The Toutz Band on April 23, 1914, on stage at Webb City High School.

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From the 3rd floor of the Webb City Public Library

Band’s popular concerts led to the creation of Memorial Park

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

Webb City’s famed Toutz Band first performed concerts for the community in 1914. They were so popular that director Robert Toutz Jr. challenged the band to hold weekly concerts in 1915.

The City Council recognized the support the band was receiving by suggesting that a small tract of land be secured in the residential portion of town and turned it into a small park for the concerts. 

This idea became a reality when Memorial Park was dedicated in June 1921. 

The park is located at the corner of Daugherty and Ball streets and hosts a large bandstand that was built for the musical enjoyment of Webb City residents.

Toutz Band members in 1915

Robert Toutz Jr., director, cornet
William Gilbert, cornet
C. Hodson, cornet
Earl Toutz, cornet
Baxter Burris, cornet
Norval Gray, mellaphone
Fred Davenport, mellaphone
Otto Toutz, snare drum
Clyde Armstrong, bass drum
Glenn Harlan, tuba
J. Brown, tub
Frank Dale, tuba
Ernest Wilson, trombone
Charley Cordingley, trombone
P. Newby, trombone
C. Morse, trombone
Robt. Burris, baritone
Bus Gilbert, cuphonium
C. Simpson, baritone
Willie Barlow, clarinet
Sam Battalia, clarinet
Leonard Campbell, clarinet
Jack Cathers, clarinet
A. Moore, saxophone
Carl Smithson, flute and piccolo.


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.