History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Milton Santee

Pulaski County Missouri History and Heroes

Charles Milton Santee was a surveyor and land agent based in Rolla, Missouri for South Pacific Railroad Lands. 150 years ago, in 1869 he surveyed the villages of Dixon, Hancock, Crocker, and Richland as the railroad reached those points in its westward journey across Pulaski County, Missouri.

This map of Dixon, Missouri, a fire insurance map, was produced in September 1915 by Sanborn Map Company. It shows building footprints, building material, height or number of stories, building use, lot lines, road widths and water facilities. An interactive version of this map can be viewed at http://cdm16795.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/sanbornmaps/id/1069/rv/singleitem/rec/1

This map of Dixon, Missouri, a fire insurance map, was produced in September 1915 by Sanborn Map Company. It shows building footprints, building material, height or number of stories, building use, lot lines, road widths and water facilities. An interactive version of this map can be viewed at http://cdm16795.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/sanbornmaps/id/1069/rv/singleitem/rec/1

1. Santee surveyed the village of Prairieville, Illinois April 10th, 1855.
2. Although born in Pennsylvania, as a young child he moved to Dixon, Illinois with his parents. Santee is most likely the railroad worker who named Dixon, Missouri after his hometown of Dixon, Illinois.
3. While in Rolla Santee was also a “newspaper man.” By 1886, after Santee left for California, the editor of the Rolla Herald had lost track of Santee’s whereabouts.
4. After moving to California Santee was a busy, and influential man. In 1889 he was operating a “first-class” hotel in San Diego along with his mother and sister and he was also the Vice-President of the International Company which was developing the mining interests of “Lower California”
5. In 1890 he married George A. Cowles’ widow, Jennie. George had founded Cowleston, California in San Diego county. In 1893 Jennie led a successful bid to rename Cowleston to Santee to honor her new husband.

Sources:

Texas County Pioneer (Houston, Missouri), 11 December 1869
Sterling Standard (Sterling, Illinois), 6 December 1877
Rolla Herald (Rolla, Missouri), 24 December 1885
The Dixon Sun (Dixon, Illinois), 13 March 1889
Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles, California), 4 December 1889
https://shsmo.org/manuscripts/ramsay/ramsay_pulaski.html
http://cityofsanteeca.gov/how-do-i/santee-s-history

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

Introducing Casimir 2.0

American Revolutionary War Hero Casimir Pulaski (left) and reimagined Casimir 2.0 (right)

American Revolutionary War Hero Casimir Pulaski (left) and reimagined Casimir 2.0 (right)

You probably have noticed a new “personality” on Pulaski County USA Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center Facebook and social media channels this year. “Casimir 2.0” made his debut January 4, 2019. As illustrated by the above side-by-side images you can see that Casimir 2.0 is modeled after Pulaski County, Missouri’s namesake Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski, more commonly known as Casimir Pulaski.

Casimir Pulaski was a Polish nobleman, soldier, freedom fighter, and is sometimes referred to as “the father of the American Cavalry.” Pulaski fought the Russians in his native Poland from 1770 until 1772. When that uprising failed, he was driven into exile.

Upon the recommendation of Benjamin Franklin, Pulaski immigrated to North America to fight against the British with the Americans for freedom. In his very first engagement with the British, at the Battle of Brandywine, Pulaski saved the life of George Washington. He became a general in the Continental Army and reformed the American cavalry.

Image via Wikipedia

Image via Wikipedia

Pulaski was mortally wounded while leading a daring and heroic charge against British forces at the Battle of Savannah and is buried at Monterey Square there.

Numerous cities, towns, parks, roadways, bridges, schools, and even a Masonic Lodge in Chicago are named after Pulaski in recognition of his devotion to the cause of freedom. Monuments and statues in Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin Ohio, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Rhode Island, Michigan and Washington D.C. pay tribute to him. In addition to Pulaski County, Missouri he is also namesake to Pulaski County in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia.

In 2009, 230 years after his death, Congress and President Obama proclaimed Pulaski an honorary United States citizen.

On November 11th, 2018 high school students in Wodzisław Śląski, celebrated Poland’s 100th anniversary of independence. Student Krysia Noga, who had connected with various Pulaski namesakes in the United States, including Pulaski County, Missouri gave a media presentation and short lecture about Casimir Pulaski from both the American and Polish points of view. Her decision to share Pulaski’s legacy with a new generation partially inspired our decision to bring him “back to life” and back into the minds of Pulaski County, Missouri’s residents and to those visiting our county through Casimir 2.0. We feel that if Pulaski were alive today, with the somberness of the United States war for independence more than 240 years in the past, that he would be a champion for his namesakes and would greet visitors with a smile and a wave.

Welcome to Pulaski County USA!

Welcome to Pulaski County USA!

We hope that Casimir 2.0 brightens your day when he pops into your social media feed and that you think of the man who was willing to die for both his native country and his adopted homeland.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center will throw a birthday celebration for Casimir Pulaski Monday, March 4th, 2019 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Executive Director Beth Wiles extends a cordial invitation to all Pulaski County officials, organizations, residents, and tourists to honor Pulaski at the Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Blvd, Saint Robert, MO.) by enjoying birthday cake, beverages, and socializing. Stay tuned for more event details!

Happy Birthday Casimir!

“I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it.” -Casimir Pulaski

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Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport Announces Commercial Jet Service

On Tuesday, January 8, the City of Waynesville and the City of St. Robert joined with Contour Airlines at the Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport (WSRA) on Fort Leonard Wood (FLW) to announce the new commercial jet service that will begin on February 12, 2019.

Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport announced commercial jet service with Contour Airlines January 8, 2019.

Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport announced commercial jet service with Contour Airlines January 8, 2019.

The airport plays a large part in the region’s tourism industry. With over 150,000 visitors coming to the Fort Leonard Wood Region every year to attend military graduations, safe, fast, affordable flights into and out of the region are essential.

“The Contour jet service will allow local community members and those visiting the region to do so comfortably, quickly, and safely. We’ve seen the demand for this type of service grow over the years and we are excited about the positive impact it will have on our regional economy,” said St. Robert mayor George Lauritson.

This new daily jet service between Fort Leonard Wood and St. Louis will accommodate up to 30 passengers on each flight with a flight time of less than 30 minutes. Introductory fares will start at $29 each way for tickets purchased before January 22, 2019 and regular fares will range from $39 to $99 each way. Currently, tickets can be purchased through Contour’s website or by calling Contour at: 888-332-6686.

The new service doubles the daily capacity of the current local air service and as a result the cities, along with cooperation from their FLW partners, will soon be making temporary modifications to the existing commercial terminal to accommodate the increase.

“As cities, we are proud today to be moving forward in our plan to make our airport more accessible and user-friendly. We welcome jet service to our regional airport and are working for even more improvements in the future,” said Waynesville mayor Luge Hardman.

Securing jet service at the WSRA has been an important regional strategy in strengthening the future of FLW and the four-county region around the installation. The new jet service is an important quality of life improvement for the region and enhances FLW’s mission by making it easier and more efficient for official military travel to and from the installation itself.

Contour Airlines was founded in 1982. With the addition of the route between Fort Leonard Wood and St. Louis, they now provide service in seven states. Their Embraer regional jets will provide passengers with comfortable seating, a beverage and snack service, as well as a complimentary first checked bag, one carry-on item, and one small personal item for each passenger.

The Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport is located on Fort Leonard Wood and is one of two Army joint use airports in the country. The airport is open to the general public for normal commercial travel and also provides general aviation services. More information about the airport can be found on their website.

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Julius Ochs Adler

Pulaski County Missouri History and Heroes

Brigadier General Julius Ochs Adler was assigned to the Sixth Infantry Division at Fort Leonard Wood September 1941.

Image via New York Times at: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/05/insider/1935-a-family-battle-for-succession.html

Image via New York Times at: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/05/insider/1935-a-family-battle-for-succession.html

1. At the time of his death, Julius Ochs Adler was general manager and first vice-president of the New York Times and President and Publisher of the Chattanooga Times.

2. President Eisenhower, in 1953, described Major General Adler as a “gallant leader in combat” and a “soldier’s soldier.”

3. Major General Adler was the second-ever recipient of the New York Meritorious Service Medal.

4. Major General Adler retired from the United States Army 31 December 1954 after 40 years of military service. During his four-decade career he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, World War I Victory Medal (with four battle clasps), Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with two service stars), World War II Victory Medal, Officer of the Legion of Honour (France), French Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 with Palm, Croce al Merito di Guerra (Italy), and New York Meritorious Service Medal.

5. Major General Adler was laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery after his death 3 October 1955. In his eulogy the Rev. Dr. Julius Mark praised Adler as “a distinguished citizen, a valiant soldier and a resolute patriot.”

Sources:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Saint Louis, Missouri) 3 October 1955
The Ithaca Journal (Ithaca, New York) 14 October 1954
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York) 14 October 1954
The Daily Messenger (Canandaigua, New York) 27 December 1965
Daily News (New York, New York) 7 October 1955

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

Fun & Entertainment in Waynesville-Saint Robert, Missouri

Nestled in the timeless Ozark Mountains, Pulaski County is home to bountiful outdoor recreation activities. The Gasconade & Big Piney rivers call to kayakers, canoeists, and bass fishers. Trout anglers lure browns and rainbows to their lines in downtown Waynesville within view of historic Route 66’s most architecturally beautiful urban arched bridge. Birders explore Missouri Department of Conservation areas for sightings

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of blue herons and bald eagles. Seasonal hunters and off-trail hikers seek game and solitude in Pulaski County’s Mark Twain National Forest. Dramatic bluffs, especially in the Devils Elbow neighborhood, appeal to climbers. Pulaski County, the heart of the “Cave State,” includes over 700 known caves. Roubidoux Grotto cavers, along with cavers from across the state, explore, study, and protect these rich underground resources. Certified cave divers from around the world descend into the underwater depths of the Roubidoux Spring cave system. Off-road cyclists pedal through challenging topography on country gravel roads. Professional and amateur photographers capture pristine landscapes and wildlife with their lenses throughout all four seasons.

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Saint Robert’s Community Center is the location for year-round events including cook-offs, craft bazaars, wargaming competitions, comic-cons, and holiday celebrations. Tiger Typhoon Water Park is always a hit with families during the summer months. Year-round water activities and indoor swimming can be found at the Aquatic Center. Skaters can bring their boards to the Rotary Club Skate Park. Golfers can enjoy an afternoon at the 9-hole, 3-par, putt and pitch municipal golf course. History buffs and patriots will want to visit the Saint Robert Museum, U.S.O. Chimney Commemorative, and Freedom Rock.

Images of Pulaski County, Missouri on May 30th and 31st, 2017.

Pitch & Putt 9 hole golf course at Saint Robert, Missouri

While in Waynesville enjoy Roubidoux Park and Laughlin Park. Both parks provide access to the Roubidoux River and are connected by a paved walking trail. Roubidoux Park is home to Old Settlers Days and the annual Cave State Cruisers Car Show. The park also features occasional concerts under the bandshell and pavilions for picnicking and gatherings. Roubidoux Park’s newest addition is Little Heroes Playground, an all-accessible play area. Laughlin Park includes the world-famous Roubidoux Spring and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Cherokee Campsite. Seven interpretative signs have been installed between the spring and the former ford (river crossing) just north of the bridge. History enthusiasts will also want to explore the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum and the Old Stagecoach Stop– both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau offers a free downtown Waynesville Walking Tour brochure. It can be found at many of the one-of-a-kind eateries, gift boutiques, or antique stores on the Square or at the Pulaski County Visitors Center. Catch a show at Theater on the Square playhouse or enjoy the newest Hollywood blockbuster on the Grand Screen at the state-of-the-art movie theater in West Waynesville.

Family fun at the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum on the Square in Waynesville, Missouri

Family fun at the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum on the Square in Waynesville, Missouri

Visitors to Fort Leonard Wood shouldn’t miss Mahaffey Museum Complex. This is the only place in the country where you can tour three United State Army branch museums- the Military Police Museum, the Chemical Corps Museum, and the Engineer Museum, in a single location. An outdoor museum includes the World War II Company Area- a collection of restored, temporary mobilization buildings. These structures were some of the very first to be erected at Fort Leonard Wood. They depict the conditions that soldiers and soldiers-in-training would have experienced in the days leading up to, and during the duration of, WWII. A historic driving tour map can be obtained at the Front Gate Visitors Center. Miller Cave, Stone Mill Spring, and Piney Valley Golf Course should also be included on your itinerary!

Big Piney River bridge, Fort Leonard Wood. Photo by Amanda Sullivan for Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office.

Big Piney River bridge, Fort Leonard Wood. Photo by Amanda Sullivan for Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office.

Historic Route 66 ties the communities of Saint Robert and Waynesville together. Much more than a road, Route 66 is also a world-famous destination. Observant visitors and residents will notice Route 66 travelers in groups, and solo, through-out the year. Thirty-three miles of the fabled Mother Road cross Pulaski County from east to west and many “roadies” recognize Pulaski County’s stretch as one of the most scenic on the eight-state route. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau offers a free turn-by-turn brochure that includes vintage photographs and historical notes. It can be found at many of the hotels, outfitters, eateries, boutiques, antique stores, museums, and attractions throughout Saint Robert and Waynesville or at the Pulaski County Visitors Center.

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Former Route 66 alignment near Laquey, Missouri

Pulaski County is also home to roller skating and laser tag activities, half-marathons and 10Ks, festivals, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, haunted attractions, pumpkin patches, throwback “tourist traps,” railroading heritage, scenic drives, Instagram-worthy backdrops, and an international array of dining choices.

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Pulaski County Visitors Center is your one-stop source for information for all things fun and entertaining! Our knowledgeable and helpful representatives will provide you with a free copy of our Visitors Guide (great for locals too!) and personalize your route to attractions and destinations throughout the area. The Visitors Center, located at 137 St. Robert Boulevard, Saint Robert is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with extended hours during Spring and Summer. We are always available online at www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com and www.Facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA.

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