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Myron Harrison Strong

Myron Harrison Strong of Ozark Missouri was closely associated with General Ulysses S. Grant. He recalled his military service with Grant during a 1921 interview.

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Anxious to wed

Was it difficult to secure a marriage license in the 1800's? This newspaper article illustrates just how easy it could be.

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A White New Year's

A New Year's snowfall was captured by Springfield newspaper photographer Betty Love in 1948. The cold kept most people indoors.

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Mary E. Wilson Home for Aged Women

After being open only two years, the Mary E. Wilson Home for Aged Women reached max capacity. The home’s board of directors launched a fiscal campaign to add an additional sixteen rooms to the home.

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Tracy Richardson

The biography and obituary of Tracy Richardson, soldier of fortune, and veteran of both World Wars. He was best known for his involvement in several conflicts in South and Central America.

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Ghostly Abode

Who was haunting the house on the Everton Road? The ghost house on the Sac River is described in a 1916 Ash Grove Commonwealth article. Several local people had briefly visited the house and expressed no desire to visit again.

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Missouri Monsters 2

The Ozarks have been home to many mysterious and mythical creatures over the years. Here are just a few of the well-known creatures of the Ozarks and just a few of their tales. 

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Missouri Monsters Part 1

The Ozarks have been home to many mysterious and mythical creatures over the years. Here are just a few of the well-known creatures of the Ozarks and just a few of their tales. 

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Fire on Jordan Creek

A fire in Jordan Creek threaten to burn the Frisco freight house in 1908. There was concern that the fire would also ignite a shipment of dynamite that was on a switch next to the creek. Oil run-off was believed to have been the cause of the fire.

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Schools for Sale

A list of school properties for sale in 1923 included Phelps and Rogers Schools, whose buildings and grounds were sold outright. Other schools were selling off portable buildings and sheds. 

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Labor Day Parade

The 1953 Labor Day Parade featured an estimated 1,000 people including the Meat Cutters No. 536, the Women's International Union Label League and the American Federation of Grain Millers.

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