Lafayette High School - Oak Yearbook (St Joseph, MO)

 - Class of 1929

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ac' ORK THE PROGRESS OF ST. JOSEPH VER since 1826 when Joseph Robidoux founded St. Joseph, progress has been the watchword in this city. From the first, St. Joseph has been an important distributing center for it has served as a supply head for the entire XYest and Southwest. This fact is due to its situation on the Missouri river and its proximity to Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. Looking into history we find that .loseph Robidoux was sent by the American Fur Company to set up a trading station and that he CEIINC, in 1826, to Roy's branch outlet where he erected the best trading point in the section and people came from far and wide to the stores and mills. The town grew rapidly and in I84O the'population had increased from 200 to 500. Hemp farming was the first occupation of this city but when a sawmill was built south of the city, lumbering began to be important, The overland migration to California during the gold rush benefited the town and caused it to progress exceedingly up to the outbreak of the Civil XVar in 1861. Streets were then paved, bridges built, and other improvements made which showed that St. ,loseph was destined to become a great city. A most noticeable change has been in modes of transportation. In the early days the Pony Express thundered across the plains and stage coaches conveyed passengers to their destination. The roads were few and unde- sirable and traveling was difficult. Now. this city is served with paved high- ways in all directions. Six trunk line railroads operate ninety-six passenger trains a day in and out of the city. St. Joseph is the eighth largest railroad mileage center of the country. Two electric interurban railroads and motor bus service in all directions facilitate traveling and even make it enjoyable. St. Joseph is also the possessor of one of the finest aviation fields in this part of the country. Another internal improvement of a late date is the new S2.000,000 park and boulevard system that has been laid out. A beautiful civic center con- taining seven and a half acres is now in the course of construction. Jacques Greber, world famous architect of Paris, lfrance. is responsible for these plans. The St. Joseph school system, also, has shown progress. lnstead of being compelled to come to a small rough school house. students now find an ele- mentary school within a half mile of practically every home in the city. The district spends a little over a million dollars a year for the maintenance of its system. This goes for salaries of more than five hundred employees, upkeep. fuel, and miscellaneous items. Recognizing the increasing importance of edu- cation, St. Joseph voted 552,180,000 worth of school bonds, October 5, 1928. The bonds provide for a junior-senior high school plan which will be put into use next yea1'. A kindergarten system will be installed and additions and im- provements will be made in every school of the city. This program will put the St. Joseph public schools in the front rank. Ts it to be wondered at that we are proud of our city of Str Joseph? :Or 'I 9 lg Th - I ' -- X Page Five

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