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-by Mark Barnhart- Editor’s note: When I was in high school, college, and later, one of my closest friends was Chris Barnhart. The Barnhart family lived four or five blocks from my […]
By Greg Hoots Author’s note: This article originally appeared in the 2012 print edition of the Flint Hills Special. Russell Woofter was the hardest working man that I’ve ever known. Russell approached […]
-by Greg Hoots- I once asked Daddy when he started collecting arrowheads, and he said that when he was about ten or eleven years old, he found his first arrowhead in his […]
-by Greg Hoots- Author’s note: This story is about my dad, Carl Hoots, and his dream to build a historic interpretative center and tourist park near West Plains, Missouri in 1970. Daddy […]
-by Greg Hoots- Friedrich Meditz was born on May 24, 1929 in Buchel, a hamlet in the ethnic German enclave of Gottschee, located in the Lower Carniola region of Yugoslavia. Friedrich’s parents, […]
One of the great inventions of the 19th century which improved the quality of life for virtually all Americans was the creation of the match in the early 1800s. The first modern, […]
Postcards have a rich history in the United States and abroad with the first postcards being used in Europe in the 1840s. In the United States, the first postcard was patented by […]