It’s a peaceful spot to rest in eternity. Surrounded by forest between Bethel and Emden, Looney Creek Cemetery may have a longer future than the crumbling Old Brick Church, the ambassador for these bones. Frank Drake is buried here. A young farmer with a budding family, he joined General Joseph Porter’s Confederate army as it swept across Shelby County Missouri picking up irregular recruits. A month later he was captured at the Battle of Kirksville, identified as a repeat offender against the Union, and executed by firing squad in a horrific event called the Macon Massacre. He is my great great grandfather.
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