Besides performing in parades, the Carterville Band competed in contests. (Photo donated by Henry Hulett)

Old News

From the 3rd floor of the Webb City Public Library

Carterville had one of the area’s leading bands

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

Carterville Band members were active in the community in the early 1900s. They played at many venues in the area towns including Lakeside Park, the Carterville Skating Rink and local music halls, along with free concerts in the street.

The Southwestern Band Tournament was organized by Webb City in the summer of 1904 and was touted to be the biggest band tournament ever held in the area.

H. E. Moody reported he and other Carterville Band members had secured many favorable answers from their invitations to area bands, making this tournament the success that it was.  

The tournament drew one of the largest crowds in attendance that had ever been seen in Webb City.  A parade was held that led to the Webster School grounds on North Allen (Main) Street, where the tournament was taking place.

Although the accompanying photograph only shows 14 Carterville Band members, newspaper accounts list the membership as high as 25 or 26.


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.