125 years ago, 1896 Fulton Sun
While descending the stairway leading from Crews & Thurmond's office, Col. Robt. A. Crews missed his footing and fell, turning a complete somersault, landing on the sidewalk below. He was picked up more dead than alive and carried into the Mayor's Office, and medical aid summoned. Blood was running out of one ear and he was otherwise bruised. He was soon revived and sent home in a buggy. We hope that his injuries are not serious and that he will soon be out again.
On Wednesday night of last week, the meat house and hen house of William Holt, near Concord, caught fire and burned to the ground, says the Auxvasse Review. The fire started in the meat house and the hen house caught from the flames. There was a loss of from $15 to $200 and there was $100 insurance. It is not known how the fire originated.
100 years ago, 1921 Missouri Telegraph
Killing a hound dog, with a great reputation for fox chasing, comes high, according to Prosecuting Attorney Whitlow, whose client, Jackson Waggoner of Cedar City, was given a verdict for $70 against Bryan Kenney by a jury in the justice court of W.A. Murphy in that town. Mr. Whitlow asked for $80 damages. Kenney has decided to fight the case to the end and at the conclusion of the case filed a bond for $250 for an appeal to the circuit court in this city. The trial attracted about as much attention as a murder case. The hearing was held in the school house and Mr. Whitlow says that at least 250 persons were present. A Jefferson City law firm looked after Kenney's interests and there were some keen tilts between the opposing lawyers, which kept the crowd in a good humor the greater part of the time.
Mrs. Jane Ratekin, the oldest native-born Callawegian, died at the home of her son. P.E. Ratekin, on Market Street. Mrs. Ratekin was 94 years old, having been born in 1826. Her parents came from Virginia to Callaway County, then a part of St. Charles County, and settle near Mokane in 1816. They were among the first American settlers in the county, and her father built the first permanent dwelling in Callaway County, on what is now know as the Joseph Smart place, where Mr. Ratekin was born. Mrs. Ratekin was the possessor of those Christian graces and virtues which are the greatest attribute to woman hood.
75 years ago, 1946 Missouri Telegraph
The job of leveling the new athletic field an changing the course of the creek which asses through the high school property, has been completed and school authorities hope to be able to use the field for football practice sessions this fall. The creek, which formerly cut through the property just north of the high school, running from the northwest corner to the southeast, has been moved to the north part and then route down the east side of the field. Eventually, perhaps next year the school board plans to erect bleachers and build a quarter mile track, with a 200-yard straightaway, so that the filed may be used for regular football games and track meets. Also planned are tennis courts and a softball diamond.
Fultonians who watched the northern skies between 7:30 and 8:30 Saturday night were treated to an unusual show, for during that time the aurora borealis were visible. At 7:30 a big section of the northern sky appeared to be reflecting a forest fire. The red glow dimmed somewhat between 7:30 and 8, and then during the next half hour red streamers, in fan shape, appeared. It was the first time in more than seven years that the northern lights, which are supposed to be of an electrical origin, have been visible here.
50 years ago, 1971 Kingdom Daily News
The Kingdom Daily News Goodwill Subscription Contest ended lst week with Abbie Akers of Steedman winning the grand prize—a 1971 Plymouth Satellite Custom Sedan. Second prize winner was Mrs. Joe Sydenstricker, of Auxvasse, who won $1,000. She plans to get an automatic washer and dryer with her prize money. Third prize of $600 will be split between Celesta Cannell and Rev. J.R. Black who worked together as a team. Mrs. Cannell will spend her share for travel while Rev. Black plans to give a tithe of his money for the new First Baptist Church building and the rest will be spent for personal use.
25 years ago, 1996 Fulton Sun
The members of the Serve Senior Swingers band seemed to know all the right tunes to play during the Senior Dance held Thursday at the Serve Senior Center. More than 40 seniors were in attendance to enjoy the sweet sounds. Jon O'Neal played the piano while band members Chris Binggeli, Harold Leake, Tommy Adams and Jack Maddox played backup on guitars and a fiddle. Harold Leake seemed to be the highlight of the party with his fiddle playing expertise.
Fulton High School students leaned about careers in business during a series of career seminars offered recently. Each interested student signed up to attend two career sessions. 75 students attended the presentations. Area presenters and their topics were Roger Anderson, financial services; Tommy Borage, accounting' Bruce Harris, banking and Dr. David James from the University of Missouri, hotel and restaurant management. The seminars were offered for the benefit of students interested in the Business Management and Technology career pathway in the A+ Schools program.