Old News

From the 3rd floor
of the Webb City Public Library

Alba Methodist cornerstone was laid in 1902

Cecil Petefish donated this real photo postcard of the Alba Methodist Church to the Webb City Area Genealogical Society.

The photo also shows the parsonage that was built on the north side of the church.

The following information is from the Tri-City History 1982, Volume I. (This book along with Volume II is available for viewing in the genealogy research room on the third floor of the Webb City Public Library.)

“The lot where the Alba United Methodist Church now stands was purchased from J. N. Haworth for seventy-five dollars. John Sweed of Alba was given the contract for building the church. The cornerstone was laid May, 1902. The lot north of the church was purchased from Mrs. Lula F. Fosdick for $150 in 1906. A contract for building the parsonage was given to Mr. Horace Bradbury in 1907.

Charter board members were: Alys Moorman, Thomas S. Fosdick, Mr. Collins, Frank Fosdick, Robert Teague, John Bray, Frank Shippin, George McCellan and Jonas Grant Bradfield.

NOTE: The buildings are still there, with the church apparently converted to a home.

Sentinel bound volumes are now in the Genealogy Room

The WCAGS has accepted ownership of the complete collection of bound volumes of the Webb City Sentinel, from 1983 (after the fire) until the final issue on Dec. 30, 2020.

Those issues can also be viewed on microfilm, along with much older issues.

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

WCAGS members staff the Genealogy Room on the third floor of the Webb City Public Library. Current hours are noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the Genealogy Room.

Everything you want to know about Jasper County Missouri Schools is available at a site compiled by Webb City Area Genealogical Society member Kathy Sidenstricker.