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Alexb

Sparta, MO

#1 Jun 24, 2011
Anyone interested in some history in this area? I have lot's of info on the Horton Hotel, Noblett lake, Camp Willow (The CCC camp that was home to the boys of company 1739 that built the lake) and several other places. I love sharing the history so hit me up!
Hello

Ozark, MO

#2 Jun 25, 2011
Hi Alexb,
I am very interested in the history of this area and the people, lived here most of my life (left for just a few years). I realized there is no place like home. I always heard alot of stories growing up about different places and people but sometimes are hard to remember.
Do you remember the old Collins laundry mat? and the dairy Queen where Foster's Ins. is? The old soda fountain in the drug store? I would love to know what you know about those places.
Any info on the Horton Hotel and the old town of Horton. My grandpa was in the CCC Camp and helped with the dam, so anything there would be great.
I loved reading your other posts last night, so I'm hoping for more.
Thank you very much.
Alexb

Willow Springs, MO

#3 Jun 25, 2011
Hello! Thank's for your interest! I'm working on this for my senior project which I will be starting in august. I've been wanting to round some people up to give a walking tour of Camp Willow and Noblett lake. That would be a huge part of my senior project. But I'd be happy to take anyone out to either place at any time. I have TONS of info on the camp. As well as noblett. I have pictures of both from back in the day when noblett was being built and camp willow was still in use. I also have several maps and the site form put together by the USDA that includes descriptions of the remains of all the camp buildings and what the buildings were. The site form is not intended to be for public use, but any questions you have that the site form could help find answers to I would be glad to share them. I have about 12 copies of the camp's news paper that it wrote and printed at the camp itself. A new issue came out the 15th and 30th of every month. Something else you might be interested in is an old high resolution group photo of the men at the camp. I have started putting together a page on facebook that is called "History of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Willow Springs". It has several photos from camp willow and noblett as well as that group photo I mentioned from camp willow. You can go view all that and I would love comments on the page! Go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/History-of-the-... to access this page. I did not know about the dairy queen or the soda fountain. The laundry mat was located where what is now "Primetime Movies Too" is. The info I wrote last night on that other post about the horton hotel is all I know for the most part. I have a few pics of the inside that I need to scan and put on my facebook page though. As for horton the town, I know a few things about that. It was laid out in 1883 by the railroad officials and named by them for George Horton of Springfield, Missouri, who was a civil engineer that had surveyed for the road. A post office named Horton was also established. Soon Henry Cordz put in a store, his wife was made postmistress, and the name changed from Horton to Cordz. After the timber boom, as the population (during the 1880s and 1890s it reached 1500) decreased, and the town was almost gone it became known as Old Horton. Nothing remains except Horton Cemetery. Which is hard to believe. But it's true. The old mounds that were built up for the tracks are still visible along the left side of the dirt road that takes you to Horton cemetery. I know a lot of people got sick because they drank the water that was in their cisterns in which flowed from the top of the hill where the cemetery is. Dead people water. Yum. Anyway the logs were cut at Horton, shipped to Burnham to be milled, and then shipped to Willow Springs to be hauled to their destinations. I hope this helped. Any more questions let me know! Also let me know if you know anyone that would be interested in a walking tour of camp willow. I have spent so many hours walking the grounds studying every little detail of that camp and I know what every building, pipe, concrete pillar, etc was used for. I'd be more than happy to do that for anyone.
T-Bone

Branson, MO

#4 Jun 25, 2011
Would like to get with you and talk about Willow and the CCC and Noblett. Grew up in Burnham and have been all over the Willow area. I have also looked at your FB site. Please give me a secure place to contact you. Would like to help give you whatever info I can. Sounds to me though that you could answer some of my questions.

Since: Jan 09

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#5 Jun 26, 2011
The Collins laundry was located on the corner of W. Third Street and Summit behind that empty lot that was Kern Foster's used car lot. There was a laundry where Prime Time Movies is now. It was own by Bill and Lola Osterndorf and they lived in the house behind it. I don't recall the name of it. Some good people to talk to about these old businesses and locations would be Wendell Bailey, Etcyl Smith, Lou Wehmer or anyone involved with the historical society located across from the library.

I definitely remember the drive in where Shelter Insurance is now. It was run by the McReynolds family when I was in high school. Also don't recall it's name. The Daisy Queen was where Mr. G's Liquor Mart is now and it was run by Joe and Ruth Baker along with the U-Save gas station that was next door where MUNCH is now.
Alexb

Willow Springs, MO

#6 Jun 26, 2011
Well thank you! That sound's great to me. My email is alexbiehl548@gmail. Send me an email first and then I will give further contact info such as a phone number. I'd rather not post it here on topix.
Alexb

Willow Springs, MO

#7 Jun 26, 2011
Ohhh okay, thank you for that info and thank you for correcting me about the laundry mat. I never new any details about what laundry mat was what.

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#8 Jun 26, 2011
Alex, there was a soda fountain in the People's Drug Store (at the 4-way stop where Robin's beauty shop was) and there was a soda fountain in the old Ferguson Drug Store (I think where Ann's-Tiques is now). We got nickel cokes there. Also at People's they had "Mutt and Jeff's" which was ice cream, chocolate syrup and marshmallow creme. Those were the "good old days", I guess. LOL The men congregated at People's to gossip and drink coffee or if they were like my dad, they were in the back room having a nip of something stronger.
Unicorn

United States

#9 Jun 26, 2011
It was called dairyette.
Alexb

Willow Springs, MO

#10 Jun 26, 2011
Thank you for that info! That's pretty interesting! I guess it was pretty common back then to have soda fountains in drug stores.

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#11 Jun 26, 2011
Unicorn wrote:
It was called dairyette.
Right. My senior moments and lack of oxygen are my excuses for not remembering. LOL
Alexb

Willow Springs, MO

#12 Jun 26, 2011
You can send me a comment on my facebook site and remind me who you are and I can get back with you or you can send me an email at alexbiehl548@gmail.com
T-Bone wrote:
Would like to get with you and talk about Willow and the CCC and Noblett. Grew up in Burnham and have been all over the Willow area. I have also looked at your FB site. Please give me a secure place to contact you. Would like to help give you whatever info I can. Sounds to me though that you could answer some of my questions.
Alexb

Willow Springs, MO

#13 Jun 26, 2011
Can you tell me about when the horton hotel burned? Like, tell me what you remember please! oh, and was there a swimming pool there?
WS Lady Di wrote:
<quoted text>
Right. My senior moments and lack of oxygen are my excuses for not remembering. LOL

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#14 Jun 27, 2011
Alexb wrote:
Can you tell me about when the horton hotel burned? Like, tell me what you remember please! oh, and was there a swimming pool there?<quoted text>
Sorry, Alex, that was before I moved here. I used to visit here when I was a kid but didn't pay much attention to things like that then. I owned the bar on the corner of the alley across from there for several years.

Someone who has lots of pictures of Willow Springs back in the old days is John Mathieu at the fire museum. Have you talked to him?
Alexb

Willow Springs, MO

#15 Jun 27, 2011
I have not talked to him, but I know of him. I need to. Thank you for that info!
WS Lady Di wrote:
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Sorry, Alex, that was before I moved here. I used to visit here when I was a kid but didn't pay much attention to things like that then. I owned the bar on the corner of the alley across from there for several years.
Someone who has lots of pictures of Willow Springs back in the old days is John Mathieu at the fire museum. Have you talked to him?
leasa

United States

#16 Oct 22, 2011
Hi my great grandmother owned the hilton hotel. My sister & I were talking about it tonite so I googled it to see a pic of the hotel & saw this post. Her name was ellen howard. We're not sure when she owned it but guessing after the turn of the century. My grandmother helped her run the hotel. Railroad workers would stay there & that's how she met my grandfather. He was a railroad worker. been told that it burnt down but don't know when. Also my great uncle daniel headings died in a fire in williw spgs at some place they called the academy or something like that.
[QUOTE ]who="Alexb"]Anyone interested in some history in this area? I have lot's of info on the Horton Hotel, Noblett lake, Camp Willow (The CCC camp that was home to the boys of company 1739 that built the lake) and several other places. I love sharing the history so hit me up![/QUOTE]
interested

Sparta, MO

#17 Oct 23, 2011
my grandparents worked there, my great grandmother cooked and my grandmother washed clothes for the railroaders at the hotel. My grandfather helped build the ccc camp
let me know what you have
Aak548

Branson, MO

#18 Oct 24, 2011
That's pretty interesting! I have loads of stuff. Camp maps, pictures, company rosters, 9 or 10 copies of the camp's news paper the "Seventeen Thirty Niner", and other documents and misc items. I do have a picture of the cooks standing by the mess hall as well. Do you have anything?
interested wrote:
my grandparents worked there, my great grandmother cooked and my grandmother washed clothes for the railroaders at the hotel. My grandfather helped build the ccc camp
let me know what you have
leasa

United States

#19 Oct 24, 2011
My great grandfather
worked building hwy 137. He hauled the gravel in a horse drawn wagon.
Aak548

Branson, MO

#21 Oct 24, 2011
Oh, that's neat. Who was he employed with?
leasa wrote:
My great grandfather
worked building hwy 137. He hauled the gravel in a horse drawn wagon.

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