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The Early Pioneer Families of Daviess County

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President

The Penistons

One of the first families to settle in Daviess County was that of the family of Robert Peniston, Sr. ,who came in the fall of 1831, according to son, Theodore’s, obituary. The family came from Jessamine County, Ky., when Theodore was 19. The children were: Robert Jr., buried in Livingston County; Col. William, P., buried in California; Theodore;  Francis,

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Know Any of These School Children?

Dennis Cox, sportswriter at the Gallatin North Missourian, has had this family picture for several years. The picture is of Haw Branch (Blakely) School about 1912-1913. There is a mixture of family members, including Pierces, Coxes, Dunningtons, Tarwaters, Kays and Hobbs. However, it’s not certain which is which.

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Pictured, as best as could be remembered, are:

front row: ?, girl may be Bessie Pierce, ?, ?, Claude

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DAR Recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

The Gallatin Chapter DAR with the Dockery Park Board are recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War at the opening ceremonies of the July 4 celebration and wish to honor and thank our community’s veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service. If you served during the Vietnam War we invite you to contact the Gallatin DAR. Contact Elizabeth Plotner at 660-663-5645.

The DAR’s Vietnam War 50th Commemoration

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Geneological Meeting June 27

Saturday, June 27, is the monthly Daviess County Geneological Society meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Squirrel Cage Jail in Gallatin. June is also the annual membership month. The $20 membership fee includes many benefits not offered to non-members. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about your ancestors, or help in the preservation of cemeteries, you are invited to join the group.

The society has several old Daviess County

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Family History Center Open

The Gallatin Family History Center (FHC) at 211 Ash Street in Gallatin will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. All are welcome. Call FHC Director Lucille Lusk 660-749-5855 or during scheduled hours 660-632-2389.

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Cherokee Youth Trace Route of Trail of Tears

One phase of the 2015 Cherokee bike ride will be through southern Missouri, along the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears. Remember the Removal ride is an annual event where Cherokee youth retrace, by bike, nearly 1,000 miles of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail from Georgia to Oklahoma. The team begins their journey near New Echota, Ga., on June 7.

The Trail of Tears

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Gee’s Creek Cemetery Won’t Be Buried in the Past

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President

Continued improvements have been made on the Gee’s Creek Cemetery, located about five miles from Jamesport in Grundy County. As you may recall, for years this cemetery was overgrown with weeds except around Memorial Day, when the grasses were burned in efforts to help visitors find graves.

One person who was very concerned about revitalizing the cemetery was

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Picture Civil Bend Church Gone

Austin Hangley of Pattonsburg purchased the Civil Bend Community Center from the Civil Bend Trustees on March 17, 2015, according to land titles in the recorder’s office at the Daviess County Courthouse. Mr. Hangley said he is using the former community building as a business shop. Mr. Hangley purchased the Civil Bend Methodist Church in October of 2012. He said the old church was torn down. [Staff Photo/TLH]

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Theater Asks Public to Ponder Ideas for Use of Building

The Gallatin Theatre League now owns the former Gallatin Area Revitalization Alliance building and with the help of the public is looking for ways to put it to good use.

The GTL recently took possession of a building in downtown Gallatin situated immediately south of the Courter Theater. The building has historic value as it carries forward the architectural integrity of the original Townsend Block. Its metal façade is just

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