125 years ago, 1896 Fulton Gazette
A young man who lives near the Boone County line, and who is married and has two children, packed his clothes, preparatory to deserting his wife and eloping with a Callaway girl. His father got onto the racket and gave the would-be-eloper a terrible walloping, which broke up the entire arrangement. The young man is at home with his family.
Fulton is full of ghosts. It always was to that matter. Hans Lawther and Dan Tucker have foudled with them; Col. Ike Boulware, Col. Snell, Allen Russell and Sam Trimble have fled and perspired escaping from them; C.O. Atkinson, Sam Watson, Charlie Patton and Bill Tucker have fought, bled and died in many conflicts with them. Yes, Fulton always carried an unusual number of ghosts and they are the meanest ones on earth. Judge Wilkerson, Martin Baskett and Hauk Dunham all have well developed muscles in their legs, brought about by running from ghosts.
These ghosts came near running a student to death the other night. They armed him with a pistol loaded full of blank cartridges and took him out skylarking. The ghosts got into a bloody fight and the frightened student found himself right in the midst of it, all spattered over with red ink. After killing two or three ghosts, the student, all covered over with red ink, fled like a frightened gazelle to his boarding house. Sleep was out of the question but the poor frightened student didn't have to bother himself much for a couple of ghosts disguised as Sheriff Windsor and Deputy Henderson, all bespattered over with ink gore, walked into the students' room and in a very formal and dignified manner, put him under arrest. The two ghosts put heavy manacles on him and marched him down not far from the banks of the roaring Stinson where he was placed in the old ghost prison owned by Hans Lawther.
The student thought he was in jail sure enough until near daylight — when he sprang out of an open window in the old hovel and ran to his boarding house in time for breakfast. The college faculty will be looking for these ghosts but it is no use. Dr. Lyle has known of them for many years. They will never be caught.
100 years ago, 1921 Fulton Gazette
A 1921 model Nash touring car was driven to Fulton from St. Louis Tuesday by W. E. Glenn, of the Glenn-Maughs Motor Company, local agents for that machine. It is a four-cylinder car, the first of that type to be put on the market by Nash factory, and has the same valve-in head feature as the Nash six.
The Home Savings Bank wished to announce the election of the following directors at the Thirtieth Annual Meeting of Stockholders, Jan. 11: J.T. Brown, Robert Pratt, George E. Craig, Jeff L. Morris W. H. Tyler, J. B. Sharp, Sparrell McCall. The directors elected the following officers: President, Sparrel McCall; vice-president, Robert Pratt; cashier, J.B. Sharp; assistant cashier, Robert a. McPheeters; bookkeepers, Harmon H. Tyler and Miss Zetta Lawrence; stenographer, Miss Marietta Miller. In starting this 31st year, we wish to thank all of the old friends of this bank and the many new ones who helped us during the year 1920 to make it a splendid good year for the bank. And especially do we thank them for helping us to double our resources and customers within the year.
75 years ago, 1946 Missouri Telegraph
The county court has decided to erect a permanent honor roll, bearing the names of Callaway men who served in World War II, Presiding Judge E.C. Whaley said. The honor roll, which will replace the temporary one now located on the lawn in front of the courthouse, will be a metal one and will be place on the walls in the first floor lobby of the courthouse. The tablets for World War II will cost approximately $2,500, Judge Whaley said.
Rev. S.G. Wood began his 41st year as a minister and as pastor of the Auxvasse Presbyterian Church on Sunday. Dr. D.S. Gage of the faculty of Westminster College and Dr. John F. Cowan, then pastor of the Old Auxvasse Presbyterian Church, persuaded him to take over the work of the church, which he said he had not regretted. Those at the service Sunday who were present at his first service forty years ago were: Charles W. Dudley, Mrs. Belle Dudley Young, Mrs. A. A. Rudd, S.M. Turner, Mrs. R.A. Brown, Eugene Henderson, Mrs. W.R. Buckner, Mrs. Nell Tompkins, Mrs. W.H. Yates, Alice Scott and J.W. Pierce.
50 years ago, 1971 Fulton Daily Sun Gazette
Bill Lockwood, director of parks and recreation, today announced the cold weather of the past few days has increased the thickness of ice on the City Park Lake to four inches, and it is now safe for skating. Lockwood said the lake will be supervised tonight from 6-9 p.m. and at other times to be announced, depending on temperatures and ice conditions. At all other times, parents are urged to accompany younger skaters. The Parks and Recreation Department will provide wood for a fire.
25 years ago, 1996 Fulton Sun
The Fulton Middle School girls eight-grade basketball team dropped to 1-5 on the season following a 37-25 loss to California. Tiffany Derenzy produced nine points, eight rebounds and five steals to pace FMS. Shannon Luther added five points, a team-high 11 rebounds and two steals. FMS also lost the "B" game 24-6 Alma De La Cruz, Kerri Barrioz and Matoya Jackson each scored two points to comprise the scoring for FMS (1-6).