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50 Years Ago
Thursday May 27,1973
One employee of the Jersey County Grain Company was fatally burned in an explosion at the Hardin elevator Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. and another was seriously injured in the blast, which almost ripped the concrete structure apart. Bill Blackwell, age 33, died Saturday night at 11 p.m. St. John’s Mercy Hospital, St. Louis County, where he was taken following the explosion.
Mike Kiel, age 19, a fellow employee, who was in the elevator when the blast occurred, is also a patient at St. John’s Hospital, where he is reported to be making satisfactory progress from burns on his chest, face and arms. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kiel of Hardin and graduated last year from Calhoun High School.
The grain elevator has been covered by water from the Illinois River which flooded a few weeks ago, and Blackwell and Kiel were in the tower cleaning the inside of the structure when the blast occured.The cause of the explosion is not known, but it is believed that gas from the dust and musty grain inside the elevator was set off.
75 Years Ago
Thursday, May 27, 1948
Achievement Day At Kampsville High
Saturday, May 22 was Achievement Day at the Kampsville High School and a full half day of entertainment was provided for the hundreds of visitors who thronged the school buildings and grounds. The Kampsville Boosters Club helped to sponsor the event and Vincent Baumann of the club helped School Principal Painter and the other members of the faculty to put on the show.
The early part of the program consisted in stock judging.
Members of the FFA and 4-H had their hogs and calves on display. Many of the boys live in town and have had their first taste of farm life in the working out of their projects. Every pig was scrubbed, brushed, and powdered and many of them were truly aristocratic.
Classes of hogs and the winners are as follows:
Male Feeder Pigs: 1. John Sutter, 2, James Bland; 3, James Churchman; 4, Norbert Gotway, Jr.
Boar Pig: 1, Donald Pepper; 2, Eddie Benz; 3, Teddy Dean; 4, Donald Pepper. Gilt Pig: 1, Eddie Benz; 2, Donald Pepper; 3, James Churchman; 4, Donald Pepper.
Litter of Four: 1 Eddie Benz, 2, James Churchman; 3, Donald Pepper, 4, James Bland. Sows: 1, Robt. Hausman, Jr., 2, Teddy Dean; 3, James Bland: 4, James Churchman.
Fall Gilt: 1, Robt. Hausman, Jr. 8, Donald Pepper; 3, Donald Pepper; 4, Ervin Oberjohann.
There were few entries in the call show but Paul Klunk, Herman Suhling and Lowell Bailey, took first, second, and third in the dairy class, while Lester Oberjohann took first in the beef type. In the class activities there were sir contests: Declamation. Spelling, Stunts, Posters, Music and Exhibits. Winners in these events were:
Declamation: 1, Albert Sloan; 2, Billy Lee Klunk; 3, Lois Oberjohann;
Spelling: 1, Kieth Suhling; 2, Patricia Keller; 3, Jean Gresham.
Music: 1, Eugene Foiles: 3, Duo, Helen Fuller and Selma Zipprich; 3, Trio, Peggy Mades, Susie Powell, and Ellender Lehr.
Stunts: 1, FFA Class; 2, The Twirlers: 3, Freshman Class.
Posters: 1, Paul Klunk; 2, Grade 5; 3, Jean Gresham and Bernice Pepper.
Exhibits; Helen and Gloria Schumann; 2, Elzada Sutton; Keith Suhling, Donald King.
The climax of the entertainment came with the greased pig contest. Farmers, business men and business organizations donated 13 purebred gilt pigs for this contest. The total value of the lot was estimated at $700. The pigs were thoroughly coated with soap suds and turned loose in half an acre plot.
Seventeen 4-H and FFA boys were in the contest. The boys, stripped to the waist, had to catch the pigs, hold them off the ground and lift them into a pen. Each lucky boy became the owner of the pig which he corralled. Of course there were four disappointed boys, but all of them seemed happy.
100 Years Ago
Thursday, May 29, 1923
More automobile licenses have been issued already this year than were issued during all of last year and a quarter of a million dollars more in fees has been collected than was collected in 1922, Secretary of State Louis L. Emmerson has announced.
Since Jan. 1 this year 787, 1,660 automobiles have been registered in the Secretary of State’s office.
The total registration for 1922 was 786,190. The fees collected to date this year total $8,118,469. The total collections of the automobile department last year were $7.861,211. The
previous year’s total registration has been reached this year, a month earlier than usual. Last year the previous year’s total was not reached until June 20.
This speeding up of registration is attributed by Secretary of State Emmerson to the efficiency of the force of inspectors.