This is one of the kindergarten classes Mrs. Castner taught at her home.

Old News

From the 3rd floor of the Webb City Public Library

Kindergarten wasn’t always public

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

We’re sharing this week a kindergarten photo taken 1936-37, which was donated to the Webb City Area Genealogical Society by Sharon Peek.

Kindergartens at this time would have been privately run. Mrs. Castner ran this one at the corner of Fifth and Jefferson streets.

(FRONT) unknown, unknown, Melvin ?, Barbara Crockett, Madlyn Adamson.

(BACK) unknown, Shirley Bradbury, Jim Hickam, Jim Black, unknown, Jude Gieb, Bob Bradbury, unknown, Burabeth Campbell.

If you can help identify the unknown faces, please send a message 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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