Callaway Memories

Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society
Soon after the 1989 article, and after talk of converting it to a jail, the Palace was sold and later restored to better resemble its original design.
Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society Soon after the 1989 article, and after talk of converting it to a jail, the Palace was sold and later restored to better resemble its original design.

135 Years Ago – The Fulton Telegraph (1889)

J.W. Selby teaches the Brown district school and is giving general satisfaction to the patrons. His school

is composed of 50 pupils whose minds are being trained to shoot in the right direction for the higher walks

of society and business channels of the country. Jim is one of the best teachers in the county and is also

a candidate for County School Commissioner.

Oscar Wiley, the mail carrier from Stephens' Store to Millersburg to Fulton, while hunting one day last

week, accidentally shot and killed himself. He stopped to rest on the Callaway side of the bridge that

crosses Cedar near Stephens' Store and set his gun down over the edge of the bridge on some rocks.

After resting a few minutes he caught the gun by the muzzle and drew it towards him and the hammer

was drawn sufficiently far to explode the cap and the entire load was discharged into the pit of his

stomach, killing him instantly. He was about 18 years of age and is a pity that he met with so sudden and

untimely death.

110 Years Ago – The Missouri Telegraph (1914)

Paul Turner, son of Henry G. Turner, has the honor of raising the most productive acre of corn in

Callaway county by a boy under 18 years , last year, and in spite of the fact that the drought that year

made the raising of a good corn crop almost an impossibility, he had a yield of 57 bushels and 60 pounds

on an acre and in all realized $116.40 from his crop, which was more than some men made on several

acres that year.

85 Years Ago – The Fulton Daily Sun-Gazette (1939)

W. Ed Craighead, veteran of the Fulton post office staff in point of service, entered upon his 33rd year as

a carrier on Rural Route No. 4, Wednesday morning. Mr. Craighead took up government work on

February 1, 1906, after he was named carrier on Rural Route No. 4, to succeed John Ebersole, who was

transferred to Route 3. That was back in the "horse and buggy days" and it was significant that Mr.

Craighead used a horse and cart to make his trip on Tuesday, the last day of his 32nd year. But it was not

so much a matter of sentiment to his first love, as it was the condition of the roads after the big snow of

Sunday night. Wednesday, however, he was back on the job with an automobile. In the old days, Mr.

Craighead spent most of a day delivering mail to his patrons, and sometimes did not get home until after


The Baptist Church at Cedar City was damaged seriously by the high wind of Sunday night and about

9:00 p.m., fell into the basement that was being dug beneath the building. The Rev. G.B. Case, pastor of

the church, told the Sun-Gazette that the building was practically beyond repair and that it will have to be

torn down and rebuilt. The building was a frame structure, 20 by 50 feet, built in 1893, 45 years ago. It

had a seating capacity of more than 200. The structure had been raised about three feet off the

foundation and was resting on timbers as the work of digging the basement was in progress.

60 Years Ago – The Fulton Daily Sun-Gazette (1964)

Fulton's freshman basketball team held on to a hard-earned 20-18 halftime lead and kept MSD's

freshmen on even terms in the final two periods to take a 38-36 decision at MSD last night. The Eagles

were ahead 13-8 after the first quarter but the Hornets caught up on a 12-5 second quarter splurge to get

ahead by 2 a half time. MSD came back in the third period but again the Hornets erased the deficit with a

12-7 last quarter. Danny Baysinger led the Hornet forces with 11 points, with James Pitman at nine,

Arnold McBride eight and Russell Galbreath six. It was Baysinger's four in a row from the free throw line

late in the game that won for Fulton.

Miss Jamie Sue Ware, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Ware, 1 Heather street, and Kenneth L. Martin

were married Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. ceremony in the chapel of the Roanoke Presbyterian Church of

Kansas City, Missouri. The bride was attired in a gold wool suit and wore yellow orchids. Her only

attendant was her sister, Mrs. Kenneth W. Diehl of Salina, Kansas. Mr. Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olan

L. Martin of Humansville, Missouri, had as his best man his brother, Pfc. Allen Martin of Gardner, Kansas.

Mr. Martin attended Southwest Baptist College, Boliver, Missouri, and graduated from Dallas Institute of

Mortuary Science of Dallas, Texas, and is now employed at the Browning Funeral Home.

35 Years Ago – The Fulton Sun (1989)

Vanessa Selby, a senior at the Fulton High School, has placed first in the recent Breakfast Optimist Club

Essay competition. The theme for the contest was "Freedom, Our Most Precious Heritage." Taking

second place in the Breakfast Optimist competition was Todd Guse of Fulton High School. Third place

was awarded to Matt Behlman of North Callaway School. Vanessa Selby and Todd Guse are students of

Betsy Tutt at Fulton High School and Matt Behlman is a student of Jean Collins at North Callaway High


The 119-year-old Palace Hotel in central Fulton provides some unusual contrasts. Because Callaway

County owns the building and an adjacent lot, it provides a dilemma county commissioners said this week

they must soon deal with. Outside, the three-story building designed by prominent 19th century architect

M.Fred Bell, remains one of the most imposing structures in Fulton. From a third-floor room, one can view

most of the city's downtown area. Presiding Commissioner Rodney Garnett said rent paid by the

businesses roughly equals utility and insurance costs to the county. However, no county money is

budgeted to finance repairs or upkeep.