Friends of Rocheport

P.O. Box  122, Rocheport, MO  65279

Request for Help With Methodist Church History

Patrick Cronan is requesting input on an article he is writing regarding the Rocheport Methodist Church history.  Here is his request:

I have been working on expanding and (I hope!) improving the story of the Rocheport Methodist Church.  About 4 years ago, I got appointed as historian for my church, and I was handed a couple of histories that had been prepared by previous church members.  One history, prepared about 1975 probably by Dorothy Caldwell with help from Bobbie Russell, was only a few pages long.  A second history is older – I was told that it was thought to be included with items contained in a time capsule that is supposed to be in the cornerstone of the present (1901) church building.  I have spent the last several months researching and rewriting.  I still have a lot more to do.  The hardest part has been finding out about Rocheport during the civil war – aside from what we all know about Bloody Bill Anderson.   So I’m asking for your help.  What follows is the text in my current draft about the effect of the War on my church (with renumbered footnotes).  If you have any suggestions for improvements, please give me a call (698-3074)…..

The article that Pat has written can be found here.

Spring Plant Sale

Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked at the Friends of Rocheport Spring Plant Sale on April 24 – 26.   The sale was a big success and we couldn't have done it without the help of all of our volunteers.  A special thank you goes to Betty Sullins for organizing the sale and lining up the volunteers!!!

Thank you, also, to the Rocheport merchants who let us put signs in the window of their business and to the Rocheport Area Merchants Association for including our Spring Plant Sale in their Spring Open House advertising.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the sale and purchased plants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, relish and made donations.  Your support of the Friends of Rocheport is greatly appreciated!!!!  We hope you enjoy your purchases!!

Friends of Rocheport Museum

Is Open

The Friends of Rocheport Museum opened May 1.  The museum is operated by volunteers from May through October each year. 

We are working on a list of responsible people to sit at the museum when it is open (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays). You may volunteer by yourself or with a friend to help pass the time. If you are willing to volunteer, please call Sherry Moreau at 573-234-2902 so we can add you to our list.


T-Shirt Contest Sponsored by Yates House B & B

Conrad & Dixie Yates, owners of Yates House Bed and Breakfast are sponsoring a t-shirt contest.  Purchase a Friends of Rocheport T-shirt and take a "cool" picture wearing your t-shirt. Submit it to Friends of Rocheport, P.O. Box 122, Rocheport, MO 65279 or e-mail your picture to:  for@friendsofrocheport.orgThe contest will end September 30, 2015 when the entrants will be judged and the "coolest" picture will win breakfast for four (4) at Yates House ($60 value).

If you don't have a t-shirt or sweatshirt yet, they will be available at the Friends of Rocheport Spring Plant Sale on April 24 - 26 at the Rocheport Community Hall.  In addition, the t-shirts and sweatshirts will be available at the Friends of Rocheport Museum on Saturdays and Sundays starting May 1.

 Get creative and send in your photos wearing your Friends of Rocheport t-shirt!!!! You don't want to miss a chance for breakfast at Yates House!!!!

2015 Friends of Rocheport Calendar of Events

The dates have been set for most of the Friends of Rocheport meetings, events  and deadlines. 

The first General Meeting of the year will be March 22, 2015 at the Rocheport Community Hall. 

The Spring Plant Sale will be April 24 - 26 and will coincide with the Rocheport Area Merchants Association's Spring Open House.  That should be a great weekend to visit Rocheport!!!!

We hope to see you at all of our events this year!!!

General Meetings

March 22

May 31

August 30

October 25

Potluck - 5:00, Program - 5:30, Meeting - 6:00

Plant Sales

Spring Plant Sale

April 24 - 26

Fall Mum Sale                 September 11 - 13

Museum Volunteer Training Session

April 19       4:00 p.m.

Museum Season

May 2 - October 31

Yates T-Shirt Contest

Deadline to enter photos - September 30

Chili/Ham & Bean Dinner

November 7 - Tentative

Christmas Tree Lighting

December 6 - Tentative

2014 Friends of Rocheport Awards

The Friends of Rocheport 2014 Citizens of the Year Award was presented to Conrad and Dixie Yates. 

Conrad and Dixie have not only sponsored the Friends of Rocheport T-shirt contest but they have also been a good friend to the Friends of Rocheport over the years.  Conrad emcees the Christmas tree lighting every year and makes sure the lights get put on the tree.  Dixie is great about providing baked goods for all of our events. They also provide their Garden House for use by the Friends of Rocheport for Fun Day every month. 

In addition to their work with the Friends of Rocheport, both of them are active in the Rocheport community.  Every town needs people like Conrad and Dixie to make it a better place for everyone to live, shop and visit.

For all these reasons and many more, Conrad and Dixie have been selected as the Citizens of the Year.

The Friends of Rocheport 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Don Moreau.  Don has been involved with the Friends of Rocheport since the organization began.  He has volunteered at almost every event and activity since the 1960’s.  He has been on the Friends of Rocheport Board for many years, taken part in doing work at the Friends of Rocheport buildings, helped set up for meetings and events and cleaned up afterwards, unloaded and loaded plants, and helped with so many other things that I can’t begin to list them all.

Congratulations to Conrad, Dixie and Don!!!  More photos can be found here.

Christmas Tree Lighting 2014

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting was December 7, 2014.  After the Christmas tree lights were turned on, everyone went to the Rocheport Christian Church to sing Christmas carols.  That was followed by refreshments and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Rocheport Community Hall.  A good time was had by all!!!!  Check out the photos from the night here.  If you took pictures that evening and would like to share them, please e-mail them to  You will be given credit for any pictures you share!!!


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