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History Q & A by Marilyn Breece
History Q&A by Marilyn Breece

Local historian Marilyn Breece has written numerous weekly columns for the Harrison Daily Times. In them, she answers questions about local area history and provides detailed insight and interesting facts on people and places of earlier times.

See the list below for online versions of some of Marilyn's previous articles. You may also use the BCHRS.org Search engine to locate an article about a specific historical topic.

Have a question regarding Boone County history that you don't find listed? We would love to hear from you! Feel free to contact us with your questions.
  • Crooked Creek marked by floods
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, February 16, 2007.
  • 6,000 at 'Hi Neighbor Day'
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, February 9, 2007.
  • Traveling salesmen 'drummed' up business
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, January 26, 2007.
  • Pace sons fatally wounded Aderholt
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, January 19, 2007.
  • Captain William Fletcher Pace impacted area
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, January 12, 2007.
  • Times contest winner claimed $400 piano
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, January 5, 2007.
  • 14,000 Confederate Veterans attended reunion
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, December 22, 2006.
  • Early dentist walked to Boone County in mid-1800s
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, December 15, 2006.
  • Fulbrights influential family at Valley Springs
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, December 8, 2006.
  • Young wife stepped into path of train engine
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, December 1, 2006.
  • Family history reveals pioneer life
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, November 17, 2006.
  • Chamber booklet revealed area's assets during 1930s
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, November 10, 2006.
  • National Forests date to 1891
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, November 3, 2006.
  • Survivor remembered details of Utah massacre
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, October 27, 2006.
  • 150 years dressed in style
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, October 20, 2006.
  • Harrison churches date to 1834
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, October 6, 2006.
  • Rustic cabins welcomed visitors to City View Camp
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, September 29, 2006.
  • County fair dates to 1887 in Boone County
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, September 22, 2006.
  • Newton County Bank robbers caught
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, September 15, 2006.
  • Water exposes remains of Jersey Roller Mill
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, September 1, 2006.
  • Old Federal Building completed 100 years ago
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, August 25, 2006.
  • Arson rumored for destruction of first courthouse
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, August 18, 2006.
  • 1927, 1937 killer tornadoes struck Green Forest
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, August 4, 2006.
  • Banker's pork not in bank
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, July 28, 2006.
  • Glass firm lived by 10 rules
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, July 21, 2006.
  • 'Ghost train' colored lore of local railroad
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, July 14, 2006.
  • Columbian, Neotorical historical societies at HHS
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, July 7, 2006.
  • Museum preserves history of flood
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, June 30, 2006.
  • 'One Thousand Secrets Revealed' rare find at museum
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, June 23, 2006.
  • Community rescued historic swinging bridge
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, June 9, 2006.
  • Judge Hickenbottom advanced Boone County
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, May 26, 2006.
  • September vote banned liquor sales here
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, May 12, 2006.
  • Genealogy preserves legacy of pioneer doctor
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, May 5, 2006.
  • Mining once big in four-county area
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, April 28, 2006.
  • St. Joe's colorful history dates to alias Monkey Run
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, April 21, 2006.
  • Town's flower shops blossomed for years
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, April 7, 2006.
  • Prominent dentist lost in time
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, March 31, 2006.
  • Selling cream filled pockets, purses in early 1900s
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, March 24, 2006.
  • Marble City's healing springs big attraction
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, March 17, 2006.
  • OTASCO in downtown memories
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, March 10, 2006.
  • Old ledger paints life at Hall Schoolhouse
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, March 3, 2006.
  • Carrollton hub of activity when county seat
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, February 3, 2006.
  • 'Tie hackers' part of railroad history
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, January 27, 2006.
  • 1930s Economy Store on Harrison square
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, January 20, 2006.
  • Grandchild spurred judge to build hospital
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, January 13, 2006.
  • Oregon Flat School documented
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, November 18, 2005.
  • Tims Chili Kitchen remembered downtown
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, October 21, 2005.
  • Indians, preachers, midwives at Tom Thumb Spring
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, October 14, 2005.
  • Leslie's cooperage world's largest in 1900
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, September 16, 2005.
  • Silica sand mined at Everton
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, September 9, 2005.
  • Moms organized '50s basketball team
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, September 2, 2005.
  • Bank robber Starr died with family in cell
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, August 26, 2005.
  • Rare Sears & Roebuck home survives at Marshall
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, August 12, 2005.
  • Newman history rooted in Pine Street home
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, July 22, 2005.
  • Historic homes grace South Pine Street
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, July 8, 2005.
  • Heritage museum houses Ozarks' history
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, June 17, 2005.
  • Bank of Alpena cancelled in 1931
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, June 3, 2005.
  • Mt. Meadows Massacre story at Heritage Museum
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, May 27, 2005.
  • 1940s 'Suit Club' on square
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, May 13, 2005.
  • Doctors to grocers on south side
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, May 6, 2005.
  • Initialed photo renewed interest in old schools
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, April 22, 2005.
  • 1929 letter describes early hotels (Part 2)
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, April 15, 2005.
  • 1929 letter describes early hotels (Part 1)
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, April 1, 2005.
  • Opossum at finest in 1905 cookbook
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, March 11, 2005.
  • 1912-1960 Harrison square busy place
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, March 4, 2005.
  • Harrison doctor invented Bathitarium
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, February 11, 2005.
  • 'Moonshining' program popular
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, January 28, 2005.
  • 1900s Searcy County group promoted land, timber
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, January 21, 2005.
  • Early Boone County known for fruit
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, January 14, 2005.
  • Early Harrison physician known for generosity, charitability
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, January 7, 2005.
  • Harrison's history told in mural on Harrison Hill
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, December 31, 2004.
  • 1900s Harrison resident ran for governor
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, December 24, 2004.
  • Splendid homes tied to early bankers in Harrison area
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, December 17, 2004.
  • Cantrell's elegant 1900s home marked prosperity of Lead Hill
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, December 10, 2004.
  • Mother's Club kept open Harrison schools during 1920s
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, December 3, 2004.
  • Bowers wagons, buggies, surreys date to late 1880s
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, November 26, 2004.
  • First Baptist traces history
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, November 12, 2004.
  • Natural Bridge Tourist Camp on Crooked Creek
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, October 22, 2004.
  • Heuer first HHS homecoming queen
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, October 15, 2004.
  • Martin-Rogers top Tuf-Nuts dealer before flood
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, June 18, 2004.
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