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”

Uncertain Future For Belmont Branch

The Daily Journal newspaper, in its October 23, 1970 issue, reported the bleak future of Missouri Pacific railroad’s Belmont Branch. The Belmont Branch, originally built by the St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern railroad, connected St. Louis and southeast Missouri with the Southeast United States beginning at Bismarck and terminating at Belmont where it connectedContinue reading “Uncertain Future For Belmont Branch”

Lutesville Soldier Dies in Vietnam

The above photo was published in the Daily Standard’s (Sikeston, Mo.) August 26, 1968 issue. This particular scan is not the best quality, but it is all I could find. Army Pfc. David Keith Pomeroy was killed on February 18, 1968 while serving in Vietnam. The Daily Standard reported: Mrs. Faye Pomeroy of Lutesville, inContinue reading “Lutesville Soldier Dies in Vietnam”

No More Passengers on Freight Trains

The December 23, 1909 Democrat – News ( Fredericktown, Missouri) announced that only the southbound local freight train of the St. Louis , Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad, would carry passengers between Bismarck and Glen Allen. The paper cited that the railroad now had two passenger trains running north and south daily and that theContinue reading “No More Passengers on Freight Trains”

My Address to the Wayne County Historical Society

I was invited to speak to the Wayne County [Missouri] Historical Society on April 5, 2021 and I have to say that I’ve never met a more welcoming, friendly and generous group of people. I would like to thank David Bollinger for the invite and all of those who came to listen to me speak.Continue reading “My Address to the Wayne County Historical Society”