Confederate Memorial Day

Join us Sunday June 6, 2021 for a Confederate Memorial Day Service which will be held at the Stoddard County Civil War Cemetery located in Bloomfield, Missouri. The service starts at 2:00 pm and will feature noted historian and public speaker Danny Honnell, a live fire cannon salute, and echo taps played on the hillside.Continue reading “Confederate Memorial Day”

The Intruder: When Hollywood Came to Southeast Missouri

In 1962 Hollywood came to Southeast Missouri to make a movie starring William Shatner According to “The Intruder is a 1962 American film directed and co-produced by Roger Corman and starring William Shatner. It is adapted from a 1959 novel by Charles Beaumont. The story depicts the machinations of a racist named Adam Cramer (portrayed by Shatner), who arrivesContinue reading “The Intruder: When Hollywood Came to Southeast Missouri”

Rattlesnake Raid in Bollinger County

The May 13, 1886 Warrensburg Standard newspaper reported on a rattlesnake raid in the vicinity of Bollinger Mills (present day Zalma). According to the paper the party killed 17 rattlesnakes ranging in size from four feet to six feet. Additionally six “very large” snakes of varying species were killed before the rain stopped “the slaughterContinue reading “Rattlesnake Raid in Bollinger County”

Hanging Narrowly Avoided in Delta

The January 12, 1917 issue of the Bloomfield Vindicator carried the news of a Black porter (railroad employee who handled baggage and assisted passengers) who assaulted a citizen in Delta, Missouri at the Delta Hotel. The article, originally published in the Lutesville Banner reported: “It is reported that last Monday evening a negro porter atContinue reading “Hanging Narrowly Avoided in Delta”

Big Plans for Bollinger

The May 11, 1893 edition of the Marble Hill Press reported that big plans were in the works for Bollinger County, Missouri which included either an improved (possibly new) railroad depot in Lutesville and a mining operation at Alliance. A planned zinc mining operations near Alliance was also taking shape. For those unfamiliar with AllianceContinue reading “Big Plans for Bollinger”

Thomas Fletcher: Missouri’s Most Hated Governor

Thomas Fletcher was the 18th Governor of Missouri serving from 1865-1869. During the Civil War he served as a colonel in the 31’st Missouri Volunteer Infantry (Union) and was captured in 1862. Fletcher was released via a prisoner exchange in May, 1863 and saw service during the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Battle of Chattanooga,Continue reading “Thomas Fletcher: Missouri’s Most Hated Governor”

Richard Saling’s “Small Fortune”

In 1996 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a public interest story about Bollinger County resident Richard “Mac” Saling. The paper, in its March 10, 1996 issue reported that when “Mac” Saling died around Christmas, 1994: “He left behind 40 acres of timber and stickerweed, a $25,000 checking account, a collection of over 100 shotguns andContinue reading “Richard Saling’s “Small Fortune””