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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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Letter to the Editor: Poker in Old Pattonsburg

Dear Editor:

Remember playing poker back in the 1940s and ’50s? Poker was a popular game in this area. I always thought it was against the law, but nothing was ever done about it. The games were held at several places. They even had a placed called the Poker Shack two miles west of Pattonsburg on the river bank.

My dad owned the hardware store in town and there were

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Pioneer Mothers in Daviess County

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical President

Much has been written about our pioneer fathers. Their hard work, strength and courage were the cornerstone of our country. No one disagrees on those facts. Little has been written, however, about the women. As Mother’s Day approaches, it is appropriate to remember that the men were not the only ones who endured hardships.

The pioneer woman gave her life to the

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‘I hope you can live with this decision…’

Mike Leeper is the big brother both my wife and my sister-in-law never had. They are cousins who grew up together. As kids Mike spent many summers on the farm with the girls, away from his home in the city.

When I finally met Mike, I realized he was just a bit older but he always acted like a big kid. He was fun. He was a Vietnam vet and

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Remembering Walter Page — They Called Him ‘the Big ‘Un’

by T.L. Huffman

Most people, even the natives of his home town of Gallatin, don’t know who Walter Page is.

That’s probably okay by him.

Walter Page

In an interview published only a month before his death in The Jazz Review, Walter expressed how he never sought praise and that he just wanted to know that he was appreciated for his influence on music.

Walter was only 57 when he

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Quilting Your Way Across Missouri Highway 36

American Genius Highway unveils new Quilt Trail and Passport

Your travels across Missouri Highway 36 just got a little more creative. Today, the Missouri Highway 36 Heritage Alliance unveiled the American Genius Highway Quilt Trail, featuring quilt shops along the historic highway.

Dubbed “The Way of American Genius” for its connection to prominent Missourians from Mark Twain and Walt Disney to Gen. John J. Pershing, Missouri’s stretch of U.S.

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