Sunday, August 7, 2016

James Ernest Truex Real birthplace

I found this story in the Nevada Daily Mail Sept 16 1982  News of Yesterday Taken from Sept 16 1932

50 years ago Sept. 16 1932
 For the last 25 years the little Bates county town of Rich Hill has been denied an honor due it from the fact that the compilers of Who's Who on Broadway failed to double check the data on Ernest Truex, the "half pint" comedian, as Mr.Truex often refers to himself, who is know to theaters goers on two continents, has made famous a Missouri town which never existed."Red Hill" has received the honor of being the birthplace of Mr.Truex and only recently a prominent New  York columnist referred to Mr. Truex as the "Red Hill Missouri boy who made good in the city."
 With years of such misinformation going out to the reading public,Rich Hill citizens finally "got mad."They took the matter up with Ernest with the result that Rich Hill will replace "Red Hill" as the birthplace and the early  home of Mr. Truex with the next appearance of Who's Who on Broadway.In an interveiw with Mr. Truex he said"There is no such town in Missouri as Red Hill,but I never denied it when writers gave that mythical town the honor,and for years that town has appeared as my birthplace."
 In 1896 a stranded Shakespearean actor became ill. Ernest's father,Dr.J.L.Truex,then practicing in Rich Hill,now in Joplin,treated the actor-Edward M. Chamberlain.Unable to meet the bill after his recovery, Mr. Chamberlain organized a school of elocution and dramatics and agreed to pay the doctor's bill by giving five-year old Ernest lessons in the art of stage.The results was that Ernest made his debut a few months later on the stage of the opera house here in Nevada,playing the part of Hamlet.For some years he was billed as a child prodigy and appeared in many cities in Shakespeare's plays before landing on Broadway.
 Rich Hill's older citizens, who knew Ernest as a boy and watched his rise to stardom in the theater world,had as their only regret for years the error consistently made as to Mr.Truex's birthplace.Now that Ernest has corrected this error everyone is again happy in the old home town and when he is next billed for an appearance in Kansas City,all his old friends from this little city will be there to greet him in a big way.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fourth of July in Rich Hill Missouri 1951

Article from Rich Hill Mining Review  June 21, 1951
The fourth of July committees have been working hard the past week completing plans for the Fourth of July celebration here.Arrangements are nearly completed and according to the information received a finer program is in store for those attending the celebration than has been presented here in many years.
 The celebration this year will observe the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the United States. All churches in Rich Hill are asked to ring their church bells for five minutes at twelve noon on July 4 to acknowledge this anniversary.Upon hearing the tolling of the bells,all persons are asked to pause and offer silent prayer of thanks to God for the Freedom and Principles which this nation was founded.
The Parada Shows will arrive in Rich Hill Monday and be here for the Fourth.This show has been in Rich Hill several times in previous years and they have a nice clean show.They have a number of rides,shows and concessions.
Rich Hill has two fine parks in which the people who arrive for the day can find plenty of shade. The East Park is the picnic park. There one will find ovens and tables for their picnic dinners.Central Park, which is downtown, has many seats for the comfort of those attending and the programs in the afternoon and evening will be held in the bandstand this Park.

There has been no special entertainment planned for the morning but  the Parada shows will open early for the entertainment of those coming to town in the morning
 In the afternoon a street parade will be held at 2 o'clock. Prizes are being offered for the best decorated floats as follows :first prize,$25.00: second prize $15.00:and third prize $10.00.An added feature to the parade this year will be the boys and girls riding ponies.Prizes will also be given, for the best dressed boy or girl on horse or pony,first prize,$10.00 :second  prize $5.00, and thrid prize $2.50.There are many ways in witch they may dress, such as Indians,Mexicans or cowboys and cowgirls.
Anyone who wants to participate in the parade contact Sam Fisher of or Shirley Booth.Charles Logan of Nevada has notified Mr. Booth that he will be again this year with his Shetland ponies, which are favorites of the children.

Immediately following the parade Mr.H. Roe Bartle,of Kansas City will give the Independence Day address Mr. Bartle has been a leader in Boy Scout work in Kansas City and this region for many years.He has served as President of Missouri Valley College at Marshall Mo. and at the present time is regional director of the office of Price Stabilization.
L.G.Nelson of the Nelson Construction company is sponsoring a turtle race which is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 19 years.Any child wanting to participate in this event is asked to contact Mr. Nelson.
Edward Wright of the Rich Hill Roller Rink is sponsoring a roller skating
 contest on Park Avenue between sixth and Seventh streets. we have no particulars concerning this event but are sure Mr. Wright has some extra special entertainment in this feature for all.
     The Rich Hill Legionnaires baseball team will play at Association Park following the parade for the baseball fans of this community.
     The Rich Hill High School band will give a short concert in the evening preceding the dinner hour. The entertainment for the evening will begin at 7 O'clock when we have something new in the entertainment field, and that is the "baby buggy parade." Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated baby buggy or stroller, in the following amounts:  first prize $10.00:  second prize $5.00: and third prize $2.50.  Prizes will be awarded on the appearance of the whole unit but with the greatest emphasis being on the decoration of the vehicle. Those who desire to compete in this parade should contact Sam Fisher.
     Immediately following the baby buggy parade a variety show of home talent will be held in the band stand in Central Park. This program is under the direction of Miss Zelma Copeland and it is at this time that all attending will have the privilege of seeing the many beautiful bathing beauties of our town.
     Miss Copeland has many other interesting numbers planned for this program.
The fourth of July program will end at 10 o'clock with a grand display of fireworks on Park avenue near the railroad tracks.
    Fourth of July celebrations are not new in Rich Hill. Rich Hill has celebrated yearly since 1881, except during World War I and World War II. the first celebration  was held on the block on the North side of Walnut Street, just east of the railroad track.  A hotel was located where the Paris Woodall home now stands. Heavy timbers were hauled in to make shelter tents because there were no trees at that time to provide shade.  Each year the committees try to make the celebration better than the preceding one and this year is no exception. These celebrations are really Rich Hill's annual homecoming days for people travel great distances to meet their friends here.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Paris Woodall

This Blog article comes from 

Excerpts from:

Daily Capital News, Jefferson City, Missouri
October 5, 1938


Rich Hill, MO., Oct. 4 – (UP) – Suits, overcoats, leather jackets and hats valued at $3,000 were stolen early today from the Beasley Mercantile Co. store by three bandits who tied up Paris Woodall, 65, the night watchman.

Moberly Monitor-Index, Moberly, Missouri
December 15, 1939


Rich Hill, MO., Dec. 15 – AP – Marvin Denayer was killed last night in a scuffle with Night Officer Paris Woodall.  The officer was wounded.
    Woodall said Denayer resisted arrest for intoxication, seized the officer’s revolver and shot him through the hand.  He was choking Woodall when the officer recovered his weapon and fired three shots.  Denayer died two hours later in a Butler hospital.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Brakeman Killed. Aug 28 1890

Brakeman Killed. Aug 28 1890
'Feely' McQuity  Meets Sudden Death at His Post of Duty.
Knocked into the River.
The Sad and Untimely Death of a Rich Hill Brakeman this Morning at 11 o'clock-The Remains brought to Rich Hill at 1 o'clock.
This morning 'Feeley'  McQUITTY passed north on the local, due here at 7:30 o'clock, but which was about 8 hours behind time, and was seen at the depot by a number of his friends and former companions for the last time alive. The particulars of the sad death of this young man are about as follows. When nearing the intersection of the Emporia road, about five miles this side of Butler, the instructions were given Mr. McQuitty to set the brakes, as some switching was to be done. The conductor was on top of the train, and when the instructions were being given Mr. McQuitty was on the ladder in the act of ascending, and leaning out was watching the conductor, Mr. Garnett, unawares of approaching the Miami bridge. While in this position one of the abutments of the bridge struck the unfortunate brakeman on the back of the head, hurling him 15 feet into the waters below. The signal was given and the train stopped as soon as possible, but the unfortunate man was a corpse before he could be reached. A great hole, the size of an ordinary ink stand, was found to have been made in the left back part of the head, which evidently caused instant death. An inquest was held at Butler, and a verdict returned in accordance with the above facts.
The parents of Mr. McQuitty have been residents of Rich Hill the past 9 years, and the sudden death of their son is indeed a severe shock to them. The deceased has made Rich Hill his home much of the time, and was well known and liked by all. Besides his parents, he leaves a young wife [Margaret Hannah Pearson, later Linthicum] and six brothers to mourn his sudden demise. The wife of the deceased was not apprised of the sad fate of her husband at our hour of writing, as she was visiting at the mines, and could not be reached. Mr. McQuitty had only been married about a year, and the young wife, as well as all other members of the household, have the profound sympathy of the Review in this dark hour of their sorrow.
The funeral services will be conducted at the family residence in the East End to-morrow evening, to which all friends of the deceased and of the family are invited.
Related article:
Roadmaster Meyers in Town.
Roadmaster Meyers was in the city yesterday, and went out to the Mia- bridge, where Mr. F. U. McQuitty was killed on Thursday of last week. While there Mr. Meyers took occasion to measure the distance from the timber where Mr. McQuitty met his fate to where he landed in the water below, and found the same to be 90 feet. "It is a very great distance for a human body to be knocked by the force of a blow, and the imprints on the abutments where his head struck would indicate that they had been struck with a huge piece of iron of some kind.
--of about fifteen brakemen who have engaged in that avocation from Rich Hill, Mr. McQuitty is the third to have met death while on duty.

Friday, March 4, 2016

From Gail Biggs Facebook

From Gail Biggs Facebook
my Friend Gail posted this picture on her Facebook 
from 1957 Rich Hill Year Book
The King is Billy Schenker, The Queen is Evelyn Coonce Painter, The Prince is Joe Daughtery, and the Princess is Helen Reedy

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Rich Hill tribune., May 19, 1910 {Class of 1910}

The Rich Hill tribune., May 19, 1910  {Class of !910}
Commencement Exercises
The commencement  exercises of the graduating class of the Rich Hill School for 1910 was held at the opera house last night and was a success in every particular. 
A large crowd witnessed the performance of the play "The Professor"and the manner in which it was produced reflect great credit  both on the Students and their director Mr. Beninsley.
     The Valedictory and Salutatory addressed were well gotten up and excellently delivered.The music was beautiful and the class address  very interesting and taken all together we believe that in the annals of Rich Hill High School history,the class of 1910 will long be looked upon as a banner class.