A flower parade was part of the 1901 Gallatin Street Fair.

Details shown in this scene of the Gallatin Street Fair of 1903 include a large clock (foreground) and a bandstand and tents on the courthouse lawn. The street clock was located in front of Davis Drug Store on East Main Street. Thus, the view of this photo is from the storefront, looking west.

This photo of the Daviess County Savings Association, on the southwest corner of the square, was taken in 1903. Standing from left: Robert Foster, Allen Place, John Roney, John Leopard, A.M. Irving, James Hunter, Wm Sheets (brother of Capt. John Sheets), J.T. Day, Jacob Mettle (in doorway), Wm Yeisley, Wm Pendleton, James Vandyke, Thomas J. Crain, Arch Cope, Joseph Koger, J.B. (Pole) Brown, Samuel McDonald, E.M. Mann, Charles McCoy, Thomas Hemry; seated from left: Wm Fisher, Mathew R. Mann, S.P. Cox, Benton Miller, D. Harfield Davis.

This GHS football team posted a perfect 5-0 record in 1904. Shown are: Coach Jack Grover, Vincent Brandom (LG), Ralph Cline (LT), Clarence Beck (HB), Ralph Davis (HB), Preston Alexander (HB), Ed Sawyer (C), Alex Richardson (FB), Capt. Boyd Dudley (QB), Rufus Howard (RG), James Gillispie (E), Prof. Fred Haynes (mgr.) Harry McClure (E), and Fred Harrison (mascot). Scores were as follows: GHS over GRC, 21-0; GHS over Trenton, 5-2; GHS over Cameron, 11-0; GHS over Hamilton, 52-0; GHS over Trenton, 16-0. [identification by Mrs. Alberta Brown]

National fiscal policies favoring national banks originated in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the National Currency Act. A national bank could circulate notes with a total value that depended on the value of securities if deposited with the U.S. Treasurer. Local banks could loan 90 cents for every dollar paid. The currency was delivered in large sheets to the local bank where individual bills were cut; irregularities make these bills extremely valuable to collectors today. Not all banks, even those chartered as national banks, issued money. A charter was good for 20 years. When a bank bought out another bank or holding company, the buying bank’s name might be shown on the bill with the purchased bank’s charter number. This example was issued by the First National Bank of Gallatin, when Chas. Henry was bank president operating facilities on the south side of the Gallatin business square. (circa 1897-1901; courtesy Jim Mogg, Hamilton)

This church was formed by the union of the First Presbyterian and Cumberland Presbyterian churches in 1905. The Presbyterian Church union was merged and the name Cumberland was dropped. The new brick building was 60’x57′ with the auditorium at 32’x50′ and lecture room at 20’x42′ with a classroom in front. The lecture room and auditorium were separated by a door which could be raised or lowered from the ceiling. When raised, nearly 500 hundred people could be seated.

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.

Postcard scene of groundbreaking for the Daviess County Courthouse in Gallatin, MO. In the background is the northwest corner of the square, including the Oddfellows Bldg. (center) and the Gallatin Hotel (right).The back of this card is postmarked Dec. 24, 1906.

Snow scene on May 3, 1907, during the construction of Daviess County’s new courthouse. Shown is part of vault walls and building materials.

This Shultz Studio photo shows the laying of the cornerstone for the Daviess County Courthouse. Former Missouri Gov. A.M. Dockery of Gallatin is standing next to the cornerstone. Dockery was involved in nearly every local event of note. He was cashier and secretary of the Farmers Exchange Bank for 13 years before entering politics and elected office.

Members of Masonic Lodge led a ceremonial procession as part of the setting of a cornerstone of the Daviess County Courthouse on May 24, 1907. Those participating included a large group from Grand Rive Academy (behind parade banner). This scene unfolded on the east side of the Gallatin square after the courthouse foundation was pronounced satisfactory.


Gunfighter Jim Warford (alias Jim Lambert)

Jim Warford, alias Jim Lambert who grew up at Pattonsburg, MO, became a well-known and much feared gunman in Cripple Creek, CO, from 1903 to 1912. These were times when gunplay and dynamite punctuated showdowns between the Mine Owners Association and the Western Federation of Miners. Lambert was born in Liberty, Clark County, Iowa. But in 1868 beginning at age 3, he spent his childhood on his father’s farm west of old Pattonsburg and Elm Flat Station in Benton Township, Daviess County, MO. (Daviess County records indicate that Jim tried farming on his own in the summers of 1886-87; he may have gone west in 1888 at age 23.)

Gunfighter Jim Warford of Pattonsburg, MO, alias Jim Lambert, became a well-known and much feared gunman in Cripple Creek, CO, from 1903 to 1912.

1908: Model T car maker Henry Ford introduces his Model T automobile. By 1927, when it is discontinued, 15.5 million Models T’s will be sold in the U.S. Ford owes much of his success to his improved assembly line process, which by 1913 will produce a complete Model T every 93 minutes.

Before constructing a new brick facility across the street, Gallatin Motor Company operated a Ford dealership from the McClaskey Building (later to house Woodruff Ice Cream Factory) at 211 North Main Street. New Ford Model-T cars are shown at right. The newspaper office of the Gallatin North Missourian was next door at left.

Gallatin Motor Company moved its Ford dealership at 211 North Main across the street into this larger, new brick building at 212 North Main Street. New Ford Model-T cars are shown.

This building was constructed in 1908 when Gallatin was the smallest town in the U.S. to have such a YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) building. It operated as such for nearly 20 years before its activities waned. Gallatin Mayor Henry J. Lynch led a civic effort to purchase (for a nominal fee) and convert the property into Gallatin City Hall by 1930. (1915 photo)

This postcard shows Grand River Academy, postmarked 1909. Grand River College became Grand River Academy and served as a preparatory school for William Jewell College when William Jewell College agreed to pay off the mortgage and provide an endowment for the institution. The school was directed at that time by Dr. Dow. In 1909 a $6,000 dormitory was erected but the Academy closed the following year in 1910.

A shootout with law officers followed by an extensive manhunt occurred on March 29, 1909, in Daviess County, MO. Three bandits, running from burglaries at Spickard, MO, were traveling on an eastbound freight train when they were discovered while the train stopped at this depot in Jamesport. The bandits used bottles of nitro to steal jewelry, loot and equipment and thus were named the “Nitro Chism Gang.” Earl Chism died from gunshot wounds. Once caught, Roy Chism served a 5-year sentence at Leavenworth, KS; Harvey Chism was later arrested in Bloomington, IL.

This post card scene shows the junction of two railroad lines east of the Grand River at Gallatin, MO, in 1909.

This is the Wabash Depot at Pattonsburg, MO, soon after the 1909 flood of the Grand River. (coutesy Carman Antiques)

Built prior to the 1909 flood, this bridge spanned the Grand River south of Jameson on Kodiak Road (County road 586). The high water mark of the 1909 flood was painted on the northeast truss of the bridge. The bridge had a single 180’ steel through truss main span. The total length of the bridge with approaches was 280.9 feet. It had a 15’9” wide wooden plank roadway deck. In February, 1980, the bridge was deemed inadequate for the school bus to cross. The bridge was swept downstream during the flood of 1993 and replaced with a concrete span in 1996. The replacement bridge crosses the river upstream of the Guthrie Bridge pictured.

This scene shows East Side Lake Street in Lock Springs after a major fire on Aug. 29, 1909. The estimated property loss was $25,000. The J. F. Brown Lumber Company is shown in the background. The postcard photo was taken by Moren [postcard shared by Peggy Wickizer].

The 1909 Grand River Academy “Invincibles” football team photo of Gallatin, MO.

1910: Halley’s comet. China abolishes slavery. Thomas Edison demonstrates “talkie” movies. In Seattle, Washington women win vote. Aviator Charles Hamilton flies first heavier-than-air flight here. Union Pacific arrives.

The Braymer Concert Band is shown at Lock Springs on this postcard photo dated 1910. The only identification marks Irvin Eads, among those standing before the business building for groceries, hardware & implements.

The Winston Bank and Odd Fellows Lodge I00F in 1910. (courtesy Jim Mogg, Hamilton)

The Thompson Blacksmith Shop operated in 1910 in Coffey, MO. The business was located north of the city park. Henry Monroe Rector Thompson built a new house next to this shop in 1918. Lewis Paul Thompson, son of Henry Thompson, also operated the shop (courtesy Tommy Thompson, Pattonsburg)

1910 Missouri Farmer Away, Led Astray

A Missouri farmer away from home and Josephine. The farmer was in Dalhart, Texas. He was a railroad official, there to help the agriculture commissioner run the farms in the 14 states along the Rock Island. The Missouri farmer was Thomas Jefferson Putnam. Here’s the story, as presented on Jan. 26, 1910:

“I must tell you all somethin’ about my trip down here. Cottrell told me to go it along till he could come from the land show at Chicago. While I ain’t so overly religious and set in my ways, I’m pretty dern kearful around home where I go of a evening’. Josephine — that’s my wife — is most generally with me after dark. I reckon they is a reason. I got a cow the home place that I named Josephine, because she is so stubborn. Josephine had a bull calf that was allus breakin’ through the fence, a gittin’ into the clover. I seen Josephine — that’s my cow — many a time stand in front of the weak spot in the fence and keep that thar caff from goin’ through.

“Just like Josephine — that’s my wife — many a time has she stood between me and temptation by pullin’ me past one of them cheap theaturs. But just as soon as Josephine — that’s my cow — had turned her back, that caff would be through the fence. And as soon as I got out of sight of Josephine — that’s my wife — I got into one of them cheap theaturs.

“…and there was a leetle gal a-dancin’ till I thought her feet would break off. I felt sorry fur her right on the jump, and I thought of how the poor gal must suffer in them thin duds on such a chilly night… Well, by and by the show was over and I do say I was a deal troubled by conscience if I done right or not in seein’ such goings on. When I got on my train the conductor says they got nothin’ left but uppers… I clumb in and was soon snorin’ I drempt about that consarned show all night. About 8:30 I heard the porter callin’ me, sayin’: “What’s the mattah wif you all?” I riz up and there I was with my feet twisted around the brass rod, a trying to de a slack wire stunt and the hull car up and gigglin’ their fool heads off.

“That’s what a old fool like me gets fur breakin’ through the barbwire fence.”

This 1910 postcard scene displays Altamont Main Street, looking north.

In 1910 fire gutted the Woodruff Hotel, located on the south side of Gallatin’s business square.

Fire which occurred in 1910 damaged the Woodruff Hotel, located on the south side of the Gallatin square. Reconstruction assured continued use during the ensuing years.

Looking south on Davis Street in Winston, MO, circa 1910. (courtesy Jim Mogg, Hamilton)

— researched and presented by Wilbur Bush, Gallatin, MO

Note: Printed editions of the Gallatin North Missourian and the Gallatin Democrat are preserved on microfilm and available for viewing at the Daviess County Library, 306 West Grand Street, Gallatin, MO 64640

Fitterer Grocery & Bakery was founded by Enos Fitterer in 1877. By 1900 the bakery was producing some 5,000 loaves of bread each week. But times changed. Factory-prepared cake or panroll mixes were being sold directly to households. Other factors were the large city bakeries and their daily truck deliveries. By 1949, less than 1,000 loaves of bread were being produced and pastry-making had dwindled accordingly. Then the Fitterer sons, Frank and Oscar, renamed the business named the M.E. Fitterer’s Sons Grocery and Bakery. In 1903, some of the store’s features were 57 varieties of apple butter kept in stone crocks and sold by the pound. Farmer’s products were purchased and they often received 12 cents per dozen for eggs which could be used either for cash or for trade. The old brick ovens became cold and unused in 1949.

This is the men’s side of the Rosenthal & Haas General Store (ca 1900) with Alex Haas and Homer Brown pictured. The door at left led to the groceries; on the right was the women’s and more general merchandise.

Note: Printed editions of the Gallatin North Missourian and the Gallatin Democrat are preserved on microfilm and available for viewing at the Daviess County Library, 306 West Grand Street, Gallatin, MO 64640