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Murder in Coffey…1910

Thursday, Aug. 18, 1910

“Lon” Dugger was shot and mortally wounded on the main street in Coffey, in northern Daviess County, Wednesday afternoon by Turner Wilson.

Wilson used an old 32 caliber revolver firing four shots at close range, three of them taking effect, one in the upper left breast near the neck, one in the pit of the stomach and one in the leg, the fourth shot missed Dugger

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Our readers write…about the infamous Reno Gang

The following comment by Gregg Hartley, Jameson, points to www.DaviessCountyHistorical Society.com, a website hosted and maintained by Gallatin Publishing Company as a public service.

I enjoy the historical society webpages and photos. Here’s some feedback on this page (entitled “Infamous Missouri Prisoners.”

I was watching “Rage at Dawn”, a 1955 western in which Randolph Scott goes up against the Reno Brothers. I was curious, so I looked them up. Turns

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The Haunted Heartland…Murder by the decades

From the Gallatin Democrat

December 20, 1900

State vs. George Henry Clay

Defense Attorney: Rollin J. Britton and Joshua W. Alexander

Prosecutor: John C. Leopard, assisted by Attorneys J.A. Selby & Givens.


Jury: J.L. Black, Robert Drummond, J.H. Myers, J.R. Williams, A.B. Hale, Fred Fossinger, Henry Heaston, C.M. Hale, P.L. Hoskins, W.W. Hopkins, Milton Trosper and Noah Hershberg.

Sentence: Found guilty of murder in the first degree. Sentenced to

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Early Pioneer families of Daviess Co: “Aunt Mary” Ross

by Lanita Sconce Smith, DCGS President

Mary “Polly” Ann Ross was born on Jan. 13, 1812, in Bedford, Va, the daughter of John and Nancy Ross. She married Phillip R. Ellis on Feb. 1, 1837, in Monroe County, W.Va. Phillip R. Ellis was born on Aug. 23, 1815, in Monroe County, Va. [now West Virginia], to Owen Ellis and Elizabeth Eagan.

Mary and Phillip moved to Daviess County in November,

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day Held at AARC

Frank Frazier VFW Post 2172 will perform a ceremony to remember POWs/MIAs at 11:45 a.m., Sept. 18, at the Active Aging Resource Center (AARC), 109 S Main Street, Gallatin.

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. All Americans are encouraged to take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are

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The final word…remembering Frank V. Frazier

his history, his future

If you were to stroll through the Noyon New British Cemetery and read the names on the rows and rows of white gravestones, you would find that most of the men buried there were from the United Kingdom. These young soldiers had been sent by the British Empire to the Western Front to fight the Germans during World War One.

There is only one American buried

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Early Pioneer Families of Daviess County: The Browns #2

by Lanita Sconce Smith, DCGS President

The Brown Family #2 — Go west!

There are at least three Brown families I have come across (so far) who were early pioneers of the county (prior to 1850). One was the John Bridges Brown and Hannah Hill family, who we learned about in a previous article. Another was the Samuel C. Brown and Elizabeth Cox family. The third family is the following.

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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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