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Three new Boone County Hall of Fame Enshrinees Announced!

2016 Boone County Hall of Fame Enshrines Three More on October 6

The Endowment Trust Board of the Boone County Historical Society is pleased to announce the election of the Hall of Fames three latest honorees. The Board has honored one inductee in each of three categories: a business or organization, posthumous recognition for a deceased individual and a living individual. Candidates for enshrinement must have demonstrated a contribution to the development, growth and preservation of Boone County and, further, demonstrated significant personal achievement that brought distinction to themselves and to Boone County through state or national recognition. Here are the three newest members of the Boone County Hall of Fame….


The Business or Organization honoree is the famed Booches Billiards Hall.

Booches exteriorFounded in 1884, it is one of the oldest continually running businesses in Boone County. The nationally-acclaimed eatery and pool hall is located on south 9th street in downtown Columbia. The present location is its fifth in the downtown area since its founding and yet its same address since 1926 when it moved across the street from its location on the second floor of the old Virginia Building (now the Atkins City Centre). Booches is known for the saying “Closed on Sunday, see you in church,” among other witticisms posted on their walls, including “No sniveling.” Also adorning the walls are faux-original comic strips incorporating Booche’s regulars, team photos of the Mizzou football teams in the early 1900s, and other old-time sports memorabilia. Booche’s received its name when its original owner, Paul Blucher Venable, was nicknamed “Booch” as a child. The restaurant has gone through many owners in its time and was male-only until the 1970s. Their cheeseburgers, which are served on wax paper, were named one of the top ten burgers in America by USA Today in 2000. In 2005, Jerry Shriver of USA Today included Booche’s hamburger on the list of top 25 dishes from his “Down-home Dining” project and Booche’s continues to attract national attention to Columbia and Boone County today, in it’s 132nd year of existence.


Posthumous recognition in 2016 goes to the late Frank Graham (1920 – 2013).

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Graham grew up in Fair Grove, Missouri on his family farm and would travel to Columbia to study Agriculture. He was a member of the Epsilon Sigma Phi National Honor Society and served as president of Gamma Sigma Delta, the National Honor Society of Agriculture. Before graduating with a bachelors and a masters in extension education he was the pitcher for MU on two Big Six championship baseball teams in 1941 and 1942. He turned down a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Browns in 1942 before serving as an infantry officer in WWII and becoming a paratrooper instructor. In the late 40s he went to work for University of Missouri Extension, where he remained for 33 years. Over the last 17 years of that career he was the Director of the State 4-H Youth Development Program. He would become to be known statewide as “Mr. 4-H”. In 1949, Frank was one of eight founding members of the Missouri 4-H Foundation, and continued his involvement with the foundation until his death. He was a former member and chair of the National Extension Committee on Policy for 4-H Youth Programs, and he served on the National 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees. In his honor, the Missouri 4-H Foundation created the Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award in 1999. Frank was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2004.

For many years he owned livestock farms and Melody Acres Quarter Horse Ranch in Boone County. Graham is a former Boone County Presiding Commissioner, serving from 1987 to 1991 and during his term he approved the first lease that Boone Hospital signed for BJC Health Center, as well as led the completion of the new jail and remodeling of                                         the courthouse.


This year’s living recipient is Publisher Emeritus of the Columbia Daily Tribune newspaper, Henry J. (Hank) Waters III.

Hank Waters headshotWaters became publisher of the Tribune in May of 1966 and has written a daily editorial for the paper ever since, even beyond his retirement as publisher in 2010. This year marks the fiftieth year that Waters has published a daily editorial, and having done so at least 355 time each year, he has penned over 17,700 editorials. He first worked as a Tribune “paperboy” in the late 1940s. At age 18 he began to sell ads for the Tribune after transferring from Washington and Lee University to begin political science studies at the University of Missouri. Waters graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1951. Under his leadership over 44 years, the Tribune grew into an employer of over 300 professionals and a paper that won hundreds of state and national awards. He received the University Of Missouri School of Journalism’s High Honor award in 1980 and was inducted into the Missouri Press Association’s Hall of Fame in 2001. His commitment to Columbia and Boone County is reflected in his work with dozens of civic organizations. Those many organizations include the Reality House, Boys and Girls Clubs, The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater, the State Historical Society, the Columbia                                                                                            Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Press Association and the Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission.


 About the Boone County Historical Society 

Membership in the Boone County Historical Society is available to the general public for as little at $40 and supports the preservation of our county’s rich history. While the Society is over 90 years old, the Museum itself, with its new red roof, celebrated its 25th anniversary this July 11 with a free event on the Museum’s grounds. The Society and the Museum are located at 3801 Ponderosa Street off of Grindstone Parkway. The Walters Boone County Museum includes a Museum store, a genealogical library, and the Montminy Art Gallery. BCHS also curates the History Village at Boone Junction and the Maplewood House in Nifong Park.


2016 Hall of Fame Enshrinee Tribute Videos


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