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

October 2015: Newsletter 4 Volume XXXV

Posted by Jason W on Sunday, 01 November 2015 at 1:00 AM

Hello everyone out there!

You might say this letter is my Swan Song; your next newsletter will be from a new President. I want all you to know how very honored I am to have served as your President these some 7 years. I feel as though we have accomplished much and it couldn’t have been done without all the support from every-one in the Society. Thank you so very much.

We are co-hosting with BCPI for First Friday Coffee for the Chamber of Commerce of Belton on December 4th. If you would like to help, please call me at 816-331-1905 or 816-536-6845. Thank you.

I would again like to thank the Docents for their help in keeping the museum open. By the way, we had more than 380 visitors at the museum during the Fall Festival days. Another big thank you to the Docents who helped pass out lemonade and cookies and to those who donated the cookies.

We are in need of Docents. If you know of anyone that would like to help, tell them to call me at 816-331-1905 or Sandy McNeil at 331-2431.

And now about the cookbook; it is at the printers and will be ready for sale by the middle of November. Look for the news elsewhere in this newsletter. A big thank you to all of those who worked on the recipes, to Karen Fletcher for all her help and especially a big thank you to Pam Powell for working so hard to bring it all together.

I will close for now. See you around.

Your Pres, Norma




24th Downtown Belton Main Street Car Cruise

31st Trick or Treat on Main (Halloween on Main Street)


7th Holiday Open House

7th Veteran’s Day Parade

27th Black Friday

28th Small Business Saturday

30th Mayor’s Tree Lighting



5th Christmas on Main Street


12th Christmas on Main Street


19th Christmas on Main Street



Don’t miss out on Our October general meeting

Sunday October 25 at 2:30 pm at the museum.

Rolland Love will be the program host.

He writes on the topic of the Ozarks


The following is the Slate of Officers presented by the nominating committee of the

Belton Historical Society for the year of 2016.



President Robert Powell Fred Buchanan (2016)

First V-P Denise Grow Mickey Tabor (2016)

Second V-P Debbie Maurer Bill Brady (2016)

Recording Sec Mona Snoderly Peggy Dryden (2017)

Treasurer Ed Maurer Opal Heaton (2017)

Corres. Sec Woodrow Dick Sally Smith (2017)

Past President Norma Nelson Darin Jones (2018)

Dodie Maurer (2018)

Glen McNeil (2018)



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

Terry Frazier, 73, died June 7, 2015 in Belton, MO. Terry was born March 31, 1942 in DeWitt, MO to Charles and Ellen Frazier. He was a lifelong resident of Belton and graduated from Belton High School. Terry is survived by his daughters Brandy and Michelle, four grandchildren, sister Laura Ansley, niece, nephew, great niece and great nephew. Mary Clayton, 94, died July 3, 2015 in Independence, MO. Mary was born September 22, 1920 in Dixon, Ohio to Fred B. and Nell Rhoda, moving to Belton in 1925. Mary attended Belton High School and UMKC. Her husband for 25 years preceded her in death. Mary is survived by her daughter Linda, step-sons Jim and Ken, 3 granddaughters and 6 great-grandchildren. Vicki Daniel, 68, died July 9, 2015 in Butler, MO. Vicki spent over 30 years working at The Belton Star Herald and The North Cass Herald in advertising; she started her career in high school with the school newspaper and yearbook. She also worked at the Nevada Daily Mail. Vicki is survived by her husband Alan, stepdaughter Lesley, Aunt Jacqueline and four grandsons. Phyllis Davis, 94, died September 15, 2015 in Merriam, Ks. Phyllis was born and raised in Richmond, VA. She was a military wife arriving at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base in 1959 and remained the rest of her life. Phyllis is survived by her daughter Diane Brown, son Arnold, 3 granddaughters, 1 grandson and 6 great-grandchildren. Janet Lane 82, died September 21, 2015. She is survived by her husband Bobby, son Gary, daughter Kathleen, 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, sister Joann Mosby and brother Jerry Savage. John S. Harrison, age 96, died on Saturday, September 19th at Cherish House in Cambria surrounded by his family. He is survived by his four children, Janet Cooper, Patti Harrison, James Harrison and John W. Harrison, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His parents, William & Mayme Harrison, his sister, Sara Mohr and his wife of 64 years, Mary S. Harrison, preceded him in death. He was a dedicated and loving father and will be deeply missed.


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Although Carnegie never lived in Belton, he called it his hometown and is buried, as are his parents, in the Belton Cemetery. His parents, J.W. and Elizabeth A. Carnegy (Carnegie changed the spelling of his name because so many people misspelled it) bought a farm in Belton in 1910 and Carnegie was a frequent visitor. He supplied the local newspaper with a series of his syndicated articles and made several personal appearances to benefit local groups. Museum visitors can listen to tapes of original radio broadcasts of his “Five Minute Biographies.” The Dale Carnegie Institute, Garden City, NY, Carnegie’s widow, the late Dorothy Rivkin, and Dale Carnegie Associates throughout the world contributed financially to the restoration of the building as well as for the oak display case featuring Carnegie memorabilia. A great deal of the display material was donated by Mrs. Rivkin and others associated with various Carnegie groups.