OSS Current News

Following are topical news items about the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation's activities


Gary Knehans Day

The Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation hosted an open house to honor and express appreciation to Gary Knehans on April 29, 2018. Gary has been a friend to many and the broadcast voice of the community since 1963. Yes, that is a local broadcasting career of 55 years and counting. Early arriving well-wishers met Gary in the Tavern (above left) and signed the Guest Book. Movement continued to the 1915 Kitchen where a table of light refreshments and drinks were available. Warren Goforth (right), daytime broadcaster with Gary, presented Gary with a vintage KJPW table banner from the "early days." KJPW went on the air on Route 66 in St. Robert on April 1, 1962. Pictured on Gary's right is Mike Edwards, station manager. The crowd moved to the backyard where Representative Steve Lynch (top on right) presented Gary with a Missouri House of Representatives Resolution highlighting many of Gary's achievements. Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman also spoke and presented Gary with a framed picture of the town clock. KJPW also originated the Old Settlers Gazette in 1982. When the station decided to cease its production of the tabloid for 2004, Gary suggested that the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation take over its publication. For this the Foundation is very grateful.

 

Old Settlers Day 2017

Old Settlers Day on July 29 was unusually mild (low 80s) with low humidity, making for a pleasant day on the square and in the park. During the day, Historian David Chuber displayed part of his large collection of Civil War medical instruments and shared some of his considerable knowledge of wartime medical practices with visitors to the Old Stagecoach Stop.

Freedom Fest 2017

Freedom Fest on the Square was held on June 24. Nice weather and a steady stream of visitors made for a busy day at the OSS. Young visitors made patriotic insect refrigerator magnets.

 

2017 Fourth Grade Tours

Our annual hosting of tours for students in Grade 4 took place in late April and May. Jan Primas shared some of the history of the building and the lifeways of those who lived in the building from the 1850s until the 1950s. Terry Primas taught students several period games in the backyard.