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I live between two of the oldest communities in Howell County, and less than two miles from the location of events and people in this story. The north end of our county developed later than the areas where land was better for farming. It took a hardy set of people who came and farmed the dry...
Earlier this year, alongside 20 other inductees including notables such as Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City Royals pitcher), Tyler Hansbrough (Poplar Bluff High School/University of North Carolina basketball star), and Sean Weatherspoon (University of Missouri, all-American linebacker), the Mizzou...
Some people, especially in small communities, are so proficient, and in this case, so persistent in their line of work they are recognized or identified by their profession. Francis Randolph Anson was the name that came to mind in Willow Springs when a blacksmith was spoken of. For almost seventy...
Of the numerous curiosities and phenomena coming out of the Ozarks, the Spook Light of Hornet, Missouri, located in Newton County, may have the longest shelf life. Numerous eyewitnesses, from the early twentieth century to recent times, have described it as a bobbing jack-o'-lantern, a shimmering...
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I have written a number of articles that mention music from the 1950s and 60s, and I am hesitant to revisit the topic, but break out your 45-rpm records and dust off your penny loafers, because I’m about to do it again. Why? Because I recently went to a musical play, Million Dollar Quartet, that...
In two meetings, the Mountain Board of Alderman set the tax rate and approved leasing the baseball fields to the Mountain View-Birch Tree School District. In a special meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 29, the Mountain View Board of Alderman voted to accept Bill 1376 Resolution 23-08-29 authorizing...
Many years ago, I started to try and account for the people of Howell County who disappeared during the Civil War. I’ve mentioned several times that our population in 1860 was 3,169 souls. Thus far, I’ve been unable to come up with 100 names still here in 1865. Where did all the people go? ...
Many of the skills I learned on an Ozark farm, I still use today. Sawing boards. Hammering nails. Cutting brush. Loading firewood. With the firewood, particularly, if it is raining, my mind flashes back to the woodpile at the Shannon County farmhouse and my grandmother, directing a pitiful look...
Despite the Civil War ending in April 1865, Missouri Governor Thomas C. Fletcher would struggle with guerrilla bands and brigands occupying the Arkansas-Missouri border for his entire time in office. In November 1865, he asked the Missouri Legislature for funding for the state militia to suppress...
My first memories of roller-skating, at around age seven in Iowa, are of metal contraptions with steel wheels that clipped on my shoes, and my grandmother explaining the fundamentals. She claimed to have roller-skated as a child. The concrete floor of a single-car garage made a poor venue, and I...

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