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Volume XXXII
Monroe City, Missouri, Friday, November 21, 1919
Number 3S
Robey-Robinson Place Enter
ed Monday Night
Monday mornjng of this week
when the office of Robey-Robinson
Lumber Company, of this city, was
opened for business it was discover
ed that the vault had been entered
sometime during the night, a lot of
burned matches on the floor first
attracting attention. An investiga
tion disclosed that the building had
been entered from a side window,
the party gaining access by cutting
the wire sireen and then breaking
a glass which allowed the window
catch to be loosed and the sash
raised No safe is used in the office
there being only a vault for fire
protection. The outer door of this
vault is equipped with a combina
tion while the inner door is provided
with a lock and key. The combi
oationon on the outer door is never
used and it was only necessary to
turn the bolt to gain admission. Mr
Robey says he is not sure whether
or not the inner door was locked,
but if so a key must have been used
as the lock showed no evidence of
having been tampered with. About
$15.00 in money was taken from
the vault. Mr. Robey at once re
ported the matter to Hunter Ander
son and asked that bis bloodhounds
be put on the case as soon as possi
ble. Mr. Anderson's dogs were at
Springfield, Illinois, and a telegram
brought them to Hannibal on the
fclCrtrnin. Monday evening. laJhew
were met there and brought to
Monroe by auto. At 11 o'clock p.
m. they were taken to the lumber
yard office and at once picked up a
trail which led through the lumber
yard, across the Burlington track,
down an alley and up to the back
door of the residenc of R. 0. Ballard
At this point the dogs did not seem
inclined to enter the house but
seemed to want to mix with the
crowd that had collected and fol
lowed them. At this point Mr.
Strum pser, of Springfield, who came
'here with the dogs, requested the
crowd to form in line. This being
done the dogs were allowed to pro
ceed and they went directly to Har-
old Ballard, a son of R 0. Ballard
Again the dogs were taken to the
lumber yard and placed on the trai
with the same results.
Harold Ballard was then taken to
the scene of burglary where, Mr.
Robey informs us, it was found that
measurements of his shoes fit ex
1'. . actiy footprints found in the build
iZa m& JU8t below the window where
access was gained. In conversa
tion with Mr. Robey yesterday he
told the Democrat man that he was
convinced they had the right man,
Asked what be intended to do,
Mr. Robey said be had talked to
Ballard, and on account of his
youth, his' wife and family, bad
promised not to prosecute the case
if be would confess and promise to
do better. This young Ballard
promptly refused, for the reason, he
said, that be was not guilty and
therefore could not Just what lega
steps will be taken in the matter
remains to be seen.
The Post Office will be open on
Thanksgiving Day frcm 9:15 to 10:00
a. m. only. There will be no rura
delivery, and the city carriers will
make only one trip.
D. M. Proctor had a serious
relapse Wednesday which rendered
bis condition so much worse that
his tons baye again been called to
The Coal Situation
The coal situation in Monroe City
has been temporarily relieved by
the arrival of a car fcr the light
plant Wednesday afternoon. The
timely arrival of this coal made it
possible to continue the service,
which otherwise would have been
discontinued Wednesday evening at
6 o'clock. The warning had gone
out and people were preparing for
the worst by hunting up oil lamps,
anterns, flashlights, and anything
that would produce a small amount
of illumination. It is thought by
judicious use the plant will be able
to run for ten days with the fuel
now on hand. The street lights
have been cut off and all residents
are asked and urged not to use any
more current than is absolutely
necessary. The city council deems
it unwise to discontinue anys part
of the 24 hour service, a census of
the town showing that almost with
out exception every business where
power is used have electric motors
installed and are dependent on the
light plant for power. Electric sig
nal lights are used by both railroads
here and also at Hunnewell and
are supplied from the Monroe City
A. L Nash has relieved business
ho uses and residences to some ex
tent during the past two weeks by
succeeding in procurring two cars
of coke and one of hard coal Coke
does not givetLs best of satisfaction
in soft coal stoves, but it is better
than no fire at all and the people
were glad to get it.
Mayor Wade and the city coun
451 have u( tottit eVth effort to
secure coal for the city, and it was
through their untiring efforts that
the coal was "secured" Wednesday.
Later We have just learned that
the city council has decided to go
into the. market for all the wood
they can buy, as the situation in
general does not set m to improve
and it is therefore very doubtful
when any more coal can be secur
ed. This wood will be unloaded on
the lot at the light plant where it
will be sawed into different lenghts
As much of it as can be spared
will be sold to residences and busi
ness bouses, the light plant being
taken care of first
At the banquet given Tuesday
night, Nov. 11th, by the citizens of
Lakenan to returned soldiers, Rev.
C. I. Hoy, former pastor of the Meth
odist Church in this city was one of
the speakers. The Shelbina Demo
crat gives bim the following men
tion: The second speaker was Rev
C I. Hoy, of Bevier, Mo, Methodist
m inister lor Lakenan circuit Rev.
Hoy was especially equipped for
the delivery of bis address by the
fact that be himself bad seen ser
vice in the World War and was
able to present many facts from
bis own actual experience and ob
servation. His address .was instruc
tive and entertaining and was
much appreciated by bis audience
Rev. and Mrs. H. C. Bolen went
through this city Wednesday en
route to their home at Shelbina.
Mrs. Bolen who was operated on at
St. Elizabeth's hospital at Hanniba
some time ago is recovering slowly.
The Thanksgiving service will be
conducted in the Christian Church
Thursday, Nov.' 27th at 10:30 a ui
The sermon will be delivered by
Rev. J. C Cook, pastor of the First
Baptist Church. "
A. E. Moyers, who has been for
several weeks at San Marcial, N. M
returned to bis home Friday, ac
companied by bis son, G. 0. Moyers.
I will be nt Indian Creek, Monday
November 24th and at Monroe City
at Farmers and Merchants Bank.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and
Friday, November 25th, 26th, 27th
and 28tb, for the purpose of collect
ing taxes. Please meet me if pos
sible on these dates
J. Frank Crow,
Commercial Club Spirit
Many different names are found
for the multifarious community or
ganizations of these progressive
times. There are Boards of Trade
and Chambers of Commerce and
Business ' Men's Associations and
Commercial Clubs and a lot of others
Ordinarily their purposes are about
the same by whatever name they
are called. Still certain names
signify a certain purpose that should
be carried out in all communities.
The idea suggested by the name
"Commercial Club" is a very vital
one The word "club" indicates a
friendly tie. This sentiment should
exist between all the business men
in any community.
This does not mean that a town
that has no organization called a
commercial club necessarily needs
to form a new society having that
particular title The commercial
club spirit can be prctied in any
kind of organization formed to pro
mote town and local business in
This spirit is the feeling that all
the business people of a town should
be closely drawn together in social
life and friendly intercourse. They
should be intimately acquainted
with each other, cultivate ties of
friendship, and learn that their in
terests are identical.
Competition and rivalry are all
right, and should be promoted. A
town where the merchants don't
compete, and don't emulate each
other in the effort to give the best
service, is a dead town. But they
will accomplish far more if while
carrying on this competition, tbey
unite in friendly association to pro
mote all community causes, to
spread the reputation of the town
to draw in new trade, and to make
the place a good residence town.
Monroe City has had much of
that spirit in the past, and it should
have still more from now on.
Several ladies from tbis city at
tended the Mum show at Hanniba
Friday of last week. Among them
were Mms. Ollie Wilson. Thos. Wil
son, Lamar Wood, R E Redman
Cbas. Elzea and Miss Alpha Elzea
Cap. J. W. Ayers and Mrs. A.
Killifer, of Harriman, Tenn., came
in Tuesday to visit at the home o
John R. Buckman. This is Mrs.
Killifer's first yisit here in thirty
Little Miss Margaret Arnold Hen
derson went to Macon Saturday to
be the guest, for a few days, of ber
grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jasper
S. J. Maddox returned to his home
at Deepwater. Mo., Saturday having
been called here on account. of the
death of his mother Mrs. 'Martha
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Foster were
called to BartlesviUe, Okla.. Satur
day by the death of Mrs. Fosters
father Mr. Sykes.
Thanksgiving Day
In the traditional observance of
Thanksgiving, the old timers used
to go to church. It was fitting and
appropriate. The normal minded
person must feel that in spite of all
the sorrow in the world, the worst
of which is due to human sin and
ignorance, there is a heart of love
in the universe that offers its guid
ance and protection and help. To
offer direct thanks to God for this
care and for the many blessings of
daily life, seems the natural thing
which no one should neglect.
In the rush and hurry of modern
life, the church service is not so
much in fashion as formerly, though
it is likely to become so again some
time. But in spite of all unlovely
aspects, and neglect of the deepest
meanings, there is still much fine
sentiment left in the old holiday.
It brings together many widely
separated families. People will
ravel long distances and go to much
expense to be together just a few
hours again. They hate to be absent
at a feast that traditionally has as
sembled all the family group.
Innumerable fathers and mothers
are made glad as the boys and girls
come trooping back, bringing new
life and enthusiasm. The home
comers find inspiration in the pii
grimage, and remember once more
what they owe to parental care,
and are moved to be troe to the
ideals learned in childhood.
Thanksgiving Day promotes many
acts of kindly charity. These have
a value far beyond the food provid
ed by any holiday dinner. They
give struggling people a new- sense
of hope and promote courage among
the downcast.
So let everyone make Thanks
giving Day a real feast of remem
brance of all that is fine in one's
past life, and of charity for all who
find life's struggle difficult.
Mrs. Lucy Redman celebrated her
85 birthday Monday by entertaining
at ber borne alarge number of ber
relatives. Mrs. Redman is a very
active woman for ber age and we
hope will enjoy many more birtht' ay
Mr. and Mrs- Emmett Yowel
went to Rochester, Minn . Sunday.
Mrs. Yowell who has been very ill,
expects to enter Mayo hospital for
treatment, or for an operation for
gall stones if it should be necessary,
Mrs. W. R. P. Jackson and daugh
ter, Mrs. Edwin Walker, were in
Hannibal Tuesday. Altho Mrs
Jackson's eyes are in proving slowly
she still makes daily trips to Han
nibal for treatment.
Mibs Anna Ensor is in Kansas
City representing Monroe County
Sunday School Association at the
annual convention of the Missouri
Sunday School Association held in
that city.
Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Evans, of
Washington, D. C who has been
visiting Mrs. Vesper Buell, went to
Chicago Tuesday morning to visit
their son C. A. Evans and wife.
Mrs. I. N. Suter, of Bowen, 111.
who has been visiting her friends
and former neighbors, Mms. Minnie
Bottorf and T. E. Willard returned
to her home Tuesday.
Mrs. Vesper Buell entertained a
bout eighteen ladies at a sewing
party Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Geo.
Evans, of Washington. D. C. being
the guest of honor.
Mrs. J. W. Hubbard and father
Mr. W. H. Murphry, of Moscow Mills
returned home Tuesday after visit
ing Mrs. H. Powell.
How About You?
It would be interesting to know
how much of the annual sum spent
by th people of Monroe City for
holiday and winter purchases, ia
sent out of town. Considering the
thoroughness with which the great
mail order houses advertise their of
ferings, and that there is always an
element that likes to go to some-
bigger place to trade, this sum may
be rather large.
Now if all that money could be
kept at borne, it would give a
tremendous start on a new boom
for Monroe City for the year 1920.
The merchants would start the new
.ear with a great confidence and a
willingness to I cfke hold of projects
of expansion. It would mean more
taxable property, bigger stocks in
the stores, more support for all pub
lic enterprises.
There are some people who do
not realize what a complete outfit
of all kinds of holiday and winter
stuff is carried right here in this
place. These home merchants have
been preparing for tbis trade for
months past. They have seen re
presentatives and samples from the
best wholesale houses in America.
and have had a chance to buy
every possible line of fine and sub
stantial stuff that the people could
And they have stocked up heavily
on those lines. Realizing that the
amount of money in circulation is
very large, they have had faith in
the future of local trade. They have
probably laid in much larger stocks
than ever refore.
When tjiese public spirited busi
ness men of this community have
thus made the effort to create here
at home a completely stocked trad
ing center, it seems disloyal not to
back them up in their tffjrt. The
people who send or go away to trade
are likely to pay more and get less
substantial and attractive stuff.
They can do better in their home
town without bother or effjrt or ex
pense .Real Estate Changes
S. A Miller bought, at the Satur
day auction, the Scheetz property
in the north part of town paying a
bout $2500.
C. M. Sullivan bought some lots
in the same part of town for $410.
W. H. Elliott bought the Frank
Westhoff property, on S. Main St,
paying $3300.
The old laundry building going to
W. S. Woodjion for $650.
The W. H. Quinn property was
bought, recently by C. L Dorrell con
sideration private.
The Chrysantbemun show last
Friday and Saturday proved to be
the best ever held in this city. Over
200 plants being on exhibition and
the blossoms unusually fine 21
awards were given, Mr. Scott Meyer,
of Hannibal, being the judge The
musical Friday evening was much
enjoyed by those present, while the
childrens contest on Saturday re
sulted in the awarding of 9 prizes
and several surprises.
J. W. McPike died at bis home
in this city Monday, Nov. 17, 1919.
at the age of 91 years. Funeral
services were conducted by Rev. W.
A. McKee at the residence Tuesday
at 1:30 p. m. The body was laid to
rest in Bethlehem cemetery. He is
survived by his wife and two sons.
Roy, of Moberly and John, of Mil
waukee, Wia -
Mrs. J. A. Clawson and little son,
Clinton went to Stoutsvtlle Tues
day to attend a Rebekah pie and
pound social given by the Stouts
ville lodge that evening.
bis bedside.
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