Ida Bell Phillips Patrick, John Patrick, Flossie Phillips and Benjamin Phillips.

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Note the photo was developed and printed in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We recently received a mystery photo at the Webb City Area Genealogical Society. The photograph was taken the summer of 1938 in Webb City. The two couples were identified as Aunt Ida, Uncle John, Dad and Mom Phillips.

We decided to do a little research and see if we could identify the two couples. It helped that the photograph was dated and we were able to estimate the ages of the people pictured. The person who wrote the identifications on the photo was the niece or nephew of John and Ida so one of these two people would be the sibling of either Dad or Mom Phillips.

After doing some research at and Find A Grave, we discovered that Benjamin Franklin Phillips had a sister named Ida Bell Phillips. Benjamin Phillips was born in 1890 making him 48 years old in 1938 and Ida Bell was born in 1878 making her 60 years old in 1938 so we are guessing Ida and her husband, John Michael Patrick, are the couple on the left and Benjamin and his wife, Flossie Jeanetta, are the couple on the right.

We have many research tools at the genealogy society so if you are interested in discovering your family history please come and visit us on the third floor of the Webb City Public Library. Our hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Our phone number is (417) 673-0398. You can send us an email message at

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.