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Missouri battles the longhorns' Texas fever

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Longhorn cattle drives through the MOzarks

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Death ring conspiracy haunts the Osage

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When the steamboat Sultana headed upriver from Vicksburg on the night of April 24, 1865, with Emanuel Yeisley and the rest of its vastly overloaded cargo of released prisoners of war, it was steaming toward the worst maritime disaster in American waters.

  • Submitted by Paul W. Johns
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From hell on the land to hell on the river

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These two people were both born in Springfield. The man was known both locally and nationally in the entertainment field, while the woman made her mark on local television, and they were in-laws.

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One of the most famous of all bronc riders and rodeo clowns had many connections to the MOzarks. His name was Louis Burton Lindley Jr., but you may remember him by his rodeo and acting name of Slim Pickens.

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Actress, inventor, a tragic ending

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By 1912, Florence Lawrence was being hailed in newspaper articles as “Everybody’s favorite, the most popular girl in moving pictures.” That was also the year her career took another turn when she and her husband made a deal with their old boss, Carl Laemmle and formed their own movie company…

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When Florence Lawrence was fired by Biograph Studios, they immediately began to pass off another unknown actress as The Biograph Girl, but the movie-going public were not be fooled. They flooded them with letters and wrote letters to the fledgling movie magazines complaining about the switch…

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The first publicized appearance of an American movie star took place at Union Station in St. Louis March 25, 1910. We know it was the first of its kind because the movie star who made the appearance was without doubt America’s very first movie star.

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At Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, if you know where to look, you can find a most spectacular woodcarving over a century old. It is a huge lion in a cage all carved from one piece of wood which came from the massive trunk of a sycamore tree.

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The noted painter and artist from Springfield, Ralph Chesley Ott, seemed to have it made in 1910. He was being paid the princely sum of $10,000 a year as the director of Edward Gardner Lewis’ Art Institute at University City in St. Louis. Lewis had even paid for an expedition to Egypt so Ott…

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The last of the trio of forgotten artists from Springfield is Ralph Chesley Ott. He was born in Springfield June 24, 1871, to Eli and Mary (Cannefax) Ott, who were both from Switzerland. Eli was an attorney, probate judge and county clerk in Greene County. Mary was the daughter of Chesley Ca…

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The last of the trio of forgotten artists from Springfield is Ralph Chesley Ott. He was born in Springfield June 24, 1871, to Eli and Mary (Cannefax) Ott, who were both from Switzerland. Eli was an attorney, probate judge and county clerk in Greene County. Mary was the daughter of Chesley Ca…

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In the last century there were some amazing artists in the MOzarks, centered in and around Springfield, who left their mark on the MOzarks, but may not be remembered today by the average citizen.

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I recently ran across a postcard showing a large building identified on the back as the Administration Building, U.S. Federal Hospital For Defective Delinquents, Springfield, Missouri. The postcard was mailed from Carthage by the Carthage Marble Corporation and went on to say, “Carthage exte…

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In the aftermath of the horrific Greenlease Kidnapping, ex-con Carl Hall and his paramour, as she was described in a newspaper article, were tried and convicted. Both confessed and neither asked for leniency nor appealed their death sentence.

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Mobsters in the Mozarks and a car bombing at Table Rock 

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Do you know Cedar County has a historical society? Do you know the society maintains a museum? Do you know both are made possible by members who volunteer their time, and by donations from people like you? Do you get the feeling I am leading up to something? You would be correct. We need you…

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There were two brothers from Missouri, and one of the brother’s son, all with the surname of Beery, who had long and successful careers as actors. Their names are not household names today, but you may nevertheless recognize at least one of their faces.

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Grounds for murder in the Coffee Pot Tavern

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It rained hard the evening of Wednesday, July 7, 1909. In fact, the Springfield Weather Bureau reported the rain for that date broke the record for any rainfall since the bureau was established there in 1887. Over 6.5 inches of rain fell in a few hours. Three of those inches of rain fell bet…

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This year is the 80th annual Ozark Empire Fair. The very first Ozark Empire District Free Fair — as it was called then — was held in October 1937.

  • By Paul Johns
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This Missourian was a giant in all his chosen professions

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This fi rst installment of the 100-year column comes late, so it includes entries from January and February, 1916. The Cedar County Republican will select news items and articles from each week’s 1916 edition for a compilation to run in the last week’s issue of each month.

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The historic Phelps Grove Park of Springfield

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It’s difficult to know if Emmett Dalton, the youngest of the Dalton Brothers, would have turned to crime if not for the influence of his older brothers. In 1887, Emmett, then 16 years old, left home to work as a cowboy on a near-by ranch in the Indian Territory. In May 1889, he spent nine da…

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It is said Bob Dalton wanted to outdo the James Gang, which was the incentive for attempting to rob two banks at once in broad daylight in Coffeyville, Kansas. In one respect, they did outdo the James Gang in the carnage resulting from the attempt. It was worse even than the James- Younger G…