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Whitt Cemetery…not dead yet

The Whitt Cemetery located about four miles south of Gallatin, off Highway 13, is a neatly mown, fenced, and well maintained family cemetery. There are none of the signs of neglect common to the old, old cemeteries in the area.

So it was with some surprise that Sarah Dowell, who took on the Whitt Cemetery as her master gardener project some years ago, learned about a complaint on the newspaper’s

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Murder by the Decades: Life sentence to Ninemires

Leo Ninemires was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Jackie Lee Brown in the courtroom of the Daviess County courthouse Wednesday afternoon (September 1955).

The jury of 12 men prepared a statement not only finding the accused man guilty of first degree murder, but also assessing his punishment at “imprisonment in the state penitentiary for the rest of his natural life.”

Judge James W. Davis presided at the

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Blast from the Past November 2005-1945

Nov. 16, 2005

Levi Michener of the Gallatin Youth Wrestling Club placed fifth last weekend at the Big Horn National Wrestling Tournament in Loveland, Colo. Levi wrestled in the 14 and under, 90-pound weight class.

Adrian victimized Gallatin’s pass defense for 197 yards and four touchdowns Monday night, including a 70-yard bomb on the first play from scrimmage. The state ranked Blackhawks averted an upset with a hard fought 39-29

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Restoration after tragedy….a home does not a tragedy make

From the Gallatin Democrat July 9, 1942 and July 16, 1942; and Intimate Detective, November 1942


Far from being a dark monument to a grisly tragedy, the beautiful country home located about a mile north of Gallatin belonging to Mike and Vicki Henderson has been a happy house with a full and active family life.

“We’ve raised three boys here and we now have four grandchildren running in and

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Blast from the past

Nov. 9, 2005

The Department of Music at Hannibal-LaGrange College presents Bonnie Lee (Bandelier) Campbell, pianist, in a Junior Recital at 7 p.m., Nov. 15, in the Parker Theatre of the Roland Fine Arts Center.

Receiving All-GRC honors in football were Zach Gutzmer, Stephen Wood, Justin Duffy, Brett Wilkinson, Andrew Adkison, Clayton Baker, Nic Burrell and Daniel Horvatin.

Kaley Sheldon, Lacey Edwards, Jonathan Arnold and Whitney Ray were selected to

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Haunted Heartland…Murder by the Decades

“Torch” murder near Lock Springs

Feb. 26, 1931 Gallatin North Missourian:  John Elliott “Speck” Baker, 35, of Breckenridge, was found burned to death in his Ford coupe one-half mile south of Lock Springs about 8 o’clock Tuesday night. County authorities believe the man was murdered.

Baker had not been employed for several months, but he was known to carry large sums of money and when only a few coins were

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Blast from the past

Nov. 2, 2005

Erin Leigh Croy of the Gallatin FFA Chapter was named a national finalist in the Swine Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award program in July. Erin is the daughter of Dennis and Sheri Croy, Gallatin.

The Bulldogs made the most of a glorious fall Saturday by overwhelming Wentworth Military Academy, 37-8, and claiming their second straight Class 1, District 11 football title. Gallatin travels to Concordia on Wednesday to

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Medallion found on salvaged lumber



Jerry Houghton of rural Gallatin found this metal medallion screwed to a piece of lumber that was taken from the old shelter house at Dockery Park, Gallatin.

Jerry believes the shelter house was used as a dining hall/meeting place for the CCC camp built back in the Depression.

He tore the shelter house down in 1985, 30 years ago, and stored the lumber.  While using some of the

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Haunted Murder….Pattonsburg 1921

Frank Stafford was charged with first degree murder for the killing of Thomas Malby at Pattonsburg on April 3, 1921.

The killing of Malby, aged 19, followed a quarrel between him and Stafford, growing out of taunts directed at Malby by Stafford and other boys at the O.K. Depot in Pattonsburg on Sunday afternoon, April 3rd.

The trouble started, according to report, when a party of boys of

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