125 years ago, 1896 Fulton Gazette
Lee Dunnavant showed us a specimen of his sweet potato crop. Roy Mirts showed us the product of one hill of Mr. Dunnavant's potatoes. The potatoes were of the yellow variety—no yam—30 large potatoes in one bunch out of one hill—enough to make a meal for a large hotel.
The garden Prairie Literary and Debating society was organized Friday evening at the Garden Prairie School house. Following is a list of officers elected for the ensuing term. Gabe Burdette, Pres.; Miss Hattie Bloom, Sec'y.; William Owens, Treas.; Harve Dunham, Pros. Att'y.; Charles W. Gilbert, Marshal; Charles Stambaugh, Janitor. They meet Saturday night for the first meeting, the subject being "The Capital should be moved from Jefferson City to Sedalia."
100 years ago, 1921 Missouri Telegraph
The Fulton High School football team made its first bow to the fans this afternoon when it faced school for Deaf team on the Deaf boy's field. The high school boys have a nice squad to pick a team from this year and they have been working hard to perfect a good team. The men who will line up for the kick-off this afternoon as representatives of the high school will be—right tackle, Lee Muzzy; right guard, Geo. Sweazey; center, Melvin Moore; left guard, Frank McClanahan; left tackle William Brown; left end, Louis Bozeman; quarter, Hunter Gooldy; right half, Clay VanReen; full, George Gray; left half, Marvin Moore, Capt. Substitutes, Lacey Beamer, Harley Herring, Clyde Herring, Arthur Davis, Bert Garrett, Eugene Abbott, James McClanahan, Roy Galwith.
More than twenty persons, who united with the Baptist church during the two weeks revival meeting which closed last Sunday, were baptized on Wednesday night by the Rev. J.C. Owen. During the revival meeting more than eighty persons were converted. Of this number fifteen announced their preference for the Christian church, nine to the Presbyterian and five to the Methodist church. Those who were baptized Wednesday night follow: Abbott Cherry, Albert Hampton, Robert Anderson, J. Wilbur Clayton, Millard Wrenn, Dorris Dunavant, Ernest Morris, Joe Carter, Herndon Davis, Velmer Clatterbuck and Misses Elfie Beard, Jewell Franklin, Nellie Williams, Mary Hall, Pearline Wrenn, Vera Bandy, Tressie Fisher, Ivy Gibony, Ruth Franklin, Iva Ridgel, and Mrs. Jessie Fisher.
75 years ago, 1946 Missouri Telegraph
William Backer, who has been operating a bakery shop on West Fourth Street here for more than 65 years, observed his 80th birthday Tuesday. As has been his practice for many years, he was at work Tuesday morning and plans nor special celebration. However, there will be a family dinner tonight at the Backer home on St. Louis Avenue, as his son Harold Backer, and Mrs. Backer of Kansas City are here visiting their parents. Mr. Backer of Kansas City are here visiting their parents. Mr. Backer was born October 1, 1866 in Fulton, the son of the late Christian Backer, a tinner, and Mrs. Backer. He has spent his entire life time in Fulton, and has operated his bakery shop in the same building since April 1890.
Members of the Millerscreek Busy Bees 4-H Club met Monday at the home of Jackie Kyger. Robert Bedsworth was in charge of the meeting during which officers were elected. Bedsworth was elected president; Velbert Nickelson, vice president; Jackie Kyger, secretary; Mary Vaughan, game leader; Ruth Teel, song Leader; and Earl Landrum, reporter. Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Landrum were re-elected leaders. Mrs. Kyger served refreshments to the guest. The next meeting will be at the Landrum home on October 31, when members are planning a Halloween party.
50 years ago, 1971 Kingdom Daily News
Cadet Lee R. Gilmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Gilmer of 505 E 10th St., is one of more than 940 cadets who have entered their junior year at the U.W, Air Force Academy. Cadet Gilmer will serve as a squadron element leader with the rank of cadet master sergeant. Upon graduation from the academy, he will be commissioned a second lieutenant and receive his B.S. degree.
A surprise birthday was given by Mr. and Mrs. James Davis Route 4, for her father, Frank McCarty and her aunt, Mrs. America Jones. Mrs. Jones had her 70th birthday and Mr. McCarty will be 68. All seven children of the late Charles Franklin McCarty and his wife, Martha James Hall McCarty were present at the homestead now occupied along with its 200 acres by the Davis family. The seven children, all of whom live in Callaway County, are George, Hubert, John, Frank, and Lillie McCarty, Mrs. Cenie Humphrey and Mrs. America Jones.
25 years ago, 1996 Fulton Sun
Parents of Preschool age children embarked on an adventure of discovery Wednesday evening at McIntire School. Parents as teachers and the Early Preschool intervention Program sponsored a computer learning program to a quaint parents with the type of computers learning programs that their pre-school age children are working with on a daily basis.
Fulton High School will celebrate its homecoming tonight against the Moberly Spartans. Game time will be 7:30 p.m. at the high school. This year's homecoming theme is "Blast from the Past." Homecoming queen candidates for the school years are Nikki Lepley, Kelly McCormick, Nichols Adams and Ronisha Walker. Crowning will take place during half-time of the game.