Friends of Rocheport

P.O. Box  122, Rocheport, MO  65279

October General Meeting

The Friends of Rocheport’s next general meeting will be Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the Rocheport Community Hall.  There will be a potluck dinner at 5:00 p.m. and a program at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting portion of the evening will follow the program.

Gene Baumann will present the program about Colonel Robert Caskie, who operated the leading tobacco processing factory in Mid-Missouri in Rocheport.  Colonel Caskie was a colonel in the Civil War in Virginia, stood guard at the execution of John Brown and commanded John Wilkes Boothe, a member of his unit.  He moved to Rocheport in 1870 and became an active member of the community, a leader in the movement, ran for the state legislature, and owned most of the land along the river bluff from the town to present I-70.  Colonel Caskie left Rocheport in 1884, moving to St. Louis, where he reportedly drowned in the Mississippi River.  His body was never found, because he then moved to Indiana and became famous as the Hermit of the Wabash.  Join us to hear more about Colonel Caskie’s fascinating life!

Chili/Ham & Bean Dinner

The Friends of Rocheport has a Walking Tour Brochure so you can take a self-guided tour around Rocheport.  Patrick Cronan prepared the walking tour and it tells many of the historic stories of Rocheport.  Click here to start our walking tour.

2017 Friends of Rocheport T-Shirt Contest Winners

This year there was a tie for the winner of the Friends of Rocheport T-shirt Contest sponsored by Conrad & Dixie Yates.  Rosemary Christensen was one of the winners with her photo taken at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Isarel.  The other winning photo was submitted by Mike & Caitlin Campbell who took their photo at Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park.

Congratulations to the winners!!  I am sure they are going to love breakfast for four at Yates House!!

The Friends of Rocheport 50th Anniversary Celebration & Fun Fest was held on August 20, 2017.  Bill Clark emceed the event.  Monett Lite spoke about her involvement in the Friends of Rocheport, including her contributions to the Rocheport Memories book.  James Mauser also was on hand to talk about his involvement as an illustrator for the Rocheport Memories book.  Relatives of the Founders and Charter Members of the Friends of Rocheport were recognized and The Meanwells were on hand to entertain the crowd with their folk/bluegrass music.

More photos of the event can be found here.


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