ARVILLA MINE – Harry Hood Collection, courtesy of Missouri Southern State University.

Old News

From the 3rd floor of the Webb City Public Library

All in a year at the Arvilla Mine – sabotage, new equipment and powder house fire

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

In December 1912, new machinery was added to the workings at the Arvilla Mine located northwest of Webb City between Madison and Main streets. 

A large belt-driven compressor, a two-inch centrifugal ground pump, a 52-horse power electric hoist and a 15-horse power dummy elevator motor were installed.

It was hoped that this new equipment would increase the efficiency of the plant resulting in a larger output of ore.  

It appears that the Arvilla mine was also a victim of sabotage as earlier in the year a $200 reward was offered for the arrest and conviction of the party or parties who blew up a machine at the mine on Friday night, May 3.

More troubles were had at the mine in February 1913 when the powder house and 36 boxes of powder were burned when a short circuit started a fire.


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 second Tuesday of each month in the Geadalogy 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.