Volume 2 , Number 3 , Spring 1965
Mrs. Jewell Ross Mehus of Branson, a Sustaining Member since 1962, has consented to take over the editorship of our Quarterly, beginning with the Summer 1965 issue. She has had considerable experience as an editor, and we are very fortunate to have as talented a person as Mrs. Mehus interested in the history of the White River Valley.
Working on the Quarterly has been a pleasant chore for me, but one which I must give up since I plan to be away from Missouri for about a year.
While I have been editor, the most important work has been done by other people. I should like to express my appreciation to all of you who have given us such interesting articles for the Quarterly, and to the many members who have loaned photographs and contributed in other ways.
I am especially grateful to Mr. Leslie Brock for all the work he has done on the Quarterly, and special thanks to Mary Scott Hair, Elmo Ingenthron, W. E. Freeland, Dr. R M. Good, and to Maxine Evans and her mailing committee.
The first thing which we must do to help the new editor is to see that she has something to edit. Each of us has a story about a member of our family, a family history, or the history of a church, business, profession or a community. Write them down and send the manuscripts to Mrs. Jewel1 Ross Mehus, Flag Route, Branson, Mo.
There are disappearing customs and traditions you can write about. It takes no great sociologist to recognize that our old customs have all but died out and are being replaced by new ones. Each year there is less and less to distinguish Ozarkians from people in the rest of the country. This melting-pot action may be all to the good, but if this generation neglects to preserve, in writing, some of our customs, traditions and history while they are still in our memories then it is likely that we will be remembered, if at all, as stereotype & hillbillies who spoke in a comic dialect. If, in the history of mankind, the people of the Ozarks loom no larger than a footnote, let us be sure the source material is authentic and not left to the imagination of strangers.
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