Monday, June 13, 2022

Papinville Harmony Mission Tour News

We would like to let everyone know about our Harmony Mission Tour that was held on April 30, 2022. All of the activities began at 10:00 am and continued throughout mid-afternoon. Two trips were taken to the Harmony Mission site one at 10:00 am and one at 1:00 pm.

Both tours were given the history of the mission and various points were pointed out to the people and questions were answered by Phyllis Stewart. Jerry Stangel, owner of the property, was also present to answer questions. A special thanks goes out to Jerry for letting us travel to this historic property. While on the property those on the tour were able to eat a sack lunch on the mission site.

Upon return to the museum the people were able to enjoy brownies, cookies and ice-cream while they met Asenath Barrows, wife of Freeman Barrows (aka Beverly Sullins). She told of her life in early Bates County and the Papinville area. All left having had a great time and learned many things about the history of the area and its people.

Two special presentations were made in the museum between the two tours. Catharine Stangel was honored for her many years of living in this area and the years of help she has given to the Papinville organization. Harmony Mission was honored for being established 200 years ago. Mrs. Stangel accepted her award and Phyllis Stewart accepted the Harmony Mission award. The framed Missouri proclamations from the state were presented by State Representative Patricia Pike.

The association would like to thank everyone who attended this event and all those who helped it be such a great success. Special thanks to Rock Marquardt, Dave and John Stewart for driving the tractors and trailers and the Stangel’s for furnishing the hay for the trailers. Our next event will be our Annual Papinville Picnic on September 24 th . Our little town will be celebrating a special birthday so you won’t want to miss it.

Reported by Beverly Sullins

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