Times Past: Nov. 28, 2018


During the fall and winter hunting seasons, this undated photo of Ozark County hunters from long ago seems appropriate. The photo, from the collection of former Ozark County resident Donetta Newton Clouse, now living in Springfield, depicts a hunting party of men and boys ready to set out with gun, dogs, traps and an ax. Former Ozark Countian Randy Ebrite identified the man at right (with his eyes closed) as his grandpa, the late Buck Morrison. Ebrite said the boy next to him carrying the ax is a Newton, and the man at left is believed to be Morrison’s cousin. The other two boys are unknown. If you can provide more information about the hunters’ identities, please contact Sue Ann Jones (sueann@ozarkcountytimes.com or 417-679-4641).

Ozark County News

Nov. 29, 1894

Ozarks explorer Henry Schoolcraft to be portrayed in Historium program


Retired physician Bob Kipfer, portraying explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, will present a program at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Ozark County Historium celebrating the bicentennial of Schoolcraft’s journey into the Ozarks. The event is free and open to everyone.

In celebration of the bicentennial of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft’s journey into the Ozarks, the Ozark County Historium will

Dozens of Ozark Countians work to make Christmas merry for others


Rocky Top Campground and Cabins owner Joe Easterday checks to make sure Frosty is secure Monday afternoon following Sunday’s brutal winds. Easterday, with “lots of help” from friends Tom Bentele, Jason Turnbough and Duane Turner, is turning the Tecumseh campground into a magical drive-through Christmas wonderland that will be open to the public beginning Saturday, Dec. 1. “There’s still lots of work to do, but we’ll be ready by Saturday,” Easterday said. More than 10,000 lights decorate the cabins and the cozy clubhouse. Many new items have been added to the original display, which now has 24 inflatables, a nativity scene, a candy cane lane and more. Easterday and his wife Diane invite everyone to come out and enjoy the lights and decorations. A special evening is set for Saturday, Dec. 15, when hot chocolate, cookies and coffee will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. Rocky Top is off Highway 160 at the top of the Tecumseh curves. Times photo / Norene Prososki.

Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones working hard to make Christmas merry for holiday enthusiasts young and old.

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