125 years ago, 1895 The Gazette
The Ham's Prairie Methodist church is being reseated with elegant pews. They will be ready for the services next Saturday and Sunday. This is one of the oldest churches in the county, having been organized in 1834-35. Aunt Nannie Bradley is, I believe the only surviving charter member. There are a few who entered the church before 1840. We hope they will all come with those joining since then. We will have a lunch on Saturday and two services. All are cordially invited on Sunday. B. D. Sipple.
The Callaway Fair, many notes of general interest. J.L. Erwin, of Steadman, has a unique exhibit known at "Steadman on Wheels." It is composed of a large wagon with a broad platform on top, split hickory bows covered with sorghum stalks. The wagon is filled with seven varieties of corn — ears from a foot up in length. Four varieties of potatoes, the biggest we ever saw. Squashed, beans, cabbage, peas, tomatoes, eggplant, etc. There is nothing small in the entire exhibit. Everything is out of all proportion as to size. Unique is the word that applies to this exhibit. At the entrance of this exhibit is two enormous sunflowers on either side, one 16, the other 17 inches in diameter. Kansas is knocked into a cocked hat and Mrs. Lease is teetotally left. Missouri is the sunflower state.
100 years ago, 1920 Missouri Telegraph
Fulton public schools open Tuesday morning. Children of school age should be on hand the first day. There is a compulsory law providing that children in the grades must attend and parents and guardians are liable to arrest and a fine if they do not require their children to attend regularly; also a probationary officer to see that the law is enforced.
A very peculiar accident happened Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., when the Samson truck owned by the LaCrosse Lumber Company ran across the street from the lumber yard and into the Palace Hotel, all of its own accord. The men were loading lumber on the truck the engine of which was running, and all at once the truck started off and ran into the hotel before it could be stopped. No great damage was done to the truck or the building.
75 years ago, 1945 Fulton Daily Sun Gazette
Bad luck continued to follow the Fulton High School Hornets when Owen Harris, a backfield man, suffered a broken right leg during grid practice on the M.S.D. field. Harris a junior at the high school, was the fourth experienced backfield man to be lost to Coach Bob Walkup's team during the day. Earlier in the day, Walkup learned that Joe Grothaus and Dick Daro would be barred from competing this year because of the lowering of the maximum age limit from 21 to 20 by the State High School Athletic Association, and Ruey Ault showed up at school with a sprained wrist. Daro will be eligible to play this Friday, but it will be his last game as he will be 20 the following week.
The sixth-grade class of the Garden Prairie School has organized their class and are preparing a class scrap book. They have planned to put worthwhile pictures in it which they feel will be of educational value. Class officers are: President, Alice Lawrence; vice-president, Nancy Lawrence; secretary, Bonnie Hazlett; treasurer Kenneth Burgan; reporter, Staley Brown; leader, Barbara Gilman. Mrs. Edith Benskin is teacher of the school.
50 years ago, 1970 Fulton Daily Sun Gazette
A small tornado touched down yesterday about one-half mile south of I-70 on the Hatton interchange, completely destroying an equipment shed and tearing off half of a barn roof on the Wallace McClellan farm.
A group of North Callaway County citizens met in Auxvasse to sign incorporation papers for the North Callaway Senior Citizen's Center. Patrick Horner, attorney for the corporation, announced that Secretary of State James Kirkpatrick, had given approval of the not-for-profit corporation. The incorporators are Roy Pinson, Charles Fugate, Lyle Coleman, Mrs. Eugene Beedle, Glenn Gilmore, David Barnes, Homer Divers, Paul Meyer, Jr. and Bruce Edwards. The incorporators will serve as directors until the annual meeting of the corporation in January. After planning is complete, a request for loan funds to build the center, will be made to the Farmer's Home Administration.
25 years ago, 1995 Fulton Sun
A six-mile section of the Katy Trail opened this week in southern Callaway County. The opening of the trail between Tebbetts and Mokane marks the first time hikers and bicyclists have been able to use this section. It previously was undeveloped, and workers with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources left the area when heavy rains caused local flooding this spring. The rest of the trail is packed with fine gravel. Some hikers and bicyclists already were making use of the resurfaced section.
The Fulton Lady Hornets softball team committed 13 errors Tuesday in being shut out by Mexico 9-0 in a North Central Missouri Conference matchup at Seaman Field. Junior, Nikki Lepley and sophomore, Rachel Back each had six service points for the Lady Hornets softball team in the opening game win, while junior Nichole Adams scored four in the third game. Fulton (0-2) lost the junior varsity match 9-15, 5-15. Sophomore Mandi Clapp provided five service points for the Lady Hornets.