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The Wall Brings Mysteries, Answers

Aaron Gray (on right with tattoo on arm) is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He spends seven to eight months traveling with The Moving Wall and scheduling events. Every year, during the winter months of the off-season, between November and April, brand new panels are put on the wall with any new names added. Mr. Gray said the community of Gallatin was “phenomenal.” Because of the excellent volunteer help

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Letter to the Editor: Local History and Johnny Ringo

Editor’s note: The following regards an account featured on www.DaviessCountyHistoricalSociety.com, a website provided by Gallatin Publishing Company on behalf of the not-for-profit historical society. It is an example of “outside interests” into local history which periodically occur. This particular inquiry refers to an article written in 1992 and posted online in 2004. This information is on display at the 1889 Squirrel Cage Jail now used as a visitors’ center as

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Do You Know This Town?

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President

When the first white settlers came to what we now know as Daviess County, it was 1830. The area, created originally from Ray County, had been known as a good area for hunters and trappers. In fact, as early as 1826, people had supported themselves in this grand country with the many game and wild honey. It wasn’t until the spring

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Many Moved to Service by The Moving Wall

Elaine Kettring was a greeter at the gate of the Moving Wall at Dockery Park in Gallatin. When the sixth grade from Searcy Elementary came to see The Wall, she was able to escort her own grandson Johnathan Carder to the panels.

“I just had to go,” said Elaine, who spent around 14 hours as a volunteer many times during the four-day exhibit.

Elaine collected many facts about The Wall

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Ledesma Serves with Special Forces

Urges citizens to vote

by Denise Felderman

Ron Ledesma enlisted in 1962 at Los Angeles, Calif. He took his basic training in San Antonio, Texas, at Lakeland Air Force Base. Then off to Boloxie, Miss., for education in electronic communications.

In 1965 President Johnson sent 500,000 troops to Vietnam. There were not a lot of ground forces there at the time and this was the beginning of a real build-up

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Vic Dill Proudly Serves in Marine Corp

Escort for deceased includes own step-brother

by Denise Felderman

Upon entry Vic Dill went to Marine Corp Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego, Calif., for 12 weeks. Then off to Camp Pendleton for four weeks of infantry training. Then back to MCRD for field operators course.

Vic mostly learned about field radios (prc 25) and backpack or jeep-mounted radios. He was then sent to 9th Communications Battalion, 5th Marine Expeditionary

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Coulston Serves with Military Police in Vietnam

Spends time as “tunnel rat”

by Denise Felderman

Ron Coulston went into the service in 1968. He was 17 years old. He was attached to the military police and led convoys into North Vietnam with a V100 tank on solid rubber wheels. This was his job for about 2.5 months. He could have left Vietnam as he was offered the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. as a police officer,

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Do You Know This Town?

The following is the first of a series on the history of local towns by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President.

The first settler came to this area from Ray County in 1834 and settled about two miles from where the current town now sits. His name was Thomas Auberry, an old pioneer who was a “jack of all trades.” He was a preacher, doctor, farmer, horse-trader, horse

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Eighty-Four-Year-Old Writes Biography, Gift to Family

The History of Margaret Jean (Truitt) Ferguson by the Daviess County native has been published by the Gallatin Publishing Company.

Set in Daviess County, it is narrated from the present day, referring back to events that span the twentieth century. It includes a personal history within a family history within a regional history.

Margaret’s family, the Scotts and Hamptons, settled in Madalene, while the Truitts and Gilreaths settled in Winston.

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