|Oxford Place, Holden, MO|
OCTOBER 1, 2017
by Fran Billings
What a wonderful first year to celebrate and to have enjoyed. Old Friends came to visit and to shop; new friends came too. What a pleasure to see the smiles of delight and recognition as visitors discovered small treasures and free gifts throughout the year. Such fun it has been to share early sweethearts and marriages of Johnson County, May Pole dances at the first schools in our small communities, our Patriots of the Revolutionary War and 1812 resting here in our Johnson County and recipes from yesteryear, “Granny’s Recipes an Ageless Gift.” And of the artwork of Johnson Countians is special with something for all ages.
|Bob Wyatt, Leeton, Mo Author|
|Many of the artists supplying the Little Gift Shop attended the celebration, It was good to introduce them to the Annual Meeting attendees and fun to hand an ornament to each! The Grand Gift drawing turned out well for Ron Rupsdorf who received the three Courthouse ornaments to grace his home this Christmas past.|
| Donna Holt, Loretta Millstead, & Fran Billings present awards to participating artists. |
And didn’t we have the prettiest little runner delivering gifts with a smile.
Thanks, Emma Garza! (shown above with Fran Billings.)
P.S. Spring is in the air. Old Drum Days and Festival is approaching. Join in the festivities and surprises. Saturday, April 14 at 9 AM - 6 PM CDT Old Courthouse Square on Main.
At day’s end you will be tired but happy!
Xanadu, Jr. (June 1-2, June 8-9
The Little Mermaid, Jr. (June 15-16, June 22-23
|Kenneth and Marian Glazebrook|
Legacy Gifts to the Johnson County Missouri Historical Society
Marian H. Glazebrook, was born Oct. 27, 1924, in La Monte, Missouri, the daughter of Ernest L. and Bertha (Hunter) Jones. She and Kenneth Glazebrook were united in marriage on March 18, 1949, 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 Air Force Base. She later worked for the federal government as an accountant and did payroll for the US Marine Corps in Kansas City.
Marian is survived by one 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.
What an incredible, wonderful legacy from Kenneth and Marian Glazebrook!
When asked what persuaded her to contribute her time to the Historical Society she answered. “Many things really. I remember first recognizing a civic duty to preserve our history back in the ‘70s. My sister wanted to marry at the old church in Columbus, Mo. The church was in shambles then. Our family and friends spent weeks repairing it for her wedding. The community was able to use it again. We started gathering there for many events after that.
We brought back to life the Ms. Columbus pageant and Columbus day activities. The Haile family that financed the original school building there were my great grandparents. My family took a big role in getting the old ELm school moved to Old Courthouse grounds. Our family still has property there and some of us live in Columbus and Elm area still. We still keep active there and host events for the community when we can.
We also started Old Drum Days before we had a fairground. Back then, just a few of us were involved but it quickly caught on. John and Shirley Simmons, Nancy Bell and John Muirell played huge parts in making us an organization recognized by the Missouri State Fair Association. I attended many events in Columbia preparing us as an official group. In the early 90's I was involved with reopening Blind Boone Park. I found the Wind Harp in an alley in St. Louis, tracked down it's owner and then negotiated purchasing and moving it here. I have had my eye on the Davis Store since childhood and dreamed of seeing it back in its glory. I grew up on West Gay St. and always felt a connection with old town. I have worked with Mike Shaw for several years in hopes of protecting the store and procuring grants to progress the work on it. It takes many to accomplish these projects and I am proud to be a new member of the Historical Society.
Praise The Captain and the Judge is an interesting and important story about Natalie Wilson—the Captain—who established Camp Carry-On in the Ozarks for girls and young women from 1917 to 1942 and who later directed the Girl Scout camp at Knob Noster State Park from 1949 to 1952. The book also details the life of Judge Max Prussing, who married Wilson in 1935 and who later served as a county official in Camden County and, more importantly, as the engineer who oversaw the construction of Fort Leonard Wood. The book makes an important contribution to the existing literature on how the Ozarks became a destination point for outdoor recreation in the first half of the twentieth century and how the Ozarks continued to develop as a recreational destination point.
Hardcover: 256 pages Retail Price: $24.95
You can buy the book directly from Lisa Irle Lisa Irle Facebook
or Nat Prussing Halpin 660 422 0094
|MEMORABLE TOURS - JOCOMO Historical Museum|
Harold (Pete) Beard - Miscellaneous historical items and photos
Shawna Newman - Extension records from the township of Columbus, MO
Brown's Tennessee Rats Baseball Team
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(ret) Major Earl Dean Uhler, Jr., 1923-2017
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