Callaway Memories

Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society
The Pratt Theatre on the NE corner of 6th & Nichols in Fulton. Primarily a live entertainment venue, it was across the street from the Gem Movie Theatre, which is now Treasure Island.
Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society The Pratt Theatre on the NE corner of 6th & Nichols in Fulton. Primarily a live entertainment venue, it was across the street from the Gem Movie Theatre, which is now Treasure Island.

150 years ago (1873)

At a convention of farmers in Chicago, it was recommended that the farmers hold their hogs at $5/100

lbs. gross or salt them down. The State Agency of the Patrons of Husbandry of Missouri recommends

that the farmers pack their own hogs. The Missouri Valley Council which met in Kansas City recommends

that the farmers salt their pork if they cannot get 4c/lb. for it. The hog crop is 1/3 short of what it was

last year. The great failure of the corn crop of the country and the European demand on America for

grain and meat will insure us at 10c for bacon and $1.50 / bushel for wheat in four months' time.

Therefore, we would advise our farmers not to sell at present prices, unless compelled to do so to meet

taxes and other indebtedness. Salt down your pork and keep it until it will command reasonable figures.

125 years ago (1898)

Callaway County Clips. There are only 6,093 lawyers in Russia- one for every 20,000 inhabitants ... J.

Frank Buckner wears the belt as the champion duck shooter in this neck of the woods. He killed 15 wild

ducks at one shot a few days ago. He says that if any of our sportsmen want to know how to kill ducks,

just tell them to come out and he will show them how it is done ... John W. Martin, son of John T.

Martin, who has been in the state of Washington for the last several years, arrived here with his wife,

the former Fannie Craig, of Callaway. They have had enough of the West and have come home to stay.

They are good folks and we are glad to welcome them back to "Grand Old Callaway."

100 years ago (1923)

A White Elephant Tea will be given at the Methodist Church {Fulton?} on Tuesday at 7:30 p. m. for the

benefit of the Girls' Missionary Society. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Reed's Toehold Made Big Wrestler Faint. Nickoloff refuses to concede "down" and became unconscious

from pain. He was foolhardy but game. Grappler lost 2 falls to Jake Reed from Fultonian's famous hold.

Refusing to concede the fall in the second bout of the wrestling match held at Pratt's Theatre, Milton

Nickoloff fainted from the punishment of the toehold in which Jake Reed had him. It was 5 or 6 minutes

before the big grappler regained consciousness. After being taken to his dressing room, he continued to

suffer from his foot and seemed in a daze. The first fall came from a toehold by Reed after 45 minutes of

wrestling and the second fall after 8 ½ minutes. In the first fall, Reed held Nickoloff's left foot and in the

second fall, it was the right foot which underwent punishment. No one present had ever heard of a

wrestler fainting from the suffering given by a toehold. Wrestlers have been knocked unconscious by

falls but to endure pain until unconscious rather than surrender and declare a "down" is an unheard of

thing. Perhaps Nickoloff was foolhardy but certainly he proved game to the core and won the

admiration of the crowd. After the first fall, he asked that Reed return to the mat at the end of 5

minutes instead of waiting the customary 10 minutes. His ankle had begun to swell and he feared he

would be unable to return at all.

75 years ago (1948)

Funeral for Victim of War. Funeral services will be held at the Wallace Funeral Home for Raymond Rusk

Holladay, native of Callaway County, who was killed during WWII. Afterwards, the body will be taken to

the National Cemetery in Jefferson City for burial. The Veterans of Foreign Affairs and American Legion

will be in charge of the military service at the grave site. Holladay was killed on March 24, 1945 in action

at Wesel, Germany, and was buried in an American cemetery at Margraten, Holland. He entered the

Army April 15, 1943, received his first training at Camp Mackall, NC, with the 194th Glider Infantry and

the 17th Airborne Division. He was sent overseas in August, 1944. Holladay was born near Guthrie on

December 24, 1923, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holladay. He graduated from FHS in 1942. He was a

member of the Dry Fork Baptist Church in Guthrie. In addition to his parents, he leaves behind five

sisters, including Nina of the home, Mrs. Wayne Smith of Williamsburg and Mrs. Kenneth Meinhardt of

Holts Summit as well as 3 brothers.

25 years ago (1998)

Alma Nadine Yancey, 80, of New Bloomfield, died Dec. 4 at the Villa Marie Nursing Facility (Jeff City). She

was born May 20, 1918 in Cedar City to the late Fredrick W. and Grace Roedel Koelling. She married

Hudson Brown Yancey on Nov. 13, 1940. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1977. Survivors include

her daughter, State Rep. Gracia Backer, and her grandson, Justin Backer of New Bloomfield and

numerous cousins and in-laws. She had been employed in the State Auditor's Office during Haskell

Holman's terms, the State Treasurer's Office during the M. E. Morris term and the MO Public Service

Commission. She was co-owner of the Brown Yancey Trucking Company in New Bloomfield for 37 years

and retired as secretary from the New Bloomfield School District in 1985. She was a member of the

Central United Church (Jeff City). She was a member of the XYZ Club in New Bloomfield, the Women's

Democratic Club of Callaway County and the Providence Baptist Sunday School in New Bloomfield. She

served as treasurer of the Callaway County Democratic Central Committee and was as an alternate

delegate for the1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. She served as treasurer for the city of New

Bloomfield for 10 years. Services are at the Central United Church of Christ. Burial in Riverview

Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to her church in Jeff City or the Providence Baptist Church of New

Bloomfield.