July 1890s
The game of baseball played at the park last Saturday between the Eldon club and the Versailles Poppers was the most interesting one that has been witnessed this season. Both clubs put up a clever game, but the visiting Eldon club was outplayed at every point from start to finish. The Poppers won against the Eldon club 15 to 6. If not playing ball against the Poppers, the Eldon boys are a gentlemanly set of fellows, and we hope they will visit our city again in the near future.

July 1910s
Dick Johnson, the real estate man of Stover, was in town Monday and reported recent sales of four farms through his agency. Those being the Struewe, Owens, Wilson and Bluhm farms.
Dr. H. N. Lutman of Versailles has been called to the colors and ordered to report at Fort Riley, Kansas, August 5.

July 1930s
Twenty-one members of the Methodist League met at the home of their counselor, Miss Hagan, Wednesday evening and enjoyed a party and lemon social. Each member took a lemon and paid a penny for each seed it had in it. A satisfactory sum was made. A number of games were played after which the hostess served lemonade and cookies.

July 1950s
George Carson, popular outdoors writer for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, addressed the Gravois Arms Lions Club Monday night, stressing the fact publishers of large newspapers don’t give outdoor writers enough space in their newspapers. “Although millions of advertising dollars are spent annually in the large newspapers by recreational areas and resort people, comparatively little free publicity is given in return,” Carson said. “On the other hand, baseball, golf, and horse racing get a lot of free space and publicity, and very little advertising money is received from these activities,” Carson said.

July 1970s
Mother Nature posed an unusual biological threat to the Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage River below Bagnell Dam in mid-July. The conditions that led to a massive fish kill in the Osage below the dam still exist. The Lake of the Ozarks is plagued with very warm water in the part of the lake that has good oxygen levels. “What we need is for the lake to settle down and settle out so plant life can start once again to kick some oxygen into the system,” says Stanley Michaelson, fisheries biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

July 1990s
A local lawmaker is leading a study group that aims to determine the true transportation needs of our area and state. State Rep. Chuck Pryor is chairperson of the Republican Transportation Task Force, which is meeting this summer and fall. “By researching the promises made about Missouri roads, progress that has been made, and by demanding accountability from those managing these programs, we believe we will be able to provide an accurate picture of Missouri’s transportation status,” said Pryor.