Alfred Wallach, married to Lela Walker Macy, tending to his animals on his Newton County farm. If you have any additional information about this photo, please call the The News-Dispatch at (417) 451-3798 or e-mail us at


5 years ago

• Leo Hirdler, of Seneca, has held the title of animal control officer for the past six years. He is the only person who has this title and it is a 24-hour, seven days a week job.

“I look after the city and I’m the one to call when someone’s needing assistance with a stray or wondering dog,” said Hirdler. “At this time there is no ordinance for stray cats in the City of Seneca, but as for dogs there is a proper way to help control the animals.”

• Jake Clark, of Seneca High School, is not only concentrating on graduation in a few weeks, but he is also the lead singer in a band. The Jake Clark Band keeps very busy on the weekends.

• The Kids Got Talent contest that will be taking place during the Seneca Summer Fest on June 16 is shaping up to be a big hit. “This is our first time to host this type of event,” said Ramona McCready, of McCready Recording Studio, which is organizing the event. “There’s a lot of interest and it will be fun for everybody.” Summer Fest was organized by the News-Dispatch and many businesses in Seneca, Neosho and throughout the area helped sponsor it.

10 years ago

• After approving the consent agenda on Monday, April 16, which included school climate, facilities, grounds maintenance and technology program evaluations, the Seneca Board of Education approved the election results from April 3 and adjourned so the new board could be formed.

Following adjournment the board acknowledged the long-time service of outgoing members Greg Spittler and Mark Bridges. Bridges had served since 1995 and Spittler since 2004.

• April is here. signaling the approach of the annual Crowder College Friends of the Library Book Sale beginning Monday, April 16, and continuing through Thursday, April 19. The sale will open with thousands of newly donated used books at 2 p.m. Monday, until 6:30 p.m., and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

• According to a Missouri Highway Patrol report, a northbound 1995 GMC Suburban ran off the left side of Highway 71 and overturned approximately seven miles south of Joplin at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

15 years ago

• Unanticipated wind storms wreaked havoc in Seneca and throughout the surrounding areas including Neosho, Joplin, and Wyandotte, early Easter Sunday morning, April 15. Residents were surprised about 1:15 a.m. when straight-line winds, microbursts and at least one tornado struck with a fury. It has been estimated the brunt of the storms lasted between one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half minutes, but the lingering effects will take months to recover form.

• Wyandotte Elementary School will have kindergarten enrollment and screening for the 2001-2002 school year on Thursday and Friday, April 26-27, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

20 years ago

• Seneca Elementary School conducted kindergarten screenings last week with more than 65 children tested. Parents who have not yet had their children enrolled for kindergarten may still do so by making an appointment with the school. Children must be five years old before Aug. 1 to enter kindergarten, according to Mo. Senate Bill 572.

• Those donating blood at the American Red Cross bloodmobile visit to Seneca on April 3 included Gary Emmert, Penny Gibson, Bernice Adams, Donna Burkhart, Gerald Griffin, John Whitehead, Frank Boyer, Patsy Meyer, and Max Chester.

• The Westview Board of Education will meet Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. in the teacher’s workroom at the school.

30 years ago

• The Seneca Board of Education met Thursday night and elected the following officers: Dallas Fortner, president; Bill Skaggs, treasurer; and Cheryl Roark was named secretary.

• Fire Chief L.V. Eads presented the 1986 annual report of the Seneca Fire Department to the regular meeting of the city council Monday night. Eads said the department answered 111 calls for the year with 27 percent of the calls for structure fires.

40 years ago

• Westview School will hold pre-enrollment Friday, April 15, for the 1977-78 kindergarten students. Enrollment will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. in the school library, according to Don Cope, principal.

• A free blood pressure and diabetes screening clinic will be held Monday, April 18, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Tiff City Community Building. It is being sponsored by the Extension Council and McDonald County health nurse, Mary Ann Bradley.

• Members of the sophomore class at Seneca High School selected their class rings Wednesday. The ring salesman will be at the school Wednesday, April 20, so the students may purchase rings. A $20 deposit will be required at the time they sign the purchase agreement.

50 years ago

• Rainfall in this area Sunday night measured .66 of an inch, according to H.N. Harrison.

• John E. Kelly, son of Mrs. Minnie Kelly, attended the National Convention of Phi Theta Kappa on April 6-88 in Austin, Texas.

• The pole vault and high jump fields will be the best in Kansas relays history in the 42nd annual running of the Kansas University games on April 20-22.

(compiled by MyraGale Sexton)


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