Looking north on Main Street from First Street in 1959. 

Old News

From the 3rd floor of the Webb City Public Library

Before there were boutiques on Main Street

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

Before the boutiques’ relatively recent takeover of downtown Webb City, there were traditional stores such as Lee & Rogers (Twisted Oak building) and Western Auto (Wig’N Out building).

Note also in this 1959 photo looking north from First Street, that City Hall (directly across the street with a bench in front) and the building on the northwest corner of Main and Church streets still had their second stories. The Richards Furniture sign was on the corner of the current Just A Taste building. Empire District Electric’s office was in part of the what’s know as the old city hall building. 

The parking meters were removed in the mid 1970s.

We would like to have more photos taken of Webb City during the 1950s and ’60s.

(There are now 12 boutiques downtown, and we’re glad to have them bring life to our historic buildings.)

Genealogy Room reopens 

After an unusually long stint between meetings, President Marilyn Clark on Tuesday called to order the April meeting of the Webb City Area Genealogical Society. (April meetings are early so they won’t conflict with municipal elections).

Regular meetings will resume at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, and continue at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

WCAGS staffs 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. The phone number is (417) 673-0398.

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.

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