Are you a member of the McDonald County Historical Society? If you are, we are looking for volunteers to welcome guests at the museum during Jesse James Days, Aug. 28-31. Do give me a call and let’s get you a good time to meet new visitors.
Today I am excited about a book I just ran across.
A book, “Elk River Cemeteries, McDonald County Missouri, edited by Rose Stauber and Joanne Fix. The preface to their very interesting book (2003, Stauber Books, www.gregathcompany.com/stauberbooks.html - available at the McDonald County Historical Museum) “I was born and raised, as we say, on Elk River, so when Joanne Fix and I were working some of the cemeteries along the river, this book just came naturally. This recording of history was made to preserve it for families and for future generations. Elk River is formed at Pineville where Big and Little Sugar creeks join. It runs west picking up Indian Creek and Butler Creek. Elk River drains most of McDonald County as it runs west into Oklahoma, former Indian Territory. Many of the early settlements were along its banks. We have collected in the book all the cemeteries we know of along the river’s course and the surrounding area.
The Pineville Cemetery was not included as it has been recorded and updated in recent years. The cemeteries in this book have not been recorded in at least 20 years; they have never been recorded as they lie. By this we mean that we tell the reader where we begin the reading, and we go down each row recording each indication of a grave whether marked by a gravestone with an inscription or just a fieldstone. By following the directions given for each cemetery, the reader should be able to go to the cemetery and find the graves sought.”
She has a very complete index and just some of the cemeteries and names are: Noel Cemetery Plat, Noel Cemetery, Shelt Noel Cemetery, Saratoga Cemetery, Confederate Grave on Walter Manning Farm, Price Cemetery,, Roark and Peck Cemeteries, Rutlege and Armstrong Cemetery, Love Cemetery, etc. The names of some of the people are Agofsky, Armstrong, Ball, Beauchamp, Buzzard, Butler, Crowder, Ferdig, Hatfield, Ittner, Kinslow, Obenshain, Parker, Underwood, Vanderpool, Viles, Vorsten, etc. If any of these names are your family you will find this a fascinating fund of information.
A new book just lately published and available is “A Look At The Past, copyright 2013, A Pictorial Journey Through McDonald County” compiled and edited by Gayle Foster and Karen Utter-Jennings.
Do come by during Jesse James Days (Aug. 28-31) and meet the authors, check out these and additional publications. The museum is open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday afternoons. For more information, write P.O. Box 572, Pineville, 64856, or go to www.mcdonaldcohistory.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page 2 of 2 - Our annual meeting is at the new courthouse in Pineville on “W” Highway, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. Everyone invited. You do not have to be a member to come in and meet other lovers of history. Hope to hear from you soon.
Alberta Anders writes a weekly column for the Daily News.