This week in Dallas County history as recorded in the Buffalo Reflex.
June 30, 1960
More than a hundred people searched all night for a 3-year-old boy lost in a timbered area about seven miles south of Buffalo. The search ended when the child was found early one morning. Little Stevie Burrus was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Burrus of Houston, Texas. The child had fallen in love with farm animals, especially the sheep and goats. While the grown-ups and other children visited, little Stevie slipped unnoticed from the house. It was believed that Stevie had followed the animals into the woods’ pasture.
Showing at the Buflo Theatre were “Holiday For Lovers” and “Happy Anniversary.”
Area deaths included Mrs. Charles H. Thornbury, Mrs. O.W. Sergent, Ernest L. R. Jennings, Jake Ricker, Dee Glanville, Charlie W. Cheek, Lou A. M. Tillery, Dwight M. Kee, Julia Pope and Nancy C. Pfeifer.
July 2, 1970
A tragic car wreck near Warsaw on Highway 65 at 12:45 p.m. June 23 claimed the lives of Theodore W. Lindsey, 57, of Kansas City, and also of William P. Woollums, 34, and his wife, Leona, 30, of Ames, Iowa. All were pronounced dead on arrival at the Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia. The Woollums’ little daughters, Jody, 3, and Suzi, 2, were also admitted to the hospital and suffered from skull and leg fractures. Mr. Lindsey was a native of Louisburg and had also lived in Urbana. He had bought his mother’s house in Buffalo and was repairing and redecorating. Mr. Lindsey was alone in the car. He had taken his daughter, Mrs. Linda Cox, to Kansas City to take a plane for her home in Salinas, Calif.
Area deaths included Harley Hendrickson, Theodore W. Lindsey, Ana Keller, Alice G. Gann, Russell E. Voris, Delois A. Cowman, Mrs. L.L. Henson, Mrs. George Barclay, Earl Jones and Grace Sawyers.
July 3, 1980
The Dallas County Fair, in its second year at the new county fairgrounds, promised new attractions for fairgrounds. One of the most obvious additions at the fairgrounds was a permanent livestock building. The new building, a 44-feet-by-60-feet pole barn, was being constructed on the east side of the fairgrounds, parallel to the city park road. The facility was being funded by contributions to the fair and a $2,500 grant.
Area deaths included Elvin J. Mathis, Virgil L. Inks, Vesta J. Walker, Effie M. Hendrickson, Leroy Fuller, Velma P. Ringenberg, Roscoe R. Jackson, Claudene J. Richter, Adlai T. Hall, John P. Jackson and Olga A. Spoering.
July 4, 1990
Wes Day, a 17-year-old radio broadcasting student from Marion C. Early High School at Morrisville, was the new weekend announcer for KWFC radio in Springfield. Day, a senior, had completed the first year of the two-year radio broadcasting course offered by the Dallas County Area Vocational-Technical School. Radio students received classroom instructions and on-air experience at KBFL radio station on the Buffalo High School campus. Mike Husmann was the instructor and station manager. Day started working at KWFC on June 29, after a short training period.
Area deaths included Jennie L. Edgcomb, Alma J. Sims, Werner A. Henscheid, Nell M. Fugate and Merle C. Brown Sr.
July 5, 2000
Four Buffalo residents sustained injuries in a two-vehicle crash at 2:15 a.m. June 28 on Mo. 32 two and one-half miles west of Buffalo. Tammy Lankford, 27, was driving a 1990 Chevrolet westbound when she apparently attempted to pass a 1988 Oldsmobile, driven by Andrea Park, 18, as it was turning left into a private drive, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Park’s vehicle was struck in the driver’s door. Park was taken to Cox Medical Center South, and Lankford was taken to St. John’s Regional Health Center.
Area deaths included Lowell E. Jameson, Hugh A. Stout, Charley V. Hood, Patrice L. Carroll, Myrtle W. Reichtmyer, Retha R. Pfeifer, Lillian H. Charbrian, Ivan C. Campbell and Bertram W. Wilson.
June 30, 2010
Robert and Paula Mabary of Dallas County were awarded Foster Parents of the Year by the Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association. The association hosted its annual Show Me For Kids conference June 17-19 in Branson. Foster and adoptive parents and social workers from 27 counties participated in the event, which featured trainers from across the country. The Mabarys’ journey to fostering began in 1997 as a kinship placement for one of their children’s close friends.
Area deaths included Robert G. Koester, Elston L. Marshall, William J. Marsh and William R. Tucker.