BELTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC.
P. O. Box 1144, Belton, MO 64012
Newsletter 2 Volume XXXV April 2015
Greetings Everyone! SPRING has SPRUNG ! What a great time of the year. There are signs of new life, little birds are building their nests and you realize that the dark clouds of winter will soon be behind us, HURRAH. The city of Belton had their yearly ST. Patrick’s day parade with all of the floats. The school band, and the crowds of onlookers lining the streets. Jake and Allen Jones families were Grand Marshals. The weather was just beautiful. We had a reopening of the Museum on Mar. 7th. We had a good number of visitors touring the museum , receiving refreshments and picking up a free raffle ticket for a basket of Starbuck items , donated by Pam Powell (thank you Pam). Else where in this Newsletter is a picture of the winner. The Docents are once again in their places, with a few new ones coming on board: Janna Dillon, Pam and Robert Powell and Dodie Maurer. Thanks to all of you for your time and effort to help keep our Museum open. If anyone out there would like to join us, give Sandy McNeil or myself a call 816-331-2431 or 816-331-1905
Wishing you a happy Spring season Your Pres
UPCOMING MAIN STREET EVENTS
TH Saturday – Downtown Belton Main Street Car 4
TH Saturday – Downtown Belton Main Street Car
th FARMERS MARKET BEGINS through September
14th Main Street Car Show 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
– 20th COMMUNITY DAYS
20th COMMUNITY DAYS PARADE
TH Saturday – Downtown Belton Main Street Car
Photo complements of the
North Cass Herald—Allen Edmonds
Renovation of the Presbyterian
Church is under way.....
BANK OF BELTON
END OF AN ERA
The fall of 2014 marks the end of an era in Belton. The Bank of Belton had been sold to “Central Bank of the
Midwest”. The Blair family no longer is involved in the day to day operation of the Bank, after a 130 year involve-
ment. The current branch manager is Gaye Penney Rankin a Belton resident for over 45 years.
The Bank of Belton, Belton, MO was organized and chartered on August 11, 1884 by Alexander Franklin Blair
and nine others. A meeting of the organizers July 23, 1884 found A. F. (Frank) Blair elected president and held that
office until his death on June 11, 1909. A Bank building was built at the corner of Main and Walnut in 1884 and was at
that location until a new building was built near Main and Cherry. In 1972, the Bank moved into their new building at
In 1887 James Franklin Blair joined his uncle, Alexander F. Blair, in the Bank of Belton. James served in vari-
ous capacities until his death 47 years later (1934). James’ son James Franklin, Jr. (Frank) joined the staff of the Bank
in 1931 and was involved until his death in 1996. James Franklin Blair III (Jim) and his wife Barbara were involved
in the day to day operations until the recent purchase.
The following is a list of the Belton Fire Chiefs since 1920;
however, the dates are incomplete. The Historical Society would
appreciate your help in filing in the dates needed.
CHIEF YEARS SERVED
CHIEF YEARS SERVED
H. K. Denkler 1970 – 1998
Richard Davidson 1999 – 2000
Steven F. Holle 2000 – 2014
Norman K. Larkey 2014 – Present
This information was obtained from the Fire Department.
Please help if you are able, any additional dates will be
forwarded to the Fire Department so that their records will
be complete. Thank you for your help.
OBITS - The following deaths of long time Belton Citizens have been reported since the last
Roy Dougan, 98, died January 16, 2015. Roy was born November 21, 1916 in Stillwell, KS. After
returning from World War II as a Naval personnel, he moved to Belton and joined the First Baptist
Church in 1945. He was a postal employee for 33 years and was a Farmers Insurance Agent for 25
years, he was the first Farmers Insurance Agent in Belton. Roy was preceded in death by his parents,
3 brothers, sister and wife of 68 years Alfreda M. Dougan. He is survived by his daughters, Sharon
Dougan and Glenna Jackson; 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Sharon Light, 70, died March 13, 2015. Sharon and her husband Gordon owned and operated Light’s
Car Wash and the Snack Shack. Sharon was born May 29, 1944 in Kansas City. She is survived by
her husband of 52 years Gordon, son Gordon, Jr. and daughter Donna Massey; 2 grandchildren and
George Merle Sowell, 92, died March 18, 2015. Merle was born December 25, 1922 in Mountain
Home, Arkansas. He was a World War II Navy veteran in the submarine service. Merle is survived
by sons James, David and Gary; 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Arthur A. Davis Jr. 75, died March 20, 2015 in Kansas City, MO. Mr. Davis was Superintendent of
Belton schools from 1976 through 1984. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann and 2 sons and their
Helen E. Beary, 84, died March 21, 2015. Helen was born to Marion and Alice Walton on the family
farm in Belton. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Harriett and Genevine Folk,
brother, Elmer Walton, husband Jack Beary and son Curtis Hitzelberger. She is survived by son
Steven, granddaughter and great granddaughter.
Henry Mucke 1948 -1958 per the Centennial Book
Bill Gochnauer 19?? -1964
SATURDAY AT THE NEW BELTON HIGH SCHOOL!
801 West North Ave
Belton High School All Class Reunion & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Cost is $12 if received by July 13, 2015
$15 for RSVPs received after July 13, 2015
Guest speakers at our April 26 meeting will be Denniele Bohannon and Janice Britz.
Denniele’s great-grandfather Almo O’Kell served as a medic in World War I and was
one of the many soldiers who never came home. Ms. Bohannon and Ms. Britz created
The Kansas City Star’s block-of-the-month quilt, “Remembering Almo,” to honor those
who served their country. They also have written a book about Almo’s WWI experiences.
Copies of the book will be available to purchase, and examples of the quilt will be
available for viewing.
This will be our first general membership meeting in 2015. There will be a short busi-
ness meeting beginning at 2:30 pm, followed by the program and light refreshments.
Make your check payable to Belton Educational Foundation and mail it with this form to
Belton High School – Doors open at 10:30 a.m., lunch served at noon.
Belton Educational Foundation 110 W. Walnut, Belton, MO 64012
Questions, call Wendy Murphy at (816) 348-1150
All classes welcome as we celebrate together with a special congratulations to the Class of 1965.
Attendee Name__________________________________ Maiden Name _________________
Belton Graduate? Yes ___ No ___ If Yes, Year --------------__________
Attendee Name_________________________________ Maiden Name _________________
Belton Graduate? Yes ___ No ___ If Yes, Year __________
Phone Number _____________________
Reservations accepted online at http://beltonfoundation.org/allclassreunion/
Tues & Thurs 1 to 4 pm
Sat 10 am to 1 pm
Call for information
Winner of the
PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR SUPPORT OF THE SOCIETY’S WORK BY MAILING
YOUR 2015 DUES. THANK YOU