Category Archives: HISTORICAL


Written on September 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm, by

The framers of the U.S. Constitution combined the best political ideas of the past to create a form of government intended to protect the rights of freedom, liberty and equality.  A great deal of emphasis is placed on the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and rightly so.  It is equally important to be reminded […]

Black Hawk War

Written on September 20, 2016 at 10:53 am, by

The Black Hawk War dates back to 1804, when a band of Sac Indians wintered at St. Louis. That particular band of Missouri River Sacs agreed to sign over all claims to all territory in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri. The rest of the tribe did not support the agreement, and the tribe split. Unrest and […]

Constitutional Convention

Written on September 13, 2016 at 10:41 am, by

The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, in the Assembly Room of the State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Convention (now called the Constitutional Convention) had been convened to make changes that would improve the Articles of Confederation. Instead, between May 25 and September 17, 1787, the delegates debated, discussed, compromised and […]

Judges Visit Historic Log Cabin Courthouse

Written on September 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm, by

A number of judges from across Missouri got a taste of courthouse history, Scotland County style when they toured the log cabin that housed the county’s first court room more than 175 years ago. Pictured (L to R) are Judge Ardie Bland, Presiding Judge, Kansas City Municipal Court; Judge Karl DeMarce, Scotland County Associate Circuit […]

Patriot Siege of Ninety Six

Written on September 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm, by

During the American Revolution the Patriot  siege of Ninety Six, South Carolina began on May 22,  1781, when Major General Nathanael Greene and 1,000 Patriots attempted an attack   on the critical village of Ninety Six, in  the South Carolina back country. After failing to seize  the fortified settlement,   they began a siege of it, which  […]

Original County Courthouse Rededicated as Part of 2016 Antique Fair Festivities

Written on August 30, 2016 at 11:19 am, by

A crowd that easily could have filled the old log cabin 25 times over gathered on Friday afternoon at the Wiggins Family Museum on Highway 136 in Memphis to commemorate the dedication of the restored structure which once had served as Scotland County’s first courthouse. “Today, as we dedicate this historic courthouse, we can also […]

Chief Usher

Written on August 30, 2016 at 9:53 am, by

The White House, residence of the President of the United States, is a 132 room mansion. It has two basements, two public floors, and two floors specifically for the First Family. From its earliest days the domestic operations have required a general manager. For that purpose, President John Adams employed a man named John Breisler. […]

Mark Twain

Written on August 23, 2016 at 1:59 pm, by

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, in the tiny village of Florida, Missouri, the sixth child of John and Jane Clemens. When he was four years  old, his family moved to nearby Hannibal, a bustling town of 1,000 people. Sam Clemens lived in Hannibal […]

Erie Canal

Written on August 16, 2016 at 11:43 am, by

The Erie Canal was the engineering marvel of its time. The 363-mile canal, with its system of locks and aqueducts, connected the Hudson River with Lake Erie. Construction was authorized in 1817 and the canal was completed in 1825, financed by a seven million dollar state loan. Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York was a […]

Sandhill Burial

Written on August 9, 2016 at 9:59 am, by

The following article appeared in a local newspaper February 2, 1899 and again 70 years later (2 February 1969) A  Rutledge correspondent to the Quincy Journal makes the following mention of the supposed burial place of the father of Mark Twain: “Sand Hill, a small place two miles west of Rutledge, is not known very […]