Bethlehem Baptist Church/ThursdayDoors

I’m traveling back to my roots this ThursdayDoors. After a DNA test back in May of 2017, I’ve taken the deeper plunge to investigating the paper trail. But there aren’t just paper trails when it comes to these searches. There are places to visit. So the husband and I took a Sunday Drive last weekend since we had temps near 60 degrees and some sunshine. Can’t stay inside on a day like that!

First View

This is Bethlehem Baptist Church in Florence, Missouri. It was here that my Gt. Gt. Grandfather was pastor. Reverend Caleb H. Cramer ministered to this community and the surrounding area for over 50 years of his adult life. This church was home to a whole lotta family members. (You know they had a ton of kids back in the day.) Although I only live 25 minutes away, it’s my first time seeing it.

Front Door Entrance – Newer Doors

When choosing this site for the church, I’m sure the view overlooking the valley was a major deciding factor. “Build your house upon the rock” Matthew 7:24-45 is a favorite Bible verse of mine.

Original Portion of the church

From the State Historical Society of Missouri’s public pdf “Organized in 1846 in the home of Reverend B.F. Dinwiddie. The first services were held in a log building on the site of Harmony School, and the first land was purchased from Henry and Amanda Wagenknecht in 1869.”

I happen to have the Reverend Dinwiddie’s final resting place on the far left of this picture. This was a beautiful view of the valley below here.

Civil War Era Photo of my grandparents

About Grandpa,…..Born 1847 and died 1932. But the years between were a life filled with good works. I mentioned his ministry before and he also served in the Civil war in the Missouri Infantry Volunteers. Usually one thinks of most of the Civil War action beyond Missouri, but we actually had a considerable amount of action here.

Rev. Caleb and Mrs. Nancy Cramer

Wish I could see the twin doors in the background!!

I must say I have my husband to thank profusely.
Ron, you’re my hero!! He’s been helping fill out that family tree and it is becoming huge!! Wowza! We’ve gotten back to 1621 in one branch. (I’m such a history nerd)

Thanks for visiting this Thursday and I hope you’ll check out Norm 2.0 and the band of ‘door guerillas’ he has following him. So many wonderful sights to see in the world of Thursday Doors!

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The Silos at Prairie Vale/Thursday Doors

Hay rake wheel over the door of this silo suite.

There are a few well-kept secrets here in Mid-Missouri, but it’s high time I spilled the beans. I am super excited to introduce a couple friends of mine. They are Wendy and Doug Needy and they have created ‘The Silos at Prarie Vale’. This Airbnb rendevous on the Prairie is a gem! Tucked away in Rural Pettis County, Missouri–near Windsor’s Amish community, the Missouri State Fairgrounds, state parks, annual festivals and historical places. Who needs to stay here? Honeymooners, Fair-goers, World Travelers, Bikers (it’s a short pedal off the Katy Trail) or anyone who needs to destress their life. What an experience!!

Yeah, I know. This sounds like an ad. But I know these folks. I graduated with Doug. His mother, Judy, graduated with my aunt Glenda. Growing up, those 2 spent lots of hours as our room mothers, preparing cool parties for us. So many good treats and wonderful memories. And when I first met Wendy, we were planning one of our class reunions. Judging by the hard work and thoughtfulness they’ve invested in this venture I’d say creativity is just in their genes.

This Thursday Doors, I hope you’ll enjoy the selection of photos Wendy sent me. They will tell you so much more than I can. If you are interested in a more detailed description of The Silos, please click here.

Thanks to Norm 2.0 and all the Doors family who are so kind as to allow me to have this brag moment for one of Green Ridge, Missouri’s finest families. Please visit Norm 2.0 and find the blue frog button for door entries from across the globe. You will be awestruck by the superb views.

Mexico,Missouri/ThurdayDoors

I found some leftovers in my photo stash that might have some merit this Thursday Doors. This will be a 2nd entry for Mexico, Missouri on my site.

Mexico, population of around 11,000, is located in Audrain County and is the location of a Veterans Home, the annual Miss Missouri Pageant as well as the Missouri Military Academy-founded 1889. It’s the county seat and most recently, was honored with the most snowfall in one occurence in the state for this year so far at 22 inches. (learned that from my husband’s dr)

Memorial Court House-June 2017

On the Square is a common term when referring to a rural downtown location. I was On the Square in the city of Mexico in June of 2017 when I took these shots. And some of the shots (confession time) are screenshots of the area from Google Earth because I felt it was necessary to go to this extent to give a better view than what I was able to get in person.

A place I had to refrain from entering was this music establishment.

Its OPEN 🎶

I have a knack of finding exceptional deals on 5-string banjos. My eldest daughter says I need more restraint from purchasing any more. Here’s one time I didn’t try my luck. Dear Daughter, you are welcome. 🙂

Please take time to see more Thursday Doors posts over at Norm 2.0. Just find his blue frog button and enjoy!

1907 Classical Revival/ThursdayDoors

Reaching into a stash this week for my Thursday Doors entry. I’m pulling out a 1907, Classical Revival at 112 West 4th Street in Sedalia, Missouri.

A few lights on in the center windows.–Porter-Montgomery Building

Currently this well-kept charmer is housing meetings for the American Red Cross, a local law office and an appraisal service. If there are more offices, I appologize that I don’t have that information.

Plaque on display

Besides being old enough to be on the National Register, it would have seen the
1st US federal corrupt election practices law passed on January 26, 1907. I’m not rattling any political flags, just sharing one fact of the year it was built. You know, being it houses a law firm 🙂

I’m confident that these aren’t the original doors but they are attractive with the entrance.

I intend to go inside and look at those frames on the wall sometime.

Please take time to visit Norm 2.0 for more Thursday Doors from around the world. Click the link and he’ll direct you.

A New Era/ThursdayDoors

So much of our past is right before us and today I’d like to share some of my family’s. In August of 2017 I showed you our local Municipal Building that shares the city’s police department as well as some other city offices. I won’t show that photo but at the time I was unaware we’d be seeing changes.

This building sits behind what would have been my Aunt Ida’s property.

We now have an actual police department housed in their own facility. As I stated above, there was once family that owned part of that property and even though it has been gone for many years, the retaining wall was still in place to remind us of those days.

In October: it doesn’t seem like it’ll be too much longer before they finish it.

New Doors

Opening Jan. 2019

I like the appearance of this new addition to our city. They even have covered bays for the officers to park. And it appears they’ve left the old retaining wall from Aunt Ida’s front yard.

Those lamp posts are Uncle Herman and Aunt Ida’s!!

Many thanks to the designers on their foresight in leaving some original history as you are creating new. This warms my heart.

For more heartwarming door entries, please visit Norm 2.0 for his listings. He’ll direct you to the blue frog button.

ABC Chinese Cuisine/ThursdayDoors

Entryway. Did you know folding screens originate from China?

I had some time off (10 whole days) and while I didn’t stray too far from home, I did accompany my husband and eldest daughter to Columbia, Missouri for his latest doctor appointment. So of course, you have to stop someplace for a little bite to eat. After all, it’s an hour drive from home.

Foodies of Columbia have rated this one of the BEST recently.

ABC Chinese Cuisine had just what the doc ordered, an allergen-friendly menu. Such a relief to have a nice, sit-down, well-prepared meal without fear of a spell of after-dinner nausea. Always grateful for the extra efforts these places put forth for their customers.

Above, a chicken and corn soup–extremely rich and filling. On the right, the mandatory egg roll (not g-free, sorry). Not shown are the main entrees. But maybe next time. For future reference, we have an eggroll recipe coming up in a later post that Is g-free and I have tasted it! So delish!!

No outside door view this writing. Small parking lot and lack of a better angle are my excuses. But we admired their collection they have on display here in the breezeway entrance and throughout.

I hope you’ll take time to check out Norm 2.0’s collection of door enthusiasts by clicking here. A great way to spend some time seeing doors from around the world.

Top Doors 2018/ThursdayDoors

Happy Holidays and welcome to my last Thursday Doors post of 2018. Our beloved Norm 2.0 has encouraged participants to choose some favorites of the past year for this final entry. I’ve decided to go with some favorites picked by You!-my faithful readers. So without further fuss, I’ll get started.

Dove Road, Pettis County, Missouri

From my first Thursday Doors post of 2018, this was the Readers Favorite of the year. These stone houses are pretty common around the state of Missouri. Maybe I will feature some more in the coming year?

Calvary Episcopal Church

FaceBook followers ‘liked’ Broadway and Ohio post the most. This church must resonate with our local hometown folks and with good reason. It has been a comforting fixture for the last 133 years.

-Trees can make the barn, or vice versa.

Instagram victory went to the Southwestern Pettis County entry. Who doesn’t love a barn in a setting like this? Makes me homesick everytime I look at it, but in a good way. Thankful that I’m not in a town that’s too big for me to escape once in awhile for a good old-fashioned country drive.

Special thanks to our Thursday Doors aficionado for all the encouragement through the year. As he takes a small, much deserved break until January, I’ll be stocking up on doors for your viewing enjoyment. As always, thanks to you all for reading, liking, browsing and sharing your thoughts through comments.

Rosie’s Diner/ Thursday Doors

My typical blogging has been to enter posts over at Norm 2.0 for Thursday Doors. Even though I’m a bit burned out this week with a stack of Christmas orders and am trying to meet deadlines, I’ll still participate. Thankful there are a few extra doors in my stash and so for posterity’s sake, I’ll add a photo here in a few lines. Mainly to say thank you to my aunt who feeds my habit of collecting stuff. Thanks Aunt Maybelle!

A Rosie's Diner salt and pepper shaker set resembling a 50's diner.
New addition to my Salt & Pepper Shaker collection

So the gift from Aunt Maybelle(she has her own tag from so much generosity) this time is a salt and pepper shaker set that happens to present itself with a pair of doors. I was unable to attend our family Christmas party this year due to a terrible stomach virus and dining anywhere outside my own doors at home was out of the question. But I truly appreciate the thought she and my uncle always give to me.

Hope you’ll check back next week as Norm has scheduled our post to be a Year’s Favorite Doors theme. Should be a fun look at 2018 doors. 

Southwestern Pettis County/Thursday Doors

The Saturday after Thanksgiving was our final craft show for 2018. I neglected to photograph our booth for the first time in I can’t remember how long. But I definitely have a series of photos from afterwards. I’m sharing these this Thursday Doors. I hope you enjoy the simple beauty of this Missouri landscape of late November. And when you’re finished, I hope you’ll traipse on over to Norm 2.0, read his post where he’ll direct you to the rest of us door-seekers from around the globe. 

D and T Quilt Shop/Thursday Doors

For the record I have 1 cat. 

I have rarely participated in Black Friday. I happen to think it’s a ploy to rob me. But this year was different. I actually called my mother to invite her along. Stop The Press!!

Yes there was some urgency.

Not my photo. Too rainy that day for me to worry with it.

There was a notice in our paper that the owner of this shop had passed away. And they are selling her fabric at a significantly lower price and closing shop. This local business has been a very big blessing in our area. We live an hour in any direction from the nearest big chain fabric store. (Until recently, we acquired a Hobby Lobby) But let’s get real. This was the Ultra fabric stop for serious quilters.

Mom and I decided to check out the bargains and show our support for the family. This must be difficult for them.

Below is my ‘haul’. I am planning some serious sewing this coming year.  

Mom thought the blue floral reminded her of something her own mother would have used for a dress. Can I get an awwwww?!  Miss my grandmother very much! So blessed to still have my momma!

This is a better look at the fat quarters.

Buy 50/ Get 50 free. And they were already reduced. An irresistable deal. Mother and I both succumbed.

A peek at the gallery will show you all the tiny ‘doors’ I found in this treasure trove. I hope you’ll, somehow, identify with this version of Thursday Doors and take time to visit Norm 2.0 for beautiful door posts around the globe.

I was neglectful in mentioning the transportation provided by my eldest daughter. Thank you Rachel for tolerating and enabling your mother and grandmother on this expedition. Love you bunches!!!