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Hal Wise Jr. photo

Degrees and Certifications:

University of Missouri School of Journalism

Webb City High School, 1931
Webb City R-7 Hall of Fame, 2013

Mr. Hal Wise Jr.

Class Orator & Class President, WCHS

“Stringer” for Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-­‐Dispatch

Webb City Daily Sentinel

Webb City Wise Buyer

An active promoter of Community Chest (forerunner of United Way)

Webb City Chamber of Commerce

United States Army, 1942-­‐1944; 1st Lieutenant

While serving in the US Army in Australia, he wrote home frequently passing along updates on Missouri boys he encountered. These columns were picked up by the MO Press Association and were widely published.

Webb City R-­‐7 SchoolBoard, 1948-­‐1953

Webb City Library Board

Missouri Press Association

Organized Jasper County Historical Society

Rotary International

American Legion

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Chamber of Commerce

Deacon, First Presbyterian Church



Zoe Agnes Thralls photo

Degrees and Certifications:

Attended Springfield Teachers College, Missouri
Bachelor of Philosophy, (Ph.B.), University of Chicago
M.A., Columbia University

Webb City High School, 1907
Webb City R-7 Hall of Fame, 2013

Mrs. Zoe Agnes Thralls

Head of Geography Department, Indiana State College, Indiana, PA

Taught Education & Methods of Teaching, University of Pittsburg, PA

Established Geography Department; University of Pittsburg, PA

Editor of the Bulletin of the Geography Club of Western PA

Associate Editor of The Journal of Geography

Received distinguished service award from National Council for Geographic Education 

Association of American Geographers

American Geographical Society

American Geographic Society of Woman Geographers

Geography Club of Western Pennsylvania

First President of PA Council for Geography Education

Consultant & Panelist at numerous educational conferences

United States delegate to the Third General Assembly of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History, 1941

Chairman of United States delegation to the UNESCO Conferences in Montreal, Canada, 1950

A prolific writer of both textbooks and articles on diverse geographic topics

Her textbooks were widely adopted in the public school system