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Lincoln County, Mo. - A Lincoln County resident claims that the book that he wrote was an accident. The book is called “History and Civil War in Rural Missouri” and focuses on the development of Silex, Millwood and Northwest Lincoln County.

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Let me take you back, if you will, to the year 1804, to the homestead of William McHugh. This was the day that Sandy Creek ran red. It was a day much like any other, only this day, a few of Mr. McHugh’s horses had gotten loose, so he called on his three boys to go fetch them.

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I recently learned that there are unresting spirits in the town of Foley, Missouri. This little town in Northern Lincoln County was platted in 1879 and was named after Addison Foley, who was the original land owner where the town is located. Foley was incorporated as a town in 1880 and at th…

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Success is a hard thing to measure. Do we count how many times a name ended up in history books, or do we cheer for the stranger who by letting his wife drive their Model T Ford in 1910 helped create a new normal in society? Clarence Cannon, a congressman from Elsberry, is a historical figur…

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Silex, Missouri was started in the 1880’s when the North Hannibal Railway was extended to the town for the purpose of transportation. The post office in Silex has been in operation since 1882. Perched on a cliff, like a great eagle, overlooking the small town sits the Duncan Mansion. My purp…

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The year is 1979 and out on Highway J in southern Lincoln County sits a little pig farm. Here on the pig farm, in a small house live a farmer named Frank, his wife, Betty and their daughter. Their daughter met a young man from Troy named Benjamin. It wasn’t long before the two were madly in …

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It was a war unlike any seen before, and hopefully will never see again. It was a war that pit brother against brother, and father against son. It split the United States in half and many tears were shed on the battlefield. But a crime against humanity was being done, and so it was that the …

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Halloween is creeping up on us and pretty soon ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be everywhere. And what is Halloween without a good scary story about cannibalism! So pour yourself another cup of coffee or cocoa, sit back in your lazy chair and read the legend of the cat lady.

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It seems to me that there is always something bizarre going on in the little town of Elsberry, in the Northeast corner of Lincoln County, MO. So to Elsberry we have gone again. This time it is April of 1978 and there have been some strange things going on in the sky and some butcher has been…

A whole lot of people have the wrong idea when it comes to the meaning of Christmas. Now when I think of Christmas I think about love, kindness, giving and sharing. But so many people in this day only think that it is about receiving when it is truly about giving from the kindness of your heart.

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A battle that should not have been fought, but had to be. It was a meaningless war full of meaningful deaths. The blood that fell on the ground that day should not have been shed, unfortunately for those who lost their lives, it had to be. Well, let us get to the story and then you will understand.

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Community members gathered in late June at the Reid Cemetery to observe a monument dedication to slaves owned by the Reid family, who lie buried in the back of the cemetery.

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Twenty-six years ago the famed “Great Flood of 1993” sent water rushing into Lincoln County, soaking parts of the area and damaging property.

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The Lincoln County Historical Society is preparing for its fourth annual Cemetery Tour on June 6. Community members will have the chance to learn more about six influential members of the county who have passed on and are now buried at the Troy City Cemetery. The event will start at 6:30 p.m…

60 Years Ago – July 25, 1958Sheriff Melvin Starkey is in Lincoln County Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries in suffered in an automobile accident  at the junction of Highway 47 and Mill Street. The sheriff is being treated for a concussion, possible fractured skull  and bruises. His …

Troy Aquatic Center, supported by voters through the passage of a capital improvement tax, will officially be unveiled to the community May 26 at an eight-hour open house. The center is located nextto Troy City Hall on Cap-au-Gris. Parking lots have been asphalted, sod laid and of course, wa…

We are revisiting our past issues to share some of the top news stories from our archives since 2005. Each week, we will spotlight stories that impacted the community in powerful ways. We hope readers of all ages will enjoy this feature.The Lincoln County Journal archives allow you access to…

We are revisiting our past issues to share some of the top news stories from our archives since 2005. Each week, we will spotlight stories that impacted the community in powerful ways. We hope readers of all ages will enjoy this feature.The Lincoln County Journal archives allow you access to…

Monte Cottle, Lincoln County 911 Mapping and Addressing director, retired his position effective March 31. Hehas been with the 911 program since its inception. Bob Simmons photo.

We are revisiting our past issues to share some of the top news stories from our archives since 2005. Each week, we will spotlight stories that impacted the community in powerful ways. We hope readers of all ages will enjoy this feature.The Lincoln County Journal archives allow you access to…

Three area businesses became the first “Cornerstone Partners” in the 2008 Capital Campaign for the Troy AreaChamber of Commerce. They include (from left): Floyd Dowell, CEO and Ashley Cobb, marketing director, LincolnCounty Medical Center; Pat Flynn, co-chair of the campaign; Cheri Wincheste…