CALLAWAY MEMORIES: Fire destroys Davis and Neill's store in 1897

Courtesy / Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society
The Spot Café.
Courtesy / Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society The Spot Café.

125 years ago (1897)

Davis & Neill's store at Earl was destroyed by fire Saturday night about midnight. They kept a stock of general merchandise. No insurance carried on either building or stock. A few things in the warehouse were the only things saved. Loss about $3000. The fire is supposed to have been caused by mice being among matches.

The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening and decided to place the High School in the new East Building. Humphrey and Morrison will teach in the East building and Hudnall and Glover in the West building. Misses Coons, Collett and McIntire, will also teach in the West building, while Misses McAfee, Holt, Hall, McCarroll will teach in the East building. Miss Carter teaches Latin and Music at both buildings. School will begin Sept. 27.

100 years ago (1922)

Blind Man Getting Work. Frank Baker, formerly of New Bloomfield, who is now making rugs, baskets and other articles, is receiving a number of orders not only from Fulton people but from outside the town.

Teachers in the colleges here have given Mr. Baker a number of orders for rugs, and a sample and prices sent to Chicago not long ago brought back a check for $26.

McCredie High School elects officials. The seniors elected the following: Claud McBerry, president; Brown Atkinson, vice president; Miss Susie Harrison, secretary; Virgil Rusk, treasurer; Miss Bernice Atkinson, sergeant-at-arms. Officers elected by the sophmores were as follows: President, Miss Delia Harrison; vice-president, William Jones; secretary, Miss Flossie Carroll; treasurer, Miss Mary Sullivan.

The superintendent and high school boys have been very busy getting the football field and basketball court ready for some good games.

Wils Davis, Henry Pomi, Doc Loyd and George Davis entertained John Adcock, Clarence Adcock, Ennis Loyd, Buddie Loyd and Ernest Turner Friday night by inviting them to the Auxvasse hills to run wolves with eight of their best dogs. They captured and brought back a large grey wolf.

75 years ago (1947)

Two former Fulton High grid stars will be playing on opposing teams when the MU Tigers and the SLU Billikens clash in the opening game of the season in Columbia. Chester Fritz, lineman, will be playing for MU and Roger Baumeister, halfback, will be playing for SLU. Baumeister, a sophomore, is scheduled to do most of the Billikins' punting this season. Fritz is playing his second year with MU in addition to two with the Great Lakes naval football team.

Ten Fulton restaurants have been assigned Grade A ratings and 11 others have been designated as Grade C. Victor Gibson, city sanitation officer, reports. The Grade A restaurants are Woolery's, E. & M., Gordon's, Cecil's Sandwich Bar (Saults Drug), Carl and Dot's, Kingdom, The Spot, Winn's Lunch Room, Hill Top Manor and Annie's. Ruby's Sandwich Shop will be elevated from Grade C to Grade A when the owner is able to install a lavatory.

50 years ago (1972)

Miss Kathy Presson, Fulton High School senior, is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Presson. Her school activities include Future Teachers of America, Science and Math Club, Junior Classical League, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.

Work has slowed down on the construction of the new Gerbes store north of Fulton. The Iron Worker's strike has delayed the construction of the store. Negotiations are underway in St. Louis. Also affected by the strike is the construction of a new building at Fulton High School.

Mrs. Mildred McClanahan was hostess Wed. for Ladies Day at Fulton Country Club. Mrs. Hart Robnett, Mrs. Mary French Pearce and Mrs. R.H. Applebaugh were bridge winners. Canasta winners were Mrs. Glen Maupin and Mrs. W.A. Burre. Officers for the coming year are Mrs. George Latta, chairman, Mrs. T.J. Neukomm, vice chairman, and Mrs. Blanche Braham, secretary-treasurer. Mrs. B.B. Wagener will be hostess next Wed.

The 65th annual Craig family reunion was held Sept.2 at the Community Center. A basket dinner with baked ham was served at noon. Dan Craig and Mrs. H.W. Craig were in charge of arrangements. Special recognition was given to family members who attended the first Craig reunion in 1907 at the Atkinson Ford on Auxvasse Creek northwest of McCredie. They were Miss Isobel Craig, Kent Wallace, Mrs. Mary Craig Oliver, Leo G. Wallace, Mrs. Myrtle Craig Dawson, S Ray Herndon, Miss Mabel Threlkeld McDaniel, Mrs. Agnes Craig Dunn, and Mrs. Evelyn Threlkeld Powell. Miss Isobel Craig was presented a medallion with the Craig coat of arms commemorating 65 years of perfect attendance at the reunions. Family members signed a special 'get well' message for Mrs. Anna Jameson Tait who was ill and unable to attend.

25 years ago (1997)

(caption of a photo by Kimberly Long) Adorned in her patriotic attire, Paige Baysinger, 5, joined more than 400 students at McIntire Elementary School who attended the "I Love America" assembly Wednesday morning. Presentations on the nation, the flag and the Declaration of Independence were given. The New Serve Band also gave a musical performance.

Lacey Sweeten, 8, of New Bloomfield is the winner of a drawing for the Missouri State Fair "Wonder of AG" coloring contest. Sweeten is one of ten children between 2-12 years old from Missouri who will receive a $100 savings bond from MFA and Brownfield Network.

Levi Christopher Farley was born September 6, 1997 to Chris and Dana Farley of Williamsburg. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 ¼ inches. His siblings are Brandon Polly, Raylea Farley and Ashton Kemp. His grandparents are Turner and Judy Hook, Violet Ballard and Paul T. Farley.