Friday, September 30, 2011

Nevada Mo Court House 1950's-Love that pink car!

The third Vernon County Courthouse was built in 1908 of Carthage “Marble”. The Romanesque Revival structure was the first courthouse built in Missouri after the Civil War. At a cost of $71,186.00, the original building committee wrote in their minutes: “…Vernon County will have, for the money expended, one of the very best, and most substantial, fireproof buildings ever erected in this state.

The three-story building is 80’ x 100’ and rises to 126’ at the top of its dome. The plan of architect Robert G. Kirsch was selected in March, 1906. It was similar to his designs of the 19th century courthouses of Adair and Johnson counties, and the 20th century Polk County courthouse. Construction bids, however, exceeded the $75,000.00 limit set by the court. Kirsch changed the plans and used less expensive materials, changed the main staircase from marble and iron to quarter-sawed oak and allowed contractors options on materials for the inside foundation above the footings.

Nevada construction company, Dye and Beagles, won the bid to built the courthouse. The Carthage “Marble” was brought in by train. The courtroom, which seats 310 is on the second floor. The jail was planned for the fourth floor but changed because of excessive summer heat. Cornerstone ceremonies took place October 30, 1906. Completed in February, 1908, it ran over budget costing almost $80,000.00.

Totally restored at the end of the 20th century, the new red tile roof cost more than twice the cost of the original building. The interior has been completely restored and the outside sandblasted and waterproofed.

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Nevada Mo Icon Maxwell's Grocery Stores

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Nevada Mo S. Side of Square 1920's 30's

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Baptist Church on Main Street

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Nevada Shopping 1950's

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Saturday morning Farmer's Market late 1800's or early 1900's?

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Court House Nevada Mo early 1900's?

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Feb 9th 1964,1747528&dq=kay+brittingham&hl=en

Debbie Jo Doelling July 31st 1952-Jan. 26th 1972

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July 29th 1966 Pomme De Terre

Or how to find out where I was July 29th 1966,4393504&dq=debbie+doelling&hl=en

Jan 30th 1963 New "Walkie Talkies" for Police Dept,1330036&dq=chief+of+police+stanley+brittingham&hl=en

Nov 27th 1964 Captain the Police Dog,4260186&dq=chief+of+police+stanley+brittingham&hl=en

Sept 22nd 1962,962577&dq=chief+of+police+stanley+brittingham&hl=en

Kings Jewlery Store Robbery Mar 25th 1964,3595855&dq=chief+of+police+stanley+brittingham&hl=en

Nov 28th 1962 Dad appointed as Chief of Police

Nov. 4th 1964,3411776&dq=chief+of+police+stanley+brittingham&hl=en

Oct. 19th 1960,1031526&dq=chief+of+police+stanley+brittingham&hl=en

Nevada Daily Mail Nov. 9th 1962,2930008&dq=chief+of+police+stanley+brittingham&hl=en

Dad promoted to Lieutenant,2872309&dq=chief+of+police+stanley+brittingham&hl=en

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Nevada Missouri History

“Let me give you a name of a land-office man in Nevada. Nevada? Ren was confused. Nevada, Missouri, not the state! It’s a little town east of Fort Scott.” Excerpt from Lost Trails By Louis L’Amour, Chapter To Shoe a Horse, page 58. Pinnacle Books, 2007
On October 1, 1855, a special commission of non-residents selected the site of Nevada. The entire 50 acres cost the county $250. The following day the commission reported its action to the county court, and the body approved everything that had been done.
Because of its natural advantages, the county court wanted to name the new town “Fairview.” But Colonel D.C. Hunter, county and circuit clerk, objected and reminded the judges that there was already a village of that name in Cass County.
Presiding Justice Still then said, “Well, Hunter, you give it a name.”
Hunter had been a California gold-seeker and recalled some pleasant thoughts of the town of Nevada City, the county seat of Nevada County, California. He suggested that the new capital of Vernon County be named in honor of the little town on the Pacific slope. The court after some discussion as to the propriety and relevancy of the name, finally acquiesced and the town was named Nevada City.
In the spring of 1856 Col. Hunter constructed a home, this house was the first building completed in the town. Col. Hunter’s house was used for a courthouse when court was first held in Nevada, and the colonel built a smokehouse in which he allowed the Grand Jury to deliberate.
In the November election of 1860 Vernon County residents did not cast one vote in favor of, soon to be president, Abraham Lincoln. One old man tried to vote for Lincoln, but was turned away from the polls. A battalion of Vernon County was organized which took part in the Battle of Wilson Creek, Battle of Big Drywood, and the skirmish of Montevallo.
In 1863 murders, arsons, robberies of every sort were common. Nevada was preyed upon by both the Kansas Jayhawkers and Cedar County militia. The Federal militia considered Nevada City the “Bushwhackers” capital, and determined to burn the city and get rid of the “Bushwhackers.”
On May 25, 1863, Captain Anderson Morton, commander of the St Clair and Cedar County militia ordered his soldiers to burn the town and kill all the bushwhackers. All buildings were to be burned, but the household goods were to be spared. The soldiers marched to each house and said to the resident “We are going to burn this house; get your things and get out in 20 minutes. If you want any help we will help you, but the house must be burned.”
In all, about 75 house and other buildings were burned. The courthouse, stores, and the best dwelling house were all destroyed. Only about a dozen houses were spared. After the close of the war the smell of fire was on everything and the town sat solitary on the prairie. It was not raided anymore, for it was not worth raiding, but occasionally war parties passed through and said, “Here is where Nevada City once stood”
Rebuilding itself out of the ashes in 1868, homes and business, which has been destroyed, were rebuilt. New modern buildings were erected. Many immigrants came to the county to start a new life.
Nevada City was incorporated in 1869, at which time it dropped the word “City” from its name. The city’s first sidewalks were made of wooded planks. Nevada has its first police and about 300 persons were living in Nevada.

Monday, September 5, 2011

All I want for Christmas!

Just preparing my Christmas list for all of you, hope to make your shopping for me easier!
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Charley Beach 5

Charley Beach 5 by dmhergert
Charley Beach 5, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Charley Beach Bum

Charley Close Up

Charley Close Up by dmhergert
Charley Close Up, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Charley face

Painted Toes

Painted Toes by dmhergert
Painted Toes, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Flora feet

Marty, Amy, Flora and Charley Cape Cod 2011

Hand In Hand 2Charley DonutFlora DonutHole In One SignDolphinSea Horse
Rock WallChin-UpsHarris Black House 2Higgins Farm WindmillHouse and Windmill SignHarris Black House
Beach and RocksBeach and GrassBeach ToughBucketsSea GrassSwimming 4
Swimming 3Swimming 2Swimming 1Private BeachPrivate Beach 2Charley Beach

Cape Cod 2011, a set by dmhergert on Flickr.

Flora Breakfast for Champs!

Flora K Breakfast by dmhergert
Flora K Breakfast, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Flora Kindergarten

Flora K 3 by dmhergert
Flora K 3, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Look who is REALLY the only one listening to the teacher!

Flora with BFF Ruby

Flora and Ruby K by dmhergert
Flora and Ruby K, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Flora Starts Kindergarten Sept 1, 2011

Flora K 4 by dmhergert
Flora K 4, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.