Volume 3, Number 9
Col. Albert Cummins, who sees to the mailing of the Quarterlies, (and by the way, Dr. Clark saw to it that we now have those little metal name-plates which mean your magazine can go quickly to you) reports that the last issue went thus: 297 to Missouri; 2 to the foreign countries of North Wales and Canada; the remainder to these states: 51 to Calif., 17 to Kansas, 15 to Texas, 14 to Washington, 12 to Oklahoma, 11 to Illinois, 10 to Cob., 6 to Ariz., and to Ore., 5 to Iowa, 4 to Dist. of Columbia and to Utah, 3 to Conn., Neb., N.M., Ohio, Penna., and Tenn.; 2 to Kentucky, Maryland, Mich., and Wis., one to Fla., Ga., Hawaii, Ind., La., Maine, Mont, and N.J.
Mrs. Laura R. Sharp, Vislia, Calif. wants information concerning the Columbus Benton Sharp family, from Columbus and his second wife, Martha Katherine Morris, or Morris Sharp. Martha was born Dec. 17, 1854 in Ky., her parents in N. C., her mother a Weinbach(k)er, her father Maurice ???.
Virginia Oliver, Viksburg, Miss., knows her great-grandfather was James Oliver of Taney County. He served in the Union Army and died in 1868 of wounds he received in 1864. Her grandfather was Elijah Oliver, he was killed by a run-a-way horse in 1874 or 1875. Her father was Oscar D. Oliver born near Forsyth in July 1875. Do you know any more concerning this family?
Mrs. R. J. Zimmerman, East Peoria, Ill., says, "A daughter of Amy Wellington, I am interested in the Quarterly, after Mrs. Carl Sims told me about it." Also she sent a membership for Mrs. P. J. Fornoff of Peoria.
Leo Carson Davis, Mountain Home, Ark., sends us four dollars for two year membership dues. He is completing work for a Master's Degree in Natural Science at the University of Arkansas. His thesis is on the "Herptofauna" of the cave he has been excavating in Newton County since 1967. He has been granted a fellowship at a neighboring state university to work on his Ph. D., but said, "It looks now as though the U. S. Army is going to interrupt those plans for a couple of years.
As you read the diary of W. B. Cox you might keep in mind, for you just might be a new member, that Cox identifies with Stone County around Galena, "Crane Crick," and McCullagh's Spring. He went from there to Rolla to enlist in Co. B. 6th Mo. Vol. Cavalry. Dr. Kemp says, "Company B was largely a Stone County organization. My great-uncle, James A. Melton, was 1st Lieut. and my grandfather, Joel D. Melton, was one of the sergeants. 'James A.' later transferred to the 2nd Arkansas (Union) Cavalry under Col. Phelps and ended the war as Major Melton, much distinguished as a scourge of the bushwackers along the Mo.-Ark. border.
"Cox after the war lived for many years in the Oto (post office) neighborhood, some six miles or so "up" James River from Galena. There he was a successful farmer and at times a governmental offical, altogether an open hearted, friendly, outgoing person, well known and well loved, by all who knew him."
Will you please keep searching old Bibles and other books and letters and files for material concerning your family or the area? Lets us begin to search for facts and dates such as those from old wills and marriage records, cemetery records, church minutes, or land grants. Please remember, too, that I cannot type for a printer, so if over two pages please type double space or ask me to arrange to have it typed. We can take pictures of pictures and some other items. Perhaps you will find an old booklet that gives history and names and dates. Do take a look. We need more material from Douglas, Ozark, and Christian counties in Missouri and from the two counties of Arkansas, Carroll and Marion.
I was glad when the Society elected Dr. M. Graham Clark its president. Without Dr. Clark and the banks of Taney and Stone Counties I could not have continued the Quarterly for three and one-half years without an Annual Meeting or regularly elected officers.
Sometimes Myking will say, "You and Dr. Clark get along so well, because you are so much alike." Fine. This I admit. Dr. Clark and I, each, believe in helping others to do fine things. This year along with the other officers, each competent in his or her field, we will help you to collect and put into print for those to come to read, the history of your area and of your people...of our people, for surely more than twenty-five years of living among you makes the Clarks and the Mehuses "belong."
(There, there, I forgot, I am not an officer, I an an editor without portfolio, but one most interested.)
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