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Memorial Highway Dedication Ceremony Held to Honor Lathams

A memorial highway dedication ceremony to honor the Latham family was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Catfish Bowl, located at 106 St. Mary Street in Pilot Knob, Mo.

State Representative Paul Fitzwater acquired the necessary 100 signatures to designate Route A from Route 49 to Route 32 in Iron and Reynolds Counties the "Latham Memorial Highway."

The memorial highway signs honor both Opal and Edward Latham for the legacy of improvements they left behind for area travelers.

"My mother, Opal Latham, was a driving force behind getting Route A asphalted in the 1960s," said Ms. Shirley Harrell.

Harrell also explained that her father, Edward Latham, sold his land in support of improvements to Route A.

Speakers included:

  • The Honorable Paul Fitzwater, Missouri House of Representatives, District 144
  • Ms. Shirley Harrell, daughter of Opal and Edward Latham
  • Ms. Ann Latham Will, daughter of Opal and Edward Latham
  • MoDOT Southeast District Engineer Mark Shelton

For more information on the dedication ceremony, please contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).


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