Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of the Knox County Historical Society will be September 18, 2018.  Time and place to be announced.

The museum will be open 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM each Saturday until September 8.






































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19 Responses to Next Meeting

  1. Jo Leftwich says:

    We have pictures of the Boots And Shoes store in Hurdland, owned by Clarence Surry’s grandfather. We have not found any living relatives to give these pictures to. If interested, please contact Jo or Marie at Thank you!

  2. Marie Larson says:

    I have a picture of my great grandfather as a teenager with a bunch of other young men all dressed up for an official portrait of some sort. He lived in Knox City but I can’t guarantee that was where the portrait was taken. Most likely it was taken somewhere between 1898 to 1900 or so…I’m wondering if there is anyone I could send a copy to in order to see if anyone dealing with local history would know what it was about…I would imagine there are other copies floating around…

    • Dear Marie

      If you e-mail me a copy of the photo I will take it to the next meeting.


      John Webb

    • Dear Marie
      I haven’t heard from you so I wonder if I did everything correctly.
      I will be happy to take a copy of the photo to the next meeting if
      you can e=mail me a copy.


      John Webb

    • Byron Wolter says:

      I grew up at Knox City. I might be able to help. My great grandfather owned several buildings from 1800s into the 1900s.

      • Byron

        Thank you for your recent note. What years did you live in Knox City? Presently, the Historical Society is busy moving into a house from the previously cramped Museum in the courthouse.

        Best regards

        John Webb

      • Carmen Chilson says:

        Do you have any connection to George Herbert Wolter, son of Fred Wolter? I was told George raised one of my family members, Andrew Vandolah, went by “Andy” Andy’s father had died and his mother’s mind went bad so she was sent to Fulton mental home.

      • I have received your emails. Will try to collect information and get back to you. It will probably take 1-2 weeks.

        John Webb

      • Carmen, I have gotten clippings from the Edina Sentinel regarding the Benner family. They keep a file of each family. I think I have located pictures of the hotel and Benner School but won’t get them for a few days.

        Byron Wolter is interested in Knox City history and may be able to help you regarding Andrew Vandolah. His email adress is

        If I could get your address, I would rather mail the information that I have.

        Best Regards

        John Webb

      • Byron

        Carmon Chilson is inquiring about George Herbert Wolter raising a relative of hers,Andrew Vandolah. I have taken the liberty of giving her your email address . Her email is cchilson

        Best Regards
        John Webb


  3. Marie Larson says:

    John, I finally got the picture emailed yesterday…hopefully you got it and could read it. Thank you for your kind offer…we’ll see if anyone recognizes anyone and knows what it is about. I emailed a little bit of explanation with the picture.

  4. Rob Mizner says:

    In 1919, the state of Missouri appropriated money to erect World War I memorials in each county. I located the mult-war Knox County Veterans Memorial. Can the Historical Society provide details on the location of the WWI monument in Knox County.

    Web site has initiated a motorcycle ride program where the rider tries to visit as many WWI statues as possible by October 31. My goal is to visit a WWI monument in every county of Missouri.

  5. Christy says:

    Are there any old photos of the old hotel on Lafayette Street from its “glory” days available?
    Also, have there (or are there) any plans to try and restore some of the eye sores downtown? Please email answer so I don’t miss it!

    • Christy

      We have a picture of the hotel but our copy is not good enough to send. I will try to get it done next week.

      Not much is being done to restore the old buildings in Edina. The TJ Lycan building was supposed to be used for a business but nothing has happened.

      Best Regards

      John Webb

  6. Mark Reischling says:

    Researching Reischling families seen in 1870 (Charles and family) and 1900 (Michael and family) Knox county federal census as well as Greensburg Township map circa 1900 (Michael Reischling parcel). Thanks for any information / assistance. Mark Reischling, Petaluma, CA

    • April 6,2016

      Have seen your request. Will see what I can find out in next week or two.

      • Mark Reischling says:

        Thanks for looking into the Charles and Michael Reischling (families) connection with Knox county. Have learned about Antwerp, Belgian connection with Missouri settlers circa 1845-1900. My relatives came over on the “Mountaineer” which embarked on September 6, 1853 from Antwerp, Belgium and arrived in New Orleans on December 7, 1853. My guess is they then steamed up the Mississippi to Canton or maybe as far up as Dubuque before disembarking? I assume the county has a sizable number of German, Belgian, Irish surnames of immigrants who settled and are buried there.

    • Dear Mark

      Found a small amount on Michael F. Reischling. Joseph Reischling is buried at St. Aloysius Catholic cemetery in
      Baring, Mo. lists his father as Michael F. Reischling buried in St. Mary’s cemetery in Adair, Mo. Adair was a small village in Adair County,Mo. a short distance from Greensburg township Knox County Mo. A short obituary is listed at each sight.
      M. Reischling owned 100 acres in Lyon township Knox County,Mo. in 1876.
      Did not find information on Charles Reischling.

      Best Regards

      John Webb

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