Republic 2017 Historical Society Calendar

September 10, 2016


The 2017 Calendar is now available, many pictures of older homes, old barns, past basketball teams, cafes, graduating class’s 1937-1947-1957-1967, brides in 1957-1967-1977-1987-1997, past principals, and pumpkin daze honoring Leon Medlin.  One page in Memory of Bill O’Neal who helped start and worked  tirelessly to keep the Historical Society growing.

We give great thanks to those who have worked to put this calendar together, especially to the sponsors who help make it possible for the Historical Society to operate, they are, IRWIN PRINTING, CARS ACROSS AMERICA, REFRIGERATION ASSOCIATES, REPUBLIC TIGER SPORTS, MCDONALD’ OF REPUBLIC, CITY OF REPUBLIC, RUCKMAN HEATING & COOLING, HEAVEN’S SCENT, MEADORS FUNERAL HOMES  AND HINES STREET PHARMACY. Special thanks to Nicole Forrester for all the work she does in the publishing and to Irwin Printing.






Republic 2017 Historical Society Calendar


September 2, 2016


 At our July meeting it was voted to sale the sports books Five for $100.00 from now until Christmas.  This will make a great Christmas gift, and you will be able to complete your Christmas shopping list with one stop.  Leland is at the museum 10:00 a.m. to 12: noon on Saturdays to personalize the books.


Only a few more days before Christmas, get your books now, we have the 2017 calendars in also that can help in your Christmas shopping.

Honoring Our Heroes

August 5, 2016

Checking the back Republic Monitors I found in the Thursday May 27, 1945 paper that John McNabb  had arrived home after 15 months of duty overseas in the Southwest Pacific theater.   So many times we forget about our heroes and what they did when they came back home.  John was a prominent person in the city of Republic.  Was a scout master, owned the funeral home and was very civic mined.  Both he and his wife Genevieve were one of the families in town that had the respect of all.


VOLUME 1.1                                      REPUBLIC, MISSOURI, THURSDAY, MAY 27, 1945

 The article from the monitor


                Omaha, Neb., May 10, 1945. Seventh service command headquarters here announced today that S. Sgt. John I. McNabb of the Air Corps is returning on furlough after 15 months duty overseas in the Southwest Pacific theatre of operations and will visit his mother, Mrs. E. B. McNabb, at Republic, Mo.

John arrived here Tuesday night and it is understood that he has received his discharge.  He was a member of the 13th bomber command and a gunner on a B-25.  He has 65 missions and 450 hours to his credit.



June 17, 2016

June 16, 2016.

David Brazeal owner and publisher of the Republic Tiger Sports started The Republic Sports Hall of Fame, this has grown into what is now one of the top programs to recognize outstanding athletes.

THE REPUBLIC SPORTS HALL OF FAME inducted four tonight to a packed house.  Those inducted were Jack Trogdon from the class of 1949, Leland Brown from the class of 1952, John Wakeman from the class of 1989, and Cindy Wise from the class of 1994. Not only did David induct the four but also presented many awards for the outstanding athletes of the year. Such names as Taylor Houchin, Haven Lander, Jansen McQuerter, Autumn Garner, Michael Nacy, Brooke Stanfield, Jerney Jones, Phillip Canfield, Brad Hendrix, Emily Jordon, Drew Mackey, and  Emily Griffith.  There were others that  David spoke of.

David has the respect of the students, parents, teachers, coaches, and anyone that has contact with him.  Keep up the good work David,  from the members of the Historical Society.

2016 News Letter

June 10, 2016

The May 2016 News letter was just mailed out to approximately 400. High lighting Leland and Sue Brown on their book A Memoir of Republic Sports 1913 – 1969, our volunteer of the year Bill Kraft, outstanding citizen from the past Ruth Snyder, and our great loss of one of our founding members of the Historical Society,  Bill O’Neal  (Bill passed  May 1, 2016 one day before his 92nd birthday) .

One correction  2016 “Have A Blast” city of Republic is July 1, 2016.

If you have not joined the Republic Historical Society dues being $10.00 per year per person, remember this pays the postage for these newsletters to be mailed.


A Question From The Past

April 15, 2016

When and where was the first library in Republic?

From the Springfield Leader & Press, on  March 26, 1937: A library in Republic was open in city hall on April 1, 1937.  A WPA adult education class and some civic groups instigated the idea of the new lending library.  Mrs Florence Brittain, the city collector,was to be acting librarian for the 300-book collection.  The city hall was in the old mill office at the corner of South Main and East Elm Street.


Annual Christmas Tour of Homes

December 3, 2015

The annual Christmas Tour of Homes held on December 5, 2015, was a great success.  These people that opened their homes, help made  it possible for the Republic Historical Society and the Museum to operate.  The Historical Society is indeed very thankful, the community like wise benefits from their efforts in helping the society.   If you know any of these people thank them for what they have done for the community.  The Homes this year on the self guided tour were: Lee & Rita Bishop;  James & Brenda Dicus;   Pat & Carolyn O’Bryant; Malcom & Mary Oliver.





Obituary Collection

April 12, 2015

We have obituaries in the research area of the museum. If your are researching a family member, the obituary may have information that will list dates or children you do not have in your family tree. The collection began in 2007, with anyone living in the Republic area listed in the obit. People have donated obituaries that were in their collection dating in the 1930’s which have been added. We have them in three ring binders with a card file index. We are trying to record any place the obit appears in print to the files (funeral home, Springfield News Leader. Republic Monitor, etc). If you have need for one of our member’s to research a family member there will be a small fee.  You may contact the society at, or 417-732-7702.

Early Years of Republic High School Athletics

April 12, 2015



 At our July meeting it was voted to sale the sports books Five for $100.00 from now until Christmas.  This will make a great Christmas gift, and you will be able to complete your Christmas shopping list with one stop.


Only a few more days before Christmas, get your books now, we have the 2017 calendars in also that can help in your Christmas shopping.

Leland Brown the Republic High School basketball coach who took the 1963 boys basketball team to state, winning the first place championship, has researched the Republic sports program dating back to 1913. He has compiled articles from the local news papers, score books, interviews with coaches, players, etc. Chapters on coaches their tenure, records, and the players they coached.

The people of Republic and area are very fortunate to have a history book of this caliber. You can view this book at the Greene County Libraries.  Check out the latest  Republic Tiger Sports  published by David Brazeal.

If you are a sports buff, or have a family member who played in one of these years, this is a book that is a must for your library.

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Leland & Sue Brown at the book signing.

 Leland is at the museum on Saturday’s until 12 noon to sign books , 146 North Main, Republic.

Remember for a $150.00 donation to the Republic Historical Society to help with the printing of the book, fully tax deductible.  You will receive a life time membership and one free,  Looking Back— A Memoir of Republic Sports 1913-1969 by Leland Brown.

Some of the people that helped build Republic were active in the sports programs, their names you will find in this great book.  You will find names like Harold Owen, Leonard Fugitt, Howard “Wormey” Eagon, Bill O’Neal, Don Sneed, Luther Land, Daphne “Bulldog” Thurman-Wells, Ellis “Bud” Thurman to name a few.


The books are going fast if you would like one please contact one of the society members or come by the museum, 146 North Main, Saturday’s 10am to 2pm. .   You may also  send an email to, or call 417-732-7702,  for information on the book.  To order a book send  your name, address, and the money, checks are to made out to the Republic Historical Society, 146 North Main, Republic MO 65738.  The price of the book is $25.00 plus $6.00 shipping and handling. The books will be sent as soon as the payment is received.

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Not mentioned in the book but this record still stands. The only year Dan Mooneyham started on the varsity team for RHS  basketball was his senior year, in 1968-69, under Coach Larry Carter.  Dan had grown several inches between his junior and senior year. Dan scored 830 points in 30 games for an average of 27.7 points per game. For a single season his 830 points is second only to Howard Arndt’s 959 points in 32 games in 1963-64.

Trivia question Have you read the book?

An article in “Looking Back…”  was named FRIENDS -TEAMMATES -LEGENDS.   Name the two players:  What grade school did they attend?

answer:  Jack Trogdon and Jimmie Blades.

answer:  St Elmo


December 13, 2014

We still have a few copies of our History Book. we also have original copies of the centennial book, that were printed in 1971. Once these are gone there will be no more originals. We have pictures of the old down town, (these are in a collage of eight photos), along with a copy of the front page of The Monitor dated 1928. This is of Santa Claus with a sack of toys on his back, we have them in 8×10 and 5×7 frames. These would make great decorations. Stop by the museum on Saturday and take a look.