February 18, 1944

Fire destroyed the residence on the old Clark place west of Langdon owned by Herbert Cooper, occupied by Harlan Hinks and family. The fire was slow in its advance, making it possible for neighbors to help remove practically all of the family’s belongings. The dwelling was protected by insurance. It was said that this building was 91 years old. It was originally built of walnut logs, which in more recent years had been covered with siding and made more modern. The sturdy construction of the structure is shown by the fact that remnants of it were still burning on Sunday. The land on which this residence stood was in possession of the Clark family for many years and only since the death of Mrs. Josephine Clark had passed in to other ownership.

February 20, 1969

Larry Chambers has purchased the other half of the car wash on Highway 136 in Rock Port from Larry Stoner and is now sole owner of the establishment. He also purchased the rest of the land formerly occupied by the Vogel Motor Company, now being used for storage by Jones and Melvin Lumber Company.

Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Savage will observe their 55th wedding anniversary February 25 with a dinner at Betty’s Hilltop. They were married February 25, 1914, by Reverend J.J. Cokley at the Methodist Church in Rock Port. Mr. Savage was the Atchison County probate and magistrate judge nearly 16 years.

February 24, 1994

The annual Maradi Mifflin Spelling Bee was held February 16 in the Rock Port Elementary Library. Thirty-two students participated in the spelling bee with three of the four winners being elementary students. Brock Bastow, junior high, took first place honors by correctly spelling necessary. Remaining places went to Hillary Chamberlain, second; Lora Reynolds, third; and Tawni Gebhards, fourth.

Blue Jay Wrestler Brady Owen accomplished something last week that no one else in the history of Blue Jay wrestling has done. Brady placed sixth at the MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships and earned his third state medal! He also placed sixth in 1993 and 1992. In addition to being a three-time state medalist, he is only the second Blue Jay wrestler to qualify for state wrestling all four years. Brady also jumped into the top 10 on the all time win list with over 80 career wins.