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Making a living the old, hard way

It could be something in the water or the air…but mostly it’s something in the land that brings a diverse culture of people to Daviess County, Missouri, including the first Hutterite colony, the first men’s monastery, the largest Amish population, a growing Mennonite population; and a sizeable Mormon population.

The land is cheap — at least compared to other places —  MU Extension figured the 2015 average farm real estate

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Cast iron beauty is right fit for Hamilton man

“I try to find all the pieces and then find lids to fit,” said Harold Henry, rural Hamilton, of his cast iron cookware collection that numbers about 4,000 pieces. “There’s no end.”

To go up the stairs to Harold’s house is to pass the cast iron that he actually uses for everyday cooking. There are probably 50 pieces here. Enter the living room where he has 500 pieces on shelves.

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Did you see this horse and rider? They came all the way from Wales!

Ride at pony express stables in st joseph

Megan Lewis and her horse, Lady

Another glorious day of riding in brisk sunny weather along deserted tracks through tranquil scenery…

This is how Megan Lewis, 65, describes her horse ride through northern Missouri on her blog called The Long Horse Ride.

Ms. Lewis has ridden her horse for the past seven years over thousands and thousands of miles across the world, but decided to take a break for the

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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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Shock treatments…a story of one woman’s struggles with depression

Emily Eastman

Emily Eastman

I sat, glued to my chair, afraid to move…

With that sentence, Emily Eastman began her real-life autobiography “Shock Treatments,” describing her long and tortured journey through depression and its treatments and aftermath. Emily is a penname and all the names and locations in the book are fictional.

Emily never had her book published, but her daughter, Lois (Redman) Pontius, a 1959 GHS graduate, edited the massive work,

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Peggy Sperry — a work in progress

Peggy Sperry’s favorite piece from the town of Pattonsburg is a model of the Daviess County Bank dated 1894 to 1929.

Peggy Sperry is 80 years old and still building — sometimes on a grand scale. Her most recent creation, a model of the old town of Pattonsburg, is on display at Carlyles, her custom furniture and décor store located in downtown Jamesport. She had a couple of photographs to

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Olivia Rogers is doing her part to change the world

CMYK-Olivia Rogers canned food

Olivia Rogers

When Olivia Rogers, a first grader at Gallatin R-5 celebrated her seventh birthday she didn’t ask her friends for the usual dolls, puzzles and glitter — instead, she asked them to bring food items for her to donate to the local food pantry.

“She has a heart of gold and is always thinking of others and wanting to help others in any way she can,” said her mother

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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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Goat Farm Expands Just Outside City Limits

The share of U.S. farms operated by women nearly tripled over the past three decades, according to a report by the United State Department of Agriculture (from 121,600 to 306,200) and so it is perhaps not that unusual for Colleen Grawe to single-handedly be raising 100 goats on her 20 acre Goat Hill Ranch located off of Prairie Avenue just east of Gallatin.

She has two herds of goats. One

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