5 years ago
• Crystal Ann Mersman and Jason Carroll were married at Miami Wedding Chapel, Miami, Okla., on June 11.
• The Seneca School Board approved a request by the Earl Campbell family to build a memorial at the west end of the football field.
• Virginia Hall opened Virginia’s Family Restaurant in Seneca.
• The Greninger/Stoner family reunion was held June 26 at the home of Earl E. Miller.
10 years ago
• Austin and Zack Albrecht take an upside down view of the fairgrounds on one of the many rides at the Newton County Fair.
• Daven Divine fielded a catch during the Merchant’s game against Joplin.
• Patrick Bennett pitched two-for-one in last week’s games.
• Hart Baptist Church was established in 1902 ,meeting in various locations. The first building was erected in 1914.
15 years ago
• Ron and Lou Ann Lankford planned to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Aug. 2.
• Michael and Beth Ann Steele of Seneca announced the birth of their son, Jacob Michael Steele. He was born June 27 and weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces.
• Mr. Hugo Johnson of Michigan City, Ind., visited his parents Mr. and Mrs. Bill Johnson
• Mr. and Mrs. John Needham attended the Women’s Open Golf Tournament at Muskogee, Okla.
20 years ago
• The weekend pass unfolded entertainment in Seneca, typical of a proper celebration for any Fourth of July.
• Kim Gallemore, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gallemore, was chosen Miss Independence Day Queen.
• Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hargraves of Cottage Hill, Ill., were holiday weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rakes and family.
30 years ago
• Glenn Camp, 37, was hired as the new elementary school principal.
• Audrey, 11-month-old daughter of Stacey and Angie Mittag of Goodman, was recognized as the Citizen of Tomorrow.
• Kelly Ball of Seneca was greeted in Washington.
• The Seneca swimming pool opened on a Thursday with a near first day record-breaking attendance.
40 years ago
• Miss Patty Starchman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Starchman of Seneca, became the bride of Joe Hierholzer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hierholzer on July 8 at the home of the groom’s parents.
• Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Friend of Wyandotte, Okla., announced the birth of a son, Jason Paul, on July 7 at Sale Memorial Hospital in Neosho, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces.
• Peggy Rudd, 17, daughter of Gene Rudd of Seneca, was named to “Who’s Who Among American High School Students.” Rudd, who has attended the Seneca schools for the past 11 years, will be a senior next term.
• Ray Nelson, meteorologist, in charge of the weather service office in Springfield, presented H.N. Harrison of Seneca an award for 30 years of service with the weather department.
50 years ago
• Your Florist Shop was opened for business in Seneca on Feb. 11, 1965, by Clark Fryatt, a former Seneca resident. The relatively new business was located in the Dorman building formerly owned by Ramsays. Fryatt had operated a floral shop in Joplin the past three years and prior to that time had operated a shop in Tulelake, Calif.
• Seneca merchants donated approximately $400 to purchase new uniforms for boys participating in the summer baseball program. Forty-five new uniforms were purchased for the All-Stars, Babe Ruth, Connie Mack, and Little League teams.
• The Rev. Chester Pittman accepted the pastorate at Bethel Baptist Church north of Seneca. He assumed his duties June 27. Pittman attended college at Southwest Baptist College at Bolivar, Mo., last year.
• Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Burkhart returned home Sunday morning following a two-month vacation in California. They were guests of his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Gaither, in Turlock, Calif. They also visited Mr. Burkhart’s brother in Denair, Calif.