March 16, 1945

• With the 95th Infantry Division, Germany – Robert D. Hecker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Hecker of Route 3, Fairfax, Missouri, has recently been appointed a Second Lieutenant with a battlefield commission as the result of continued outstanding leadership during the 95th (Victory) Division’s campaigns around Metz and Saarlautern. At a critical stage of severe fighting in the town of Merten, between Metz and Saarlautern, the then Technical Sergeant Hecker assumed command of the entire company when all available officers became casualties. Throughout this particular engagement as well as in all of the division’s combat action, Hecker had consistently displayed officerial qualities which led to his commissioning, one of the army’s highest honors.

• Several days of bright spring-like weather, during which the mercury soared to the sixties, were followed by rains Tuesday and Wednesday. Dirt roads were getting in fair shape before the rains.

March 19, 1970

• Some 47 young women from the home economics department of Fairfax R-3 School will present a spring style show at the school auditorium Sunday afternoon, March 22, under the direction of Mrs. Raymond Mitchell, instructor. Also appearing will be 29 youngsters wearing outfits created by the students.

• Thieves forced a restroom window at Mutz Service Station sometime during the night Tuesday and escaped with 15 cartons of cigarettes, about $15 from the pop machine, and the cash register. The register contained very little money, mostly pennies, but the loss included charge tickets and keys to most of the devices and cabinets on the premises. Of peculiar significance is the fact that the thieves took only Marlboro and Winston cigarettes. Other brands were left intact.

March 16, 1995

• The north wall at the former locker plant on Broadway Street in Fairfax collapsed again Saturday evening. Part of this wall fell out last year and Richard Lee Pearce, owner of the building, had boarded up the walls and braced the roof and continued to use the building for storage.

• If you are living in Atchison County, you are invited to put a brief history of your family in Atchison County in the Sesquicentennial Family History Book. In addition to the bare factual data, we suggest you mention the contributions your family made to Atchison County life.