Murphysburg’s Veterans History Project…
Patriots Who Served
In keeping with Murphysburg’s Veterans History Project…Patriots Who Served, HMP has highlighted what was happening during times of war in Murphysburg and Joplin. What relationship did the residents of Murphysburg have with veterans of all conflicts or military service? We are honored to share what we discovered.
MR. LEE TAYLOR
Born February 28, 1837 | Died December 13, 1917
Confederate Soldier | First Elected Mayor of Joplin | Mine Owner
Who owned a home in the Murphysburg Residential Historic DistrictDistrict at Fifth and Byers Avenue
American Revolution | 1776 to Treaty of Paris September 3, 1783
War of 1812 | Conflict between the U.S. and Great Britain from 1812 to 1815
Mexican War | Conflict between the U.S. and Mexico | 1846 to 1848
American Civil War | April 12, 1861 and ended by proclamation on May 9, 1865
Spanish-American War | April 21, 1898 to Paris Peace Treaty on December 10, 1898
World War I aka the Great War | 1914 to 1918 | America enters the war 1917 | Armistice was November 11, 1918 | Treaty of Versailles outlines the terms in 1919
World War II | Began in 1939 as a European conflict, but then widened to include most of the nations of the world | U.S. declares war on Japan, Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania in December, 1941 | War ends May 8, 1945
For Joplin’s City Hall Holiday Window theme of “Winter in Cinema”, Murphysburg shared a display of the film “Joyeux Noel”.
Mary Anne Phillips, Murphysburg window committee member researched a movie appropriate for the theme, but also represented Historic Murphysburg. She found a little-known film “Joyeux Noel” that makes the statement that means it all. When fellow committee member Paula Callihan learned about it, she knew it was a perfect choice. It was on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 2018 and people around the world would commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the end of the Great War, now known as World War I.
Joyeux Noel movie is based on a true story of an “unofficial” truce that occurred on Christmas 1914. The true spirit of holidays prevailed when soldiers from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers met their German counterparts in “No Man’s Land” around Ypres, Belgium. Briefly, they ceased combat, shared cherished items they had and the next day resumed plans made by others. So, it began “Live and Let Live”, the unofficial peace truce, a symbolic moment in a violent war. Although the United States did not enter the war until 1917, this truce happened during the first Christmas of the war.
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Elements of Architecture
The Murphysburg Historic District appears much as it did during the period of significance (1880-1965) and as a whole retains all aspects of integrity. One hundred twenty-six of the 153 (82%) primary resources are contributing to the District while three of the primary resources were previously listed in the National Register of Historic Places. These resources remain in their original locations within the neighborhood and just west of the downtown commercial center. The residential setting has streets lined with sidewalks, mature trees, and houses on widely-spaced lots, as it did when it was initially platted.
Commercial areas have developed to the south and east, but these do not compromise the integrity of the District. The District clearly communicates its associations with and feelings about the patterns of residential development and the breadth of architectural styles that shaped the community of Joplin from the late 1800s into the mid-twentieth century.
The majority of resources retain their original design, materials, and workmanship. The array of architectural styles represented by the original designs, including National Folk Forms, Queen Anne, and Revival Styles, remains intact throughout the District. The majority of the resources have their original form and materials, such as limestone foundations, wood siding, and wood windows.
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