Way Back When

Jan. 10, 1940
The Katherine Theater is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Town officials have been re-elected. There were only 16 votes cast in election last week. Richard Simpson is the mayor; Martha Murdock, clerk; C.T. Carroll, Tax Assessor; Alfred Foster, Marshal; W.H. Bellinger, E.S. Blair, R.H. Gelling and J.B. Taylor are councilmen.

Jan. 10, 1950
The County Home Demonstration Council voted to make county-wide beautification their project for this year.
S.D. Clarke and Richardson Simpson are the first to announce their intention of seeking re-election.

Jan. 10, 1960
Fred Stokley has been named chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for 1960.
Florida Power personnel honored for safety records were R.W. Norman, with the safety of 34 years; Roy G. Heffner, 22 years; Robert L. Fountain and George F. Casey, 14 years; Fredrick C. Wilder and James C. Nix 13 years.

Jan. 10, 1970
A Tallahassee man, Frank Pope, was appointed, effective Jan. 1, as State Executive Director of the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service, a post which has been vacant sice the resignation, last September 1, of Stuart C. Simpson, of Monticello.
Mrs. D.W. Shealey spent Christmas day with her son and family in Monticello.

Jan. 10, 1980
Energy was the main concern of farmers and other residents of Jefferson County who met Sunday with U.S. Sen. Richard (Dick) Stone at the Florida Power Lounge.
Emory Mosley, a retired Army Sergeant, Tuesday announced he would be a candidate for sheriff in the September primary.

Jan. 10, 1990
Leighanne Walters, daughter of Darlene and Wally Walters, has been selected as a state finalist in the 1990 Miss Florida U.S. Teen Pageant.
Kendric Monroe chalked up 29 pints to lead Jefferson High to victory in a contest against the Taylor County Bulldogs on Friday.
Long-time Foodway Manager Mark Raciappa will be leaving the community this month, turning over the keys to the supermarket to veteran groceryman Chuck Chambers.
Patrick Kirk Brock, son of Gene and JoAnn Brock of Monticello, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida last month.
The Masons elected new officers for 1990 at their meeting this week, including: Buddy Westbrook, junior deacon; Bert Banks, senior steward; Kenneth Boykin, worshipful master; Gene Murphy, junior warden and Sammy Gray, senior deacon.
Calvin Robertson of Jefferson High was recently chosen as an All-Big Bend player in Class 2-A.

Jan. 10, 2000
Postmaster Tom M. “Tim” Braswell, Jr., or “Tim Tom” as his postal workers called him, retired Dec. 31 after 36 years in the postal system in Monticello.
Brenda Sorenson was this year’s recipient of the Kiwanis of the Year Award, presented by Dr. Mike Carney, last year’s award recipient.
The library has recently acquired a 38 minute videotape, Therapy in Action: The School-Age Child Who Stutters, designed specifically to help the stuttering child.
Opera House Director Jan Rickey notes that more than 200 people attended the New Years Eve Gala at the Opera House. The event raised more than $4,000.
Barbara Leslie, local nurse, has once again volunteered to work for the Disaster Relief Operation, designed to help the victims of the tornadoes that recently struck Kentucky.
Personal Computer Coach businessman Vincent Boyer recently installed eight computer systems, donated by Peek Traffic Systems of Tallahassee, at the Boys and Girls Club.
Marine Private First Class Richard Dollar was honored by his commander and fellow Marines for outstanding service during his Marine combat training days.

Jan. 10, 2010
George Purvis, and Clarence “Buck” Graves celebrated their 90th birthdays in 2009; and have been best friends most of those 90 years. Purvis, a north Florida resident all his life, and Graves, of Pinetta, Fla. met in Monticello over the holidays to catch up on their years spent apart.