Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2017’

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Nobody Believed I Was Santa


I was a beanpole, skinny as a chair leg. Fresh out of school, my first job was selling ads for the Rolla Daily News. The boss told me to find a Santa Claus for Hillcrest Shopping Center. Nobody wanted to do it. So I put on the Santa suit myself. Day after day, all day long, small children would look …

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But the greatest of these…


Hartville. Welcomed by the café’s official dress code–jeans and ball caps–I felt right at home on Rolla Street right next to Bullfrogs Pawn, bathed in the aroma of bean soup and the promise of frog legs. Betty always dreamed of owning a little home-cookin’ place like this. Her son opened the restaurant a year after she died. In the general …

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New Madrid Earthquake

206 years ago today, the Earth shook New Madrid.


In the History of Southeast Missouri, eyewitness Godfrey LeSieur gives this account of the New Madrid Earthquake: “The first shock was about 2 o’clock a. m., on the night of December 16, 1811, and was very hard, shaking down log houses, chimneys, etc. It was followed at intervals from half an hour to an hour apart by comparatively slight shocks, …

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