1969 - “Gaytones” To Appear At Lathrop
Left to right: Anna Lee Scott, Bass; Jean Shook, Lead; Sharri Mertens, Baritone; Margaret Layer, Tenor.
The Gaytones will appear in Lathrop, October 11 at the Sweet Adeline Show “Moon Shot of the Century,” which will be presented at the Lathrop High School Auditorium at 8:00 p.m.
The Gaytones were organized in June of 1966 and entered Regional competition in St. Louis in April, 1967, where they placed first. By winning this contest they were eligible to enter International competition in the fall of 1967, which was held in Carnegie Hall in New York City. There were 42 quartets competing, and the Gaytones placed sixth. In October on 1968 the Gaytones traveled to Oklahoma City for the International convention and competition and after three days of eliminations they were named “1968-69 International Queens of Harmony”. Since winning the International honor the Gaytones have traveled and entertained extensively in the mid-west and have up-coming engagements in the southern states.
The quartet consists of:
Margaret Layer, who sings tenor, and is a secretary at the Mental Health Institute. She has two children and one grandson. She has been a Sweet Adeline for fifteen years and has served her Chapter in may capacities including Chapter president and publicity chairman.
Jean Shook is the lead of the quartet, and is a busy homemaker and mother of two daughters. She is the director of Mt. Pleasant Sweet Adelines and is a certified judge in the category of Music. She arranges some of the music the quartet sings. Jean and Margaret are sisters and come from a musical family. Their father played the guitar and also sang in a quartet. They cannot remember when their family did not sing together.
Sharri Mertens is the baritone of the group, and manages to keep busy with her two small sons and two children she cares for during the day. She also serves as bookkeeper for her husband who operates a gas station and garage.
Anna Lee Scott sings bass and is a teller at the Henry County Savings Bank in Mt. Pleasant. She lives with her mother, and in addition to Sweet Adelines she keeps busy sewing for the quartet and making the travel arrangements for them. She is assistant director for the Mt. Pleasant Chapter.
1989 - NEW SIGN FOR ELLIS
Pictured, left to right, are Sandy Massock, elementary Principal, Marcia Brewer, art teacher, and Roy Jennings, fifth grade teacher.
A new vision welcomes all to Ellis Elementary School. After 35 years in the community, Ellis has a sign designating its name. Roy Jennings, 5th grade teacher suggested the project last spring. The P.T.A. sprung into response and offered the sign as a gift to the school. Thanks to the artistic talents of Marcia Brewer and the willing labor of Roy Brewer, the vision has become a reality.
Front: Symbols: Silhouettes of boy and girl holding large book on heads (old school method of testing physical posture); the little red schoolhouse; children hold world in their hands. Back: Representation of Jonathon Livingston Sequll; Inspiration for students and teacher to reach higher.
2009 - Area firefighters train for school bus incident
After the Friday night classroom work, Saturday morning the firefighters began working the bus in the upright position. (Above) Then later in the afternoon, Randy’s Tow Service from Gower turned the bus on its side and the simulation instructions changed. The firefighters began cutting through the roof of the bus and examining the situation from each end.
The Plattsburg Fire Protection District hosted a school bus rescue course last weekend. Don Wise with the University of Missouri Extension and Adair County Fire/EMS taught the class.
“We do about 12 of these a year,” said Wise. “We go where the resources are,” said Wise about the difficulty finding a school bus to use in the exercise. According to Wise, they are developing a new curriculum with the hopes of turning the two-day course in to a 4-6 hour course that will allow more volunteer departments to participate. The two-day commitment is tough for firefighters to find time for.
During the course, overall scene management is taught along with extrication skills. “School busses are the safest mode of transportation, and when something happens the injuries are extremely minimal. But when that one critical event happens we want everyone to be prepared,” said Wise.
Fire departments from Plattsburg, Lathrop, Holt, Edgerton/Trimble, Gladstone and Independence were represented, as well as the Hamilton School District, who sent a bus driver. According to Asst. Fire Chief Brad Lawrence all schools in the northwest Missouri area were invited to send a bus driver.
KCI Conference Standings
1. Lathrop 1-0 (3-0)
1. Plattsburg 1-0 (3-0)
1. Lawson 1-0 (2-1)
1. Hamilton 1-0 (2-1)
5.Mid-Buch 0-1 (2-1)
5. East Buch 0-1 (1-2)
5. W. Platte 0-1 (1-2)
5. N. Platte 0-1 (0-3)
Hamilton @ Lathrop
Lawson @ Plattsburg
East Buchanan @ West Platte
Mid-Buchanan @ North Platte
Clint Dye's KCI Conference Power Rankings • Leader Sports Reporter
1. Lathrop (3-0) LW1 – The Mules emphatically showed they are still the standard bearer within the KCI Conference after soundly defeating a tough Mid-Buchanan team, 49-0. Now they turn their attention to Homecoming against rival Hamilton who is coming off a big win over East Buchanan.
2. Lawson (2-1) LW3 – After scoring a total of 23 points in the first two games the Cardinals exploded last week in their KCI opener by putting up 40 on West Platte. This week they travel to Plattsburg in the KCI Conference Game of the Week.
3. Mid-Buchanan (2-1) LW2 – Dragons took one on the chin last week against Lathrop, need to put it behind them this week when they host North Platte for Mid-Buchanan’s Homecoming. After hosting North Platte, they have three consecutive weeks against Hamilton, East Buchanan and Plattsburg for their toughest stretch of the season.
4. Plattsburg (3-0) LW4 – Tigers took care of business at North Platte a week ago to start 3-0 for the first time since 2007. Big time test this Friday for Coach Rosenbaum’s squad as they host Lawson in their toughest contest of the season so far. History hasn’t been kind in this series for Plattsburg, closing in on two decades since they last beat Lawson.
5. Hamilton (2-1) LW6 – Hornets bounced back from their week two loss to Gallatin with a convincing win over rival East Buchanan. Schedule does them now favors as they travel to play Lathrop during the Mules Homecoming this Friday. Mules have won two in a row in the rivalry.
6. East Buchanan (1-2) LW5 – Offense struggled in their rivalry loss against Hamilton last week. Will look to find their mojo this week as they travel to play West Platte. Rivalry contest with Plattsburg looms large the following week.
7. West Platte (1-2) LW7 – Last week they ran into a Lawson team looking to explode offensively and fell to the Cardinals, 40-14. This week they host an East Buchanan team struggling on offense, Blue Jays looking to pull off the big upset.
8. North Platte (0-3) LW8 – Looking for their first win of 2019 after falling to Plattsburg, 42-21. This week they travel to play a Mid-Buchanan team looking to rebound after a humbling loss to Lathrop. Could be a long night for the Panthers.
Brett Adkison's KCI Conference Power Rankings • Leader Editor
1. Lathrop (3-0, 1-0 KCI) Previously: 1 – The Mules handled Mid-Buchanan's dynamic offense and stingy defense to clear the first hurdle of the season.
2. Mid-Buchanan (2-1, 0-1 KCI) Previously: 2 – After a pair of shutouts in their first two games, a tough loss to a Class 2 finalist doesn't knock Mid-Buchanan down too far.
3. Lawson (2-1, 1-0 KCI) Previously: 3 – The Cardinals look to keep momentum against Plattsburg this week in what has to be the most intriguing KCI match-up of the week.
4. Plattsburg (3-0, 1-0 KCI) Previously: 5 – It's been a decade or more since the Tigers started the season 3-0, but 4-0 would turn the KCI Conference pecking order on its head.
5. Hamilton (2-1, 1-0 KCI) Previously: 4 – Bounced back from that Gallatin loss to win a separation game over East Buchanan.
6. East Buchanan (1-2, 0-1 KCI) Previously: 6 – After leaving Hamilton empty handed, the Bulldogs are set to run a telling three-week stretch: at West Platte, vs. Plattsburg, at Mid-Buchanan.
7. North Platte (0-3, 0-1 KCI) Previously: 7 – The Panthers might be winless this season, but their first three opponents are a combined 8-1 right now.
8. West Platte (1-2, 0-1 KCI) Previously: 8 – After a big loss to Lawson, the Bluejays can make a splash this week if they can score a win against East Buchanan.
Class 1, District 7 Standings
Plattsburg............... 55 points
Mid-Buchanan....... 41 points
Hamilton................ 38.33 points
East Buchanan....... 31.33 points
West Platte............ 30.67 points
North Platte........... 15.33 points
Polo....................... 15.33 points
Maysville.............. 12 points
Class 2, District 8 Standings
Maryville............ 53.17 points
Lathrop............... 48 points
Lexington........... 39.33 points
Lawson............... 37 points
Richmond........... 33 points
Brookfield.......... 27.67 points
Trenton.............. 15.33 points
STJ Christian..... 7 points
A Small Push Backwards
Castile Creek bridge opening pushed at least one day.
The adage “It isn’t over until it’s over” appears to be true in the case of the Castile Creek bridge replacement on 169 Highway just south of Gower.
As reported in last week’s edition of The Leader, the opening was originally scheduled to take place Thursday, September 19, but according to an update Monday, September 16, from Austin Hibler, in-house-engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, the opening has been pushed back at least one day to Friday, September 20.
This stretch of highway has been closed since Monday, June 10, when the bridge replacement began.
When contacted Monday, Hibler confirmed rumors of a delay due to rain last week that slowed the laying and smoothing of asphalt on the approaches from both the north and south ends of the bridge. These approaches, totaling 300 feet on the north and 400 feet on the south, must be laid in numerous sections until the total 12-inch height is laid and smooth.
Hibler said he was trying to contact the construction company to see if a Friday opening was still feasible. As of deadline, it is still unclear if the opening will occur Friday or later. If the bridge opens Friday, there will be a ribbon cutting at the bridge at 4 p.m. to celebrate the movement of traffic again on this stretch of highway.
As far as residents who use this highway daily, it can’t happen too soon, but will be warmly received when it finally opens.
September 16 - 22
East Buchanan, Lathrop and Plattsburg sweep in Week 2
Local football teams kept their momentum in Week 2, as the Plattsburg Tigers, Lathrop Mules and East Buchanan Bulldogs came away with wins ahead of the KCI Conference season, which starts this week. (Above) East Buchanan linemen James Muller (#50) and Heath Walley (#52) stop a St. Joseph Christian runner on Friday at East Buchanan High School. (Left) Lathrop senior quarterback Blake Gordon rolls out for a pass in the Mules’ 50-6 win over Hogan Prep at Lathrop High School. For more on sports, see page A7 of this issue of the Clinton County Leader, available now!
Clinton County Week at a Glance
September 9th - 15th, 2019
1969: Who Pays the Price for Soil Erosion
The rains have come and the rains have gone, and so has thousands of tons of good Clinton County soil. Some of the soil has eroded to other locations in the county. Other (soil) has left the county for good and is scattered from Clay County to the Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of the location, it usually is left in a most undesirable place.
Soil erosion is one of the many hazards of farming. We don't question that erosion, as shown in picture 1, is costing the farmer. He pays a high price for this type of erosion in crop loss, soil nutrient loss, depletion of top soil and in machinery costs.
It is not only the farmer that pays for erosion though. Every tax payer, and we hope that includes about everyone, shares in the cost in some way. One example of this is shown in the second photo. The cost of maintenance from this kind of erosion is staggering whether it is on the County, State, or National level. While driving over Clinton County after the Spring rains, some of you might have wondered: How many tax dollars would it take to replace the culverts and bridges? How many tons of gravel to replace the gravel that had washed away and how many extra man and machine hours would be needed for putting up with this kind of erosion.
It has been estimated that on the average, it would cost less than five cents per cubic yard to clean it out of the ditches, navigation channels, etc. Therefore, it seems logical we should be spending more tax money on erosion control rather than trying to learn to live with it.
This is one of the best times of the year for applying practices to eliminate erosion. The soil and Water District of Clinton County has been working with several farmers the past month who are doing their share to cut down erosion. Those listed on the Honor Roll as conservation farmers this month are: Michael Quigley, Donald Kincaid, Lawrence Gibson, George Morse, Alton Pickett, Jack Clark, Tommy Thomas, Dannie Delaney, Bill Arnold, and Richard Barman. Let's have your name on the honor roll next month.
1989: Porter Wins Trophies
The Missouri Ruralist sponsored a new feature at the Missouri State Fair this year called "Best of the Best." It recognized the best restored antique tractors in Missouri. Trophies were awarded for the best restored on steel, best restored rubber, and the oldest tractor.
Warren Porter, a member of the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor and Engine Club won the trophy for the oldest tractor and the trophy for the best restored on steel with his Model D, 1919 Moline tractor.
Warren is pictured here with his trophies and tractor.
2009: East Buchanan Homecoming
EBHS seniors Jennifer McCoy and Tyler Parks were named the 2009 East Buchanan High School Homecoming Queen and King Friday evening.
Plattsburg Tigers Down Milan, 7 - 6
The Plattsburg High School football team didn’t wait long to make a splash in the Ross Rosenbaum era, as a tough defensive performance lifted the Tigers and the first-year head coach to a 7-6 win against Milan on Friday, August 30, at PHS. Catch results for all three local high school football teams on page A6 of this issue, and turn to page A7 for our annual Fall Sports Preview, featuring Plattsburg, East Buchanan and Lathrop athletics. (Above) Plattsburg senior quarterback Isaiah Graham cuts back into the middle of the field as junior Austin Rankin put down a physical block on Friday at PHS. (Right) For the fourth time in as many years, the Tigers started the season with a new head coach, as Ross Rosenbaum made his debut on Friday.
The Clinton County Leader
Cheer on the Chiefs
The Clinton County Leader and The Mule Stop in Lathrop gave away a total of seven free Chiefs tickers to the 49ers game, pulling two lucky winners from the contest entries. Congratulations to Melissa Branstetter and Gina Lord, the two winners. Also pictured are Steve Tinnen, publisher of The Leader, Andy McNeely, owner/operator of The Mule Stop, and Edwin Hufford, the special guest ticket drawer for the night.
Gina Lord and her son enjoyed the Chiefs game against the 49ers.
Winner, Melissa Brandstetter (2nd from left). Pictured with Steve Tinnen, Linda Langford, and Andy McNeely.
Bob Burns and his wife, winners of the first drawing, attended the pre-season game against the Bengals on August 8th.
Be sure to keep an eye our for more great prizes from the Clinton County Leader and the Mule Stop!