Burch Retires After 40 Years

George L. Burch, a conductor for the Santa Fe Railway on the company’s Illinois division out of Marceline retired, effective September 23. This retirement ended a career with 40 years of service.

Burch was born and attended schools in Marceline, and began his service with the Santa Fe in 1936, working on both the … > More >

Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Swan

Among the early settlers of Marceline and vicinity were Mr. and Mrs. Albert P. Swan. He came from Michigan and Mrs. Swan from the state of New York. They were married in Michigan in 1865 and resided there until 1869, and their first Estella was born there.

After having aided his father in clearing … > More >

Marceline Jubilee

EVENTS THAT WILL BE CONTINUOUS DURING THE JUBILEE

June 29 – July 4.

  • Jubilee House – at corner of Howell and Kansas Avenue. Decorated with antiques in the manner of a house of 1888.
  • Nike Missile – at the corner of Howell and Kansas Avenue. Modern technology at its most destructive force.
  • Agriculture Display
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Elmwood Cemetery

In May, 1870, a group of hardy young settlers met in the Locust Ridge school house to arrange for a place of burial against the time of need. They were building a new community on the wild prairies of southeast Linn County. Elmwood Cemetery, established June 11, 1870, was the outgrowth of that meeting.

Erastus … > More >

Marceline Lodge #544

On September 18, 1928, a group of ladies were called together for the purpose of organizing a Ladies Society of The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen. We met in the K.P. Hall over Zurcher’s store. Mrs. Grace Hatfield was our Grand Lodge Instructor.

The Brothers of Lodge #486 expressed their interest by buying the … > More >

Rural Home Circle

On a very muddy day in early March, 1910, a small group of women met at the home of Mrs. Dave Haley, at the invitation of her daughter Maude and Alice Haley, an in-law niece. The purpose was to organize a club to relieve the monotony and dreary weeks of a long cold winter and … > More >

McAllister Bros. Creamery & Bottling Works

Although liquidated ten years ago, the McAllister Creamery & Bottling Works, operating as “Marceline’s First Factoryā€¯ from 1923 until 1953, played a significant role in the growth and development of Marceline. Any history of Marceline would be incomplete without proper mention of the McAllister firm, as well as the McAllister family itself, for the public … > More >

First Baptist Church

The town of Marceline was about 4 months old when a handful of Baptists held a meeting and effected the organization of the First Baptist Church. The first meeting was held in a rented hall on Sunday, May 19, 1888. The Rev. J. M. P. Martin of Linneus preached and at the conclusion of the … > More >