Banner picture by Jo Narron. This and other paintings are on sale at the Little Gift Shop.
LITTLE GIFT SHOP OPENS
By Fran Billings
Greetings to one and all from The Little Gift Shop on the Old Towne Square where neighbors gather and new friendships are made.
How quickly the seasons come and go. Behind us is that beautiful fall day in October when the Little Gift Shop celebrated a Grand Opening with many friends and neighbors. Many of our participating Johnson County artists were present to greet and visit with shoppers. Then came the chilly weather, busy days of the Holiday Season. Shoppers came and went, most from Johnson County yet many from our neighboring counties and several states, even from other countries.
The Little Gift Shop’s monthly free gifts have been a hit, especially “Granny’s Receipts,” a small volume of early recipes. October introduced Volume 1, Desserts; January, Volume2, Meats: April will bring Volume 3, Granny’s Soups and Salads and Volume 4 in July is Vegetables of course. The little line drawings with tidbits of County history enclosed in Christmas ornaments and on the valentine bookmarks were also received with approval. For The Little Gift Shop staff who design and make these small “gifts of history” the challenge of giving back to community is good fun.
|Bob Wyatt, Leeton, MO|
Bruce's great-great-grandfather was Johnson County Sheriff H. H. Russell who held the last double hanging in the county in 1884.
JOCOMO 1884 Double Hanging Link
His great-grandfather started Russell Bros. Clothing in 1915 and his grandfather HH Russell later ran the 5 store chaing before his mother Janie Russell Uhler. They owned for many years the interesting Empire Hall, that is upstairs on 204 N. Holden Street Empire Hall on Holden and the old Eads Hotel / St. Cloud hotel building 125 N. Holden St. Early Hotels in Warrensburg.
Bruce does not consider himself a historian, but rather a researcher-collector and communicator of our amazing history. The history that has been saved and compiled by the great people and true historians over the years in the community and he thanks the amazing volunteers at the JOCOMO Historical Society, Lisa Irle for her great work, the Smiser Family gifts and wishing the best to uber volunteer Mike Shaw.
Excerpts from Bruce Uhler’s first history post:
Major Emory S. Foster Of Johnson County, Missouri
|Major Emory S. Foster, Warrensburg, MO 1861 Recruited Union Volunteers|
Thanks to the donors who have made contributions to the JCHS Collections
Ken & Nancy Weltz, Columbia, MO - Wagon wheels, creamer separator, Sandstone Sharpening wheel, saws, 1916 photo of High Point Church.
Joseph Roop, Kennewick, WA - $200
Wilber Kephart, Holden, MO - $500
Jerry Brown, Warrensburg, MO - $100
Mr. & Mrs. James H. Moon, Iowa “The Old Drum
Story,” by Icie F. Johnson, 1957, Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce.
Stan Garnett, Annandale, VA - Two books and a small German-language Bible from his great aunt Anna Feldman Brockhaus.
Christmas Ornaments Hopefully, each of you visited your city hall during the Christmas Holidays where you saw the Johnson County Historical Society’s lovely glass ornaments of 2016 donated for the Mayors’ Christmas Trees.
Thanks to Dean Young for creating the ornaments.
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
Karmann Nelson - Family and Business Files
Peggy Nuckles - blogger, newsletter, assistant grounds keeper the need for someone to clip news-
Kay Russell - Records Project
Mike Shaw - Building Maintenance & Administration