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Nick Pope was the keynote speaker at the Ozark Mountain UFO Conference I most wanted to see. Pope is a former employee of the British Ministry of Defense, as part of the Secretariat Air Staff, commonly known as the UFO Desk. Because of his official investigations of UFOs and other mysteries for...
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I’ve mentioned in previous articles that I grew up in Willow Springs, next door to the author of this article, J. Carl Ferguson, who told this story to me a few years later. This story was written by Ferguson in 1969 for the maiden issue of the Howell County Historical Society newsletter, Volume...
“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland     In Part 1, I suggested UFOs, now referred to by the U.S. Government as UAPs (unidentified anomalous...
I’ve written about the multiple-family wagon train that arrived in northern Howell County shortly after the Civil War, following a long journey from Midland, Tennessee, via horseback and oxcart. Though an inauspicious arrival, these people would become future Howell County leaders, and their...
It is nearly impossible to log on to the internet or turn on the TV without seeing a new report about UFOs, now referred to by the U.S. Government as UAPs (unidentified anomalous phenomena). It is worth noting that both acronyms refer to unidentified objects and not necessarily one from outer...
I’ve heard about him for the greater portion of my life. My mother’s family was from Marshall, Missouri, where he was a legend. His gravesite draws the most visitors of any in Ridge Park Cemetery, for that matter, any cemetery in Saline County, the resting place of many famous Missourians. His...
In my teenage years during the late 1960s, a favorite swimming hole was to be found on the Jacks Fork River at the State Highway 17 Bridge. That’s what we called it, “The Seventeen Bridge,” or “Cardinal Acres.” I also heard it called “Rat Cliff,” or at least that’s what I thought my buddy Fred...
According to the online Britannica, “. . . the gifted men of the Renaissance sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge, in physical development, in social accomplishments, and in the arts.”   Joe Shryock (WSHS, 1959) recently passed away and caused a flurry of remembrances on social...
The turbulent 1930s in Howell County and the Ozarks were in step with the rest of the nation. There was a pronounced rise in criminality nationwide as the Great Depression ground on. The Prohibition social experiment fostered organized crime at the local and national level. The FBI was created to...
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Recently, I heard of a local conversation about popular restaurants in Willow Springs from days-gone-by that no longer exist. From personal dining experiences in the 1950s and ‘60s, a half-dozen come to mind, and Shorty’s B-B Café is one at the top of the list. Shorty’s occupied a prime...

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