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September 19, 2017

2017 Fall Johnson County Historical Society Bulletin

Fall                                                   Preserving our history since 1920                                                    2017

Destry Hough

Greg Biesemeyer
Vice Pres.

Don Daugherty

Donna Holt

Bill Wayne

Frank Todd

Herb Best

Jim White

Fran Billings

Doris Brookshier
Membership Chair
660 747-6795

Banner picture  by J.S. Le Grande is a public mural at the corner of Holden and Market Street in Warrensburg.
The Music Studio Presents Plays
sign7.jpgYoung folks from the Music Studio of Warrensburg enlivened the grounds of JCHS this summer with two musical productions under the direction of Jim Duncan, owner and artistic director of the Music Studio. Volunteers built a temporary stage and installed lights before the shows.
The stage is gone now but the Music Studio left some of the supports and the light structures so that a permanent band stand can be erected behind the courthouse for future performances.
Mike Shaw is the New Johnson County Missouri Historical Society Curator
imageedit_2_9362601540.jpgMike Shaw is a man of many interests. He is a retired iron worker, and the current owner of CMO Solar. According to his wife, Theresa, he does a little bit of everything from installing solar panels to helping renovate the VFW Post building. She adds, “And we are in the process of gutting and restoring our West Side house. Also, we both love history and genealogy.”
For years, Mike worked as a volunteer for the Historical Society, taking care of the buildings, installing solar panels, and keeping the library and museum open every Saturday.
Mike was also the local historian and genealogist for the Blind Boone park group. He is an
Expert on John William “Blind” Boone and is writing a book about him. Mike is a musician himself and plays the drums at various venues including Muddy Creek and Old Barney’s.
Theresa Shaw works part-time at the Daily Star-Journal and began a part-time job in January at the Veteran’s Home.

Historical Society Receives Large Gift

When Kenneth Glazebrook passed away in April of 2013 he left $113,000 to the Historical Society with the stipulation that the money not be released until the death of his wife. Marian Glazebrook died November 2016 and added an even larger amount as her endowment. Her part of the gift hasn’t been released yet and the exact figure of her donation is still unknown.
Mr. Glazebrook’s endowment has passed through probate and according to curator, Mike Shaw, the Board of Directors is deciding what to do with the money. Suggestions include spending part of it to fix up the old Davis Store so it can be put to use.
Kenneth Glazebrook was 89 when he died. He was born on May 16, 1923, on a farm south of Concordia, the son of Grover and Maude Glazebrook. On March 18, he married Marian Hester Jones at their home in La Monte.
Kenneth was a graduate of Knob Noster High School Class of 1941. He worked for the Missouri Public Service Co. and retired in 1983 after over 35 Years of Service.

Marian was 92 and a resident of Harmony Gardens in

Warrensburg when she passed away. She was born Oct 27 1924 in La Monte, the daughter of Ernest L. and Bertha Jones. She attended two years at CMSU in business and worked as a secretary at Whiteman AFB and for the federal government as an accountant. Obituary - Marian Hester Glazebrook, 92, of Warrensburg, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Harmony Gardens Assisted Living Center. Marian was born Oct. 27, 1924, in La Monte, Mo., the daughter of Ernest L. and Bertha (Hunter) Jones. On March 18, 1949, she and Kenneth Glazebrook were united in marriage in La Monte. He preceded her in death on April 10, 2013. Marian was a member of the La Monte Methodist Church. She attended two years at CMSU in business. She worked as a secretary at Whiteman AFB. She later worked for the federal government as an accountant and did payroll for the US Marine Corps in Kansas City. Marian enjoyed traveling to Arizona with Kenneth. She also loved to play bridge with her friends. Marian is survived by brother, John Jones of La Monte; close friends, Marc and Robin Meador of Warrensburg, and Rob Lawrence and wife Wendy Stallins of Warrensburg; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; two brothers, W. C. and Eldon Jones; and one sister, Christine Greim. Funeral service were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg, Mo. Interment followeed in Mineral Creek Cemetery in Leeton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the La Monte Methodist Church and can be left in care of Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home, 617 N. Maguire St., Warrensburg, MO 64093.
Published in Kansas City Star on Nov. 23, 2016

VFW to Honor Pvt. William Sherman "Bud" Adams, Montserrat, Who Died in WWII Tank Battle

On October 3, 1944 allied troops crossed the Siegfried Line (a German defensive line) in the final push through France into Germany. One of those young men was twenty-year old, Johnson County native, William Sherman "Bud" Adams. Adams was born on November 10, 1923 and grew up south of Montserrat.
On June 6, 1944, his unit, the 743rd Tank Battalion, had landed on Omaha Beach as part of the Allied D-Day invasion. Sherman Tanks, often referred to as "tin coffins" were much smaller and lighter than the German Panzers. German artillery could penetrate 8-inches of steel.  Sherman tanks were protected by 4-inch plates.
The Shermans' only advantage was that they could be manufactured quickly so that the allies could put four tanks on the field for every one the Germans could produce. Because they relied on sheer numbers, young American tankers, seeing the machines in front of them blown apart, would move up to close the gap in the advancing line.  They knew that after they had taken their turn to die, they would be replaced by still more tanks behind them.
imageedit_7_8655186042.jpgThe 21-year old Adams had spent four harrowing months battling his way across France, waiting for his turn.  It came on October 5, 1944, just two days after he had helped smash the Siegfried Line. His unit was near Aachen, the westernmost city in Germany when a Panzer round blasted through three Sherman tanks killing six soldiers including Adams.  
Sixty-six years later, Tim  Russell a Johnson County native, was working on a Veteran's I.D. Project at the Johnson County Historical Society.

imageedit_3_6705108474.jpgTheresa Shaw, commander of Warrensburg's VFW Post 2513 was visiting with Tim at the Historical Society one day when he pointed out the Adams entry. Theresa recognized his date of death was significant and knew that he had seen heavy combat and had died in a major battle. He was a soldier who should not be forgotten.
She found that Adams’ sister, Joella, lived in Springfield, MO and called her and her daughter. The daughter reported that Joella still mourned for her brother. One of her greatest regrets was that his medals and service flag had been lost in a fire.
On October 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Adam's Memorial Cemetery off Missouri Y, SE 521st Rd, Warrensburg,  a VFW ceremony will honor William Sherman Adams, Blond Neal, and Leroy Pierce, three tankers from Missouri who died on October 5, 1944.  A new stone will be placed over Adams' grave. His 91-year-old sister will receive a replacement flag and his medals.

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              (From the Warrensburg Star Journal, Oct 5, 1917)
The final arrangements for the Boys who leave here for Camp Funston Friday afternoon have been made by the local exemption board.  Forty men will leave here in the third contingent.  They have been notified to report to the exemption board at 5 o’clock Thursday evening. Some, however, who reside in or near Warrensburg have been granted permission to remain at their homes Thursday night and report here Friday morning. The boys who live in other parts of the county will stop at the Estes Hotel Thursday night.
Thru the efforts and suggestions of Tom Lanham and Luther Pollock, the boys who leave Friday, in addition to having a large banner for their [train] coach, will be identified by an arm band containing the name, “Johnson County.”
Most of the merchants will close their places of business from 4 o’clock until after the boys embark as a token of esteem and honor due them.
The Home Guards, old soldiers, both Confederate and Union, Women’s Auxiliary to the guards, school children, and the Normal band will assemble at the courthouse at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon.  The young men at the draft will report at the courthouse at 4:30 o’clock and be ready to leave that place promptly at 5 o’clock.
The Home Guards will lead the parade and others in turn as follows: Old Soldiers, Exemption Board members, Normal Band, Women’s Auxiliary, and what school children may wish to march in the parade.
Every member of the Home Guard is urged to report to lieutenants Harvey Harrison and Tom Lanham at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon. Citizens from all over the county are expected and urged to be here at that time and give our boys a farewell they will long remember.
Albert Owens and Arch Graham who passed the physical examination and were certified to by the local board as fit for service were exempted by the district board. Owens and Graham claimed no exemption from the local board but took their cases to the district board.
The forty men listed who will leave here Friday follows:

Mathias Henry Bruch          Hiram Levi Long
Alfred Sherman Lawson     Walter M. McConaughay
Julius Egbert                        James Vestal Akers
Walter Herbert Eads           Harry Miller
Roy Baxter Conard              Julius F. Wall, Jr.
Otto Julius Schmidt            Elmer Franklin Bell
Luke George Maloney         William Franklin Scruby
Mace Alphleus Sheridan     Jasper Amer
Wallace Lee Lipscomb         James Clifford
Paul Sutton                          Roscoe C. Glazebrook
John D. Ebersole                 George Jackson Akers
Ward Mason                         Clifford E. Thompson
Walter Benjamin Duck        Arthur Taylor King
John Joseph Fitter               George V. O’Connor
Wallace Paul                        Samuel Ernest Hanns
Hurshel L. Lipscomb           Harley Beebee
Lionel A. Duffield                 Charles V. Hyder
Oscar Eric Hedlund             James Henry Madden
James Franklin Iiams          Charles W. Atkins
Hugh Lafferty                        Carl J. Mather
Homer D. Schryack              Charles W.A Ikenberry
James L. Stuckey                 William Burrington
Arthur Ray Trussell              Ray Edward Stewart

(The above picture is on display on the third floor of the “new” courthouse.)

Volunteers Keep the Historical Society Going

Besides running her own rental business, Donna Holt serves is a member of the Johnson County Historical Society Board. She’s the Historical Society’s Treasurer and volunteers at the gift shop.

The Historical Society relies heavily on  its volunteers.  The following people are essential parts of our operation.
Donna Belshe - Records Project
Herbert Best -  Obituaries & research facilitation
Fran Billings - Gift Shop
Donna Holt - Treasurer, Gift Shop
Judy Cochran - Records Project
Martha Baile - Records Project
Leota Colster - Records Project
Loretta Millstead - Gift Shop                                    
Karman Nelson -  Family and Business Files      
Peggy Nuckles - blogger, newsletter.  
Kay Russell - Records Project                  
Many Thanks to our Donors
Cassie Baker - Abstract to 300 Grover St., Warrensburg, MO
Judith Basham Roberts - Picture Class of 1908 Warrensburg High School
Harold (Pete) Beard - Misc. items and photos
Samia Martz - Abstract of title, Lot 120- Benjamin Grover’s Addition to city of Warrensburg (home owned by her parents Ralph and Nancy Martz.)
James H. Houx - Book, “50 Years of Unusual Experience” by S. Ray Sweeney
Rosemary Ballenger - Family Happiness TV Guide 1973
R. Duane Williams - Book, “Rural Rhymes and Tales of Olden Times” autographed by Author
Joseph Roop, Kennewick, WA - $250

Thanks also to Bob Warren of Dyersburg, TN for buying a $300 Life Membership.
Thanks to all who have paid $20 individual membership fees and $30 family fees. That money is the constant source that keeps the Historical Society going.

OCT 1, 2017

The Johnson County Historical Society fall meeting will be held October 1 at 2 p.m. in the Old Court House with a reception in the museum and research center immediately afterwards. Speaker at the event is Bob Wyatt, author of “Ndekendek: The Man Who Runs Like a Bird.” He will be available to sign books at that time.

Wyatt is a graduate of Leeton High School and has a Bachelor
of Music Education and M.S. in Education from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and a Bachelor’s in Bible from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly. He is the author of a wide variety of books dealing with history in West Central Missouri. His “Sacrifices of a Small Town: Leeton in World War II” was quoted during the Air Force’s National Anniversary Celebration because of its revealing picture of what people did to support the troops during that war.
Two years ago Wyatt was approached by Rozelle and George Flasschoen about writing a book using the materials that George has spent 40 years collecting about his father. The result is a remarkable biography on Josse Flasschoen, a Belgian patriot who helped to save thousands of lives in the Belgian Congo before 1930 and many other trying to escape from Germany during World War II. It is far more than a war story. It is a warm inspiring account of a family who gave all to preserve freedom.

“Examining loyalty and corruption, Ndekendek offers atonement to a man who was wronged.” (Clarion Review). The book “is a fascinating tale of patriotism, justice, and honor… All information is relayed from Flasschoen’s son, George, to the author, Bob Wyatt, but the text reads almost as fiction. Wyatt adds in dialogue, character development, and a host of other literary devices. This approach allows for the story to be imparted thematically, shirking the common trap of stuffy, dry biographies that just present facts.” (Clarion Review).

“Overall, this is a complex, richly detailed story - a biography that’s as captivating as historical fiction. The author shows rare skill at evocatively describing settings in very few words; ‘The heat was unbearable, especially around the noon hour and early afternoon… It was also when flies fiercely buzzed around people, black or white, and the animals.’”

Wyatt “also creates penetrating psychological profiles of various figures, and provides well-researched historical data. The archival photographs included throughout the text bring the story even further to life. Anyone with an interest in early-20th-century European history, or World War II in particular, will relish this book. A masterful, beguiling account of an extraordinary man.” (Kirkus Review.)

Rozelle is strongly connected to the Leeton community where many of her relatives live. Jm Crowder reminded her of Bob’s being a writer and encouraged Bob to talk to the Flasschoens. The rest is history to be shared October.

By Fran Billings
Rapidly approaching are the months of golden splendor that will spread through our valleys and across our hillsides. Daylight hours grow shorter and cool nights turn thoughts to hot chocolate and down comforters. Autumn, the beautiful transition. A time luring the last vacationers to our county and state. Fall festivals abound. Demonstrations of skills from days of our grandparents draw our curious attention alongside handsome wares made by the hands of our friends and neighbors. Chores of summer completed. It is time to reflect the months past and begin to plan the holidays and coming year.

A glimpse backward, a good bit of fun as well as work. Old Drum Festival was a HIT. Dogs of all ages and sizes enjoyed the “doggie bones” the Little Gift Shop provided. Granny’s receipts, all 4 volumes, has been well accepted as have other of the visitor’s gifts with Johnson County historical tidbits. Some of these were the little line drawings of first homes, businesses, schools, names of patriots buried in our county all under decorative covers. August is a celebration of Friendship Day and county wildflowers. Net month, September, is a Memorable Trip to Grandparents House across Johnson County on Capitol Highway! Meanwhile, Todd Dempsey was the winner of the set of Johnson County booklets from the July Sidewalk Sale. Congratulations, Todd. There are more good times to come like Children’s Day, the Sweet Treat Trail and Christmas ornaments. This December, a special gift from our gratitude to our visitors will be “Granny’s receipts, An Ageless Gift.

Two new artists have joined our happy group. Welcome Belinda Rowe and Donna Howard. Both ladies are Johnson Countians.” Belinda, a college graduate in the field of social science, is now retired enjoying home and hobbies. She crochets beautiful articles in the rarer forms of Tunisian and Filet crochet. These pieces of art for the home are both practical and decorative. Her latest “favorite craft” is twining rugs! “Twining” is a of weaving. Donna is also a college graduate with commercial and fine art degree. She is retired, enjoying family and crafting. She has designed several unique pieces of crochet work including a vintage doll with portable crib and accessories. Donna is also a “twiner!” She makes looms in 4 sizes, has written an instruction booklet for this art and is eager to share her knowledge. Pen and ink drawings are in future plans.

These notes are not complete without a husky thank you to 32 artists and unnumbered supporters who have made The Little Gift Shop on the Old Towne Square a reality, given us a memorable year and a glimpse into the coming year. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL! Come meet us, get to know us, perhaps volunteer with us. You will be pleased, We shall look for you on the Old Towne Square.

Prize Drawing to be Held at the 2017 Meeting
The Starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 1

In celebration of the Little Gift Shop's 1st anniversary, we are holding a drawing for a gift box containing several items of historical note. These are: two Christmas ornaments from the past, the old (1838) courthouse and the new (1898) courthouse along with their corresponding note cards. An added bonus is the 2017 Christmas ornament just off the press! The drawing is now open and will be until the annual meeting when the winning name will be drawn and announced.

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