History

Brigadier General Samuel R. Curtis Commander Army of the Southwest
The tragic murder of two men near the Howell/Douglas County line in September 1861 is one of the first stories that impacted me when I began researching the Civil War forty-five years ago. As told by Union Captain William Monks in his 1907 book, "History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas...
 Chances are, if you went to Willow Springs High School from 1927 to 1967, you had Mrs. Jessie Munford as an English teacher. Even if you came afterwards, most likely you have heard stories about her.  I have previously described her as Jennifer Jones in the vintage movie Good Morning, Miss...
Fifty-nine years ago, the curtain went up for the WSHS production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma. It was the first musical play in school history, and of my high school memories, it ranks near the top.         Oklahoma played to capacity crowds in the school auditorium November 16-17,...
The public is invited to participate in a variety of free, virtual programs being offered by the State Historical Society of Missouri. Presentations include how to access and preserve digital archives for genealogy and other research. Staff archivists will explore how communities in Missouri...
Captain Norris Wilkinson Headstone Willow Springs City Cemetery
It might come as a surprise to Howell County readers that a local politician and popular civic leader ran in regional and state elections on the Socialist ticket. For over a decade, Norris Brazilla Wilkinson sparred with Democrats and Republicans alike in debates and at local gatherings while...
Mountain View in the 1950s bustled with activity on Saturdays. It seemed the town doubled in size. Farm families from the surrounding countryside showed up to do their weekly shopping and socializing. Women in freshly-ironed, cotton dresses and men in clean jeans, or even khaki work trousers,...
Carrie Hofland From the Current Wave Newspaper in Eminence May 1919
Fighting on the German front, Howell County boys were in close combat with an experienced foe. Added to that, from 1918 through 1920, we witnessed a worldwide influenza epidemic, women’s suffrage, and prohibition. It was an exciting and historical time. But just as often in this period, the...

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