In this 1941 photograph, June Record is wearing her twirler uniform in front of the Star Bottling Works building. June was also a member of the drum corps, National Honor Society at Webb City High School and participated in the junior and senior class plays. She graduated in 1944.

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From the 3rd floor of the Webb City Public Library

June Record left a wonderful record of her family and the Star Bottling Works

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

June and her father, Ralph Record, on their front porch at 117 N. Pennsylvania St.

117 and 115 S. Pennsylvania St.

June Record’s mother, Alberta Haysler Record.

We recently came across a wonderful scrapbook made by June Record of Webb City. In the book, June chronicled her school years and early married life. We researched and found family members in Joplin who wanted the scrapbook.

June had some wonderful family photos in the book as well as many mementos of her time as a student at Webb City High School.

June Record’s grandparents were George W. and Laura R. Haysler, the owners of the Star Bottling Works at 407 E. Daugherty St.

The bottling works opened in 1901, they made and filled soda pop bottles for local distribution.

George and Laura were married on June 5, 1905, in Webb City. They lived at 717 S. Madison St. and were the parents of two daughters, Alberta and Ruth.

George died on Nov. 7, 1929, and Laura continued to operate the business.

Alberta Haysler married Jesse Ralph Record on June 17, 1925, in Miami, Okla. They were the parents of two daughters, Elinor June, born in 1926, and Harriett, born in 1928.

Ralph Record worked as a clerk for American Railway Express Co. in Joplin, but by 1930 he is listed as the manager of Star Bottling Works, with Laura Haysler listed as the proprietor. At this time, Ralph and Alberta were living with Laura at 717 S. Madison.

In 1940, the Record family was living at the bottling works building, and Laura Haysler had moved to 32 S. Liberty St.

A newspaper account from this time reported that a fire started in trash can outside of the bottling works, damaging the stone veneer, a new roof and the rear part of the building. 800 cases of empty bottles, valued at $1.20 each, stored in the back part of the building were ruined. This was a major setback for the business, but the building was rebuilt and opened in 1941. World War II began that year and sugar was rationed. The business could no longer compete in the soda pop industry and closed. Ralph purchased the Star Bottling Works building and land in 1945. Laura died on Jan. 14, 1976, at the age of 89, having resided in Webb City for 77 years. She lived at 434 N. Washington Drive

Alberta Haysler Record died Nov. 26, 1976, and Jesse Ralph Record died on April 3, 1978. The Hayslers and the Records are buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.

We’ve so far been able to find more information about June Record.


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.

The front and back of a Star Bottling bottle.

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.

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