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Muriel E. Furry Akers, "Caledonia Methodist Heritage", 1984 (R0379)
1 folder

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This is an historical pageant written by Muriel E. Akers for the United Methodist Church at
Caledonia, Washington County, Missouri. The pageant celebrated the bicentennial of Metho-dism in
America, 1984.

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American Red Cross, Morgan County Chapter Records, 1932-1937 (R0427)
1 volume

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The Morgan County, Missouri, chapter of the American Red Cross was organized on 20 April
1932 in Versailles. It distributed flour and clothing to needy families, and contributed funds to the
national flood relief effort in January 1937. Chairpersons were Dr. H. N. Lutman and Mrs. A. J.
Gunn.

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Mary Alice Beemer Photograph Collection, circa 1885-1955 (R0496)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder, 37 photographs)

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These are photographs of the town of Newburg and vicinity in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are views of employees, equipment, and facilities of the "Frisco" railroad, businesses, buildings, and street scenes, and miscellaneous photographs of locations near Newburg including the Dana Lead Mine and Stonydell Swimming Pool.

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Butler County, Missouri Collection, 1968 (R0318)
(1 folder)

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These are typescripts of historical interviews with residents of Butler County, Missouri, by Robert Manns of Poplar Bluff. Topics include life along the Black River and in the communities of Hamtown, Qulin, and Rombauer, logging and railroads in Butler County, and the tornado of 1927.

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Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company Promotional Booklet, circa 1910 (R0424)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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This is "Health and Pleasure in the Missouri Hills Along Rock Island Lines," a promotional
booklet featuring hotels, rooming houses, resorts, and recreational opportunities along or near the
CRI&P Railway between St. Louis and Versailles, Missouri.

Cole Camp, Missouri Collection, circa 1887-1940s (R0530)
(3 folders)

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This is a collection of miscellaneous material pertaining to Cole Camp in Benton County, Missouri. Included are a program celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of the Cole Camp Municipal Band, a souvenir booklet produced for the Cole Camp Centennial, and black and white negatives of scenes in Cole Camp.

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Establishment of the Town of Farmington Collection, no date (R0490)
(1 roll of microfilm)

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This is a compilation from county records of the land surveys and legal actions which established
the town of Farmington in St. Francois County, Missouri. The compilation begins with the
donation of land by David Murphy and location of the county seat in 1822, and continues through
1904 with the transactions which established the various additions to the city.

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Findley Campaign Papers, 1980 (R1346)
0.25 cubic feet (7 folders)

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The Findley Campaign Papers document the contested Ward 5, Rolla City Council election of April 1, 1980, between Susan H. Findley and Jim Waterman. The collection includes materials on the campaign, election, and resolution of the election results. Circuit Court Records, sample election materials, newspaper articles, and Susan Findley's personal notes are among the items included in the collection.

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Franklin and Binkley Families Papers, 1868-1955 (R1492)
0.06 cubic foot (6 folders, 27 negatives)

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The Franklin and Binkley Families Papers contain photocopies of correspondence, family papers, and photographs. Also included is genealogical information for the Franklin, Binkley, Myers, Herrman, Bray, and other connected families.

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Granby, Missouri Oral History Collection, 1984 (R1459)
0.02 cubic foot (1 folder, 1 DVD)

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The Granby Missouri Oral History Collection consist of a DVD containing interviews of locals that lived in Granby, Missouri in October 1984. The video contains the interviews of John Hurn, Richard Eustler, and Bill Farris. John Tuggle conducted the interviews. Also included is a letter written by R.J. Savage containing background information on how the interviews were conducted.

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Katherine J. Hinchey-Cochran Family Papers, 1790-1999 (R1280)
20 cubic feet (515 folders, 27 volumes, 3 oversize volumes)

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The Katherine J. Hinchey-Cochran Family Papers consisted of family papers, photographs, correspondence, and business records of the extended Hinchey family. Also included are the correspondence and sketches of William J. Hinchey.

Hollister, Missouri Scrapbook Collection, 1910-1920s (R1476)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

This collection consists of scrapbook pages featuring images from Hollister, Missouri in Taney County from 1910 to the 1930s. Several of the images depict Camp Hollister, a Y.M.C.A camp. There is also an aerial view of the Hollister Farm, which is four miles away from Camp Hollister.

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Iron County Historical Society Collection, circa 1973-1992 (R0497)
0.1 cubic foot (10 folders)

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This is a group of miscellaneous papers from the collections of the Iron County Historical Society. Included are "Iron County Yesterdays," essays on the Plank Road and the Whitworth Store, and a summary history of the Pilot Knob Iron Company. Also included are a number of items concerning Baptist churches in Ironton and Belleview, the Missouri Baptist Assembly at Arcadia Heights, and the history of the Baptist Home at Ironton.

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Richard Hundley Landrum, "The Immigrant's Guide", 1882 (R0374)
1 folder

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This is a promotional newspaper published by R. H. Landrum and Euphrates Boucher at Mount
Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. The publication contains articles promoting agriculture and
stock-raising in southwestern Missouri and the opportunities for immigrants to Lawrence County.

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Levee District No. 3, Mississippi County, Missouri Collection, ca. 1923 (R0326)
1 folder

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This is a history of the levee district based in Mississippi County, Missouri, including a summary
of levee construction prior to the flood of 1913 and improvements made after that date, with
recommendations for future construction. The report was submitted to Little, Vardaman & Ditting
of St. Louis, purchasers of the district's construction bonds.

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Marionville, Missouri Promotional Booklet Collection, 1968 (R1441)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder)

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The Marionville, Missouri Promotional Booklet contains information about the city of Marionville, Missouri.

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Mark Twain National Forest Local History Collection, 1930s-1980s (R0471)
(4 rolls of mircofilm)

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This collection was selected from unofficial files on miscellaneous historical topics, including local histories, the CCC, the YCC, the "Irish Wilderness," and the Eleven Point River. There are transcriptions of interviews with older members of the community and Forest Service retirees.

Mark Twain National Forest Photograph Collection, circa 1900-1985 (R0485)
0.05 cubic foot (2 folders, 719 negatives)

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These are photographs copied from holdings of the Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla, Missouri. Topics include National Forest facilities and projects; forest and wood industries; water mills; lakes, rivers, and springs; mines; dams; and the Civilian Conservation Corps and Youth Conservation Corps.

McDonald County Secession Papers, 1961-2015 (SP0013)
.2 cubic feet (5 folders)

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The McDonald County Secession papers contain photocopied newspaper articles dealing with the publicity surrounding the McDonald County secession hoax from Missouri in 1961.        

McDonald County, Missouri High School Collection, 1971 (R1475)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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The McDonald County, Missouri High School Collection contains a McDonald County high school football annual from 1971. It contains pictures of coaching staff, players, administration of the school, the band, cheerleaders, pep club, and ROTC. Also included are local business advertisements.

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McDonnell Space Program In St. Louis Collection, 1957-2008 (S0759)
3 cubic feet, 125 photographs, 2 cds, 16 mini dv tapes, 3 dvds

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The McDonnell Space Program in St. Louis documents the role of St. Louisians in the Mercury and, more specifically, the Gemini space program. The collection consists of a wide assortment of materials, including newspaper clippings, correspondence, Project Gemini schematics and diagrams, Gemini and Mercury brochures, photographs, and oral histories.

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Anderson McFall Papers, 1898-1914 (R0365)
1 folder

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These are transcripts of the journal of a resident of Phillipsburg in Laclede County, Missouri.
The brief entries note marriages, births, injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the community, and contain
news on fires, weather conditions, visitors, and residents moving away from or returning to the
Phillipsburg area.

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Meramec Regional Planning Commission Historic Sites Survey Collection, 1980-1989 (R0454)
5.75 cubic feet (86 folders, 865 photographs)

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The Meramec Regional Planning Commission Historic Sites Survey Records contains the historic site surveys, with accompanying photographs, negatives, and research materials for Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, and Washington Counties. Included in the reports are houses, churches, schools, bridges, businesses, and other structures.

Missouri Photographs Collection, 1912-1954 (SP0031)
.1 cubic foot (1 folder, 6 photographs)

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The Missouri Photographs Collection consists of various photographs from the state of Missouri, as well as several postcards for attractions around the state, including Meramec Caverns. The collection also contains an address book dated 1954. 

Morgan County, Missouri Collection, 1964-1982 (R0423)
5 folders

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These are papers on various topics of Morgan County's history, including histories of the towns
of Fortuna, Barnett, and Laurie, a memoir of mule-buying, and an investigation of major mining
sites.

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Ruth Morrison Papers, 1924-1953 (R1446)
0.1 cubic foot (2 folders)

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The Ruth Morrison Papers is a collection of newspaper clippings documenting the class of 1927 at St. James High School.

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Munger Securities Company Records, 1916 (R0308)
(1 folder)

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This is an illustrated pamphlet published by the Munger Securities Company, promoting real
estate offerings in southern Missouri. The tracts were primarily in Carter County, but extended into
portions of Butler, Reynolds, and Ripley counties. The local offices were in Hunter, Missouri.

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Ozark Area Amateur Film Collection, 1957-1964 (SP0021)
0.5 cubic foot (14 reels)

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The Ozarks Area Amateur Film Collection contains fourteen reels of home movie footage featuring the Ozarks including Springfield, Nixa, Table Rock Dam, and St. John’s School of Nursing. 

Ozark Rivers Oral Histories Collection, 1981-1983 (R1430)
0.25 cubic foot (7 folders, 7 cassettes, 7 CDs)

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The Ozark Rivers Oral History collection consists of interviews done by Alex Primm of eight individuals living in Crawford, Franklin, Phelps and Washington counties in Missouri and their corresponding newspaper articles.

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Phelps County, Missouri Collection, 1921-2012 (R1303)
1.25 cubic foot (41 folders, 2 oversize, 3 photographs, 130 negatives)

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The Phelps County Collection is an ephemeral collection containing materials related to the history of Phelps County. Those materials include information on local businesses, civic and social organizations, schools, churches, historical information on the county and towns, and photographs.

Jerry Wayne Ponder Papers, 1865-2004 (R1260)
13 cubic feet (580 folders, 1 box photographs)

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These are correspondence, papers, and research materials of a genealogist and local historian from Ripley County, Missouri. The collection covers the descendants of Abner Ponder and allied families, the history of Ripley County, and the Civil War in southeastern Missouri. Much of the information was incorporated in publications by Ponder Books, 1987-1999.

Potosi, Missouri Photograph Collection, crica 1875-1935 (R0234)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder)

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These are photographs of prominent citizens, commercial buildings, and street scenes in Potosi, Washington County, Missouri. Included are views of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Dunklin, Judge Edward Eversole, ragtime musician Philip Lankford, the Potosi Home Guard, the Washington County Courthouse, and various businesses. The views have been copied on 35mm black-and-white negatives.

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Rucker Family Papers, 1886-2013 (R1429)
1.5 cubic feet (20 folders)

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The Rucker Family Papers contain correspondence and newspapers relating to family history, significant events, and architecture in Rolla, Missouri's history.

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Saint Francois County, Missouri Collection, 1876-1951 (R0242)
9 folders

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These are obituaries, wedding announcements, anniversary notices, and miscellaneous biographical
material clipped from newspapers in St. Francois County, Missouri. An index is available.

Saint Francois County, Missouri Collection, 1925 (R0248)
1 folder

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This is "A Message to the Homeseeker," a booklet advertising the towns of Bonne Terre,
Farmington, and Flat River in St. Francois County, and Fredericktown in Madison County, Missouri.
There are descriptions of 157 businesses and illustrations of 85 commercial establishments, public
buildings, and churches.

Sainte Genevieve Academy Records, 1808-2001 (R1394)
0.3 cubic foot (14 folders)

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The Sainte Genevieve Academy Records consist of photocopied documents pertaining to the founding of and preservation of the Academy, also known as the Old Louisiana Academy in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. These records include a history of the school, construction records, land records, and records kept by the Foundation for the Restoration of Ste. Genevieve during the preservation of the school.

Sainte Genevieve, Missouri Photograph Collection, circa 1880s-1920s (R0338)
0.1 cubic foot (2 folders, 7 photographs, 6 negatives)

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The Sainte Genevieve, Missouri Photograph Collection contains thirteen black and white views of historic homes, churches, steamboats and the Garretson family of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri.

Sainte Genevieve, Missouri, Board of Trustees Records, 1827-1913 (R0004)
(1 roll of microfilm)

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The Sainte Genevieve, Missouri Municipal Records contain the meeting minutes of the boards of trustees and alderman of the city of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. The meetings include discussion and resolutions on various items of city business, including payments for services rendered, the hiring and firing of city officials, public works, and proposed ordinances.

Seneca Missouri Scrapbooks, 1898-1992 (SP0029)
1 cubic foot (13 folders)

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The Seneca, Missouri, Scrapbooks were compiled by Virginia Hoare and contain photographs, newspaper clippings, and articles about the history of Seneca, Missouri.          

 

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Shannon County, Missouri Photograph Collection, circa 1900-1930 (R0280)
0.05 cubic foot (1 folder)

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These are views of Shannon County from the collection of Lon Hogan, Winona, Missouri. Included are views of Eminence, Fishertown, and Winona showing church and school groups, a baseball team, a band, a store, and Hogan's Photo Gallery. There is also a view of the Willow Springs Bank at Willow Springs in Howell County, Missouri.

Fritz Smith Papers, 1892-1900 (R0373)
1 folder

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This is a daily record of water levels on the Mississippi River at New Madrid, Missouri, 22
November 1892 -- 31 August 1900. There are also occasional notes on the weather, river conditions,
and steamboats.

Mark Stauter Collection, 1852-1980 (R1432)
2 cubic feet (120 folders)

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The Mark Stauter Collection consist of materials donated by Dr. Mark Stauter, the former director of the State Historical Society of Missouri's Rolla Research Center. The papers cover a variety of topics related to Missouri history.

Stone County, Missouri Collection, 1851, 1860, 1999 (R1478)
0.03 cubic foot (3 folders)

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The Stone County, Missouri Records contain documents pertaining to the history of Stone County, Missouri, including the original Report of the Commissioners who selected the county seat of Galena on April 15, 1851. Also included is a photocopy of the 1860 assessor's book and photographs of reenactors.

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Jay Linn Torrey Scrapbook, 1893-1920 (R0218)
1 cubic foot (1 volume, 1 roll of microfilm)

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The Jay Linn Torrey Scrapbook contains materials compiled by Jay Torrey of Howell County, Missouri. A rancher, politician, and Spanish-American War veteran he compiled materials on the Missouri Immigration Society, the State Fruit Experiment Station, the 'Good Roads' movement, relocation of the state capitol, Fruitville Farm, and the proposed village of Torreytown, and the campaign for the United States Senate in 1918.

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J.W. Towl Papers, 1917-1944 (R0475)
5 folders

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This collection includes correspondence and business records of J. W. Towl, a businessman at
Potosi in Washington County, Missouri. Included are letters and shipping receipts regarding the
barite industry, mineral lands, and the Southeast Missouri Lead Company, 1918-1939, an inventory
of goods at the Towl store in Potosi, 1928, and receipts for subscriptions to the Missouri War Chest,
Inc., 1944.

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United States Post Office Rolla, Missouri Collection, 1913-1915 (R0399)
1 folder

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This is a letterbook containing correspondence regarding the construction of the U.S. Post
Office at Rolla, Missouri, 15 September 1913 -- 13 March 1915. Included are letterpress copies of
letters from F. W. Pease, superintendent of construction at Springfield, Missouri, to the contractor,
Robert McCaw, Jr., at Rolla.

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William L. Vandeventer Papers, 1883-1890 (R1428)
0.2 cubic foot (3 folders)

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The William L. Vandeventer Papers contain the unpublished manuscript Justice in the Rough on the Bald Knobbers written in 1937. The collection contains the typed manuscript and accompanying photographs.

Margaret Ray Vickery Papers, 1887-1974 (R0366)
105 folders microfilmed

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These are papers of Margaret Ray Vickery, a newspaperwoman and author of Salem, Dent
County, Missouri. The papers consist of clippings, correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous
historical research material, most of which pertain to her award-winning weekly column, "Sugar and
Spice," published by the Salem News, 1952-1971. The collection also includes papers of the Vickery
and Ray families.

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Where to Go in the Ozarks Booklet Collection, 1930 (R1443)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder)

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Where to go in the Ozarks is a booklet written for tourists that was published in the 1930s. It included information about the different towns and locations in the Ozarks.

Robert S. Wiley Collection, 1869-1994 (R0521)
3 cubic feet (84 folders)

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This is a collection of legal documents, newspaper clippings, magazines and printed material,
advertising items, and miscellaneous paper ephemera pertaining to the history of Stone County, and
to travel, tourism, and recreation in the White River Lakes region of southwestern Missouri. Much of
the collection pertains to Stone County, Missouri, but there is also material on Greene, Lawrence,
and Taney counties in Missouri, and some locations in Arkansas.