50 years ago, June 26, 1969

Gus Rutledge has been appointed as director of research and development at Hammons Products Company, according to an announcement from company vice-president Dwain Hammons. Rutledge will have the direct responsibility for development and increasing supply of in-shell black walnuts and working with Missouri agricultural services and landowners.

A tornado dipped down on the Chancy White farm southwest of Stockton about 5:30 Sunday evening. The storm came from the southwest and tore 15 or 20 big walnuts trees up by the roots about a quarter-mile north of the Smith home.

A huge crowd turned out at Caplinger Mills Sunday, only to be disappointed as the Crane baseball team failed to show up so Caplinger received a forfeit.

25 years ago, June 29, 1994

It’s back to “Plan B” for Stockton’s sewer project as the city’s application for a community development block grant has been turned down. The sewer project can still be completed, the Stockton Board of Aldermen heard Monday, June 27. The only thing to change is how quickly it can be done.

Cedar County sales tax receipts for the first half of 1994 reflect an $11,097.09 increase over the same period in 1993, according to the county clerk’s office. Total for the year to date is $128,403.10.

April King, daughter of Larry and Mary King of Stockton, is among the candidates competing for the title of Miss Teen Missouri at the 11th annual state pageant July 7-9 in Jefferson City.

10 years ago, June 24, 2009

Fred May, the Federal Emergency Management Agency representative who was instrumental in planning Stockton’s rebuilding following the May 4, 2003 tornado, died June 16 in Springfield following a battle with ALS. He was 63.

The Stockton Board of Aldermen voted 3-2 to allow the Stockton Area Chamber of Commerce to conduct a burn-out contest in conjunction with the annual car show. Mayor Patty Thompson cast the tiebreaking vote. The request, presented by Barbara Pate, sparked a lively debate regarding charges for the park and unpaid park rental from last year.

Greg Scrivner resigned as president of the Stockton Park Board at its meeting Wednesday, June 17. “I’ve been on this board for 10 years,” Scrivner said. “I think we have put together a good plan, but I didn’t follow through with it as well as I should have. There’s plenty to do, but I think it’s time I step aside and let someone else do it.”

Trevor Quinlan, Kannon Hoover and Ace Whitesell, all of El Dorado Springs, were named to the Class 3 District 12 baseball all-district team.

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