Callaway Memories

Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society
With two hotels, numerous shops and businesses, Mokane was set to rival Fulton in size until the railroad's freight division relocated. This photo is from the horse-and-buggy days.
Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society With two hotels, numerous shops and businesses, Mokane was set to rival Fulton in size until the railroad's freight division relocated. This photo is from the horse-and-buggy days.

150 years ago (1874)

Fulton Woolen Mills. We (Fulton Telegraph) call attention to the advertisement of Messrs. McCarroll & Christ. They invite all farmers, grangers (or not), merchants, mechanics, laborers or anyone who needs cloth or garments to come forward and help start manufactories. You will help yourselves to get good goods at low prices. Wool growers in particular will find it to their advantage for it will create a market for their wool and get their goods at wholesale prices, about 20% below retail. Charity begins at home.

Why send off your wool and have it made up at other factories, when it can be made up at home, thereby saving freight, insurance and at least 20%? Carding, spinning, weaving and manufacturing various kinds of goods, done at their factory, as usual. Goods at low rates to sell or exchange for wool.

125 years ago (1899)

W. E. Burkhead of New Bloomfield is the proud owner of a pair of blood hounds. His hounds can track a man 48 hours after he has gone from a given point. If the burglar happens to be one who only washes his feet only every Fourth of July, the hounds will scent his trail anywhere from a week to a month after he has taken his departure. Anyone needing the services of the hounds can phone Mr. Burkhead.

100 years ago (1924)

Thirty five Callaway farmers have notified the Chamber of Commerce that they will plant tobacco in 1924. A few have not yet ordered the free seed the Chamber is furnishing and they should do so at once. An additional supply of seed has been ordered and all who care to raise a crop can get the seed for free by calling the office in the Palace Hotel. According to Prof. Helm of the Department of Field Crops of the MU College of Agriculture, Callaway soil is "admirably adapted to tobacco raising."

The M. K. & T. railway company is preparing to move its freight division from Mokane to McKitterick, according to a story from the latter point. The necessary ground for tracks has been purchased and Superintendent J. F. Hickey with a force of surveyors is now at work on plans for laying out tracks. The move is being made because McKitterick is more centrally located between St. Louis and New Franklin.

Mokane is a typical "Katy" town. It had its start when the old Missouri, Kansas and Eastern railroad was built. Its name is derived from a consolidation of the three names of the old road. Mo. For Missouri, Kan. for Kansas and E. for Eastern. It has been a division of the road always.

75 years ago (1949)

FHS Students Try, Try and Try Again -- Safe Driving Methods Are Learned Rapidly With New Safety Car.

"Easy, now...accelerate slowly... ease out the clutch..." Whoomp! The words are spoken by John Dixon; the action is supplied by students in his drivers' safety school at FHS. Every school day, except Thursdays, Dixon climbs into the safety car to continue his driving instructions to one of four learner groups. Wednesday afternoon, Louise McBride, Charles Crump and June Wickell made up the second group to drive. All performed remarkably well at the wheel after a few trials and some fatherly coaching.

Dixon, who doubles as an industrial arts instructor, gives a brief talk on the mechanical operation, illustrates with a driving demonstration and then turns the operation over to the students. The learners are taught safety methods to practice which aim at reducing the high toll of automobile accidents, in particular, those which teen-age drivers are likely to overlook. "Enter from the curb side. Check your seat, doors, and rear mirror. Start the motor. Release the emergency brake. Engage the clutch. Pull up in low gear. Stop. Begin again." Over and over again, day after day the instruction and practice goes on.

Eventually, the students will drive in traffic and should become safe, confident drivers with a sound background of teaching and experience. But for now, it's Whoomp! And try again.

50 years ago (1974)

Streak Week. Five unidentified girls dashed to and fro among the historical Westminster columns just hours after a group of Westminster men galloped through William Woods' campus. The KA house along with the Delta tau Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Beta and SAE houses have all participated in the week's endeavors. The house mothers could not be reached for comment. Dick Ault of Westminster said in jest that he would try to recruit the streakers for the track team. Streakers at Fulton campuses are going to be rated nationally by a St. Louis University radio station, KBIL.

25 years ago (1999)

Ten Women from the community were honored by William Woods University at a luncheon highlighting the WWU's celebration of Women's History Month. The women recognized are: Bonnie Anderson, Jane Bell Clapp, Betty Sue Cox, Shirley Evans, Doris Handy, Piggie Herndon, Robin Hicks, Barbara Huddleston, Nancy Lewis and Martha Morgan. Anderson was recognized for her efforts to help the WWU Theater Department. Clapp is active with the SCORE Against Hunger. Central Missouri Food Bank and the Board of Associates. Cox is involved with Meals On Wheels and the Callaway Community Hospital Auxiliary.

Evans is president of the Fulton Resource Center and active in a number of Chamber of Commerce activities. Handy works with the schools during Black History Month and is involved with her church and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Herndon was recognized for her involvement with the Presbyterian Manor, Kingdom Supper and William Woods Alumni. Hicks is director of diversity at WWU and involves the community in WWU's celebration of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month.

Huddleston has long been involved with the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society. Lewis is executive director of the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce. Morgan, who serves on the Fulton Board of Education, was honored for her efforts in leadership and education.