|On the 3d of November, 1845, the "St. Joseph Thespian Society"
made its first appearance, in the comedy entitled "The Prisoner at
On the 5th of December, 1845, the "St. Joseph Lyceum"
held its first meeting in the Presbyterian Church. The
question discussed was: "Do the lights of nature teach the
immortality of the soul?" Disputants-Affirmative, Dr. S.D.
Overstreet, George Brubaker. Negative- L. Archer, J.H.
At the next meeting of this society, B.F. Laon became a
member, and among others, discussed the question, "Are the inferior
A small paper was published in Sparta
called the Rooster, about January, 1846
March 6, 1846,
appeared the advertisement of the St. Joseph Seminary for Young
Ladies, S. Landis, Principal.
As the young ladies may be
interested to know when the first sewing society was organized in
St. Joseph, we here quote from the Gazette of April 3d, 1846:
take pleasure in calling the attention of our towns men to the St.
Joseph Sewing Society, which has lately been established in our
midst. The object of the association is extemely laudable,
viz., the gaining of funds to erect and finish the Methodist
church. We recommend those of our young men and others who may
wish clothes of any description, to patronize the ladies of the St.
Joseph Sewing Society, for in doing this, the double consolation is
found of wearing garments well done up by the fairest fingers, and
knowing that the proceeds are well appropriated."
circus that visited St. Joseph was Howes & Mabie, in May,
The first daguerrean artist was A.C. Partridge, who came
in July 1846
Source: The History of Buchanan County,
Missouri A history of the county, its cities, towns, etc. Union