Squirell Tournament

The  Annual Fishing Dock Bar and Grill and the Drexel VFW post #4347 and Camp Valor will host their Annual Squirrel Tournament on Saturday, October 8TH t.

Sign-up will be at 6:00 am and weigh-in at 12:30 at the Fishing Dock 101 South West Outer Road in Archie. Entry fees are $20.00 per 2-person team with a $5.00 extra for the big Squirrel pot.

The  Annual Squirrel Tournament will be paying the top 3 places 60-30 and 10 percent of the total weight of 3 Squirrels. Heaviest Squirrel must be marked. The Big Squirrel Pot will be 100 percent payout. Squirrels must be harvested on the day of the tournament.  

Early sign-ups do not need to show up at 6 am.

To pre-register or for more information contact Bryan at the Fishing Dock or VFW member Jim Pierce 816-896-7016 Rain Date will be Saturday, October 8th TH..

50 Percent of all proceeds will go to the Drexel VFW and Camp Valor.

Papinville Historical Quilt to be Auctioned

                                       HISTORICAL QUILT TO BE AUCTIONED

A handmade quilt will be auctioned off at the Papinville Picnic September on 24th. It was to be auctioned last year at the Bicentennial celebration of Papinville and Missouri, but due to Covid outbreak, the picnic was canceled. The quilt blocks artwork was designed by Phyllis Stewart and the quilting was done by Jennifer Wheatley.

The quilt took two years to make and the artwork on the blocks is drawn and colored showing the history of Harmony Mission, Papinville, and the state of Missouri.  The quilt can be used as a wall hanging or quilt and can be washed or dry cleaned. The blocks in the middle are: Pawhuska “Chief of the Osage Indians”, Harmony Mission, and Missouri Map showing the rivers the missionaries traveled on to Papinville. The twelve blocks around the middle panel are: Osage Children in front of Harmony Mission, children in front of the type of Osage living quarters, Steamboat and Riverboat Landing, inside a Harmony cabin cooking, Civil War soldier, Old Bridge over the Marais des Cygnes River, Methodist Church, children walking to school, children in front of school, Griffin’s Store, inside the school with teacher and inside cooking a meal in the house after Civil War.

The quilt will be auctioned off at 4:30 p.m. If you would like to bid on the quilt be present at the time of bidding.  Better still come and enjoy the activities all afternoon, starting at 1:00 p.m. The Papinville Annual Picnic and all the activities will be held on Saturday, September 24th.

Harrisonville: Deadline Cash Raffle

The Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce has been selling raffle tickets for the past few months. The winner was to be announced on August 5th. The raffle deadline date has been extended to October 7th .

A maximum of 500 tickets must be sold before the winner will be drawn. Those purchasing tickets must be 21 years old to win.

Tickets continue to be for sale at $25.00 per ticket. This gives one prize of $2,500.00 to one lucky raffle ticket holder.

Get your Cash Raffle tickets from the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce by calling 816-380-5271 or see them online at HarrisonvilleChamber.com/cashraffle.

Ticket sale deadline extended to October 7th  2022.

Papinville: Week 6 of the History of Papinville


From 1900 to the present the businesses grew fewer and fewer. In last weeks story you read where the railroads were the new way of traveling and shipping. Papinville was starting to get smaller and people were moving to the newer towns to start a new business.

In the early 1900’-s Jake Schmidt had a store that handled drugs, medicines, and chemicals. George Raps store was located on the north side of Main Street and was general merchandise, barber shop, and blacksmith shop. The post office was also in this store until January 31, 1906 when it was transferred to Rockville, Missouri. The store closed in the 1930s and had served the people of Papinville very well.

There was a town hall where they presented plays and had entertainment. Elsie Strickland was the one that mostly directed the entertainment. You will learn more about the entertainment in the weeks to come.

The Griffin Store was another general merchandise store located on the south side of Main Street. When cars and tractors came on the scene a gasoline pump was put in at the front of the store. This was the hangout for the men to come to socialize and tell all kinds of stories. The store had a front porch and they all set around on benches and got the latest stories and did some whittling. The Griffins lived in the second story of the build. Mr. Griffin tried to keep up with the times,but his efforts failed and the store closed in the 1940’s. This was the last store in Papinville.

The Bennett house that set to the east of the river on Water Street, could really be called a business. Lottie was a weaver of both hair and carpets. She had attended Cottey College in Nevada and studied music and taught all the young ladies music on a pump organ. The organ is in the Papinville Museum. Ladies would bring their hair to Lottie and she would make hair pieces for the ladies to wear in their hair.

With more and more tractors, cars, and mechanical machines coming into use Papinville needed a machanic. Bud Coonce opened up a Repair Shop in the 1960s which was located across the street from his house on the corner of Market Street and Center Street. This was the last business in Papinville.  The latest business is not really in the town of Papinville, but to the south side of the town is Riverside Pecans that is open during the Pecan season owned by John and Phyllis Stewart.

This is the last story on the businesses of Papinville. The story next week will be on the different kinds of entertainment, church activities and memory stories from people that lived in Papinville. We hope you have marked your calendars for September 24th. When you take the tour you will receive a map of Papinville showing the places of the businesses to help you visualize the locations. Until next week for the rest of the story.