Great Excitement in Greenville

The February 17, 1927 edition of the Greenville Sun newspaper carried the story of a fiddling contest that attracted more than 600 people to the Wayne County, Missouri community more than 200 people were turned away , failing to gain admission to the event.

Harry B. Hawes: Pioneer of Missouri’s Highway & Flood Control Systems

Hawes authored bills that created the Missouri Highway Department and revised state traffic laws. He also served as chairman of the Good Roads committee and led the effort to pass a $60 million bond issue for creation of the states first highway system. Pertaining to river transportation and its importance to Missouri, Hawes was one of the chief organizers of the “Lakes to the Gulf Waterway Association”

Murder in Mississippi County…

Since the Heard family did not all die at the same time I can only speculate what happened. Was it starvation? The flooding? Sickness? Or did a rogue element of militia from one side or the other take them out one by one? I’m not sure but it certainly seems systematic in nature and something I will continue to research.

Dr. Frank Nickell: Causes of the Civil War

On January 25, 2020 Dr. Frank Nickell was the guest speaker at the Stoddard Rangers Camp #2290 Sons of Confederate Veterans January meeting as part of the camp’s Civil War in Missouri Lecture Series. The event was held at the historic Stars and Stripes Museum in Bloomfield, Missouri. Dr. Nickell spoke to a capacity audienceContinue reading “Dr. Frank Nickell: Causes of the Civil War”

Bloody Work in Southeast Missouri

The May 24, 1861 edition of the Alexandria Gazette & Virginia Advertiser carried the news of a gang operating in Butler County, Missouri. This is a particularly interesting account for two reasons:

The first is the fact that the Civil War (for the most part) had not yet arrived in Southeast, Missouri.

The second is that the paper states the gang’s leader was from Indiana

True Grit: A Story of the Ozarks

From Joshua Heston, Editor of State of the Ozarks online magazine. http://www.stateoftheozarks.net BEEN THINKIN’ ABOUT… TRUE GRIT. Yep, I’ve been mighty busy this month but finally managed watch both versions of True Grit. Don’t tell anyone I hadn’t seen the John Wayne version before now, okay? It seems downright sacrilegious to admit to having notContinue reading “True Grit: A Story of the Ozarks”

James Gang Spotted In Bollinger County

This article was originally published by State of the Ozarks online magazine. John Reilly spotted Jesse and Frank James camping “at the foot of the hill just beyond ‘Uncle’ David Lutes’ residence about one-and-one-half mile west of Lutesville [Bollinger County, Missouri].” It was the night after the James Gang’s first train robbery. The holdup occurredContinue reading “James Gang Spotted In Bollinger County”

Interest in “A Beginner’s Guide”

GUEST: Clint Lacy is a life long resident of Missouri. He resides in the Eastern Ozarks foothills of Southeast Missouri. He is an independent writer who has been published in both mainstream and independent newspapers and magazines. In 2015 he released his first book “Blood in the Ozarks: Union War Crimes Against Southern Sympathizers and Civilians in Occupied Missouri” his latest book is “The Beginner’s Guide to False Flags