THE INDEX, Sept. 8, 1966, p. 1
One hundred eighty seven persons registered at the annual 80 and Over Day, Sept. 4, at Wheatland Baptist Church. Rev. Irvin E. Allen, Weaubleau was emcee for the 2:30 p.m. event and with his mike handled the program honoring the senior citizens in a creditable manner.
In addition to many towns in Missouri, some were registered from Iowa, Oklahoma and California. Missouri towns represented included Hermitage, Elkton, Weaubleau, Preston, Cross Timbers, Jordan, Quincy, Humansville, Flemington, Bolivar, Cabool, Springfield, Lockwood, Columbia, Goodson, Nixa, Warsaw, Fristoe, Osceola, Gerster, Highlandville, Green Ridge, Knob Noster, Conway, Urbana, Louisburg and Wheatland.
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Four ladies in the 90’s were present, namely, Stella Bryan, Hermitage, and Maggie Willett, Jordan, each 90; Alice Butler, 92, Wheatland; Mary Sue Goans, 94, Weaubleau.
In the 80-group were 39, namely, Pat Chancellor, Lula Chaney, Grover Gladden, Charley Parker, Oma Stover, each 80; Lottie Bradshaw, Nora Butler, Frontz Glazebrook, Zoe Ralph, Clara Monroe, Zilphia Murphy, each 81; Katie Franklin, Warder Maberry, Ira McCracken, Della Morton, Stella Morton, Walter Pitts, Mary Robinett, each 82; Elbert Bain and Ida Carpenter, each 83; Pearl Bandel, Rev. J. E. Ellis, Lora Meador, W. P. Mitchell, each 84; Ella Bennett, Ada Berdolt, Zilla Jones, Homer McConnell, Bertha Sanders, each 85; Nancy Emory, Minnie Glazebrook, May Johnson, Belle McCaslin, Grace Rogers, each 86; John Rogers, May Vanderford, each 87; Lavenia Breshears, Lou Cox, each 88; Joe Tipton, 89.
Couples who had celebrated golden weddings or more years together were: Cyrus and Ethel Breshears Meyers, Frank and Lesta Ramsey Zehr, 50 years; E. C. and Maude Bush Bandel, John and Jetta Rains Edde, E. C. and Gladys Foster, Loren and Eva Green, Pete and Maude Miller Roth, 51 years; Avis and Nella Needham Hawkins, 52 years; D. Ray and Zada Salley Owsley, 53 years; Grover and Lora Swain Gladden, Irl and Elsie Hartnett Chrisope, 54 years; Albert and Zola Crooks Jenkins, 57 years; Charley and Lou Parker, 62 years.
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Rev. Ellis gave the invocation and the audience joined in singing in a wonderful way “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”. Mrs. Lula Chaney gave a poem. Walter Pitts sang a solo, “The Love of God”. Mrs. Stella Bryan gave a reading and a short talk in which she remembered to be grateful to all who helped to make the day possible. Mrs. Mary Sue Goans and Mrs. Clara Monroe sang two songs, “My Latest Sun is Sinking Fast” and “The Man of Galilee”, dedicating them to W. T. and Annie Palmer of Leawood, Kansas.
Mrs. Zilpha Murphy gave a reading, “Grandma and Grandpa”, which was appropriate to the day. Mrs. Alice Butler and Mrs. Bessie Kirk sang “The Blood that Stained the Old Rugged Cross”. Mrs. J. E. Ellis presented a fitting tribute to the fourteen members who have gone to their reward since last year. Joe Yates of Almon gave a good extemporaneous talk and an appreciated one at the close of the program. May Johnson, Humansville, volunteered her sweet voice and sentiments in song, “In My Heart There Rings a Melody”, capturing the hearts of the audience when she stood with her walker, holding her song book, aged, but dear to her.
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