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What Started As 75 Box Cars Led to This…

When Russell Nicholas came home from World War I, he wanted to begin his own business.  He ended up purchasing 75 box cars worth of…

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From Board Room to the Classroom

What happens when the CEO of a major corporation decides he wants to begin teaching middle school math? It’s a real life story that played…

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H&R Block Career Change

Tom Bloch’s father and uncle founded H&R Block, a company that Tom eventually led as CEO. But there was something else that weighed on his…

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H&R Block

There are some folks that think they can run your business better than you can. In this case, the man at the newspaper was right….

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The Bloch Brothers

Very few people like to figure their taxes and even fewer like to pay them. But this pair of brothers found an unlikely business doing…

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Tomahawk Throwing

Perhaps you’ve seen a circus side show or an old Western where people threw tomahawks for sport.  It’s a competition still very much alive and…

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Well Known For Craftsmanship

This young man began his enterprise at the age of only ten…and now, just a few years out of high school, his craftsmanship has made…

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The Union Army’s Order Number 11

In the summer of 1863 the Union Army issued Order Number 11, an edict that forced every resident living in Bates County, Missouri to leave…

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Clearing Out the County

If two people are arguing, perhaps it’s best they both stop and take a rest from one another. That was the situation in Bates County,…

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Tensions on the Missouri – Kansas Border

In the decade leading up to the Civil War, tensions rose along Kansas’ border with Missouri. Even if one tried to stay out of harm’s…

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A Place Called Penneytown

Virginia Houston holds a unique distinction. She was the last child born in Penneytown. It’s a fact that holds much significance in her life and…

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Establishing a City for Newly Freed Slaves

Establishing a new city can take plenty of planning. Now imagine trying to begin that new town when others are very motivated to stop you….

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Jim the Wonder Dog

Any betting man or woman would love to know the winners before placing a wager. The people of Marshall, Missouri know that there was once…

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Going Beyond the Basic Dog Tricks

Many people have dogs and some of us have even taught our dogs to do tricks. But Sam had a very unusual dog, for it…

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More Than An Excellent Hunting Dog

It all began quite by accident. A pup mysteriously arrived on a train, addressed to a man who loved to hunt. That pup grew to…

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A Trip to St. Genevieve, Missouri

We’ve all seen a log cabin. Such structures were the norm for many Americans early in the country’s history. But did you ever see a…

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The Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand

It’s difficult for many of us to name many specific battles or events in World War I.  We may have learned the war began when…

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The Beginning of World War I

Some say the event that began the first World War occurred on June 28, 1914…a century ago.  Today we take a look back and what…

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100 Years Since The World’s First Global Conflict

This week marks 100 years since the world faced its first global conflict.  It was a war that would engulf countries on multiple continents.  Yet,…

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Breaking the Color Barrier

Jackie Robinson is known for breaking the color barrier in baseball.  However, some people say the first athlete to break that trend took the field…

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