125 years ago, 1895 The Gazette
All during the last ball season the reputation of the Fulton Stars, as a ball team, stood second to none all over the country. The origin of the organization of the team dates back several years, even while the majority of the members of the present team were school-boys. Walter Coleman, the pitcher, was born in Lee Summit, Jackson county, 22 years ago. He is a natural baseball player. "Coly," as he is generally called, was given a trial by Mr. Von der Ahe, manager of the St. Louis Brown, but preferring to remain in Fulton and pitch for the Stars.
Tony Berry, catcher is just 20 and was born in Mansfield, Ohio. "Fat" is a great favorite with the boys. He has caught almost an entire game of a ball with a broken finger. He is also one of the hardest hitters of the team. Harry Jacks, who so successfully played first base, was born in Montgomery City 20 years ago. He is also a pitcher of considerable ability.
Harry Atkinson is second baseman for the Stars. He was born in Fulton 20 years ago. As captain of the team, he has lent much valuable aid. "Hal" was given a trial by the St. Louis Browns and is an all-round athlete. Jim Roy Tucker, as third baseman is the funny boy of the team. When Roy can't start a laugh you can rest assured that he is in need of the services of a physician.
Henry Mathews is 22 years of age. Born in Louisiana, Mo., being small in statue, his playing on short has brought forth many well-deserved compliments. Celsus Bailey, "Pete," who has the enviable reputation of never letting a fly ball hit the soil in left field, was born in Fulton nearly 23 years ago.
Joe Craigo, the center fielder, is a native of Fulton 24 years ago. His jovial disposition serves to keep the nine in a continual good humor. William Newland was born in Hannibal 20 years ago. "Curly" is good at the bat and can play anywhere they put him. A fly ball to the right field means out. J.T. Pollard and W. E. Jameson under whose able management the Stars have scored so many victories.
100 years ago, 1920 Fulton Gazette
Gross receipts from the D.A.R. rummage sale, held in the room formerly used as a tea room on East Fifth street, amounted to $86.84. Some expenses connected with the sale will have to come out of this amount but as they are not large. Members of the chapter expect to clear about $80, it was stated. The proceeds are to go to a fund which the society is raising to purchase an operating table for the new county hospital, and it is hoped to have sufficient amount to buy the table by the time the hospital is completed. The price of the table is between $500 and $600.
More than 100 absentee votes were cast in Callaway on Tuesday. Thirty-six counties and the city of St. Louis were represented among the voters. Eight persons from Cole County were among those who voted in Callaway. Almost as many from Pettis county and St. Louis also were among the Callaway voters. Teachers and students at the Fulton colleges and railroad workers at Mokane made up the majority of the absentee voters.
75 years ago, 1945 Missouri Telegraph
A total of $68.82 was cleared from a pit supper held Friday night at the Calwood school under the direction of the teacher, Miss Gladys Duffie. A large crowd was present, and 30 pies and boxes were sold. Candy for the most popular girl went to Miss Mary Sue Wright, and Teddie Wright was awarded some cigarettes for being the most popular boy. Receipts will be used to equip the building with electric lights and to buy other school necessities. A clarinet duet was presented by Misses Mildred Schultze and Fannie Buckey, and Misses Virginia Meyers and Joretta Craghead sang.
Forty-seven boys answered Coach Hal Rhea's first call for basketball practice at FHS Monday afternoon, but while he has plenty of men, they lack experience. Only one man, Robert Berry, who played at Mokane last year, has earned a major high school letter in the sport. Rhea expects to rim the squad down to 30 within the next week, and will probably drop another five by the time the Hornets open their season, Dec. 7, against Mokane. In addition to Berry, Rhea has 6-foot, two-inch Overton Harris, who played on the "B" team last year and Jack Breid, who measures about six feet, out or the team. There are several others with "B" experience who will help out.
50 years ago, 1970 Fulton Daily Sun Gazette
The Callaway County Port Producers organized on Friday night with the election of officers and approval of constitution. James Zerr, Williamsburg, state board member; Ronnie Beedle, Auxvasse, president; Howard Elley, Fulton, vice president, and Bill Gentzsch, Fulton, secretary. The organization selected the project of a Market Hog Show for January 6, at Callaway Sales Barn. They suggested two barrows per producer. Cut-out data will be obtained for all hogs exhibited.
There was some old-fashioned fiddling on the courthouse benches yesterday afternoon as "Doc" picked up his wood and bow for a few licks a some familiar tunes. Except for an occasional complaint from the adjacent court rooms, courthouse employees appreciated a bit of live country entertainment.
25 years ago, 1995 Fulton Sun Gazette
Mike Huff scored a game high 14 points to propel the New Bloomfield boys junior high basketball team to a 41-28 win over Chamois. Chris Eubanks chipped in with 10 points for the Wildcats (3-5), who had built a 26-14 halftime edge.