The OCMO History Club will meet at noon on Friday August 8 at the Country Cottage Restaurant.

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We presented Taylor Emberton a scholarship from the OCMO History club based on her essay on what growing up in Oregon County has meant to her. There were a number of young people at the meeting and we challenged them to become like Dorothy Ellis who had a calling to save Grand Gulf when she was not much older and did it even though it took 40 years. Then she fought to save the Wilderness (12 years), Greer Mill, and the Scenic Riverways National designation. Dorothy preserved History by preserving our pristine forests, rivers and caves. September meeting will be at Grand Gulf on the 12th and Dorothy will take us on the journey of saving important historical places.

Will McNeal and Ashley Downs from the Forest Service gave us updates on the Greer Mill preservation. A group from Colorado will come down in September to assess the repairs of the foundation, walls and roof. The Friends of the Eleven Point River have been raising funds. They hope to add a visitors sign and a porch to the building.

We are moving ahead on the History Books. The Summary Book is now published but won’t be sold until we get the Blue Book Reprint complete which we will sell at Fall Festivals in the area and online on Amazon and Createspace.com. The new book of events and families that were not in the original Blue book is evolving but we need family histories and updates. Had submissions on the Railroad from Max Evans and several more posts from the “You Know you are from Oregon County if…” Will need some additional help to set up how to finish, sell, and account for books sold. Tell your friends and family to email stories and history to ocmohistory@gmail.com.

Lou Wehmer reported on his study fo Civil War skirmishes and guerilla wars (both North and South). He followed Devil Dick and the killing of Boze at Braswell Spring. John J. Sitton, County Sheriff after the war kept a diary before and after the way where he told of soldiers who died. In January 1865, at the end of the war, Senei Evans talked about battle at Evans Mill on English Creek. Lou is working on a Book. He edited a bookwritten by Colonel William Monks: A History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas at http://colonelmonks.com/. He also has a video telling a story of Oregon County at https://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=spigot-nt-gcmac&ei=utf-8&ilc=12&type=576859&p=lou%20wehmer


We are sponsoring a Granny Blue Day on November 8, 2014. She was a colorful pioneer who lived in these parts. We will have proclamations signed by Mayors of Thayer and Mammoth Spring. We want to put a gravestone on the Granny Blue farm near NB Allen Ford on Barren Hollow Road to honor the seven or more Civil War soldiers there. Mike Walters and his men of Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #203are getting the stone and want to place it on the Granny Blue day.

Which manages Grand Gulf and other parks in Missouri at http://ladfoundation.org/index.html

Ms. Owen (an early Geologist and Caver)  made a trek to Oregon County and visited Greer with the caves. Then she went to Grand Gulf. She was able to go back into the cave, get in a boat and actually float out into the underground lake. A tornado closed the entrance in the late 1920’s so it’s virtually impassable now. She recants the white blind cave fish and many interesting observations. Her book is free through the Guttenberg Press at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17354

This is Frisco Spring in Thayer MO. Enjoy the trip. I grew up above this spring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqO3vJm4uGs

At the Country Cottage Restaurant in Thayer, MO at noon. Be there!

Taylor Lee Emberton of Myrtle, Mo. will be attending college in the fall and will take a donation from the Oregon County History Club with her.


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