Early Files 1-5-2011

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135 years ago
Dec. 29, 1875

Griping a long time ago
A Washington correspondent of the New York World writes: ”It cost the people of the United States about $10,000 a day to support the House of Representatives. A session of the House consumes from three to four hours. Every hour’s work is done at the expense of $2,500. Every minute of the session cost $40.”
“Every lawyer or editor who wants a public document, every farmer who wants seed, every bristly-haired inventor seeking a patent, every callow author demanding a copyrite, prisoners, people who have lost money in letters, victims of lottery-all write or come to their representative with requests for service.”
“Prompt and successful attention to them secures votes at the next election. There are plenty of potent lawyers and claim agents of every kind ready to do almost anything for a reasonable fee and hundreds of clerks employed to answer letters, but members of congress are elected because they will be afraid to refuse-and will moreover work for nothing!”

75 years ago
Dec. 27, 1935

Auto to be awarded
Next Tuesday, the Lebanon Retail Merchants Association will climax its series of monthly giveaway day by awarding to some fortunate person a new 1936 Ford V-8 two-door sedan.
In addition, seventeen others will receive valuable merchandise without any cost to them whatsoever.
Included among the awards, other than the sedan, will be about 25 quarts of motor oil, laundering service, hosiery, an alarm clock, a case of beer, candy, shirts, farm harness, and other merchandise orders which may be redeemed at the stores specified.

McElroy will represent school
By right of victory over her classmates in a spelling contest last week, Miss Mary Jean McElroy will represent the Lebanon Public Graded School in the annual Marion County Spelling Bee which will be held in the circuit court room of the courthouse on Friday, Jan. 10.

55 years ago
Dec. 30, 1955

Brents heads trade group
C.E. Brents, Lebanon automobile dealer, this week was elected president of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce for 1956. He will take office next week, succeeding Robert O’Brien, local variety store manager.
Other officers elected by the C. of C. board of directors Tuesday night include Paul Owens, editor-publisher of The Marion Falcon, first vice-president, Maurice Spalding, a member of the Clarkson Insurance Agency, second vice-president.

Best essay
Miss Evelyn Downs, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Downs, St. Francis, and a student at St. Francis High School, is the winner of first prize in the county soil conservation essay contest.
Placing second was Miss Carolyn Browning, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Browning.
Contest judges were Robert L. Spalding, George W. Trotter and Eugene J. Lancaster Jr.

45 years ago
Dec. 30, 1965

Wins essay prize
Seventeen-year-old Mabel Mattingly, who recently was crowned as Marion County’s Junior Miss of 1966, is the winner of the Voice of Democracy essay contest sponsored by Marple-Caldwell Post 5910 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Three other local entrants in the competition will receive awards: Phyllis Mattingly, Wanda Watson, and Steven Medley.
Masons name officers
Raymond Pendygraft is the new master of T.W. Wash Masonic Lodge at Gravel Switch. He succeeds Carl Lanham and heads an officer slate elected and installed there Monday night.
Other officers of the Gravel Switch lodge include the following: Rual Arnold, William T. Smothers, James W. Hafley, Herman Whitehouse, Walter Webb, W.W. Hays, Leon Pendygraft, Joe Brussell, Alvin Wren, Wallace Smothers and Carl Lanham.

35 years ago
Dec. 25, 1975

Renamed chairman
Bernard Bland Jr., Rt. 2, was re-elected for a three-year term and made chairman of the Marion County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation (ASC) Committee when 15 delegates from five communities throughout the county met Dec. 16.
Other members of the committee were Ham Spalding, vice-chairman, and Woodrow Thompson, regular member.

Hardesty enlists
Dennis Keith Hardesty of Raywick has enlisted in the U.S. navy. Dennis enlisted under the Navy’s delayed entry program on May 22, 1975 and leaves for basic training on Dec. 29, 1975. He will report to the Naval Recruit Training Command at Orlando, Fla., for nine weeks of recruit training before his initial assignment.

25 years ago
Dec. 31, 1985

Thomas won’t run
State Rep. Sam Thomas said Thursday night that he will not run for an eighth term unless two or more Marion County residents file for the 24th district seat.
“Unless it looks like we are going to get in a dog fight down here I won’t run,” said Thomas. “It’s important that we keep the seat in Marion County.”