Volume 4 , Number 2, Winter 1970-71
As we grow older it seems that too often we must say "Farewell" to fellow workers and friends. Myking and I were away for three months.
We came home to learn that Ralph D. McPherson and Frances McConkey will not attend the next meeting of the Society. Mr. McPherson died in December and Miss McConkey in January. They served as president and vice-president of the Historical Society in 1963-64. However, they served the society all its years of being. So, I feel certain that when we meet again we will recognize their spirits hovering over the group urging us to continue the good work they helped as charter members to start.
I visited with Frances the day before we left in December. She told me that she had been going through boxes getting together material she thought would be of interest to the Quarterly and its readers.
May we continue to be worthy of their friendship and works.
At the Annual meeting held at Ozark this summer I once again insisted that the Quaterly is not my magazine, but that it belongs to the Historical Society and the material for it must be supplied by the members. Several persons came up to say they were going to at once write and send material concerning their families or of the area... Harriet Massay and her brother, Andrew Howard, came across in fine shape as you will note. Now will more of you follow suit.
Dr. C. F. Scotten, Sedalia, sent a copy of "A History of the Pettis County Historical Society and Museum", written by him. The booklet gives one a capsule history of the County as well as of the society. The latter organized in 1943 by eleven persons who each gave one~ dollar to start the "infant". The accomplishments seem fantastic...but really only the things that any interested group might accomplish if none "leave it to George". They have in Pettis County designated Landmarks- and set up plaques and written histories of these. They restored a little Red School House. Every president led his group to do more and more. Little wonder with such men as J. L. Curry, Judge J. V. Kesterson, Scotten, George H. Scruton, Jr., and Luther J. Luckett as leaders and with Mrs. E. F. Yancey, Miss Nina Harris, Mrs. Frank Leach, Judge Dimmit Hoffman, Mrs. T. H. Yount, Judge Donald S. Lamm, Sr., and scores of other workers...They have set up, too, a fine museum in the Court House in Sedalia...
John Gerten has had a one-man exhibit during the month of January at the Spokane (Washington) Main Library: oils, water colors, prints, and etchings, 62 pictures in all.
Col. Carter L Hilsabech, USA Ret., asks "Does any one have knowledge of John Hilsabeckss life in Taney County?" He owned and operated the Hilsabeck Hotel in Forsyth until 1917.
Lessie J. Carter, Colorado, writes: "I had a great great grandfather whose name was John Turnbo, Jr. Sometimes it is spelled Turnbaugh. His daughter, Margaret, married Levi Wooley. Sr., Oct. 6, 1817. She was born Oct. 6, 1792. Her husband was born in 1789. They came from Ohio County, Kentucky. They came to Cape Fair, Mo., about 1830. Their 2nd son, W. C. Wooley, was my great grandpa. He married Catherine Willaims, Jan. 5, 1838. He died Jan. 4, 1854. John Turnbo, Jr.s wife was Barbara Ann Robinson. I think they were married near Cape Fair or Galena. Levi Wooley, Sr., was sheriff and collector for Taney County, Mo. in 1850. My grandmother, Sarah Frances Wooley, as eldest child, born Dec. 12, 1840 at Galena, Stone County. She died Mar. 15, 1932. She married Thomas J. Carter, Oct. 1859. She had five sisters and one brother. I would like to know more about the Turnbos. I have record from Margaret Turnbo on down, to exchange."
Bertha Dye Larson says: "I have received mail at Eau de Vie and Chestnut Ridge. Then there were other post offices in the county. However I suppose the community was too small or too short-lived to be counted.
"My uncle, Wm. J. Larkins, had a P.O. and store on Greenmound Ridge between Highland and the old Eau de Vie site. It was called Strait. A family by the name of Norwine had a P.O. and a store on Woods Fork, near the old Liberty school house, which was popular for a number of years. I tried to find a post mark but could only find a card addressed to me at Norwine. Both of these offices were served from Ozark. A cousin advises me that her father only had Strait for about three years, 1906-1909 (approx.) I do not know how long it was there after he gave it up.
Jewel Ross Mehus
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