Local Vets Honored

A ceremony was held Monday afternoon to recognize local veterans. John Jackson, left, and Leroy Riechers were two of the veterans who were recognized during the event. Also pictured is Mike Shafferkoetter, back. The veterans each were recognized and given a gift. The event was sponsored by the Union High School Student Council.  

The Franklin County Historical Society is holding an essay contest for fifth- and sixth-grade students of Franklin County. The Veterans of Franklin County Essay Contest is open to students attending public, private, parochial or homeschools.

The essay should be 150 to 200 words in length and can be typed or handwritten. The student’s name, address, school name (or “homeschooled”), telephone number and email address (if available) should be written clearly on a separate piece of paper and be enclosed in an envelope with the essay and sealed.

Each essay will be assigned a number. During the judging process, judges will see the number, but not the name of the contestant.

The subject of the essay must be a member of the armed services or a military veteran with ties to Franklin County — someone who lived here at some point in their life. He or she can be living or can be a historical figure. It can be a friend, relative, neighbor or someone they have researched.

All branches of military service are eligible.

Cash prizes are: First place, $50; second place, $35; and third place, $15. The winning entries will be published in a future issue of “The New Preservationist,” the Franklin County Historical Society newsletter.

All entrants will receive a certificate of participation and will be entered in a drawing for a copy of “Mary’s Story,” a collection of Civil War letters exchanged between Franklin County native George Barnes, who was interred in the Union Prison Camp in Alton, Ill., and his wife, Mary, who was at their home in Franklin County.

The entries will not be returned. They will be placed in binder(s) and become part of a permanent collection of the society.

The deadline for submission is Oct. 23.

The essays can be mailed to Franklin County Historical Society, P.O. Box 293, Union, MO 63084, or they can be turned in at the registration table at the Franklin County History Fair, which will be held Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the County Seat Senior Center, in Union.

The winner will be announced at the Nov. 10 meeting of the Franklin County Historical Societ at 15 North Oak St. in Union. The winners will read aloud their submissions and the prizes will be awarded.

For more information, contact FCHS President Sue Blesi, 573-739-9201 or franklincountyhistory@msn.com.