Callaway Memories

Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society
Tebbetts circa 1900.
Photo courtesy the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society Tebbetts circa 1900.

150 years ago (1873)

We are authorized to announce Mr. B. Peter Bailey, Wm. H. Dawson, John N. Bennett, Charles E. Gill and

W. M. Scholl as candidates for the office of Sheriff of Callaway County, made vacant by the death of Col.

Law. Election is first Tuesday of November.

The County Election. The election is over, the fight has been fought and the smoke of the battle has

cleared away. The contest has been warm though short. Some of the aspirants made a vigorous canvass

and kept the fight up even on the day of election from rosy morn till dewy eve. Elijah V. Dyson, Nine

Mile Prairie Township, is the new County Court Justice to fill the unexpired term of Judge Hopkins,

resigned. For Sheriff, Capt. Wm. M. Scholl, Nine Mile Prairie Township, is the successful man. He is one

of our best citizens and one who will discharge his duties faithfully. He is a very appropriate successor to

the lamented Col. Law.

125 years ago (1898)

(The following Fulton Gazette article was originally printed in the Jefferson City Tribune) The Missouri,

Kansas and Texas Railway Co. has a big force of men at work near Tebbetts, burning gumbo ballast. The

pits cover an area of 30-40 acres. The product of the pits is being spread on the road-bed of the "Katy"

between St. Alouis and Franklin. Gumbo burned this way makes a splendid ballast for railroads. It is red

in color, packs closely when put on the track and kills the vegetation that is so injurious to the ties.

Railroad men say that a gumbo-ballasted track is not as rigid as a stone or gravel-ballasted track and is

therefore more conducive to high speed and is not so hard upon engines and rolling rock. Gumbo-ballast

is a Missouri product. It was discovered by a Missourian, and the Wabash between Kansas City and St.

Louis was the first line in the state to use it. The Burlington, the Santa Fe and other lines soon followed.

Now, the "Katy" is burning its own ballast. It is also being used in other States where gumbo is found.

100 years ago (1923)

Curtis Overstreet has served Mail Route 2, Fulton's longest mail route, for twenty years and has not

missed a mail, save for a few sick days for which the route was given to a substitute. The 27 mile long

route includes nine miles on State Hwy No. 2, five miles hard surfaced on Mexico Road and road leading

east from the St. Eunice school house, making 14 miles on hard surface road. This route goes north on

the Mexico Road past St. Eunice and on to the Craig school and turns east there known as the Muir cut

off and back on the road to St. Eunice again. The route corners with McCredie Route 2 at Calwood; with

McCredie Route 1 at Craig school and Fulton Route 1 a mile south of Calwood. 114 homes on route

receive an average of 8,000 pieces of mail every month. The three mailboxes that have been painted

white belong to Clarence Craighead, F. M. Hardin and Betty Galwith. Inspection shows three areas of

road that need work. Road from the Ed Brooks farm and by the George Hardin place has water problems

and needs the ditches and drains to open and a new culvert to save it. Road a mile south of Calwood

near the Wing and Draper farms badly need culverts. Road back of the Mat Wright farm near Calwood is

not well drained and gets muddy in wet weather. Road near Fairview school is now in good condition

but as it is very hilly. It will need constant attention for safe travel. A movement is on foot to get the

Fulton road district to move the steel bridge at Palmer's Ford, when the new bridge is ready for use and

old road closed, to the Griffith crossing, over Richland, five miles northeast of Fulton. A financial effort

by the citizens wanting the changes is necessary before the bridge is moved. The water at this crossing

gets quite deep and a bridge would be a great convenience to all in that locality.

75 years ago (1948)

Too Many Lemons on the Truck. Operating a truck with a load exceeding the state limit by 10,000

pounds cost Ronald Andrew Snow, San Antonio, TX, $108.50 in Magistrate Court. Snow, while taking a

load of lemons north, was stopped at Kingdom City's weigh station by Magistrate John Yates. Fourteen

other overweight cases were listed on the day's docket. Fines ranging from $5- $25 were imposed. The

overweight amounts in these cases were much lower than Snow's case.

25 years ago (1998)

The following three Fulton couples celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently: Mr. and Mrs.

Wallace Harris, Mr. and Mrs. George Warden and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lawrence. Wallace Harris and

Betty Wright were married by Dr. Ira Adams at his home on Court Street. Their attendants were Glenn

and Betty Sneed. They have four children: Linda Duffy (Donnie), Darrell (Mary), Kirby (Nancy) and Donna

Andrade (John). He retired from Kroger in 1983 and she retired from Westminster College in 1996.

George A. and Dorothy B. Warden have two children: Gary (Mary) and Dorothy Lee Kleindienst (David).

Charles E. Lawrence and Lois Naomi Cole were married at the home of Rev. Floyd Rogers. They were

attended by the bride's sister and the groom's brother, Betty and Jim Lawrence. They have two sons,

Glen (Doneta) and Charles H. (Judy). For over 50 years, they have been active members of the Church of

God Holiness in Fulton.

(From caption of a Russell Whanger photo). Picture Perfect. Richard Rummel takes advantage of the

mild weather to draw a picture of the Romancing the Past B&B on Court Street. He draws and paints as a

hobby. {Gone too soon, Rummel passed away in 2021. His watercolors continue to be a blessing for his

family and friends.}

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