Jamesport, MO, is known for many things, but cigars?
Marketing items for sale sometimes took a particularly local angle, such as this cardboard box for “Belle of Jamesport” cigars
More scenes of yesteryear from Jamesport in Daviess County, MO: (click on any image below to enlarge any of these)
- Orcutt Block of Jamesport businesses
- 2nd Street of Jamesport, MO
- Livestock pens near Rock Island depot
- Allen Brothers (Phog Allen wears A1)
- Early public school house
- Reeds Seeds along railroad tracks
- Amish buggies
- Advertisement for a Jamesport grocer
- Jamesport Chamber of Commerce Band
- Farmers & Merchants Bank
- Judge Thompson residence
- Harris log cabin
- Advertisement for P.H. Lilly
- SMB Band of Jamesport
- 1909 Old Settlers’ Program
- First National Bank issue of $20 bill
This postcard shows the Orcutt Block of commercial buildings which once housed businesses in Jamesport, MO. (date unknown)
This photo shows 2nd Street in Winston, MO (date unknown; courtesy Ellis Antiques, Jamesport)
This photograph shows livestock pens near the train depot at Jamesport, MO (date unknown)
A basketball team of notoriety was the Allen Brothers, circa 1905. Shown here are Home P. Allen (A1), Elmer M. Allen (A2), Harry “Pete” Allen (A3), Forrest “Phog” Allen (A4), Hubert Allen (A5), and Richard Allen (A6) with Homer White Allen as team mascot. Phog Allen was born at Jamesport, MO (the “Allen Addition” in Jamesport was organized by Phog Allen’s father). Phog Allen became known as the “Father of Basketball Coaching” and was inducted as a Hall of Fame Basketball Coach in 2006. He learned under the game’s inventor, Dr. James Naismith, and lettered at the University of Kansas in 1905-07. Phog Allen coached Central Missouri State University to a 102-7 record from 1912-17 with championships every year. His Jayhawk teams at KU won 24 conference championships and one NCAA title in 1952. He was a driving force in getting basketball accepted as an official sport in the 1936 Olympics. At his retirement in 1956, Forrest “Phog” Allen held what was then a national record of 746 coaching victories. He died at age 88 in Lawrence, KS. The home of Jayhawk basketball bears his name today: Allen Field House.
This is an aerial view of Jamesport, MO, when much of the business fronting the active railroad was Reeds Seeds (date unknown).
Wherever the Amish gather you’ll probably find a lineup of horse buggies such as these.
Advertising messages of yesteryear promoted business in various ways. This example comes from J. Keuestreick, once a grocer operating in Jamesport, MO. (date unknown)
Members of the Jamesport Chamber of Commerce Band, kneeling, are Linden Fish and Hans Lindenberger; 1st row — ? Dogy, Red Evans, Dale DEixon, Burl Wiles, Red Cole, Halden Watson, Marvin Gant, John May, Rip Norris; 2nd row — Leslie Irwin, I.L. Brown, Bill Drummond, Clayton Gott, hobart Brown; back row — Everett Drummond, Gene McCoy, Bob McCue, Vernon Brown, J.F. Arnold. (date unknown; courtesey Ralph Langford, Jamesport)
This shows the Farmers & Merchants Bank at the 4-way stop in Jamesport, MO, 118 Broadway Street (date unknown).
This once was the rural residence of Judge Thompson, located in Jamesport Township of Daviess County, MO. (date unknown)
This log cabin was built by Jesse and Polly Embry Harris four miles east of Jamesport, MO, between 1830 and 1836. They arrived with 10 children and one slave. It was reconstructed by the Harris family in 1985 at Jamesport City Park. The last Harris owners were Dr. George Dowe Harris, a Jamesport physician, and his son James Aurand Harris, America’s foremost children’s playwright.
Much can be learned about a town by reviewing the advertisements used in promoting busienss. Here is an advertisement of yesteryear for P.H. Lilly of Jamesport, MO. (date unknown)
Most communities of any significant size boasted its own municipal band to provide entertainment and enliven local festivals and activities. Shown are members of the SMB band of Jamesport, MO. (date unknown)
Festivals and town traditions ebb and flow as time passes year by year. Here is the program cover for the Old Settlers Reunion held in Jamesport, MO, in 1909 for citizens of Daviess, Livingston and Grundy counties.
The First National Bank of Jamesport issued this $20 bill on Dec. 2, 1904, while R.H. Lilly served as bank president. Notice the bank’s charter number printed prominently on each bill’s front (for Jamesport, 7460). Featured on this bill is the photo of Hugh McCulloch, an American financier who played a central role in financing the American Civil War. He served two non-consecutive terms as U.S. Treasury Secretary under three presidents.
Fire Destroys Arnold Bros. Flour & Feed in Jamesport, MO (date unknown)