Springfield Daily News,
October 27, 1961
This article was found in the Western
Historical Manuscripts Collection-Columbia, Lucile Morris Upton, Papers,
OVER THE OZARKS
EDITED BY LUCILE MORRIS UPTON
WITH OUR HISTORIANS, WRITERS AND POETS
WHEATLAND, SEPT. 3, 1961
Another big day for the 80-and-Overs
at Wheatland, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 3, 1961, with the Rev. Irvin E. Allen
officiating as MC in the absence of Mr. Wright, who attended a funeral and
could not be present. About 160 people gathered to enjoy the eighth occasion
of this event, being held in the Baptist church, where all could be seated
comfortably and no steps to climb.
Some came who had been absent for
several years. The Rev. J. E. Jones, 83, gave an appropriate invocation. The
audience sang "In the Sweet Bye and Bye" and "When the Roll is Called Up
The octogenarians and nonagenarians
and the Golden Wedding couples were introduced and each received a special
gift. The ladies received head scarfs, the men socks, and the couples a box of
Mrs. Molly Paul, 83, led the program
by reading a poem, "Let Me Live,"; Willie and Dora Dorman, 84 and 79
respectively, sang, "How Great Thou Art"; Mrs. Retta Graves, 93, gave from
memory, "My Mother's Grave"; Mrs. Stella Bryan, 85, of Hermitage, read "The
Land of Beginning Again"; W. P. Morton, 82, of Bolivar, quoted "Room for All";
Mrs. Mary Sue Goans, 89, of Weaubleau, gave "The Model Church"; (her partner,
Mrs. Nannie Brookshire, did not come this year because of sickness in the
family); Mrs. Edna Largent gave some verses from "Growing Old," "Do Your
Best," and "Keep on Keeping on"; Harry Bennett, 82, played three pieces on his
old violin; Mrs. Annie Palmer, 90, of Weaubleau, read "Growing Old Together";
Alice Butler, 87, and her brother, Joe Tipton, 84, of Weaubleau, sand,
"Amazing Grace" (Mr. Tipton married May 30, '61 to Mrs. Ada Gump, 76); Mrs.
Mae Delozier and her cousin, Mrs. Rosa Romesburg, sang, "Where We'll Never
Grow Old" (these ladies are double cousins, ten members living in one family
and twelve in the other); Mrs. Chloe Bain gave the tribute to deceased
Two had passed on since last year,
Mrs. Lillie Rountree, 85, of Elkton, and Mrs. Ida Wrinkle, 85, of Hermitage,
also a member of the Golden Wedding couples, Dr. R. C. Nevins, who died on his
75th birthday, Jan. 17, '61.
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Mrs. Nellie Mae Wilson, 83, of
Hermitage gave a reading, "Judge Gently" and closed with the benediction,
after which we had refreshments and a "rushed visiting hour."
Mr. Allen did a good job as MC. He
brought his recorder and we now have the voices of the oldsters telling their
names, ages, and where they are from, also the program.
We were favored with piano music by
Mrs. Mollie Paxton's talented daughter, Mrs. Dott Jackson of Kansas City. Mrs.
Oleta Maurer of Kansas City presented each of the 90-year olds with a gift
honoring her mother, Mrs. Martha Breshears, 91, of Wheatland.
The other members present were: W. T.
Palmer, 93, Weaubleau; Tom Wilson, 93, Quincy; and Mrs. Cora Goodman of
Wheatland who reached her 90th birthday September 22. There were
five in the 90's who had already had their birthdays.
Those remaining in the 80 group not
mentioned above were: Eric Agee, 81, Bertha Sanders, 80, of Hermitage;
Franklin Bartshe, 88; Miss Ella Bennett, 80, Venia Breshears, 83, Belle
McCaslin, 81, Tom Selvidge, 87, Will Tipton, 80, all of Wheatland; W. B.
Carpenter, 88, Nan Carpenter, 84, Lou Cox, 83, John Rogers, 83, Grace Rogers,
81, of Weaubleau; Vella Donovan, 83, Springfield; W. P. Morton, 82, Bolivar;
L. E. McShane, 84, Flemington; Mollie Paxton, 86, Elkton; nad Maggie Willett,
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There were nine couples present who
had been married an average of 58.5 years, Wes and Nan (Campbell) Carpenter,
65 years; Willie and Mae (Thompson) Delozier, 50, Weaubleau; Willie and Dora
(Stroud) Dorman, 60, Hermitage; Tom and Grace (LaRose) Jordan, 50, Wheatland;
Ira and Lou (Roth) Moore, 54, Hermitage; Eli and Dilla (Rogers) Morton, 58,
Green Ridge; William P. and Stella (Woodward) Morton, 59, Bolivar; W. T. and
Annie (Vaughn) Palmer, 70, Weaubleau; and Will and Bertha (Ketchum) Tipton,
There were four half couples present,
Harry Bennett, John Tipton, and Tom Selvidge, whose wives were unable to be
present; (Mr. Selvidge's wife is cared for by their daughter in Kansas City,
they had their 64th wedding anniversary Sept. 12) and Mr. Jones'
wife had company.
Mr. Palmer received the gift for the
oldest man; Mrs. Graves for the oldest woman; Mr. Wilson for the oldest man
who drove his car; Mrs. Butler for the oldest woman who walked the farthest;
Mr. Bartshe for the oldest person with the largest family (11 children) with
three of them present; and Mr. and Mrs. Palmer a gift for the longest married
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The crowd was treated to ice cream,
cookies and punch. They enjoyed the visiting hour, renewing old acquaintances
and making new ones. The time goes too fast and the sky grew dark. Then came
the rain, so the visiting hour was cut short. No pictures were taken this
year, much to our regret.
There have been 18 persons in the 90
group who have attended these events and only seven have gone on since we
began October 3, 1954. There are 84 persons who have attended in the 80's and
only 27 have passed on. There have been 27 couples who have attended and eight
of them have been visited by the Death Angel.
The church was beautifully decorated
with seasonal flowers. The refreshments were enjoyed by every one and the
group is looking forward to another year.
Various people were nice to help with
the event and are fully repaid when they see how the oldsters enjoy
themselves. It is their day and they make the most of it.
We hope to plan the future so they can
have more visiting. Our program gets too lengthy to have enough visiting time.
There were folks from Kansas City, Independence, Leavenworth, Springfield and
Rocky Ford, Colo. They seem to enjoy it, too.
Yours for another year--
Ed Note: The
first Sunday in September has become an important day in Wheatland, where
annually youngsters 80-or-over meet for a pleasant afternoon. I think, also,
readers of this column have come to look forward to the annual report of Mrs.
Jinkens about the event which she works so hard to arrange. As the busy
superintendent of schools in Hickory County, she sometimes has difficulty
finding time to write the story, and I am grateful to her. LMU.
20 May 2007 by Ginny Sharp
to 80 and Over Club