Contributed by Cecil Petefish

When Alba School was new in 1907.

Old News

From the 3rd floor
of the Webb City Public Library

Many graduates have fond memories of Alba School

Cecil Petefish contributed this picture postcard of the Alba School, taken when it was new in 1907. 

He also enclosed a program from the 85th anniversary celebration in 1992. Two of the poems printed in the program (below) were “I Remember” and “The Alba School.”

Sadly, Alba School seems endangered. Attempts to repurpose the building have not been successful.

Cole and Mary Davis, of American History Holdings Inc., PO Box 215, Alba, were reported to have purchased the building from the city for $20,000. In 2017, they announced plans to renovate the original school building, and gym and cafeteria buildings for business classes, an event center and restaurant. Those plans and the buildings have apparently been abandoned.

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.

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