Williamsburg Villager

Williamsburg Villager

M.U. Girls Basketball

Many of you know the M.U. girls basketball team has done quite well this basketball season.

The regular season is about over at this time and they have won over 20 games. The Cunningham girls, Lindsey and Sophie’s grandparents live on the western edge of the Prairie. Paul and Sissy Primus moved to their present farm in 1971 and raised three children Paula, Stacey and Jon. All three attended Williamsburg Elementary School and participated in the Jr. High sports program. From Williamsburg School they attended North Callaway High School and participated in High School sports.

On February 4, 2016 Paula and Stacy were 2 of the first 10 individuals into the North Callaway Hall of Fame.

The Cunningham sisters are the Daughters of Paula and Jim Cunningham of Columbia, MO.

They attended Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, MO. Both girls have been starters for the M.U. Women’s team all year.

The girls playing has sparked an interest in women’s basketball that we haven’t seen in a long


Go Lindsey – Go Sophie and M.U.!!

Kingdom of Callaway Supper

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

For generations, Callawegians have been gathering every year to share in the warmth of community spirit through ice storms, blizzards, and wars. The Kingdom Supper has continued since 1906. The 111th Kingdom of Callaway Supper housing President Ron Atkinson will be held on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, at William Woods University in Fulton, MO.

Tickets are $15.00 each and can be purchased at any of the following locations: Bank Star One, the Callaway Banks, United Security Banks, Callaway County Chambers of Commerce, Crane’s Store in Williamsburg, and Short Stop in Millersburg, MO.

The traditional menu of Honey Cured Ham, Kingdom of Callaway Turkey, Dressing, Gravy,

Cranberries, Salad, Rolls, Chocolate Cake, Apple Pie, Assorted Fruits, Coffee and Tea will be served.

The Dinner will be served at Tucker Dinning Hall on the William Woods College campus beginning at 7:00pm.

Following the dinner, a program will be held in Dulany Auditorium at William Woods.

Watch the Fulton Paper for more information on the program.

News of the Village

 March Specials at Lynda’s – Candles 20% off. Winter Gear, Scarves and Purses 20% off Help Support Local Small Business’ and Save “Bucks”!

 MO Fur Trappers Association – The fur trappers association held an auction on Sat. February 20, 2016, in the Merchant’s Building at Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Montgomery City, MO. Fur buyers from all over the State of MO and many other States were bidding on some rare furs.

Now this year was a sale on taxidermy items.

 Congratulations to Marlene Parker, Barbara Mann and Rylan Mann for receiving the Evelyn Bedell Award from the Old Auxvasse Nine Mile Presbyterian Church. This award is given by the Missouri Union Presbytery for individual services to their local congregation. The award is named after Evelyn Bedell who was a pastor at the Bellflower Presbyterian Church after going back to the seminary at age 72 to become a member.

Pastor Tom Buzbee made the presentations.

 North Callaway’s First Hall of Fame Induction – Congratulations to the first group of former student athletes of North Callaway to be inducted into the newly created “Hall of Fame”. The following were inducted on Friday February 5, 2016 at the North Callaway High School in

Kingdom City, MO: Duane Quick, Mike Love, Tom Christensen, Paula Primus (Cunningham), Stacy Primus (Hoffman), Misty Vermette (Wilson), Jake Baumgartner, Darren Bauldwin, Sarah Stinger (Baumgartner), and Samantha Heck.

 Boy Scout Sunday – Boy Scout Sunday was held at the first Presbyterian Church in Fulton, MO on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Several scouts and their leaders from group 50 and troop 51 were all to attend.

The scouts had also planned a Ski Trip to the St. Louis area on Sunday, February 14, 2016. They met at the scout cabin in Fulton at 7:00am. It had snowed the night before, the roads were slick at this time and the leaders called the Ski Trip off. The scouts are looking forward to this activity at another date.

 Fat Tuesday Dinner – Our local community of Nine Mile Prairie held its annual “Fat Tuesday Dinner” at the Williamsburg Community Center on Tuesday February 9, 2016. This dinner is held the Tuesday before LENT starts on Wednesday. The main dish is spaghetti and the families bring dessert. This year the weather cooperated and we had a very good turn-out.

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the Old-Auxvasse Nine Mile Presbyterian Church here in Williamsburg held its annual Ash Wednesday service. This service has been held in Williamsburg for many years.

Joe’s Corner


For the past four issues of the Villager I have had articles about milk products, such as cream separators, milk bottles, churners, and butter molds.

This issue the picture shows different shapes and kinds of butter dishes. After the butter had been shaped in the butter mold, it was placed in a butter dish and put on the table with a butter knife. Butter dishes come in many different shapes, sizes, and made from many different materials.

Most of the butter dishes you find now are made into some type of pattern glass and most will be clear glass.

We have a few different sizes and shapes on display in the museum, come by and look around.

Sunday Specials

March 6th – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Veggie and a Roll $8.99

March 13th – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Veggie and a Roll $8.99

March 20th – Ham Steak, Buttered Potato, Veggie, and a Roll $8.99

March 27th – Happy Easter! We will be closed.

Also — March 17th — Corn beef, Cabbage, Red Potatoes, and a Dinner Roll $TBA

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Virginia Atkinson and Mary Nance.

Virginia passed away at her home in Kingdom City on February 14, 2016, at the age of 82.

She was married T.J. Atkinson in January 1952. Along with Virginia’s mother and their son, they operated Gasper’s Truck Stop in Kingdom City.

Virginia spent her teenage high school hears in Williamsburg, living in the white house just across the highway from the museum.

After being married, the family lived in the Kingdom City area.

Mary Nance is another community member we lost on February 14, 2016. She had lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Steve Gray for over 20 years. Mary was interested in all kinds of sewing handwork. She was always working on a quilt, either piecing a top or quilting the quilt itself. She made many beautiful quilts and other pieces of handwork.

We will miss both of these fine ladies.


Our joke is courtesy of the book Help, Lord! I’m Having a Senior Moment by Karen O’Connor…

Butter Up

Dear God:

I need to talk to you about something. I think I’m losing it — really.

It all started when Dr. Simpson called my husband into his office after his physical exam.

“John, your cholesterol count is close to 300,” the doctor said. “I recommend you cut down on the eggs and hold the butter. Avoid the saturated fats, too. We’ll check again in three months.”

Easy for the doctor to say, right, Lord? He doesn’t even live at our house. We love butter. No hydrogenated margarine for us. We like the real thing. Butter on toast, on rolls, on sweet buns after church on Sunday.

Of course, I don’t have to give it up. My cholesterol count is just fine: 170. So there, Doctor So-and-so! I thought.

But then a pang of guilt overtook me. I should support my husband, I mused. If he can’t have butter for a while, then perhaps I need to give it up, too. Then I decided the best thing to do was keep it out of sight — put it somewhere he’d never think to look. I made up my mind. I’d find the perfect hiding place for my stick of butter.

But now I think I’m the one who needs a doctor — for my mind! Last night I rushed around the house after preparing for my weekly Bible study and finally got everything together that I needed for class. I even fixed dinner for John before I dashed out to the car with only minutes to spare. I took a deep breath, reached into my purse for the car key — and suddenly my fingers sank into something soft and oily. You guessed it. A stick of butter! The one I had bought at the store the day before. The one I smuggled out of the grocery bag (before John unpacked it) and into my purse — and then promptly forgot about until now!

DEAR LORD, aren’t we glad that you are our hiding place! We can run to you and be safe at any time. What comfort in the midst of all these senior moments.


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