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July 16, 2014

A.C. history by Enfys McMurry

July 16, 1932: On this morning of July 16, people were startled by a notice on the door of the Wooden State Savings Bank on the west side of the Square (Today: Cosby's Audio Video & Appliances). It said that the bank's "business is temporarily suspended for the purpose of possible readjustment." It was a symptom of the continued plight of the farmers during the Depression. In one year, 1931, 87 farms and town properties were sold by the Appanoose County sheriff — all foreclosed by court order. The value of county land was still in free fall. So were the prices of oats, corn, milk, pork and beef. Farmers were unable to pay bank mortgages. This placed the banks that were still open in crisis. At the Wooden Bank almost half a million dollars had been withdrawn and deposits had been depleted to something more than $250,000. President Charles R. Wooden tried to maintain stability with his own money but it was a losing battle. The Wooden Bank seemed to be bearing the brunt of the community's conditions. Dr. Bamford of the Bamford Clinic on South Main Street spoke out. What is happening to the farmers, he said, is universal, ruthless and pitiless. "The history of the world teaches that any nation in which Agriculture has been allowed to perish, that nation has perished also. History does not record one exception." ( 332 and "Bank Suspends Until Plan Can Be Worked Out." Iowegian July 16, 1932.)

July 17, 1945: In Appanoose County people were reading the Iowegian with anxiety. On this day, July 17, they read, "American Task Force Lies Close To Shores of Japan"; days later AP war editor Leonard Milliman wrote, "Tokyo said today Japan would choose 'utter destruction' under admittedly superior Allied might rather than yield to the ... unconditional surrender ultimatum that had been sent by President Truman." That Japanese refusal set the course of history. Truman's reference to "utter destruction" was the result of four years of experiments and developments in atomic fission. Physicists, including Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard, and men escaping Nazi Europe had warned Roosevelt of the German work on uranium fusion. The president in response created the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development. Its most secret work was known popularly as the "Manhattan Project." When the scientific goal of of fission was achieved, engineers built the community of Oak Ridge, Tenn., a laboratory at Los Alamos, N.M., and other key facilities around the country. Unknown until the end of the war was the number of Centerville people involved in the project. ( 508-509) In the Dec. 30 edition of this column, you met some. You'll meet more on Aug. 6 (the anniversary of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima); and on Aug. 9 (when the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki).

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  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.July 20, 1942-5: As the country geared itself into second World War production, vital raw materials were critically short. Collections of metals, rubber, greases, nylons and silks, paper and rags, even milkwee

    July 21, 2014

  • Street paving project update tonight Nancy Huisman with Hall Engineering is on tonight’s Centerville City Council agenda to deliver an update on the East and West State streets and North 10th Street paving project.The council will set a time and date to again discuss the second reading

    July 21, 2014

  • 072114 Howard Service Photo 2 Hundreds attend Howard graveside services Several hundred men, women and children attended the 11 a.m. Saturday graveside services for Moulton native Staff Sgt. Robert E. “Bobby” Howard at Sunset View Cemetery north of Moulton.Pastor Brian Hargrave officiated. Hargrave talked about why we co

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Solicitation ordinance at a standstill Solicitation ordinance at a standstill

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    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Graveside services for Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard Graveside services for Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard

    Graveside services were held Saturday morning at Sunset View Cemetery just north of Moulton for Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard.

    July 19, 2014 4 Photos

  • American flags for Robert E. Howard American flags for Robert E. Howard

    At least 200 men, women and children came to the Centerville Fire Department firehouse at 2 p.m. Friday to participate in placing more than 2,000 American flags along the route from Centerville to Sunset View Cemetery just north of Moulton, the place where Moulton native Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard will be laid to rest Saturday at 11 a.m.

    July 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • KO1_7409.jpg WWII Vet: Coming home after 69 years

    Korina Hurley, 48, of Macon, Mo., said her uncle received a call in 2010 from an independent research team based in Germany concerning U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” E. Howard, who was in a plane that was shot down over Germany during World War II. The researchers investigate German sites where American soldiers were known to go missing in action or killed in action during World War II.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 071714 Howard Photo Flags at half-staff DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Iowa from 5 p.m. Friday, July 18 until 8 a.m. Monday, July 21, in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” E. Howard, formerly of Moulton.Howard, a 21-year old s

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sewer project wraps up in October MOULTON — The Moulton City Council Monday, July 7 held a public hearing at 6 p.m. related to the funded Community Development Block Grant and progress for the sanitary sewer improvements.Comments were shared by Nichole L. Moore, executive director wi

    July 17, 2014

  • Lemonade, anyone Curious Kids Childcare, located in the Centerville Preschools Building by St. Mary’s Catholic Church, is having a lemonade stand fundraiser every Wednesday and Friday in July. The students will be selling lemonade from the playground parking lot betw

    July 17, 2014

  • 071814 Water Alliance Photo Alliance recognized by governor DES MOINES — The Rathbun Land and Water Alliance received two awards at the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award ceremony held Tuesday, July 15 at the Wallace Building in Des Moines – the Water Quality Special Project Award and the Environmental

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Howard funeral procession route outlined The Centerville Police Department has announced the route that the procession for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” Howard will take on Saturday, July 19.The procession will depart Lange Funeral Home at approximately 10:15 a.m. and travel south on

    July 17, 2014

  • Bill Riley Talent Search coming to Centerville DES MOINES — The Bill Riley Talent Search, and state wide presenting sponsor, Hy-Vee, are excited to announce a local show in Centerville. It will be held as part of the Appanoose County Fair at 7:30 p.m. on July 21. The show is open to the public.Th

    July 17, 2014

  • 071814 Arrest Photo Mystic man arrested after 15 minute pursuit A Mystic man was arrested following an approximately 15 minute chase that happened shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday.Timmy Leslie Leopard Jr., 32, of Mystic, was charged with felony eluding and reckless driving following the chase that had speeds climb o

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.July 18, 1918: Everyday of July 1918, the town heard of German reversals and retreats at the hands of the Allied forces. Among them, local boys were west of Chateau Thierry; they had taken the village of Veaux

    July 17, 2014

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