by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society
The Sni-A-Bar Voice, described as “a journal devoted strictly to the interests of Blue Springs and Eastern Jackson County”, was managed from approximately 1903 to 1911 by D.C. (Dave) Herrington of Blue Springs and son of M.M. Herrington of Grain Valley. According to Vol. XI dated January 5, 1911, publishers were Almae C. Hall, Editor and Manager, and William L. Hall, Asst. Editor.
The following snippets from past Novembers were extracted from film ordered from the State Historical Society of Missouri.
From the November 30, 1906 Edition:
Willie A. Adams and Miss Leora Smart married in Blackwell, Oklahoma Wednesday, November 28th. The groom, son of George A. Adams from Blue Springs. Mr. Adams is a brother of Mrs. Cora Fields Duncan of Liberty, MO.
Grain Valley felt the jar of the explosion Monday night. There was considerable excitement. A large quantity of powder and dynamite exploded supplies for a rock crusher about 12 miles from Blue Springs.
It was voted to have a Christmas tree at the Christian Church.
There is talk of a box supper at the school-house on Friday night before Christmas for benefit of a public library. Already have quite a collection of books from other box suppers.
From the October 29, 1915 edition:
Zed O. Webb is going out of business in Grain Valley, moving stock to Blue Springs by November 15.
From the November 26, 1915 edition:
Mrs. Sarah Frances Herrington, wife of M.M. Herrington, died at her home just north of Grain Valley, Sunday morning, November 14, after an illness of more than four months. She is survived by her husband, nine children, 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
From the November 9, 1917 edition:
Mr. and Mrs. Willis Lynch received word that their son Riley arrived in France.
And some advice from the December 1917 edition:
You will benefit yourself and help others by eating less sweets at Christmas time. Sugar is needed “over there”.
The next Historical Society Meeting will be held November 21, 2019. Join us for a pot luck dinner at 6:00pm followed by our program and meeting.
The Grain Valley Historical Society Museum is located at 506 South Main Street and online at www.grainvalleyhistory.com.