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By Lucas Lord

A small group of history buffs were led on a guided tour of Butler’s Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site June 23 by naturalist and Missouri State Parks Community Coordinator Rebecca Knox. She began the tour by honoring the memory of Aubrey Schmidt, her friend and predecessor who died of cervical cancer in 2016.

“Aubrey Schmidt worked alongside me at Prairie State Park out of Stockton for years. She used to be the one who would do these wildflower walks,” said Knox. “It was the beginning of 2016, she was only 20-years old, and she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She found out in January that she had cancer and she died in March. She was vibrant and very full of life. She always tried to make these walks fun. When she died, I called our boss and asked if there was anything I could do for Aubrey or her family. He called me back one day and asked me if I would like to take over her Island Mound tours, and I’ve been doing them ever since.”

Knox said that when she began guiding the tours, she was gifted a teleidoscope, a small, open-lens kaleidoscope, by Schmidt’s mother to use on tours. Since then, Knox has gotten a teleidoscope of her own engraved with the phrase ‘Live like Aubrey’.

“Aubrey always carried a teleidoscope on her walks here so I always make sure to bring it out so that guests can use it,” she said. “I always make sure to wear my ‘Live like Aubrey’ bracelets and bring my teleidoscope. I do this for Aubrey, and I do this for her mom, so I always make sure I mention her because if she was still around, she’d still be doing this. So, while you are looking at flowers today make sure to look through the teleidoscope’s hole, because it does wonderful things.”

During the walk, Knox identified various plants and what their colonial uses would have been. From Rattlesnake Master to Bee Balm, a variety of native prairie plants were in full bloom.

“What you want on a tallgrass prairie, which is what this park is supposed to be, is little and big bluestem and Indian Grass,” said Knox. “You want the native tall grasses and native flowers that grew here, otherwise they all disappear over time, which is what happened at Prairie State Park where I work.”

According to Knox, about 70 years ago there was not a single tree between where Prairie State Park is to Lamar, almost 20-miles.

“At one time a third of our state was tall grass prairie. It was just an endless sea of tall grass and native flowers,” Knox said. “With the pioneers came the ultimate luxury, shade, which meant trees. Shade meant homes because there was no natural shade tree. In that time before the settlement of this part of the country, something like 60 million bison were roaming the land. There was no firewood because there were no trees, people used bison dung as firewood.”

Now the park features a variety of native trees, including a persimmon grove. Knox said that given the park's violent past, it’s a miracle that anything grows there.

“You’d think after they burnt the entire prairie in 1862 that nothing would ever grow here again, but subsequent burns have actually helped bring life back to the area,” said Knox.

During the tour, Knox recounted the story of the Battle of Island Mound, taking time to explain how the park was dedicated to Missouri in 2012 by the Toothman family.

While the battle took place closer to the privately owned portion of the Toothman’s land, the 40-acre site serves as a reminder of the first Black infantry group, the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, to see combat in the Civil War.

“You’d never think with all the life brimming out here that so much dying took place,” said Knox.

Held every year in June, the Wildflower Walk is free to attend for those willing to hike the half-mile loop around the park.



Obit for /doris Garrett for 6-30


Doris Ilene Garrett, 92, of Adrian, went to be with Jesus on Saturday afternoon, June 11, 2022, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Memorial services were held Thursday, June 16, 2022  at Victory Assembly of God in Adrian. Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Doris Garrett to: Victory Assembly of God, 601 Old US Hwy 71, Adrian, MO 64720 or the Adrian Rural Fire Department, PO Box 357, Adrian, MO 64720.

Doris was born August 3, 1929 in Pittsburg, Kansas. She was the daughter of Andrew W. Gillispie and Elsie Mae (Jackson) Gillispie-Hartsell. She spent part of her childhood in Cherokee and Fort Scott, Kansas. At age 13, she moved to Adrian with her family. She graduated from Adrian High School in May 1948. Doris married James (Jimmy) E. Garrett on October 29, 1948 in Rich Hill.

Doris loved the Lord, her family, and her church. She never wanted to miss a church service any time the doors were open. She loved singing church songs and reading the Bible and poems. She worked at the tie factory in Adrian until she decided to start her family. She raised four children, during which time she also babysat for extra income. She babysat over 100 children over the years. After her husband Jimmy died in September 1977, she started working as a dishwasher for a short time at Pruden's Restaurant in Adrian. She then moved on to a janitorial job for the Adrian School District. She was known as "The Whistling Janitor" and was famous for her peach delight. She retired from the Adrian School District after 15 years.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew W. Gillispie and Elsie Mae Gillispie-Hartsell; her husband, Jimmy Garrett; her two sisters: Lois Stewart and Lucille Bruner; one brother, Andrew Gillispie; two step-sisters: Edna Mae Shaw and Dorthea Ford; a daughter, Lavona Rutherford; and a granddaughter, Jenet Lynn Garrett.

Doris is survived by two daughters: Lois (Johnny) Conyers of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, and Cheryl Garrett of Adrian, a son, Dale (Kay) Garrett of Mountain View, Arkansas; five grandchildren: Roy (Cheryl) Miller of Prescott, Arkansas; Ryan Miller of Hope, Arkansas; Jamie Wreyford of Hobbs, New Mexico; Kristi Wreyford of Hope, Arkanas; Timothy (Lili) Wreyford of El Dorado, Arkansas; and four great-grandchildren, Jimmy and Gracie Wreyford of Hobbs, New Mexico and William and Kenny of Prescott, Ark. ; along with four nephews and a niece.

Pleasant Hill FFA Rooster BBQ - Reserve National Champions in National High School BBQ League! 

In the inaugural year for the Pleasant Hill FFA Rooster BBQ Team the team qualified for the National High School BBQ Championship in Round Rock Texas. The competition took place at the Kalahari Resort on June 20th with the competitors lighting fires at 5 a.m. and turning in 6 unique dishes throughout the competition finishing at 5 p.m. While each FFA member had a dish they were in charge of, it was an all hands on deck competition to prepare a dutch oven dessert, gourmet burger, KC strip steak, competition chicken thighs, baby back ribs, and finally a Texas style brisket. Competitors Jesse Matthes, Nathan Hays, Landon Schlueter, Anna Hays, and Heyden Denner performed every task from lighting fires, trimming, seasoning, marinading, and injecting meats, smoking and grilling the dishes to hit a 20 minute turn in window perfectly. The team was able to use their own creativity to come up with their recipes for the dutch oven dessert- a blueberry, lemon, poppyseed, custard cake; and the burger which had a smoked cream cheese and smoked bacon jam, while also mastering the traditional competition meats. By category the team finished 8th in ribs, 5th in brisket, 3rd in chicken thighs, and had the grand champion burger. These total scores added into their team score which placed them as the reserve national champion team finishing second to James Madison High School of Texas. The 8th National Championship BBQ Contest contained 5 Missouri teams who advanced from state competition and is only growing as more states charter teams. The 2nd place finish earned the Rooster BBQ Team a qualification to the World Food Competition in Dallas in November, where they will face off against top high school teams again from other BBQ Associations. Along with the qualification, each team member earned a scholarship to Sullivan University for $35,000 to any program or $40,000 if they elect to major in a culinary field. Along with the trophy and hardware, the team also won a new smoker, knives, and wireless thermometer to be better prepared for their next competition.

All About Henry


I met a new friend this week. Her name is Patty. She is Connie’s daughters new dog and was a rescue. I guess that make me an uncle. Patty is eight years old and has to take pain medication because she hurts. 
I let her use my bed to relax and try to keep her entertained. I love my new friend and even though she isn’t as energetic as I am, I love her.

I heard that she was in a puppy mill and am so glad she is now loved. I look forward to hanging out with Patty my new Corrie friend.

Old Times


100 years ago

June 2, 1922

Chapter DS, P.E.O., with 12 Charter members, was organized in Pleasant Hill May 23, at the home of Mrs. J. A. Forsythe. 

Evelyn Phillips entertained a few of her little friends at her home south of town, Saturday, those present being: Hildreth Green, Virran Osborne, Pauline Scott, Hazel Conrad, Emma Sue Conrad, Anna Marie Farrell, Kathryn Shortridge, Marie Shortridge, Kathryn Chick and Josephine Egy.

If you are feeling badly, put your troubles away by taking Tanlac. It is sold by Lain- Shortridge.

Mildred Calkins, of Warrensburg, who taught the 2nd grade at Central School and French in the high school 1918-19 and 1919-20, was married Tuesday to Paul Rivers

90 Years Ago

June 10, 1932

Thirty-one candidates have met the filing deadline for the Aug. 2 primary. Twenty-two Democrats and nine Republicans are seeking office with the Sheriff's office appearing to be the most popular. Eight Democrats and one Republican have filed for that post.

This week J.S. Headen and Miss Gertrude Clark passed away as did Renard F. Franklin, Harry Stitt, Timothy Downing and T.F. Simon, all residents or former residents of Pleasant Hill and the surrounding area.

65 Years Ago

June 13, 1957

A series of line squalls that hit this area this week provided 1.15 inches of rain and wind that toppled several large trees and broke off a great many limbs, interrupting electric service in the town and country alike. A tree toppled on a storm cellar at the farm of Mr. J.P. Ledwidge, were taking shelter there. Damage was slight. 

Don Dinges, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Dinges, won first place in bareback bronc riding at the state high school championship rodeo held over the weekend in Tarkio. He also won third place in bull riding.



Current Opening at the Cass County Sheriff's Office


Deputy Sheriff/Academy Recruit will start the academy on July 18th. P.O.S.T. Certified Deputy (Jail) 4 open positions. Benefits, paid days off, and automatic disqualifiers are listed on the employment page. 



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