The Belton Historical Society
P.O Box 1144 | Belton, MO 64012 | 816-322-3977

January 2015: Newsletter 1 Volume XXXV

Posted by Jason W on Friday, 02 January 2015 at 1:00 AM

A Happy New Year to all of you!

2014 was a good year here at the museum, and I am looking forward to an even better 2015.

I would like to take this time to give a GREAT BIG THANKS to each of you, that took your time and effort to make 2014 such a good year. I really appreciate all of you. The Museum will be closed until Mar 1st. 2015. We plan to have a Grand Opening at that time, goodies and all.

We will not have a general meeting in January. Our next general meeting will be April 26th 2015 starting at 2:30 p.m. The program will be announced later.

See you then!

Your Pres.

Norma Nelson

Museum Hours:

Closed for Winter

Re-opening March 1st

Call for information: 816-331-1905

Thank you for the large number of recipes that were provided!!

The Historical Society Cookbook is in the publishing stages and we hope to have it ready for sale in the Spring.


OBITS - The following deaths of long time Belton Citizens have been reported since the last newsletter:

Wilma Corene Long, 87, died September 29, 2014. Wilma was born October 16, 1926 in Cassville, MO. She had been a resident of the Belton/Raymore area since 1957. She retired from the Belton Schools with 28 years of service in the business offices in 1987. Wilma was a member of the Belton United Methodist Church, the Southland Chorale and volunteered at Research Belton Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband Curtis Gene Long. She is survived by her daughter Sally and son John; three granddaughters and brother Richard Linebarger.

Charles (Chuck) Nethaway, 70, died October 22, 2014 in VA. Chuck was born November 21, 1943 in Oklahoma City, OK to Charles D. and Betty Rowland Nethaway. Chuck graduated from Belton High School in 1961 and went on to further his studies at the University of Missouri, University of Texas and University of Colorado where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. As a linguist he graduated from the Defense Language Institute West Coast while serving in the U.S. Army. Chuck was preceded in death by his wife Carol and son Daniel. He is survived by his mother Betty, brother Rowland, daughters Stephanie Cruickshank, Alpha Morris and sons Erik, Stefan; step-daughter Erin Flanner and 5 grandchildren.

Ruth E. Cleveland, 93, died October 20, 2014 in Joplin, MO. Ruth was born June 19, 1921 in Pratt, KS. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond. She is survived by her daughters Jerry Haas, Jeanne Bernstein and Cindy Ketchum; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.



Jane Eleanor Turner Dodson, 95, passed away October 6, 2014 in Ormond Beach, FL. She was born October 11, 1918 to William and Lyda Turner in Amherst, MA. Jane was a graduate of Belton High School in 1936 and Park College, Parkville, MO in 1940. A celebration of Life was held at the Eagles Landing Golf Course.

On December 11, 1941, Jane married the love of her life, Albert LeRoy Dodson (Al) in Honolulu, HI. As the wife of career Navel Officer, Jane lived in numerous posts in the United States and foreign countries. Jane and Al were stationed at North Island in Coronado, CA; Corpus Christi, TX; Annapolis, MD; Kaneohe, Oahu, HI Newport, RI; Oak Harbor, WA; Arlington, VA; back to Coronado, CA to Norfolk, VA to Kodiak Island, AK (where they were stationed during the 9.2 magnitude 1964 Good Friday earth-quake) and finally to Memphis, TN. During her years as a Navy wife, she did many hours of volunteer work with the Navy Relief, after receiving her 5,000 Hour Pin in 1958, she stopped counting her hours. She was proud of many accomplishments of running thrift shops, establishing a children’s library, knitting for the layette committee and holding several offices in the Officers’ Wives Club.

Jane was actively involved with several community groups, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Belton Historical Society (President 1995 - 1996), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Park College Alumni Council and local Parkinson’s support group. She enjoyed maintaining a display table at the Foxwood library and participating in the Foxwood Computer Club.

Jane is survived by her sons, James (Jim), William (Bill) and Joseph (Joe), their wives; nine grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren

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There is no general meeting in January.  The next general meeting will be held in April.


President Norma Nelson

First V-P Denise Grow

Second V-P Debbie Maurer

Recording Sec Mona Snoderly

Treasurer Ed Maurer

Corres Sec Sandy McNeil


Darin Jones (2015)

Dodie Maurer (2015)

Glen McNeil (2015)

Fred Buchanan (2016)

Mickey Tabor (2016)

Bill Brady (2016)

Peggy Dryden (2017)

Pamela Powell (2017)

Robert Powell (2017)