My Memories of Marceline

As told to John Keller by Thomas Moss I, Thomas Moss, was born in Chariton County, Missouri, June 8, 1880, the son of Leonard and Manda Moss on their farm near Mike. My age now is 83 years, and I have lived in Linn and Chariton Counties all my life. I attest the following to…

Fred Cochran

Fred Cochran was born in Marceline, Missouri, June 22, 1924. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James S. Cochran. He went to school here and graduated with the class of 1943. While in high school, he studied art under Neva Lamb and after that took his formal art training during the years immediately…

Silvey J. Ray

S. J. Ray was born near Westville, in Chariton County, Missouri in 1891 the youngest of nine children. At the age of five he made his first drawing, on the front of a pine drawer in which his father kept his carpentry tools. He was named Silvey, he said, possibly because his family favored unusual…

St. Francis Hospital

EARLY HISTORY St. Francis Hospital as it is known today, originated as a ten-bed structure built in 1923 by Floyd Neiman, Marceline Contractor, for Ola Putman. M. D., as a memorial to his father, Benjamin S. Putman, M. D., who had served the Marceline area forty-seven years as physician and surgeon. He called it the…

Robert W. Smith, M.D., Chief of Staff

Robert W. Smith, M.D., was born in Washington, Iowa on November 5, 1918. He was graduated from Central Missouri State College in 1939 with AB and BS Degrees. In 1941 he was graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Medicine and in 1943 from the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He…

“The Marceline I Knew”

by Walt Disneyreprinted from ‘The Marceline News’, 1938 “I was extremely glad to receive your letter asking me to write some impressions of Marceline as I remember it from childhood days. To tell the truth, more things at importance happened to me in Marceline than have happened since – or are likely to in the…

The Marceline Community Players

The Marceline Community Players came into being August 17, 1962, when about sixty enthusiastic players presented the Musical Comedy “Here Comes the Showboat” by Robert St. Clair, under the direction of Mrs. Fleeta Rodgers at the Walt Disney Amphitheatre. A crowd of eleven hundred greeted the singers, dancers and a cast of players who performed…

The Marceline Recreation Board

The Marceline Recreation Board was formed under the auspices of the City Council and appointed by the Mayor to provide recreational facilities and activities for the people of Marceline. The Recreation Board was first formed in March of 1962 and the Mayor appointed Bob Murray, Paul Johnson, John Klumb, Eugene Crippin and Sondra Lake to…

Marceline Carnegie Library

The Carnegie Library was founded after a petition to the Carnegie Corporation was filed with the City Council on March 19, 1917. On May 21, 1917, the Andrew Carnegie Foundation notified the City Council that $12,500 would be allowed the City of Marceline for a library building, the city promising to maintain the library by…