LOOKING BACK – – – A Memoir of Republic Sports 1913 – 1969 by Leland Brown

November 5, 2016

If you have not had a chance to view our book LOOKING BACK – – – A Memoir of the Republic Sports 1913 – 1969 by Leland Brown, come by the museum 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday’s.   Leland is on hand to sign any and all books.   If you follow the Republic sports program this book is a must to purchase for your library.  The book list a portion of great players that came through Republic, and became leaders in their community.

A picture of Leland and Sue at the book signing on March 26, 2016

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Remember you can purchase five books for $100.00 now until Christmas these will make a great Christmas gift.

Trivia have you read the book?

Assistant Coach, Leland Brown, became head coach in 1960.  How many years was he head coach?

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’S 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 16th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes is here again and is set to be a great one, with four homes.

The tour is scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Ticket price is  $8.00 per person

The homes on the self guided tour are:

Danny and Becky Biglieni          10811 W. Farm Road 188

Kenny and Ann Owen               6076 S. Farm Road 67

Jeff and Linda White                         1116 Terrell Valley Drive

Josh and Faith Mathews             522 N Cherrywood

Stop by the museum at 146 N. Main for tour tickets and route information, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday or day of tour 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Tickets may also be purchased at the homes on the day of the tour.   Be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for our decorative reindeer, retail price $50.00, donated by Minden Place.

Drawing will be held at 5:00 p.m. day of tour.


Inclement weather day scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2016

Tickets maybe purchased at the museum now and the day of the tour from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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 rob112241@yahoo.com, or 417-732-7702.

Early Years of Republic High School Athletics

April 12, 2015