History

I am indebted to Dave Malone for the answer to a question I posed the last issue. Two separate groups of African Americans immigrated to Howell County after the Civil War. Roughly ten years separated them, and I puzzled as to how they might be interrelated. The answer is they were not. In 1869...
The State Historical Society of Missouri and the St. Louis Ambassadors are teaming up to develop a bicentennial time capsule with a goal to collect items that document Missouri's past, present and future. The two organizations are asking for public participation in this project. "The time...
In last week's edition of "The Way We Were" column, in the caption to the photo of Speedo Harmon and the 1950 Bear "bantam weight" backfield, I mistakenly identified some of the players by the wrong jersey numbers. The caption should have been: Sony "Buck" Stringer (20), Junior Christopher (22),...
The current news concerning whether football will be played in colleges this fall got me to thinking about football in Willow Springs back in my day—the Fifties and Sixties. During those decades, I knew all the coaches, and either played for them or had them as teachers. The boys who suited up...
It is my impression, based on source documents I've read in the old courthouse and county records elsewhere, the non-white population of Howell County continued to diminish after the Civil War. It remained low for decades, below one percent of the total population. Negroes freed after the war did...
If I have any patience at all, it results from having lived with my grandmother, Beulah McKillip Casey, during my formative years as a child on a Shannon County farm. Grandma was born in 1899 to Civil War veteran Alexander McKillip, who by all accounts was a mild-mannered man, and his wife...
Predating Howell County, the extended Hall family arrived in the Pottersville area while it was part of Oregon County. Their life here was representative of people of color in this part of the county and the Ozarks. How African Americans were treated varied over the years, but there was always a...
If you are a writer, whether you’re John-Boy Walton of the TV series, The Waltons, or Tobias Wolf, author of the bestselling memoir, This Boy’s Life, your family and where you grew up provides a wealth of writing material. It’s true for me growing up in the Ozarks. I still recall the images—...
In looking back at the first European arrivals in our county, around the end of the 18th century, racial tensions would be primarily between Native Americans and whites. The two races had been at war for a century in the eastern United States as the conflict spread ever westward with the growing...
It hardly seems possible, but forty years ago this week during Wendell Bailey’s 1980 U.S. Congressional campaign, I appeared on his behalf at the St. Louis County Pachyderms. Wendell had been invited to their “Meet the Candidates” event, but had to be in Willow Springs for a birthday party. ...

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