Most weeks I drop a blurb in from the pages of bygone editions of the newspaper. Vivian Helton has been very diligent about providing me with copy and I appreciate her doing so. In an effort to catch up to her efforts I thought it might be interesting to run several, shorter, blurbs from those pages.
July 31, 1942
"Kennett residents who have been wondering about what is going on at the new airport at Malden will have a chance to get an inside view next week when George Russell, president of the firm of Russell and Axon of St. Louis, which is in charge of the architecture at the field, will speak at the Rotary Club at its meeting Wednesday night.
"In addition to announcing that Russell will be present next week, the Rotary Club announced that they are now in a position to provide transportation to St. Louis and tuition for any girl in Dunklin county who is wanting to take nurses training during this period of emergency."
August 18, 1922
"The contest is on! All over this district hundreds of women have responded to our invitation to show us what practical, valuable garments they can make from empty Juanita Flour Sacks...
"This is a contest of sewing skill and ideas. You have just as much chance to win a prize as anyone-maybe more. It won't cost you anything to try. In trying you will find out what pretty, practical things can be made out of the fine extra heavy quality muslin cloth sacks that Juanita Flour Sacks are made of.
"Articles or garments made from Noxall or Buttercrust flour sacks will be accepted in this contest on the same basis as things made from Juanita sacks."
November 4, 1910
"Cleaning and Pressing -- Ike Morgan and his wife have a cleaning, pressing and changing establishment in the old caboose building north of (the) square, and guarantee satisfaction in work and prices. Phone 276"
July 27, 1900
"The Knights of the Round Table and Chips, i.e. poker players, were raked in, to the number of thirteen, on Monday. They were taken before J.B. Washington, J.P., and we are informed that all plead guilty; amount of fines I have not learned. They all promised to be good in the future."
September 30, 1904
"The telephone system is now in full working order again, and the exchange is in the rear of the Cotton Exchange Bank. Three cables carry the three principal leads of wires. Mrs. Blazer is the operator and Tobe Trainer the line man. A new directory will no doubt be out soon. Nearly all the numbers have been changed."
June 17, 1910
"We just have a letter from Guy L. Stewart, Cotton Belt Industrial Agent. He wants some nice wheat, oats, timothy, red top clover, fruits or anything the farmer grows. He will exhibit it at the expositions and our county and also the person that grows it will get credit. Try and get something nice, then take it and give it to a Cotton Belt (railroad) agent who will forward it."
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The case of the shrinking belt
According to this week's Rotary Club newsletter, Don Wall presented the program to this group that meets early in the morning at McCormick's.
Don told the group about a former member by the name of Sam Yancy. He was a teacher at KHS and served a term as president of the local club. One of his hobbies was belt making. Don recalled that Sam had made a belt for every member in the club back in the days when Rotarians were all male.
By all accounts the belts were quite handsome. Don noted that he still had his belt and that he still wore it on occasion.
Joe Ford spoke up and said he still had his Sam Yancy belt as well. However, "Banker Joe" said, it had shrunk over the years and is now too small.
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One of our local bankers who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty, sent me some interesting information that was available from the government entities cited in his report. I went to the various federal departments cited and double checked them.
Retail sales for June were recorded at $360.2 billion, down from May's sales total by 41.9 billion, but up by $16.5 billion from June 2009 retail sales figure. The Census Bureau of the Dept. of Commerce was the source for that figure. I wonder if anyone at Commerce noted there were 30 days in June as opposed to May's 31 when comparing those sales figures?
There are some 154 million Americans in the civilian work force (defined as those either currently working or looking for work). By comparison there are 156 millions either too young to work or retired. Those figures come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Dept of Labor. Does anyone else see a problem here?
Through the first five months of the year Americans bought $3.71 of Chinese imports for every $1 the Chinese bought of our exports. Again, that comes courtesy of Commerce. That explains, in part, why China was willing to buy up so much U.S. debt.
The number "1" followed by 100 zeroes is written as "googol," or 10 to the 100th power. No government agency cited on this one, yet. This is the wiki definition.
Bud Hunt is publisher of the
Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and
North Stoddard Countian.