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The Williamsburg Villager Feb. 2016


If St. Louis was the Gateway to the West, then the Boone’s Lick Road was the way to get there.

Williamsburg’s Main Street is The Boone’s Lick Road.

Trails like the well-known Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail are National Historic Trails.The Boone’s Lick Road was the connection to these historic trails into the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase Territory from St. Louis Missouri. The Boone’s Lick Road came into use right after the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804. It was the primary transportation corridor into the land that became western Missouri until steamboats came into common use about the time Missouri became a state in 1821. The Boone’s Lick Road, in its various courses, remained as the major overland route across central Missouri until US Highway 40 came into use about 1920.

There was a time when almost every person, animal, wagon, cart, trade good, and tool of the early pioneers into Western Missouri and beyond, traveled through Williamsburg on the Boone’s Lick Road.

The Boone’s Lick Road Association is a Not-for-Profit organization that strives to achieve National Historic Trails status for the Boone’s Lick Road.

The Boone’s Lick Road Association archives and shares the fascinating stories of the first road in the heart of Missouri in various methods, to spread and preserve the importance of this road in our national history.

Just as the road changed to fulfill needs, the Mission of the Boone’s Lick Road Association will evolve to identify new discoveries and make the history available in up to date communication methods.


Website and Associated Links – with Online Interactive Map

An ever growing bibliography of books, articles, pictures, and other material for use by those interested in the historic road. Roadside monuments erected at the beginning and end of the Boone’s Lick Road in St. Charles and New Franklin Missouri.

You can help the Boone’s Lick Road Association. Your tax-deductible membership can show that there is support for the effort. If you are willing to share documents, pictures, deeds, surveys, artifacts, etc. that have a connection to the Boone’s Lick Road , the Boone’s Lick Road Association will document their history, while you keep you precious article.


Individuals: $10 / year

Organizations / Businesses: $25 / year

Use the PayPal link at

Contact the Membership Chair

Send a check to Boone’s Lick Road Association, Box 8076, Columbia, MO 65205

News of the Village

 Congratulations to cousins Chelsea Edgar, and Ben Edgar, who stayed at the Gray Ghost Trail Inn during Deer Season, for your first white tails. Hope to see you back again next year!

 Don’t forget to check out Nita’s Candles for your sweetie for Valentine’s Day.

 Lynda’s, this month, is having a 25% off sale on all scarves and Jewelry. Any remaining Christmas merchandise is 20-50% off.

 Lynda’s Monthly Special for February is: Candles 20% off

Lionel Trains, Track & Signs 10% off

Books 20% off

Remember your Valentine and shop local!

 The Williamsburg Post Office schedule for the month of February 2016 is: Opens at 7:30 am and closes at 11:30 am Monday thru Friday. Saturday hours are 7:30 am to 9:30 am. The Post Office will be closed on Monday February 15, 2016 for Presidents Day.

 Joe Crane is receiving treatments for lymphoma. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

 Five miles South of Crane’s Store on County Road 1005, the Missouri Conservation Department has established a public shooting range. This area has been established and maintained and improved over the years until it has become a very popular spot in Eastern Callaway County. If you like shooting, you should try this spot! It features handicapped accessible shooting benches and a 25 yard, 50 yard, and 100 yard ranges.

Joe’s Corner



Last month, the subject was butter churns. What did you do with butter after you churned? You formed it into different shapes by using butter molds. The molds came in different shapes, sizes and made of different materials. Wood and glass were probably the two most common types. The molds had many designs carved into the top part of the mold. One of the more common pattern was the pine sample. One of the hardest ones to find is one with the cow.

The second picture is a butter press that makes a one-pound brick of butter. It also has a design in the bottom. This design can be changed.

These items are on display at Crane’s Museum in Williamsburg MO.

Sunday Specials

February 7th – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Veggie, and a Dinner Roll


February 14th – Lasagna, 7-Layer Salad, and Garlic Bread $8.99 (Dessert TBA)

February 21st – Meatloaf, Cheesy Potato Casserole, Veggie, and a

Dinner Roll


February 28th – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Veggie, and a Dinner Roll


Apple Wagon Antique Mall

Have you been to the apple Wagon Antique Mall? The mall is located on the very Western edge of the Nine Mile Prairie at the Route Z on Calwood Exit. They are open 9-5, 7 days a week.

They feature a wide variety of antique booths plus a big selection of Home Decorating items.

To get there from downtown Williamsburg, just stay on the old highway and go due West by mules.

We want to thank them for referring people to Marlene’s Restaurant. We appreciate the business.


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


She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

Dear God:

What a kick! Today I heard a cute story about an elderly widow and widower who lived in a mobile home park in Florida. They had known each other for years and had become good friends. But each had a senior moment that nearly broke up their budding romance!

One evening during a community supper in the activity center, the two were seated across from each other at the same table. During the course of the meal, the man cast a few admiring glances at the woman. She returned his attention with shy smiles. Finally he gathered enough courage to ask her an important question. “Will you marry me?”

After a few seconds of careful consideration, she responded, “Yes. Yes I will!”

The meal ended with more pleasant exchanges. They said good night and each went home.

The next morning, the man awakened feeling troubled. “Did she say ‘yes’ or did she say ‘no’?” he pondered aloud. “I can’t recall!”

He didn’t have even a faint memory of the woman’s response. Embarrassed, he reached for the telephone and dialed her number. She answered and he quickly explained that he was no longer remembering things as well as he used to. He hoped she’d be patient with him. “I enjoyed our time together at the dinner,” he said, “but one thing puzzles me. When I asked you to marry me, did you say, ‘Yes,’ or ‘No’?”

“Why, I said, ‘Yes, yes I will,’ and I meant it with all my heart,” the woman replied. “And I am so glad you called,” she continued, “because I couldn’t remember who had asked me.”

LORD, HOW LIKE these two I am sometimes. You ask me to do something, and I can’t remember what it is – or do I intentionally forget? Or I hear you clearly and I simply ignore taking action until it’s too late. Help me today to be attentive to what I say and what is said to me and to rely on you when I have a senior moment!


The Williamsburg Villager is provided by Crane’s Museum & Shoppes. Joe Crane is our on location reporter. Please submit any announcements to Joe by the 15th of each month to insure publication.

Annual Subscriptions available for a $12 donation to Crane’s Museum


10665 OLD HWY 40




Crane’s Museum is a Regional History Museum located in Williamsburg, MO. We invite visitors of all ages to enjoy a step back in time. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in Marlene’s Restaurant, shop for gifts at Town House Treasures get ready for winter and spring with Crane’s Country Store Clearance and Closeout.

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