I just want to remind you, you still have time. the grand opening of the Historic Courthouse on the square in Pineville is still going.

I just want to remind you, you still have time. the grand opening of the Historic Courthouse on the square in Pineville is still going.

Today, May 26, you can see the Bucking Bull, there is grilled chicken dinners and music by Trilogy.

Today from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. the Pineville American Legion, Post 392, will be presenting colors.

Tomorrow, Monday, we will have the drawing of the lucky person to win the painting by Doug Hall, the Horse Shoe Tournament (with great prizes) will begin at 10:30 a.m. We will have the bucking bull and music all day long. This will be your opportunity to witness in person the progress by the Historical Society in restoring the grand old courthouse into a museum.

In the Emporium, located inside the courthouse you will find many publications, available for your browsing, some available to add to your collection at home.

The latest is "A Look at the Past", a pictorial journey through McDonald County, compiled and edited by Gayle Foster and Karen Utter-Jennings.

You will not want to miss this opportunity to browse through this treasure.

It contains interesting pictures and stories reference Anderson, Buffalo, Center, Cyclone, Elk Horn, Elk River Township, Erie, McMillen, Mountain, Pineville, Prairie, Richwood, and White Rock Townships.

An example is from Judge J. A. Sturges "Illustrated History of McDonald County Missouri.)

"Coy is now a post office and small trading post on Patterson creek just below the widow McMillin farm.

Along about 1883 Sterling Mitchell, son of W. B. Mitchell went to Texas and there married a young lady of considerable fortune.

Young Mitchell, with his new bride, came back to McDonald County when he conceived the idea of building a mill and laying out a town at the upper end of his father's farm.

He soon had the enterprise under headway and the mill was soon running.

Mitchell, however, soon sold out and went back to Texas…"

You will learn about Bannock, Enterprise, Tiff City, Flint and so much more, your opportunity to fill in some of the blanks and add to your personal history of McDonald County.

Ever hear of Horner Institute? A private school out Rocky Comfort way.

"Buy a lot and build a residence, and educate your children in a community where no liquor is sold."

In 1926 McDonald County had 350,000 acres of land, a population of 14,690, 70 miles of state highway, nine high schools, 27 churches, 14 canning factories, 13 post offices and 9 banks... so much to learn.

We sincerely hope to see you this weekend on the square in Pineville

For more information, please go to info@mcdonaldcohistory.org. You may write to McDonald County Historical Society, P. O. Box 572, Pineville, Mo., 64856.

Alberta Anders writes a weekly column for the Daily News.