If some community event or need arises, members of Gallatin Lions Club usually respond. These men were active when these photos were taken, circa 1980.

Gallatin Lions Club members stand beside roadway signage erected on a pole along West Grand Street near the Daviess County Country Club. Members are Sam Stigers, Web Sullenger, Virgil Harlow, and David Cox. (date unknown)

Olin Merritt, Virgil Peters, Wayne Wood, and Edgar Muller check their paperwork during a Gallatin Lions Club meeting. (date unknown)

Gallatin Lions Club was widely known for hosting coon dog hunts each year at Dockery Park. Club members making the competition possible, were ?, Phil Boyer, Virgil Taul, Don Swofford and Jewell Swofford. (date unknown)

Gallatin Lions Club members outside the Dockery Park community building were Edwin Penniston, ?, ? and DVM John Gann. (date unknown)


Gallatin Lions Club was instrumental in many community improvement projects, such as the new baseball field at the Gallatin R-5 School. Here club members Dan Lockridge, John Miller, ?, and Harold Frost take a view of the new ball field. (date unknown)

Longtime member Bob Teegarden frequently served as club secretary.

Gallatin Lions Club assured that American flags displayed on street poles around the business square during holidays and significant occasions. Here club members Duane Frost, Roy Hillman, and Sheriff Tom Houghton pause from flag duties. (date unknown)

Gallatin citizens were actively involved in their community in many ways. Here Edgar Muller takes the roll for Gallatin Lions Club. (date unknown)

Lions Club members Charles Belshe, Larry Johnson, Richard Robertson and Tom Cragg pose with the Gallatin club banner. (date unknown)

Gallatin Lions Club meetings remained lively as “tail twister” Covel Searcy fines Carl Baker for some perceived misdemeanor against club rules. (date unknown)

For many years Gallatin Lions Club sponsored a small neighborhood baseball field which became part of the city’s park department. Shown here are club members ? and Frank Ed Tolen. The diamond located at 402 South Daviess Street later became the site of Gallatin Municipal Swimming Pool. (date unknown)

Gallatin Lions Club sponsored highly popular raccoon hunts at Dockery Park in Gallatin, MO, for many years. The cage holding the coon would be pulled across the pond ahead of hunting dogs released and clocked for time in contests. Don Swofford and Jewel Swofford were among club leaders organizing the annual event. (date unknown)

The popularity of coon hunting is evident by the number of trophies offered during coon hunting contests hosted by Gallatin Lions Club at Docker Park in Gallatin, MO. Jewel Swofford (foreground) is among Lions Club members shown in the concession stand. (date unknown)

Lions Club Park was neighborhood baseball field shown here in 1978. The field was located at South Daviess and Mill Street, and eventually gave way to become the location for Gallatin Municipal Swimming Pool.

After an authentic pioneer log cabin was discovered beneath barn siding at a farm on Route DD northwest of Gallatin, members of the Gallatin Lions Club worked to relocate the log cabin to Lions Club Park along MO-13 in south Gallatin. Logs were numbered, separated and transported for reassembly at the park in 2001.

The former Gallatin Truck & Tractor building on West Grand Street was remodeled by Gallatin Lions Club for reuse as a community meeting hall. This is where the Lions Club sponored weekly bingo games, raising funds for various community improvement projects and goals. This building was also used as a voting precinct during public elections. (date unknown)