Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

Local News

July 14, 2014

A.C. history by Enfys McMurry

© 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.

July 12 1921: The reputation of Centerville was spreading and it was not good. Crime was constant and escalating. Children ran away from home; some were abandoned, some neglected. Young men loafed on 13th Street across from the Majestic, in stairways and outside buildings on the Square, exposing pedestrians to obscene language. Window peeking was rife. Children begged outside movie houses and on street corners. One spent the night, undetected in the armory; another, a girl of 14, wandered the Courthouse at closing time and spent the night as a guest of the sheriff. Young men cruised in cars. Girls were harassed, some abducted, some raped; 4 of those were under age - 15, 12, 11, and 8, the 11-year old by her own father. In July 1921, the Des Moines News placed a story about Centerville’s violence on its front page. The article cited 21 deaths in the area of South 18th Street in the previous 15 years, “...not by accidents or mad rushing waters, but by the modern revolver, knives, bottles, picks or anything that the murderer might lay his hands on while in the mood for killing.” A business visitor at the Continental asked, “Why is it that the only time you see Centerville mentioned in the city papers, is in connection with some murder or sensational case?” The people of the town had had enough. (261-262)

July 13 1936: The severe winter of 1936 was followed by the severe summer of 1936. An egg was successfully fried on a heavy iron manhole cover at the intersection of Main and Maple Streets. Discarded turkey eggs at the Merritt Farm south of Seymour spontaneously hatched. Vegetation dried. Crops were ruined. Fire swept the fields of tinder-dry grass. People died of heat stroke. The healthy suffered prostration and exhaustion. The feet of Centerville’s prize-winning band, marching in the streets of Kansas City, stuck to melting hardtop. The brass players stopped playing unable to bear the brass pieces in their mouths, and the reed players, including E flat clarinetist Himie Voxman, spat into their instruments to keep them from drying out. In a 15-minute hailstorm on July 20, temperatures dropped 20 degrees. By August 13 the heat returned, remaining at or above 100 degrees for a further 16 days. (375-376)

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Centerville man violates sex offender registry A Centerville man with multiple felony convictions in Monroe County was recently sentenced in the Appanoose County Courthouse for OWI and sex offender violation.Joshua Allen Taft, 28, accused of first offense drunken driving, was sentenced July 18 by

    July 31, 2014

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved. July 31, 1941: The headline this day in the Iowegian said: “U.S. Technicians Arrive in London For Special Work.” It was five months before Pearl Harbor. Chaos reigned over Europe but the hope was America would not be involved in any fighting. A March

    July 31, 2014

  • 073114 Young And Bold Photo Once Young and Bold Now 'Old and Bold' Whether they served in peace or war, many veterans can relate to this story about military reunions long after their youthful years. I wanted to publish this before Memorial Day, but other issues prevented that from happening.Marine Corps reunions ar

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ceremony to honor cancer survivors A special luminaria ceremony to be held during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Appanoose County will remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived. Luminaria will be lit at Appanoose County Courthouse lawn on Friday, A

    July 30, 2014

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.July 28, 1929: Feelings between coal owners and the county’s miners were about to explode. Complicating the situation, the miners were divided between two unions. The United Mineworkers of America was led by a

    July 30, 2014

  • Movie night at the Drake Public Library Fizz! Boom! Read! It’s movie night at the library Friday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. at the back library parking lot. Showing will be “Frozen” on the “big screen” and a second movie inside for those who wish to stay indoors. Bring your blankets, pillows and la

    July 30, 2014

  • Former Centerville teacher drowns in Creston

    A long-time Centerville Community School District teacher and coach has been identified as the man dive teams recovered from a southeast Iowa lake on Tuesday morning.

    July 29, 2014

  • Three year old case ends in prison term suspended A 36-year-old Moulton man was sentenced to state prison suspended to probation in the Appanoose County Courthouse July 18.Donnie D. Vanderlinden Jr. was sentenced to five years in prison, all but 30 days suspended, to five years probation to the Eigh

    July 29, 2014

  • Mercy receives Award Mercy Medical Center — Centerville received a 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Gov. Terry E. Branstad during a special recognition ceremony held June 20 in Ottumwa.The hospital was honored with a length of service award by the Iowa Senior Health

    July 29, 2014

  • County attorney requests an assistant

    Monday morning the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors in the Courthouse boardroom moved to table a request from Appanoose County Attorney Susan C. Daniels to hire an assistant county attorney and amend her budget by $38,833.60 to cover the cost.

    July 28, 2014

  • 072514 CCC Meeting Photo Delay in street paving project Nancy Huisman, with Hall Engineering, Monday delivered to the Centerville City Council an update on the East and West State streets and North 10th Street paving project.Huisman recommended the city delay the project until the spring of 2015.The new t

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.July 25 1942: In the week of the County Fair in 1942, drives to buy Defense Bonds and Defense Stamps went into overdrive. Fifteen-year-old Dorothy Drake (now Dorothy Haines of Exline) was selected as Miss 4-H.

    July 24, 2014

  • Band program The Centerville Summer Marching Band program will have a free performance at 6 p.m. Friday at Paul Johnson Field behind Lakeview Elementary.

    July 24, 2014

  • Honey Creek Resort recognized for recycling MORAVIA — Honey Creek Resort State Park on Rathbun Lake has been selected as having the best government recycling program by the Iowa Recycling Association.“Iowa’s Greenest Resort” received the award July 17 during the Iowa Recycling Association annu

    July 23, 2014

  • Appanoose County Farm Bureau annual meeting President Mark McGill welcomed 85 members and guests to the annual meeting of the Appanoose County Farm Bureau on Tuesday, July 15 at the Faith United Methodist Church, south of Centerville. Guest speaker Walt Hackney, who writes DTN’s “Talkin’ Lives

    July 23, 2014

Obituaries
Featured Ads
Poll

The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
     View Results
Iowegian on Facebook