Three historic properties approved for National Register

The home of Doctors George and Blanche Laughlin

Three properties in Kirksville have applied for a spot in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Kirksville Historic Preservation Commission met Wednesday afternoon to discuss whether or not the Lincoln school, 907 S. Wabash, the Sojourners Club, 211 S. Elson, and the home of Doctors George and Blanche Laughlin, 706 Halliburton, are historically significant enough to be placed in the register.

A unanimous commission approval put each of these properties one-step closer to earning the official designation.

The vote is a significant step for the City of Kirksville and makes city leaders very proud.

"I'm glad our commission agrees with him because we're really documenting now finally more of the historic properties we have in the city,â?? said Brad Selby, Kirksville Codes and Planning Director. â??I'm glad to see that, and I think a lot of people are too."

Selby says the Lincoln School is a particularly important part of Kirksville's history. It was the first and only elementary school for black children in Kirksville. The school closed in 1954 with the passage of federal integration laws, but the building remains standing today.

The Sojourners Club is the current home to the Adair County Historical Society, and the home of Doctors George and Blanche Laughlin is currently occupied by the President of Truman State University, Dr. Troy Paino.