Saturday, December 31, 2011

1883 Rich Hill Missouri Directory

Check out the 1883 City Directory on Line this book is at the Rich Hill Library

1883 Rich Hill Directory

Parade Tradition

I forgot to get a date on this picture,but I think it came out the 1980 Wagon Wheel
This photo shows Stephanie,age4,and Gretchen age1 as they made their debut in the 1967 July 4th parade. In 1971 their new baby sister, Jennifer,joined in the parade tradition. Stephanie had been every parade until this year, Gretchen has been in every parade for 14 years and Jennifer in everyone for 10 years.They are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Perkey.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Jerry Lee Boyles Links

is honored on Panel 50E, Row 36 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Nevada Daily Mail - Oct 21, 1998

1968 Jerry Lee Boyles from Foster, MO born on 11/08/1948 holding the rank of SP4 in the Army is listed as Causality number 25891

Thursday, December 29, 2011

City Hall 1970's

1970's picture of City Hall

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rich Hill Football wins the Show Me Bowl 1999

1999 MSHSAA Championships Show-ME Bowl (Official Program)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ice storm causes havoc in Rich Hill

by Jan Newcomb staff writer Rich Hill Mining Review (Feb.7, 2002)
Tuesday night rain began to fall over the area. By Wednesday the cold temperatures caused the to freeze on trees,power lines anything above ground.The only saving grace of the ice storm is that the roadway did not freeze.
Area residents awoke Thursday to a frozen winter wonderland.The weight of the ice snapped power lines and the poles that held them.Limbs were down and in some cases entire trees fell.
Rich Hill and Hume cancelled classes Thursday and Friday due to Electrical outages.
To apply with the Department of Natural Resources regulations a boil order was issued Thursday for the City of Rich Hill. Lack of electricity caused the water pressure to be low.Residents were asked to boil water for drinking and cooking.The order was lifted at noon on Saturday.
City crews worked a 36 hour shift in the rain repairing lines in Rich Hill on Thursday night. City Superintendent Phil Morrison said,"the only time we went home was to put on dry clothes." Morrison said, the crew's moral stayed healthy with the help of hot coffee, food and patience from city residents."I've got a good crew," Morrison added.
City Clerk,Rose Entrikin says as of Monday all city residents have power as far as the city knows. However, many lines remain down. Many poles still need repair. The crew repaired lines in the quickest, fashion possible. Some residents have been hooked up temporarily. The city has field papers with State Emergency Management. Entrikin expects to hear from them very soon regarding funding to assist the city in this disaster.
Entrikin also asks for residents to, "be patient, with the tree limbs." The city dump is full and the city cannot burn tree limbs without approval from the Department of Natural Resources. the paperwork has been filed to receive permission to burn. Residents are asked to pile limbs and wait patiently.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

J.C. Crosswhite Obit

J.C. Crosswhite Obit is from the Aug.1930 Mining Review

J.C. Crosswhite as he was known to his friends was born in Greenburg Mo. ,July 17, 1862.He departed this life at his home in Rich Hill, mo. August 8, 1930,age 68 years and 21 days.
He came with his parents to Vernon county, Mo., while he was yet a small boy.He there grew to manhood and resided there until 1893 when came to bates County,Mo. and home and remained a resident of Bates County during the remainder of his life.
In 1887 he and miss Eugenia Davis were untied in marriage.To this union four children were born, Nellie ,who departed this life about 8 years ago:A.W. Crosswhite of Rich Hill,Charles C.Crosswhite of Cameron,Mo. and Lida Gordon of Seminole Okla.Mrs Crosswhite,the mother of the children above named, departed this life February 10,1897.
On December 25,1898 J.C. Crosswhite and Miss Mary Burns were married and to this marriage one son,James B. was born but departed this life in infancy.
Mr. Crosswhite is survived by his Widow, the two sons and one daughter mentioned.
J.C. Crosswhite gave twenty-five years of the best of his life to the work of pubic School teacher. He was one of the outstanding teachers of this and Vernon county.He was a man splendidly equipped for this work by reason of education, temperament,devotion to duty, integrity of character and the ideals that inspired him to effort.
By his splendid work as a teacher he has build into the lives and characters of the youth with whom he came in touch a monument of splendid constructive achievement more lasting than granite pile and higher than marble shaft could be erected to his memory,and by the helpfulness of his life has left in departure a permanent and lasting benefit to the communities in which he lived and served.
By reason of the splendid character of the man and the great value of his life's services, he leaves, in addition to those of his immediate family mentioned, four brothers and two sisters and a vast host of friends who are fully conscious of the distinct loss this state sustains by reason of his departure.
In the death of J.C. Crosswhite a devoted father, loyal husband,consecrated teacher,dependable friend and splendidly patriotic citizen has passed from our midst.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

First Farm Market Road in Bates County

The first Farm Market road in Bates County was {A} hi-way.That is why it 's the letter A for the first road
1932 Map from
State Road Makes Travel Communication With Rest of County Possible.
With the first farm to market road in Bates County completed about ten days ago, the accessibility of the southwestern corner of the county is becoming realized. This road which extends from Hume, a town of 700 in the ex­treme corner, eastward to Rich Hill where it connects with U.S. highway 71 taps one of the most productive agricultural and industrial sections of the county. says the Hume Messenger.
The completion of this road now makes us Missourian. Our county seat is now less than an hour's drive away. It can be reached by all-weather road. Nevada the county seat of Vernon County on the south, is at a similar distance. And Rich Hill has become our next door, neighbor.
Now that Hume has no banking facilities this immediate travel connection with these towns should be and are appreciated.
Rich Hill Daily Review Aug. 21 1931

Monday, December 12, 2011

1938 Rich Hill Football

This is from the Oct. 14 ,1938 Bates County Republican Newspaper

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Missouri State Offices Political and Military Records for Rich Hill1919 - 1920

1.C.J. Allen (physician) in Rich Hill Mo.{page 316}
2. J.T. Baker (Justice of the peace) in Rich Hill Mo.{page 316}
3. N.W. Ballfinch (clerk) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
4. E.E, Bean (Mining Review) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 704}
5. E.E. Follin (street commissioner) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
6. William Fritz (alderman) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
7.Alva Gordon (superintendent water & light plant) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
8. R.E. Hoover (justice of the peace) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
9. J.F. Isley (alderman) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
10.S. J. Jamison (postmaster) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
11.Dan Lowery (marshal & night police) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
12. Richard March (alderman) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
13. J.J. Martin (justice of the peace) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
14. L.W. Mathews (Western Enterprise newspaper) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 704)
15.H.E. Sheppard(acting attorney) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
16. W. V. Smith (Mayor) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
17. Jake Thomas (justice of the Peace) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}
18 .Albert Wiek (alderman) in Rich Hill Mo. {page 316}

Rich Hill Missouri passing for 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pvt. George Phillips

I found this information on Pvt George Phillips at
George Phillips was born on 14 July 1926 in Rich Hill, Missouri, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in April 1944. Phillips was assigned to the Second Battalion, Twenty-eighth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division during the battle for Iwo Jima. During the night of 14 March 1945, he was standing watch as other Marines rested when Japanese troops tossed a hand-grenade among them. Instantly realizing the gravity of the situation, Private Phillips threw himself on the grenade, sacrificing his own life to save his comrades from the blast. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty," he was posthumously awarded Medal of Honor. George Phillips is buried at Bethel Cemetery, Labadie, Missouri.

Medal of Honor citation of Private George Phillips, USMCR (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 241):
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Twenty-eighth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against the enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 14 March 1945. Standing the foxhole watch while other members of his squad rested after a night of bitter hand-grenade fighting against infiltrating Japanese troops, Private Phillips was the only member of his unit alerted when an enemy hand grenade was tossed into their midst. Instantly shouting a warning, he unhesitatingly threw himself on the deadly missile, absorbing the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his own body and protecting his comrades from serious injury. Stout-hearted and indomitable, Private Phillips willingly yielded his own life that his fellow Marines might carry on the relentless battle against a fanatic enemy. His superb valor and unfaltering spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."

Saturday, November 26, 2011

More on Cleo F. Craig

I got this picture and story from Craig family website:

Very interesting's funny to read about what they thought the future in telecommunications was going to be, back in the 50s.

The magazine states:
"Missouri-born Cleo Craig, (he got his odd first name, because his parents had picked it for the girl they were expecting and didn't bother to change it. - who knew??), has spent 43 years learning his huge job. Armed with an engineering degree and varsity letter in basketball from the University of Missouri, he started in St. Louis as a $15-a-week maintenance man. After tours in Kansas City, New York and Atlanta, he settled into 195 Broadway in 1933 as long-lines general manager. By the time he stepped into AT&Ts top spot in 1951, he had held half a dozen vice presidential portfolios - long-lines, personnel (for seven years), finance, revenues, operations and engineering. Craig doesn't "run" the telephone company. No man could. But he has a big hand in keeping its line unsnarled."

It then goes on to describe a day at the office as well as his philosiphies. Very interesting article.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Rich Hill at MU

Cleo Craig 1913 MU Yearbook

Leo Loeb 1906 MU yearbook
James Rand 1913 MU Yearbook
William Harris 1901-1902 MU yearbook

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rich Hill Photos By Trinity Bennett (Nelson)

I got these pictures from Trinity Bennett.Trinity said, it was OK to use her photos as long as there is a photo credit-So check out Trinity's website :/http/

Monday, November 21, 2011

More on the Sam Queen Shooting in 1913

Chillicothe Morning Constitution (Chillicothe, Missouri)March 6,1914
Identify Kansas City Suspect,
Rich Hill, Mo. March 6-Sheriff Harve Johnson and Deputy Charles Horton today returned from Kansas city, where they positively identified John Shread , who is being held by Kansas City officers as the man who shot constable Sam Queen of Hume, Mo. on a train here in 1913,Shread will be returned to Bates County to answer a charge of Murder.
Chillicothe Morning Constitution (Chillicothe, Missouri)June 13,1914
A Life term For John Shead.
Butler Mo. June-13-John Shead was found guilty this Morning by a jury in the circuit court here of the murder of Sam Queen,a constable of Hume, Mo. The jury fixed his penalty at life imprisonment,Shead shot and killed Queen on a train near Rich Hill .Hume was taking Dale Jones to the Bates County jail on the charge of stealing a motor car.Shead dumped on the passenger train and shot Queen,both Jones and Shead escaped.Thy later were arrested in Kansas City,letters said to have been found in the pockets of Jones told of a plot to blow up the Bates County Jail.The Jury went out last night and returned the verdict this morning.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

City Hall and the Jail

The first picture below is of the Rich Hill Calaboose (City Jail). The structure is made of sandstone, which I find interesting because the city hall is made of brick. I often wondered if city hall and the jail were built at the same time, I am now closer to finding that answer. Below this picture of the jail are 3 more pictures which happen to be old city maps I recently found. The first map picture is a layout from 1888 it shows no city hall or jail. The second map dated 1893 of the same area shows some kind of fire station with a bell tower and the jail is built. Finally, the last map is of the area in 1898 and you can see city hall is now built with the jail or Calaboose next to it. These maps prove that the jail was built first sometime between 1888-1893. The maps also prove the city hall was built sometime between 1893 & 1898. It has been said, that the Rich Hill City Hall was built in 1896 which according to these maps is correct. From these maps I now have a time frame as to when the jail was built.

Map #2-1893
Map #3- 1898