[Thomas Edison demonstrates “talkie” movies. Woodrow Wilson elected president. Titanic sinks. By 1915 Longshoreman, ship workers, road workers strike. A year later, Montana’s Jeannette Rankin is the first U.S. congresswoman. The U.S. enters World War I in 1917. The war ends in armistice in 1918 and the world flu is a pandemic. The first atom is “split” in 1919.]
[The movement to ban liquor grew from the temperance movement out West, where alcoholism and lawlessness were rampant after the Civil War and Gold Rush days.
Daviess County women formed their own temperance movement, formed to combine religious fervor with the fight against liquor.}
….Service was held at the Methodist church last Sunday night, under the direction of the Community Interest League. It was a temperance service of marked interest and zeal…(July 3, 1913)
Made a search for bootleggers
A little company of Gallatin women who were standing on the sidewalk near the Andrews racket store Saturday afternoon during the festivities of the stock show noticed that quite a number of men, young and old, were going up the stairs leading to the Odd Fellows’ hall and the upper rooms of the Hamilton buildings adjoining. The actions of the men convinced the women that a drinking joint was be operated upstairs, and they decided to interfere with the procession of burning thirst.
The women lined up across the doorway leading upstairs, and after two or three appeals form men to let them through the line, which they turned down, they noticed that no further effort was being made to get in….they discovered that the procession was gaining admission to the upper refreshment chamber by a back stairway.
…the women made an investigation of the upstairs. But if there had been any booze up there, the boys had either drank it all or had sneaked it out the back way, because the crusaders found neither bootleggers or booze.
The raid created quite a little excitement, and has put a real scare into the local booze dispensers. And now is a mighty good time for the law violators of this town to quit business. (Oct. 1, 1914)
City Improvements: Some classy lights
Supt. Penn Love, of the Gallatin Light and Water Works, is having installed several new Tunsten street lights around the square and a block each way from the square. A cross arm of two lights is put on each post, and they give the Gallatin business district the appearance of a white way. The lights are being put up by individual order and subscription, the city furnishing the current. It is a very cheerful improvement. (June 12, 1913)
Improvements at Chautauqua
Another big improvement is being made in Dockery Park — the home of the Daviess County Chautauqua. The contract has been let for the installation of modern toilets on the grounds…This will make the grounds the best appointed of any in Northwest Missouri, except those of Trenton, where modern toilets were installed this year…
Agriculture: To use ‘modern farm horse’
Floyd Tuggle, one of Daviess county’s most progressive farmers, last week purchased of Hart, Parr & Co., of Charles City, Iowa, and all steel gas tractor, “the modern farm horse,” the first in Daviess county for use on his farm and the roads. It can be used for plowing, pulling stumps, or in fact for anything on that farm that requires power to pull it, and is a great road machine.
The tractor is a 40 brake horse power and a 27 draw bar horse power. It will run about five miles per hour on high speed and more than two miles an hour on low speed. (Aug. 14, 1913)
Blooded birds on dress parade
Step into the Alexander building on the west side of the square — you’ll hear music — not piano or violin, but rooster and hen music, made by blooded birds from everywhere. It is the big Daviess County Poultry Show in full force….There you will find the best the poultry industry produces housed in pretty little coops furnished by the state, a great big tank with ducks swimming in perfectly cold water, pleasing little tags on each coop to tell you what kind of chickens, an elaborate state exhibit in the northeast corner of the room, incubators, courteous attendants who will tell you all about it — in fact, you will find everything right up to snuff…
The entry books…showed…that more than 40 persons had made entries with approximately 400 birds in the show.
Car maker Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile in 1908. In the summer of 1913, the Maxwell was the popular vehicle in Gallatin.
Maxwell a record maker
What we term a real auto record was made in a new Maxwell 35-4…J. T. Cope returned from Kansas City Tuesday night in a new 1913 beauty…made the run of 106 miles, registered by the speedometer, and used only five gallons of gasoline, an average of 21 miles to the gallon…Mr. Cope is the fifth one to get a Maxwell, 24-4, in this section — Dr. M. A. Smith, Seth Macy, Mark Tolen and E. Matt Foley, being the other 34-4 owners. (Aug. 14, 1913)
From coal to silver: Rich find of silver ore
…the ore find on the McCrary farm is in the south part of Sheridan township and on Marrowbone creek. He says the ore vein is two feet thick, easily accessible, and that two feet of dirt underneath the vein is rich in silver….A Kansas City company has taken a lease on the McCrary farm and other adjoining lands. (Jan. 1, 1914)
Rural schools to consolidate
The schools included in the consolidation are Jameson, Laswell, Brown, Beck, Brushy Creek and Grant. This will be the first consolidated school district in Daviess county…The Coffey district, including Coffey, McClary, Burnes, Feurt, Freeport, Shady Grove and a small part of the Everly district, will vote on the question of consolidation next Monday…The Blake district, including the Goodbar, McClung, Mann, Prairie Valley and Fairview schools, will vote March 18.
Girls college for Gallatin
Dr. E.W. Dow of West Medway, Mass.,….purchased the Grand River Academy property form William Jewell College…Dr. Dow will conduct and exclusively girls’ college, with a strong religious atmosphere about the institution, but non-sectarian. (April 23, 1914)
Gravest crisis in history confront American railways
The European war has suddenly brought American railroads face to face with the gravest crisis in their history. With greatly diminished receipts, and ever increasing cost of operation their condition was precarious enough before &– but now, with the financial markets of England, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium and Holland indefinitely closed to them — it means that they must henceforth finance all their requirements within the U.S. Not only that, but in their frenzy for ready gold these countries are frantically seeking to dispose of big blocks of the nearly five billion dollars’ worth of American railroad securities that they now hold. It was this “dumping” process which forced the closing of the New York Stock Exchange some weeks ago. When it will be able to open its doors again, no man dares prophesy — but when it dies it will unquestionably tax our resources as never before not only to maintain the integrity of our railroad securities, but all other classes of industrial investments as well.
Women’s suffrage: Smashed the mashers
…The young men… followed the Sheriff’s daughter and a young girl friend, Miss Fay Elmore, home from the Gem, annoying them by fresh remarks. When informed of the matter Sheriff Blair came back up town with the girls and finding the young men in the office of the Windsor hotel did a little “mashing” of his own account. He knocked one of the fresh ones down twice and gave him a severe pummeling, but while so engaged the other masher, who had been the more persistent in his advances with the young ladies, rushed out the door and saved himself by fast foot work.
Both parties were husky young fellows but they did not exhibit any desire to tackle Mr. Blair.
Is 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.
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. — Thomas Jefferson Putnam (Jan. 26, 1910)
Researched by Wilbur Bush