We will have our books for sale and be encouraging families to write their stories.

Join us at the OCMO History Club Meeting. Mike Crawford will be talking about the Wilderness and will be showcasing the new books.

Oregon County History: The Irish Wilderness Yesterday and Today by Mike Crawford


Historical Sketches of the Warm Fork Hill Country by Joe Senn, Dorys Ward, and sketches by Anita Caldwell

We will be at Koshkonong Festival: Sept 12th Saturday, Thayer Homecoming Football Game: Sept 18th Friday, Thayer Alumni Banquet: Sept 19th Saturday, Myrtle Days, September 26th Saturday, and Alton Black Gold Festival: Oct. 3rd Saturday.

July 10  2015 Meeting at the Mammoth Spring Park Railroad Station Museum Depot at 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Attendees: Many visitors plus OCMO members Marge Shipp, Jenny Underwood, Billie Rae Mooney, D.J. Ashford, Lindan Caldwell, Cheyenne Archer

Brief announcement of activities and treasurers report

Subject was Train and Plane wrecks in the area.

The first train wreck was in 1914. There were two train wrecks in 1973. The second train was filled with Sears Merchandise which was purchased in bulk by the Washams of Mammoth Spring. There were boats and divers dragging up sheets, towels, fabric, socks and all manner of dry goods. Hordes of people showed up over the 3 day event. Much of the merchandise is still in use in households today. A Centennial dress was made by Ms. Mainprize, an old time outfit was made by Ms. Nikki Barbee, and a dolls dress was made by Betty Bamber. Another train wreck was up near Koshkonong and had cases of liquor. Some of the local boys left school and went up to get the liquor which they hid in the brush. But the County Sheriff retrieved the liquor. There were cases of apples which were sold locally.

In 1947, there were only two airplanes in Oregon County. On the fateful day, their wings collided and both crashed. Mr. Shepherd died but the other pilot survived after landing in a tree. In 1959, a Navy jetfighter caught fire and was ditched near Sloan’s Ford on OO Highway. The pilot also landed in a tree and survived. There was metal strowed all up and down the area.

In a crash in 1979, a plane piloted by a woman flew into a house. Inside the house were four people playing cards who were able to escape the falling engine. The house owner got a long ladder and escorted the woman down. She said, “I don’t like heights and I don’t like laddersplane-house-1979-1.” which begs the question of why she was flying. Her husband had a minor injury. Rumor has it she never flew again.

We will be posting some of the stories and pictures. We had a great time with people remembering the wrecks. Thanks to all who participated.


Is having the meeting this month, June 12, at the Country Cottage Cafe at noon. We will be electing officers; selecting volunteers from each area of Oregon County; Delegating responsibilities; Discussion for where the next meeting will be held in July.

We are getting involved in events that further discovery of our pasts in Oregon County and preservation of the past for the future.

We need members to join us and discover the thrill of finding our past. We also would like to get younger kids involved and to this extent, we are offering a $200 scholarship to a senior in Oregon County. The student must investigate their family histories by research, talking to older family members, internet, etc. to gain the information about their family. They will Write an essay telling us about their family. Whether a student wins or not, their story will be in the Oregon County Book 2.

Call Marge at 280-69912, Jenny at 280-6941, or Eva at 280-6459 if you have questions or come by and joins us every second Friday.

Membership if free. The Society supports itself with Oregon County Books sales.

Come join us.

We will be talking about the upcoming Memorial Day Events in Alton starring our author Bill Combs.

He will be traveling from Dallas for Homecoming and will be available to tell stories and sign his book.

Thursday May 21st: 10-1 at the Thayer Senior Centers

Friday May 22nd: 5-6 Alton Square Party

Saturday May 23rd: 11:30 to 2:00 Cafe next to Annie’s Florist in Alton

Saturday My 23rd: 5-6 Alton Alumni Banquet at Alton School.

The program will be conducted by Sheriff George Underwood about the history of Sheriffs and law enforcement in Oregon County. Remember that we have several books you can order from amazon.com


We have OREGON COUNTY HISTORY Part 1 (Sample book), OREGON COUNTY HISTORY (big book) and OREGY COUNTY GROWING UP (written by Bill Combs)


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