Friends of Rocheport

P.O. Box  122, Rocheport, MO  65279

Rocheport Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Rocheport Community Hall Rededication

Carry-in Dinner

Friends of Rocheport General Meeting

Sunday, May 20th

Rocheport to induct first two Hall of Fame members May 20

Family members and business associates will gather in Rocheport May 20 to honor the first two inductees into the newly created Rocheport Hall of Fame.  Two former residents who became pillars of Midwest banking, Charles Quarles Chandler II and William Stone Woods, were Rocheport bankers in the mid-to-late 19th century before taking their business skills to Kansas City and beyond.  Woods gave up a medical practice in Paris, MO and entered the financial field.  He created Rocheport Saving Bank in 1869 and brought young Chandler into the business.

The two will be honored in ceremonies beginning at 3:00 p.m., May 20, at the Community Hall in Rocheport.  In another ceremony, the Community Hall itself will be rededicated, and a refurbished plaque will be unveiled.  The plaque also honors Chandler, who, in 1928, rescued the abandoned 1860 Baptist Church building from decay and destruction, refurbished it, and donated it to the city for use as a public gathering place.  He did it to honor his parents; his father was a prominent physician and his mother a teacher in Rocheport.  Among the many banks he purchased throughout Kansas with Woods was First National Bank of Wichita, now INTRUST Bank, the state’s largest domestically owned bank.  The Chandler family continues the banking tradition.

Woods may be better known locally for the university in Fulton which bears his name.  As was Chandler, Stone was a very generous philanthropist.  One of his gifts was the rescue of a Northwest Missouri school for orphaned girls of Civil War veterans.  Following a fire which closed the facility, Woods and his wife arranged to move it to Fulton.  Facing closure once again, Woods paid off its mortgages, and the trustees renamed the school “William Woods College.”

The ceremonies will be followed by a carry-in dinner and the regularly scheduled meeting of the Friends of Rocheport Society, which created the Hall of Fame and operates the community’s museum.

Rocheport Hall of Fame

There will be a meeting on March 4, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rocheport Community Hall to discuss establishing a "Rocheport Hall of Fame."  Rocheport has had many outstanding citizens since it was established and we think it is time to recognize some of these folks. 

The idea originated with the Friends of Rocheport but the entire community is invited to the meeting to discuss this idea and listen to any suggestions for those who should be honored.  You do not have to be a member of the Friends of Rocheport to attend and participate in the discussion!!!

We hope you will join us!!!

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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