Moniteau County Historical Society seeks whistle story

The steam whistle of the Moniteau Mills has been recently donated to the Moniteau County Historical Society's museum for display. Some information is known about this whistle which was a part of daily lives in California. The society knows that it was activated at the beginning of the work day and also signaled the workers break times and signaled the end of the daily work period. It was also blown to alert the volunteer firemen to respond to a fire. Besides these signal stories there may be additional information that could help tell the history and memories of this integral part of California's history. If anyone has a story about this whistle and its use please contact museum chairman Richard Schroeder at 796-2250 or a society member. The public is always welcome at society meetings on the second Monday of the month at the Cultural Heritage Center. The March 17 meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is an interesting Show and Tell program. Memberships are $10 and are available at all meetings.


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