Battle of Round Pond & The Murder of John Chasteen

Round Pond was filled in many years ago and no longer exists but I did find a picture of it in the February 16, 1982 issue of the Southeast Missourian Newspaper

I found this article about the Battle of Round Pond, which occurred in southern Cape Girardeau County, Missouri August 1 , 1863. This article was previously posted on another website that I used to maintain so I though readers of my current website might enjoy. Official records indicate that the battle took place near the Castor River but this is incorrect as the Castor is several miles south of the location and I believe the official reports confused the Castor River with the Whitewater River which is much closer to the location of this event.

This article was orginally published at http://www.ancestry.com  

Round Pond Massacre

And the Death of John Burton Chasteen[1]

1 Aug 1863

By Susan Slap-Hoysagk

Setting the stage for Round Pond.

On this particular Saturday in 1863, a Union wagon train of 30 wagons, 20 guards, and 40 teamsters and camp workers had stopped to spend the night on the Bloomfield Road at Round Pond, Missouri.  They were carrying supplies to Brigadier General John Davidson’s troops in Arkansas.  The encampment was attacked in the night by guerrilla fighters called Bushwhackers, who killed and wounded at least 30 men and set afire the wagons. John Burton Chasteen, Sr. charged with aiding and abetting the enemy in the massacre, was arrested by Federal soldiers and taken to nearby Bloomfield where he was held overnight.  John was set free the next morning, found to be innocent at his trial, and started to make his way home.  Somewhere along the way, purportedly about halfway home, he was fatally shot, perceivably in retaliation for bushwhacking.  To fully understand this tragedy requires examining the events leading up to the massacre, including a very torn Missouri during the Civil War, and those after – John Chasteen’s murder left a wife and seven children.

Missouri: Statehood Compromise.

When Louisiana became a state in 1812, the remaining lands of the original Louisiana Purchase of 1803 became the Missouri Territory.  Six years later Missouri requests admittance to the Union as a slave state fueling a national controversy and series of crises as this would upse the balance of equal representation in the Senate between slave states and free states (in essence the issue is of slaveholders having power and control over the national government).  Embittered debates ensued with a compromise of Missouri being admitted as a slave state and Maine as a free state – thus preserving the worrisome balance of Senate representation. Missouri became the 24th state in 1821. The Missouri Compromise did prohibit slavery in the remaining portion of the territory north of 36o30’ parallel except in the state of Missouri.  In 1854 the Kansas-Nebraska Act not only created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, but also established that popular sovereignty (rule by the people) could decide whether or not to allow slavery, effectively nullifying the Missouri Compromise.  This put another wedge in the nation, splitting it even further and pushing all towards the Civil War.

Missouri Enters into the Civil War.

Missouri was originally settled by slave-owning southerners; however, by 1860 the population had become more diversified with non-slave holding immigrants.  Additionally, the geographical position of the state placed it in the middle of the northern and southern states.  This environment, under pro-Union governor Robert M. Stewart, created Missouri’s decision to try to stay out of the Civil War conflict by remaining in the Union, declaring neutrality, and therefore not giving men or supplies to either side.  Stewart, governor from 1857-1861, was sure Missouri would be destroyed if she seceded.  Claiborne F. Jackson took over as the governor on January 2, 1861, vowing to continue the “armed neutrality” policy of Stewart, even though he favored joining the Confederacy.  On March 21, 1861 at the State Convention, a resolution to not secede from the Union was approved 98 to 1, much to the chagrin of their pro-secessionist governor.

At the top of Jackson’s list of worries was the potential for the St. Louis Arsenal to be used by Union Armies.  This arsenal contained 60,000 muskets, 45 tons of gunpowder, 40 cannons, and 1,500,000 ball cartridges.  Jackson’s fear was realized on Apr 26, 1861 when Federal commander General William Harney’s aide, Captain Nathaniel Lyon, moved nearly to entire arsenal to Springfield, Illinois to prevent the arsenal from falling into Confederate hands in the case of Missouri secession.  Additionally, Jackson had been ordered by President Lincoln to dispatch “four regiments of men for immediate service.”  He refused, responding “Your requisition, in my judgment, is illegal, unconstitutional, and revolutionary in its object, inhuman, and diabolical and cannot be complied with.  Not one man will the State of Missouri furnish to carry on any unholy crusade.

Jackson ordered his state militia to gather for training in the beginning May of 1861, outside of St. Louis at Lindell’s Grove, coined “Camp Jackson.”  He was expecting arms from the Confederate President Jefferson Davis and wanted to secure their safety.  It was also rumored he was preparing to attack and reclaim the arsenal.  Captain Lyon learned of the secret arms being transported and surrounded the camp on May 10th, forcing surrender, which occurred quietly and without violence.  However, a large group of angry citizens had gathered and things at the scene deteriorated very quickly to bloodshed.  People had started throwing dirt clods and rocks at Lyon’s men with some of the civilian men wielding pistols.  One angry drunk opened fire and wounded a Union officer and Union troops started firing into the crowds.  Dead were 28 men, women, and children, with over 100 wounded.  The violence continued for two more days.  On May 11, 1861, a measure is passed by the Missouri General Assembly to create the Missouri State Guard to fight against the Union invasion.  Jackson is removed from office one month later by the recently promoted Brigadier General Lyon[2].  Once predominantly neutral anti-secession, Missourians were polarized into Union or Confederate supporters.  Missouri now has two state governments and the intrastate war has begun.

Lyon and his troops quickly advanced and in June, Governor Jackson was forced to flee Jackson City, the state capital, to Neosho.  In July, with the governor now very much absent, the executive committee of the Missouri State Convention reconvened and declared the existing state offices vacant, appointed the remaining state officers, declared all seats of the legislature vacant, and set a date for the new elections: they also installed Hamilton Gamble as the military/provisional governor.  President Lincoln’s administration then recognized Gamble and his government as the local government of Missouri.  The state now had two governments with Governor Jackson still claiming control.  In Neosho, Missouri, under Jackson, the legislature passed an Ordinance of Secession from the Union the 28th of that October, becoming the 12th state of the Confederacy.  However, this is considered controversial as Jackson’s control over Missouri is in question since Gamble had been declared provisional governor and was recognized by the Federal government as being the legitimate government of Missouri.  The state was claimed by both the Union and the Confederacy, had two governments, and sent representation to governments from both sides.

Missouri’s citizens are now polarized into Union or Confederate supporters, eventually creating a raging civil war with the Civil War, pitting neighbors against neighbors.  Guerrilla warfare broke out and bushwhacking became prevalent in the rural areas of Missouri where sharp divisions between pro-Union and pro-Confederacy abounded.  Most guerrilla attacks or ambushes by bushwhackers were carried out by Confederate citizens and sometimes were on the verge of vigilantism.  Squads of bushwhackers were for the most part organized by groups of young civilian men generally in response to what was considered a Federal invasion of their state.  They took it upon themselves to ambush Federal forces and attack Unionist neighbors and it was not uncommon for bushwhackers to go from house-to-house, executing Unionists.  The government had a very difficult time determining if these were criminal acts or military attacks since the soldiers did not wear uniforms.

John Burton Chasteen, Sr. and Sarah had bought land three to four miles west of Bloomfield, first in 1852 and then added an additional section of 160 acres in 1858.  In 1860, John Burton Chasteen, Sr. is still living there in Castor Township, Stoddard Co, Missouri as enumerated in the Federal Census.  Round Pond, which no longer is in existence as it was drained and filled some years ago, was a little round pond in the western part of Weich Township, in the southern tip of Cape Girardeau Country.  It was southwest of the present-day town of Allenville, then on the Bloomfield Road, the now current County Road 254, and about 26 miles northeast of Bloomfield.  Travelers in those days often stopped there as a rest stop to refresh themselves and their animals.

In The History of Southeast Missouri[3] there is an article about John’s son, John Jr., which does not mention the incident of John Sr. being shot on his way home from Bloomfield after being released in connection with the Round Pond Massacre.  It does not mention military service for John Sr., only which “his sons-in-law and relatives were in the Confederate Army.”  It would seem that John Sr.’s daughter Mary Jane’s husband, Francis Marion Proffer, was a Confederate Soldier.  There is a Francis Marion Proffer, Private, 4th MO Field Artillery, Harris’s Battery, who enlisted in New Madrid Co, (which is just south of Stoddard) on October 1, 1862 at the age of 23[4].  This is certainly the right age as Mary Jane’s husband was born in 1838[5] or 1839[6].  He apparently also participated in Price’s Raid, an 1864 Confederate cavalry raid through the Trans-Mississippi Theater with Major General Sterling Price.  This is the only son-in-law that John had while he was alive as the other daughters were about nine, eight, and three-years-old (Hannah, Martha, and Sarah, respectively).  It would seem logical that John Sr. was pro-Confederacy but to what extent we may never know.

There are limited and varying accounts of what happened that fateful day. Union wagon trains were using this route regularly to carry supplies for General Davidson’s troops.  Southeast Missouri was a hotbed of fighting as controlling the area meant controlling the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.  The following are exerts from The War of the Rebellion, A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.[7] They are reports sent from Brigadier General Clinton B. Fisk. U.S. Army, commanding District of Southeast Missouri and from Colonel John B. Rogers, Second Missouri State Militia Calvary.

Colonel Rogers writes from Cape Girardeau on August 2, 1863, to Brig. Gen. Fisk that “the attack on the train last night was serious,” it was a surprise attack with ten men killed, two mortally wounded, and two slightly wounded.  The train was burned, save three wagons with the mules being recovered but all horses lost.  “There were but 12 of the attacking party.  There must have been inexcusable negligence; but in those swamps the party can approach very near before being seen.”[8]

On August 3, 1863, writing from Pilot Knob, Missouri to Major General John M. Schofield, Fisk states one of General Davidson’s trains of 30 wagons was attacked Saturday night, reiterates the message from Rogers and adds “the entire country along the border is swarming with guerillas…It requires more than half of the force in the district to guard General Davidson’s line of communication and garrison the posts of Bloomfield and Chalk Bluff [Arkansas].”[9] On the same date, Rogers sends another message to Fisk, “The guard was stronger then the attacking party, but the surprise was complete; they were shot in sleep.  It is difficult to guard against such surprise, as the swamp is close to the road and very dense.”  He reports the sergeant in charge of the captured train arrived and he concurred the attack was made from the swamp and “his sentinels on that side were killed instantly and the guerillas rushed on to the half-awakened men and killed them before resistance could be made.  Camping too close to the swamp was the fatal error.”[10]

In his compilation of records is also a correspondence from the Confederate Lieutenant Colonel J. Ellison, Commanding Tenth Missouri Calvary, writing Brig. Gen. J.S. Marmaduke on August 6th from Camp Brown (Union City, TN):

Capt. John McWherter, who has been out scouting on Crowley’s Ridge, has just arrived…Capt John McWherter and 8 other men had an engagement with the enemy at Round Ponds, on the road between Cape Girardeau and Bloomfield, MO. Captain J. [John McWherter] and the others belong to this command. An account of the fight is as follows: The above little party, finding that a train of wagons belonging to the enemy were on the road, followed, and when the guard, numbering 16, also the drivers, were asleep they rushed in on the camp and succeeded in killing and wounding 30.  Destroyed the entire train of 65 wagons by fire.”[11]

Capt John McWherter was associated with the 7th Regiment of the Missouri Calvary (sometimes called the 10th Regiment).  This was organized July 9, 1863 using Kitchen’s Cavalry as the core; its commanders also included the aforementioned Col Jess Ellison.  This unit was also a part of Price’s Missouri Expedition (Price’s Raid).  Listed in the rolls of soldiers for this unit are W. J. Chasteen/Shasteen (Sergeant in Co K.), J.B. Shasteen (Private, Co K and also noted as participating in Price’s Raid; however there is no more information other than his name, rank, and company listed) and a Private John Chastine.

According to these accounts, the ambush at Round Pond was perpetrated by a scouting party of Confederates and not by a group of Bushwhackers.  However, each side had very little tolerance for one another under these hostile conditions of hit-and-run raids and vigilantism, and John Burton Chasteen, Sr. died because of it.


[1] The Round Pond Massacre and the Death of John Burton Chasteen, 1 Aug 1863, By Susan Slap-Hoysagk was extracted from the Jul 07 and Oct 08 copies of the Chestnut Tree, the official organ and publication of The Pierre Chastain Family Association.

[2] Aug 10, 1861, Brig. Gen. Lyon is killed at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek by the Missouri State Guard; some of which were the same men who had surrendered to him just three months prior at Camp Jackson.  He is the first U.S. General to die in the Civil War

[3] Douglas, Robert Sidney (1912), The History of Southeast Missouri (Vol 2).  The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago and New York.

[4] Confederate Soldiers of Price’s Reid Surnames O through Sh.  Retrieved September 4, 2008 from http://www.mostateparks.com/ftdavidson/confed_OSh.pdf.

[5] 1870 U.S. Census, Bloomfield, Castor Township, Stoddard Co, MO, p.40

[6] 1870 U.S. Census, Bloomfield, Castor Township, Stoddard Co, MO, p.275.

[7] Ainsworth, Brig.Gen Fred C., Kirkley, Joseph W., & Moodey, John S. (1902).  The War of the Rebellion, A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. (Additions and Corrections to Series I, Vol. XXII).  Government Printing Office: Washington.  Pp. 466-468.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Ibid.

[11] Ainsworth, Brig.Gen Fred C., Kirkley, Joseph W., & Moodey, John S. (1902).  The War of the Rebellion, A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. (Additions and Corrections to Series I, Vol. XXII).  Government Printing Office: Washington.  Pp. 466-468.

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Foothills Media Salutes The Trucking Industry

Part of our mission at Foothills Media is to preserve the past but we also salute and wish to preserve our unique Ozarks culture of the present. Trucking remains a staple industry of those living here and we want to salute those in the industry with our new t-shirt. Thank you to the truckers. You keep America running! These shirts are 100% cotton. $25 each.

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Missouri Workers Need Protection Against Mandates

This is going to be a very short post. On August 23, 2021 President Joe Biden gave a press conference stating that the Pfizer Covid vaccine had been approved by the FDA. In that same press conference he urged businesses to mandate the vaccine or face “harsh restrictions”.

In short he knows the Federal government would have a hard time legally enforcing such a mandate so he is trying to bully businesses in to doing it.

I personally have serious reservations about any of the Covid vaccines and don’t wish to take it. There are other methods that are safer and more effective in preventing and treating Covid other than the vaccine but big Pharma doesn’t want doctors, nurses or the medical field in general, to use them (it doesn’t benefit them).

I’m not here to berate anyone who chooses the vaccine, as I believe it is a personal choice, and that is the point I am trying to make. Employees shouldn’t have to choose between putting a substance in their body that they don’t feel comfortable with.

I’ve created a petition asking Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt to take action preventing employers from mandating the Covid vaccine. Someone will undoubtedly comment that “If you don’t want to take it, find another job,” someone always does and to that I counter; How will you find another job when every employer has been threatened by the Biden administration to mandate the vaccine?

I’m asking for those who still believe in freedom of choice to please sign the petition by clicking on the link below.

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Holding Water

Farm Pond on Crowley’s Ridge, North Stoddard County, Missouri

I went to Mom and Dad’s Sunday for dinner. Afterwards one of my brothers took the 4-wheeler up in the hills to take a look at the old farm pond.

The farm used to belong to my Great Grandfather, who raised both crops and cattle on it.

The pond served a practical purpose for watering cattle back then, but in recent years was in need of repair.

This past Spring, Dad hired a local bulldozer operator to repair the levee and when my brother returned from investigating he reported, “It’s holding water.”

Curious as to what it looked like now, I took the 4-wheeler up to have a look for myself and take a few pictures.

Today the farm provides for an abundance of wildlife, which, no doubt, will appreciate the increased water level of the pond.

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A Personal Choice

Unproven Vaccinations Should Be A Choice Not A Mandate For Missouri’s Workers

For the most part this website covers subjects from the past, so forgive me for taking you on a brief trip into the future.

First I want to say that if you have taken the Covid vaccine, that is your choice and I would never try to attack you personally for doing so.

That being said the vaccine is controversial, and in my opinion, based on my research, can cause serious side effects and the fact that the FDA has approved Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is of no comfort to me.

In an article written by Ethan Huff and published on the Natural News website, Huff writes:

“A detailed report from Liberty Counsel, a legal team that specializes in human rights and religious cases, explains that just because the FDA has given a rubber stamp to the Pfizer jab does not mean that it is in any way “safe.”

The group cited national data collected in the government’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), which shows that nearly 600,000 people have incurred adverse events after getting injected with the Pfizer needle. Another 13,608 people and counting have died from the jab.

“The deaths in this data includes approximately 3,079 deaths after receiving the Pfizer shot,” Liberty Counsel wrote in its report, explaining that it is actively fighting against covid vaccine “mandates” at the corporate level.

“Regulators also said they determined there are increased risks of myocarditis and pericarditis, or heart inflammation, following administration of the shot, particularly within the seven days following the second dose of the two-dose regimen.”

Huff continues:

“People should be leery of anything coming from Pfizer to begin with, as the company has been embroiled in numerous multi-billion-dollar legal cases involving dangerous drugs it has peddled on sick people over the years.

Back in 2009, Pfizer subsidiary Pharmacia & Upjohn Company Inc. shelled out a whopping $2.3 billion in what became the largest health care fraud settlement in history against a pharmaceutical company.

At the time, Pfizer pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for illegally marketing four drugs, including the anti-inflammatory drug Bextra, an antipsychotic drug called Geodon, an antipsychotic called Zyvox, and an anti-epileptic drug called Lyrica.

Earlier, in 2004, Pfizer agreed to pay out $430 million to both federal and state governments for illegally marketing an epilepsy drug called Neurontin, which is prescribed for migraine headaches, chronic pain and bipolar disorder.

Is a company like this trustworthy when it comes to the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19)?”

My opinion is , no, Pfizer can not be trusted.

In a press conference held on August 23, 2021 President Joe Biden touted the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer Covid vaccine. While doing so he urged business owners to mandate the vaccine to their employees stating:

“If you’re a business leader, a nonprofit leader, a state or local labor who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do that. Require it. Do what I did last month and require your employees to get vaccinated or face strict requirements.”

Biden does not state outright that he himself will mandate the vaccine, instead he uses the threat of “strict requirements” to private businesses if THEY do not mandate it. Threatening others to get what he wants is one of his favorite tactics. A January 2, 2020 article published in The Hill magazine recounts the time Joe Biden bragged about strong-arming the entire country of Ukraine to protect his son Hunter Biden:

“In his own words, with video cameras rolling, he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t
immediately ire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.

“Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations event, insisting that President Obama was in on the threat.”

But the January 2, 2020 article published in The Hill magazine reports one detail that Biden didn’t mention when the cameras were rolling:

“But Ukrainian officials tell me there was one crucial piece of information that Biden must have known but didn’t mention to his audience: The prosecutor he got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member.

U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden’s American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts —usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia.”

So you may be asking what is the point of this article? It’s very simple, Joe Biden has a history of using strong-arm tactics to get what he wants and Pfizer has a history of paying fines for fraud and illegal marketing of its products. If you can’t trust the man who is telling businesses to mandate the vaccine and you can’t trust the company that makes the product being mandated, common sense dictates that you can’t trust the product itself.

Allowing businesses to take away medical choice of employees over their bodies sets a dangerous precedent. It will erode the rights of workers and give control of workers bodies and medical choice to their employer.

Again if you want to take the vaccine, I’m not advocating preventing you from doing that but if President Biden’s threat of “harsh restrictions” to employers who don’t mandate the vaccine scares the hell out of you (as it does me) then I urge you to sign the petition (by clicking on the link below ) calling on Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt to prohibit corporations from forcing workers to take a medical treatment they are uncomfortable with.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION ASKING MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC SCHMITT TO PROTECT MISSOURI WORKERS FROM FORCED VACCINATIONS

I Love: Memories Made With Tom T. Hall

Tom T. Hall (Photo courtesy of NPR)

From local NPR affiliate KRCU, Cape Girardeau, Missouri:

“NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tom T. Hall, the singer-songwriter who composed “Harper Valley P.T.A.” and sang about life’s simple joys as country music’s consummate blue-collar bard, has died. He was 85.

His son, Dean Hall, confirmed the musician’s death on Friday at his home in Franklin, Tenn. Known as “The Storyteller” for his unadorned yet incisive lyrics, Hall composed hundreds of songs.”

As NPR correctly points out Tom T. Hall composed hundreds of songs but one particular song penned by Hall holds a special place in my heart.

When I was a young child my grandmother worked second shift at a local hospital in Chaffee, Missouri. Like many women of her era, Grandma never learned to drive, so my father would often have to pick her up when her work day was over and in the summertime when school was out of session, I would often ride with him.

Our entertainment on the drive was AM radio. I was fascinated at the stations from across America we could pick up at night, Chicago, New Orleans and all points in between. No matter the location of the station our car radio landed on, the format was the same, Country music.

One of the more popular songs of the time was Tom T. Hall’s “I Love”. I learned this song by singing it with Dad on those drives.

“I love little baby ducks, old pick-up trucks
Slow movin’ trains and rain
I love little country streams, sleep without dreams
Sunday school in May and hay

And I love you too…”

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Eastern Ozarks Band, HTHH Plays Sturgis

Local Carter County, Missouri band Harder Than Her Husband plays the main stage at Full Throttle Saloon at Sturgis, South Dakota. Full Throttle was made famous as a tv reality show open 10 days a year during the Sturgis motorcycle rally. The show features owner Mike Ballard, his wife Angie Ballard and Jesse James Dupree of the music group Jackyl. For more info on the band visit their Facebook page.

Carter County, Missouri natives Harder Than Her Husband play the main stage at Full Throttle Saloon, Sturgis, S.D. August, 2021 Click Here to watch.

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Unlikely Friend

Ed Boston Dorrer

The first time I met Ed “Boston” Dorrer he was at the Bollinger County Eagles in 2010. It was a memorable day. My kids were at their mother’s house , dark clouds were on the horizon and tornado warnings filled the airwaves, a typical stormy Spring day in Southeast, Missouri.

Looking back leaving the house to go hang out with my friends in a metal building to wait out an impending tornado was not exactly the smartest decision but I’m so glad I did.

The first face I recognized was Dennis Willis, so I headed for his table, and a fateful meeting with “Boston”. With a scowl on his face he looked at me and said, “I don’t like people I don’t know sitting at my table.”

To which I replied, “Well it’s not just your table, it’s “Chief’s” too and besides, around here we put the Yankees outside to watch for funnel clouds.”

It was at this point “Boston” laughed and “allowed” me to sit at “his” table. It was his test and I had just passed it. It was the beginning of many friendly “arguments” between he and I.

“Boston” was a red-blooded American who had staked his claim in Marble Hill. He loved it here and convinced others to move here as well. Noone or no force of nature was going to move him either.

His house sat next to Crooked Creek and one time, during a flood, I went to check on him. When I arrived at his house, there he stood on his front porch wearing his “newsboy” hat, a sweatshirt, shorts and rubber boots, comical yet defiant. He informed me that he had already secured his possessions and wasn’t going anywhere. That was “Boston.”

He was a good friend to me , and many others in the area and once told me not long after moving here, that he had fallen upon “hard times” but the people of this town helped him out. He never forgot their generosity and afterwards you could find him at the Food Pantry, every Tuesday, helping area residents out just as they had helped him. Some people talked about caring, “Boston” proved he did through his actions.

Rest In Peace my Yankee friend.

– Clint Lacy

Sasquatch Investigations in the Eastern Ozarks.

I’m posting Part 2 of The Current River Killer. I did not produce these documentaries, that credit goes to Sasquatch Theory over at YouTube. If .you missed Part 1 you can watch it by clicking on this link.

Of course residents of Bollinger County, Missouri may be surprised to learn of a Sasquatch sighting which occurred near Grassy, on the Castor River in 2012.

According to the report, the incident occurred on July 27, 2012 the person being interviewed stated:

“While at our cabin at Castor River in Bollinger Co Missouri our 14 yr old son and his friend witnessed what they said appeared to be a 7-8 ft tall human like creature knock down a dead tree across the river in their direction. (my wife and I were at the spot the day before and the tree wasn’t there..when we went the next morning we seen it in the river) It then landed in the water and stood there, it started towards them and they ran back to our cabin. Before this happened they heard rocks or something being thrown into the water. This occurred about 10-11 at night while the boys were in the river gigging. Which is knee to waist deep. These boys are all boy and spend nights out in tents at the river and woods.. This night they were extremely upset and scared and wouldn’t stay in the tent. They wanted to leave that night and come home! I don’t know what they seen, but I don’t think they are making this up, they were truly scared!!”

You can read the full report by clicking on this link.

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