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Callaway Memories

by Anakin Bush | June 3, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy of the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society The Missouri School for the Deaf campus, architect M. Fred Bell, as it appeared in 1898.

150 years ago (1873)

R. R. Porter shot an eagle near his place, some seven miles north of Fulton, which measured six feet

from tip to tip of its wings. One of the wings, presented by Mr. P. to L. W. McKinney, is now on

exhibition at the Telegraph. Call and see it.

The county court has made an appropriation of $125 to build a bridge across Muddy Creek, below Cote

Sans Dessein, on condition that the citizens interested will donate a like sum. L. J. Rootes was appointed

commissioner to advertise and let the same to the lowest bidder, and to superintend the construction of

said bridge.

We call special attention to the announcement of the Strawberry Festival tonight at the court house. We

hope all will go. The object for which the festival is held is a good one. The editor desires to tender his

thanks to the lady managers for a complimentary invitation to himself and lady to attend.

125 years ago (1898)

The Missouri School for the Deaf will hold commencement exercises on June 1 at 10:00 a.m. Prof.

Raymond Weeks of the State University will deliver the address. Hon. C. E. Peets will address the

graduates and Gen. Bell will present the diplomas. The following will be involved in the program of

essays and recitations: Louisa Fielhmann, Alva Finney, Alonson Yeager, James C. Hilton, George J.

Tureczek, Irena Yeager and Elbert Marion Nowell.

The commencement exercises for the Fulton High School will take place at the Opera House on June 2.

The following is a list of the graduates: Margaret Robnett (valedictorian), Merle Melville Howe

(salutatorian), Mary Nicolson Woodson, Orion Hume, Edna Sartor, Eulah Thatcher, Emma Harrison

Sitton, Eula Moral Pemberton, William Moss Alexander, Rollie McIntire, Samuel O. Sanderson, Orlou

Pearl Smith, Erna West, James Thomas Oliver, Sabra Harris Johnson, Nellie May Yancey, Agnes Pearl

Harris, Mary Cecil Berry and Jo Carter.

100 years ago (1923)

J. W. Frost, 75 years old, passed away at his home in Millersburg. Mr. Frost was born July 7, 1848 in

Frankfort, KY. He came to Missouri in 1882 and had lived here since. He is survived by his wife and eight

children: James, Woodford and Ira of Boone County; Mrs. Noah Bedsworth, Mrs. James Wise, Mrs. Jack

Selby, Mrs. Carter Walker and Mrs. John McCray, all of Callaway County.

Special thanks to the following men who spent half a day cleaning the Mount Carmel Methodist Church

cemetery: John L. Erwin, L. C. Dunavant, W. W. Barton, H. P. Davis, E. R. Thomas, Henry Jatho, B. Beasley,

C. A. Renoe, William Jatho, John L. Hendrix, Stanley Mirts, Douglas Gilpin, Robert Craghead, Arthur

Craghead, B. F. Payne, Mr. Creasey, Woodrow Payne and Edward Erdmann.

75 years ago (1948)

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signed guarantee to you, your heirs or descendants. Chas. A. Dunkelberg. 306 Market Street. Fulton.

Explosion Ruins Fireworks Business. Curtis and Jerry Wolking, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wolking,

went out of the fireworks business in a hurry when their entire stock and considerable hay in the

building they were using as a salesroom went up in smoke. They live on the Earl road and had set up a

road-side stand in the front of the building. No one was injured, but the exploding fireworks caused a

loud blast and the burning hay sent up a large column of smoke. The fire department extinguished the

fire before it did much damage to the building. The sale of fireworks is prohibited in the city but they

lived outside of city limits.

50 years ago (1973)

There has been an increase in interest among Callaway high school students in the Callaway County

Food and Youth Program this year with 13 youths attending the Food and Youth Congress held at the

University of Missouri. Mrs. Robert Tigh, Mrs. Everett Elsenrath, Mrs. Ray Clark and Mrs. David Graves

accompanied the youth to Columbia. A two day trip is planned to St. Louis to tour various food

industries, consume gourmet meals and see some of the sights of St. Louis. The youths which will be

making the charted bus trip from North Callaway H.S. are Anita Korff, Leslie Edwards and Mary Jane

Maddox. The youths from South Callaway H.S. are Della Mae Bunting, Anita Ruga, Beverly Ruga and Rita

Elsenrath. Debra Haymart, Larna Clark, and Bill Books from Fulton H.S. will join them.

25 years ago (1998)

The Fulton boys' 800-meter relay finished second at the Class 3A state track and field championships.

This relay of senior Anthony Sheets, junior Keyshawn Lugrand, sophomore Jeff Rybold and senior Richie

Vinson posted a time of 1 minute, 30.29 seconds. Clayton won with a time of 1:29.19. Fulton's 800 relaywhich owns the school record of 1:29.3- advanced to the finals by placing third in the prelims with a

time of 1:32.02. Vinson placed third in the 400m finals with a time of 50.45 seconds. Shelton Scott took

fifth in the triple jump. Jeremy Washington finished 11th in the shot put. Senior Alana Richmond, the only

Fulton girls' state qualifier, finished 12th in the discus. The Hornets were in ninth place with 18 points

through 13 events. Final team standings were not available as of press time.

Roberta Mirts, daughter of John and Ruby Mirts of Auxvasse received a master's of art degree from the

Univ. of New Mexico in organizational learning and instrumental technologies. She is a 1974 graduate of

North Callaway H.S. and a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University.

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