A who’s who of people associated with the history of Columbia. Someone missing? Let me know at dobrien387 at gmail.com
J.W. “Blind” Boone, 1864-1927 — John William Boone, was an African-American classical and ragtime composer and musician. Born to a confiscated slave mother near Warrensburg and a bugler in the Union Army, he toured throughout the U.S. giving concerts for 47 seasons, according to this State Historical Society of Missouri biography.
He lived the majority of his life in Columbia, Missouri and his home on Fourth Street, near Broadway, has been preserved and is an event venue. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
There is a park in his name in Warrensburg, Missouri. Learn more about his life here. You can listen to his compositions here, which range from a Ragtime Medley to Dixie to Nearer My God to Thee. Here’s another perspective on the life of Boone from an article published in the Columbia Home magazine in 2010.2010_02_00J W Blind Boone home and ragtime music Columbia Home magazine
In addition to own restaurants, she amassed a collection of real estate holdings including rental properties. Her two homes have since been demolished but according to this May 20, 2015, Columbia Daily Tribune article, three of the homes Fisher owned still exist at 316 N. Garth Ave., 318 N. Garth Ave., and 306 Oak St. She is listed on the State Historical Society of Missouri’s list of Historic Missourians here. Here is a photograph of one of her homes prior to its demolition.
W.J. Hetzler — Elected mayor of Columbia, per March 9, 1927 Columbia Daily Tribune article on page 1, col. 8.