History

This past week, I noticed the neat sidewalk work on the bridge over the railroad tracks leading into downtown Willow Springs. It brought to mind the importance of this entryway into town. Over the decades, it has been known by several names, like overhead, overpass, railroad underpass, viaduct,...
Photo taken by Norm Johnston, husband of Class of 65 member Annette (Tetrick) Johnson.
Alums may be getting older, but Alumni Weekend never gets old. It seems to get better thanks to the hard work of Tom and Phyllis White and the numerous volunteers.    Appreciation is also due hosts John and Valerie Kissee Bailey, along with Wendell and Jane Bailey, for the Bailey Chevrolet...
Attending the annual Willow Springs Alumni picnic this past weekend, I spoke with several old friends about Radio Station KUKU and growing up in the days of live radio. Today, most local radio stations are automated or playing network programming exclusively without the spontaneity of live on-air...
Nick Pope was the keynote speaker at the Ozark Mountain UFO Conference I most wanted to see. Pope is a former employee of the British Ministry of Defense, as part of the Secretariat Air Staff, commonly known as the UFO Desk. Because of his official investigations of UFOs and other mysteries for...
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I’ve mentioned in previous articles that I grew up in Willow Springs, next door to the author of this article, J. Carl Ferguson, who told this story to me a few years later. This story was written by Ferguson in 1969 for the maiden issue of the Howell County Historical Society newsletter, Volume...
“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland     In Part 1, I suggested UFOs, now referred to by the U.S. Government as UAPs (unidentified anomalous...
I’ve written about the multiple-family wagon train that arrived in northern Howell County shortly after the Civil War, following a long journey from Midland, Tennessee, via horseback and oxcart. Though an inauspicious arrival, these people would become future Howell County leaders, and their...
It is nearly impossible to log on to the internet or turn on the TV without seeing a new report about UFOs, now referred to by the U.S. Government as UAPs (unidentified anomalous phenomena). It is worth noting that both acronyms refer to unidentified objects and not necessarily one from outer...
I’ve heard about him for the greater portion of my life. My mother’s family was from Marshall, Missouri, where he was a legend. His gravesite draws the most visitors of any in Ridge Park Cemetery, for that matter, any cemetery in Saline County, the resting place of many famous Missourians. His...
In my teenage years during the late 1960s, a favorite swimming hole was to be found on the Jacks Fork River at the State Highway 17 Bridge. That’s what we called it, “The Seventeen Bridge,” or “Cardinal Acres.” I also heard it called “Rat Cliff,” or at least that’s what I thought my buddy Fred...

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