June 10, 2016




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.

Up date to this article just found in the Republic Monitor dated Thursday, May 26, 1921

Republic to Have a Public Library

Realizing the need of good literature in the community, a movement has been launched that it is hoped will develop to large proportions.  With a desire to do real community work the Epworth League of the Methodist Church has opened a public library in the pastor’s study and a shipment of books from the state library has just been received.  It is the desire of the League to have people who have worthy books they will give:  or books they will loan to the library for a season to bring them to the library or drop a card to Miss Bettie Britain or Rev. Wadlow and the books will be called for and circulated.

Let it be remembered that this is a public library and any responsible person is entitled to draw books according to the simple rules of all public libraries.

Library hours will be Mondays from ten to twelve o’clock:  Wednesdays from seven to eight p. m., and Saturdays from one to three p. m..  Books may be kept out for a period of two weeks.

17th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes

December 3, 2015

This will be the 17th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes, a mix of older homes along with newer homes, the County Club will also be on the tour.

Stop by the museum at 146 N. Main  from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Saturday’s.

                       Tour of Homes     

Saturday, December 2, 2017

12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.

$8.00 Per Person   

 Proceeds Benefit the Republic History Museum

Tickets may be purchased at the homes listed below the day of tour;

   Republic History Museum, 146 North Main Street

Any Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. the day of tour;

or from any Historical Society Member.

 The stops on the self-guided tour are:

 Sarah and Justin Hart                    13782 West Browning Lane, Billings

Erik and Sheila Szewczyk               3153 South Farm Road 45

Michelle & Noel Spering                   768 S. Long Drive (Brookline area)            

Ron and Sandy Peabody                5133 South State Highway ZZ

Island Green Golf Course               169 Country Club Drive,  (P Hwy)

 Stop by the museum at 146 N. Main for tour tickets with route information.Be sure to purchase raffle tickets for Basket; Afghan; Leland Brown’s book entitled Looking Back… a Memoir of Republic Sports 1913-1969; a Spa basket; and more.  

Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.




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


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

Marshals and Police Chiefs

September 7, 2011

This list of marshals was taken from information gained in the minutes from the Republic City record books, as listed in the Republic, Missouri  History and Families History book printed 2007.


John F Cliborne          Jul 17, 1897-Sep 9, 1897

Henry Hayes                Sep. 9, 1897-Apr 12, 1898

Bill Collison                  Apr 12, 1898-Apr 5, 1899

J. O. Kerr                       Apr 5, 1899-Apr 17, 1899

W. J. O’Neal                  Apr 17, 1899–Jul 17, 1899

John F. Clibrone           Jul 17, 1899-Oct 23, 1899

William Collison            Oct 23, 1899-Apr 4, 1900

Joseph Pearce                Apr 4, 1900-Dec 22, 1900

J. M. Hill                          Dec  22, 1900-Apr 7, 1902

P. M. Young                     Apr 7, 1902-Apr 11, 1904

James G. Blades              Apr 11, 1904-Nov 23, 1904

E. F. Collison                    Nov 23, 1904-Aug 7, 1905

Special Police

J. A. Britain                       Aug 7, 1905-Jun 5, 1906


E. F. Collison                      Jun 5, 1906-1910

Thanks to Robert Kohlstedt, Historian for the El Dorado County Sheriffs Office, in California, found that Claybourne Newton Coker was  the Republic Marshal in these missing records.

records missing were 1910 through  April 8 1912

C. N. Coker                          1910 – Apr 7, 1912

Sam Williams                       Apr 8, 1912-Apr 14, 1913

Mose Jones                           Apr 14, 1913

J. T. Carr                                Appointed to Saturday and Sunday nights and other nights as needed.

W. H. Davis                           Jul 14, 1913-Apr 10, 1916

T. F. Plumlee                         Apr 10, 1916-Apr 14, 1921

Lou Carskaden                      Apr 14, 1921-Apr 14, 1924

Samuel T. Harrison              Apr 14, 1924-Apr 9, 1928

M. S. Noe                                Apr 9, 1928-Jun 10, 1929   Council voted to place a grave marker to be inscribed “Killed in Service”

E. A. Thurman                       Jun 10, 1929-Apr 14, 1930    appointed to take M.S. Noe’s place

F. E Royston                           Apr 14, 1930-Apr 11, 1932

Mose Jones                             Apr 11, 1932-Apr 10, 1933

G. W. Thurman                      Apr 10, 1933-Apr 13, 1936

Jim Perkins                             Apr 13, 1936-Apr 10, 1939

Frank Bridges                         Apr 10, 1939-Apr 13, 1942

Jim Perkins                             Apr 13, 1942-Apr 4, 1946

Joe Gaddy                                Apr 4, 1946 won election but would not accept.  Jim Perkins appointed.

Jim Perkins                              Apr 8, 1946-Apr 14, 1947

Charlie Jones                           Apr 14, 1947-Apr 14, 1952

A. J. Hughes                             Apr 14, 1952-Apr 3, 1955

Joe Gaddy                                 Apr 3, 1955-Apr 14, 1958

Leo Owen                                   Apr 14, 1958-Apr 11, 1966

Police Chief’s

Roy Mathews                            Apr 11,. 1966-Aug 1, 1973

Bob Duvall                                 Aug 1, 1973-Aug, 1979

Eugene Blades                           Aug. to Nov. 1979 acting police chief

Sam Hartsell                              Dec 1, 1979-Apr, 1985

Roy Graves                                 Apr, 1985-May, 1986

Sam Hartsell                                May, 1986-Nov, 2001

Darrell Crick                               Nov, 2001-Apr, 2002       Interim Police Chief

Mark Lowe                                  Apr, 2002-Jan 2015

Mike Lawton                               May, 2015-present