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Grandview centennial observance begins with history of founding fathers

GRANDVIEW - This year, Grandview celebrates its 100th anniversary and the centennial observance was kicked off with a proclamation from City Council Monday, followed by a brief history of the city's founding fathers.

Barb and Dan Christensen, longtime Grandview residents, showed council members displays featuring photos and histories of the founding fathers as the couple explained the content of the displays.

Grandview was founded in 1906 and incorporated in 1909. Founding father John Monroe was one of the first residents of the community, moving to Grandview in 1907. He was the city's first mayor, beginning his tenure in 1909. He died while in office.

Joseph M. Fleming, owner of the city's first mercantile store, was also the father of the first child born in Grandview.

William F. Elser opened Grandview's first hotel in 1909, a two-story building that served those in need of a place to stay until 1927. Elser died in 1925.

Grandview State Bank was founded by A.W. Hawn, who died in a tragic hunting accident.

Marvin Martin founded Grandview Liberty Stable and F.G. Bennett took on the responsibility of serving as mayor upon the death of Monroe.

Another face featured among those displayed last night was that of Anna Sykes, the town's first postmistress, who moved to Grandview in 1906.

There is more history to be learned about these founders and others in the display to be exhibited at Grandview City Hall. Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carpenter told City Council members an oral history presentation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Vineyard. He said that particular event will provide community members with further history regarding the founding fathers.

In addition, four other presentations will be provided for community members. They will include a history of the city's schools, immigrants and the municipal services. Presentations will be provided the fourth Tuesday each month through May at the Vineyard from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Much of the history of the city is also available online through the link provided for the R.E. Powell Museum.

In addition to the oral presentations, the city of Grandview will be hosting a number of events and celebrations to commemorate its centennial this year.

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