85 Years Ago Republican Herald June 26, 1935

The Elks Municipal swimming pool was opened to the public last Saturday afternoon. Alderman Ralph Frazier is in charge of ticket sales and has supervised the repairing and cleaning of the pool. It is in fine shape and is being patronized liberally, being quite a popular resort.

Walker Hardware Company announced today that the new 1936 Philco Radios were on display in their store. The models were viewed for the first time at a recent meeting held by the Philco Distributors in St. Louis.

Many improvements will make the 1936 model a sales leader. Some of the features are Automatic Aerial Selector, Dual Radio Tuning on all short wave models regardless of price, Automatic Clarifiers, Noise Excluding Interference Filters, Inclined Sounding Board and Shadow Tuning. There will be a complete choice of Baby Grand Models, Compact Models and the Famous “X” Models featuring the Inclined Sounding Board.

[Note: An advertisement in this issue illustrates these models.]

Chicago: Fifteen young archeologists, graduate students of anthropology, from the University of Chicago were selected today for 11 weeks of research at the Kincaid Mounds on the Ohio River near Metropolis, Ill.

The area, reported as one of the richest in archaeological material in the Midwest, has four large mounds, 12 smaller ones, and a prehistoric village which may extend more than 100 acres. Except for a tentative exploration last year, the site has never been worked because the Kincaid family, owners of the site for three generations, denied them the privilege.

The site was turned over to the university for several years by a friend who purchased it six months ago. Dr. Fay-Cooper Cole, director of the expedition, believes the site was the center of a large agricultural population. He said that one type of Indian culture was superimposed on another has been found with the dominant culture being classified as “Lower Mississippi.”

The current expedition is the 11th sponsored by the university during which more than 1000 mounds in Northern and Central Illinois have been surveyed. Students working at the Kincaid Mounds will be quartered in the nearby Kincaid school house.

Miss Julia Grace Kincaid, one of the remaining members of the Kincaid family that has had the mounds under control for more than 100 years, has recently been employed to write a history of her family connection with the mounds for the University of Illinois, in which institution she was a former student. — St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

70 Years Ago Metropolis News June 29, 1950

Members of the Metropolis City Council Monday night by a vote of 8 to 1 rejected all bids on parking meters and voted to bring the parking meter problems before the people in a referendum in the City Election in April 1951. Only Alderman Moss voted for parking meters.

Ralph Frazier has become associated in business with his grandfather, W.P. Baynes, who for the past 40 years has operated the Baynes Funeral Home at 414 Metropolis Street. He will assist in the administration of the firm. Ralph is a recent graduate of the College of Mortuary Science at St. Louis and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He served in the Naval Air Corps after graduation from the Metropolis Community High School.

The district supervisor of the census at Centralia announced preliminary 1950 census figures for Massac County with a comparison with the 1940 figures.

They are: Metropolis, 1940 — 6,287; 1950 — 5,079. Brookport, 1940 — 1,241; 1950 — 1,108. Joppa, 1940 — 587; 1950 — 514. In the County, 1940 — 14,925; 1950 — 13,545. Fifty years ago in 1900, Metropolis’ population was 4,169.

President Paul Miller of the Massac County Fair Association announced that an applause meter will be used at the Fair next week to determine winners in the square dance contest Thursday night. Judges have had trouble in the past picking the winners; the meter will solve the problem.

A new exhibit will be featured at the upcoming Fair. The Illinois Department of Conservation will have a large tent in which will be examples of Illinois wildlife. Included will be live fur-bearing animals including racoon, fox, fawn, skunk, badger, porcupine, ground hog and prairie wolf.

Live game birds will include ringneck pheasant, bobwhite, Canada goose, horned owl and many species of migratory ducks commonly known to Illinois sportsmen. In addition there will be an exhibit of wood products and various wood samples cut from Illinois timber.

50 Years Ago Metropolis News June 25, 1970

The Metropolis Civil Defense warning siren was used Saturday night for the first time in a real emergency. Civil Defense Director Jerry Edwards expressed the hope that many lessons will be learned from the near-disaster which was experienced. The siren was sounded at about 9:15 p.m. when it was learned that a tornado had been spotted touching down in Union County and headed in a northeasterly direction at 40 miles an hour. The siren was sounded after the community was lashed by violent winds and torrents of rain.

The several hundred attending the Civitan Summer Festival at Washington Park raced for shelter while the siren was blowing. Emergency shelters were not opened for several minutes and many people tried vainly to find cover in public buildings. The police station was open, and one observer said the city hall looked like a “can of sardines” as drenched people crowded into all available spaces. Later the court house was opened and about 150 persons found shelter there.

The power plant, officially designated as a fall-out shelter, accommodated several persons. The basement of the First United Methodist Church was also opened. The Massac Theatre and restaurants were reportedly evacuated. The tornado touched town in three Union County locations, causing a few injuries and some property damages. It was not sighted in Massac County but roaring winds crossed the Ohio River west of Joppa and a tornado was sighted across the river in Ballard County, Ky. near Barlow.

Funeral services will be held next Friday for Marine Corps Captain Kemper L. Hock, Jr., 36, who was fatally injured early Saturday morning on the south end of the Irvin Cobb Bridge. He died in a Paducah hospital after being struck by a car driven by a Mt. Clements, Mich. resident.

The driver said that two semi-trailer trucks had just passed and his headlights illuminated what he thought was a pile of clothes in front of him. Before he could stop he ran over the object and then discovered it was a man. No charges have been filed against the driver and investigation is continuing by the Kentucky State Police.

The victim reportedly had been missing since late Friday morning when he did not return to his car to meet his wife and daughter after the three had been shopping in downtown Paducah. He reportedly had a large sum of money on him when last seen. When picked up and taken to the hospital his wallet and money were missing.

Capt. Hock had served 17 years and had returned in January from his second tour in Vietnam. He was the recipient of three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. Following full military funeral services he will be buried in the Maple Lawn Cemetery.

25 Years Ago

The Metropolis Planet

June 28, 1995

It appears that local clubs will no longer be able to sell alcohol on Sunday. After researching old ordinances, both Mayor Kommer and city attorney Joe Neely said that they can find no legal backing for the clubs being able to sell on Sunday. Neely said the state law states there shall be no Sunday sales unless the city enacts an ordinance allowing it to take place. Metropolis has no such ordinance.

Former Mayor Richard Corzine, who was the liquor commissioner during his term, and is now an alderman, said he did not give special permission during his tenure in office. Apparently the clubs have been selling alcohol on Sundays for many years and everyone thought that there was legal permission to do so. Mayor Kommer concluded by saying that the city will look one more time for any ordinance that might allow Sunday sales and if it cannot be found, the local service clubs will have to quit selling liquor on Sundays.

According to rumor, the Massac Unit One School Board is going to build a consolidated junior high. However, according to the board itself no such thing will occur. About 25 parents, teachers and community members attended a sometimes emotional meeting of the Unit One Board last Monday night at Jefferson School. Board members assured those in attendance that no such action is being taken right now.

The idea is one of several long-term planning suggestions under consideration at a recent in-service session. No new taxes would be imposed and such a project would not be implemented without public input. Monday night’s public input came out strongly in support of Jefferson School and strongly against a consolidated school.

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