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This column is reprinted with permission from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The writer is the husband of Ozark County native Marla Morrison Messenger and the son-in-law of Gainesville resident Carlene Morrison, who owns the farm where Ruby is buried.   After more than 30 years of parenting, I...

Jerry Crownover
When it came to Christmas gifts, Dad was all about practicality. I know I must have received some toys or other impractical gifts when I was very young, but from age 9 or 10 onward, the gifts were always things I needed: coats, shoes, shirts, jeans, etc. There was never money to waste on...
Editor’s note: To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, Ozark Road, visit gainesvillemo.blogspot.com.   Tis the season. Ready or not, here it comes. I stepped outside this morning to do some chores. The sun was just starting to come up in the east. Slanting light sparkled on...

Fred Smith is the little guy in the white shirt and light-colored overalls on the right end of the front row in this photo of the Upper Brixey school that was probably taken in 1917 or 1918. Most of the other students are unknown, but Beulah Collins Smith, the teacher, is the dark-headed woman standing in front of the door of the school, which still stands on Highway 181 south of Rockbridge.
Editor’s note: To read more of the reminiscences of Ozark County native Ronnie Parsons, now living in Texas, visit his Facebook page: facebook.com/ronnie.parsons.   Back in my childhood days in Brixey Holler, people seemed to be driven to fulfill, to the highest degree possible, the expectation...
If someone blindfolded you, took you for a ride and then took the blindfold off after they led you into a house, you would still know if you were in a farmer’s home. Coming in the back door, whether through a garage, porch, mudroom or utility room, you would most certainly see a row of muddy (and...
Twenty-one years ago, a few days before my father passed away, I told him I had some big news to tell him. He was lying in bed, weakened from his battle with cancer, when I sat beside him and told him I was going to quit my job as a university professor at the end of the school year and pursue...
It’s been busy here at the newspaper office. We’ve been pushing deadlines, staying up late and working hard to get the newspaper and our annual Ozark County Cookin’ cookbook out to our readers. Last week, after the papers and cookbooks were delivered across the county, I sat down at my desk with...
To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, Ozark Road, visit gainesvillemo.blogspot.com.   It’s that time of year. I should be writing about Thanksgiving. And I am.  Squinting my eyes against the strong November morning sun, I turn to the west and see my beloved Caney peaks in...
Maybe you saw the same news clip I did from a couple of weeks ago titled “Cow escapes in Brooklyn, New York.” It was an aerial video, shot from a news helicopter, of either a steer or bull (it was not a cow, but I doubt too many people in Brooklyn know the difference) that had escaped during its...
To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, Ozark Road, visit gainesvillemo.blogspot.com. One of my favorite sights and sounds of fall is the flocks of geese flying overhead...going south for the winter.  This morning on my walk I could hear their call before I saw them.  It...

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