The Frisco Railroad in Neosho.









5 years ago

• Nick Whitehead, owner of Gas-n-Snack, recently purchased a 1919 65-horse Case steam engine. It was trucked in from Farmington to Seneca by D&S Erector last week, and weighs 20,000 pounds.

“I bought it because I like old iron,” said Whitehead. “I am going to restore it.”

The engine is currently in working condition but Whitehead is going to repaint it to make it look new again.

“After it’s all restored, I am going to take it to shows this fall,” said Whitehead. “The first weekend in October, it will be at the Southwest City Pumpkin Patch.”

The steam engine was made in Racine, Wisc., by J.I. Case Company.

• Seneca’s students and teachers are about to get a huge boost as the Bright Futures program is coming to town. At the August meeting of the Seneca R-7 Board of Education, board members approved a list of people presented by Superintendent Dr. Steve Wilmoth to serve on the Bright Futures Seneca advisory committee. Bright Futures is a program becoming ever more popular throughout communities in the four-state area.

• Gary and Dee Thomas spend most of their time preparing for their twice-monthly auctions at Seneca Auction Barn. They opened the Auction Barn on June 1, and it’s been growing ever since.

“We have had a good response,” said Dee, “and each time we have a larger group here and more vendors.”

They were first planning to hold the auctions once a month until people started talking about it.

“The response was so strong after our first auction that we decided we needed to have it twice a month,” said Dee. “We have had people from as far away as Grove and Anderson.”

10 years ago

• Bale upon bale of quality hay just keeps rolling in for the huge hay auction that is planned for Saturday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. on the large lot next to First Baptist Church, just across the street from Iva E. Wells Middle School.

Jim Graham, auctioneer, will be conducting the auction.

• After being on the job for just a few weeks, Seneca’s new middle school principal, Tony Simmons, summarized the experience by saying, “It’s been wonderful. Got a really good faculty, they’re just fantastic.

“They are working with me to make some changes for our school. So far the teachers are happy, people have smiles on their faces. It’s just a fun place to be.”

• Doug and Mary Ann Nutting, of Miami, Okla., wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Marie Nutting, to Clayton Cole Shumaker, also of Miami.

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