By Wally Kennedy
Most people probably know it as the Bagcraft building.
But its history goes back to the early days of Joplin, when fortunes were being made and lost in the Tri-State Mining District.
The land for the building was purchased in 1913 by William F. Spurgin, president and manager of Inter-State Grocery Association, or IGA. Spurgin’s company, founded in 1900 and originally located at 924 Virginia Ave., was growing and needed additional space to expand its food distribution.
That space, a 122,000-square-foot, multistory warehouse, opened Feb. 19, 1915, near 10th and Main streets. More than 5,000 people attended the grand opening. It was completed at a cost of $225,000. Joplin contractors used 600,000 pounds of steel rods and 64 concrete structural columns to shore up the structure.
On the fifth floor, coffee was roasted in two large Monitor gas roasters. About 15,000 pounds of coffee were prepared daily.
The building was occupied by IGA until 1968, when a new warehouse was constructed in the Joplin Southern Industrial Park. The president of the company at that time said the old warehouse on Main Street slowed down the movement of merchandise because of its multiple floors. The move was preceded by the acquisition of IGA four years earlier by Fleming Co., of Topeka, Kan.
The Midwest Division of Bagcraft Corporation of America occupied a portion of the building in January 1971. The space was leased from Joplin Building Materials Co. Bagcraft operated in the building until June 1994, when it moved its operation to Baxter Springs, Kan.
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Longtime Democrat dies at 81
Sapp, 81, died Thursday. Funeral services were Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. A longtime Jasper County Democratic committeewoman and volunteer, Sapp for years was secretary to the county’s central committee.
PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
In City Council race, Joplin voters elect two newcomers, three incumbents
Joplin voters rejected two incumbents who voted to fire City Manager Mark Rohr, instead electing two newcomers and returning three incumbents to the City Council who had supported Rohr.
Joplin voters reject all three charter changes
The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts
Voters in the Carl Junction area on Tuesday decided leadership positions on the Carl Junction School Board and City Council.
Two new faces, one incumbent win Joplin School Board seats
The top three vote-getters for open seats on the board were Debbie Fort, with 4,765 votes; Lynda Banwart, with 4,532 votes; and incumbent Randy Steele, with 3,300 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from Jasper and Newton counties.
Joplin voters reject curbside recycling
City voters in Jasper and Newton counties cast 3,835 "no" votes and 3,466 "yes" votes on the issue, according to complete but unofficial results.
Council votes to waive appeal of court order, release full investigation
The Joplin City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Judge David Mouton's ruling ordering the city to disclose the Rohr report and witness testimony in a controversial council investigation.
UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled
Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.
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