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Souvenirs from the Front Line of Korea

Sidney Franks said this pocket knife saved his life during the Korean War. Sidney was making his way to the front lines when his fatigues got hung up in some brush and he had to cut himself out.

“You can’t holler for help on the front lines unless you want a bullet in the head,” he said. Sidney served as an infantryman on the front lines in the Korean Conflict

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Lewis and Clark Canoe Replica Almost Complete

A 29-foot long canoe hollowed out of a cottonwood log is taking shape at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. The canoe mimics those used by the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 to 1806, especially on their float back downstream on the Missouri River from the Rocky Mountains to St. Louis. But canoe creator T.J. Jenkins has an advantage that the Lewis and Clark

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Early Pioneer Families of Daviess County: The Browns #1

by Lanita Sconce Smith, DCGS President

Brown Family #1: John Bridges Brown

I have discovered at least three Brown families who were early pioneers of the county. One was the John McElhaney Brown and Lucy Hutchison line. Another was the Samuel C. Brown and Elizabeth Cox line. The third line is the following.

John Bridges Brown, son of Revolutionary War veteran, John S. Brown, Sr. [1751-1825], and wife Martha Bridges

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Early Pioneer Families of Daviess County: The Scott Family

by Lanita Sconce Smith, DCGS President

Martin Scott was born March 14, 1807, in Jackson County, Tenn., the son of John Scott, a Revolutionary War soldier. (There is confusion over his mother’s information.) When he was a child, Martin’s parents moved to Indiana, where he was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools of that state. He was one of a family of 14 children,

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The Early Pioneer Families of Daviess County: The Weldons

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogy President

Benedict Weldon, son of  Joseph Weldon (1774–1827) and Hannah Best (1775–1832), was born Jan. 28, 1799, in Garrett County, Ky., when John Adam was president and Thomas Jefferson was vice president. He married Charity Ann Best, and when they arrived in Daviess County, they were one of the two first families to settle in what was Harrison Township in 1882. In 1831,

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Early Pioneer Families of Daviess County: The Greens

by Lanita Sconce Smith, DCGS President

Merriwether Thurston Green was born in 1808 in Goochland County, Va., the son of John Green (1786-1859) and Margaret “Peggy” Thurston Green (1788-1857). He moved with his parents to Kentucky when he was a young man. It was there that he married Abigail Trosper, a native of Kentucky, in 1829. Merriwether and Abigail came to Daviess County in 1837 with their three children, and

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Help Needed to Identify Football Players

Do you know anyone from this 1936Gallatin football team?

Ron Harlow of Kearney discovered the negatives of these old pictures of a Gallatin football team while going through some of his late grandmother Murl (James) Harlow’s storage boxes.

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“I’d heard stories that my father was a whiz of a football player, but I had never seen a team picture of him,” said Ron. “My grandmother saved everything

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Pioneer families of Daviess County: The McBrayers

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President

Samuel McBrayer, Jr., son of Samuel McBrayer, Sr., and Elizabeth Ashe, was born on Jan. 15, 1771, in Tyron County, North Carolina [it later became Rutherford County]. In 1801 when Samuel was 29, he married Elizabeth Ann Abel, daughter of Revolutionary soldier Thomas H. Abel and Katherine Woodfin, in North Carolina. They had a good life, had 11 children that we

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Two Daviess County Bridges Long Gone

At least two Daviess County bridges are long gone, but still preserved on paper: The Lewis Mill Bridge (21408) and the Lock Springs Bridge (21412). Documentation on these two structures can be found at the Library of Congress Historic American Engineering Record.

These bridges span the Grand River. Both were lost before a bridge inventory was taken in 1996.

The Lewis Mill Bridge was replaced by a concrete bridge in

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