The Architectural Legacy of Garstang & Rea: The Joplin Casket Company Factory

The next photograph in the Alfred W. Rea portfolio series is the Joplin Casket Company Factory. Regrettably, we have not been able to find much on the Joplin Casket Company, but we can at least tell you that it built in 1907 at a cost of approximately $278,000 present day dollars. J.A. Wilson was president, B.W. Lyon, vice-president, J.H. Spencer, secretary, and it was located at 4th NW Cor RR (unfortunately, we’re unable to figure out where this address was exactly).


Thanks to the sharp eyes of Historic Joplin followers, Mike Sisk and Clark, we were delighted to learn that the former factory building still stands between Division and School streets on Fourth Street and is owned by the Empire District Electric Company.

The Early Mayors of Joplin

The city of Joplin came into existence in 1873.  Since that time period, there have been a number of mayors.  Below is our attempt to slowly build up a convenient list of Joplin’s early leaders.  Eventually, each mayor will also have their own post which will offer more detailed information about these early leaders and the roles they played in the city’s development.


Elliot R.  Moffett



Lee Taylor


J.H. McCoy (finished Taylor’s Term)


Patrick Murphy




F.J. Thompson


1877 – 1878

Frank E. Williams




F.M. Roberts


1880 – 1881

W.E. Maynard

1882 – 1883

Galen Spencer



W.B. Halyard


1885 – 1886

A.B. McCarty




J.L. Briggs




C. Livingston


1889 – 1892


R.B. Tyler

R.B. Tyler


1893 – 1894

W.B. Halyard


1895 – 1896

E.D. Porter


1897 – 1898

T.W. Cunningham

1899 – 1900

J.H. Spencer

J.H. Spencer


1901 – 1902

J.C. Trigg


1903 – 1904

T.W. Cunningham


1905 – 1906


C.W.  Lyon


1907 – 1908

Jesse F. Osborne


1909 – 1910

Guy Humes

Guy T. Humes


1911 – 1914 (to April 20)

Jesse F. Osborne


If you have photographs of the above listed men or documents connected to them, we’d love to share them here on Historic Joplin.