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

July 2015: Newsletter 3 Volume XXXV

Posted by Jason W on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 at 2:00 AM

Hi to everyone out there
     As I write this note to all of you, Summer has settled in.  Hot and Humid!  Oh well, I am not complaining after the winter we had.  This is Missouri!  The Museum is rather slow.  There are a few visitors trickling in and our faithful Docents are there.  Thank you for your faithfulness.  Community days have come and gone.  There was the Parade with all of the floats, th Belton High School Marching Band was there and another home schooler band attended.  Really good all in all; it was a real nice Parade.  Beltonites always turn out for a Parade.  The streets were lined on both sides.  The museum was opened and we had a few visitors.  The Museum will take part in the Belton Fall Festival in Sept. and we will have First Friday Coffee in Dec.  Our Board meeting is July 9th and the General meeting is July 26th.  Look elsewhere in this Letter for the Program and for other happenings in the coming months.  I would like to thank Sand McNeil and Karen Fletcher for their time and efforts putting this News Letter out Thanks so much.  I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July, also remember what this Day was all about and what the Flag means to our country.  It's a GRAND OLD FLAG.
     I will write again in Oct.


Your Pres.
Norma Nelson






When Carry A. Nation started swinging her hatchet across the plains of Kansas, the anti-saloon movement was a mere weakling. She transformed it into a militant giant that eventually put the 18th Amendment into the Constitution. From about 1901 until her death in 1911, she carried her rock-throwing, ax-wielding, Bible-reading crusade against alcohol into 48 states and England, Scotland and Mexico.



It was her wish to be buried in Belton next to her parents. In 1924 Belton members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union raised $500 to erect the stone monument which is there today. The inscription reads "Faithful to the Cause of Prohibition, She Hath Done What She Could." The original wooden marker is on display in the museum. In 1991, the Historical Society purchased an elegant horse-drawn hearse believed to have brought Carry's body to her final resting place. It is on display in the custom Carriage House next to the museum.





Upcoming Main Street Events

4th Saturday — Downtown Belton Main Street Car Cruise


1st Saturday — All Class Reunion
1st Tuesday — National Night Out
4th Saturday — Downtown Belton Main Street Car Cruise


11th & 12th  FALL FESTIVAL
4th Saturday — Downtown Belton Main Street Car Cruise


4th Saturday — Downtown Belton Main Street Car Cruise
31st  Trick or Treat on Main (Halloween on Main Street)




Don't miss out on our July General Meeting.  Sunday July 26th at 2:30 PM at the Museum.


Our Guest Speaker is Robert Weiss.  He will talk with us about the national WWI Museum and Memorial.  His talk will include a PowerPoint Presentation and he will be available to answer questions after his program.




June 27, 2015
The following deaths of long time Belton Citizens have been reported since the last newsletter:


Rebecca Mary Wilhite Kerige, 91, died March 28, 2015 in Grand Prairie, Texas.  Becky was born December 30, 1923 in Garden City, MO.  Becky graduated from Belton High School.  She married Tom E. Krieg September 6, 1946 and was married 49 years.  Becky worked as a Bookkepper for many years.  She loved sewing, traveling, playing bridge, and the symphony.  She is survived by sons George Krieg, Paul Krieg and daughter Fran Krieg Todd; 3 grand-daughters; 4 great-grandchildren; brother Lee Wilhite.


George R. Raupp, 95, died April 12, 2015.  George was born December 3, 1919 in Kansas City, MO to Max and Anieta Raupp.  George was founding member of Bannister Bank and owner of Raupp Realty and member of the Belton Historical Society.  George is survived by his wife of 73 years Gladys Huggins Raupp; daughter Jill Noyce, son Tom Raupp; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-granddaughters and brothers Rober and Neal.


John E. Deere, 68, died April 18, 2015.  John was born June 7, 1946 in Grandview, MO and graduated from Belton High School.  John worked at Bill's Auto Supply/NAPA Auto Parts 42 years until his retirement in 2008.  He was a classic car enthusiast and loved to travel.  John was preceded by his father George and mother Johnnie Deere.  He is survived by his wife Rita, daughter Stacy, son Steven; sister Vickie Forbes, brother J. T. McArthur, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as cousins and friends.


Betty Wise Herrick, 89, died May 3, 2015.  Betty was born July 25, 1925 in Kansas City, MO.  Betty taught English, history and elementary music in Peculiar, Raymore and Belton; she wrote the Gladden Elementary school song and led the student group call the "G Sharps".  Betty is preceded in death by her parents Jesse J. and Adela Knecht Wise, brother Jesse, James, Stanley Wise, husband Verne A. Herrick.  She is survived by daughter Jean Ann, son Doug, grandson Wyn, sister Dorothy Looney, in-laws Eunice Burger, Irma Herrick, Dave Lang, cousings, nieces and nephews.


Louis Wilckens (Lou), 75, died May 8, 2015.  Lou was born in Warrensburg, MO to Willis and Ethel Wilckens.  He taught science in the Belton School District for 39 years.  Lou is preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife Linda, daughters Laura and Lisa; six grandchildren; one great-grandson and brother James Wilckens.


Denise Bichel, 51, died May 5, 2015.  Denise was born September 15, 1963 in Winterset, Iowa to Dennis & Sheenie McDonald.  Denise was the owner of "Life Thyme Botanicals" a store specializing in herbs, spices, teas and essential oils on Main Street since 2002.  She is survived by her husband Jeff; daughters Emily & Jenny, son Curtis; grandchildren Joshua, Addison & Havilah; her parents and siblings, Terri, Darin and Matt.


Donald C. Webber, 64, died May 6, 2015.  Don was born November 30, 1951 in Harrisonville, MO to Ruth and Kenneth Webber and graduated Belton High School in 1970.  He retired from MODOT after 28 years of service and was a volunteer firefighter for the Belton Fire Department.  Don is survived by his sons Joseph and Christopher, 2 granddaughters, as well as nephews, nieces and cousins.