Friday, May 15, 2015

Obituary - Ronald Thompson

Ronald Everett Thompson was born October 25, 1942 in Rich Hill, MO, the son of Everett and Ida Mae (Henderson) Thompson. He passed away May 12, 2015 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, MO.
After graduation, Ron worked for Bob Tracy in Frame & Glass here in Rich Hill. He then took a job with Chester McKinley running his lumber yard as a bookkeeper and yard & office worker. During this time, he married Mary King, July 7, 1962. He also worked for Dixon Palmer at R. J. Hurley Lumber Co. and at this time, his daughter was born on June 11, 1966. In 1969, he went to work at Mid Continent Mfg. Co. and in 1973 went to work at 3M Co. Nevada, MO in press dept. operator jobs, as press-laminating and help start up new extruder in plant and made first produce that was made on it. During this time he was asked to be on Emergency Squad and worked his way up through the ranks as fire fighter and was asked to go to 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota for fire training and to Texas A & M for more training. Soon after returning, he attended fire fighting instruction class at University of Missouri at Columbia, receiving instructor's certification and then taught fire fighter classes for two years, certifying 52 people at 3M at Nevada. And coming up in rank to serve as chief for about 10 years out of 18 and still help out at Rich Hill Fire Dept. Ron retired from 3M after 29 years not missing a day.
Ron attended First Baptist Church in Rich Hill and served as Board Member and Deacon.
Ron is survived by his wife, Mary of the home, daughter. Julie & husband David Yarick, grandchildren, Cody & Mackenzie; sisters. Lila Zellmer & (Davie Klinksick), Diane & (Jerry) Isaacson and Uncle Clyde Hawks, nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.
 He was preceded in death by his parents & grandparents.
Ron's greatest joy was his family and having the finest grand kids in the world. He will be missed greatly.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Picture of Fire Page 8 Wagon Wheels July 26 1979

Date of Picture unknow 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Old High School


Got this Picture from  Ronnie Thompson not sure what year

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Rich Hill makes CDL Life

Swopes makes CDL LIfe
From CDL

If your route takes you across 71 south, through Missouri, and you’re looking for a place to grab a bite to eat, you’ve got to stop at Swope’s, in Rich Hill, Missouri.
Swope’s is located at the intersection of 71 south and 49, just an hour and a half south of Kansas City.
The gas station across the street from Swope’s offers truck parking!
Swope’s has been a mom and pop, family-owned restaurant since 1978.
Swope’s is most famous for their Susie Qs, but they offer an expansive menu, from hand-pressed hamburgers, to hand-mixed shakes, and their food is AMAZING.
Tell them CDLLife sent you!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Rich Hill Grade School.

This is a picture of the Rich Hill grade school before all the add on's 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rich Hill Mining Review Feb. 8 1990 {A fitting farewell to Corey Gordon}

{A fitting farewell to Corey Gordon}-In Tribute

Feb.8 1990
By Randy Bell
  A police car headed west on Rich Hill's Walnut Street with the fire engine not far behind. It was shortly before noon on Friday.
  Foggy, damp, cold, a little drizzle, a miserable day to fight a fire. That thought crossed my mind as I climbed into my car, camera in hand.
  But this day there would be no fire. No smoke to breath, no soot to stain face and clothes, no long lines of hoses to roll back up. Granted many firemen and ex-firemen were close at hand but this time they would not be grabbing for helmets, boots and yellow overcoats, they were dressed in suits and ties.
  This day they had come to honor the passing of longtime Rich Hill Fire Chief Corey Gordon. It was a fitting final salute to this veteran of 38 years of fire fighting that the fire truck led his funeral procession, that fellow firemen were his casket bearers.
  All my life I had watched Corey Gordon leading the Fourth of July parades and bringing Santa Claus to town in the fire truck. But it wasn't until I came back to work at the Review that I really became acquainted with Corey.
  As memory serves, Corey was at one of the first city council meetings I attended as a reporter back in 1972. By then Corey had already served 30 years on the volunteer fire department. He was asking, that night, that the council start putting aside some funds for the purchase of a new fire truck. After the meeting he mentioned to me that a new fire truck wasn't a necessity right then, but that sooner or later it would be and the cost would be higher.
  Over the next eight years our paths, Corey's and mine, would often cross. As smoke billowed from some upstairs window Corey would direct his firemen and I'd snap pictures. Later we'd get together and he'd give me details for the story.
  But there was much more to the story than the story. The fires made headlines, but the untold hours made the fire department. Hours of training, of taking care of equipment, paperwork, inspections, of fire prevention efforts — those hours were seldom glorious or exciting and seldom made the news. But your home, your very life was a little safer for each of them.
  Next to his family, fire protection for our town was the most important factor in Corey's life. In fact that devotion often took Corey away from his family, sometimes in the dead of night, sometimes in the heat, sometimes in the cold, sometimes during a holiday dinner. Fires are never convenient.
  But year after year Corey was there. When it came to durable devotion he set an example for the rest of us.
  And Corey, if you happen to be listening, that new fire truck will be arriving in town in the next couple of weeks. When I snap a picture of it, I'll be thinking of you.