60 years ago

City, fire district, unable to agree on split of alarm system cost: All five members of the Brentwood City Council and ditto of the Brentwood Fire District board were unable to agree Tuesday evening when they got together at the City Hall to figure a way for dividing between them the cost of a combined fire and police alarm system.

Total cost of the system will be about $2,400 yearly. The council thinks the fire district should go 50-50, but the fire commissioners were willing to go no higher than $75 a month, after first proposing that they pay a third. The system will be made necessary when the dial telephones go into service next spring.

Main point at issue in the discussion was the proportionate use of the system to be made by the city and the district. It was conceded that there would probably be more police than fire calls, but councilmen insisted that the standby value of the service would be of equal value. After the commissioners had made their $75 a month offer, and the council stood pat on a 50-50 split, the council voted to table the matter until their next meeting in January.

25 years ago

Horse's trot is something special: Jeanie and Rick Vaughan breed and train Missouri Foxtrotter horses at Foxfire Farms on Byron Hot Springs Road. Jeanie Vaughan thinks the foxtrotter's smooth gait is an answer to the needs of the pleasure horse enthusiasts of East County.

The pattern of a fox's leg motions leaves few tracks as it appears to glide over rough terrain. Foxtrotters received their name because they are bred and trained to use the same method of movement when at a trot.

Jeanie Vaughan said foxtrotters originated from the same stock that went on to become the American Saddlebred. Settlers found that the gait of the foxtrotter was particularly suited to their new Ozark mountain homes.

"The cattle industry in Missouri kept the foxtrotter industry alive," said Vaughan. "They had to have a horse that could travel 40 miles in the morning without breaking the horse down or killing the rider."

-- Brentwood News files