Gary Ardery donated this group picture, which was most likely taken at a vacation bible school in the 1950s.

Old News

From the 3rd floor
of the Webb City Public Library

This illustration shows the new Carterville Christian Church auditorium that was constructed next to the original church on the northwest corner of Hall and Tennessee streets.

Carterville Christian Church was established 135 years ago

The Carterville Christian Church was organized in 1887, and the first part of the original church was constructed in 1889. This building was enlarged in 1907 and then replaced about 1975. 

The Carterville Christian Church constructed a new building on Gravel Road, east of Carterville and held their first service there in 2004.


New Carterville Christian Church to be Formally Dedicated 


July 26, 1959, Joplin Globe

The recently completed new Carterville Christian church, at Hall and Tennessee streets, will be dedicated at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, July 26. The pastor, the Rev. Don DeWelt, invites the public to attend the services and make a tour of the building.

The new building cost $35,000, exclusive of the lot on which it is located, bringing the entire church structure, including the old building, to a valuation of $65,000. 

Featuring a beautiful auditorium, the new brick-faced edifice seats 360 persons. Oak finish was used throughout the building, and three colors of cork type asphalt fill were used on the floors.

Laminated oak pews, brought from Harrison, Ark., were installed, as well as a new oak pulpit.

There are five classrooms in the new church. Of special interest is a the open baptistry, with a large cross behind it.

The cross is to be lighted at night and during baptismal services.

Plans have been drawn for a new wing to later replace the old church building, which has been in use for many years.

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.