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Webster County Historical Society

Quarterly Newsletter September 1999 Volume 1 Number 3
Society to Honor Charter Members

Or next meeting will be held at historic Walnut Springs Farm on September 28, at 7:00 p.m. We will be honoring the people who organized the very first Historical Society in Webster County.

The Society began in 1952 with 98 charter members, all of whom are listed onthe back of this newsletter. It was established in order to make preliminary plans to celebrate Webster County's Centennial in 1955. We owe a lot to the original members. Of those, 10 are still living, most are active in our community and some in the Society itself.

Also featured at the meeting will be the reenactment of a pie auction from days gone by. some of us have never had the pleasure of attending such a function, so we would appreciate sharing the found memories of those of you who can.

We need all of you Society bakcer (that includes the men) to really put forthe the effort into some of your best pies. Homemade ice cream will also be available. All money raised will go to help furnish our Resource Room at the Museum.

Let's all come out and pay tribute to the pioneers of our Society. Bring your lawn chairs, pies, appetizers, and your friends!


We have just been informed that the Museum will receive a partial grant from Webster Electric in the amount of $6,550, to be used to plater, insulate, and paint the interior of the building.

Many of you may already know that the long awaited Webster County history book arrived the last week of June. Everyone invloved was quite pleased with the finished product, and reception has been good with the general public. Sales have topped 700 copies and the remaining books will go quickly. The new double volume, Historical Book can still be purchased for $65.00 Plus $5.00 mailing fee. If you have intended to buy one, do not wait too long - they may be sold out!

Books are available at the Museum, Whitehurst Insurance, and Paula's Antiques.

Recent Century Club Donors include:
Freda Langston
Lena Junp
McKinley and Lacy Massey Cantrell
Wanda June Cantrell McKoin
Linda Jane Cantrell Roy

Recent Memorials made were:
Joseph William Brittain
Jack D. Clair
Herman and Grace Ross
Mary F. Kammerer Cruise
Kail and Josie Rost

Century Club membership and Memorial are obtained through a $100 tax-dedutable donation to the Webster County Historical Society.

We thank these donors for their support.

Due to several requests, a list has been prepared of historical and genealogical help publications recording Webster County history. You may contact the Society for a copy of this list.
Resource Room

Thanks to the generosity of private donors, the Resource Room in the basement of the Museum has recently received a facelift. Concrete repairs and painting are complete, and we will soon be ready to move in. This room will house old records, newspapers, and items of genealogical interest. Plans are to eventually make these available for viewing by the public.

The Society is soliciting donations of any genealogy research materials, family histories, and books, as well as equipment for the room such as four-drawer filing cabinets, copying machine, etc. Anyone wishing to donate items please contact Paulene Dyche at 859-7700 or Linda Blazer at 859-2036.

A new, revised, topical index of the Historical Society Jornals has recently been completed. This index may be accessed at the Museum or by writing to us at the above address. Mailing of the index is free, and the Journals are $2 plus postage.

Anyone needing transportation or directions to this month's (or any) meeting, please call:
Linda Blazer at 859-2036
Stan Whitehurst at 859-7268
Suzanne Thoms at 859-3477
Genealogy Help Wanted
Gloria Bogart Carter is working on a comprehensive 1850 Wright County census. Thsi will include not only census information, but also any other data on households. If you have family who were in the 1850 Wright County census (which includes the eastern edge of what is now Webster County), please contact her at 733 S. Farm Rd. 89, Springfield, MO 65802 or at her e-mail address:
This is a joint effort of Gloria and the Wright County Historical society. New households are being added daily by Phyllis Rippee, Office Superviosr, and can be viewed on the Wright County Historical Society web site at http://www.rootsweb. com/~mowright/wright.htm. Plans are to eventually make this information available in book form.
The Missouri Route 66 Association made its way across Missouri on September 11 during their annual trek down Historic Route 66. The entourage, which included about 150 vintage vehicles, began in St. Louis and ended in Miami, Okalhoma, with the tour following old Route 66 through Webster County. It is hoped that our Society can plan some special activities for next year's tour.
If you have a new "911" address, please pass is on to the Society.

Meeting Dates: September 28
October 26
November 23
Webster County Historical Society Charter Members - 1952/1953

John Hosmer
Ballard Watters
C. R. MacDonnell
Herbert P. Davis
Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Roper
John E. Andrews Jr.
Oscar Lloyd Carter
Orven E. Davis
Marion Corbett
Robert F. Fyan
Hester Haymes Jackson
Ella Dickey
Lester Gilliman
Fannie Wood
Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. Miller
Elizabeth Fyan Foster
Elizabeth Deckey Blaine
Fay E. Lea
Stanley Brooks
Dr. and Mrs. A. R. Schultz
Susie O. Bench
James Case
Paul Holmes Floyd C. Shoemaker
Cline C. Herren
Ralph Woofter
S. R. and Hattie McMahan
Ellis O. Jackson
Vivia G. MacDonnell
Paul Watters
Mrs. J. L. Grizzell
Jess Grizzell
Ruth Linn
Mrs. Ralph Todd
John E. Andrew
Willis Case
Arabelle Foster
Jane Watters
Floy F. George
Mrs. Morris M. Foster
Tom R. Wells
R. E. McMahan
Mrs. Doris Rhodes McMahan
Mrs. Sam E. Trimble
Fred Dickman Clyde Byrd
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Sherman
Eliza Doyle
Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Freda Langston
Mrs. Louis Montgomery
C. Leslie Black
Lola G. Nelson
Lola Mae Johnson
Mrs. Geneva Lea Justis
Norman Lundh
Carl Young
Frank Stockton
Earl T. Shields
R. E. Abbott
Dr. J. E. Blinn
Ellis Brown
Claude Wood
Guy W. Hyde
Mrs. John D. Oliver
Warren Johnson
H. Jewell and Blanch Evans
J. Stanley Elmore
Terrie Elmore
J. E. Haymes
Icia Mae Pope
Mrs. J. E. Blinn
Mr. and Mrs. George Delzell
Ronald M. Dunford
Bette McMahan Dunford
Maggie Dugan Brown
Raymond Carrick
Charley White
Mrs. Nell Anderson
Mrs. Oleva White
B. J. Julian
Elsie Julian
A. H. Kindrick
Mrs. Minnie Brooks
Josephine Delzell
John Foster
Dr. A. Ralph Todd
Dr. and Mrs. D. L. Cardwell
Mr. and Mrs. Paul V. and Besse Rathburn

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