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Callaway Memories

by Anakin Bush | May 27, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society: The first fire wagon crew preparing for a parade in front of the Fulton City Hall and Fire Department building at 4th & Market Streets, c.1900.

150 years ago (1873)

Some fifteen years ago, John Treaver left this county for London, England. No one heard from him for

several years so it was supposed that he had died. His land, near New Bloomfield, was sold for taxes and

nothing more was thought of it. In a short time, iron of a very high quality was discovered on the Treaver

land and mines were opened. The ore dug from this mine is worth about fourteen dollars per ton. Now,

it so happens that Mr. Treaver is neither dead nor sleepeth, but on the contrary is alive and wide awake

to the interests of number one. He has created a lively suspicion of the fact to the parties interested in

working said mines, by notifying them that he not only lives but that he is ready to reclaim his land by

paying all back taxes and interest thereon. In view of the hint thus delicately couched, work on said

mines has ceased. We presume it will not resume until the matter is definitely settled.

125 years ago (1898)

McCredie High School Commencement. Prof. Franc L. McCluer of Westminster College will deliver the

address to the graduates. The class is composed of Bernice Atkinson, Susie Harrison, Virgil Rusk and

Brown Atkinson. A play will be given by the pupils this evening. The baccalaureate sermon to the

graduates was delivered by Rev. Mr. Armstrong of Auxvasse.

Callaway Clips. Rev. Tutt and J. J. Brown had fine fishing on Crow's Fork... One of Callaway's early settlers

is Henry Stultz who came to this county in 1835 and has lived here ever since. He has lived on his

present 200 acre farm for more than 50 years...The Missouri & Kansas Telephone Company has almost

completed their line between here (Cedar City) and Fulton...Irvin Holman and a number of others have

returned from Klondike (Alaska). The hardships endured getting over the Chilkoot Pass are enough to

discourage anyone.

100 years ago (1923)

W. B. Sampson, one of the survivors of the Brown farm massacre during the Civil War, is still an active

farmer, having plowed, harrowed and planted 20 acres of corn on his farm near Carrington. He is 75

years old.

Following are the names of the eighth grade graduates of Fulton's East and West Schools. West School:

Irene Backer, Kathleen Brigleb, Kathryn Caldwell, Velma Clatterbuck, Lucile Hafey, Magaret Hazelrigg,

Opal Holmes, Blanche Hughes, Ernestine Kite, Mildred Lyddon, Frances Maughs, Agnes McCulley, Marian

McIntire, Edith Owen, Eva Perkins, Margaret Reed, Leona Ridgel, Annie Belle Robertson, Leona Winscott,

Paul Barrett, James Bowser, Mike Carabina, Joe Carter, Louis Diehl, Hoe Garrison, Dan Hoffman, James

Matthews, Sydney Maughs, Guy Pickering, Jim Tucker, Herbert Winscott, Lewis Smith. East School: Mary

Gladys Alexander, Jewell Backer,Virginia Burt, Pearl Clatterbuck, Elizabeth Crenshaw, Bessie Crockett,

Julia Crockett, Jessie Fisher, Grace Galwith, Bessie Hill, Dorothy Ann Neukomm, Ruth Powell, Mary

Margaret Sampson, Valda Mae Zumwalt, Eudora Hale, Helen Clark, Hoyt McKern, Pearl Henage, Ruth

Nevins, Jack Atkinson, Carson Backer, John Brown, Jr., J. Brooks Brown, Jr., Russell, Craghead, Walter

Custard, Henry Danuser, Eugene Dunham, Henry Ebersole, Elmer Henderson, Lindsay Hufty, Earl Kemp,

George Lloyd McPherson, Robert Neal, Frederick Neukumm, Ernest Smith, Wheeler Smith, Omer

Williamson, Glenwood Young, Paul Young, William Fait, Herndon Davis, Omer Clatterbuck, Lester Kemp

and Eugene Hamm.

75 years ago (1948)

Edgar McCarroll visited our office to deny the report that there are no living members of the original

Fulton Fire Department. Mr. McCarroll, now living in Vandalia, is in town visiting his sister, Mrs. J. C.

Humphreys and his brother, W. J. McCarroll. He was one of 17 members of the fire department when it

was formed in 1896. Other living members are Jacob Wenger, now living in Highland, IL; "Red" Smith, an

Audrain County Farmer and Frank Anderson, now living in Okmulgee, OK. Grant Duncan, who died two

years ago at the Beta Theta Phi fraternity blaze, was chief of Hose Company #1 in which 9 of the 17

firemen served. Other members include: Wenger, head winchman; Fred Torrey, coupler; James Ed

Berry, pipe man; Thomas Simmons, assistant pipe man; Edgar McCarroll; John T. Jameson; John N. Judt

and George Morrison. In the department with them were "Red" Smith, Henry Frank, Billie Windsor,

Henry Cole, George Slusher, Marvin Davis and Frank Anderson. In 1896, there were two hand drawn

hose carts, but one of them was so heavy that it could not be used. Later, the city purchased two horses

and the big cart was converted to a horse drawn vehicle. Eventually, another team was purchased and

both teams were used to pull the cart.

50 years ago (1973)

Rodeo Queen Finalist. Miss Mona Fischer, representing the Callaway Rough Riders Saddle Club, was

named first runner-up at the Mexico American Legion Rodeo in Mexico, MO. She was awarded a $25

Savings Bond and a pair of Texas boots. She was also awarded a $25 Savings Bond for selling more

tickets than any other contestant.

25 years ago (1998)

Fulton Postal Clerk Takes Off His Rubber Thumb... For Good. Oliver Jones was all thumbs- of the rubber

variety- while sorting mail for 24 years as a Fulton postal clerk. The 60 year old Jones estimates that he

wore out 204 rubber thumbs- or one every 60 days-during his career. Now Jones, of New Bloomfield,

who began his postal career in 1973, looks forward to retiring. In honor of his last day, fellow co-workers

gave a retirement breakfast. Postmaster Don Summers, the postal union and personnel presented him

with two plaques, a gold watch and a monetary gift. Jones and his wife, Aida, live on a 400-acre farm in

New Bloomfield. The father of five and grandfather of four plans to keep busy. "Oh, I'll probably work

around the farm, do a little fishing, and who knows, probably go into the automotive business with my

son, Russell," he said. "Whatever I do, I plan on taking my time. Now that I'm retired, there's no hurry."

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