Marshfield Mayor appoints C. W. Dickey, C. O. McCain, O. P. Keller, M. Highfill, George Humphrey, J. A. Killian, E. P. Tucker, J. W. Shannon and I. P. Langley as the first board of directors for the future Carnegie Public Library. E. P. Tucker, a friend of Andrew Carnegie’s private secretary started the correspondence that would establish a gift of $5000 from Carnegie for the library. A city library tax is put in place to support the library.
Dedication of the Carnegie Public Library. John H. Case provided the site and supervised the construction. Ella Dickey is hired as Librarian. Marshfield is the smallest town to have a Carnegie Library.
Hoyt Meyer is accidentally shot in the stomach by another young man behind the bookshelves in the library.
Library closes for the month due to extreme heat.
September 24, 1961
Library’s 50th Anniversary Party and reception for Ella Dickey’s 50 years of service to the library.
Voters approve an increase in the city library tax.
Library joins Kinderhook Regional Library Demonstration Project with Camden, Laclede, and Pulaski County libraries.
Webster County Library District established with approval of a county library tax. Library is called the Webster County Service Center of the Kinderhook Regional Library System.
Vote approved to continue county library tax.
City Library Board officially merges with County Library Board to operate as the Webster County Library District.
Cornerstone laying ceremony at the 70th birthday party for the library. Story Hour Room Renovation Project completed.
William G. and Retha Stone Baker pledge four lots of land on which to construct a new library.
August 1990, February 1991, February 1993
Three separate levy votes to increase the library tax fail.
The three children of Lester and Nanalee Garst (Robert, Gene & Katherine) issue a challenge grant of $100,000 toward a new library if $100,000 in local funds can be raised.
General Homer Case donates $50,000 to library campaign bringing the Case family donations to $78,000. Homer, along with brother Hershel, were the first two custodians of the Carnegie Library building.
The Friends of the Library surpass their fundraising goal of $370,000 for the project. A groundbreaking
ceremony is held for the new Garst Memorial Library.
The Garst Memorial Library facility opens. Project architect, Warren & Goodin, Inc. and contractor, J. J. Jackson Construction Company, Inc.
Dedication and Open House for the Garst Memorial Library.
Library leaves Kinderhook Regional Library System.
Fordland Deposit Collection opens within the Fordland High School Library.
Rogersville Branch Library opens in the former City Hall at 100 W. Clinton St.
New addition opens at Garst Memorial Library. Architect, Warren and Goodin Engineers-Architects and
Contractor, Hoke Brothers Construction.
Open House and Dedication of the Garst Memorial Library Addition.
The Rogersville Branch Library moves to a newly remodeled facility at 104 N. Beatie St.
September 24, 2011