Pride in having one of Webb City’s first fire hydrants at 525 W. Second St., circa 1888.

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From the 3rd floor of the Webb City Public Library

Something new in Webb City in the 1880s – fire hydrants

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

525 W. Second St., circa 2021.

Look what we’ve pulled from the Webb City Historical Society archives – a family photo with one of our town’s first fire hydrants.

Pauline Jones contributed the photo to the society in 1976. She provided this information to go along with the photograph:

“This photograph was taken approximately in 1888.  The house is located on the northwest [northeast] corner of Second and Roane streets, or 525 W. Second St. This is one of the first fire hydrants installed. The house was built by my great grandfather, C. Coiner, the man with his hand in his vest.  Next to him on the left is Mrs. Minnie Schier Jones. Others in the picture are Mrs. John Schier, George L. Schier and Lon Schier.

“The man in the carriage was a professor at the Webb City College and was paralyzed in the legs. I believe his name is Coiner.”

The fire hydrant does look like it may have just been installed? Perhaps it was part of the reason for the family-and-friends-photograph. Evidently it was a big enough deal that it was remembered almost 100 years later by Pauline.

Mystery house

Here’s another house photo found in the Webb City Historical Society archives – with no identification.

Does anyone recognize it?  The double fireplaces might help. It is possibly not even in Webb City.  Are the fir (cedar?) trees native to Missouri?

If you know or have a guess, send an email to


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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