Category: History & Heroes

Veterans Day & Weekend Activities

Pulaski County Veterans Day activities begin November 9th, at 3PM during Vietnam Era Commemoration Pinning Ceremony presented by the Fort Leonard Wood Mid-Missouri AUSA Chapter located at the VFW Post 3176, (17305 Superior Road Saint Robert, MO).  The Commemoration is providing Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins to Commemorative Partners for dignified public presentations to U.S. military veterans,… Read more »

History & Heroes- Hector John Polla

Hector John Polla was born in Lexington, Missouri in 1916. He graduated from Higginsville High School and Wentworth Military Academy Junior College before heading to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1937. Upon his graduation from West Point in 1941, Lt. Polla was deployed to the Philippines and stationed on the Bataan… Read more »

Saint Robert’s Negro U.S.O. Club Chimney Memorial

Rendering of the Negro U.S.O. Club Chimney Memorial in Saint Robert, Missouri upon completion.

By Laura Huffman As any soldier, sailor, airman, or marine will relate, a USO sign is a welcome sight. Pulaski County historian Terry Primas summarizes in his 2005 Old Settlers Gazette article that the familiar logo is a “beacon of comfort” for service members and their families and it continues to “signal support for men… Read more »

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Frank H. Wielandy

Frank H. Wielandy, the “Father of Missouri State Parks,” owned and named Blue Jay Farm, now a rustic resort, near Dixon in Pulaski County, Missouri. 1. In 1928 Wielandy conducted an unsuccessful Republican primary campaign for Missouri Governor. 2. Wielandy was Missouri Fish & Game Commissioner under Governor Arthur M. Hyde. 3. Wielandy was known… Read more »

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- C.W. Parker

Chester West (C.W.) Parker is the namesake of Waynesville R-VI School District’s Parker Fine Arts building located on the Middle School campus. 1. In 1921, at the age of 19, Parker was the principal of an elementary school in the Picher, Oklahoma mining district. He also served as principal at Licking, MO High School. Parker… Read more »