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Benefit for the Greenhalgh Family
A benefit dinner and auction will be held for the family of the late Ronny Greenhalgh on Saturday, March 17 at the Decatur Community Building. A free will meal will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by an auction at 7:00 p.m.
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The Decatur County Hospital is accepting nominations for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. To nominate a DCH nurse visit the hospital’s website www.decaturcountyhospital.org by April 14. The winner will be announced during Hospital Week on Friday, May 11. For more information contact Jo Beth Smith at 4462222. Refer to ad in this issue for more details.
LEON, IOWA 50144, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018
Local Area Happenings Local Blood Drives
*Leon and Decatur Community - Mon., March 19, from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Barnum Community Center in Decatur, 302 NW 4th Street. This blood drive is sponsored by the Leon Lions Club. *Lamoni Community - Fri., March 16 from 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Lamoni Community Center, 108 S. Chestnut, Lamoni. You can schedule a blood donation appointment online at www.lifeserve bloodcenter. org or call 800-287-4903.
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A Trip Down Memory Lane: Former Main Street Leon Businesses
CHCSI Earns Certificate of Achievement
The Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa has been awarded the HRSA Health Center Program certificate of achievement in recognition of exemplary service and commitment to quality health care. “As a Health Center Quality Leader, Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, Inc. achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers, placing among the top 30 percent of the adjusted quartile rankings for Clinical Quality Measures,” stated Samantha Cannon, CHCSI CEO. In 2017, CHCSI provided more than 51,000 health care visits to approximately 8,600 patients across their 10 county service area.
Smith Recognized for 70 Years in the American Legion Robert W. Smith of Leon was issued a plaque in grateful appreciation for his faithful and dedicated allegiance to the Cowl-Scott American Legion Post 80. His seventy years continuous membership merits the honor of being cited as an outstanding contributor to the program. Smith entered the Iowa National Guard at 18 years of age and served as a Sergeant in the US Army during the Korean War. Post Officer Merrill Hamilton and National Adjutant Daniel Weaver presented Smith the award recently at his home.
Signs Indicate Spring is Not That Far Off
Daffodils starting to shoot up through the dead, dry grasses, is one of the annals of spring. This specimen is sporting a bloom that is waiting for just a little warmer weather to open up. Temperatures in the upper 40s are expected this week, breaking last week’s late-week cold snap accompanied with brief periods of light snow. Several farmers in the area have indicated that calving has begun which is another tell-tale sign that spring is on the horizon.
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A look down South Main Street today. Time marches on and the town square has seen many changes over the years. Editor’s Note: The following story was compiled by Harry Graves. When the decision was made to remove the old JournalReporter building, Harry decided to go down memory lane and talk about a lot of the business houses and the people that operated businesses in them that have come and gone around the downtown area. Harry is a local historian and this is his insight into the past. He now resides in Coralville, Iowa. The recent demise and necessary destruction of five business buildings on the west side of Leon’s Main Street is certainly disheartening. It is sad so many parts of our heritage, both locally and throughout America’s heartland, are succumbing to the ravages of time. Compared to buildings still standing in the British Isles and Europe, which exceed or are approaching 800 to 1,000 years old, these surrenders to those “ravages” seem premature. However, almost all of these structures that have either now gone by the wayside, or are fast going, throughout the Midwest, have one thing in common: They were virtually all made of locally made soft brick composed of clay, lime and shale. Sand was mixed to, purportedly, improve their quality. Hence, they were commonly referred to as “sand brick.” And virtually every town in the state and much of the Midwest had “brickyards” where these kinds of brick were burnt (manufactured) from the time of settlement up until the first decade of the 20th century. There were a several of these in Leon and throughout Decatur County. It seems that the demise of these “soft or sand” brick buildings was almost foreordained when you consider the quote from Matthew 7:26 from the Bible that speaks of the “folly of building upon sand….” The building that, in my memory, formerly housed Workman’s Drugstore later home to The Twin’s Shop and after that Sheryl’s Women’s Clothing Store literally “fell down,” and that seems to have set off sort of a chain reaction which led to the removal of the Leon Journal Reporter building to the North and, ultimately, the remaining two old buildings to the south. My old friend Keith Hinds asked me if I knew when these buildings were built, here’s what I can tell you about that. The first formally published county history: THE BIOGRAPHICAL & HISTORICAL RECORD OF RINGGOLD AND DECATUR COUNTIES, IOWA (1887) states that: “In the winter of 1878-79 the block of buildings on the west side of Main street extending south from the SW corner of the square and known as “Rat Row” was totally destroyed by fire. At that same time, a brick building on the east side succumbed.” This occurred before there was any kind of an organized fire brigade in Leon. So,
considering this, all the former buildings to the north Highway 2, were almost certainly built during the last 2 decades of the 19th century. This includes the first one that was razed and replaced with the nice block building immediately north of Highway 2 by Delbert Lee, several years ago. Growing Up in Leon I have now surpassed the biblical “3 score and ten” and I have many memories of Leon, its people and the buildings, which were recently removed. So here is a brief sketch of a few reminiscences about these buildings and some of the people associated with them during the years from my earliest memories up until I left the area in 1982. My first recollection of the former structure immediately north of Highway 2, which was
replaced by Delbert Lee’s new building, was that it was the site of the Western Auto Store which was opened by my Uncle Arch Stuteville and my Dad Gerald “Ham” Graves in 1947. My memories of this business and the building that housed it date to 1949 or 50. Some of the features are that Uncle Arch had his “office” in a raised crow’s nest like structure, with low walls, in the back room that was accessed by a ladder. The south wall had several large round windows, probably 3’across. It was a very small building, by today’s standards, although I think it was typical for business houses in late 19th and early 20th century. In 1954, the former Estes Building, located catty-cornered to the SE on the south side of Highway 2 was acquired and the Western Auto Store
was relocated there. It was nearly 4 to 5 times larger than the old building. The Western Auto Store remained a fixture in that location until Arthur Havens, who purchased it from my Dad in 1980, closed it down in about 1984. Following the relocation of the Western Auto Store, the former location was occupied first by the Hutchison Salvage Store, which was locally referred to as the “railroad salvage store”. Wilmer and Kathrine Hutchison owned the store and Katherine, a very nice lady, ran the store. She presided over a wonderful inventory of low-priced candies in a beautiful old cherry wood and glass display case that was formerly used to display cigars in some earlier store. Years later, the Hutchisons donated that majestic humidor case to the Decatur County Historical Society and it has been used for displays in the Decatur County Museum ever since. Later on, the Hutchinson store was relocated a couple of doors to the north and, subsequently, a series of restaurants came and went in the corner location over the years. Included in that number was the E&M Café operated by Emmett and Madolyn Craig; The Lou-Don Café operated by Don and Louise Decker; Mallatt’s Café operated by Glen Mallatt and Aunt Phyl’s Café operated by Phyllis Christensen Williams. There were several more occupants after I left the county in 1982, whose names I do not know. The second story of this building was accessed by an exterior stairway along the south wall. During its lifetime it (continued on page 10)
Smith Knows His Geography, Will Compete at the State Level
CD Guidance Counselor Manny Atwood, left, congratulates Jacob Smith on advancing to the State Geographic Bee. He will compete April 6 at the University of Northern Iowa. Central Decatur School 8th grader Jacob Smith has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2018 Iowa National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at the University of Northern Iowa on Friday, April 6, 2018. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourththrough eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools
and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees. To celebrate the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, the cash prize for the top three students in each state has doubled. Each state champion will receive $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 2023, 2018. Students that come in second place will receive $150 and those that come in third will receive $100. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new
National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. How would you fare as a National Geographic Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer questions like these: 1. The Appalachian Mountains run through which state— Georgia or Mississippi? A. Georgia 2. The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska? A. Nebraska 3. Which state straddles the Tropic of Cancer—Hawaii or Alaska? A. Hawaii
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DEATH NOTICE ARNOLD, Dale, 89, of Grand River, Iowa, died on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Funeral services are pending at the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa. Survivors include his sons, Randy Arnold and Gary Arnold, both of Grand River. HILL, Ronald Maurice, 69, of Leon, Iowa, died on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Westview Acres in Leon, Iowa. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa, with Pastor Dale Short officiating. Interment was held in the Davis City Cemetery, Davis City, Iowa. WILSON, Wendell Wayne, 77, of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, died on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2018, at Travelers Rest United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the Graceland West Cemetery. Arrangements were through The Howze Mortuary in Travelers Rest, SC.
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Monica, Tate, Reece, Wade, Kyle, and Kaley; great grandchildren, Kevin and Xavier; mother, Darlene Hill of Mt. Ayr, Iowa; sisters, Gloria and John Wyatt of Osceola, and Darla and Paul Lorenz of Creston, Iowa; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
RONALD MAURICE HILL Ronald Maurice Hill, son of Maurice and Darlene (Young) Hill, was born on November 7, 1948, in Leon, Iowa and passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Westview Acres in Leon, Iowa at the age of 69 years. Ron married Kay Griffin on December 18, 1965, in Decatur, Iowa. This marriage was blessed with four children, Nancy, Sandi, Bill, and Janet. Farming was Ron’s passion, working along side his dad and son was his greatest joy. His final 15 years of working were spent at CBI as a machine operator, retiring in 2012. Ron served as Burrell Township Trustee for many years. He was a member of the Decatur County Cattlemen’s Association and served as District Director of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. Ron was preceded in death by his father, Maurice Hill, and parents-in-law, Graydon and Katherine Griffin. He is survived by his wife, Kay Hill, of Decatur, Iowa; children, Nancy and Steve Hill of Osceola, Iowa, Sandi Hill and friend, Tony Boyles, of Desloge, Missouri, Bill and Okalena Hill of Leon, Iowa, and Janet Hill and husband, Troy Maki, of Apple Valley, Minnesota; grandchildren, Blaine, Blair, Clayton, Malorie,
WENDELL WAYNE WILSON Wendell Wayne Wilson, 77, of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Born November 26, 1940 in Spencer, IA, he was a son of the late Wayne Lester and Neva Darlene Myrick Wilson. Wendell earned his Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and attended North Carolina State University for graduate studies. Mr. Wilson was a Mathematical Statistician, served in the US Marine Corps Reserves for six years, and a member of Travelers Rest United Methodist Church. Wendell worked for the Department of Agriculture for twenty-five years and for the United States Army Recruiting Command for eight years. He was a member of the American Legion and was a Lifetime member in the Marine Corps League. As an avid runner, Wendell ran many races including six mara-
thons. He was past president of the Las Vegas Track Club and was always involved with a track club wherever he lived. He enjoyed the outdoors and having his dog Rocky accompany him on walks. Surviving is the love of his life, his wife of fifty-two years, Bonnie Ann Minthorn Wilson. They were married September 11, 1966 and raised three children. One son: Craig Wilson (Karen), of SC; two daughters: Tammy Bernstein (Evan), of MD, and Lori Wilson (Chris Bushlow), of TX; He was a loved Papa to his eleven grandchildren. Wendell is also survived by his two brothers: Bryce Wilson and Keith Wilson. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by one brother: James Wilson.
LOIS IRENE HULLINGER Lois Irene Hullinger, age 79, of Davis City, Iowa was born at home on January 15, 1939, to Emmett Charles and Madolyn Jean (Hatcher) Craig, at Davis City, Iowa. She passed away in the house built in 1872, by her great, great grandfather, which was her home for over fifty years. Lois grew up in Decatur County, Iowa and graduated from Leon High School in 1957. She met Douglas Eugene Hullinger and after six months of dating, they were married on
Thank You! Words cannot express how grateful our family has been for all the prayers offered on behalf of Kevin, his wife Jayme, and all of us. Thanks to the professional EMT’s, doctor, and medical staff on the day of the accident for a job well done. We are truly grateful for Jeremy who walked alongside of us in this journey, as well as an amazing church family. Thanks to all who prayed for his healing and well being, and offered words of encouragement. We live in a great community where friends and neighbors are such a blessing. Thank you to those who showed up to help with the work load. We are humbled by your sacriﬁce. We are so grateful to be able to see him walking unassisted and doing well. It truly has been an answer to prayers.
June 2, 1957, in the Loving Chapel United Methodist Church in Leon. They started out living on a farm northwest of Davis City without running water. After eight years, they moved into Davis City to her current home. They were blessed with four children, Kevin, Dana, Stacia, and Troy. Lois and Doug were married 57 years at the time of his death in 2014. Lois kept busy raising the children while Doug was away driving the truck or farming. When they were older, she became active in the community and the Davis City United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Davis City City Council, Community Betterment Committee, and a bowling league. She also enjoyed golfing in her earlier years. In more recent years, Lois and Doug were able to travel together seeing the United States and Europe. She was always very supportive of her family and helped them in any way she could. Preceding her in death were her parents, Emmett Craig and Madolyn (Hatcher) Bottoms; husband, Doug Hullinger; and her two brothers-in-law, Richard McKern and Ray Shirley. Survivors include her children, Kevin and Jan Hullinger of Davis City, their children, Laci and Mark Erke and sons, Barrett and Drake, of Leon and Logan Hullinger of Davis City; Dana
and Richard Baumli of Barnard, Missouri, their children, Wyatt Dunbar and his children, Cayden and Caylor, of Maryville, Missouri, Andria Rush, her children, Jaxon, Alison, Tate, and Jenna of Grant City, Missouri; Stacia Hullinger of Des Moines, Iowa, her children, Ashlyn and Adam Millang, their children, Hadley, Beckett, Harper, and Keaton of Prairie City, Iowa, Brett Hewlett and son, Wesley of Grand Junction, Colorado, Lyndi Yoder and fiancé, Adam Donovan of Ames, Iowa, and Chloe Yoder and daughter, Claire of Des Moines; and Troy Hullinger of Davis City, his children, Jordan Hullinger, Jascy Hullinger and son, Ronan, Jentri Hullinger, and twins, Trey and Tyke Hullinger, all of Davis City; sisters, Roberta McKern of Des Moines and Joyce Shirley of Winnsboro, Louisiana; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and many friends. Lois was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend, who will be missed by all who knew her.
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The Family of
Orville and Ruth Dale
The Family of
Would like to honor their
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75th Wedding Anniversary
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Wayne and Bonnie were married March 18, 1945 in Leon, Iowa. Wayne retired from United Technology International, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Division after 34 years. His assignments took them to many places around the world. Traveling was a big part of their lives. They now reside at Inspired Living at Bonita, in Bonita Springs. They have two children Carolle (Robert) Kinney of Bonita Springs, and Jeffrey (Dena) Bucy, of Loveland, Colorado, four granddaughters and nine great grandchildren. They moved to Bonita Springs in 2006 to be near their family.
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(Subject to Change) Reservations are REQUIRED by 10:00 a.m. for next day - 446-4433 Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Corned beef, cooked cabbage, boiled potatoes, St. Patrick’s Day fruit dessert, milk. Thursday, Mar. 15 - Pork Marsala, egg noodles, Mediterranean vegetables, sugar cookies, dinner roll, milk. Friday, Mar. 16 - Sack lunch egg salad sandwich, potato chips, cucumber onion salad, banana, milk. Monday, Mar. 19 - Split pea and ham soup, corn bread, vegetable plate, oatmeal cookie,
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Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Ham/ egg/cheese slider or cereal and toast, 4 oz. juice or fruit choice, milk. Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Quesadilla or cereal and toast, 4 oz. juice or fruit choice, milk. LUNCH Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Friday, Mar. 16 - NO SCHOOL Monday, Mar. 19 - Breaded chicken sandwich bun, tomato, baked beans, Coleslaw, red and green peppers, carrots, pears,
(Subject to change) BREAKFAST Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Friday, Mar. 16 - NO SCHOOL Monday, Mar. 19 - Pancakes and sausage or cereal and toast, 4 oz. juice or fruit choice, milk.
grapes, milk. Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Eggs, sausage link, French toast sticks, red pepper, tri-tator, lettuce, carrots, strawberries, bananas, juice, milk. Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Chicken popcorn, corn, lettuce, carrots, hummus, broccoli, cauliflower, applesauce, milk.
THE COURTHOUSE REPORT (continued from page 4) trol. Total $200.00. Tyler Michael Beard, Albia, IA, speeding in the residence of school district. Total $168.00. Laporcha Reenee Pamalton, Lamoni, IA, speeding
Orville and Ruth Dale c/o Westview Acres 203 SW Lorraine St. Leon, IA 50144
in the residence of school district. Total $87.00. Jacob R. Mattern, Dekalb, IL, speeding in the residence of school district. Total $87.00. Gregory Warren Stoermer, Centerville, IA, speed. Total $114.00. Austin R. Boswell, Davis City, IA, reckless driving. Total $147.75. Austin R. Boswell, Davis City, IA, registration violation. Total $200.00. Austin R. Boswell, Davis City, IA, no seat belt. Total $132.50. Austin R. Boswell, Davis City, IA, fail to maintain control. Total $200.00. Austin R. Boswell, Davis City, IA, passenger open container. Total $335.00. Damara Navise Clark, To-
By the time most of you read this, I will hopefully be in Texas enjoying a little R&R (maybe) and warmer weather, while visiting Tonya’s sister, Theresa or the Flash from the South as Dad used to call her. Tonya and I frantically put one paper to bed and started on the next and turned another one out in about 48 hours. Uggh! I want to thank, in advance, the trio who graciously chipped in to keep the office going while I stepped away for a brief time. My helpers Keegan, Mary Ellen and Sandy are troopers and I sure appreciate them tremendously. Thanks again! You will be rewarded and compensated for your efforts. oOo I hope you all enjoy reading Harry Graves recount of the downtown area of yester-year. I grew up hearing many stories of the business men and women he talks about and by those accounts I feel like I knew them all personally. What a time it must have been when Leon was in its hayday. Harry has helped me out numerous times while I was growing up when I had to write a history paper or something that happed in Leon. Thanks again Harry! oOo It’s now time for track and golf. Go Cardinals! Until the next time... So Long! peka, KS, speeding over 55 zone (21 or over). Total $442.04. Damara Navise Clark, Topeka, KS, fail to use child restraint. Total $328.13. Serena Doe, Kansas City, MO, speeding over 55 zone (21 or over). Total $467.35. Heather Lynn Ice, Leon, IA, operation without proper registration. Total $201.56. Kilee Jo Marie Licht, Davis City, IA, fail to obey stop sign. Total $262.50. Kilee Jo Marie Licht, Davis City, IA, no seat belt. Total $168.75.
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The Family of
Mike Beasley Would like to honor his
75th Birthday with a Card Shower on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Cards may be sent to:
Mike Beasley 4121 Lay Street Des Moines, IA 50317
Happy 75th Birthday to the best husband, dad and grandfather anyone could ask for. You are loved more than you will ever know. Happy Birthday from Georgia, Mitzi, Lance, Kristin, Dustin, Justin, Laney, Miley, Josey and Zaden
TWICE TOLD TALES 20 YEARS AGO (March 11, 1998) “It Now Occurs To Me,” by Margaret Lindsey, “Failing to prepare, we prepare to fail.” The Leon Assembly of God Church got a new look both inside and out. The exterior had new siding and a new porch on the front. Remodeling on the interior was underway as well. The Girls’ State Basketball Tournament snowstorm came almost on schedule, as most of the state received approximately a foot of snow Sunday, March 8. A special dumpster was being unloaded in front of the old Citizens Bank and Mini Mall buildings for the removal of asbestos. Demolition was expected to get underway the following week. The family of Jimmie and Jennie (Green) Perry invited family and friends to honor them at an open house for their 40th Wedding Anniversary March 15 at the Barnum Com-
munity Center in Decatur. The family of Carl and Sylvia Nauman invited family and friends to celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary with a card shower on March 18. The children and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Akers invited family and friends to honor them with a card shower on March 21 for their 45th Wedding Anniversary. The children of Larry and Susan Griffin invited friends and family to an open house honoring their 25th Wedding Anniversary on March 21. Lenoir Sullivan and Clyde L. Taff were united in marriage February 28, 1998, at the First United Methodist Church in Ft. Myers, FL, with Pastor Walter D. Edwards officiating. After a cruise to Key West, the couple resided in Ft. Myers and Leon. 50 YEARS AGO March 14, 1968 The Central Decatur Board of Education accepted the res-
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ignations of Ocie Fry and Helena Mendenhall, veteran instructors, who had reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 prior to the start of the next school year. Marvin Hickman, high school science instructor, resigned to teach at Ridgeway, MO. Ron Burns, math teacher, received notice of his appointment to participate in an academic institute in the state of Washington. Heavy dirt moving equipment was parked across the road from the Robert Greenhalgh farm north of Decatur ready to start the dirt work on I-35. The Southwest FFA Sub District contest was held at Truro. Local placings: Leon – Daniel Ramsey a Bronze in creed speaking and Kevin Buckingham a Gold in welding; Grand Valley – Randy Van Laar a Silver in creed speaking; Robert Stark a Honorable Mention in welding and Jack Van Laar a Gold in extemporaneous speaking advancing to Districts. Leon law enforcement officers received notice from the Iowa Dapartment of Public Safety that beginning March 15 all motorcycle operators needed to have a special operator’s license as well as a regular driver’s license. Residents of Van Wert were making plans for a hospital benefit to be held at the Van Wert Gym. They were planning a smorgasbord supper, an auction and a dance. Mr. and Mrs. Clair McClaran were having a closing out sale at their farm located east of Leon. Blair Applegate was auctioneer and Billy Jim Manchester was clerk. Funk’s Hybrid seed corn dealers in the county were Roy Foland, Cecil Little, Kenneth McBroom and Edwin Woods. The Central Leon faculty basketball team defeated the Grand River Town Team 110-61 in Kellerton. Dennis Squibb led Leon with 38 points and Gary Jimmerson led Grand River with 22. The rest of the Leon scoring was Darwin Pardoe 21; Vern Almandinger 19; Dennis Crabtree 15; Doug Kouba 9; and Ron Burns 8. Sandra Heick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Heick of Pleasanton, received her cap from Broadlawns Polk County Hospital School of Nursing. Monty Martin, SKSA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Martin of Des Moines and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Martin of Leon was stationed with the U.S. Naval Support Activity in Da Nang, Vietnam. He wrote that he was working in radio communications sending messages for supply shipments. 75 YEARS AGO (March 11, 1943) George Brown Buys the Ackerly Farm - George M. Brown, depot operator at Leon C.B.&.Q office, bought the farm known as the Ackerly place. It had 156 acres and was located one mile northeast of Leon. The deal was made by J.J. Smith of Leon, local realtor. Ira Eaton caught a twentysix pound wolf in a trap on his farm two miles southwest of Decatur. This was the third wolf he had caught in the same place within a short time. He received $5 bounty on the wolf. Three Men Were Sentenced on a Robbery Charge - Three men had been sentenced and another awaited trial in Ringgold County for the alleged robbery and entering the home of Mary Teale at Kellerton. Martin, Kneedler and Higday and Foss were implicated. Kneedler and Higday gave written pleas of guilt, implicating the other two. Owing to the illness of Fred Cox of Pleasanton, a group of neighbors gathered and cut wood for him. Those helping were Richard Turpen, Harvey Clark, Russell Hullinger, Austin Percell, Mervon McCarty, Ralph Leeper, Bert Poush, Wayne Cowles, Clarence Griffin, Austin Cowles and Merval Hullinger. Louie Pickering, owner of the Coast-to-Coast store, returned from Minneapolis where he had been attending a meeting of Coast-to-Coast store managers. Ernest Michael, manager of the Strand Theatre, accompanied Louie on the trip. Mr. and Mrs. Willard Tuttle (former Hazel Baker of California were the parents of a daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hamilton were the parents of a baby girl. Charles Cornett of Pleasanton was in Leon on business. Harrison Orfield of near Decatur was in Leon.
Mrs. M.L. Bibbey of near Davis City visited in Leon. Clate Vanderpool of Grand River was in Leon on business. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Reish, who resided near Osceola, were visiting in Leon with friends. 100 YEARS AGO (March 14, 1918) Child is Badly Burned - Virgil, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Trisler, was the victim of an accident at the Trisler home in Des Moines. Virgil found a quart bottle filled with kerosene and took it and threw the kerosene into the flames in a heating stove. An explosion occurred and burned the child’s head and face. His mother extinguished the flames on his body. Louis E. Hurst, formerly of Leon, had proved his right to be an efficient soldier of the sea, having qualified as a sharpshooter. He was awarded a silver cross and increase in pay due to his skill on the rifle range. He had been in training at Paris Island, SC. Forbidden to Sell Chickens - The government had entered the poultry field and forbid the purchase of hens and pullets, unless the fowls were to be kept for laying purposes. Grocerymen and poultry dealers could buy male birds for market purposes, but all farmers should bear in mind that hens and pullets must be kept. J.L. Parrish of Des Moines, brother of attorney J.S. Parrish of Leon, and formerly a resident of this city, had formed a partnership with M.H. Cohen, under the firm name of Parrish & Cohen. Their firm represented the Bell Telephone Company, the waterworks and a number of other large corporations. Marriage Licenses - Tracy R. Bigley and Eulah V. Combs. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown were the parents of a baby girl. Mr. and Mrs. William Taylor were the parents of a daughter. Mrs. Etta Reynolds of Lamoni was a Leon caller. L.H. Poush of Pleasanton was in Leon on business. W.H. Hamilton and son, Gerald, of Decatur were in Leon on business. W.W. Fulton of Davis City was in Leon going to Decatur.
THE COURTHOUSE REPORT DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
Nichole Marie Crist, plaintiff, vs. Edward Lee Curl, Jr., defendant. Decree granted.
US Bank National Association, plaintiff, vs. Parties in Possession, Pamela J. Vanderlinden, and Pamela J. Vanderlinden spouse, if any, defendants. Petition Filed. Catherine Marie Lambdin and Kenneth L. Adkins, plaintiffs, vs. David J. Beachy, Jason L. Jackson, Rachell Ann Jackson, and unknown claimants, defendants. Petition Filed. Julian Jay Toney, plaintiff,
Flummer Honored for Years of Service
The Decatur County Unit of the Iowa Retired School Personnel Association met Monday, March 5 at Park View in Leon. A delightful brunch was served to the group by Delaine Ploessel. During the business meeting, past president — Helen Flummer — was presented a certificate from the State Association honoring her for her years as the Unit President. Leonore Coffelt gave a program on enjoying the Spring season, with many helpful hints included. vs. Arthur E. Parker and Hazel Frances Parker, defendants. Petition Filed.
Steven Ray Hopkins, Knoxville, IA, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Total $127.50. Steven Ray Hopkins, Knoxville, IA, speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $114.00. Esequiel III Cantu III, Mission, TX, failure to comply with safety regulations rule. Total $127.50. Lester Wayne Vandel, Leon, IA, failure to comply with safety regulations rule. Total $127.50. William Joseph Lamma, Keokuk, IA, speeding 55 or under zone (16 thru 20 over). Total $181.50. Lynn Ellen Brebner, Oshkosh, WI, speeding over 55 zone (1 thru 5 over). Total $87.00. James Rogers Tuck, Lees Summit, MO, speeding over 55 zone (1 thru 5 over). Total $87.00. Timothy George Wayman, Milwaukee, WI, speeding 55 or under zone (1 thru 5 over). Total $87.00. Michael Dwayne Foltz, Lin-
eville, IA, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Total $127.50. Jon Paul Pedersen, Leon, IA, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Total $127.50. Todd Layne Boles, Grand River, IA, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Total $127.50. David F. Poush, Leon, IA, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Total $127.50. Stephen Gane Foster, Van Meter, IA, fail to display registration plate. Total $87.00. Greg Allen Porter, Leon, IA, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Total $127.50. Ashley Lee Mongar, Leon, IA, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Total $127.50. Cole Edwin Vinson, Leon, IA, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Total $127.50. Scott M. Risius, Leon, IA, speeding 55 or under zone (21 or over). Total $222.00. Tucker Lee Loghry, Woodburn, IA, speeding 55 or under zone (21 or over). Total $201.75. Jaimy Nicole Klever, Lamoni, IA, failure to maintain con(continued back to page 3)
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY City of Leon
MOWING The City of Leon will be accepting applications for Seasonal Mowing positions for the 2018 season. Selected individuals will be mowing and weed eating the parks and cemetery. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age. Applications may be picked up at Leon City Hall at 104 W 1st St Leon, IA or by calling 641-446-6221. Applications will be received until all positions are filled. EOE.
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MARGARET GIBSON Well, Mother Nature is throwing some wintery weather at us. Doesn’t she know that spring is only a few days away? Liz Carpenter is planning on having the Andover Community Club party at her place on Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Ronnie Mickelson and his son Joe Mickelson stopped by to visit Doris Lane last Tuesday. Grant Gibson and Margaret “Teeny” Gibson stopped by to visit Philinda Snethen last week. Philinda Snethen spent
Thank a Nurse with a Nomination for the DAISY Award
Want to Thank Your Nurse? Honor the compassion and care nurses provide their patients every day and nominate a nurse for the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Decatur County Hospital. The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), thus giving name to the award “Diseases Attacking the Immune System” DAISY. Patrick’s family was completely awestruck by the care and compassion that they and Patrick were shown during his 8-week illness that they wanted to say THANK YOU to nurses. In Patrick’s honor, the DAISY Award is now in over 2,400+ healthcare facilities in all 50 states, and in 15 different countries, all of whom are committed to honoring their nurses with the DAISY Award. Each year, one nurse at Decatur County Hospital is honored with this award. Anyone can submit a nomination by April 14, 2018. The winner will be announced dur-
Friday with her granddaughter Victoria Booth in Des Moines, Iowa and her grandson Kyle Booth in Indianola, Iowa. Monday night Liz Carpenter attended the parent meeting at Lamoni Community Schools. Liz also helped present information on digital citizenship for the students. Monday night Philinda Snethen attended the Graceland University men’s championship basketball game. Congratulations Graceland for the win! And more congratulations to Philinda’s cousin Jeremy Deemer for scoring his 1000th point! Score another 1000 in the next level of championship play, Jeremy! Okay folks, the Kansas City Royals have 6 wins and 4 losses so far in spring training. The regular season is fast approaching with the season opener at home on March 29. Time to get ready to cheer them on to a winning season! Go Royals! Have a good week, be kind to each other, and better check the weather multiple times before you leave the house to see how many different seasonal changes you’ll be facing throughout the day.
ing Hospital Week on Friday, May 11, 2018. The winner will also be honored June 15, 2018 at a Mercy Network Luncheon. Visit www.decaturcountyhospital.org and click on the DAISY award web banner to download the nomination form, or contact Jo Beth Smith at 641-446-2222. To learn more about Decatur County Hospital and our available services, please visit www.decaturcountyhospital. org, or follow us on Facebook @ DecaturCountyHospitalIowa. And don’t forget that we want to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a topic or question you would like us to cover in one of our DCH Corner articles.
KATHY MASON HISTORY: Past time all this happening in Weldon: *Parrs Produce Station on the east side of the square where (1914) the farmers brought their eggs, cream, and chickens. Their big parrot in his cage, outside the door, crying out “Hello There.” *The man or cobbler who repaired your shoes (1914). *The trains with big coal and steam engines, huffing and puffing, bringing or taking passengers, freight or the mail (1900). *The hitching post where farmers or drivers of teams tied
up their horses. It was located on the southeast side of the square (1907). *As you looked out the windows or walked down the street, the washings hung on the clothes lines. The whiter the wash, the prouder the women. No powder detergents, just Fels Naptha or P & G soap or perhaps homemade lye soap. *Weldon’s gym was outside and the boys and girls practiced basketball there on the court. As cold weather arrived, they were transported to Van Wert or LeRoy to practice. *Gas was 20 cents a gallon. High school kids would chip in enough money to have someone drive a Model T and they all would ride around during school lunch time. *Charlie Hickman with his team of dapple gray and his sleigh. *The kids begging for a ride. *No graveled roads, only mud and dirt and the cars
got stuck in the middle of the streets. *The Saturday night movies with their silent movies (films). During intermission when they changed the reels, somebody played the piano for entertainment. LOCAL: Donna Hatfield had hip surgery. She had to go back to Iowa Methodist and had some infection. She is doing better. John Nade is home now. Our prayers for all sick people. Jackie Griffiths went to Kingwood, Texas to her son Alan’s to care for Billy for 1 week. Billy stays with Alan for now. Billy’s house is in Rushing, Texas. Billy had a stroke last year. Billy struggles with putting all his words together yet, hope for the best with some help and time. Call 641-445-5213 if you have any news.
Rodger’s Recollections by Rodger Gatton When was the last time you looked through one of your high school yearbooks? Do you still have any of your high school yearbooks? Could your family even afford to buy a yearbook? Not everyone could, even though they were much lower priced back then. If you are my age or older, maybe you don’t even know what I’m talking about. A yearbook is what we called an “annual” back then. For all I know, there could be a new name for them now; they might not even be called yearbooks anymore. Maybe they don’t even have books. Perhaps the whole thing is now published on line. Since I retired from teaching nearly 18 years ago, I’m a bit out of touch with what goes on in the schools. I recently helped with the academic games, and one afternoon showed some rocks and minerals to a 3rd grade class, but other than that, school is pretty much a mystery to me these days. My sister and I consult our yearbooks (annuals) every now and then, usually to look up some certain person, whom we’d forgotten over the years, who recently came to mind. Sometimes it’s fun to just leaf through the pages and reminisce. I’m going to switch back to the word annual now because, when I was a senior, I was on the “annual” staff, not the yearbook staff. Mr. Watters was our sponsor. 1963 was his first year supervising that endeavor. It was told that Mrs. Pyfer
wasn’t too happy being relieved of that job, but of course that is only hearsay. Up through 1961, the annual had been called the “Leonian”. But things were changing in the district and, with the addition of other towns, it was renamed Central Community School. I guess there was another Central somewhere in the state, so later the county name of Decatur was added into the mix. So, the 1962 annual dropped the Leonian name and across the cover was printed Central Community, Leon. It was suggested to the 1963 annual staff that our annual have a name, and the name we chose was the word “cardinal” spelled backwards, “Slanidrac”. Personally, I thought that was kind of a goofy name, but I guess I was outvoted. Someone else can fill me in on the evolution in years since, but I think Slanidrac was dropped after a few years, and then maybe revived and used once again. I believe our 1963 Slanidrac was the first annual/ yearbook to have a color photo. It was only inside the front and back covers, and the same picture in both places. The photo was a large group of high schoolers, those on the annual staff if you can believe that. We were sitting and standing in some small groupings, many of us holding books in our hands,
talking, or pretending we were talking. I assume we wore colorful clothing on purpose, since it was going to be a color photograph, and the reason we were holding stacks of books was because bookbags hadn’t been invented yet. I was proud to be a member of the 1963 annual staff. Though it was a bit of work, it was fun work and the job did have some rewards. I was not much into sports in high school, nor did I join many organizations. So in previous years my picture might have appeared two or three times. Well, let me tell you, when you’re on the annual staff things can change. I’m not going to count again, but I’m pretty sure my face appeared in the 1963 Slanidrac eleven times. Part of it was because of participation in more activities, such as the senior class play, joining JCL (Latin club), or just being on the senior trip. But many were a benefit of being on annual staff, including the color photo, and several classroom pictures where we photographed faculty members, which look suspiciously set up to me. Except for a few snapshots that may have been contributed by students, nearly all the photos in our annual were taken by our local photographer, Vaughn Smyth. He was such a colorful character! We enjoyed working with him and he probably worked harder on our annual than any of us did. One night some of us on annual staff came to the high school, went in and turned on every classroom light in the rooms on the front of the building, so Vaughn could take a photo. It was to be a two-pager near the front of the book. I believe Vaughn took only one exposure of that picture, which was his usual procedure. Since we had gone to so much work to set
up for the shot, and wanting to maybe not have to come back another night to redo it, one of us asked Vaughn if perhaps he wanted to take a couple more. His reply, “No . . . I know about how it’s going to be”. This became a standing joke as we worked on the annual in the coming months. Every now and then when he was working, one of us would ask, “Vaughn, do you think maybe you should take another shot or two of that?” His reply was always the same, as we turned away to stifle the laughs that were trying to escape our mouths. Some of the photos that bring a smile to my face are (1) Our senior float, with a giant roll of toilet paper on deck, and the caption “We’ll Wipe ‘Em Out” along the side of the hay rack. Those in charge of the homecoming parade let us pull the float, but unfortunately it was disqualified from winning a prize because of its “inappropriate” theme. (2) Brother Dave Rex at the piano, and Larry Norris (with a guitar masquerading as a violin), imitating Liberace and his brother George, for a student council skit. (3) My friends Phil Sullivan, holding his saxophone, winning the Arion award in band, and Donna Wooderson seated at the piano, winning the Arion Chorus award. Their photos, and Dave’s, remind me of a recording session they once had in Centerville, in a group they called the Mystics, and they let me play the part of their manager. (4) Photos of those who kept the school running – our cooks, school nurse, custodians, office secretaries, and yes, even K. K. Bartlett, our principal, about whom I once wrote a song. It was entitled “Big Bad Bart”, to be sung to the tune of Jimmy Dean’s “Big John”, but that’s another story. Thanks for reminiscing with me.
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Cardinals Garner Post-Season Accolades
Pride of Iowa Conference Academic All Conference: The Central Decatur Cardinals captured a multitude of awards following their 25-1 season. Academic All Conference were back row l-r: Alliey Boswell, Erica Kauzlarich, Abbie Ridgway, Alli Masters, and Emma Atwood. Front row l-r: Morgan Nordyke, Riley Bell, Maizee Lindsey, Alaina Applegate and Tiana Black.
First Team Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All Regional Team: Alli Masters (left) and Emma Atwood. The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association also selected Masters on the 1st Team All State and Atwood on the 2nd Team All State.
First Team Pride of Iowa Conference: Carter Boothe (left) and Grant Atwood were a unanimous selection.
Second Team Pride of Iowa Conference: Cole Pedersen
Second Team Pride of Iowa Conference: Erica Kauzlarich (left) and Abbie Ridgway
Pride of Iowa Conference Academic All Conference: The Central Decatur Cardinal Wrestler Academic All Conference was Dakota Davis.
Congratulations Central Decatur Cardinals
Congratulations Central Decatur Cardinals
First Team Pride of Iowa Conference: l-r Alliey Boswell, 1st team, Alli Masters, unanimous selection and Emma Atwood, unanimous selection.
Pride of Iowa Conference Academic All Conference: The Central Decatur Cardinals captured a multitude of awards following their 19-6 season. Academic All Conference were back row l-r: Cole Pedersen, Trae Petty, Carter Boothe and Michel Evertsen. Front row l-r: Chandler Smith, Kole Minnick, and Kolby Hewlett.
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PUBLIC NOTICES DECATUR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board during the following week’s meeting. For previous minutes and other information, please visit the county’s website: www.decaturcountyiowa.org. March 5, 2018 The Decatur County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on March 5, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Decatur County Courthouse. Present: Dan Christensen, Robert Bell and Jim Fulton. Also present was Stephanie Daughton, County Auditor. Unless otherwise noted, all motions carried unanimously. Motion Bell/Christensen to approve the agenda. Motion carried. Motion Bell/Christensen to approve the minutes of the February 26, 2018, regular session. Motion carried. Motion Christensen/Bell to approve Mayor Craig Stogdill’s request to abate taxes on Grand River parcel 0133264012 (from last week’s meeting). Motion carried. At 8:30 a.m., Chairman Fulton opened a public hearing for the purpose of allowing the public an opportunity to be heard regarding the 2018/19 county budget. No one representing the public was present and no written comments were received, therefore Fulton declared the hearing closed at 8:45 a.m. Motion Christensen/Bell to adopt Resolution 2018-10: Action on County Compensation Board Recommendation. Motion carried. Decatur County Resolution 2018-10 Action on County Compensation Board Recommendation WHEREAS, the Decatur County Compensation Board meets annually to recommend a compensation schedule for elected officials for the fiscal year immediately following, in accordance with Iowa Code Chapters 331.905 and 331.907, and WHEREAS, the Decatur County Compensation Board met on December 21, 2017, and made the following salary recommendations for the following elected officials for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018: Elected Official Attorney Auditor Recorder Sheriff Supervisors Treasurer
$ $ $ $ $ $
Current Salary 97,798.13 45,824.78 45,824.78 58,771.44 28,626.34 45,824.78
Proposed Increase 5% 20% 20% 20% 5% 20%
Recommended Salary $ 102,688.04 $ 54,989.74 $ 54,989.74 $ 70,525.73 $ 30,057.66 $ 54,989.74
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Decatur County Board of Supervisors approves the following salary adjustments for the following elected officials for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018: Elected Official Approved Salary Approved Increase Attorney $ 98,409.37 .625% Auditor $ 46,970.40 2.5% Recorder $ 46,970.40 2.5% Sheriff $ 60,240.73 2.5% Supervisors $ 28,626.34 zero Treasurer $ 46,970.40 2.5% Motion by Supervisor Christensen seconded by Supervisor Bell, to pass and adopt Resolution 2018-10 this 5th day of March, 2018. AYES:Jim Fulton Robert Bell Dan Christensen NAYS: None ATTEST: Stephanie R. Daughton Auditor Motion Christensen/Bell to adopt Resolution 2018-11: Wages of Deputies, Clerks and Assistants. Motion carried. Decatur County Resolution 2018-11 WAGES OF DEPUTIES, CLERKS AND ASSISTANTS WHEREAS, it is the intention of the Decatur County Board of Supervisors to comply with § 331.904 of the Code of Iowa regarding the wages of non-elected, non-union deputies, clerks and assistants within the various county offices and departments; and WHEREAS, the Code of Iowa § 331.904 allows deputies of elected officials to receive a salary not to exceed 85% of their supervising official; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Decatur County Board of Supervisors does hereby approve a 2.5% increase for deputies of elected officials and non-elected, non-union deputies, clerks and assistants for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, and also recognizes the rates as approved by the other governing boards and commissions for their respective department heads and the employees of those departments. Motion by Christensen seconded by Bell to adopt this resolution this 5th day of March,2018. AYES:Jim Fulton Robert Bell Dan Christensen NAYS: None ATTEST: Stephanie R. Daughton Auditor Motion Bell/Christensen to adopt Resolution 2018-12: Approval of Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget. Motion carried. Decatur County RESOLUTION 2018-12 APPROVAL OF FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019 BUDGET WHEREAS, in accordance with § 331.434(5) of the Code of Iowa which requires the Board of Supervisors of Decatur County, Iowa, to adopt by resolution a budget and certificate of taxes for the Fiscal Year 2019; WHEREAS, the Decatur County Board of Supervisors met on this 5th day of March , 2018, to hold a public hearing regarding the Decatur County 2018-2019 proposed budget. The budget was published as provided by Iowa Code. No written comments were received and no one representing the public was present for the hearing. THEREFORE, the Board of Supervisors approves the proposed budget and directs the Decatur County Auditor to spread the levy and submit the budget to the Iowa Department of Management. Motion by Bell seconded by Christensen to adopt this resolution this 5th day of March, 2018. AYES:Jim Fulton Robert Bell Dan Christensen NAYS: None ATTEST: Stephanie R. Daughton Auditor
BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS WHEREAS, in accordance with § 331.434(6) of the Code of Iowa which requires the Board of Supervisors of Decatur County, Iowa, to appropriate funds to operate all offices and departments of said county for Fiscal Year 2019; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Supervisors as follows: Section I. The amounts itemized by officer or department, as listed below, are hereby appropriated: DEPARTMENT/OFFICER TOTAL APPROPRIATION SUPERVISORS 151,811 AUDITOR 216,006 TREASURER 253,664 ATTORNEY 203,485 SHERIFF 1,377,181 RECORDER 138,085 SECONDARY ROADS 3,532,487 VETERANS AFFAIRS 73,263 CONSERVATION 419,690 PUBLIC HEALTH 509,604 WEED COMMISSIONER 315 SOCIAL SERVICES (GA) 18,472 HUMAN SERVICES (DHS) 16,500 MEDICAL EXAMINER 25,500 CLERK OF COURT 74,000 LIBRARIES 12,664 HISTORICAL SOCIETY 3,000 COUNTY FAIR 12,500 SANITARY LANDFILL 71,967 GENERAL SERVICES 124,382 DATA PROCESSING 133,675 MENTAL HEALTH 875,456 NON DEPARTMENTAL 1,209,477 TOTAL 9,453,184 Section II. Subject to the provisions of other county procedures and regulations, and applicable state law, the appropriations authorized under Section I shall constitute authorization for the department or office listed to make expenditures or incur obligations from the itemized fund, effective July 1, 2018. Section III. In accordance with § 331.437, Code of Iowa, no department or officer shall expend or contract to expend any money or incur any liability, or enter into any contract which by its terms involves the expenditure of money for any purpose in excess of the amount appropriated pursuant to this resolution. Section IV. If at any time during the budget year the Auditor shall ascertain that the available resources of a fund for that year will be less than said funds total appropriations she shall immediately so inform the Board and recommend appropriate corrective action. Section V. The Auditor shall establish separate accounts for the appropriations authorized in Section I, each of which account shall indicate on a report the status of such accounts to the applicable department monthly during the budget year. Section VI. All appropriations authorized pursuant to this resolution lapse at the close of business on June 30, 2019. Motion by Bell seconded by Christensen to adopt this resolution this 5th day of March,2018. AYES:Jim Fulton Robert Bell Dan Christensen NAYS: None ATTEST: Stephanie R. Daughton Auditor Assistant County Engineer Dillon Davenport met with the Board to discuss departmental matters. Also in attendance were Assistant to the Engineer Noah Thomas and Maintenance Foreman Terry Cozad. Cozad and the Board discussed the process of putting the 2008 International recycle truck up for auction on www. bigiron.com. The Board discussed other options including listing it on Craigslist and additional advertising. Motion Christensen/Bell to approve request from Jessica Conley (Clarke, Decatur & Ringgold Environmental Health) to set up an informational table regarding well plugging/rehab program in the courthouse on Thursday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Motion carried. Darlene Richardson met with the Board to request permission to use the courthouse lawn for the 2018 Farmers Market. The Board approved the request (without motion), as long as the vendors set up on the southwest corner of the square. Kathy Lerma met with the Board to present the 3rd Amended and Restated 28E for the CROSS Region. Motion Bell/Christensen to approve the 28E and authorize Chairman Fulton to sign same. Motion carried. Renae Johanningmeier met with the Board to discuss the FY2019 health insurance renewal. Shelley Bickel met with the Board to inform them that the Board of Health will be signing a new 28E with Clarke County for Environmental Health. The one-year contract will be signed later this month and will go into effect July 1, 2018. Bickel will provide a copy of the contract to the Supervisors once it has been signed. The following claims approved by the Board were paid: Access Systems Repl 2 Hard Drives On Servers $1,483.20 Access Systems Leasing Equipment Lease (March) 134.12 Acheson, Terre Mileage 17.00 Agriland Fs Inc. Diesel Fuel & Gasoline 19,804.52 Alliant Energy Gas & Electric 1,705.33 Alliant Energy Utilities 788.78 Alliant Energy Tower Rental 120.00 American State Bank Loan Pymt 1,343.24 Aramark Uniform Services Cust Supplies 56.68 Boyce, Jennifer Mileage 54.00 C.J. Cooper & Associates Random Drug Testing Eval 35.00 Calhoun Burns & Assoc Bridge Design Svc/Insp/EvaL 16,234.00 Cardmember Service Pstg/Conf/Survey/Software 402.83 Carquest Of Lamoni Truck Battery 160.32 Central Iowa Detention Nonsheriff Transport 1,584.34 Centurylink Telephone 268.90 Centurylink Telephone 130.86 Christensen, Dan Mileage 2/1/18-3/1/18 166.50 Cintas First Aid & Supply Safety Glasses 25.08 City of Leon Water, Sewer, Garbage 187.15 City of Leon City Utilities 201.62 Clark, Carol Atty Fees 609.66 Clark, Carol Guardian Ad Litem Fees 61.99 Clarke Co Auditor DHS Sh Costs Fy18 Q1&2 4,201.43 Clarke Co Sec Rds Motorgrader Rent 5,856.48 Comm’y Hlth Ctr Of S’ern Ia Rx Meds 29.68 Decatur Co Public Health Utilities 103.09 Decker, Kathleen Mileage 78.00 Dish Network Wellness Center 24.47 Dollar General Supplies 31.00 Ecosource Llc Cont’d Site Assessmt 2,440.00 Electronic Engineering Disp Console Maint Contract 210.00 Farm & Home Publishers Plat Books 800.00 Fulton, Jim Mileage 12/18/17-03/5/18 245.00 Gilbert Home Comfort A/C Repair 130.00 Gilbert True Value Spray Paint 11.98 Gilbert True Value Cust Supplies 7.99 GRM Networks Phone/Internet/Fax 1,789.61
Motion Bell/Christensen to adopt Resolution 2018-13: Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget Appropriations. Motion carried. Decatur County RESOLUTION 2018-13 Fiscal Year 2018-2019
The Commissioners of the Wayne-Ringgold-Decatur County Solid Waste Management will offer the following described plot of land located in Decatur County, State of Iowa.
Regular Council Meeting February 8, 2018 The regular city council meeting was called to order by Mayor Craig Stogdill at 7:00 p.m. Roll call was taken. Council members present were: Mike Adkisson, Camron Collier, Linda Hunt, Nevin Collier and Sandy White. C. Collier made a motion to approve the agenda, Adkisson 2nd, all ayes, motion carried. C. Collier made a motion to approve the January financial report, N. Collier 2nd, all ayes, motion carried. White made a motion to approve the bank reconciliation for December, C. Collier 2nd, all ayes, motion carried. White made a motion to approve the consent agenda, C. Collier 2nd, all ayes, and motion carried. White made a motion to approve Resolution 2018-9, set public hearing to vacate alley, Adkisson 2nd, all ayes, motion carried. White made a motion to approve Resolution 2018-10, set public hearing for sale of real property, Adkisson 2nd, all ayes, motion carried. The mowing bids were discussed for the upcoming season. The city will not post bids. The mowing will be offered to Gene Hewlett who has done the job for the past several years. The spraying bids were discussed. The clerk was instructed to contact the county engineer. The whistle at the fire station was discussed as it appears to not be working. Adkisson made a motion to have an electrician look at it and repair it if possible, C. Collier 2nd, all ayes, motion carried. White made a motion to accept the proposal from Great Western Bank to transfer money from the Capital Fund to a Money Market account to receive more interest, N. Collier 2nd, all ayes, motion carried. White made a motion to adjourn the meeting, C. Collier 2nd, all ayes, motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m. Alliant Energy electricity/sewer share $11.66 electricity/street lights RUT 1,011.01 Grand River Mutual phone at city hall 52.91 Leon Journal-Reporter
publ. min, claims, AFR 146.57 SIRWA water at city hall/Feb. 19.00 water at fire station/Feb. 19.00 Verle Norris attorney/Barton/alley/ nuisance 1,251.66 Solutions paper-blu/blk/yellow/ magenta ink 135.54 Nationwide Ins surety bond 267.00 SCICOG annual dues 244.26 State Auditor yearly exam fee 475.00 ICAP insurance 5,121.06 insurance-sewer share 183.39 Pat Asleson cleaning city hall/Feb. 40.00 IPERS city portion - Cheryl & Gregg 85.28 sewer share 85.28 Intuit QB payroll 16.00 Grand River Sewer city portion clerks salary 543.17 Gregg Clark sewer maintenance 323.18 Cheryl German city clerk/sewer clerk salary 652.97 Total Claims (general) $9,427.46 (sewer) $1,256.48 Recipts General $5,165.92 Sewer $2,778.36 SIGNED: Craig Stogdill Mayor ATTEST: Cheryl German City Clerk 1t6 March 14, 2018
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Your Women’s Health Specialist: Earle M. Pescatore, Jr. DO, FACOG, FPMRS
Commencing at a point where the North edge of the State highway # 2 right-of-way meets the West edge of County Highway # 294, thence in a Westerly direction along the North edge of Highway # 2 right-of-way 2,450 feet, thence in a Northwesterly direction to the center of Section 33, thence East to the West edge of Highway # 294, thence South to the Point of Beginning, all in Section 33, Township 69 North, Range 27 West of the 5th P.M. (containing 59 acres, more or less). The lease will be for a period from the 1st day of May 2018, to the 1st day of December 2019, and the cattle will be put on the pasture on the 1st day of May 2018 and must be removed 1st day of December 2018 and the 1st day of May 2019 to the 1st day of December 2019. There will be, not to exceed, 25-30 cow-calf pairs, plus one bull on pasture and tenant will not be allowed to hay the land, it must be pastured.
Earle Pescatore, Jr., DO is a board-certiﬁed physician with 28 years of experience, specializing in obstetrics, gynecology and urogynecology. Dr. Pescatore offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options to resolve pelvic ﬂoor disorders. Dr. Pescatore provides comprehensive, specialized care for women that makes Wayne County Hospital and Clinic System your healthcare partner. FOR LIFE.
Tenant shall be responsible for the weed control, the Landlord will furnish the chemicals to control said weeds. Tenant shall be responsible for the maintenance of fences, Landlord will provide material to repair said fences. Tenant shall provide Proof of Liability Insurance. Tenant shall be responsbile for 100% cost of fertilizing the pasture as needed. Landlord shall have a continuous right to enter the premises, as necessary to construct or maintain any structure, all fencing around such structures shall be the sole responsibility of the Landlord. If part of the above premises is required for use by the Landlord the number of acres used shall be eliminated from the lease on a pro-rated basis. The Landlord will allow the Tenant use of the rural water system on the property for the watering of cattle. The Tenant is responsible for providing the tank, hose and any other items deemed necessary to provide water to his livestock. The minimum monthly charge for the SIRWA. Once the minimum charge has been reached, the Tenant will pay everything over the monthly rate.
All bids must be sealed and submitted to Jenny Nickell, WRD Landﬁll, 21377, 125th Ave, Grand River, IA 50108 by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Bids will be opened at the WRD Commissioner’s on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the Landﬁll in Grand River, IA.
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All bids submitted shall be ﬁrm, sealed and should be sent to WRD, Post Ofﬁce Box 435, Corydon, Iowa 50060, lease payment shall be made no later than the 10th after the Contract is awarded, at a location determined by the Landlord. Notice of Lease given by order of The WRD Solid Waste Commission with the right to reject any and all bids.
Harrah Tammy Meals 785.44 Harrison Truck Centers Rocker Switch 30.48 Hawkeye Truck Equipment Hydraulic Valve 149.49 Independent Salt Co. Ice Control Salt 1,410.87 Infomax Office System Inc. Internet/It Svc 2,804.00 Infomax Office System Inc. Office Supplies 171.59 Invinci Graphics Decals - Recycle Truck 60.00 Iowa D.O.T. Sign Post Anchors 700.50 Iowa Prison Industries Road Signs 718.70 Iowa St Assn Of Counties Isac Spring Conference 190.00 Iowa St Assn Of Counties Spring School 190.00 Issda Dues & Memberships 25.00 Issda Civil School 250.00 Kelley, Joann Mileage 88.00 Lamoni Municipal Util. Utilities 10.00 Leon Hardware & Appl Maint/Plmb 360.13 Leon Hardware & Appl Lp Gas Refill 20.99 Leon Napa Repair Supplies 458.02 M & M Welding Bridge Steel Y-0032 360.00 Mediacom Internet 262.76 Mid Country Machinery Inc. Mower Blades/Hyd Hose 619.61 Midwest Card and ID Salamander Print Key 250.00 Norris Quarries. Road Rock 1,624.32 North Lumber & Home Ctr Plywood 131.20 Northland Products Co Motor & Hydrauic Oils 1,804.25 Office Machines Co. Office Supplies 110.64 Partnership For Progress RCF 2/1-2/28 1,708.00 Phil’s Safety Services, Llc Crane Rig & Signal Trng 100.00 Powerplan Heater Blower Motor 410.67 Powerplan Wiper Motor 540.00 Rash Holly Mileage 30.50 Schildberg Construction Road Rock 168.89 Solutions, Inc Office Supplies 74.71 Solvent Webb Llc Website Maint 740.17 Staples Advantage Office Supplies 82.61 Stark, Brenda Mileage 71.50 U.S. Bancorp Gov’t Leasing Qtly EquipmT Lease 17,132.76 United States Cellular Cell Phone 213.99 United States Cellular Mobile Hot Spot Svc 109.02 Vander Haag’s Inc. Headlamp Assembly 63.27 Vander Haag’s Inc. Steering Reservoir 85.00 Wahltek I-Record Contract 1,260.00 Written Word Llc Job Opening Ad 45.00 Ziegler Inc. Actuator 245.93 Total $98,201.86 With no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m. SIGNED: JIm Fulton Chairman, Board of Supervisors ATTEST: Stephanie R. Daughton County Auditor 1t6 March 14, 2018
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THE CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING RATES CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE Friday - 4:00 p.m. Minimum $5.00 for 20 words or under, 15 cents per word over. Second or continuous insertion one-half price. WANT ADS must be paid be-fore they are run. NO EXCEPTIONS Blind ad: 20 cents per word Blind Ads: When the name of advertiser or phone number is not given in ad involving answering or handling inquiries by our office force, an additional charge of $2.00 to the above rate will be made. Displayed classified ads with borders are $5.00 per inch. In Memoriams will be basic charge of $15.00 minimum charge for up to 25 lines of one column type and 20 cents a line over 25. All poetry, 50 cents per line. Paid locals (20 words or less) $5.00. Cards of Thanks: A charge of $5.00 is made on all cards of thanks of not over 50 words, in-cluding signatures. Cards of Thanks over 50 words will be charged at the rate of 10 cents a word over 50 words. Obituaries - A charge of $18.00 for an obituary and $3.00 charge for a picture with an obituary. Engagement and wedding pictures: single column, $4; two column, $5. Wedding details for publication in Journal-Reporter, 10 inches free. $4.00 per inch over. Not responsible for photographs, clippings or other items left for publication.
NOTICE NOTICE: “All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination, based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitations or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.”
NOTICE: We will not allow hunting or trespassing on our land in Decatur County. Roger James. tf48c WE WILL PICK UP junk cars, trucks, and machinery. Buckingham Auto Crushing Inc. Leon 446-3434. tf51c JANE JONES Painting & Wallpapering 641-203-1076 or 641-877-9991 tf51c
WANTED LOOKING TO FRESHEN UP YOUR HOME? Will do interior painting. Please call for more information and references. Chelsea BuckinghamDowney, 319-201-0633. tf51
FOR RENT FOR RENT: One bedroom apartment, stove & refrigerator furnished. Rent based on income. Contact Carolyn Rice, executive director, at 641-4464163 mornings Monday thru Friday or 641-446-4268 evenings. tf42c APARTMENT FOR RENT: 1 BR ground-floor apartment for rent. Appliances furnished and all utilities except AC furnished. NO Pets. Non-smokers preferred. Rent starts at $350.00 for single person. Deposit required. 641-442-6206. Tf28
HOUSE FOR RENT: 4 BR House in Leon, small garage and large yard. Call 641-4464655 or 641-414-7702. Kevin Buckingham. 2t5p FOR RENT: Clean, comfortable, one and two bedroom apartments available now. Starting at $350 per month. Appliances and utilities (except A/C) furnished. Deposit required. No Pets. Non-smokers preferred.641-442-6206. Tf5c
The Leon Journal-Reporter, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 musician will pay up to $12,500 for pre-1975 Gibson, Fender, Martin and Gretsch guitars. Fender amplifiers also. Call toll free! 1-800-995-1217. (INCN)
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March 17 -- 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
HCI Hospice Care Services, a division of HCI Care Services and VNS of Iowa is looking for a FT Social Worker with our Greater Reginal Hospice House and VNS Home Care Team.
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Where Weldon and Van Wert meet by the Water tower on Hwy. 69
11 Ford F-150 XLT Lariat, eco boost, crewcab, leather, 151K ...............................$16,995 08 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 4 cyl., 116K ........................................................................$2,995
SOLD 01 Buick LeSabre, leather, local trade .....................................................................$1,595
02 Ford X-Cab F150 XL 4x4, auto, low miles, rusty .................................................$2,995 SOLD 01 Dodge Caravan Sport, local trade, runs good ....................................................$1,295 SOLD 92 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup, auto, 4x4 .........................................................................$1,595
CRAFT/VENDOR SHOW: Cabin Fever Craft and Vendor Show will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the Wayne County Fairground Event Center, Corydon, IA. Concessions available. Shop local and bring a friend. 2t5c
2018 BAD BOY MOWERS COMING IN SOON! WATCH FOR OPEN HOUSE DATE Bad Boy Mowers Sold from Des Moines to Bethany. Service and Delivery Available. DAILY RENTAL VEHICLES: • 2008 CHEVY IMPALA • 2007 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN
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STATEWIDE HELP WANTED - PROFESSIONAL PREMIER COOPERATIVE, CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, seeking qualified Chief Executive Officer. Full Service Co-op, Grain, Energy, 26 locations, $350 million sales. Qualifications: agricultural business management, financial, accounting and reporting experience in product areas preferred. Visit job: https://tinyurl.com/y8pou29l David.Lemmon@chsinc.com 320-219-0270. (INCN) HELP WANTED- GOVERNMENT The City of Waukee is hiring a Full-time Police Officer. $23.62-$26.57 per hour, with excellent benefits. For more information visit www.waukee. org/jobs (INCN)
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Full-Time and Part-Time CDL Team Drivers to Haul US Mail from Des Moines. Pays $19.80/hr plus HWP. Call Gene (515) 321-9234 EOE M/W/V/D (INCN)
NEW: 2BR Bungalow, 306 Main Street in Grand River .................................................$11,000.00 Country Acres, 14.4 acres, utilities on site ..................................................................$145,000.00 94 a./close to city of Leon, pasture/CRP 17a, plus older home, LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES, MOTIVATED SELLER! ............................................$379,000.00 Reduced Building Site 15 +/- acres, rolling pasture/hayﬁeld .......................................................$60,000.00
Class A CDL Drivers/Tankers. Great Pay, Home Weekends, and Benefits like no other. We haul our own products! Contact Tony 608-935-0915 Ext 16 (INCN)
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M A N U FA C T U R E D HOMES Modular homes available through Ida Grove Homes! Choose from 2 and 3 piece Ranch style, 2-Story, Loft and Duplex. Hwy 175 East, Ida Grove, IA 800-528-8935 www. idagrovehomes.com (INCN) MISCELLANEOUS GOT LAND? Our hunters will Pay Top $$$ to hunt your land. Call for a FREE info packet and quote. 1-866-309-1507 www.BaseCampLeasing.com (INCN)
Temporary Program Technician The Clarke-Decatur Farm Service Agency is recruiting applicants to ﬁll a temporary program technician position. Individuals will be responsible for general ofﬁce duties, technical function, and customer service. Must possess good analytical and computer skills, ability to multi-task, problem solve, and to carry out and complete assignments. After successful completion of background and security checks, individual will be expected to work Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. Please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com or mail to 709 Furnas Drive Suite 2 Osceola, IA 50213. For questions, contact Lois Munden, 641-342-2162. All applications must be received by 4:30pm, March 23, 2018. USDA-FSA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
Home Health Aide Position Available Part-Time
We are a family-owned home health care agency that is looking for a qualiﬁed applicant who will provide personal care assistance, homemaking services, or respite cares to our clients. The position is for daytime hours. Home health experience is preferred, but we would consider a Certiﬁed Nursing Assistant or other caregiver experience, and we would also consider training the right individual. Dependability, ability to lift, reliable transportation, reference check, and criminal background check are required. -- Paid Personal Days -- Mileage Paid -- Paid Sick Days -- Travel Time Paid -- Weekends and -- Credit Union Holidays not scheduled
Interested individuals should contact Cindy Johnson, RN, Administrator at (641) 446-8953, or apply in person at 303 SW Lorraine, Leon, IA 50144.
The Leon Journal-Reporter, Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Leon: A Trip Down Memory Lane
These were the employees of Hansell Chevrolet Buick in 1953. They were wearing mustaches/beards because of the 1953 Leon Centennial celebration. Note the poster on the window below the “Johnson Outboard Motors” sign. It says “Leon Centennial” and is dated 1953. Pictured left to right – Dick Poole (in charge of parts & service); Ernie Sears (salesman); Harold Norris (body shop); John Jones (general matters); Bill Bruner (grease rack & wash rack); Clair Kelly (mechanic); Ed Hansell (general flunky); Leon Carter (bookkeeper); Steve Akes (mechanic); Dick Fuller (general manager); Jiggs Bowen (mechanic); Edgar N. Hansell (owner). (photo courtesey Ed Hansell) (continued from page 1) housed professional offices and, in later years, residential apartments. An old faded sign on the SE corner advertised the office of “E. J. Sankey Real Estate and Farm Loans.” E. J. Sankey was a veteran of the Civil War, so this was a very old sign the first time I ever laid eyes on it. As we walk up Main Street northward, sort of a trip down memory lane, the second building on west side of Main Street was, from my earliest memory, the home of the “Royal” Café operated by Owen and Ellen McClain. Opal Baumgartner was one of the cooks in the Royal Café and she was always very nice to me. She was very jovial and I associated her with french fries. When I visited the Western Auto Store when I was about 4 years old, I would sometimes go out the back door and into the back door of the adjoining café. I would exclaim “fench fy” Opal and she would always give me a few. (I couldn’t sound R’s too well when I was small!) Prior to housing restaurants, old photographs show the structure was the home of the Pleuss Meat Market operated by Bill Pleuss. By the time I came along, the meat market was gone and Bill was retired, but we would often see him visiting with friends on the sidewalk in front the beer joint (tavern) that succeeded the Royal Café. The tavern was operated for a number of years by Ray Gilbert. Years later, Mr. Gilbert, a fine old gentleman, told me that he and Bill both came out to Leon from New York around 1912 and that as a young man Mr. Gilbert had been a prize fighter. The third building up the street was Epperley’s Jack Spratt Market. It was operated by Ed and Lavern Epperley. This is where my folks always “traded.” Ed and Lavern were special people and old friends of my folks. Lavern would often let me pick out a free cookie from what to a small boy was the most attractive feature in the place - the bulk cookie cases. They consisted of six or eight compartments with glass lids that held a whole array of delectable cookies. I would eat my cookie while mother selected her purchases. Marion Hamilton was the butcher (meat cutter) in the store. “Tubby” Adair and Epperly’s son Eddie were the “grocery boys” who delivered groceries throughout the city in a green Chevy panel truck. Sometimes, Mother “ordered” groceries to be delivered to our house and these boys would bring them right in. Both Epperley’s and Charlie Pyfer’s Food City had delivery trucks for home delivery in the 1950’s. Later on, that seemed to go out of style, but now “everything old is new again.” Fast forward 60 years to the present and you find a resurgence in home delivery with Hy-Vee, Amazon, Wal-Mart and a host of others featuring home delivery. However, all of today’s firms that deliver do so +for an added fee. I don’t remember that Epperleys charged for that service. My folks and many other customers “put their groceries on the book,” an early form of charge accounts, and then paid monthly or weekly. The folks traded with Epperleys until they
went out of business. Years later my Dad told me, that when he first returned from service in WWII, he worked as a painting contractor. On one job he fell and injured his wrist, which put him out of work for several weeks. Ed “carried him” (let my folks charge groceries until Dad was able to go back to work). My folks never forgot that and remained lifelong friends with Ed and Lavern. Simple acts of kindness like that, which play out every day in small towns, are an example of the human relationships that are the special kind of “glue” which holds communities together and engenders great customer loyalty. Everybody knew everybody else and people cared about each other. It was the fiber of their lives. You’ll never get that kind of treatment and personal touch from Amazon, Wal Mart, Pay Pal or Target! Leo Munday was employed by Epperly’s and he later bought the store from them. I believe that one of Ed’s cousins from Lineville later bought the store from Leo, but they finally closed out as they could not compete with the super markets of Hy-Vee and Pyfer’s Super Valu Food City. However, Rippey’s Food Market, on the north side of the square, which was operated by Olin, Pauline and Bob Rippey, held out until about 1962. Again, customer loyalty had a lot to do with the success with any business in a small town. The front of the two-story building that housed Epperly’s, later Munday’s Grocery store, was covered with an ornate copper facade. Two large bay windows were the most prominent feature of the second story. Large block letters placed squarely in the center proclaimed “Warner Block 1894”. Miss Himena Hoffman, the dean of Decatur County Historians, told me that this was the office of Judge Joe Warner, the original owner and builder
of the block. He had his office situated behind the bay windows “so he could watch Leon grow!” By the time I came along, the building was pretty well run down and the upstairs was used for apartments. The copper façade was always a dull brown, like an old penny, and then in the late fifties, it was painted a hideous orange color. Sometime in the 1960’s Harry Daugherty acquired the building and “remuddled” it by removing Judge Warner’s formerly elegant façade, which permanently erased all references to “Warner Block” from the streetscape. The next building, the first to fall down in August 2017 that turned out to be the delayed “domino-like chain reaction” was Workman’s Drug Store. “Spide” Workman was the pharmacist and his wife Janice was the clerk and she also operated the soda fountain lunch counter. I worked for her as soda jerk and gofer for a short time, after Mr. Workman’s death, when I was a sophomore in high school. Mrs. Workman remarried and the drugstore was sold out. The building then became the home of the Twin’s Shop Women’s clothing store for about the next decade. Then Sheryl Chambers returned to the area, purchased the business from the Twins and it then became known as Sheryl’s Women’s Clothing Store. To digress a moment, older Leon residents may recall that Workman’s bought the drug store from Charlie Cherrington, RPH who founded the business and operated it for nearly 40 years. Charlie was born and raised in Decatur and was a classmate of my grandmother’s brothers Clarence and John Gardner who also became pharmacists. Grandma Graves always referred to Charlie as a “Decatur Boy.” Charlie, an old man whom I remember fondly, worked occasionally as a sub-
stitute in other pharmacies around the area. He had a full head of bushy white hair and reminded me of the archetypal absent minded professor. He was fun to talk to and answered lots of questions for me when I was a kid with a chemistry set. Charlie was obviously a real hustler as a young businessman. News stories in the “Leon Reporter” and the “Decatur County Journal” from the 191519 period note that Mr. Cherrington had arranged to have the scores from the World Series Baseball games telephoned up to him from the railroad depot as the telegraph operator received them. They would then be posted on a blackboard in front of the store - sort of a primitive form of play-by-play coverage before the development of radio. His advertisements in newspapers from that period always included the slogan “Cherrington’s of Course.” The Workmans lived in an apartment on the second floor when they owned the store. But over the years those rooms served many other purposes. John Fulton, who was first elected as County Sheriff in 1916, told me that the Leon Telephone Company’s Central Office was housed on the second floor at the time the Farmer’s and Trader’s Bank of Leon was robbed around 1918. The night of that robbery, it was discovered that the main telephone cable leading into the central office had been cut with a hacksaw. This severed all communication with the outside world until the following day. Sheriff
Fulton told me he had to drive to Decatur to report the crime to officials in other towns. John told me that he was almost certain that a former telephone company employee was responsible for this foul deed, but it was never conclusively proven and the perpetrator of the robbery was never convicted. There was much speculation
and many stories as to the identity of the perpetrator for many years, thereafter. (continued next week)
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RETIREMENT AUCTION Saturday, March 17 -- 10:00 a.m.
3 1/2 miles South of Leon, IA on Highway 69 to old Highway 69 then 1/2 mile South to sale site. TRACTOR & EQUIPMENT JD 7420 with 741 loader, joy stick control, rear weights, good rubber, 1700 hrs., well maintained; JD 566 baler with monitor and bale wrap; JD HX15 15’ brush cutter; JD 946 mower conditioner; JD 275 9’ disc mower (cut less than 200 acres); JD 210 wheel disc; H&S high clearance 12 wheel rake; New Holland self-loading small bale wagon; 175 Bu Schuler feed wagon; 3 pt. Bush Hog post hole digger with 9” & 12” bits; 6 section harrow and cart; 8’ NVH blade; 16’ hay rack; 10” automatic roller mill with 10hp electric motor; wagon with hoist on JD gears; 500 gal pull between sprayer; 8” and 6” transfer augers
PORTABLE SAW MILL Band saw mill, 14’ bed, 36” width with 10hp electric motor, on wheels
SHOP EQUIPMENT& MISC. Lincoln 225amp AC welder; cutting torch and bottles; drill press; chop saw; I beam bench with vise; MFA head chute; 1000 gal. fuel barrel; 300 gal. fuel barrel with electric pump; electric fences; chains and binders; 12vt fuel pump; contractors level with tripod and stick; new 16’ steel gate; wood stove for shop; Troy Bilt tiller; DR weed trimmer; lots of garden supplies; several board feet of walnut and cedar lumber; several utility poles; several large hedge corner posts; lots of end wrenches and socket sets; and misc. tools; lots of hay rack items; electric motors
WOOD WORKING TOOLS Table saw; band saw; planer jointer; 48” wood lathe; 12” planer
TRAILER & BOAT 24’ 3 axle gooseneck ﬂat bed trailer, 8 bolt wheels; 12’ Alumicraft boat with 15hp Evinrude motor and trailer
Guy and Jeannine Hampton Terms: Cash or good check. Nothing removed until settled for. Not responsible for thefts or accidents. Proper ID required to obtain bidding number. LUNCH AND RESTROOMS available. See photos on www.missouri-iowa-classiﬁeds.com.
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