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Christmas Shopping in Callaway County: Hit the Bricks!

150 150 Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

  “It was my privilege to ride twice across the Kingdom of Callaway, and to talk with its hospitable inhabitants.” – Raymond Weeks, circa 1890 Over a century later Weeks words resonated with me as I toured Callaway County’s cities and villages. Fulton, the seat of Callaway County is a charming destination brimming with character and hospitable inhabitants- a perfect…

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Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huan for Population 91.

Immanuel Lutheran Church at Pilot Knob

1851 2050 Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman The Population 91 team returned to the battlefield mid-morning of Sunday, September 24, 2017. At the entrance of Fort Davidson State Historic Site we turned the opposite direction, north, towards Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession at the corner of Pine and Ziegler streets in Pilot Knob. Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman for…

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The Bank of Waynesville the morning after the robbery. A slab of steel was hurled through the large window at far right. Hundreds of citizens viewed the damage over the next three days. Courtesy of Jim Mitchell.

“Cussed and Discussed” The 1917 Waynesville Bank Robbery

637 460 Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

The following article first appeared in the 2017 edition of the Old Settlers Gazette published by the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum & Foundation in Waynesville, Missouri. Each year the publication is provided free of charge, thanks to enthusiastic advertisers, in anticipation of the Old Settlers Day festival held in July. Past issues are available online at www.oldstagecoachstop.org. Pulaski County Tourism…

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The 1909 Peoria, Illinois Balloon Race

2592 1936 Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

The modern interstate system has made the trip from Peoria, Illinois to Dixon, Missouri possible in just a little more than four and a quarter hours. During 1909 that trip took H. Eugene Honeywell, and George E. Smith just over 17 hours- in a balloon.

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Did this beaver felt hat belong to James Handy Moore's brother, Paul? Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman for Population 91

Historic Charleston, MO- The Moore Home

2272 1704 Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

The history that surrounds this small town in the Upper Delta Region of the Middle Mississippi River Valley makes Charleston a worthy stop any time of year.

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Jeri and her husband, Tom, at the final resting place of Tom's great grandparents, Peter Keefer Talbott and Anna Wright Talbott, in Jackson County, Illinois.

An Ancestral Discovery in Ava, Illinois

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One never knows what mysteries may lie under the weeds and dead tree branches of a very old family graveyard, or the circumstances of the lives and deaths of those who rest there.

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Downtown Saint James, Missouri. Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman for Population 91.

Missouri’s Route 66 Gems: Saint James & Waynesville

1080 1080 Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

We seek out the timelessness of the Mother Road. The byway promises a return to a simpler, unhurried time. But in our quest to find each Route 66 relic and artifact we rush past the smaller towns that provided the fibrous material that formed the cross country highway which connected us all. By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman I have deep affection,…

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A Weekend Isn’t Enough in Farmington, Missouri

2110 2110 Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

During a weekend stay in Farmington, Missouri, my mother and I quickly learned that we ran out of weekend before we ran out of things to see and do! Bolduc House Museum. Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman for Population 91 Last weekend my mother and I took a weekend road trip to explore Ste. Genevieve and Castor River Shut-Ins. My…

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Newburg’s Coldest Case: The Mystery of J.W. Scanlan

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John W. Scanlan was born in Pennsylvania in May, 1854 to Irish immigrants. On December 19, 1911, while conducting business in Phelps County, Missouri he disappeared. His body was never recovered. Springfield Republican headline December 24, 1911 Civic Minded Business & Family Man J.W. Scanlan, as the Rolla Herald often referred to him, had certainly made an impact on Newburg,…

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Discover Potosi- “Historic (and haunted) Jewel of Missouri”

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By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman I have traveled through Potosi, Missouri several times a year since 1981. As a child I peered out the back windows of the family Thunderbird at the town as dad wheeled us through Potosi on the way to Grandma & Grandpa’s home in Southeast Missouri. In 1984, on the way to our family Thanksgiving, I remember…

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