125 years ago, 1896 Fulton Gazette
Edwin Mason, colored, aged 50 years, fell dead from his chair about nine o'clock Monday evening. Ed had been in a bad condition for several months, for a time suffering from paralysis of the tongue, and later going into dropsy, which caused is death. He was born here and for several years was cook at the lunatic asylum; leaving the asylum, he started a restaurant just opposite Forrestel's saloon, and has been there until the time of his death. Ed was a first-class cook and a peaceable, law-abiding citizen. His wife, who is cooking for a St. Louis club, was telegraphed for and arrived Tuesday afternoon and the funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon.
Squire Huffmaster was up from Tebbetts on Tuesday and said the citizens of that place have contracted with Whitehead & Son to erect a flouring mill at Tebbetts, and have it in running order by the 15th of August next. The company has put up a $500 forfeit and the new mill is an assured fact. The Squire said the Mokane Hearld had been boasting that Mokane would get a flouring mill and Tebbetts would get a coffee mill, but as the firm that contracted with the Mokane people had gone back on them, he guessed Mokane would have to take the coffee mill.
100 years ago, 1921 Fulton Gazette
Plans had been made at the Country Club for the reception of about 25 couples at the "overall and apron" dance, Tuesday night, but these plans failed to work in their entirety because exactly 32 couples were on the scene by the time the music began about 8:30 o'clock. This was the largest number to attend a dance at the club for a long time. Overalls for men and aprons for women were the "passwords." And they all had them, of various types, colors and styles. The men's raiment varied from white service station union-alls to regular old-style, hardwork denims. But the women — well, they called 'em aprons, but they looked mighty cute and pretty to be aprons. Each couple was given a number and it wasn't a case if choosing your partner —they told you the number of the partner you were to dance with and you had to look said partner up. As a result, the crowd was mixed wonderfully well, and an unusually enjoyable affair was experienced by everyone.
Dog and boy were out strolling last Sunday afternoon. You know, boys and dogs like to stroll out in the country — at least, near the edge of town. On this particular "hike," the terrier began nosing around in a pasture. All of a sudden, it began digging, and in a few minutes, it had unearthed four quarts of perfectly good bottle-in bond whiskey! The lad didn't have any use for said beverage and so he poured it in a nearby creek, while smart Mr. Terrier wagged his tail gleefully. With good whiskey selling at — well, folks say it costs about $20 a quart — it was an $80 Boston tea party this lad and his best-chum-in-the world had!
75 years ago, 1946 Missouri Telegraph
Six acres of land and five dormitories on the old NYA property in south Fulton have been sold by the board of education to a group of local business me who will convert the dormitories into 25 apartments. The sale price of the property is $12,500. The apartments, which will probably rent for $30 or less, will be equal in size to a modern four room house. Each will be equipped with a full bath, gas range, gas heat, hot water heaters, modern drainboard sinks and venetian blinds. Insulated with rock wool, and apartment partitions will be made soundproof.
Walter B. Branstetter, local automobile dealer, has purchased the business property on South Market Street, formerly owned by the county and used as a jail site and home for the sheriff, and plans to erect a new garage building on the site as soon as building materials are available.
50 years ago, 1971 Fulton Daily Sun Gazette
Paul Hilt received a plaque of appreciation from prosecuting attorney Gene Hamilton and Callaway County Sheriff Ted Salmons. Hilt, who recently retired, has served close to 26 years in law enforcement and the last 10 with the sheriff's office. He was the investigating officer on two West Jewelry Store robberies when stolen items were returned. Three days after a 1966 Christmas eve robbery at West's, he returned with 27 of the 38 missing rings and watches.
Harold Case was awarded the Silver Beaver Scouting award last night by the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Case adds this honor, the highest which an adult volunteer worker can receive, to a long list of other scouting awards and memories extending over 23 years.
25 years ago, 1996 Fulton Sun
North Callaway came away with a sweep over South Callaway in junior varsity basketball action Monday night. The JV Thunderbirds won 51-45 as Stephen Boulware scored 13 points. North Callaway, which improved its record to 8-6, led 33-18 at halftime. Brandon Davies paced 1-11 South Callaway with 14 points. North Callaway won the girls game 26-17, breaking away in the second half after the two teams battled to a 10-10 tie in the first half. Tricia Tucker led the 10-9 Lady Thunderbirds with 10 points. Christina Holzhauser topped 3-10 South Callaway with nine points.