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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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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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