125 years ago, 1895 The Gazette
A Happy Christmas and New Year to all — to the farmers, the mechanics, the merchants, the laborers, the doctors, the lawyers, the teachers, the preachers, the wives, daughters, children, everybody. In a few days and the year 1895 will be behind us. May all enter upon the new year with buoyant hopefulness that it will outstrip the old one for happiness and prosperity.
Gleanings from Readsville: A merry Christmas to the Gazette and its merry readers. The first quarterly meeting of the circuit met at Williamsburg last Saturday and Sunday. J. A. Bush is painting Mr. Chas. Nunnelly's new residence on lower Hancock's Prairie. Mr. B. can turn his hand to anything. Our merchants, Messrs. Coates and Garrett were belated somewhat in getting their holiday goods, owing to the recent washouts. It was ascertained that the river rose 12 ft. during the heavy rainfall recently. Mr. Allen, Nurseryman of Mokane, passed through our town this week from Big Spring and Americus, where he had been in search of apples to ship to a Minneapolis firm. He informed us that one of our boys who is living at the place is acting very suspicious as if contemplating a change or suicide — matrimony or some such thing. Come now Harvey — fess up.
100 years ago, 1920 Missouri Telegraph
The household goods of Sheriff J. L. Cole were loaded into a large truck Saturday morning and they were moved to Mr. Cole's new home, a farm near Readsville. The sheriff has been connected with the office which he now holds for many years and his return to the farm will indeed be a considerable change for him. His tenure of office expires Dec. 31, 1920.
The city force and the Fulton Special Road District force have been throwing some dirt into the fill which will be needed to make the bridge in the Soldiers Memorial Park of use, but it is not the intention of these forces to complete the job this winter. Only enough dirt will be placed there to prevent the water from the creek running around the bridge when the high waters come. It is also hoped that sufficient dirt may be thrown in so that it will be possible to ford the creek as has been done for many years. At present it is almost impossible to get across the creek and around the bridge with a car or load of any kind. Two elements seem to enter into the delay of finishing the bridge and making it ready for travel and use. The question first arises as to whom the task of making the approaches belongs and the second the question of funds with which to do the work. The finances of the city of this time does not permit the work being done by the force employed by it.
75 years ago, 1945 Missouri Telegraph
Guy Pickering, who operates the Pickering Tin Shop, has purchased two buildings on the west side of Nichols Street, between Fifth and Sixth Streets, from the heirs of the J.N. Dutton estate—J. Scott Dutton and his sisters, Misses Abbie and Chasie Dutton. Pickering has been renting one of the shop buildings, while the other has been used by the Acree Feed store as a storeroom. Pickering will continue to use the building he is now in and rent the other.
Two fire escapes, which are to be installed at the West School, have been ordered by the Board of Education and they are expected to be installed soon after the first of the year. The two-story school building has never had fire escapes, and contractors and others warned that in event of fire, it would be almost impossible for the students on the second floor to escape. The central stairway leading to the second floor, they point out, would be turned into a "flue" in case of fire. The escapes, which are to be metal steps, are to be installed on the east and west sides of the building with ladders leading from each room to the steps.
50 years ago, 1970 Fulton Daily Sun Gazette
Callaway County's first Junior Miss was named as a radiant contestant, Miss Laurel Gilmer, walking off with the title. The First Annual pageant was sponsored by Fulton Jaycees Friday at the Student Center, William Woods College campus. Twenty girls from county high schools were contestants and each presented a talent sketch. Accompanying the Junior Miss title from Callaway County is a scholarship from the Fulton Jaycees; a William Woods College scholarship, presented by Jim Robinson, public relations representative from the college; and a Kodak camera. Miss Carolyn Crews, Fulton High School and the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Carroll Crews, was named Miss Congeniality of the pageant. An audience of approximately 300 persons attended the event. Judging the contest was Dr. Gale L. Fuller, Mrs. Allen Pickens and Roger P. Krumm.
25 years ago, 1995 Fulton Sun
Shaun Smith supplied 17 points Thursday night to direct the Fulton Middle School Boys eighth-grade "A" team to a 54-42 win over West Junior. Jeremy Washington followed with 13 points and T.J. Lee had 11 for FMS (3-1), which led 33-15 at halftime. Jake Czeschin also had nine points. FMS (2-4) lost the "B" game 54-33. Rashad Ray spurred the Hornets with 12 points, while Ricky Roselius had 10.