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A History of Livingston County, Missouri

Published by The Livingston County Centennial Committee

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The Program

The Centennial program will be one of the best of its kind, not only in Missouri, but in the entire Middle West as well. The committee has provided many excellent free shows, a stupendous pageant, a splendid horse show, parades, and exhibits of which any community would be proud. Each day at union religious services, bishops and ministers of note will speak to the people. The large crowds which will attend the Centennial will find every type of entertainment.

The Centennial program opens Monday, September 13 at the Christian Church at 10:45 a. m. with union religious services. At this hour, Bishop John M. Moore of Dallas, Texas will speak. Bishop John Monroe Moore was born in Morgantown, Kentucky, in 1867. After receiving the degree of A. B. from Lebanon College, Ohio in 1887, he studied at Yale where he received the degree of Ph. D. in 1895, and the degree of D. D. in 1925. During the years of 1894 and 1895, he studied in the Universities of Leipzig and Heidelberg. In 1926, from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, he received the degree of LL. D., and from Wesleyan University at Middletown, Connecticut, the degree of Litt. D. Since 1887 he has been licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church South and has served in many of the leading churches of the United States. He has been managing editor of the Christian Advocate and secretary of Home Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. May 4, 1918, he was elected Bishop and appointed to Brazil where he served from 1918 to 1922. After his return to the States, he served as Bishop in several districts, and in 1927 he was elected secretary of the College of Bishops, Every important world session concerning his church has found Bishop Moore a, valuable member. He has written a number of important books, among them "Etchings of the East," "The South Today," "Brazil - An Introductory Study," and "Making the World Christian."

In the afternoon, opening exercises follow the parade of floats from organizations of Chillicothe. The speaker for the afternoon will be Senator Bennett Champ Clark. The well known Senator Clark, one of Missouri's most favored sons, is not only an able orator but he is also an outstanding critic of political, governmental, and business affairs. His father is the famous Senator Champ Clark who has spoken in Chillicothe on several occasions. Thus the Centennial will be officially opened from the reviewing stand on the public square. The crowning of the Queen of Livingston County is another feature of the Monday afternoon program. The museum display in the city hall will be opened at 2:00 o'clock by the City Federation. Each following day, the museum will be open to the public from 10:00 o'clock a. m. to 9:00 o'clock p. m. At 5:00 o'clock and again at 7:00 o'clock, free attractions uptown precede the horse show at the Kitten Ball Field, where seats have been constructed for 4,000 spectators. The committee from the American Legion in charge of the Calf and Horse Show is pictured.

The other members are: Glenn Hosman, M. F. Pendergast, Ray Patterson, C. J. Gaunce, F. M. McCall, A. R. Popham, Ross Dehner, Frank Bonderer, T. Pfaff, Fred Carlton, J. O. Hunt, and Bransford Crenshaw. Both Monday and Tuesday evenings there will be a parade of livestock from the prize winning groups judged in the afternoon. The horse show of September 13 includes fifty-five prizes, ranging from $10.00 to $1.00 for gaited saddle horses.

Tuesday, September 14, the second day of the Centennial, begins at 10 a. m. on the St. Joseph's Academy lawn, where Bishop LeBlond of the Roman Catholic Church will speak during a solemn mass. Bishop Charles Hubert LeBlond, whose home is in St. Joseph, Missouri, was born in Celina, Ohio in 1883. His preparatory education was in the Cathedral School, Cleveland and St. Ignatius High School where he graduated in 1901.Until 1909, he studied in

John Carroll University and St. Mary's Seminary. He was ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Church and became curate of St. John's Cathedral, Cleveland, in 1909. Bishop LeBlond has served as director of Catholic Charities in Cleveland.

Tuesday afternoon Centennial visitors may attend the stock judging contest at the Kitten Ball Field, or the free show uptown. In the evening the horse show finals at the Kitten Ball Field include fifty-five prizes, ranging from $30.00 to $1.50.

Wednesday morning the speaker for the union religious services at the Christian Church is Bishop Charles Larew Mead of Kansas City, Missouri. Bishop Mead was born in Vienna, New Jersey in 1868. From New York University he received the degree of A. B. in 1896, and from Syracuse, the degree of D. D. in 1907. In 1920 he received the degree of LL. D. from the University of Denver. Since 1895, when he was ordained in the ministry of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, he has served as pastor of many of the leading churches of the United States. In 1920, he was ordained Bishop. During the World War, he served for six months in France with the Y. M. C. A.

Following the elimination contests in the afternoon, winning high school bands from North Missouri will enter a final contest in the evening at the Kitten Ball Field. At 9:00 o'clock a magnificent display of fireworks will close the program for that day.

Thursday morning, at the Christian Church, Bishop Robert Nelson Spencer of Kansas City, Missouri, Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Western Missouri Diocese, will speak at 10:45 o'clock. Bishop Spencer was born in Tunnell, New York in 1877. From 1896 to 1899 he attended Dickinson College in Colorado. It was also from this school he received in 1931, the degree of D. D. In 1904, he graduated from the Kansas Theological School, and since that year has filled the pastorate of many of the great churches of the Middle West. On numerous occasions he has represented his church abroad. His contributions to current magazines include excellent articles of verse and prose. Frequently he lectures for summer college sessions. Bishop Spencer, who has spoken in Chillicothe on several occasions, is known and loved throughout our county.

Following the free acts of the afternoon, there will be a football game at 7:30 at the Chillicothe Business College Field. The second grand performance of the pageant, relating in pantomine the story of our county, will take place at 8 o'clock.

Friday, September 17, at 10:45 o'clock, Dr. S. Willis McKelvey, Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church of Kansas City, Missouri, will speak. Dr. McKelvey was born in Sparta, Illinois, in 1869. He received the degree of B. A. in 1894 from Monmouth College in Illinois, and the degree of D. D. in 1918. In 1897, he received the degree of B. Th., Xenia Seminary, Ohio, and in 1929, the degree of LL. D., Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Missouri. Since being ordained in the ministry of the United Presbyterian Church in 1897, he has served as pastor in many at the important churches of this country. He is a member of the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church of the United States, and a member of the Board of Directors of Missouri Valley College, and of the University of Missouri Bible College. Dr. McKelvey is the author of "The Church - Its Privileges," "The Flag - The Meaning of the Red, The White, The Blue," and "The Essential Spirit of Jesus."

At 1: 30 p. m. there will be a parade of all the school children of the county. This will be one of the most interesting parades of the Centennial.

The free acts of the afternoon will be followed in the evening by a high school football game at the Chillicothe Business College field. At 8: 00 o'clock the pageant, "Drum Beats," at the Kitten Ball Field will tell the story of the history of Livingston County. This stupendous display, calling for a cast of 500 people, following the Grand Opening and Welcome by Miss Livingston County, will depict the scenes from the days of the red man, early settlers and settlements, steamboats on Grand River, sacred fire comes to Livingston County, building the railroad, the Civil War, death of Nelson Kneass, the World War, and the Grand Finale.

On Saturday morning, at 10:45, Dr. Carl Agee, Dean of the Bible School of Columbia, Missouri, will speak at the Christian Church. Dr. Agee since 1934 has been Dean of the Bible College of Missouri where he came as Associate Dean and Professor of New Testament Language and Literature in 1931. Dean Carl Agee, a native of Kentucky, after attending the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School, spent seven years teaching in that state. He received his A. B. Cum Laude from Transylvania College, Lexington, Kentucky; and his P. Th. B. from the College of the Bible in that same city. In June, 1930, Culver-Stockton College conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. In 1930 and 1931, he spent fifteen months in special study at Union Theological Seminary, New York City.

On Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p. m and again at 9:30 in the evening a floor show of fourteen great acts will entertain the people.

On Sunday, September 19, at 9 p. m. the Centennial closes with the pageant Grand Finale at the Kitten Ball Field. Those who attend the Livingston County Centennial Celebration will be both entertained and instructed, for few of us know the many facts concerning the history of our county.

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