Eagleville MissouriAt Eagleville each year is
held the old settlers' meeting. The meetings are informal and the
object is for the old settlers to get together and renew old acquaintances
rather than to have a regular program. The association was founded
at a time and under circumstances when men and women felt keenly the bond
of human sympathy. It is generally understood that forty years'
residence in the county constitutes one an old settler, so this
association can be perpetuated, providing the people continue to take an
interest in it. The secretary of the association, O.W. Curry, gives
the following report of the origanization of the Old Settlers'
On July 4, 1863, there was assembled at Eagleville a
large crowd of people to celebrate the Fourth and if possible learn news
from the siege of Vicksburg. This assembly was made up of the
fathers, mother, wives, sweethearts and children of soldiers who were at
that time engaged in the great conflict between the North and the
South. News was very scarce, the mail coming only once a week, and
each man who came from any distance was eagerly sought after and
questioned as to what he knew, if anything, of those at the
front. It was a sad crowd that awaited on the Fourth of July
the return of a carrier sent on horseback to Gallatin to bring news
from the front. The news was sure to sadden the hearts of many, and
yet they waited, firmly bound together by the common tie of sympathy and
grief. It was under these circumstnaces and among the early pioneers
of this county, who had not only shared the hardships of pioneer life
together but who has sent their sons to the front to fight and, if need
be, to die for the cause that they believed right, that the first old
settlers' meeting was held in Harrison county. In a speech made at
that meeting by Dr. James L. Downing it was stated that Vicksburg would
fall in the next few days, if it had not already fallen, and it was there
agreed that each year thereafter the Old Settlers would meet to celebrate
For many years these meetings were held on the
fourth day of July, but in the year 1908 it was decided to change the date
of the meetings to the second Tuesday in September of each year.
There are always a few who attended the first meeting of the Old Settlers
present at these meetings. The records of their meetings call to mind many
men who have been prominent in the affairs of the county.
submitted by: Melody BeerySOURCE: HISTORY OF
NORTHWEST MISSOURI, EDITED BY: WALTER WILLIAMS ASSISTED BY: ADVISORY
AND CONTRIBUTING EDITORS, COPYRIGHT: 1915
Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri
All persons having manure piles or heaps of rubbish of any
description upon their premises or in streets or alleys adjacent thereto,
are hereby notified to remove same forthwith, before the same be declared
nuisances under the city ordinances.
Jackson Walker, City Physician and
Member of Board of Health
transcribed by Melody Beery
Source: Bethany Republican, April
29, 1903 Vol.XXXI
The "boss" rattlesnake was killed a few days ago on
Sugar Creek, Harrison County, Missouri. It measured nine feet two
inches in length and nineteen inches around the girth. Twentynine
rattles were counted.
Source: Chicago Daily
Tribune, Chicago IL, Jul 1, 1881
Nearly a riot!!
There came very near having a
riot in Bethany, Missouri, a few days ago. It appears that the old
elders of the Campbellite church were opposed to introducing an
organ. The young elders were not. They accordingly got one and
put it in, when the old elders raised such a row that the young elders had
to take it out. Bethany has two newspapers, a public library, a
railroad and telegraph line and three thousand population.
source: The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison Kansas, Jan. 13,
The incendiary fire at Bethany, Missouri last week,
resulted in a loss of fifteen buildings on the east side of the
square. W.J. Taylor, in whose store the fire originated, was
arrested and held to answer to the charge of incendiarism.
Source: The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, KS, Apr. 23,
these dark days of the greatest war the world has ever known, for
civilization, freedom and liberty, so we may enjoy home and loved ones
again, I, Wm. Roleke, Mayor of the City of Bethany, Missouri, ask that all
citizens daily offer our prayers to the Supreme Master of the Universe,
for the protection and guidance of our brave boys who are fighting so
manfully, in the trenches over there, and for victory and a safe
I therefore designate that commencing on Saturday, September
28, between the hours of eight and nine oclock p.m. for the following two
weeks, that the electric lights of the city be turned off for a few
seconds, and that each and all bow their heads in prayer, asking our Good
God to help, protect and guide our brave boys over there. And that
they may all be granted a safe return to home and loved ones, when victory
Wm. Roleke, Mayor of the City of Bethany, Mo.
Bethany Republican, September 25, 1918
War Balloon at
There was quite an excitement in the Pawnee neighborhood last
Wednesday about 1:00 p.m. when a balloon was seen sailing around in the
air and finally settled on the Henry Bowen farm, north of town.
There were four pilots witht he balloon, whose names are here given:
Lieut. John Ayling, A.S.S.C.; Lieut G.D. Kingsland, A.S.S.C.; Lieut. R.K.
Lloyde, A.S.S.C.; Lieut,. Theo E. Nelson, A.S.S.C.;
They came from
Omaha, and were out practicing. In a very short time a large crowd
gathered and a purse was collected and presented to them, and Mrs. Geo.
Holloway gave them a fine dinner. Lieut Theo Nelson is a nephew of
Henry Shackleford, and he and two of the other men were entertained at the
Shackleford home until later in the evening. Elmer Bowen took one
pilot and the balloon to Lamoni, where the other three accompanied
by Geo. Holloway and Henry Shackleford joined them. The pilots left
on the evening train for Omaha.
Source: Bethany Republican, Sept. 25,