Sunday, July 17, 2016

I Was Born Here

I showed this picture developed from the Simmon's Studio collection of negatives to a friend:

And she immediately identified it as a photo of the nursing staff at the old Johnson County Hospital on Market Street.

I don't know.  I was born in that building in 1950.

And I don't recognize any of these people.
If you do, leave a message.

Kim Murphy Berry Could it be Dorothy McMeekin(5th female from the left) and too possibly Dr. Lee Cooper (on the far right)???
Sheree Box-Mieir Was there in 1955 with Carl Carter and Marsha Swisher. Fun times
Larry DesCombes I was born there in 1940.....Dr. R. Lee Cooper......and his nurse was Jessie.
Luzy Buente Powell Dr. Maxson is in the middle of the back row. He delivered 4 Buente kids at that hospital.
Sue Nuckles My guess is the men in the bottom pic are doctors or administrators of the hospital. It is taken in the lobby/waiting room. I recognize those horrible green plastic chairs in the foregraound. We spent a lot of hours there while Daddy was in the hospital.
Kaye Keth Teater I was not born there but remember going to see Dr. Maxson for my yearly school fiscals. I remember the lobby and those old chairs. Did you see they were covered in plastic, remember when people used those plastic covers on furniture. yuk!
Bob Bryant I was born there in 1945, delivered by Dr. McKinney. He was killed in a tractor roll-over accident around 1950 on the dam at Skyhaven.
Bob Goetz My two younger brothers were born there too.
Larry DesCombes However, I'm of the belief the building was a white frame structure......not the masonry building shown. Am I incorrect?
Joann Cross You are right--first begun in a large white house. . Then front added on. It was called the Warrensburg Clinic. My 2 children were born there (1953 and 1957. Dr. was also Lee Cooper.
Mark Pearce I believe it's Dr. R. Lee Cooper on the right, front row, of picture #3.
I know what he was doing on February 28th, 1957.

Kathy Keth Moore I was born there too. Dr Maxson. I think the bill was like $12.00 !!
Mary Howey Born there in 1950. That's Helen White, a neighbor, behind Dorothy McMeekin. 'Mac' was my nurse when our son was born at WMMC in 1980.
Michael Wyatt Possibly, Dr. McKinney to the right of the picture on the wall. To the right appears to be Dr. Damron and Cooper. Not sure of the other two Dr's. Great history!

Luzy Buente Powell Dr. Maxson is in the middle of the back row

Keith Hix Our family Dr was Dr Damron he was my Dr when my kids were first born

Ann Lossman Dr. Maxson back row middle. He was the new doc in town when he treated my mom for cervical cancer. First time treatment by inserting a radium pack for a certain time period. Then my mom drove to downtown KC for radiation treatments that summer with no  car air conditioning. Lived to be 83 and no cancer returned. Some of those nurses allowed by brother and I to see our mom. All depended who was at the front desk if we could make it up the stairs. 
Ann Lossman Was born there. Dr.Cooper was supposed to deliver me, but he went to supper and Dr. Dameron delivered me. A day later another girl was delivered and her family moved to Texas and moved back to the area and started Leeton High. In the meantime, my family moved to the Leeton School District. We became life long friends and though we lost her a few years ago, I celebrate both birthdays as we always did.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Citizen's Bank Drowning in Flowers

Remember Citizen's Bank. It was founded by the Cheatham family back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. At least that's what Buddy Baker told me, "It's been there all my life."

That's what makes this picture a mystery.
These pictures from the Simmons Studio collection of negatives were almost all taken in the late 40s or early 50s. So why so many flowers.  It's not their grand opening.

Here's a shot of the same room from the same position taken today. I kid you not - four tellers are crouching down below their windows because bank policy won't allow them to have their pictures taken.  It was nice of them to do that and allow me to take this photograph.
It's called U.S. Bank now.  The teller line has been moved from the south side to the north side of the room.

Here's how it looked on the south side.
Notice the ashcans placed at the teller windows for the convenience of their smoking customers.

Here's the loan officer's desks with all of the most modern equipment.
Interesting historical fact:  They had banks before they had computers.  I have no idea how they did it.

Same room - more flowers:
If you know the reason for the flowers or have any other stories to tell about Citizen's Bank, please leave a message in the comment section.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Remember When This Was Big News?

I can remember a time when there were no deer around here.  I can also remember a time (this morning) when deer were so thick they came into the garden and ate our sweet potatoes.  When did this change?  I can't remember when I saw my first deer.

I know though that when this fellow killed this buck in the late 40s or early 50s, it was a major event.  This picture probably appeared in the newspaper.


I asked Buddy Baker about when he saw his first deer. "My Uncle Ralph Baker lived out in California. Once when he came to visit in the 1930s, he brought a deer hide and hung it up on the wall.  Everybody came to see it. That was really something.

"Now I hate all the deer and the conservation agents that brought them back!" (The sweet potato incident has him upset. He'll calm down.)

Leave a message in the comment section if you know anything about this picture or if you'd like to share your own deer story.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Brownie's Bakery

Does anybody have any memories they'd like to share about Brownies Bakery?
Warning: if you do, the world will know that you're an extremely old person.
They were open in 1945.
They were still open in 1949:

But by 1953 (The earliest telephone book available at the Historical Society) they were out of business. What wasn't to love.  Their cakes looked delicious and well made.  Brownie is a perfect name for a bakery.
Maybe it was because they kept changing their telephone number and their location. Buddy remembers them as being across from where the library is now and their advertisements are for two other locations. Or maybe it was because they advertised in Knob Noster while they were located in various places in Warrensburg.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

American Sales

American Sales was a discount store that sold factory-second and general merchandise.


I'm not sure when they opened, but the last entry in the phone book appeared in 1961.


Here is 202 N. Holden today.


I need to lose a little weight.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Consulting Detectives

Thanks to two consulting detectives for delivering information about these two pictures from the Simmons Studio collection of negatives that were filed together.  They appear to be high school prom and graduation pictures.




Deleta Williams recognized this picture and provided the information below.







Here's a graduating class, maybe College High School, standing at the entrance to some building.

Thanks to our other consulting detective, Lisa Irle, for finding a post card that gives a clue as to where this picture was taken:

Here's a close up of that door in the Ward Edwards building as it looks today:
Modern doors ain't got no soul.

If someone recognizes these pictures or has any additional information, it will be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beebe's Garage

When the owner of Beebe's Garage had a professional photographer come out and take this picture, he knew what he was going to do with it.


It was going to be the centerpiece of all of his advertising.  For example here's the image that people saw when they looked under "Towing" in the 1953 Warrensburg phone directory:

They did well, but the time finally came for them to pursue new interests and the family posted this notice in the Daily Star Journal on June 30, 1967.


After 22 years in the Garage Business in the same location… 
We have decided to close Effective July 1  
We want to thank our many customers for their patronage 
and hope to have someone in the shop to take care of them in the future.  

The Beebes  Pop, Sonny and Barry

If anyone knows anything more about the history of Beebes Garage or has stories to tell of the people who worked there please post the information in the comments.

Update: Here's more information in the form of an obituary provided by Bruce Uhler.



BEEBE, Elizabeth Ila TRIPLETT b: Sep 30 1909, Flemingsburg, KY d: Mar 26 1993, Clinton, Henry Co, MO bur: Sunset Hill Cemetery, Warrensburg, Johnson Co, MO arr: Consalus Funeral Homes Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Elizabeth Ila Beebe was born September 30, 1909, in Flemingsburg, Kentucky. Her mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Bell Walker and her father was Green Berry Triplett. She also had two sisters, Bulia May and Mary Henry; and one younger brother William. Elizabeth was baptized into the Christian Church at a young age and then married Harold Milo Beebe on January 15, 1928 in Denver, Colorado. During the course of their marriage, Elizabeth and Harold had two sons, Harold Milo Beebe, Jr. born January 20, 1929 in Denver, and eight years later, on November 6, 1936, Berry Richard Beebe was born in Pawnee, Ne. The family lived in Denver, Colorado and Summerfield, Ks. for seventeen years. Then in 1945, they moved to Warrensburg, where they resided until 1983 when Harold Sr. died. Elizabeth then moved to Clinton, where she had lived for the past 10 years. As a young housewife, Elizabeth kept books for the family business, Beebe's Garage, and in her old years, she owned Beebe's Antiques at the farm house south of Warrensburg. Elizabeth's hobbies included antiquing, playing bridge, and most of all reading which she was often found doing into the late hours of the night. Funeral services were Monday, March 29, 1993 at Consalus Chapel, Clinton. Burial was in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Warrensburg.

Also another piece from Bruce Uhler giving details about the location and the interior of the garage.