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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • KAY HIVELY: Historical society’s building impressive

  • A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to visit with folks at the Webb City Historical Society. I had never had any interaction with them before, but was glad I had a chance to get to know them better.
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  • A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to visit with folks at the Webb City Historical Society. I had never had any interaction with them before, but was glad I had a chance to get to know them better.
    Their "clubhouse" is certainly impressive. It is over 100 years old and was built to house the trollies that ran the streets of Webb City. It is not only a building with a lot of history, but is a beauty to look at, both inside and out. I didn't get to see a lot of the building but was impressed with how well it is taken care of, at least in the part I saw.
    Construction of the building looks like it was built to withstand the ages. It is a large building, with windows that show it to be three stories. It has a very different kind of architecture with three dramatic peak. The society has a beautiful rose garden out front that is just breathtaking.
    The house was constructed as a place for not only the trollies, but according to the society's website, it was for employees to take "..breaks, naps, read, play cards and pool during their breaks in their long shifts on the streetcars."
    When the streetcars stopped running in Webb City, the building was given to the county. The county made it their health department. When the health department was moved to Carthage, the building was returned to the heirs of the couple who once owned it. Their heirs gave the building to the Webb City Historical Society.
    It is a big building to upkeep so the society rents it out to groups to pay the bills.
    I congratulate the society on their efforts and encourage others to join them for the fellowship and to help keep this wonderful building in good shape.
    It was a surprise to walk into the meeting and be greeted by people I knew. There were four people with a Neosho background and I was happy to see them. Janet Sagehorn and her husband were there, so was Paul Jackson and John Sharp.
    The reason I was there was that Marti Pittman heard me speak at the Carver monument and asked me to address the Webb City group. I talked about what we had done in 20 years at Newtonia. Before they left the group decided to get together and take a field trip there, something we in Newtonia love to hear.
    While I was there, another couple of people approached me about speaking to their group so I think my attempt to scale back from so many talks is not working. I think I am going to have to learn that little word that is spelled N-O.
    As you read this I should be back from vacation and fully rested.
    Page 2 of 2 - Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.

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