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House fire ruins bedroom, causes smoke damage

Jason Smith and Amanda Shubert were home at around 4:30 p.m. on May 22, when an electrical fire broke out in the bedroom closet of their house located on South Clay in Gallatin.

It took firefighters from the Gallatin Fire Protection District about 19 minutes to get the blaze under control and the 13 firefighters remained on scene for another 90 minutes to do clean up and salvage, according to officials at the fire district. The fire caused moderate to significant damage in the bedroom, Jason said, and smoke and heat damage throughout the house. The house had just had major remodeling done. Jason said he had insurance and the biggest problem now is finding a place to live. They are staying in a hotel for now. Jason is the ambulance director and full time flight paramedic at Life Flight Eagle out of Trenton. He is also a volunteer firefighter with the Gallatin Fire Protection District. Amanda is employed at Children’s Mercy with critical care transport.

Clover Kid camp held at Hundley-Whaley Discovery Center

Seventeen University of Missouri Extension 4-H Clover Kids from Daviess, Gentry and Harrison Counties spent May 1, at the Hundley-Whaley Discovery Center and Research Farm in Albany. The youth were participants in a Clover Kid camp focused on a theme of "As Green As It Gets."

The youth experienced fun activities that varied from painting their camp shirts and making environmentally themed crafts to nature walks and learning about entomology. The campers had the opportunity to decoupage flowerpots and plant them with marigolds as a surprise for their mothers. Kari Stock, Harrison County YPA, taught the youth camp songs and games. In the morning the campers had the opportunity to learn about different animal projects available to them when they become regular members of 4-H.

Local volunteers, Milton Sager, Lisa Hamilton, Jennifer Prest and Donna Humphrey brought lambs, calves, goats, dogs and even a horse for the kids to see, pet and learn about.

A highlight of the day was getting to prepare lunch with the assistance of Stephanie Weddle, nutrition program assistant, for Gentry County. The campers made English muffin pizzas with turkey pepperoni and spinach; and a yogurt and fruit parfait for dessert. Weddle also discussed My Pyramid with the campers and read two fun stories with the campers about nutrition and healthy living.

Attending from Daviess County were Anthony Jones, Aubrey Jones and Charlee Prentice, members of the Knee-Hi 4-H Club of Gallatin. Danielle Ness, Knee-Hi member and teen counselor, also spent the day with the youth at Hundley-Whaley.

Regional 4-H staff teaching for the day included Becky Simpson, 4-H Youth Development Specialist for Daviess, Gentry and Harrison Counties; Janet Sager, Youth Program Associate for Gentry County; and Kari Stock Youth Program Associate for Harrison County.

Jub Tomlinson remembers attack on Pearl Harbor — he was there when it happened

John (Jub) Tomlinson of Gallatin was an 18-year-old sailor stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Island was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.

"We were allowed to sleep in on Sunday morning," he said. "Most everybody was up. I was awake, getting ready to get up."

Jub was going to submarine school on the naval base. He was attached to the U.S.S. Oklahoma anchored in the fleet in harbor, but he lived in Navy housing. He describes the sub school building as several stories in a square horseshoe-shape with a big yard out front. It was a quiet morning with no sound but the bugles playing as the Stars and Stripes was hoisted.

Then the air was shattered by the noise of diving aircraft. When the attack began, Jub got up and ran out into the yard.

"The planes came by flying low, went up into the harbor, then turned around and came back," he said. "We were standing there with our mouths open."

The sailors heard the bombs and torpedoes and realized it was an attack by the Empire of Japan.

"We couldn’t believe it," he said. "We threw rocks at the planes. Got pretty close a time or two. I remember a Japanese pilot looked out the window and waved at us."

Jub and the other sailors made their way to the harbor where the Navy fleet had been torn apart.

"There was a lot of turmoil," he recalled. "We pulled bodies out of the water. It was terrible. Some were dead, some were burning. They swam toward us and we swam toward them. We pulled out the live ones."

Jub’s ship, the Oklahoma, was hit by up to nine torpedoes. She listed quickly, her port bilge struck the harbor bottom, and she then rolled almost completely over. Oklahoma came to rest less than 20 minutes after she was first hit. Some of Oklahoma’s men were still alive inside her upturned hull, and their rescue became the focus of an intense effort over the next two days. Thirty-two Sailors were recovered alive, but over 400 were killed.

"I lost my ship," said Jub. "She sank, went down in 20 minutes. I was a sailor without a ship."

After Pearl Harbor, he was on submarines for awhile, then he was on a submarine tender. He was shipped to Australia and was there for two years.

"We were expecting the Japs to come down there but they never did," Jub said.

It was during that time in Australia that he met a young lady named Hazele.

"We goofed around uptown in Perth, and went to the movies, like all the young people back then" he said.

Jub was assigned to a new ship in commission, an APA 130. The ship hauled soldiers to the Islands, where the fighting was going on.

Jub remembers when the whole fleet ran out of anything to eat. "Spam and jam was all we had to eat," he said. "I got so tired of it, I couldn’t see straight."

Jub was 22 when he came back to the farm at Gallatin. Later he sold life insurance and real estate. He got married to Reva and they had two children. Brenda lives in Trenton and Cartha lives in St. Joseph. Jub and his wife got a divorce.

Fifteen years ago, out of the blue, Jub got a letter from Hazele. They hadn’t been in touch through the years and that was the first time he had heard from her. She told him she had been married but had gotten a divorce. Hazele’s children are Howard and Adale (Dell). They are still in Australia.

"Then she called me and proposed to me," Jub said. "We didn’t take time to get to re-know one another. We probably should have. But we didn’t. I went to Australia and got her."

Jub received several medals and campaign awards during his term in the Navy from 1941-1947. He was one of 60 recipients of a medal during ceremonies of the 50th Anniversary of the attack of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1991, at Harry S. Truman Auditorium in Independence. The inscription on the bronze commemorative coin read, "Remember Pearl Harbor."

"Those of us who were there aren’t likely to forget," Jub said.

Biggs Osborn gets community fired up for Special Olympics

Biggs Osborn of Gallatin lit the torch for the 25th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics during a ceremony held on the Daviess County Courthouse lawn on May 24. Biggs is pictured in the center, flanked by Daviess County Sheriff Ben Becerra and Gallatin Mayor Barb Ballew.

 Mayor Ballew read a proclamation. Tim Global, regent coordinator of the Northwest Area for Special Olympics for the torch run, said the event raised over $1,600,000 last year and is ranked number seven in the world based on gross dollars raised. The guiding purpose of the torch run is to raise funds and awareness for over 15,000 athletes who participate in the Missouri program. Local law enforcement officers and other athletes, including Sheriff Becerra, ran with the torch from the courthouse to the intersection of Hwy. 6 and 13, north of Gallatin. The flame will ultimately arrive at Opening Ceremonies for the State Summer Games May 26 in Springfield. To donate or find out more, visit www.somo.org.

Three long-time educators retire from Gallatin R-5

Gallatin staff held a "roast" to recognize the retirement of three of its long-time educators on May 24. Fifth grade teacher Sherri Golden has spent all 30 years of her career at Gallatin. Superintendent James Ruse has been in education for 36 years, with 20 of those at Gallatin. Barbara Youtsey, Title Reading teacher, has been in education for 29 years, with two of those years spent at Gilman City.

Birthday party for Edith McClung

A birthday party for Edith McClung will be held with an open house between 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, in the community room of the Daviess County Library in Gallatin. Cards only, please. Edith will celebrate her 90th birthday.

Rogers-White married on May 15

Nicholas Rogers and Kayla White were united in marriage on May 15 at Ft. Leonard Wood.

The wedding mass was celebrated by Nick’s brother, Father Vince Rogers. Nick is a 2007 graduate of Gallatin High School and is a senior airman in the Air Force, stationed at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis. He is the son of Steve and Madelynn Adkison of Jameson. Kayla is a 2007 graduate of Lafayette High School in St. Joseph and will graduate from the Waynesville School of Practical Nursing in July. She is the daughter of Raymond and Kim White of Ft. Leonard Wood.

Weldon-Wardell to wed on June 26

Andrew Charles Weldon of Gallatin and Amy Marie Wardell of Warrensburg plan to wed on June 26 at the Missouri State Fair Grounds in Sedalia.

Andrew is the son of Mary Ann and Kenneth King of Gallatin. He is a 2000 graduate of Gallatin, and received his bachelor of music education from Missouri State University in 2004. Andrew currently works at Leeton High School in Leeton as a band director. Amy is the daughter of Colleen and Michael Wardell of Knob Noster. She is a 1999 graduate of Douglas High School in Box Elder, S.D. Amy received her bachelors and masters degree in music education from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Amy currently works at Lafayette County C-1 Middle School and High School in Higginsville as a band director. The couple plan to live in Warrensburg.

Chief Richards explains bicycle safety to kindergarten class

Chief Richards, of the Gallatin Police Department, shared with the C.D.S.E. kindergarten students in Gallatin on May 20 about bicycle safety.

He brought his police bicycle to show the students and explained all of the safety equipment on it. Chief Richards stressed the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet and showed a demonstration of what happens to a small melon when dropped on the floor with no buffer provided. The students then got to see the split melon. Next, he dropped a melon which was strapped into a bicycle helmet. The melon was dropped repeatedly by several different students and never cracked once. Chief Richards also shared how to correctly do hand signals when stopping or turning and other safely rules. Chief Richards gave each student a bicycle safety coloring book and stickers. The kindergarten teachers and students expressed their appreciation for sharing with them.