125 years ago 1896 Missouri Telegraph
Just at noon Friday, the citizens were startled by an alarm of fire in the northwest ward, which proved to be at the residence of P.P. Simmons just west of the Crawford lumber yards, of which he is manager. The fire, as it was quickly discovered, caused little damage, but to say the least, it was a close call for the lumber yard.
The fire originated from a defective flue and was put out by a few buckets of water. The fire company deserves credit for the rapidity with which it responded to the alarm. Simmons, manager of the Crawford lumber yard in this city, entertained the fire company at Jameson’s restaurant, on Wednesday. The boys formed a line in front of the Mayor’s office and marched up at 7:30, where a sumptuous repast was served and everybody had a good time.
I have opened a saddle and harness shop in the room one door south of the Auxvasse Bank where I will be glad to see all my old friends and customers. I am prepared to do all kinds of repairing in my line and also to make new harness, saddles, and bridles, and when desired. Terms in all cases strictly cash. My capital is small and it will be impossible for me to do any work on credit as I cannot do so and keep my stock in shape to meet the demands of the trade. Give me a call. Yours Truly, Fred Ott.
100 years ago 1921 Missouri Telegraph
Thirty Daughters of the American Revolution attended the annual Christmas party, which was given from 8 to 10 o’clock Friday in the parlors of Synodical College. The beautiful decorations of Christmas green with lighted red and green tapers and the tree helped to permeate the Christmas spirit. The entertainment of the evening took the form of guessing charades and to see which lady could repeat the most “Mother Goose” rhymes. Refreshments of red and white brick ice cream, cake, coffee and mints were served. The committee in charge of this delightful evening’s entertainment was: Misses Meta Wood, Lillian Curd, Cornella Guthrie, Evelyn Humphreys, Anna Jameson, Virginia Rosser and Mesdames Harry Baynham, Wallace Coons, Finley Griffith, W. B. Harris, Lucy Kerry and R. L. Smith.
First, second and fifth prizes on white corn were won by Callaway farmers in the annual corn show given by the Central Missouri Trust company at Jefferson City, last Saturday. Sam Gordon received the first honors, F.G. Phillips, second and Alvin Tranbarger, fifth. Third and fourth places were won by Cole County corn raisers. The Cole County Farmers won all five places in the yellow corn classes. The exhibits were equal in number to those of last year but were not so good in quality, according to Roy T. Kirkpatrick, of the College of Agriculture of the University of Missouri, who judged both shows. The Trust Company gave $96.00 in prizes
75 years ago 1946 Missouri Telegraph
The VFW Post and Auxiliary held their Annual Christmas Party on Thursday evening at the VFW Hall. Approximately 235 members of two groups and their families and friends enjoyed the turkey supper and program. Miss Marianne Kritzer sang two Christmas songs, accompanied by Mrs. Gerald Lawrence, pianist. Miss Maurine Bollinger gave two Christmas readings. Mrs. Gerald Lawrence led the group singing of Christmas carols. The children were then treated to a visit from Santa Claus who gave each of them a gift from the Christmas tree.
The calendar showed Sunday was the first day of winter, but the temperature readings for the day looked more like spring for the mercury climbed to 58 during the day and went no lower than 45 during the night. Winter arrived officially at 4:54 a.m. Sunday, and it was about that time the temperature started climbing. Earlier in the night it had dropped to 20, but by 8 o’clock, just three hours and six minutes after winter began, it had jumped to 45 which was the low mark for the day. It was not the warmest December 22 on record — but it was well above the average for that day. The minimum temperature on the same day a year ago was 7 above zero, and the maximum was 20.
50 years ago 1971 Daily Kingdom News
The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department has begun an investigation into the Herring warehouse fire, which took place a week ago. Sheriff Ted Salmons says the fire caused an estimated $20,000-$30,000 damage. According to Paul Herring, the building didn’t have gas or electricity in it except for a small portion in the front, which wasn’t damaged. Fulton Fire Chief Dee L. Ragan told the area newspaper the cause of the blaze is a mystery.
25 years ago 1996 Sun Gazette
Ninety-nine year old Elizabeth Roberts had only one wish for Christmas — homemade strawberry preserves — and with the help of a few caring people, her wish came true. Roberts, who lives at Fulton Community Care, was among several residents selected to have their Christmas wish granted. In talking with FCC Volunteer Vi Biermann, Roberts expressed her desire for the fruity jam. The foursome responsible for fulfilling Roberts’ wish included Biermann, SK Salon Beautician Ruth Palmer and her two friends Clair Kurtz and Loretta Cleveland. In 20 mins after talking Ruth Palmer, who talked with Clair Kurtz, who talked with Loretta Cleveland, Biermann had the preserves in hand.