Wednesday, March 12, 2014

the Rich Hill Pool Hall


December 6,1979 Wagon Wheels edition of the Rich Hill Mining Review
The Smith Pool Hall has been a family business since 1941 when Dalph and Hazel Smith started it. The Pool Hall was passed on to Orben and Margaret, to Earl and Gjra Lee and now Ora Lee and Clifford operate the Smith Pool Hall. Needless to say this has been a favorite place for men who want to enjoy a game of pool.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Danny and Willa Ellis

Source  The Ellis Foundation -http://www.theellisfoundation.org/ellis-community/the-ellis-family/
Danny and Willa Ellis, Danny and Willa grew up in Rich Hill, Missouri. These high school sweethearts have spent the last 60 years as successful business partners and have applied their entrepreneurial expertise to their non-profit work.
Danny and Willa Ellis were profoundly impacted by their daughter’s influence on her students. During the year after Kathy’s passing, they offered three scholarships in Fort Scott, Kansas, in her memory. They immediately saw a tremendous need for scholarship assistance, as well as a mentoring program directed towards results.
Danny and Willa retired from active work with the foundation in 2011, but they continue to serve on the Board of Directors. They continue to provide endowment support for the foundation and scholarship assistance to students in Fort Scott, Kansas and Rich Hill, Missouri.
2nd Source-Google news
The Fort Scott Tribune - Apr 23, 1984

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"The Case of Couch and Meredith"

Bart
Got the book back from the printers. Thanks again for your assistance.

"The Case of Couch and Meredith" chronicles the 1938 crime spree of St. Louis desperadoes John Couch and James Otis Meredith.  They were unemployed and decided to  head out on a road trip, holding up gas stations and taverns along the way when they needed more funds.  Things got out of hand after they car-jacked several people and crossed several state lines. Their activities caught the attention of the FBI, who at he time thought these crimes were being committed by Floyd Hamilton and Huron Ted Walters who were also on the run in the Midwest and happened to be No. 1 and No. 2 on the "Most Wanted List." They made it as far south as Dallas-Forth Worth and as far north as Effie, Minnesota, within 100 miles of the Canadian border before being captured.

As part of their 1938 crime spree, John Couch and James Otis Meredith held up the Skelly station in Rich Hill, The gas station and Red Onion Cafe in Harrisonville, and car-jacked Robert Kalousek of Greenwood.

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Thanks!

Mark Anderson
Bemidji, Minnesota





Sunday, February 23, 2014

Frank Ralston Obit from the Rich Hill Mining Review Feb.2 1967

Frank Ralston 
Dead at 86

Frank E. Ralston one of Rich Hill's best known and highly respected citizens died unexpectedly about 8 o'clock Sunday morning, Jan 28, 1967 in his room at the Oakes Hotel in Excelsior Springs, Mo. where he had been living the past five years. Death was apparently caused by a heart attack.

Mr. Ralston was born in Rich Hill, October 28, 1880, the son of James and Hannah Ralston. He grew to young manhood here and received his education in the Rich Hill schools. He was employed by the Beasley Mercantile company many years before his appointment in 1927 as Missouri State Oil Inspector. He  traveled  through Missouri several  years  discharging  the duties of this office.  June 6, 1904, at Rich Hill, he was united in marriage to Elisabeth Maurer, who preceded him death in 1938. During the time Mr. Ralston was employed by the State of Missouri, he and Mrs. Ralston lived at the Dixon Hotel in Kansas City, but always maintained their home in Rich Hill, and at every opportunity spent their time here.

Following  Mr. Ralston's  retirement he returned to Rich Hill and again became active in civic, social and religious  circles of the town. He was proud of his home town and for number of  years  wrote, a column for the Mining Review concerning early day activities here, and at every opportunity gave of his time and resources for every worthwhile project in the town, also helping with publicity to make the project possible.   He was  faithful member of  the Presbyterian  church. Although Mr. Ralston  had been in Excelsior Springs the past  five  years  he still claimed Rich Hill as his home. He was a member of the B.P.O.Elks and during the  time he lived here planned  that  all Elks attend  Mothers Day services at a local church.

Surviving are one niece, Mrs. A.H. Dixon, Excelsior Spring, Mo. ;two nephews, Dr. H. V.  Guhleman,  Jefferson City Mo. And Lt. Col. J. H. Scrivner, Jr. an instructor in the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

The  body was brought to Rich Hill for burial in Green Lawn cemetery,  and services were held in the Booth Chapel at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. Allen Jones, pastor of the Methodist church.
Pallbearers were F. C. "Toppy" Clark, George Holler, Robert Bums, Raymond Mor gan, Hubert Kienberger, and Edwin Lyons.
Mrs. Paul Stevener and Mrs. Marion Moreland vocalists, were accompanied by Mrs. Delmar Vogt at the organ

Monday, February 17, 2014

1967 Rich Hill Commencement

Dyanna Bain-Albert Found this old Rich Hill Graduation program in some old papers from 1967




All Missouri State Offices Political and Military Records, 1919 - 1920 Results

GIVEN NAME:C. J.
SURNAME:Allen
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:physician
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:J. T.
SURNAME:Baker
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:justice of the peace
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:N. W.
SURNAME:Ballfinch
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:clerk
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:E. E.
SURNAME:Bean
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:704
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
PAPER:Mining Review
GIVEN NAME:E. E.
SURNAME:Follin
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:street commissioner
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:William
SURNAME:Fritz
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:alderman
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:Alva
SURNAME:Gordon
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:superintendent water & light plant
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:R. E.
SURNAME:Hoover
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:justice of the peace
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:J. F.
SURNAME:Isley
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:alderman
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:S. J.
SURNAME:Jamison
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:postmaster
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:Dan
SURNAME:Lowery
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:marshal & night police
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:Richard
SURNAME:March
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:alderman
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:J. J.
SURNAME:Martin
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:justice of the peace
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:L. W.
SURNAME:Mathews
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:704
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
PAPER:Western Enterprise
GIVEN NAME:H. E.
SURNAME:Sheppard
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:acting attorney
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:W. V. (Dr.)
SURNAME:Smith
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:mayor
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:Jake
SURNAME:Thomas
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:justice of the peace
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill
GIVEN NAME:Albert
SURNAME:Wiek
COUNTY:Bates
PAGE:316
POSITION:alderman
CITY/TOWN:Rich Hill

Sunday, February 16, 2014