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Altamont — Once Thriving, Still Surviving

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Sharon Bridgeman, left, and Tessa Lollar with picture of Altamont graduation class of 1933.

Tessa Lollar and Sharon Bridgeman don’t mind that Altamont City Hall is a mite chilly. They leave their coats on and huddle around a propane heater. The day has been set aside to copy one-of-a-kind photos that were almost lost when the community building caught fire January 3. Near disaster was a hard lesson and one

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Altamont Alumni Celebrate 90 Years

They will gather for the Altamont Alumni celebration the first of May. This year they will have been gathering together for 90 years. The first thing they do is sing “School Days” just like they did when they were wee children all those many years ago. For some it was many, many, many years ago.

They pray. They eat dinner. Then the meeting is called to order. Linda Hughs is

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Letter to the Editor: McDonald Tea Room

Dear Editor,

When I was a young teenager, I heard many times about this wonderful restaurant in Gallatin, Missouri, from my uncle, Walter Payton. He had met Virginia McDonald at a restaurant in downtown Kansas City. He took my grandmother (Alice Payton) and my mother (Esther Payton Walker) with him to dine there, and they raved about it, too. He was given this cookbook, signed by Virginia McDonald, because they

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Santa Rosa: Memories abound in old Daviess County town

There are some small towns in the rolling prairies of Northwest Missouri where the roots run too deep to ever be completely laid to waste. Santa Rosa is one of those towns. It is neighbor to the northwest of Gallatin, just over the DeKalb County line.

Santa Rosa’s story of everyday life, work and commerce, its social and cultural identity, has not been lost to time in the history books;

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Piece of Gallatin history has been framed

 

Jesse Watterson of Cameron, formerly of Gallatin, found this unique picture with a glass frame in a box of miscellaneous items at an auction recently. The picture reads: JH Tate; Ford Dealer in Gallatin, Mo.; Phone 33. There is a thermometer on the right side. [Staff Photo/TLH]

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Grand River College: More about our past

 

Here’s another “spoonful” of information about Grand River College, once a landmark in Gallatin. Kenneth Mort purchased this souvenir silver spoon at an auction. It is engraved with the likeness of the college. There is no date. The inscription reads “William Jewell Accademy [sic], Gallatin, Mo.” The spoon most probably dates to the period of 1906-1910 according to historical records.

This souvenir spoon features the monogram “M” in Old

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Genealogical Society to meet

The Daviess County Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug 25,  at the Squirrel Jail in Gallatin. All family historians are invited. For more information, contact President Lanita Sconce Smith at ozarkn@grm.net or 660-684-6174 (evenings).

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History was made in Jameson

Dale Alexander said this picture of his father Carl Alexander standing beside the horse drawn school wagon was probably taken some time in the latter 1920s. Dale remembered starting school in one of the wagons. The carriage was made by the Studebaker company and had “Consolidated District #1″ written on the side. The Jameson School District had 12 or 14 such horse-drawn buses.

Dale Alexander attended one of the one-room

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Early, early days

The following is gleaned from the Jameson Gem 1885-1886

Reporter Cullings: Linneus has no saloons; Trenton wants water works; Kirksville has a new foundry; The Rock Island road is finished in St. Joseph; Maryville don’t get electric lights as she expected; A Submission Convention will be held at Sedalia Feb. 16; Dr. S.A. Richmond of St. Joseph, is mysteriously missing; Chas. Stratton of Akron, Ohio, recently sold his wife for

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