Bob Mitchell: Appliance Capital of the Ozarks
Cassville could well have claimed the title of Appliance Capital of the Ozarks at one time back in the late 1940s, when Barry Electric Cooperative began extending power lines into the rural communities of their area. It was in 1948 when the building of lines really got going and there were a couple of businesses that saw the opportunities that appliance businesses might have -- both immediately and long term...
Bob Mitchell: Memories of my dad as Father's Day approaches
With Father's Day coming Sunday, I remembered some of the things my dad and I did and some of the things we didn't do. One of the most memorable outings was always -- without fail -- on my birthday, July 15. In those days long ago, this was opening day for catfish on the White, James and Kings rivers. My dad always preferred White River for pursuing those whiskered ones...
Bob Mitchell: 20 years since Cassville Democrat sale
Everyone knows time flies in their later years. Perhaps that's why the last 20 have been so swift. It was 20 years ago this month that Sue and I sold the Cassville Democrat, ending 123 years of ownership by the Ray family. The paper was acquired in October 1872 after the Civil War by Dr. John Ray and continued in the Ray family until 1995...
Bob Mitchell: Little Joe Fund joins Ozark Foundation
Last week, I wrote about the Little Joe Transplant Fund. Here is the rest of the story. At each location, the funds were to provide a room, which was to be designated with a Little Joe Transplant Fund label on the door. I'm assuming that is still a designation...
Bob Mitchell: "The Little Joe Transplant Fund"
The Little Joe Transplant Fund started in 1984, when Lige Frost came to me with the idea of raising $250,000 needed for his business neighbor's 6-year-old son to receive a heart and lung transplant due to physical conditions. The situation had been diagnosed at several children's hospitals. Before the procedure, it was required that funds were in place for the operation and the proper medications...
Bob Mitchell: The Cassville and Exeter Railroad is back?
From the look of the newest addition to the Barry County Museum, one might think the Cassville and Exeter Railroad has returned to Cassville. But, actually, the railroad engine that is in place is the result of a railroad buff and a benefactor of the museum, Corky Stehlik, who found the engine in Kansas City where it had long ago been retired as a switch engine. ...
Bob Mitchell: The chauffeur, the oil man, the overseer
Events in Ferguson and Baltimore have reminded me of the three black men with whom I've been associated with over the years. And, I might add, the association has been a beneficial one that has taught me one thing or another, some of which will be recalled in this column...
Bob Mitchell: Here's May
We've just dropped into May, which can be one of the most enjoyable months of the spring. The oak tree leaves are as large as a squirrel's ear, which usually means fish in Table Rock, or other streams of the area, ought to be hitting on top. This year might be somewhat different, depending on the temperature of the water. Regardless, there are other things to busy ourselves with in the coming weeks that aren't always around in other coming periods...
Bob Mitchell: Remember?
Owning our first boat was part of the conversation this week as some folks came through on their way from Arizona to North Carolina. Bob and Mary Shuey got to Cassville in their motor home, which is always their home. The former Cassville residents now reside in Glenville, N.C., which is in the beautiful Smoky Mountains...
Bob Mitchell: What's next?
It is quite obvious that eating is one of the pleasures of life that is enjoyed around our household. That's is especially true around the casinos we visit, when one of us also enjoys the pleasure of pushing the buttons of some of the hundreds of machines. If there had to be favorites among those establishments (since that's the only reason l frequent those places), it would have to be Cherokee in Siloam Springs, Ark., and the Silver Slipper, west of Gulfport, Miss...
Bob Mitchell: Family at the White House
Technicians have provided us information and equipment that we can enjoy, providing you can operate it correctly, by keeping in contact from long distance. That same technical advance makes it possible to have pictorial contact with family who might reside many miles away...
Bob Mitchell: Winter is still hanging on
The first day of spring is past, Good Friday services were at Corinth, Easter was last Sunday, Easter lilies are in full bloom and yet there are freezing temperatures still threatening in the Barry County Ozarks. It makes me think this might be a weather prediction like one 34 years ago. ...