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Callaway Memories

by Anakin Bush | August 19, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society Cannon Ball Baker's Overland Whippet in front of W. Scott Fox's Callaway Motor Company next to the old Fulton Post Office on W. 5th Street.

150 years ago (1873)

FOOT RACE! Messrs. W. W. Tuttle & Co., our popular, enterprising and unrivalled grocery merchants,

offer a premium of $10 to the man or boy of any age that can make the best time around the ring. Race

to come off on August 22, 1873. Five or more entries required. Judges: Dr. J. H. Howard, Jno. B. Williams

and Dr. W. B. Tucker.

125 years ago (1898)

Petit jurors drawn by county court for this month's term of the Callaway County Circuit Court: Fulton-Joe

Tyler, Frank Berry; Auxvasse- Geo. Blackburn, Thomas McCall; Jackson- John Vandiver, John Shelton;

Calwood- Robert Wright, B. P. Harrison; Summit- James Richey, Ab. Link; St. Aubert- Theo. Beaven, L. C.

Brown; Bourbon- Walter Glenn, John Scruggs; Cleveland-Elias Davis; Liberty- J.J. McPheeters; Round

Prairie- R. O. James; Guthrie- A. W. Criswell; Cedar- S. P. Holt; Shamrock- H. O. Peerie; Nine Mile- Lyman

Rood; Caldwell- Robert Criswell; McCredie- S. G. Thomas; Cote Sans Dessein- Ben F. Chiles.

100 years ago (1923)

625 Miles on 22 Gallons of Gasoline. Not a special demonstration and not even a test run, but just the

amount of gasoline which G. W. Ardrey of Fulton used in traveling 625 miles for an average of 28+ miles

to the gallon on his Overland. Miss Mildred Meelius also experienced good results in one trip which she

took in her Overland, covering 86 miles and using only 3 gallons of gasoline, for an average of 28+ miles

to the gallon. Others are getting the same results. Call W. Scott Fox @ Callaway Motor Company for

further information and a demonstration of this car.

Sixty- Eighters Picnic. The second annual picnic and barbecue of the Sixty- Eighters was held at Bellamy

Springs, where about eighty people enjoyed the day. All Callaway men born in 1868 and their families

were invited to be a part. A regular old fashioned barbecue combined with the basket dinner made the

picnic a most enjoyable one. After the barbecue/ basket dinner, the young enjoyed an afternoon of

swimming while the older men pitched horse shoes and the ladies held an afternoon discussion. The

picnic was a success in every way and plans are being laid for an even greater celebration of the third

anniversary of their organization.

75 years ago (1948)

Yesteryear in Fulton (From the files of the Daily Sun, Evening Gazette, Sun-Gazette). 30 years ago {1918}.

The temperature climbed to 107 degrees today...School in the Red Brush district, near Earl, will open

Monday with Miss Dell Duncan as the teacher. She will receive $65/month..."I have seen lots of corn cut

early, but never until this year have I seen it cut in July," reports Ben M. Yates of McCredie. "Going to

Auxvasse the last day in July, I saw a small patch cut on the farm of I. C. Beckley. It was all shocked up

just as if September had come.". Callaway County nominated Miss Mossie Morris for Circuit Clerk, giving

her a third more votes than her opponents...20 years ago {1928}. Harley H. Bezler, Portland, and

Beatrice Shiverdecker, Readsville, were married at the home of Rev. H. H. Snider...Crawford Harris and

W. C. (Bill) Tucker left town {Fulton} early for a tour of the county in an old-fashioned one-horse buggy.

They started south, stopping at Hams Prairie and Mokane, and at noon were in route to Portland. The

boys expect to visit every town and village in the county, a thing very few Fultonians have done in their

lifetime. They plan to complete the tour in a week's time...

Five Fulton men enlisted in the armed forces this week, according to M-Sgt. Paul Hilt, recruiter. William

E. Lutz and Herbie Miller enlisted in the Air Force. John L. Murphy and Donald C. Mealy went to the

Corps of Engineers, Alaska. Samuel Hutton enlisted in the regular army, unassigned.

50 years ago (1973)

Five members of the Fulton FFA attended Camp Rising Sun, the official state FFA leadership Training

Camp at Lake Ozark. Those attending were Barry Dennison, Tim Guerrant, Arlin Kettle, John Mealy, Steve

Witt and Jefferson Battles. Included in the leadership phase of the camping sessions were daily sessions

on improving chapter participation in community activities, chapter meetings, degrees, awards and how

to improve and carry out annual program of activities. John Mealy was elected as camp Treasurer for the

week, and also competed in the State FFA Championship Rifle Marksmanship Contest. He is also Chapter

Secretary and Sub-district Parliamentarian. Barry Dennison and Jeff Battles received Red Cross

Intermediate Swimmers cards. The Fulton group was a part of the runner-up team for the Volleyball

championship and also competed in softball, badminton, shuffleboard, horseshoes and ping-pong.

Boating and skiing was also available. The entire camp visited the Ozark Opry. Five members of the

Fulton FFA will also participate in an FFA Tractor Rodeo. Those attending will be Don Carter, Tom

Christopher, Lee Horine, John Mealy and Steve Witt. This rodeo includes skill driving with both twowheel and four-wheel trailers and the ability to park in slots and backing around part of the course.

Members will be judged on skill and safety driving of tractors and implements.

25 years ago (1998)

Seventy Years and Still Together {see their wedding announcement mentioned previously in the 1948

article}. Hadley and Beatrice of Fulton celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at the home of their

son, Vernon, and his wife, Jean of Fulton. The occasion was marked with a dinner for family members.

Those present were Hadley and Beatrice Bezler, Vernon and Jean Bezler of Fulton; Carol Bezler of

Palmyra; Kelly and Christina Bezler of Jefferson City; Jacque Bezler of Marwayne Alberta, Canada. Nelda

Cherry of Fulton made a double hearted cake. One side of the cake congratulated the couple and the

other side said, "70 years. Love is for always." Mr. Bezler owned a farm in Reform where he and Mrs.

Bezler lived until the Callaway Nuclear Plant purchased their land. The couple now resides in Fulton.

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