Senator Moses Clapp was an Advocate for the Deaf

I recently stumbled across an interesting fact about Moses Clapp. In addition to being a tireless advocate for the rights of women, black people, and American Indians, he also supported deaf people. In A Place of Their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America, author John Van Cleve explains that “Minnesota Senator Moses E. Clapp proposed as well that the federal government create a ‘bureau for the deaf and dumb’ in the United States Department of Labor.

Clapp was such a strong civil rights advocate that one newspaper headline referred to him as “Friend of the Negro”, clearly intended as a slur.

You can find more info about the A Place of Their Own at Amazon.com.

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1929 Missouri Road Map

I recently came across this little folding Missouri Road Map. Inside someone has written “1929-1930″, and since it has Highway 40 on it (which was built in the ’20s), there’s a good chance that the date is correct.

Cover of the 1929 Map of Missouri

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1909 Obituary of William Wyatt Whitlow

William Wyatt Whitlow died on February 11, 1909 of blood poisoning. The text of his obituary reads “W. W. Whitlow, of Harvel, who was taken to the hospital in Litchfield some time ago, suffering with blood poisoning, died there last Thursday. He was about 70 years of age and is well known here.”

1909 obituary of William Wyatt Whitlow

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Stamps Cemetery Panorama

I was just going through some photos and I came across this panoramic shot of Stamps Cemetery in Butler County, Alabama.

It is every bit as beautiful as it looks. There’s a little more information here. If you want to visit it yourself, this might help:


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Missed Church Services Postcard

There’s something very quaint about this postcard that I found in amongst photo postcards from the early 1900s. It was most likely used by a Missouri church around that time.

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Stamps Cemetery in Butler County, Alabama

Stamps Cemetery is located in Butler County, Alabama, and is the final resting place of Britton Stamps, sheriff, U.S.Marshall, judge, and baptist preacher; and father of 24 children (several of whom are buried in Chambers County, Alabama).

Britton Stamps and his wife are buried there.  According to Freddie Shearin, who researched the Stamps in the 1990s, all the other graves are slaves and their descendants.

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William H. Harrison of Boonville, Mo., born June 10, 1842

William Henry Harrison, of Boonville, Missouri, is a difficult man to track down, due to the unfortunate circumstance of sharing a name with the ninth President of the United States. This William Harrison was born in Howard County, Missouri, on June 10, 1842.

Portrait of W. H. Harrison

Portrait of W. H. Harrison

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Double Celebration for the W.J. Cochran family

Here is a short article that may be of interest to those researching the Cochran or Harrison families.  It was printed in 1927 and references the marriage of Mattie Callaway Harrison to W.J. Cochran in 1890.  Although the Cochran family is well documented (due to W.J.’s successful construction business in Boonville, Missouri) it’s alway nice to have extra evidence.

Double Celebration

Video: Dedication of the Churchill Memorial, 1969

The Churchill Memorial in Fulton, Missouri was dedicated in 1969, after being moved from London, England and painstakingly reconstructed, stone by stone. It was an important event for the small town of Fulton, Missouri, and thousands of people gathered to commemorate the event.


Note: The video has no sound, since it was converted from 8mm film.

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Stamps Cemetery in Chambers County, Alabama

Stamps Cemetery in Chambers County, Alabama is the burial place of several descendants of Britton Stamps. It has fallen into disrepair over the years, and now sits hidden behind a nondescript warehouse.  The cemetery is overgrown with trees and the gravestones are scattered around as if they had been carelessly dumped there.

The remains of Stamps Cemetery

The remains of Stamps Cemetery

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