Archive for the ‘History’ Category

The Ozarks woman who could out-pitch the men

Sue Kidd

Sue Kidd

by Sharon Baker – Van Buren County Historical Society

Sue Kidd was a female baseball star who gained local fame with the athletic prowess she displayed while playing on and against all-male baseball teams in Van Buren County and surrounding areas.

Glenna Sue Kidd was born in Choctaw (Van Buren County) on September 2, 1933, to William Marvin and Julia Duncan Kidd, local farmers and merchants, though her father also served as postmaster at Choctaw. She had five siblings. The original community of Choctaw was covered by water when Greers Ferry Lake was filled in the 1960s. That community is now referred to as “old Choctaw,” as opposed to the present community of “new Choctaw” located on state Highway 65.

Read more »

Pottery in the Ozarks

by Alan Du Bois

Scattered across the Ozarks in Missouri and Arkansas are some wonderful little pottery studios where cratsmen turn out amazing designs for locals and tourists.

The history of pottery isn’t germane to the Ozarks, but it did and continues to, flourish here.

Tourists planning a trip to the region should make a concerted effort to visit a few of these studios. The master potters are always happy to talk about their craft.

Pottery has been produced in Arkansas from prehistoric times up to the present day. Of note are prehistoric Native American wares from the Woodland Period beginning 2,500 years ago and the prehistoric and historic Caddo pottery tradition that flourished from AD 800 to 1660.

Read more »

Exploring the Ozarks – Pre-Civil War

bigsettlersAcross The Ozarks

Have you ever wondered what it was like to explore the Ozarks before the influx of people took over? Perhaps you’ve laid down on the grass, gazing at the blue sky over the region and let your mind drift back to a time when cars, trains, planes, and even wagons, weren’t encountered in these hills.

One man who actually did explore the region long ago, wrote an exceptional book on the topic.
 Scenes and Adventures in the Semi-Alpine Region of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, 1853, provides numerous examples of life n The Ozarks prior to the Civil War.

What follows is an excerpt concerning his arrival at the White River.

Read more »

When the Klan created a riot in the Ozarks – The Harrison Railroad Riot

Ku Klux Klan rally at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock (Pulaski County); January 1994.

Ku Klux Klan rally at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock (Pulaski County); January 1994.

The Harrison Railroad Riot was an outbreak of anti-union violence in the town of Harrison (Boone County), supported in part by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), as well as the city government and local business interests. The riot was in response to a two-year strike along the Missouri and North Arkansas (M&NA) railroad and ended in the lynching of a man accused of harboring militant strikers, along with the forced exodus of most strikers north into Missouri.

A resurgence in Klan activity occurred starting in 1915, and states such as Arkansas were home to newly forming Klan groups during the 1920s. By 1955, the threat of school integration ushered in a new Klan era even though independent Klan groups were a fixture on the American landscape in some way or another from the 1920s on.

Read more »

Take a day trip into history – the best kept secret in the Ozarks

The 1895 Hawkins House

The 1895 Hawkins House

By Across The Ozarks

(Story includes two videos – 1900s and 1950s)

For many, a big part of any trip in the Ozarks, even for locals, involves discovering parts of the region’s history.

Not far from Branson or Eureka Springs lies a museum that only a few actually know about. The Rogers Historical Museum. Better still, it is one of the few remaining places that won’t cost you a fortune, in fact, it is free!

The Rogers Historical Museum serves not only Rogers but all of Northwest Arkansas, a rapidly growing region with a rich heritage and a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit.  The RHM preserves that heritage and shares that spirit.  The recipient of many state and national awards, the Rogers Historical Museum is among the fewer than five percent of museums in the nation accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Read more »