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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
Take a trip down memory lane as bloggers Danny Batson and Gary Thomas recollect their experiences while growing up in the Chillicothe area. We hope our discussion starters, pictures, and articles will evoke your personal recollections of Chillicothe; we invite you to share your stories with all of us. So, let us discuss the days gone by and have fun!
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By Gary Thomas

Hi, I am Danny Batson (Knouse) and I am a lifelong resident of the Chillicothe area. I was born in 1951 and graduated from CHS in 1969. I took over my dad’s septic tank business that he founded in 1937. While I have been in every state ...

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Chillicothe: As We Remember

Hi, I am Danny Batson (Knouse) and I am a lifelong resident of the Chillicothe area. I was born in 1951 and graduated from CHS in 1969. I took over my dad’s septic tank business that he founded in 1937. While I have been in every state (except Hawaii and Maine), there is no place like home! I love taking pictures of old and unusual things and sharing them. There is beauty in everything, if we look for it. I have three Facebook pages filled with local pictures that may be of interest: “Where Has Danny Been,” Chillicothe Now,” and “Danny Batson”.

Hi, I am Gary Thomas and I was born just across from Central School in 1942. I graduated from CHS in 1960 and MU in 1964. After two years in Army, I completed a graduate degree at the University of Chicago in 1970. After working in software development for more than 40 years, I retired from Raytheon in 2007. I have an abiding interest in history and in researching past events, places, and people. My latest project is developing a history-based chronology for Livingston County from 1801-2000.

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THE MULE DRAWN STREET CARS by Mignon Sparling



One of my earliest memories of Chillicothe is of the mule drawn street cars. They furnished transportation around town, any place you wanted to go for five cents. When the streetcars reached the end of the line, they unhitched the two mules from the front of the car and hitched them to the other end and started back the other way.

I’ve heard a relative tell about what a thrill it was for her as a child to ride the railroad train to Chillicothe from Sumner where she grew up, and be met at the train by the mule drawn street cars. I especially remember her telling about how they rode the street car to the city park, which was the square in the middle of town (where the courthouse now stands) for a big fourth of July celebration. One of the main attractions of the fourth of July was the town band which played music from the “bandstand in the middle of the park.

When I was growing up, my mother and father and all of my brothers and sisters and I lived on the Lowe farm which was five miles northwest of town. My father was a school teacher as well as a farmer, and he wanted his children to have a good education, so we went to high school in town, even though it meant walking the five miles some of the time or riding horseback the rest of the time.

Mama said it was the Four Hundred who used the streetcars the most; she explained that “The Four Hundred” was a slang term but it meant the society ladies of the town who would dress up in their fanciest clothes and ride across town to their Ladies Aid meetings, their teas, and their newly organized social clubs.

The streetcars went down Walnut Street to the fair grounds which are now the County Club golf links; they traveled to the end of Fair Street which was the Normal School, (later Chillicothe Business College), they went to both depots and met every train, and came around the square. Locust and Webster were the most traveled streets, and each time the street cars went through town they stopped at the Leeper Hotel (now the Lambert), which was the meeting place for everybody in town.

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