150 years ago (1873)
(From advertisement). Go to Godfrey's Gallery. Photographs are made equal to any in north Missouri
and the most beautiful. Porcelain Pictures as cheap and as good as they can be had anywhere. A few
copies of photographic marriage certificates still on hand. Special pains taken with children and in
copying. Located over Herndon & Harris' Drug Store.
125 years ago (1898)
Auxvasse Review Tidbits. The deepest hole in the earth is at Schaldeback, Germany. It is 5,785 feet deep
and is for geological research only. The greatest cavern is Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. It is 10 miles long
and requires 150 miles of travel to explore all of it. The longest stretch of railway without a curve is 211
miles from Buenos Ayres to the foot of the Andes. The largest history ever published is "The War of the
Rebellion." The books occupy 30 feet of shelf room and weigh 500 pounds.
100 years ago (1923)
Auxvasse High School Commencement. The class of 1923 is the largest that has graduated, being
composed of ten boys and twelve girls, as follows: John Huddleston, Herbert Huddleston, Ira Wilkes,
Jefferson Hatcher, Joe Bryan, Francis Jenkins, Bartley Stokes, Robert Cowan, Elisha Owen, Donald Pierce,
Edith Satterfield, Sarah Davis, Martha Cowan, Anna Tuttle Davis, Laverta Maupin, Hilda Huddleston,
Gladys Meyer, Eula Smith, Mary Noyey, Jane Martin, Helen Campbell and Julia Kemp. The eighth grade
graduation will be held at the school auditorium on May 17th. The Baccalaureate sermon will be
preached at the Baptist church on May 13, by Rev. R. L. Armstrong. Commencement exercises will be
held at the High School Auditorium on May 18th
Fire Brick Company Putting Up New Building. Excavating work has begun at the factory of the Fulton Fire
Brick Company for a new dry house, which is to be one story high and 60 x 200 feet in size, will be
completed in about 90 days. Brick and cement made by the company will be used in the construction.
The new building will stand west of the main buildings of the present plant but will not extend out to
Westminster Avenue. The completion of the new building will increase the capacity of the plant from
155 to 190 tons/ day. Labor to man the addition will be helped with the erection of new houses by the
company. The company is running at maximum capacity due in part to the railroads not buying
locomotive fire box linings during the railroad strike last year. They are replenishing now and this makes
the demand which necessitates the new addition to the factory.
75 years ago (1948)
Three students who earned a part of their high school credits through service in the armed forces will
receive their diplomas at the FHS commencement. They are Joe Donald Carrington, Walter Arthur
Lederle and Edward Allen Bales. Bales, a sergeant, is still in the Army Engineers Corps and is stationed in
the Canal Zone. Carrington, overseas for a year, served with the paratroopers and worked in an office in
Japan. He is now out of service and working at the Harbison-Walker plant. Lederle, has received his
discharge and is working in Mexico.
50 years ago (1973)
Brown School will close this week for about the 110th time since it first opened. This closing, however,
will be different from the rest- it won't be opened again next fall. Brown School is one of the last of the
one-room rural schools in Callaway County. An order from the State Department of Education stated
this will be the last year rural schools could operate. Next year, Brown's 37 pupils will be in the Fulton
School system. The graduation ceremony will be sad, the five eighth graders agreed. "I wish this school
would stay open for high school," Cindy Freeman said. "The teacher and kids I am going to miss the
most. We won't be able to talk to the teachers like we do with Mrs. Martin. She will listen to us." Mrs.
Ruby Martin teaches grades 3-8. In a classroom sprinkled with "Yes, Ma'ams" and "Thank yous," it is
obvious she occupies a special place with her students. "She is more than just a teacher, she is a friend,"
said Renee Stack, who has had Mrs. Martin for a teacher the past four years. "She goes out on the
playground and plays baseball with the boys," said Jimmy Arrowhead. Mrs. Martin's philosophy of
education includes mutual respect. Tacked on the front wall of the room are two class mottos, "Courtesy
is contagious" and "Keep your temper, nobody wants it." In her ten years of teaching, she has had very
few major discipline problems. Her gift to the graduates was a trip to Six Flags. Mrs. Martin will teach
sixth grade at Carver next year.
25 years ago (1998)
(From caption of a photo). Devin Chandler, Prairie Hill Farm of Hatton, sells garden-fresh salad greens
and radishes to the Craighead family at the Fulton Farmers' Market in the Market Street parking lot.
Farmers from the area opened the market and began selling seasonal produce thirteen years ago. The
market opens in May and runs through October. For more info, contact Leroy Peneston of Auxvasse.
FHS students competed successfully at the State Music Festival in Columbia. The following students
received Superior (1) ratings. Ryan Caldwell, vocal and bassoon solos; Reece Rose, vocal; Chris Ramsey
and Jeremy Ball, euphonium; Josh Myers, trumpet; Jimmy Speek, tuba; Tuba Trio-Tim Davies, Michael
Maddock and Jimmy Speek; Brass Sextet- Tom Branch, Tim Davies, John Loyd, Josh Myers, Chris Ramsey,
Tom Tenney; Brass Sextet- Chris Draffen, Trisha Gibony, Kenna Jackson, Carl Sweezer, Jeremy Ball,
Jimmy Speek; Snare Drum Quartet- Trevor Craghead, David Simmons, Jeremy Washington, Brandon
Tiefenauer; Mixed Woodwind Quintet- Lindsey Duncan, Becky Cruce, Katie Niles, Ryan Caldwell and Tom
Tenney. The annual Spring Vocal Concert will Thursday and the Spring Band Concert will be held Friday.
Both performances will be held in Champ Auditorium on the Westminster Campus.