It’s Your Museum--Enjoy!
By Carolyn A. Larsen, Curator

The first knowledgeable person to call was
“Skip” Gatschet who told me that the tool in the
picture was a ‘nail puller’. Next Frank Riddle
called to tell me the same thing and said if I
would like, he would come show us how it
works. Please do, Frank, we are curious. His call
was followed by four more, two of them from
ladies who knew what the tool was; one of them
said she has one and uses it frequently. Don
Wright, now of St. Joseph but formerly of Weston
also called to tell me what the tool was. Thank
you all, so much for enlightening this gal and all
of us at the museum. See, we can learn
something new.
Is there anyone around who can tell us anything
about Cleopatra Weigman? She was a very
talented lady not only as a pianist but also as a
writer of music and a talented, self-taught artist.
She is kin to the Weigman family of Weston and
also to the Woodring family. The newspaper
morgue seems to have nothing on her, but we
are curious and would love to find out all the
particulars such as birth, parents, marriage,
children, death, burial, etc.? The number to call
is 816-668-9986 or 816-386-2977 or stop by
some afternoon and give us what you know.
Thank you.
On a recent Sunday, Josh and Jane Walruff
chose to visit Weston and our museum. Josh left
a note to tell us he is kin to the A.F. Walruff who
was five times a mayor of our fair city as well as
being involved in the Weston Royal Brewery.
While at the brewery, A..F. was once gifted with a
goat he named ‘Capramus’. The goat was well
taken care of at the brewery and some years
later died and was given a nice burial.
Also noted as a visitor was Chris Helvey who
wrote that he was the grandson of one of the
Wells’ who lived in Weston for many years.
Ray Kirk III and his wife also visited the weekend
they were here for the dedication for his brother,
Ed, of the caboose near City Hall.   
Weston citizens taking the time to visit the
museum this year number over 120. That is up
from past years. Thank you so much. Hope you
enjoyed your visit and will come again. Bring
friends, family, etc.
Any and all of you who are in any way interested
in history should join us for the annual dinner of
the Weston Historical Society. You do not need to
be a member. You do not need to know anybody,
be famous, wealthy or healthy or wise. You just
need to want to join us for the dinner and
program. It will be Sunday, Nov.16, 2008 starting
at 5:30 p.m. Held in the dining hall of the Weston
Methodist Church, the meal will be catered by the
Avalon. Cost for the meal is $16.00.
The evening’s program will be a talk by Kelvin
Crow, Assistant Command  Historian for the
Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth,
who will talk about the many connections and
long relationship between Weston and Fort
Reservations are needed. Please send them to
The Weston Historical Museum, P.O. Box 266,
Weston, Mo. 64098 or call the President of the
Museum, Diza Eskridge. Please join us. We’d
love to see you there!
The Historic town of Weston has
many popular events scheduled
throughout the year.  
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It’s Your Museum--Enjoy!
By Carolyn A. Larsen, Curator

CCC Camp
Once I found that there had been a CCC Camp
in Platte City my inquiring mind started searching
for information about the camp. Unfortunately I
have not found much, but will share what I have
thus far.
July 5, 1935 “Bennett Doran who recently
enrolled in the Missouri CCC stationed at Fort
Leavenworth spent last Friday evening with
home folks. He left Monday for Arkansas where
the government will establish a new camp.
George Clark of Weston also enrolled in the
CCC and left for Arkansas on Monday.”
Sept. 25, 1936 brought us this about the CCC: “A
letter from the son of Basil Turner and the late
Alma Carrico Turner, who is in a CCC Camp
Applegate at Ruch, Oregon, gives some
interesting as well as enlightening information
about this splendid system which keeps young
men in employment of instructive nature. The
young man left Weston in November, 1935 and
since that time has achieved many things in
different environments.
Basil, Jr., reports that their camp has the record
of having the lowest amount of fires on record for
the Rogue River National Forest. He was a truck
driver until recently, when he was given the job of
Company Clerk. “There is a great opportunity to
work into higher fields for a person who puts
effort behind his plans, especially here in the
CCC.” he concludes his letter in which he spoke
of folks from all over the country coming together
in the pages of  The Chronicle.
An issue dated November 4, 1940 tells us this:
“Thirty-three members of the Weston Business
Men’s Club were hosts to fourteen officers of the
CCC Personnel stationed at Platte City Monday
evening in the old Weston Distilling Co.’s park.
Seventy pounds of barbecued meat were served.
W.B. Hull gave the address of welcome; Jim
Whitted, president, introduced the officers. Talks
were made by Capt. Edmondson, Supt. Moyer
and Dr. Freeman.
There are two hundred boys in the camp who
presently work in conservation in the county. The
boys are privileged to attend school, either
finishing their elementary work, if they had not
been fortunate enough to get it previously or
taking High School work, all of which is
recognized by the Mo. State School Dept.
The CCC gives boys not fortunate enough to
secure either work or more schooling, an
opportunity. They sign up for six months’ periods,
with the privilege of reentering for a second
The officers expressed their appreciation of the
courtesy shown them, saying it was the first time
they had been so entertained in six and a half
Some time back, you may remember, I found
and shared with you an item about a murder in
the CCC Camp in Platte City.
Though the foregoing articles say “boys” there
were a number of men in the camps and some
were of the ’rough and tumble’ type characters.
However, for the most part the CCC was good for
the men/boys and good for the country at the
If anyone with any information about the CCC
Camp in Platte City would care to share with us,
the number is 816-668-9986 or write us at P.O.
Box 266, Weston, MO 64098. Even better, you
could come visit us personally at your museum.
We’d love to see you and your smilin’ face!
By Carolyn A. Larsen, Curator

While moving things about in order to make
more room for items, we found what looked like
a block of wood approximately 13 inches long,
five inches wide and three inches tall. On one
long side it has about ten holes about the size of
a slender cigar. On the other side it reads “The
Miller Dubrul & Peters Mfg. Co., U.S.A. It also
says Patented Nov. 24, 1914.
This item turned out to be a cigar press an
instrument used in the manufacturing of cigars,
oddly enough. Mr. Charles F. Kramer of
Leavenworth, Ks, donated it to your museum.
There was nothing else to give us much of an
idea as to how it works. However, if you wonder
what it has to do with Weston, I’ll give you a bit of
a run down.
Weston, at one time, actually had three cigar
factories. One of these came along early about
August 2, of 1901. “J.B. Hull, after going over the
red tape route of the government, has his cigar
factory in operation and will soon have hand
made cigars on the market. He does not intend
selling at retail, as most merchants handling
cigars will see his brands.“
In The Weston Chronicle of December 12, 1913
we read about another cigar factory: “W. E. Welch
of Nevada has located in our midst and started a
cigar factory on the second floor of the Rumpel-
Bless building. Mr. Welch is an expert at his
trade and he thinks there is room here for such
an enterprise. If one-half of our smokers will
smoke his cigars this factory will grow.”
An article dated August 25, 1925 says: “ One of
the latest additions to Weston is the Cigar factory
of J.A. Artlip. It is meeting with considerable
success and so far has been unable to keep up
with home consumption. He contemplates
putting on more workmen so as to be able to
supply neighboring towns. The only brand so far
put out is “True Blue” and it is beyond a doubt the
best nickel cigar on the market. It is a home
product. Mr. Artlip should be encouraged by all
the smokers in town.”
So, there you have it. I hope that soon we will
have it on display in your museum.
In a Weston Chronicle issue dated August 25,
1905 this was found “M.R. Searcy, who was
recently awarded the contract to build a five-foot
wall along the east line of the Weston High
school property, commenced on the same the
first of the week. Marion is a good workman and
will push this job to completion as rapidly as
possible.” Could this have been the old dry-laid
wall, I wonder?
Are you sticking close to home these days due to
the price of gas? Want something to do with your
family that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Yep! I’
m thinking now would be a good time to bring in
the whole family for a stroll through our yours)
and (mine lovely museum. We have something
for everyone. There are toys, guns, swords,
dishes, dolls, clothing of the 1920’s uniforms,
tools, etc. And best of all perhaps, it doesn’t cost
a cent! You could visit here, go downtown later
for a meal or an ice cream cone, a cup of tea and
view lots of art work, photographs, and much
more. You could later take the children to the
Weston Park and relax while they tear around
using the playground equipment, the basketball
court, and/or the tennis court.
What a great way to spend an easy,
uncomplicated day with little or no expense!
Whatever the reason, c’mon in, we’d love to see
your smilin’ faces!
Weston Historical Museum
601 Main Street - Weston, MO  64098
a German Lithograph painted late 1800's, depicts Weston, Mo when the town was a busy river port
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