Washington County Tidbits 1980-89

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Submitted by Thomas Fea

Unknown Washington County newspaper ca. Nov. 27, 1981

Riley Turnbull, Potose, died Nov. 27 at Washington County Memorial Hospital at the age of 78. He was born April 10, 1903 in Washington County to the late Robert and Mary Dicus Turnbull. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora Belle Miner Turnbull, a son Willard Turnbull, a brother, Jewell Turnbull and as sister, Judith Sanders.

Mr. Turnbull was a farmer and a member of the Grassy Hollow Baptist Church.

He is survived by three daughters; Viola (Mrs. Bill) Bodimer of Potosi, Georgenia Gilliam of Columbia and Gerline (Mrs.Raymond) Robinson of Potosi, as sister, Fannie McKinom of DeSoto, seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted today at 2 p.m. at the Grassy Hollow Baptist Church with the Rev. Melvin Reed. Burial was in the Grassy Hollow Cemetery. Local arrangements were under the direction of Gum and Son Funeral Home in Potosi.

Unknown Washington County newspapers ca. June 10, 1982

Joseph Nixon Fea of Rt. 1. Mineral Point, M. was born June 21, 1893 in Washington County, a son of the late William and Margaret (Geier) Fea. He passed away June 7, 1882 in Bonne Terre Hospital at the age of 88 years, 11 months and 17 days.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillie Bailey Fea; two sons, Tommy and Johnnie Fea; and one half brother, Pete Scott. Mp> Those who remain to mourn his passing are: his loving and devoted wife, Pearl (King) Fea of Rt. 1, Mineral Point; one son, Bill Fea of Beaumont, Texas, one step-son, Bill King of Rt. 1 Potosi; one step-daughter, Betty Gough of Potosi; 16 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 10, 1982 at Britton Chapel, Potosi, with Rev. Bert Bronaugh officiating. Interment was in New Masonic Cemetery, Potosi under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home in Potosi.

Newspaper clipping provided by Cleo Henderson Fea - 1990

Retired Farmer Joe Fea Died

Joe Fea, well known in our local area, farmed in the County as a young man, then moved to Illinois where he was employed with Granite City Steel. He then came back to the farm near Shirley and after working the property for a time, sold it to Sunner Products of St. Louis, laying the ground work for what has become one of the County's main attractions - Sunner Lake YMCA of the Ozarks and Camp Lakewood Boy Scout Camp located off Route AA.

Fea then farmed other properties around the County before he and his second wife, the former Pearl King, retired to their mobile home at Springtown where they have resided for the past seven years.

Newspaper clipping provided by Cleo Henderson Fea - 1990
Submitted by Sharon Hartzell Smith

From the Independent Journal January 23, 1986

Tradin' Horses.
Henry Clay Simpson, well known local veterinarian and horse trader, is shown here at right center in front of his wagon as he was completing a horse trade somewhere around the edge of Potosi about 1915 to 1920. The late William Simpson, former long time rural route mailcarrier locally, is seated on the wagon at left. Willis Simpson, who loaned the photo, said his Dad told him every time they got a team just about working well together his Dad would trade them off.

(no photo accompanied the article - Ed.)

Submitted by Sharon Hartzell Smith

From the Independent Journal sometime in 1986

Henry Clay Simpson and his wife Virginia Douglas are pictured here as they appeared in the late 1920's or early 30's. (The Model T Ford is a 1925 or 26). Dr. Simpson as he was known locally for many years was a veteranian and horse trader. The couple came from Kentucky to Springfield, Missouri by covered wagon when their son, the late Bill Simpson of Potosi was only a baby. When he was about 4 years old at the turn of the century the Simpsons moved to Victoria where "Doc" operated a livery stable in DeSoto. They then moved to the farm on Lickskillet Branch in Washington County about 1910 and lived there until moving into Potosi. Willis Simpson, who loaned these photos for publication said his Dad told him he and his father (Doc Simpson)would put together a herd of horses then drive them to St. Louis to sell them on Cass Avenue during the period of 1915 to 1920 or so.

(no photo accompanied the article - Ed.)

The Peoria Singing Group met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Huster,Belgrade, on Saturday evening, September 28, 1963, for a surprise birthdayparty in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Huster and Jim Shoults, of Bismarck.

Present were Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shoults, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Huster, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Duty and Carol Ann, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Isgrig, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Isgrig and family, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Brinley, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Downard, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Vinyard, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Maxwell and family and Mr. and Mrs. William Shaner.

Refreshments of birthday cake, pie, lemonade and coffee were served.

Louie Quincy Payne, formerly of Courtois, retired from St. Joseph Lead Co., effectively October 1, 1963, after 21 years continuous service. He has lived in Leadwood for the past 26 years.

He had seen continuous service with St. Joe since March, 1942, in the mining department, and had also worked intermittently for the company from 1925 to 1927, and as a timber worker from 1927 to 1942.

He was married on September 3, 1929, to the former Lillian Swyers, and they have six children -- Daphine (Mrs. Charles Dietiker) of Berkeley, Mo.; Betty (Mrs. Robert Buxton) of Fenton; Louis, at home; Kenneth, of Leadwood; Delores (Mrs. James Rasnic) and Howard, both of St. Louis. He also has seven grandchildren.

Airman Melvin F. McColloch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McColloch, Potosi, is being assigned to Amarillo Air Force Base, Texas, for technical training as a U.S. Air Force aircraft maintenance specialist.

Airman McColloch, who enlisted in the Air Force a short time ago, recently completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. A 1962 graduate of Potosi High School, he is a former student at Flat River Junior College.

Miss Jane Moor, Washington County Librarian, was elected secretary of the Southeast Missouri Librarians Round Table at a recent meeting of the group at Dexter, Mo.

Representatives from 13 libraries attended the session, including librarians, trustees and interested citizens. During the meeting the group discussed the problems facing public libraries in attempting to give school services and in encouraging school library services.

Represented at the meeting besides Washington County Library were the Ozark Regional Library, Mississippi County Library, Riverside Regional Library, Dunklin County Library, Current River Regional, Bollinger County Library and public libraries of Caruthersville, Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Poplar Bluff and Sikeston.

LOST CREEK by Ethel Monroe
The names of Mrs. Hettie Hudson, Steeleville, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Parkinwere omitted from the guest list in last week's items of those who were entertained at the home of Mrs. Glen Banta on Sunday, September 29, 1963,honoring Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Hudson, visiting in her home. Mr. Hudson showed slides taken in Africa while he lived there, as well as of a European tour before his return home following his retirement from Amerada Petroleum.

Mt. and Mrs. Ed Gillam and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Tullock drove to Clarksville and Hannibal on Sunday, sightseeing along the Mississippi River.

George E. Farmer, of Chicago, spent several days of last week with his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Judson Farmer.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Midgett are the parents of a new daughter, Joy Christine, born at Bonne Terre.

Mrs. Anna Sprinkle, of Potosi, visited with her cousin, Mrs. J. F. Hays, on Wednesday.

Mrs. Jesse Marler spent last week in St. Louis.

Mr. and Mrs. Gary McLeod visited over the weekend with his brother, Clinton,in Columbia.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Turner visited with the Gerald Turner family in Belleville last Saturday and Sunday, and attended the Cardinal ball game at Busch Stadium.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dickey and two daughters were guests in the A. R. Duty home Sunday.

Owen Youngblood cut his hand on some metal roofing last week, with the wound requiring eleven stitches.

Postmaster Stanley Jarvis was a patient in the St. Mary's Hospital, Ironton, for a few days last week.

Ralph McNabb and family, of Arnold, visited in the Kearns and McNabb homes over the weekend.

Robert Carroll and family and Miss Jane Tullock, of St. Louis, visited in theCalvin Tullock home Sunday.

Mrs. Essie Turner and Mrs. Pauline Stevens are on the sick list at this time.

The Rev. and Mrs. Don Jarvis, Stephen and Martin, of Alton, Mo. spent Friday night and Saturday in the M. E. Turner home.

Mrs. Nina Burns and Mrs. Barbara Finch, both of Potosi, will receive their caps as practical nursing students in a ceremony at 8 p.m. this Friday, October 11, at Flat River, Mo., at Flat River High School.

Mrs. Burns and Mrs. Finch are among 16 students in the second practical nursing course being taught in the Lead Belt Technical School Program in Practical Nursing.

Also in Friday's ceremonies, 16 members of the first class will receive their diplomas, as the first class to graduate in practical nursing in Missouri under the Manpower Development and Training Act.

Merton Wheeler, director of industrial education, State Department of Education, Jefferson City, will be the speaker of the evening, with a reception to be held following the ceremonies.

LOST CREEK by Ethel Monroe
Guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Kilgore and Mrs. J. P. Townsend on Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. K. B. Britt. Mrs. George Noonan and daughter, Marywere guests on Monday. Guests on Wednesday were former residents, Mr. and Mrs. William P. Hoffman and Mr. and Mrs. Gehlert, and a guest on Saturday was a former camp friend of Mrs. Kilgore, Mrs. Harry Hilliken, Mr. Hilliken, Maryand Andrew.

Mr. and Mrs. El Perkins, of Harlowton, Montana, called on the Gilliam and Wood family and Mrs. Monroe on Tuesday. They were visiting Mrs. Perkin's sister, Mrs. Henry Gibson, in Steeleville, and had enjoyed a reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Blunt, in Sullivan, with her brother Harry Mallow, and his wife, Mrs. Frank Blunt, Mrs. Henry Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Gibson and Mrs. Blanche Cole.

Thursday callers on Mrs. Monroe were Mr. and Mrs. Tony Schenck, of St. Louis, enroute home from a vacation at Lake of the Ozarks. Calling Saturday were Mrs. Lena Stephan and three friends of Fulton, friends of our former resident, Mrs. Mamie Lynch.

Mrs. Glen Banta and Mrs. Harold Wilson attended a district meeting of postmasters at the Lions Den in Potosi on Saturday.

Jesse Callahan, of Steeleville, and friend, of Cuba, called at the home of Mrs. Glen Banta Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Banta moved Monday from Steelville to their new home in Berryman.

We were sorry to hear of the deaths of two friends, Mrs. Harrison Wilson and Mrs. Lon Higginbotham. Funeral services for Mrs. Wilson were at the Upper Lost Creek Baptist Church. Services for Mrs. Higginbotham, who passed away Sunday, were on Tuesday at the Potosi Methodist Church. We extend sympathy to the bereaved.

Bro. and Mrs. Jim Daniels and Kevin, of Wellston, were at Oak Grove Christian Church Sunday morning, where he delivered the sermon.

Mr. and Mrs. Rupert Meredith of St. Louis are at their home here for a few days.

Mrs. Richard Hobson, the former Miss Mattie Wood, is still very ill in the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Parkin and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wood visited her Wednesday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wood, of Affton, called on the Guy Woods Sunday enroute home after the weekend at their clubhouse.

Mr. and Mrs. "Whitie" Walkenhorst and Connie were down from St. Louis over the weekend.

Airman First Class James D. McGuire, of Potosi, graduated recently from the Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory School at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, New York.

During the school, McGuire received training in the responsibilities and duties of Air Force noncommissioned officers. Following the training he returned to his permanent assignment as a carpenter at Dow Air Force Base, Maine.

The son of Mrs. Naomi McGuire, 403 Stone Street, Potosi, he is a graduate of Potosi High School.

Airman Third Class John E. Charles, whose father, John H. Charles lives in Potosi, has recently been reassigned to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas,following his graduation from the U.S. Air Force technical training course for medical laboratory specialists at Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama.

Charles is a graduate of Jacksonville (Ill.) High School, and attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville before entering the Air Force.

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