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 rob112241@yahoo.com, 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.


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 rob112241@yahoo.com, 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 “old time” carpenter graduated from RHS in 1933.  He helped build most of the houses in “Wormeyville”.  During high school he played baseball and basketball.  Who was he?

  1.  Henry Sifferman
  2.  Luther Land
  3.  Marvin Cowden


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.

A New Book in the planning stages

April 4, 2014

“READIN, RITIN AND RITHMATIC”  A new book to be published by the society pertaining to the Republic Area Rural Schools, and  the Republic Public Schools prior to  the consolidation.  The book will consist of pictures and stories from that time era.  We are so excited to be able to preserve history and include stores and pictures from individual class members from their school or schools.   At this time we are requesting and urging anyone who attended a Republic area school to write a description of their school and tell a favorite story during their attendance, we will have a chapter  for stories from the past if you attended a school out of the area.

No longer do we have a one room school with a coal or wood furnace in the corner or basement, water was pumped from a well outside the building,  most of the rural schools did not have a kitchen,those children brought sack lunches from home if parents could afford a thermos, soup was a big treat during winter months, if a kitchen was available mothers would make a meal for the kids,  bathrooms were outside,  girls on one side of the building boys on the other,  no bus transportation, the board consisted of the dad’s whose child or children  attended their school, pie suppers to raise money, spelling bees, cyphering, map bees on the black board for fun times, outdoor Friday softball games, many different and long forgotten games played during recess or lunch time.  A teacher taught all 8 grades throughout the day, for a few schools,  a young person to the field of teaching would spend the school year with one of the parents.

We urge you to take a trip down memory lane and write your story of how education played a part in your life from a rural or city school  during this time period,  just a good story of how it was in a day of your life attending your school.Pictures would be a treasure to us, any pictures you have please send a copy or email to us.

Please mail all letters to REPUBLIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY        146 N. MAIN          REPUBLIC  MO  65738                IF YOU SHOULD HAVE QUESTIONS  CALL 417-732-7702

OR EMAIL TO    msr31141@yahoo.com           or rob112241@yahoo.com.

More info to follow as we progress..

The area schools were; Bell Victory; Bennett; Beulah; Blades; Bluff; Brick; Brookline; Capernium; Center Point; Grandview; Gray; Green Ridge; Jones; Lindsey; Mt Aetna; Prairie View; Rountree; St Elmo; St Joe; Salem; Sherwood; Wise Hill; Republic Grade School;

To Honor our Veteran’s

June 2, 2012

To go along with honoring our veterans’  Republic has built a Veterans’ Memorial, for those who have served their country. You may purchase a brick for an individual at the Republic Community Center, for $100.00. This web-site will lead you to a list of those individuals, http://theamprepublic.com.


The last surviving Civil War Veteran in Republic was, Enoch Williams.   Enoch was born in 1840 and died in 1939, at 98 years old.  Thank you Enoch and those who have gone before.  What stories you could share with us.

Republic Record

Thursday, May 4, 1939



Death to Republic’s Last

Veteran of Civil War


Funeral services were conducted at the Hood M. E. church in Republic Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Imes for Enoch Williams, last veteran of the Civil War residing in Republic, who died Sunday.  The Ladies of the G. A. R. conducted a flag service at the church and the Sons of Veterans were in charge of the services at the grave.  The body, under the direction of R. E. Thurman, was then placed beside the wife in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Enoch Williams was born in Chester County, Pa., on July 8th, 1840.  He died at his son’s home in Republic, Mo., April 30, 1939 at the advanced age of 98 years, 9 months, and 22 days.  He resided, with his parents,  in Pennsylvania until he was 12 years old, when the family removed to Iowa in 1852.  Mr. Williams grew to young manhood in Iowa and in 1862, when Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers for the Union army he answered the call and enlisted in Company D, of the 24th Iowa Volunteers.  He served with this company and regiment until the close of the Civil War.

During his service as a soldier, he was actively engaged in many of the major battles of the Civil War.  Together with his comrades of Company D he fought at the battles of Cedar Creek , Champion Hill, Port Gibson, Sabine Cross Roads and the Siege of Vicksburg, where he received special citation.  In addition to these major battles, he passed through many minor engagements.   He had a record of having been present and participating in every battle in which his Company engaged during the war.

He was married to Mary S. Stuliff on February 7, 1867.   To their union six children were born, three of whom survive.  He was preceded in death by one son, two daughters and  the beloved companion and mother.  he surviving children are Mrs. W. P. Lumis of Kearney, Nebraska, J. E. and R. E. Williams of Republic.  After his marriage he resided in Iowa for twenty-nine years.  He then came to Springfield, were he remained for four years and in 1900 moved to Republic, where he spent the last thirty-nine years of his life.

When a young  man, Mr. Williams was converted and united with the Methodist church in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.  He retained his membership in the church of his choise until his death and in 1926, under the pastorate of Rev. Courtney he enrolled as a member of the church in Republic and was a member of that congregation at the time of his death.  In the earlier life he was active in the work of his chosen church and was very regular in attendance of the services  of worship.  He always seemed pleased at the visits of the pastor, or of others who called on him in the interest of his church, and expressed a willingness to assist in any way he could.

During his illness he suffered much pain, but bore his suffering with fortitude as a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ and recently re ——————– that the time for his discharge from this life was very near.  His mind was clear until near the last days, and he spent much time in prayer and communion with God, and approached the end without fear.  He has gone to join his comrades in the great reunion beyond the grave.

Under the sod and the dew

Waiting the judgment day

Under the one the blue

Under the other the gray

Enoch Williams born 7/08/1840


Posted By: Mary Hitchcock <Mary_hitchcock@hotmail.com>
Date: 12/28/2005 at 14:58:21

Enoch Williams, farmer, Cedar township post-office Solon; was born in Chester County PA July 8, 1840, where ye spent his boyhood days, and is a son of George and Mary Williams. In the spring of 1856 they emigrated to Iowa and settled in Johnson County where he has since resided, and now owns 160 acres of well improved land. He was married February 7, 1867 to Mary s. Sutliff, daughter of Allen C. Sutliff, one of the pioneers of Johnson County. By this union there are five children now living, viz.: Allen G., Ellen G., Kate S., Jesse E. and Ralph E. Source: The History of Johnson County Iowa 1836-1882, p.950-951

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
about Enoch Williams


Enoch Williams


Johnson County, Iowa

Age at enlistment:


Enlistment Date:

16 Aug 1862

Rank at enlistment:


State Served:


Survived the War?:


Service Record:

Enlisted in Company D, Iowa 24th     Infantry Regiment on 04 Sep 1862.
Promoted to Full 6th Corporal on 03 Nov 1864.
Promoted to Full 5th Corporal on 01 Jun 1865.
Mustered out on 17 Jul 1865 at Savannah, GA.
Promoted to Full 4th Corporal on 08 Jun 1865.

Birth Date:

8 Jul 1840

Death Date:

30 Apr 1939


Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in     the War of Rebellion
Research by R. Ross Houston

How to reach the Republic Historical Society

September 7, 2011

The Museum  opens on Saturday’s 10 AM to 2 PM

Phone 417-732-7702, Cell 417-343-1847, 417-343-9352  or Phone 417-732-2181

email rob112241@yahoo.com or msr31141@yahoo.com


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