History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Mark Hanna

Pulaski County Missouri History and Heroes

Marcus Alonzo Hanna, Ohio Senator, was the namesake of the community and post office of Hanna, Missouri in Pulaski County.

Mark Hanna photographed in 1896 by W. J. Root.

Mark Hanna photographed in 1896 by W. J. Root.

1. Hanna attended the same public school, Cleveland (OH) Central High School, as John D. Rockefeller. Hanna attended Western Reserve College but was expelled for a prank.

2. Hanna, who “had as much to do with the election of [President] Mr. Garfield as any single individual in the country,” oversaw Garfield’s body after it arrived in Cleveland following the assassination of the President. Hanna was also in charge of Garfield’s funeral arrangements and burial.

3. Hanna was instrumental in the election of William McKinley as President in 1896. A New York reporter wrote “Hanna and the others will shuffle and deal him [McKinley] like a pack of cards.” The campaign to elect McKinley, organized by Hanna, raised $3.5 million dollars- the largest election fundraising at that time. Hanna had been credited with the invention of the modern presidential campaign.

4. After winning the Presidency, McKinley offered the Secretary of State position to Senator John Sherman. Sherman accepted which led to Ohio Governor Asa Bushnell appointing Hanna in Senator Sherman’s place.

5. Hanna was no fan of Theodore Roosevelt. He once stated “Here’s this convention going headlong for Roosevelt for Vice President. Don’t any of you realize that there’s only one life between that madman and the Presidency? … What harm can he do as Governor of New York compared to the damage he will do as President if McKinley should die?” After the 1900 Republican Convention did indeed nominate Roosevelt to the ticket as McKinley’s Vice-President Hanna told President McKinley “Your duty to the country is to live for four years from next March.” McKinley won reelection and was assassinated in 1901. Roosevelt assumed the Presidency.

Sources:
https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/10/how_ohio_made_a_president_mark.html
https://potus-geeks.livejournal.com/759386.html

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts is an occasional series of interesting facts regarding namesakes and historical figures in Pulaski County, Missouri.

 

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Champ Clark

Pulaski County Missouri History and Heroes

James Beauchamp “Champ” Clark was the namesake of Clark National Forest in Missouri. A portion of this National Forest was located within the boundaries of Pulaski County, Missouri. In 1973 CNF was “administratively combined” with Mark Twain National Forest. In 1976 Clark National Forest was absorbed by Mark Twain National Forest. 39,177 acres of MTNF are located inside Pulaski County.

“Champ” Clark as photographed by Fred Hartsook circa 1915. Retrieved via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division.

1. Clark was expelled from Kentucky University (now Transylvania University) after firing a pistol at one of his roommates in self-defense during a quarrel. Two years later he was invited to return but he chose Bethany College instead. He graduated first in his class in 1873
2. Clark fervently believed that a good speech needed to include information from literature and history. “The wealth of his biographical material, his quotations, and his historical allusions, as well as the manner in which he adapted them to his speeches” earned him the title the “Leather-Bound Orator.”
3. In 1911, while representing Missouri’s Ninth District in the United States House of Representatives Clark was elected Speaker of the House. Clark has been described as “a fiery orator, a challenging foe in debate, and a witty, but nonetheless perceptive spokesman for the Democratic party.” He remains the only Speaker of the House from the Show Me State.
4. Clark was a shoe-in for the 1912 Democratic Presidential nomination (and most likely the Presidency) until he wasn’t. Clark never received the two-thirds majority at the Baltimore Convention. After forty-six rounds of voting the nod went to Woodrow Wilson who was elected the twenty-eighth President of the United States.
5. Clark’s residence in Bowling Green, Missouri, nicknamed Honeyshuck, is a National Historic Landmark.

Sources:
https://shsmo.org/historicmissourians/name/c/clark
http://digital.shsmo.org/cdm/ref/collection/mhr/id/28139
https://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/76001114.pdf

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts is an occasional series of interesting facts regarding namesakes and historical figures in Pulaski County, Missouri.

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Mark Twain

Pulaski County Missouri History and Heroes

Mark Twain National Forest in southern and central Missouri is named in honor of author, newspaperman, and humorist Mark Twain. 39,177 acres of MTNF are located in Pulaski County in the Houston-Rolla-Cedar Creek Ranger District.

Samuel Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, as photographed in 1871 by Mathew Brady. Retrieved via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Samuel Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, as photographed in 1871 by Mathew Brady. Retrieved via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.

1. Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri. He grew up alongside the Mississippi River in Hannibal. His pen name, Mark Twain, was a riverboat term that he would have heard frequently as a child and used often during his career as a steamboat pilot.
2. Twain was also an inventor. In 1871 he received the patent for an adjustable garment strap. In 1873 he invented and patented a self-pasting scrapbook. In 1891 he marketed his patented “Mark Twain’s Memory Builder Game.”
3. The Panic of 1893 pushed Twain’s publishing firm into bankruptcy in 1894. This led to potential personal bankruptcy. To stave off his own bankruptcy Twain made a year-long around-the-world lecture tour to pay off his debts.
4. In 1900 Twain traveled to England to argue copyright law before the House of Lords.
5. In 1998 the Kennedy Center established the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Recipients include Lily Tomlin, George Carlin, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Sources:
https://www.marktwainmuseum.org/twains-life-and-works
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/articles/facts-about-mark-twain.html

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts is an occasional series of interesting facts regarding namesakes and historical figures in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Big BAM Day 3 Bonus: Discover Richland

Big BAM treats cyclists to unexpected and extraordinary treasures in towns and villages that ordinary travels may bypass for faster thoroughfares. Occasionally, a short detour can lead to a new-to-you charming burg that leaps to the top of your list of favorite fortuitous discoveries. Such is the case with Richland, Missouri which will certainly delight and surprise riders who tour Day 3’s official brunch stop. This modest hamlet, rich in history, arts, nature, entrepreneurship and sense of community will greet you like an old friend. Richland Chamber of Commerce and town merchants have banded together to craft these thoughtful and unique experiences for Big BAM adventure cyclists.

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By Carrie Turner, Richland Chamber of Commerce

Infused Water Station

At the junction of Hwy FF & 133, Richland Ambassadors will welcome you and provide a place to refill your water bottle. They will be providing a variety of infused water options and will share with you the many happenings in Richland. York & Co. Pharmacy is the proud sponsor of the infused water station.

The Burger Stand
101 West Pulaski Street
Richland
573-765-3028

“Best Lil Burger Stand in town!!! Love this place. Love the homemade chips and burgers are amazing.” -Teresa P.

Curly the Clown will welcome you into Richland at The Burger Stand. Locally owned and operated by Carrie Turner and her brother-in-law, Donnie Bolan for the past 10 years, they serve up hand-pattied burgers, fried pickle spears with their homemade Ranch, as well as the best Milkshakes in town. Become a kid again on their Bike Obstacle Course.

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The Burger Stand, Richland Missouri

H.E. Warren & Sons Department Store
Pine & McClurg
Richland
573-765-3381

At the corner of Pine & McClurg you will find one of the oldest family run stores in the country. The Warren Family has been providing Levi’s and fabric to the community of Richland since 1869. Stop by and take a selfie in their bicycle themed window.

Rockin’ Rooster Ridge
106 West McClurg
Richland
573-674-2134

“Cuteness abounds here!”- Bridget J.

Just down McClurg the Rick’s offer refurbished furniture and Dixie Belle Chalk Paint at Rockin’ Rooster Ridge. They have a working classroom available for groups to bring in their own creations and make them new again. They will have small projects available to be completed and will be able to ship them home for you.

Daugherty’s Pub & Grub
208 West McClurg Street
Richland
573-765-3203

“The best food around!! Sue and Jackie out do themselves. Come in as strangers, leave as friends. The atmosphere is awesome!! Reminds me of Cheers!!” -April R.

Richland native and recent Army retiree, Sue Daugherty has returned home to reopen the family Pub. You will find her sister Jackie cooking up the lunch specials. Stop in and experience their Bloody Mary Bar or grab a bite to eat.

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Daugherty’s Pub & Grub, Richland Missouri

Richland Library
111 West Camden Street
Richland
573-765-3642

The Richland Library located at 111 West Camden provides a cool place to sit back and relax. They have free Wi-Fi, computer access and are a phone charging station for Big BAM cyclists. Take a stroll through the community room and see the Alumni Association’s work to preserve the Richland Class pictures.

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Pulaski County Library Richland Branch, Richland Missouri

Market Basket Café & Florals
302 West Washington Avenue
Richland
573-765-0101

“I always love coming to the Market Basket. Everyone is so friendly and the food is delightful!” -Kelly T.

When the local flower shop shut down earlier this year, Barb Bolan decided to add fresh flowers to her business. A Richland native and owner of the Market Basket for more than 15 years, she specializes in home-style cooking. Her place is cozy, and you may just find a new friend before you leave.

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Market Basket Café & Florals, Richland Missouri

Shady Dell Park & Pool
L.G. Myers Drive
Richland

Take a break, cool off and relax with a dip in our Olympic size community pool. Or you can just grab a seat on one of the park benches along our quarter-mile walking trail. Mature trees and flowers set against the rock lined creek allows for a great spot to enjoy the scenery.

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Shady Dell Park, Richland Missouri

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Summertime Fun in Pulaski County USA! (2018 Edition)

Summer time is fun time in Pulaski County, Missouri! Whether you are looking for girl’s getaway, wind therapy, or quality time with your family on our beautiful, lazy rivers or a road trip on Route 66, we have just what you are looking for! Plan your trip around one of these fun events- or plan your itinerary for anytime of the year at http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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JUNE:

Big BAM is a cycling adventure across Missouri. This year’s event follows Route 66 from Joplin to Eureka. Cyclist can sign on for the full ride or can pick and choose segments to ride. For those who can’t commit to a full week of riding the segments between Lebanon and Cuba, with an overnight in Waynesville June 20 are a favorite pick. The Museums on the Square in Waynesville will be open to cyclists. Shuttles to Pulaski County featured restaurants and bars and attractions will also be available for riders. 399th Army Band and Two-Bit Steve entertain riders, locals, and visitors at the Waynesville City Park that evening.

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Cave State Cruisers Car Show returns to Waynesville City Park June 23 & 24 for their 31st Annual Car Show. The show features 26 classes of cars competing for top honors. Dad, and the entire family, will have a grand time admiring these beauties and chatting with car owners. Don’t forget your camera!

The Cave State Cruisers annual car show has been held at Waynesville City Park for 30 years.

The Cave State Cruisers annual car show has been held at Waynesville City Park for 30 years.

Tri-County Fair is a Richland, Missouri summer tradition! Visitors from Central Missouri and around the state converge on Shady Dell Park for this authentic county fair. This year’s fair takes place June 27 through 30. A carnival complements traditional county fair activities. Don’t miss the truck and tractor pull Friday night!

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JULY:

Summer Scarefest is a new Summer event in Pulaski County, Missouri and the organizers couldn’t have picked a better date- Friday, July 13th! Watch the cult horror classic movie Friday the 13th, play games, get your face painted “monster style” and start Halloween early with a trip through Rising Haunted Attraction! Photo ops abound!

July 13 Summer Scarefest at Waynesville, MO

Old Settlers Day returns to Waynesville City Park for the 38th year July 28 & 29. OSD is a family-friendly living history event. Families can tour the Roubidoux Spring Cherokee Campsite before heading to the main events at Waynesville City Park. Seven National Park Service interpretive signs tell the tragic tale of the Trail of Tears along the (mostly) paved walking trail. The trail leads directly to Waynesville City Park where you will find mountain man encampments and both Union and Confederate camps. Mock Civil War battles will be re-enacted throughout the weekend. Bring your appetite to Vendor Row and keep your eyes peeled as you stroll through the camps- you might bump into President Ulysses Grant!

July 28 & 29 Old Settlers Day

AUGUST:

Halloween fans rejoice! Pulaski County kicks off Halloween early with the extremely popular Haunted River Floats. Haunt fanatics from across the Midwest and beyond pilgrimage to Ruby’s Landing near Waynesville to float the Haunted River in rafts. The season kicks off August 31 and the one-of-a-kind experience is held every Friday and Saturday night through September. Don’t forget to bring your tent- a free night of primitive camping is included with admission!

“I want to say that the whole experience was fantastic!!! All of the staff was very accommodating and polite. They did give scares for sure. We were not expecting the interaction that we had, but we loved every minute. Thank you a fabulously frightful evening. Will definitely be back next year” – Shali V.

SEPTEMBER:

Crocker, Missouri has been honoring their railroading heritage for 50 years. This year’s Railroad Days celebration, the 51st, takes place September 1. Bring your crew for this family-friendly festival. Highlights include a parade, live music, and the Frisco Depot Museum.

Railroad Days September 1

Kiwanis Ninth Annual Outdoor Show happens September 8 & 9 at the St. Robert Community Center. Outdoor enthusiasts can peruse over 100 tables and exhibits of guns, knives, archery equipment, fishing supplies, ATV’s and boats. $5 gets you in the door both days and food will be available.

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Cow Days is one of Missouri’s quirkiest and fun festivals. Festival-goers have a chance to win an authentic, bonafide cow! Cow Days is held in Dixon September 14 & 15. Both days are jam-packed with live music, vendors, and food!

Cow Days September 14_15

River Bassin’ National Championship highlights Pulaski County’s beautiful wild waters and its prime fishing September 21 through 23. Anglers from across the United States will make Ruby’s Landing near Waynesville their headquarters during the tournament. Divisions include Individual, Team, Super Team, Flyfishing & Youth- with more than $75,000 in cash and prizes for winners!

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Pulaski County, MO set to host 2018 River Bassin’ National Championship

Jump start your Summer in Pulaski County, Missouri during these events:

Mid America Freedom Rally has been a Memorial Day tradition for Midwest based motorcyclists for nearly three decades.

Mid America Freedom Rally has been a Memorial Day tradition for Midwest based motorcyclists for nearly three decades.

Extremicon Volkslauf 2018A June 2 Pulaski County Pride Drag Show 2018 Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
The 1903 Courthouse Museum, on the Square in Waynesville, is one of two period courthouses along Route 66 in Missouri.

The 1903 Courthouse Museum, on the Square in Waynesville, is one of two period courthouses along Route 66 in Missouri.

Waynesville's Old Stagecoach Stop is on the National Register of Historic Places

Waynesville’s Old Stagecoach Stop is on the National Register of Historic Places

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Prepare for Fall y’all! Pulaski County, Missouri puts on a brilliant foliage display during leaf-peeping season! Visit a pumpkin patch, farmers markets or a first-rate haunted attraction! Plan now for one of these events:

October 6_7 ClawCon PREMIERE WARGAMING EVENT Nasty Pulaski (1) Frog Hill Half

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