125 years ago, 1895 The Gazette
There were raised this season on the county farm 60 acres of corn. 675 bushels of wheat and 35 acres sowed this fall; 900 bushels of oats; and 200 bushels of potatoes; a considerable amount of timothy hay and several hundred shocks of fodder. For the nine months since Feb. 1, 1895, the total expenses have been $2,416.95; the sales, $456.52, leaving the actual expenses at $1,960.43. There are now only 36 patients,18 men and 18 women and children, which is one of the lowest numbers there have been here for some time, and the average expense per capital for this time has been $45.54.
Saturday night Nov.2, the Knights of the Maccabees of New Bloomfield tent gave a fine supper at the residence of George Chalfant. All the Sir Knights, their wives and daughters were present and enjoyed themselves in pleasant conversation until about 8 o'clock when supper was announced. Attending were Jim Guthrie, Wood Sheley, Capt. John Baynham, Dr. C.H. Christians and Jim Clatterbuck. After everybody had partaken freely of supper they repaired to the spacious parlor where a couple of hours was spent very pleasantly, then all returned to their homes feeling that this event marked an epoch in the history of New Bloomfield lodge that will long be remembered. All honor is due Mrs. Nellie Chalfant and Mrs. George Chalfant for the kitchen in which the eatables were prepared. The writer hopes to live to spend many more such evenings as this with the Sir Knights of Tent #48.
100 years ago, 1920 The Fulton Gazette
Housewives of the Methodist church shared their supplies of canned fruit and preserves with their new pastor the Rev. R.C. Holliday, and his wife Tuesday evening, when about 100 members of the congregation met at the home of Sparrel McCall, in Court street, and visited Mr. and Mrs. Holliday in a body, taking with them enough canned fruit and preserves to stock the parsonage larder for some months. A short social evening also was enjoyed.
Conducted this week at the Fulton High school, under the direction of Miss Vera Castle, instructor in English, a "pronunciation play" at assemble hour Saturday morning was the closing feature of "better speech" week. The story of the play centered around the court of the queen, "Good English," who presided over the trial of two thieves, "Carelessness" and "Bad Habits," who had stolen the letters g and r from "Library," "Surprise," "Going," and "Coming." Characters in the play were represented by the following: Queen, Nell Mosley; "Good Habits," Elizabeth Offutt; "Carefulness," Mildred Humphreys; "Carelessness," Aulus Sanders; "Bad Habits," Paul Sherman; "Coming," Rosamond Scott; "Going," Jimmie Green; "Surprise," Ruth Owen; "Library," Ruth Kimbrell; sheriff, Frank McClanahan; trumpeters, Gabriel Trigg and Herbert Lynes, who represented "Study" and "Reading."
75 years ago, 1945 Missouri Telegraph
Miss Betty Jo McMurty was crowned queen of the Auxvasse Fall Festival and Homecoming before a crowd estimated at between 2,000 and 2,500 persons. Miss McMurty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe McMurty of "Callaway Acres," was crowned by Glen Y. Maupin of Fulton, who served as master of ceremonies at the fair. She was attended by Lois Dunn, runner-up for the title, and Mary Alice Deardorff, Bertha Ellen Jenkins and Marcella Foster, who were candidates. The fair was an all-day event. During the day there were stock shows, including a horse and mule show and cattle, as well as other exhibits. The women of Auxvasse Christian Church served their annual Halloween night chicken pie supper, and several hundred persons attended this event held in the Community Hall in the evening.
Mrs. Jack Atkinson has received a private license as aviator from the government and is now privileged to take passengers on flights. She took the written portion of the examination at Columbia several weeks ago and recently took the examination in the air at the air base at Springfield. At the time she flew with W. F. Kelly while he was en-route to Arkansas as he closed his connections with the Fulton Airport. She had taken her pilot training under him. The hour's test in the air was given by one of the governments examiners. To qualify for the examination the applicant must have ten hours flying with dual controls and forty hours of solo flying.
50 years ago, 1970 Fulton Daily Sun Gazette
Allen Elliot and Kenneth Henley proved themselves the top air rifle marksmen around Saturday when they won the Westlake's Daisey Air Rifle Shoot-out, First prizes in their respective age groups and new air-powered B.B. rifles. Michael Hall and David Thomas won second prize in their respective age groups and new air-powered B.B. Rifles. The contest was part of a program designed by Howard Elsberry, manage of Westlake's Hardware, to promote gun safety. Special speakers describing the proper handling of weaponry to the kids between the ages of seven and 14 were James Wills, Callaway County Deputy Sheriff, and Kip Salmon. After registration and gun safety lectures, the contestants were allotted five shots each from the standing offhand position at a distance of 15 feet.
25 years ago, Fulton Sun
Court Street United Methodist Church will hold its 43rd annual Christmas Bazaar from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Church's Fellowship Hall, A variety of craft items will be on sale, including holiday decorations, homemade candies and pies and a homemade quilt. Biscuits and gravy will be served from 8-10 a.m.; lunch and dinner also will be served. Proceeds from the bazaar will go toward finishing a new room in the church.