Volume 3, Number 9
For the first time in three years the White River Valley Historical Society met, Friday evening August 29, and elected a full slate of officers. These are: President, Dr. M. Graham Clark, Point Lookout; first vice-president, Mrs. Ruby M. Robins, Gainesville; second vice-president, Mr. John Davidson, Branson; secretary, Col. Albert D. Cummings, Branson; treasurer, Mrs. Dorothy Standlee, Hollister; Historian, Mr. Elmo Ingenthron, Kirbyville; Board members; One year term: Carrol County, Ark., Coy Logan, Berryville; Douglas County, Missouri, Elmer Curry, Ava; Two year team: Stone County, Missouri, Mary Scott Hair, Hurely; Christian County, Mo., Mrs. Lucille Adams Anderson, Ozark, Mo. Three year term: Ozark County, Mo., Stella Luna, Gainesville; Taney County, Mo., Mrs. Rockwell Fletcher, Branson; Marion County Ark., Mrs. L.D. Burns, Yellville.
During the past three years the Society remained active through its "Quarterly" magazine edited by Jewell Ross Mehus, mailed by Col. Cummings, with Mrs. Standles, watchdog of the treasury, aided by the School of the Ozarks and the banks of Taney and Stone Counties.
Col. Cummings announced a present mailing list of 509. This means a membership come-up from the low of two years ago, but a let-down from he peak of four and five years ago.
Dr. Clark promised that the Society would work and produce on other fronts as well as support a better quarterly.
Mrs. Lucille Anderson, of Ozark, librarian of the local insitution, a former newspaper woman of St. Louis, read by thousands, and newly elected board member, said she would contriubute history from Christian County.
Mrs. Fletcher, board member from Taney County, lives its history. Her scrap books are mines of information. Three days later she brought in three new memberships.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Jackson, "newcomers" from Kansas City, want to know more of the history of the area and to help find it, so took two names for research.
Dr. Robert Good spoke on his favorite subject, "The School of the Ozarks," and gave food for thought. He said that no building on the campus was ever asked for-each came as an unsolicited gift. The dining room came after a man and his wife watched the youngsters sitting out waiting their turn in the small dining room. The couple started home, then returned to give a new dining hall.
Dr. Good always appears to enjoy telling how Dr. William R. Dobyns saved and helped the school to grow after the fire in Forsyth. This Kansas Cityan studied the property of the "Maine Club" and the club accepted the $15,000 insurance money instead of demanding the first price it set of $18,000.
For a local history story Dr. Good told of Mr. McConkey, grand old lawyer of Forsyth, who defended a Mr. Todd, the man who owned more land in Taney County than did any other person. McConkey defended Todd in a slander case and won the verdict for his client. Todd went to McConkey's office. There was Mr. McConkey walking up and down the room repeating, "Shall I charge him 250 dollars or 500 dollars?" Todd entered, asked, "What do I owe you?" The lawyer stopped, looked up, and answered, "One thousand dollars."
In 1911 the Bank of Protem had resources listed at $33,212.93 H. F. Owen president, E. E. Stires Cashier, Board of Directors were John R. Owen, Effie L. Stires, E. E. Stires. In 1912 March 21st.
From the Republican.
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