Lutheran Church History-from the book the Town that Coal Built
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized November 21, 1883 in a boarding house operated by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cane. Some of the early members were Fred Cane, John Klumpp, August Elgert, Joseph Ochsner, Frank Yarick, John Farrer, Wm. Fritz, John Marquardt, Albert Kleiwin and H. Schwamb.
Most of these German Lutherans settled in the North part of town. Probably, so as to be closer to their work in the mines to the North and Northwest of town and the smelter.
Rev. Niederwimmer was the first Pastor. Their first church was several blocks North of the present church. The membership grew every year, and they outgrew the small church building which was also used for parochial school. During that time they bought land from Robinson for a cemetery, also bought 2 lots on the southeast corner of 4th and Chestnut. They bought the present church building from the Methodist Church, and moved it to the west lot in 1890. In 1892 they moved the little church to the east lot, and added on 2 large rooms in the front of it. This building served as the parsonage, and the back part as the schoolroom.
We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 1932, Arthur Schardt was pastor then. The last resident pastor here was Edward Haferman. He left in 1942. In 1957 we celebrated our 75th anniversary. Rev. Ritterling was our pastor and also of Nevada St. Paul Lutheran Church. The parsonage was rented until 1971 and is still used as a "get-to-gather" place for the congregation. The ladies of the church also use it to meet in.
Richmond Anderson of Kansas City is our present pastor. We have services the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays from the 1st of March through December. Time is 8:30 A.M., as he also serves the Nevada St. Paul Church, after our services.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
Pictures from Rich Hill Alumni 2015
These three pictures had the name Emma Henely on the back.
The one taken in front of county school might be Mission Branch.
The other two were taken at Byant School -Rich Hill.
The small group had the Emma Henley name and Rich Hill Freshmen
Class of 1921
The two group picture were taken by Brown Studio of Harrisonville ,Mo
Posted by Bart McClaughry at 10:28 PM
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
WWII ExperienceDESCRIPTION: Joplin News Herald Friday September 29 1944 Page 7
Says-Then there was the experience of Staff Sergeant Willard C.Henderson of Shell City,Mo. He bumped into a German officer unexpectedly in a tunnel and in a fraction of a second each had poked a weapon against the other[s abdomen.
Drop it"Henderson yelled,
The German's automatic clattered to the floor.
Henderson rounded up the officer and 22 other Germans in the tunnel and ushered them all out.
Willard Clark Henderson Obit
He was married Aug. 14, 1947, in Berryville, Ark., to LaVern Barker, and she survives of the home.
He grew up in Schell City, and went to Flat Rock School there. He finished his last two years of school in Nevada. He joined the U.S. Army on Nov. 11, 1942. He served in Europe during World War II. Among the medals he received was a bronze star, a silver star, as well as two purple hearts, the second of which was received when he was wounded while he was among the first to go through the wall in Breast, France. He went to California in 1952 where he lived and worked for 26 years before moving back to Rich Hill, in 1978. He was a welder and mechanic most of his working life. He owned and operated Henderson and Sons Garage in California with his three sons. Following his retirement, he went to work for Balk's Farm Implement in Vernon County.
© Copyright 2004, Nevada Daily Mail
Story URL: http://www.nevadadailymail.com/story/1081606.htm
Posted by Bart McClaughry at 10:09 PM
Monday, January 25, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Rich Hill Insurance Calendar 1897-1965
The Calendar says-We celebrated our 13th Birthday in 1897 and 81st in 1965
Rich Hill Insurance
Security Bank Bldg. :: Rich Hill, Missouri
Specializing in Truck Insurance
The top pad says:
This Calendar ,long out of print,may seem incorrect... but here's a hint
Every year in history Has it"TIME" when dates agree.
And though 1897 is the printed date.1965 is it perfect mate.
The pad's correct you can rely on this useful calendar of days gone by.
And so we're happy to revive Lovely Lillian for 1965
It was she who made the 1890's gay
And we thought you'd enjoy her yet today
And with this sweet alluring creature
you also get another feature
Look at the pad and you can foresee
Things to come in the "next century"
Posted by Bart McClaughry at 11:20 AM
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Wichita Kansas Dec 241898 Nesspaper
Killed in a Rich Hill Mill Collapse-Rich Hill Mill . Collapse
Rich Hill Mo. Dec.21--A portion of the Rich Hill mill collapsed at 1 o'clock this Morning. Homer Kimbrough a transfer man was caught by timbers and crushed. The building was badly damaged.
Posted by Bart McClaughry at 3:33 PM