Miners coming down with tuberculosis had a place to go to recuperate

A 1956 aerial photo of the Jasper County Tuberculosis Hospital (later known as Elmhurst). Webb City Health and Rehabilitation is now located on the site. Ancestors, Legends & Time Miners coming down with tuberculosis had a place to go to recuperate Jeanne Newby I often tell the story of Andrew McCorkle, who brought his wife,

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Those were the days when we still had these businesses

Matthews Coffee Co. was built around Etter’s Bakery. Ancestors, Legends & Time Those were the days when we still had these businesses Jeanne Newby There have been many changes in Webb City throughout the years, mainly in businesses that have come and gone. Sometimes, your mind may remember a business that used to be located

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Percy Wenrich snuck into the House of Lords to learn more about music

Ancestors, Legends & Time Percy Wenrich snuck into the House of Lords to learn more about music Jeanne Newby Anyone who played a musical instrument in school probably remembers Ernie Williamson’s Music store in Joplin. Before it was Ernie Williamson’s it was known as J. Frank Williams’ Music Store. A young man by the name

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Grandma’s house of love

Ancestors, Legends & Time Grandma’s house of love Jeanne Newby We all have special memories of our childhood. Some we might have shared with others and some we keep close to our heart, never telling a soul. But we need to keep track of those memories and share so they can carry on into the

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Old settlers shared their first-hand memories in 1931

E.T. Webb Ancestors, Legends & Time Old settlers shared their first-hand memories in 1931 Jeanne Newby In 1931, 91 years ago, the Chamber of Commerce held an “Old Settler’s Reunion” in celebration of Webb City’s 55th Birthday. They invited some settlers who were originally around for the beginning of Webb City in 1876. Those settlers

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Finding you car was a problem even in 1919

Ancestors, Legends & Time Finding you car was a problem even in 1919 Jeanne Newby When Webb City was first incorporated as a city in 1876, the most common mode of transportation was wagons pulled by horses or horse drawn carriages. Men often rode by horseback and many miners traveled by mule, as they were

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Remember and make some summertime memories

Ancestors, Legends & Time Remember and make some summertime memories Jeanne Newby Okay, the first day of summer has arrived. We have many memories of things we used to do in the summertime. So, we need a checklist to make sure you are accomplishing those favorite summertime activities. Have you been swimming in the creek,

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National Bank had its own currency printed

The front and back of a bill printed for the National Bank of Webb City. Ancestors, Legends & Time National Bank had its own currency printed Jeanne Newby In the early days of Webb City history, it was noted that Webb City had not only one bank but three and all located within the same

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Born mischievous

Ancestors, Legends & Time Born mischievous Jeanne Newby One thing about Dave Allen’s stories of growing up – they make you appreciate your own children. And they make you realize how thankful you are that the stork left Dave with Fred and Ruth Allen. No offense to our great friend Dave Allen, but we do

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Remember When – Purcell

Ancestors, Legends & Time Remember When – Purcell Jeanne Newby Let’s visit a neighboring community with some “Remember Whens.” Let’s visit Purcell – one third of Tri City (Alba, Neck City, Purcell) History. Florence Helen Elliott recalled when Purcell would have a torch-light parade around Purcell Square. Candidates who were campaigning would carry torches and

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Any guesses why Webb City was known at the Zinc City?

Zinc was shipped from Webb City by rail.  The Southwest Missouri depot is in the background. Ancestors, Legends & Time Any guesses why Webb City was known at the Zinc City? Jeanne Newby A local promotion declared that Joplin was “The Wonder of the West,” but was changed to “The City that Jack built” after

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The telephone and Webb City were new together

Operators at the switchboards in the Webb City Phone Company building. Ancestors, Legends & Time The telephone and Webb City were new together Jeanne Newby Our wonderful city was incorporated on Dec. 11, 1876, which happened to be the centennial of the United States. We also celebrated in that year Alexander Graham Bell’s newfangled telephone

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John Dermott’s legacy includes two tall Main Street buildings 

The building on the left is the Dermott Building. Twisted Oak, a large botique, occupies the building today. Ancestors, Legends & Time John Dermott’s legacy includes two tall Main Street buildings  Jeanne Newby The building on the right with the Baum advertisement is the Zinc Ore Building (formerly the Sentinel, now Maggie Jane’s). It was

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Our city halls through time

The old city hall had the fire and police departments as well as city offices and the courtroom in one building.  Ancestors, Legends & Time Our city halls through time Jeanne Newby Webb City has made changes through the years to go along with the growth of the town. One of the obvious changes has

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A memory of what used to be there

A feature of Midway Park, at St. Louis and Euclid avenues in Joplin, was Castle Rock. Ancestors, Legends & Time A memory of what used to be there Jeanne Newby Back in February of 2000, changes started to take place at St. Louis and Euclid avenues in Joplin. The land had been for sale for

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Webb City had a glut of businesses in the 1940s

In this 1949 aerial view of Webb City, Main Street runs diagonally from Second Street north beyond Daugherty Street (top-right corner). Ancestors, Legends & Time Webb City had a glut of businesses in the 1940s Jeanne Newby A view of some of the boarding houses in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s in the 200 block

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Ella Harrison’s place wasn’t in the home

Ella Harrison traveled far and wide but came home to Carthage to practice law with her brother. Ancestors, Legends & Time Ella Harrison’s place wasn’t in the home Jeanne Newby Jasper County has had many impressive residents throughout the years, but one particular lady stands out in my mind. Her name is Ella Harrison. Today,

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Webb Citians have enjoyed some legendary dogs

The Berrian family dog, Monday, was amazing because of what he liked to eat. Ancestors, Legends & Time Webb Citians have enjoyed some legendary dogs Jeanne Newby Back in May of 2009, Meg Berrian shared a wonderful memory of her family dog in response to a comment about several dogs of fame in Webb City.

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Lakeside Park and baseball were very popular

A Webb City baseball team, apparently in the 1940s – 1950s. Ancestors, Legends & Time Lakeside Park and baseball were very popular Jeanne Newby As we head into spring, many thoughts are turned toward baseball, the great American sport! What better time to learn more about our “Famous Missourians” who were baseball players. Of course,

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“Only in America” fun

The Sentinel covered this log house moving day in 1998. Ancestors, Legends & Time “Only in America” fun Jeanne Newby I found a wonderful message in an old file with items from the turn of the century, 2003. It is titled “Only in America” and I would like to share some of it with you.

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Businesses sprung up to provide community with autos and electric conveniences

Webb City Automobile Company, on the northeast corner of Liberty and Joplin (Broadway) Street . It was later home to the Safeway grocery store until it burned. (CONTRIBUTED BY DOUG NONNWEILER), AT  Ancestors, Legends & Time Businesses sprung up to provide community with autos and electric conveniences Jeanne Newby The Auto Electrical Specialty Co., 211

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 WEBB CITY – WE LOVE IT HERE!

John Biggs’ mural, which graces Main Street, on the east side of Prater’s Pharmacy. Ancestors, Legends & Time  WEBB CITY – WE LOVE IT HERE! Jeanne Newby When you think about the town you live in, do you think of it with pride? Are you proud to live in Webb City, Missouri? Have you ever

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When the Blake Theater burned, the town’s ‘Civic’ pride replaced it

Lon Chaney in “Tell it to the Marines” was the Blake Theater’s featured movie when this photo was taken. Jim Murphy’s dad happened to have the amazing job of playing the organ for the silent movies at the Blake. Ancestors, Legends & Time When the Blake Theater burned, the town’s ‘Civic’ pride replaced it Jeanne Newby

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Being boys

Ancestors, Legends & Time Being boys Jeanne Newby Dave Allen was a challenge to his folks, and each day he tried so hard to be good. But each attempt turned into a trial. Poor Dave! “Being Boys” was not a hard task at all for Tom and me. It came naturally. So naturally in fact,

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We didn’t know we were poor because everyone was

Ancestors, Legends & Time We didn’t know we were poor because everyone was Jeanne Newby A friend has passed on, and I loved the stories she used to share with me about her growing-up years. In memory of Helen Setser, I would like to share her story of her “poor” days when she never knew

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West End: A city within a city

Frisco Depot, a remaining fixture of the West End, is at Madison and Daugherty streets. Ancestors, Legends & Time West End: A city within a city Jeanne Newby Last week we shared the Zinc City that was in the West End, in the 900 block of West Daugherty Street. So I want to head back

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Webb City – Zinc Capital of the World

Ancestors, Legends & Time Webb City – Zinc Capital of the World Jeanne Newby This is one of my favorite pictures of the past. It shows the huge sign that was erected at the West End. It spanned West Daugherty Street, between 913 and 915 W. Daugherty St. The sign was so big you can

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Captain Silas O. Hemenway steered far and wide before settling in Webb City

Captain Hemenway’s house at First and Webb streets, as it was originally built . Ancestors, Legends & Time Captain Silas O. Hemenway steered far and wide before settling in Webb City Jeanne Newby THE REST OF THE STORY…concerning Captain Silas O. Hemenway. Recently Captain Hemenway’s house, on the northwest corner of First and Webb streets

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The HUB expanded quickly

Ancestors, Legends & Time The HUB expanded quickly Jeanne Newby As we near Christmas, our minds and memories go back in time to Christmas long ago. One of the busiest places in town was the Hub Department Store. After all, that is where Santa hung out to talk with the kids. Kamisar started his business

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What the Civic was and the Blake before it

[metaslider id=”9444″] Ancestors, Legends & Time What the Civic was and the Blake before it Jeanne Newby I was asked questions just recently about the building that is named the Civic. A story many of us have heard through the years but some folks were curious. So we will take a step back into the

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Our town has lots of historical tidbits

The concrete walls of the streetcar overpass can are still present on Daugherty Street between Webb City and Carterville. Ancestors, Legends & Time Our town has lots of historical tidbits Jeanne Newby Here are some interesting tidbits of information about Webb City, Missouri. • The first photo of Earth from outer space was taken by

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The last of the neighborhood markets

On top of everything else to draw you in to Broadway Market were the watermelons chilling in the horse tank.  Ancestors, Legends and Time The last of the neighborhood markets Jeanne Newby Twenty-two years ago as we were preparing for Thanksgiving dinner shopping, we were given the announcement in the Nov. 19, 1999, Sentinel that

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Kool-Aid, Kool-Aid tastes great. Kool-Aid, Kool-Aid can’t wait!

Ancestors, Legends & Time Kool-Aid, Kool-Aid tastes great. Kool-Aid, Kool-Aid can’t wait!  Jeanne Newby Remember as a kid on a hot summer day drinking an ice cold glass of Kool Aid? I remember my Mom bought grape Kool Aid so there would be less arguing on what flavor we wanted. I guess because my flavors

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Early doctors had offices in their homes to treat patients

Dr. C.H. Craig in his office at 711 W. Broadway. Ancestors, Legends & Time Early doctors in Webb City treated patients in their home offices Jeanne Newby Over the 142 years that Webb City has been established, this town has seen many doctors come and go. I don’t have all the doctors listed that have

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Before McDonald’s and Walgreens

Madison & MacArthur the way it used to be, looking northwest. Ancestors, Legends & Time Before McDonald’s and Walgreens Jeanne Newby What an interesting picture from the past that features the intersection of Madison Street and MacArthur Drive. Ozark Motel on the southwest corner of the intersection (top left quadrant in the photo) was replaced

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The unique childhood memories of A.D. Hatten’s granddaughter

Sara Hatten Easley McKibben grew up in the A.D. Hate home still located on a block between Ball and Roane streets and Sixth and Seventh streets. At right is the Civic, one of the movie theaters Sara would have attended. The front is still on West Daugherty Street, across from the post office. The unique childhood

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The Sentinel had a competitor: The Daily Register

Webb City’s first brick house, built by John C. Webb on the northwest corner of Webb Street and Broadway, became the office of the Daily Register newspaper. The Sentinel had a competitor: the Daily Register Many times I have mentioned the first brick home in Webb City which was built by our founder, John C.

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More tidbits from our favorite eras in our favorite town

Webb City’s first building constructed as a post office later became known as the Elks Club, which met on the second floor. Jane Benson gave dance lessons on the third floor. The building still stands on the northwest corner of Broadway and Webb Street. More tidbits from our favorite eras in our favorite town Back

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Tidbits of Webb City History

This is what concrete abutments remaining on Daugherty Street between Webb City and Carterville were for – to elevate the streetcars above the railroad. Tidbits of Webb City history Jeanne Newby The first photo of Earth from outer space was taken by Webb City graduate, Dale Shellhorn, class of 1949. The photo is at the

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