April 26, 1946

• Sunday’s services at the Rock Port Baptist Church meant not only observance of the annual Easter season but also the first public use of a new Hammond electric organ, which was installed April 16 by the Jenkins Music Co. of Kansas City. Mrs. Leola Glenn was at the console of the new organ presenting a program of sacred music.

• “The Whole Town’s Talking” will be presented by the senior class Monday evening, April 29, at the Memorial Building. Mrs. Mabel Newlon is the director of the senior class play, which is in three acts.

• The five banks of Atchison County have changed their banking hours to begin May 1 and continue to October 1. The banks will hereafter be open from 8:30 a.m. until noon and from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. All banks will close at noon on Thursdays throughout the year.

April 29, 1971

• The Rock Port Chapter of the FFA held its annual parent and son banquet in the new school cafeteria April 20. Nearly 65 people were in attendance. Roy Lorenz received the Star Chapter Farmer Award. Craig Heits earned the Star Green Hand Award. Other awards were also presented.

• Mrs. Ethel Grebe, 82, lost her life in a fire that destroyed the home, garage, and car on the Grebe farm north of Rock Port Monday night. Her husband Herbert escaped through a window on the north side of the house and tried to rescue his wife by breaking a window on the west. Flames and smoke came pouring out of the broken window causing him to suffer smoke inhalation.

• Wednesday, April 28, was designated by Mayor Shubat of Rock Port and many local divisions of government throughout the State of Missouri as Prisoner of War Day. This proclamation for POW Day was to remind the citizens of the United States that there are thousands of servicemen being held prisoner in the prison camps in North Vietnam. They are not being treated as the Geneva Convention rules designate prisoners be treated.

April 25, 1996

• April 28 marks the day that the Rotarians in our area will begin five days of hosting the French Rotary Group Study Exchange team from District 1680 which is located in eastern France near the border with Germany to the east and the Swiss border on the south. Five French citizens make up the group. District 6030 will be sending a team on May 24 to France with Luther Thompson as the team leader.

• The Atchison County D.A.R.E. graduation was held Friday, April 19, at Tarkio High School for 87 sixth grade students, taught by Deputy Tom Beattie and Deputy Jeff Alsup. K.C. Wolf was the guest speaker.

• Kindergarten through sixth grade students enjoyed a reptile show on April 15th from the Snake Shed in Shenandoah, Iowa. Burke and Sons Lumber Co. sponsored the assembly. The students were shown 25 to 30 different reptiles, two of which were a Gila Monster (one of only two poisonous lizards) and a 115-pound Python.