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””

The Merger of Lutesville & Marble Hill

The February 17, 1986 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on the possible merger of the towns of Lutesville and Marble Hill, Missouri. The two tiny towns separated only by Crooked Creek were probably unfamiliar with the vast majority of its readers. The paper reported: “In a move to blend progress with local sensibility,Continue reading “The Merger of Lutesville & Marble Hill”

Buried in Bessville: Tales of an Indian Chief, a Haunted House & the Lost Treasure of a Mexican Prospector

The July 16, 1909 issue of The Democrat- News (Fredericktown, Missouri) carried a fascinating, yet outlandish tale of buried treasure in the Bessville, (Bollinger County) Missouri area. According to the paper, it received several reports of area residents meeting the ghost of an Indian chief, near a haunted house, where a murder had taken placeContinue reading “Buried in Bessville: Tales of an Indian Chief, a Haunted House & the Lost Treasure of a Mexican Prospector”

Bucky: Marble Hill Missouri’s Famous Deer

The May 14, 1969 issue of The Daily Standard newspaper (Sikeston, Mo.) published an update on “Bucky” a deer that had been injured near Marble Hill, Missouri and rescued by a local couple. The “Bucky Report” appeared in newspapers across Missouri. The “Bucky Report” provided the latest updates on the deer as well as aContinue reading “Bucky: Marble Hill Missouri’s Famous Deer”

Hope for the Northern Portion of the Belmont Branch

The April 24, 1973 edition of The Daily Journal newspaper reported on efforts to save the northern portion of the Belmont Branch of the Missouri Pacific Railroad from abandonment. The paper reported: “L. J. Miller of S.F.C. Homes Incorporated at Farmington has filed suit in the Circuit Court in St. Francois County seeking an injunctionContinue reading “Hope for the Northern Portion of the Belmont Branch”

Last Chance for the Belmont Branch

The September 23, 1972 issue of the Kansas City Times reported of a “Hail Mary” pass of sorts by those who opposed the abandonment of the Belmont Branch by the Missouri Pacific railroad. According to the Times: “The Interstate Commerce Commission has been asked for a rehearing on a proposal by the Missouri Pacific RailroadContinue reading “Last Chance for the Belmont Branch”