July 29, 1993
• Frenzy from the flood of ‘93 continues. Tarkio residents volunteered in the early morning hours on Friday, July 23, for sandbagging behind the fire station in Tarkio. Sandbags were transported to residential and business locations which might be saved from the raging floodwaters of the Tarkio River. The disaster struck with over 5 inches of rain being dropped on Tarkio and the entire Atchison County area early Friday morning, July 23. Tarkio residents came out in full force starting around 4 a.m. By 10 a.m., the towns of Tarkio and Rock Port had used over 7,000 sandbags. Over 4,000 were used at Tarkio. Atchison County Roads and Bridges Supervisor Paul Lester reported that there are 15 bridges closed in Atchison County, 35 county roads closed, and 800 county roads with either tubes plugged, undermined or with backside wash.
July 25, 1968
• Drilling was finished the first of this week for the golf course well. The well, which is 280 feet in depth, is of the gravel filtered type, and six tons of washed gravel were packed for 80 feet at the bottom around the filtering sleeves. Lane Drilling of Blanchard is the well contractor. Earth moving work is now in progress for the course and fall has been set for completion of the construction.
• Dr. R.W. George will retire August 1 after 43 years with Tarkio College. He came to Tarkio as head of the department of psychology and philosophy in 1924 after previous teaching experience at Geneva College, the American Academy of Larnaca, Cyprus, and at Duke University, where he was a graduate assistant.
July 30, 1943
• The modern Molly Pitcher will greet you throughout the nation on August 7 when brigades of Mollys will tag every buyer of war bonds and stamps. They will carry on the tradition of the Revolutionary War heroine who carried water to thirsty soldiers during the battle of Monmouth in 1778 and took over her husband’s cannon when he was wounded. In Tarkio, 20 Molly Pitchers will be on Main Street all day Saturday, August 7, in order to accommodate shoppers.
• One bolt of lightning striking with virtually no warning Wednesday afternoon stunned two men, seriously injured another and started a small fire inside the house at the Charles Herron place two miles west and one mile north of the Farmer City store. Mr. Herron and neighbor Will Mackey were in the loft waiting for the next rack of hay to be brought from the field. They were standing about 15 feet below a hay track which was attached to the ridge pole of the barn and about 20 feet inside the loft door. Each man had a pitchfork in his hand. Mr. Mackey was knocked down and momentarily stunned, but Mr. Herron was knocked unconscious by the bolt. Neighbor John Wright was driving a rack load of hay about 100 yards from the barn and was stunned by the shock but revived immediately. Two others were standing a quarter of a mile away and also felt the shock.