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Wagon trains leave behind memories, trail, graves

Mary Nauser, 78, formerly of Gallatin and now living in Liberty, recently visited her childhood home on a mission to find eight graves.

“I bet I walked three miles Saturday looking for it,” Mary said. “But the lay of the land changes. And I was only 10 or 12 years old when my grandmother showed it to me.”

Mary still owns a 40 acre tract of timber from the original

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Pastor recalls near-death experience

He saw no tunnel, no bright lights, heard no angel choirs, but Rev. Clyde Lint believes his near-death experience was miraculous nevertheless.

Rev. Lint, 83 in April, retired pastor of the Gallatin Assembly of God Church, was having some problems and made an appointment then wound up in the Cameron Hospital emergency room. He was referred to a neurologist. He had prostate surgery on Dec. 3, 2015.

The next day

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Gallatin couple marry in senior years

Shirley and John Thomas of Gallatin married later in life after having lost their spouses and have now been married for 10 years, since 2006.

web_Valentines thomas twoJohn worked at Lynch’s Supermarket and then for Dean Hales. He graduated from paramedic training and was head of the ambulance district in Daviess County for 14 years.

During that same time, he ran Gallatin Locker plant for about three years before selling it. John

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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!

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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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