Monthly Archives: November 2016

That Enduring Pioneer Spirit

In March of 1911 an advertisement appeared in a Cripple Creek, Colorado newspaper, The Teller County News, which read as follows; Cripple Creek was a mining town with about eight-thousand residents.  Samuel Hagerman, my great grandfather, lived there with his … Continue reading

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When the Whistle Blows

A new and exciting era was ushered in when the Union Pacific and Cen tral Pacific’s railroad tracks came together on May 10, 1869 in Promontory Summit, Utah.  When the sledge hammer drove that great golden spike into the metal … Continue reading

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Santa’s Country Helpers

The old and jolly, white bearded, red and white clothed black boot wearing Santa Claus isn’t always the one tasked with the delivery of Christmas gifts, and a reindeer drawn sleigh streaking across a cold and clear late December sky … Continue reading

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The Old Noel to Pineville Road Remembered

I recall a very warm day this past summer.  It was a day, an afternoon as I recall, when the soft breeze came from the south as it often does in the hot summers of the southwest Missouri Ozarks. Main … Continue reading

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An Auction Proxy Bidding Strategy Gone Awry

Donna and I had a plan that would surely secure the purchase of the collectible advertising piece at a price well below its actual value.  I was certain that the, although somewhat hastily conceived, strategy would place into my possession … Continue reading

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