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Sheep

Plate 1. Eleven-year old Cameron Hunt of T-Highway moves “Rosco” into position in the show ring. Getting set up quickly is an integral part of 4H showmanship. Sheep by Joshua Heston Sheep have been domesticated since antiquity. A powerful symbolism surrounds these animals in a variety of cultures, most notably Judaic Hebrew culture in the…

Rabbits

Plate 1. Sicily Spencer of Kirbyville (left) and judge Lisa Jennings of Protem (right) inspect “Emily,” a 10-week-old New Zealand White. Jennings is current Missouri director of the Havana Rabbit Breeders Association. Rabbits by Joshua Heston “Oh, look at the cute bunny!” For a large number of folks, the history, culture and science of rabbits…

The 4H Taney County Animal Show: Cattle

Plate 1. Fourteen-year old Linsey Anderson of Conway, Missouri, leads “Roxie” into the ring as judge Andrew Chandler looks on. “Roxie’s shoulders are blended smoothly into her front end,” notes Chandler. The 4H Taney County Animal Show: Cattle by Joshua Heston Thanks to the hard work of folks like Cassandra Nebena, Ken and Kimberly Dixon,…

Milk Cow Blues

Milk Cow Blues by Gideon Pellegrino She got me! She sure got me good! The other day, there I was, milking as usual. Out of the blue, Blam! A hoof print was stamped onto my leg as if she had branded me. “What the heck?” I yelled. She looked back at me out of the…

Cattle

Plate 1. “Magdelene,” owned by Whitney Coffelt of Omaha, Arkansas, gives the photographer an inquisitive look toward the end of the evening. Cattle by Joshua Heston Whether raised for beef or milk, cattle have become one of the most ubiquitous animals of the North American farm. In fact, it’s hard to get any more American…

Critters

Plate 1. Missouri Mule. Artwork by Joe Benjamin. Critters by Joshua Heston There is a lot to be said about the domesticated animals brought into these hills. Imagine the Ozarks frontier without horses; an Ozarks farmyard without chickens; the state of Missouri without mules! State of the Ozarks is dedicated to remembering a day when…

Vineyards

Vineyards by Joshua Heston Prior to 1920, acres of wine grapes were growing well across the Ozarks, their cultivation helped along by the knowledge of an extensive European immigration. It was a beautiful, sustainable crop. Prohibition changed all that. Honorable vineyard owners went out of business. Bootlegging flourished. By 1950, it was the moonshine of…

Radishes

Brassicaceae Raphanus sativus. Radishes by Joshua Heston and Dale Grubaugh. Old-time radishes. History suggests radishes have been growing in European gardens since before the Roman Empire. And that means radishes have been growing in American gardens since colonization. A member of the Brassica family (along with cabbage and kale), the simple radish comes in a…

Okra

Okra by Dale Grubaugh It was late afternoon one day last summer. The hot drafts off the ridges played over the Bilyeu Ranch, pushing down toward the Finley River. We were in the garden, checking on beans and tomatoes and what-not when Miss Shirley Bilyeu poked her head out the back door. “Brother Dale, you…

Lettuce

Lettuce by Joshua Heston and Dale Grubaugh. Everybody knows lettuce. However, good heirloom lettuces are a whole different critter from the water-laden iceberg cultivars found in the grocery store. Mild and spicy, crispy and loose-leaved, heirloom lettuce come in many forms. Amish Deer Tongue. Cimmaron. Forellenschluss. Mascara Oak Leaf. Sanguine Amellore. Hands-down, one of the…

Beets

Beets by Joshua Heston and Dale Grubaugh. As with many fruits and vegetables from old-time Ozark gardens, beets were brought to these hills — and to North America — by European immigrants. The beet is a member of the Chenopodiaceae family, which, in part, explains the hard, crunchy-textured seeds (actually clusters of nutlets). The beet,…

Farming Heroes

Farming Heroes by Joshua Heston Truck patches were special things, ripe with humidity, a hard sun and an occasional rattlesnake. Looking like nothing so much as a great big garden patch, truck patches filled with the everyday vegetables of the Ozarks — for picking, eating… and selling. There is cultural heritage — and then there…

Feature Articles

Milk Cow Blues

Milk Cow Blues by Gideon Pellegrino She got me! She sure got me good! The other day, there I was, milking as usual. Out of the blue, Blam! A hoof print was stamped onto my leg as if she had branded me. “What the heck?” I yelled. She looked back at me out of the…

Critters

Plate 1. Missouri Mule. Artwork by Joe Benjamin. Critters by Joshua Heston There is a lot to be said about the domesticated animals brought into these hills. Imagine the Ozarks frontier without horses; an Ozarks farmyard without chickens; the state of Missouri without mules! State of the Ozarks is dedicated to remembering a day when…

Missouri Mules

Missouri Mules by Joshua Heston A long, hot dusty furrow. Summer sun beating down. Heat rippling the blue hills beyond. A bony old mule labors for a Missouri farmer, weathered lines of his face matching the ribs showing on the animal. Creak of leather, soft pad of foot and hoof. It is an image of…

Tales of Hogscald Holler

“Raw Head” or “Demon-Hog” by Lance Estep, 1988, charcoal Tales of Hogscald Holler by Lance Estep Adjoining Hogscald Holler is Durham Mill Hollow. This hollow has a large cave with walls — according to multiple sources — covered by petroglyphs carved by the Ancient Ones: the Ozark Bluff Dwellers who came before the Osage, Quapaw…

Hogscald Holler

Hwy 23 road sign from 1962 Hogscald Holler BY LANCE ESTEP WITH JOSHUA HESTON During the fall of 2014, Lance Estep, a member of the Arkansas Archaeological Society and student at Missouri State University, was given the opportunity to conduct an independent study of Hogscald Holler near Eureka Springs for his Advanced Methods in Archaeology…

Goin’ to the County Fair

Goin’ to the County Fair by Dale Grubaugh Summertime. It’s time for the county fair. Growin up in rural Crawford County Missouri, one of things we youngin’s looked forward to was fair time. Fair time meant the city kinfolk would come a’visitin’ and we’d all be havin lots and lots of fun. It began as…

Elias Tucker Goes to War… Well, Sorta

Elias Tucker Goes to War… Well, Sorta BY DALE GRUBAUGH On the bank of Wilson’s Creek the battle lines had been drawn. We advanced a few feet, then upon command, we retreated a few. Moments later we were ordered to advance back to our previous position only to be pushed back to where we had…

The Captain Taylor Farm

The Captain Taylor Farm BY JOSHUA HESTON Shortly after the War Between the States, a certain Captain Taylor settled on a massive tract of land (totaling around 1,000 acres) not far north of Ozark, Missouri. Unlike many poor dirt farmers of the era, Taylor was successful. Mighty successful. On the rolling Springfield Plain, southeast of…

Dottie Rambo

Dottie Rambo BY JOSHUA HESTON He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs: A simple statement of faith. A revolutionary Christianity. Plate 1. Joyce Reba Luttrell — Dottie Rambo — was born on March 2, 1934, in Madisonville, Kentucky. She is remembered as a legendary songwriter, having penned upwards of 2,500 songs. Many of…

Riverside Inn: The Eclectic Art of Howard Garrison

PLATE 1. Near-kitschy — but always impressive — murals covered entire walls, an endearing reminder of past generations, past times, even past meals. Here, Garrison’s art features a vast still-life. Oranges, asters, grapes, feathers and a delicately rendered Old World sculpture stand watch over diners. Riverside Inn: The Eclectic Art of Howard Garrison BY JOSHUA…

Autumn Gallery: Kieffer’s Mural in Silver Dollar City

Mural in Silver Dollar City BY JOSHUA HESTON On the west wall of the unpretentious visitors’ exit of Silver Dollar City, a beautiful Kieffer mural celebrating the Ozarks in autumn can be found. Equally unpretentious in style, this work of George Kieffer is passed by tens of thousands of guests, often without a second thought.…

Art Show of the Ozarks 2010

PLATE 1. “The painting Around the Bend is the westward view of the Finley River from the Highway 160 Bridge. I was inspired to create this painting by the contrast of the warm afternoon sun on the water and the deep, cool shadows of the enormous trees. The kayakers were added for a color center…