Callaway Memories: The Fulton Telegraph recognized by the Columbia Herald 150 years ago

Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society
John B. Williams, publisher of the weekly Fulton Telegraph newspaper. In 1873 it was five cents per issue, or $2 per year (paid in advance).
Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society John B. Williams, publisher of the weekly Fulton Telegraph newspaper. In 1873 it was five cents per issue, or $2 per year (paid in advance).


150 years ago (1873) 

The Columbia Herald says, "The Fulton Telegraph, one of the 'best gotten up' and best paying country newspapers in Missouri, has just entered its twenty-eighth year. It deserves all the success it has achieved, and we wish for it and its popular proprietor, Mr. Williams, twenty-eight years more of prosperity."

One of the boys about town who is in the habit of indulging too freely of "spider juice," got so much on his stomach the other day that the said organ repelled the load. As he leaned against a lamppost vomiting, a little dog happened to stop by him, whereupon he indulged in this soliloquy: "Well, I know here is a conundrum. I know where I ate the baked beans. I remember where I ate the lobster. I recollect where I got the rum, but I am hanged if I can recall where I ate that little yaller dog."

125 years ago (1895)

Callaway Citizens. That girl who married the barber instead of the shoemaker, was head over heels in love... Auxvasse: Henry Debo was in Fulton on Friday. Felix Thomas has been south of Fulton for a week.

Geo. Wilkerson of Guthrie was on our streets Tuesday... Ham's Prairie: W.A. Hurd has commenced plowing. H.B. Miller has rented his farm to Jesse Glover. Mr. McFarlane of Fulton was buying poultry on the Prairie last week... 

Cedar City: Mrs. Sarah Waggoner is having a residence erected on her farm. Times are a little dull with the merchants at present-the country people are unable to get to town. Now is a good time to talk road improvement... Southeast Ham's Prairie: weather cold. This freezing and thawing business is 'death and destruction' on growing wheat... Stephen's Store: our roads are improving. Fifty dollars has been raised to build sidewalks. The 'Tacky Party' at Bob Wallace's was a success... Toledo: most of the wheat in this vicinity is looking well. L. E. Craighead is 'turning heels over head' over the

arrival of a little girl at his home.

100 years ago (1923)

Dreams sometimes serve a useful purpose. One helped to locate two diamond rings Mrs. Smith Gerhardt lost while visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Backer of South Court Street. Mrs. Phillip

Backer dreamed that the rings had been thrown out with the ashes. As soon as she finished her

breakfast, she went to John Backer's house and searched in a pile of ashes there. She found the solitaire.

Later, Miss Emily Backer found the other diamond ring also in the ash pile.

75 years ago (1948)

The Missouri School for the Deaf has a herd of 30 registered Holsteins that lead the 49 herds in the

Missouri Valley Dairy Herd Improvement Association by producing an average of 1,257 pounds of milk

and 46 ½ pounds of butterfat for last December. This herd also had the high cow for the month with

1,860 pounds of milk and 87.4 pounds of butterfat. This herd has been in improvement tests

consistently since 1925. O. W. Wing has been herd manager during all these years.

Miss Helen Hudson has leased from Mrs. Maxine Gilger, the Gilger's Beauty Shop in the Maughs

Building. Miss Hudson, daughter of Mrs. Lucille Hudson, is a graduate of the Fulton High School and the

Mariwood Beauty College, Jefferson City.

(From the Mokane Missourian). Mr. and Mrs. William Blythe celebrated their fiftieth wedding

anniversary with a dinner party at their home. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Blythe and

family, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Olds, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Nichols and son, Miss Ruby Nichols, Miss Shirley

Nichols, Guy Sapp, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Quinn and family, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Sapp and daughter,

Mr. and Mrs. Emery Bennett and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Orville White, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Nichols and family.

50 years ago (1973)

A ping-pong exhibition will be held Wednesday night in the Westminster College during halftime of the Westminster and Rolla basketball game. Two of the top players in Missouri will be on hand to provide the show. They are Albert Yu of St. Louis and Bob Chen, a Westminster faculty member. The basketball

game starts at 7:30.

Fulton Ranks High in the State. Fulton, along with Independence, is high in community organization and cooperation in the state of Missouri and "nationally, you are pretty far along, too," said Everette E. Nance, director of Midwest Community Education Development Center at St. Louis. Nance spoke at the Community Center and presented plans for establishing community education in the Callaway area. 

Tom Hill, continuing education agent with the University of Missouri extension office, invited Nance to speak in Fulton to various agency representatives. Nance stated that communities which have made progress in serving its citizens, especially in the area of adult education and recreation, had used methods set up by the Fulton Plan.

25 years ago (1998)

Sterling Campbell Has Gone Fishing! There will be an open house reception for Sterling Campbell because he has retired on February 11 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Garrett & Campbell of 523 Nichols Street.

Sterling T. Campbell has retired from Garrett & Campbell, Inc. He has been with the company since 1964, when he moved to Fulton to buy half the business from his father-in-law, E.C. Garrett. The company has been owned and operated by the same family since 1950, when E.C. Garrett purchased a plumbing business and set up 'Garrett & Son' with Bill Garrett. When E.C. Garrett retired in 1964, Bill Garrett and Mr. Campbell became partners in plumbing and hydronic heating and renamed the company Garrett & Campbell. They purchased Vaughn Plumbing and Heating and added heating and air conditioning with Lenox equipment in 1965. In January 1995, they incorporated, then Bill Garrett retired in May 1995, selling his half of the business to Campbell's son and daughter, Bud Campbell and Brenda Loeffler. The son and daughter team will continue to operate the business. Sterling's retirement plans include a lot of fishing, household projects and woodworking.