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Blogger Jane Elder
Editor’s note:  To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, “Ozark Road,” visit gainesvillemo.blogspot.com.   The mules pictures here were our companions for the past weekend. Kit and Kate. A pair of sister mules. They were hitched up to the sorghum mill as we made sorghum...

Wayne Sayles
When we think of “the mills of Ozark County” we generally envision a few water-powered mills on fairly large streams or constantly flowing springs. But what about those mills that have vanished over time? In a short article titled “Our Water Supply” published in the Sept. 24, 1909, edition of the...

After James Sallee’s first wife, Emily, died in childbirth in 1866, he married a widow, Emerine (Martin) Sallee, shown with him here.
The history of Ozark County is a wonderful tapestry of adventure, survival, courage, growth and human interaction on virtually every plane. Whether it was in the 19th century’s westward expansion of settlers or in our own day and age, those who have come here to live have, without exception,...

After James Sallee’s first wife, Emily, died in childbirth in 1866, he married a widow, Emerine (Martin) Sallee, shown with him here.
The history of Ozark County is a wonderful tapestry of adventure, survival, courage, growth and human interaction on virtually every plane. Whether it was in the 19th century’s westward expansion of settlers or in our own day and age, those who have come here to live have, without exception, become...

This Google Earth satellite photo shows the Noble “square” where Davis’ Mill once stood. Civil War correspondence from Capt. William Piland in 1865 carried the heading “Davis’ Mill – Ozark County,” indicating that the infantry company he commanded was headquartered here at the time.
Following the outbreak of the Civil War, the Ozark County Home Guard was organized in June 1861 by order of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon. It was tasked with scouting operations along the Old Salt Road, then called the “State Road,” which ran from Springfield to Jacksonport, Arkansas. Actually, the Home...

This Google Earth satellite photo shows the Noble “square” where Davis’ Mill once stood. Civil War correspondence from Capt. William Piland in 1865 carried the heading “Davis’ Mill – Ozark County,” indicating that the infantry company he commanded was headquartered here at the time.
Following the outbreak of the Civil War, the Ozark County Home Guard was organized in June 1861 by order of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon. It was tasked with scouting operations along the Old Salt Road, then called the “State Road,” which ran from Springfield to Jacksonport, Arkansas. Actually, the Home...
Eighteen years has gone by so fast. It’s unreal. For the families of the 2,977 people who died when 19 men hijacked four fuel-loaded commercial airplanes on that fateful day in September, the horror of 9/11 is relived over and over again. What has happened to our nation since that terrible day? As...

John and Sarah Baldwin Barrett moved to Ozark County in the late 1800s, settling on land adjoining the homestead of Plez Duckworth and his wife, Amanda. A feud developed between the two men for reasons that have been lost to time. Their enmity led to the 1891 shootout in the Ozark County Courthouse.
Editor’s note: In its first four segments, published in the July 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 7 editions of the Times, Gainesville resident Wayne Sayles’ column, An Ozark Journey, traced the history and route of the Old Salt Road created by James McClurg before the Civil War, focusing on the rugged road’...

John and Sarah Baldwin Barrett moved to Ozark County in the late 1800s, settling on land adjoining the homestead of Plez Duckworth and his wife, Amanda. A feud developed between the two men for reasons that have been lost to time. Their enmity led to the 1891 shootout in the Ozark County Courthouse.
Editor’s note: In its first four segments, published in the July 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 7 editions of the Times, Gainesville resident Wayne Sayles’ column, An Ozark Journey, traced the history and route of the Old Salt Road created by James McClurg before the Civil War, focusing on the rugged road’s...

Wayne Sayles
Editor’s note: The four-part story of Old Salt Road that concluded in the Aug. 7 edition of the Times mentioned an 1865 communication between Capt. William J. Piland, commander of Company I of the 46th Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and his superior, Brig. Gen. J. B. Sanborn. Piland’s unit was...

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