Sunday, January 22, 2017


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye old,hello new....Rich Hill Mining Review JUNE 13, 2002

Rich Hill High School faculty pose for a final photo in front of the old school building.When classes for the 2002-03 school year resume this fall,faculty and students will be in the district,s new high school building.
Faculty members include, left to right ;Front row-Vicky Proppelwell, Julie Laver ,Christy Mckinney,Rhonda Healdley,Jennifer Wheatley and Dwayne Bauer,Back Row Brian Thomas,Gary Dunn,Sylvia Eldridge, Larnel Martin,Sandra Robb,Richard Courter, Nancy Wimmer, Larry Palmer, Greg Brocka, and Lance Sargent.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Picture from the 1976 Bates County Bicentennial Book

Picture from the 1976   Bates County Bicentennial Book

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Old Pictures on the 2008 Rich Hill Mo. Phone Book

Old  Pictures on the 2008 Rich Hill Mo. Phone Book

The back of the books says
Picture 1.The Columns at the Entrance to the East Park.
Picture 2. The Parkview Hotel was located at 5th & Park.Some time after a fire in the early 90's  it was demolished .
Picture 3. Looking east on Park Avenue at Clark's  Drug & Booth theatre.
Picture 4. Bryant High School before the addition of the cafeteria & gymnasium.
Picture 5.The Northup's Drug store building still stands at 6th & Park.
Picture 6. The Standard Service station at 6th & Park was add on to in later years and is now a restaurant.
Picture 7. The RHHS Drum Bugle Corp leads Elks Members in the Flag Day Parade June 14 ,1940  

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.