Probably never in the history of Missouri has such a wave of intense heat been experienced as the recent one. Mercury at several localities went to 105 in the shade, while in the sun it registered 120 to 130. There was much suffering in the thickly-populated districts, and many prostrations and deaths from heat. Factories closed down because it was impossible for men to work. Farmers suspended work in the fields and very few took advantage of the bright moonlight nights to plant and harvest. Many farmers lost horses and other stock because of the intense heat.
The T. M. Hunter family had a reunion at the old homestead, six miles northeast of Versailles last Sunday. All of the eight children and the grandchildren were present and a happy day was spent. The son, T. M. Hunter Jr., is a lawyer and lives in Kansas City. The reunion at this time was brought about by reason of the fact that Tom has enlisted in the American army and may be called to the colors within the next few days. There has not been a death in the T. M. Hunter family, either among the children or the grandchildren, in 33 years and this is very remarkable.
Albert Winger, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Winger, was seriously injured Thursday while helping with the wheat harvest on the farm of Neal Baumgartner. He was driving a load of wheat bundles up to the separator, and fearing he was driving too close to it, stepped to the front of the load to investigate. The wagon wheel struck the separator, throwing him down behind the horses, causing the horses to run away. He was dragged several feet before the wagon wheel passed over his face and shoulder. His right ear was almost completely severed from his head. He was taken by Kidwell Ambulance to Boonville Hospital where his ear was completely removed and embedded in his side in order to preserve the life of it until a trip to St. Louis can be made where a specialist will graft his ear back to its proper place.
At a meeting held in the circuit court room Monday morning of this week, Highway department representatives described Highway 5 from Versailles to Gravois Mills as being one of the poorest aligned sections of highway in the state. At this same meeting, private citizens, businessmen, and attorneys took the position that Highway 5 serves its purpose well and that a new million dollar change in present Highway 5 and Highway 52 would be needless expenditure of public money.
Missouri Gov. Joseph Teasdale entered the fight between landowners and Central Electric Power Co-operative Monday over construction of a high-voltage power line across the Lake of the Ozarks by announcing his opposition to the project in a letter to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. The seven-eighths mile 161-thousand volt line would cross the main Osage River channel about two miles below Hurricane Deck and about one mile above the Niangua River-Osage junction.
A step into the past and a look at what the original people of the Gravois Mills area were like will be showcased at the Osage Indian Heritage Days Pow-Wow at Jacob’s Cave Meadowlands. “We’re going on our 15th year here for the festival,” said Frank Hurley, owner of Jacob’s Cave. “We originally started out as a heritage festival, then we moved to a crafts show. But now, we have a pow-wow, crafts, and heritage.”