The Fall Festival is going on, the Historical Society has a booth set up with pictures of the past Queens displayed. It is attracting several visitors, come by the booth see what we have. We have the new 2017 calender’s for sale at $5.00 each, plus our new Sports book, if your looking for Christmas gifts we are selling five of these for $100.00, they are normally $25.00 each. We also have pictures of downtown in the early years for sale. Come by and check us out.
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.
THE REPUBLIC MONITOR
VOLUME 1.1 REPUBLIC, MISSOURI, THURSDAY, MAY 27, 1945
The article from the monitor
JOHN McNABB ARRIVES HOME
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or 417-732-7702.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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?
Republic’s first basketball team to play in a State Tournament in 1948 had two players that the news media often referred to as the “pair of Jacks”. Who were they?
answer: Jack Fraka and Jack Trogdon
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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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;