215 – Will Buys the Business

Sedalia – Ohio Street looking south – c 1905

Sedalia’s population growth had slowed in the last decade, but it reached 16,000 in 1905.

It was a cosmopolitan town, with streetcars, electric lighting, and two telephone companies.

The Missouri State Fair began in 1901 and has been held in August every year since.

Anything you needed could be found for sale in downtown Sedalia.

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214 – A New Century

January 1, 1900, rang in a new year and a new century.

Josie and Will Riley were in their forties. They had a lovely home and three children. They had a telephone, and perhaps electric lights.

William Riley celebrated his 18th year working for E.G. Cassidy.

It seemed like a long time ago and a world away when Josie Pensa arrived from Italy with her family forty-one years ago. And Will had been born on his family’s Missouri farm during the Civil War.

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