church has a new pastor in Larry Graves, and the community is invited to a reception in his honor Saturday, June 24. From 2-4 p.m., church members invite everyone to come and welcome Graves and his wife, Charlene, while enjoying cake and beverages.
    Hot weather and your health
    While people of all ages should take steps to protect themselves from the sun, older people may need to take additional precautions.
    Classic Car Sunday-
    Visitors watch as Tim Bolin wipes down the white 1949 five window Chevy pickup he brought to the Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church’s Classic Car Sunday Show Sunday, June 18. The truck, belonging to his wife Beckie Bolin, has been in the family for years. It was only restored last year, when Bolin repainted it, upgraded the body work, rebuilt the engine and detailed the interior. It was also only one several classic cars and trucks showcased by the Bolin family. His brothers and father also brought vehicles, creating a line of Bolin entries on the church grounds. Everyone who entered a vehicle Sunday received a plaque, but there were no prizes, otherwise, as organizers said it was less of a car show and more of a day “just to have fun.” As an added bonus, guests were treated to grilled hot dogs and bratwurst.
    Happy Father’s Day-
    Little Naomi Elliott hugs her daddy, Seth, tightly on Father’s Day Sunday, June 18, before sitting down to a meal of bratwurst and hamburgers at the Prairie Chapel United Methodist. The Elliotts joined several community members for the church’s Classic Car Sunday, where congregation members and visitors showed off their restored classic cars and trucks following morning worship service. Pictured to the right is Melissa Elliott, holding baby Zoey.
    Letter to Editor:
    Thank you for The Index,
    Letter to Editor:
    Harvest Festival Meeting Planned for this Friday
    That’s Just About Right- I Wanna Fritatta-
    Crystal Melton and Debbi Nasalroad cut up turnips and onions Thursday, June 15, as part of their frittata recipe at the Hickory County Farmers Market. The women were participating in a six week cooking class on preparing breakfast items for dinner.
    That’s Just About Right-
    Chris Ristow, left, slices up bananas while Lil Hargiss, right, measures just the right amount of honey to put in their fruit salad Thursday, June 15, while working together in the Hickory County Farmers Market Commercial Kitchen. It was week four of a six week Farmers Market cooking class, taught by nutritionist Mary Sebade. Thursday’s theme was “breakfast for dinner,” with a focus on breakfast being the “most important meal of the day.” The ten students broke into pairs to create frittatas, blueberry pancakes, fruit salad and peanut butter and banana packets. They also got to take ingredients home to make frittatas, as well as a yogurt banana spice muffin. Those ingredients were courtesy of a grant from the Midwest Dairy Council.
    MU Dean’s List
    Two local students, Mattea Allene Roweton of Flemington and Meghan Courtney Wheeler of Quincy, have been named to the University of Missouri’s Dean’s List for the 2017 Spring Semester.
    MSU Dean’s List
    Several area students have been named to the Missouri State University Dean’s List for achieving academic excellence during the Spring semester.
    Wreck on 83 Highway results in three people injured
    Two Flemington residents and a Bolivar resident were involved in a one-vehicle accident Friday, June 16, on Highway 83, two miles south of Rondo.
    Horn celebrating 65 years of marriage-
    Arthur and Nadine Horn, of Urbana, are celebrating their 65th anniversary. They were married June 29, 1952, in Richmond. They moved to Urbana with their seven children in April of 1967. Since then there have been four generations, and they have grown to 105 family members. They will be celebrating their anniversary from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Pittsburg Community building. Guests are asked to bring covered dishes and stop by to visit. Cards can be sent to RR. 71 Box 2460 Urbana, Mo. 65767.
    Naomi Reed took Virginia Mabary for a hair appointment Thursday. They had lunch afterwards. Katie Anderson visited Monday morning.
    Cross Timbers
    Greg and Evelynn Sundwall and Billy and Merle Sundwall went to the Cross Timbers School Reunion, and Merle and Evelynn went to the Historical Society meeting. Greg, Evelynn and Merle went to the fellowship night, and Evelynn went to the Cross Timbers Quilters meeting.
    Jane Shepard of Liberty spent Friday to Wednesday with Jerry Acker. She was here for the Weaubleau School Alumni Banquet.
    Horse and buggy days in Hickory County?Dee Blair, bank cashier, in his handsome rig. Mr. Blair worked in banks at Hermitage, Wheatland and Weaubleau. This photo was taken at Pomme de Terre River crossing. Reprinted from The Index archives.
    Land Transfers In Hickory County
    Land transfers in Hickory County from the office of Pamela Hutton, recorder.
    Looking Back
    Thursday, June 21, 1917
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