The first telephone exchange in Marceline was built about 1896. Four years after it went into operation, it was purchased by the Western Telephone Company of Princeton, Missouri. Ira B. Hyde and his sons, Arthur and Ben, owned a substantial part of the Western Telephone Company and were actively engaged in managing the company.… > More >
FIFTH PAPER OF CITY ONCE SERVED BY 4 WEEKLIES, ONE DAILY
The Journal is believed to have been the first paper, started early in 1888 by the efforts of … > More >
Thirty-two years after the first Chapter of Daughters of American Revolution was organized in Washington, D.C., Marceline Continental Chapter was effected, Nov. 10, 1922, with a membership of twenty-seven.
The first Regent was Mrs. E. W. Gilmore. Present officers are: Gertrude Kincheloe, Regent; Myrl Oldham, Vice-Regent; Iva Nash, Recording Sec’y.; Maxine Buck, Corresponding Sec’y.; Ethel … > More >
Up to the period when Mayor Cash took the oath of office, the city was entirely without fire-fighting apparatus. Insurance rates were high, the fire record was bad, and many of the first companies were closing their agencies and withdrawing from the town. Among the first acts of the new administration was the submission of … > More >
In May 1944, after several weeks of planning, a group of ladies whose sons or daughters were serving in the Armed Forces, and desiring to do something for the servicemen passing through Marceline on regular or troop trains banded together under the name of Marceline Community Canteen under the leadership of Mrs. Martha Erdman. Any … > More >
As drill testing for coal was their livelihood, two brothers, Stephen Albert and Enoch Landreth invested in a small hollow rod turn drill which they purchased from Peter Carmichael for $500.
This was in 1905 and shortly after, they were joined in this enterprise by their brother, Joseph.
Their first drilling was done on the … > More >
The charter of the Marceline State Bank was issued December 23, 1907, by Hon. John E. Swanger, Secretary of State of Missouri. The capital stock was $20,000.
A building was erected and opened for business at 107 North Kansas Avenue, where Reece’s confectionery was located. In May 1909, the present building was purchased. The new … > More >
The Marceline Junior Chamber of Commerce is a comparatively newcomer on the scene when compared with some of the older organizations in town, however, since the club was founded in 1954, a great many things have been accomplished for the community.
Note: The following article containing a history of the first 50 years of Marceline was reproduced from the 1938 Golden Jubilee edition of the Marceline News. Floyd C. Shoemaker, secretary of the State Historical Society of Missouri, has written the following interesting and complete history of Marceline. Mr. Shoemaker is a Linn County product, having … > More >