80 and Over Day
Attracts 170 People
The 18th annual 80 and Over Day attracted about 170 people to the
Wheatland Baptist Church Sunday afternoon Sept. 5. In the crowd were sex
honorees in the 90's, 38 in the 80's and 19 couples who had been married 50
years or longer.
Honorees in the 90's were Mrs. Alice Butler, 97, Centerview, who received a
trophy for perfect attendance of 18 years, also a prize for the oldest lady;
Jesse Payne, 91, Preston, who was awarded a prize for the oldest man; Mrs. May
Vanderford, 92, Wheatland; Mrs. May Johnson, 91, Humansville; Mrs. Margaret
Nowell, 91, Quincy; and Mrs. Zilla Jones, 90, Wheatland.
Honorees in the 80's included 15 from Wheatland: Mrs. Dosha Donovan and Mrs.
Etta Ihrig, each 80; Mrs. Wave Allen, Mrs. Lena Foltz, Hugh Owsley, Clarence
Blackwell, each 82; Mrs. Bertha Young, Mrs. Grace Blackwell, L. H. West, each
83; Pat Chancellor, 85; Mrs. Oma Stover, Mrs. Zilpha Murphy, Frontz Glazebrook,
each 86; Warder Maberry, 87; Clyde Paxton, 88; Rev. J. E. Ellis, 89.
Hermitage: Miss May Johnson, 83. Weaubleau: Mrs. Adah Allen and Mrs. Effie
Vest, each 80 this month; Mrs. Carrie Mabry, 81; Mrs. Imo Chaney, 83; Leotia
Berkebile, 84; Mrs. Clara Monroe, 86; Mrs. Mary Robinett, 87. Preston: Mrs.
Anna Mitchell, 80; Mrs. Jessie Hyatt, 81, Urbana; Mrs. Nellie Matthews, 80.
Goodson: Mrs. Frona Crain, 82. Polk: Mrs. Emma Matthews, 80.
Bolivar: Earl Brenner, 82; Mrs. Ina Davison, 84.
Cross Timbers: Robert Walthal, 80; Mrs. Alta Hodges, 81; Mrs. Minnie Pack, 83;
Kansas City: Mrs. Atha Durnell, 81. Independence: Mrs. Sadie Roberts, 80.
Gerster: Mrs. Lou Parker, 83. Warrensburg: Mrs. Julia Breshears, 82. Fairplay:
Claude Blair, 82.
Wedding anniversary honorees: 50 Years—Claude and Cuba Blair, Fairplay; Jesse
and Eltha Vanderford, Wheatland; Claude and Fredonia Carpenter, Weaubleau;
John and Lera Oesch, Weaubleau; J. L. and Lena Wright, Wheatland; Lloyd and
Dovie Reser, Flemington. 51 Years—Earl and Pearlie Brenner, Bolivar; Jim and
Ura Bullington, Weaubleau; Wilbur and Elsie Tipton, Wheatland; Frank and
Nettie Schnitker. 54 Years—Arthur and Audra Ramsey, Wheatland; Roy and Nellie
Reed, Flemington; Tom and Florence Bird, Warrensburg; John and Katie Nance,
Cross Timbers. 55 Years—L. O. and Lulu Burton, Cross Timbers; 56 Years—Mertie
and Early Phelps, Purdy; C. D. and Verdie Little, Cross Timbers; Loren and Eva
Green, Urbana; Pete and Maude Roth, Quincy.
Rev. Irvin E. Allen was master of ceremonies. Rev. Ellis gave the invocation.
Numbers on the program were given by Mesdames Dosha Donovan, Zilpha Murphy,
Adah Allen, Leotia Berkebile, Clara Monroe, Atha Durnell, Alice Butler, Bessie
Kirk, May Johnson (Humansville), May Delozier and Eva Green.
Miss Vergie Smith gave a tribute to the deceased members. Those remembered
were Otto E. Anderson, John Box, Mary Box, Irl R. Chrisope, Jettie Edde, John
Erwin, Katie Franklin, Ida Glenn, Lessie Ihrig, Thos. I. Jordan, Ira
McCracken, Arletta Meador, Thornton Morton, W. T. Palmer, Lizzie Sibert, Lucie
Stirlen, Walter Stirlen, John W. Waggoner, Vada Wright. Ages ranged from 70 to
Prizes were given as follows: Warder Maberry, most children; Hugh Owsley and
Claude Blair, tied for oldest man driving car; Mrs. Oma Stover, living in
Wheatland the longest; Mrs. Bertha Young, walking the longest distance; Mrs.
Alta Hodges and Mrs. Carrie Mabry tied for oldest ladies driving cars; Mrs.
Berkebile, four generations of family present; Mrs. Durnell, oldest person who
came the longest distance; Mrs. Alice Butler, perfect attendance and oldest
lady; Jesse Payne, oldest man; Anthony Pearson, 6, youngest person present.
There were a number of unique gifts for various uses.
It was a happy day for the oldsters who look forward to this annual occasion.
A liberal offering was given and will be used for the 1972 event.
Refreshments were taken care of by the weight club ladies of Wheatland. A
carton of ice cream was donated and there were cash donations and assistance
from many sources to make the day a success.