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Almost Yesterday is a glimpse into the rich history southeast Missouri. Dr. Frank Nickell takes listeners on a journey to specific moments in time. A gifted storyteller and local historian, Dr. Nickell’s wit and love for the past are combined with sounds and music that augment his narrative.

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Almost Yesterday is a glimpse into the rich history southeast Missouri. Dr. Frank Nickell takes listeners on a journey to specific moments in time. A gifted storyteller and local historian, Dr. Nickell’s wit and love for the past are combined with sounds and music that augment his narrative.

    Almost Yesterday: Carleton College in Farmington, Missouri

    Almost Yesterday: Carleton College in Farmington, Missouri

    It seems like Almost Yesterday that Miss Eliza Ann Carleton began a log cabin college north of Farmington, Missouri. Her goal was to establish a college of high quality for the young people of the region. Born and raised in a prominent Virginia family, Miss Carleton moved to Missouri in 1843 at age 17 to be close to her uncle Henry Carleton. Her family had provided her with an excellent education, and she had visited some of the most famous college of her native state. She taught school in her

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    Almost Yesterday: What May Have Been the Last River Boat Race on the Mississippi

    Almost Yesterday: What May Have Been the Last River Boat Race on the Mississippi

    It seems like Almost Yesterday that the last of the unplanned and unscheduled steamboat races occurred on the Mississippi. On the evening of September 5, 1923, the steam boat, The Capitol, went out of Cape on a moonlight excursion. The Bald Eagle, one of the oldest river boats, was preparing for a late night departure for St. Louis. At approximately 10:00 P.M., the Bald Eagle pulled out of Cape and headed north. About a mile up river the two ships passed – passengers shouting, and the captains

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    Almost Yesterday: Missouri Gets a State Flag

    Almost Yesterday: Missouri Gets a State Flag

    It seems like Almost Yesterday that the State of Missouri acquired a state flag. The date was March 22, 1913, and this was part of a movement motivated by the development of aluminum flag poles, the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the admission of three new states: Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona, all occurring in the early twentieth century. Only a few states had an official flag prior to 1900 but with the availability of sturdy aluminum flag poles, states could hoist their banners

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    Almost Yesterday: The Great Brush Fire of 1867

    Almost Yesterday: The Great Brush Fire of 1867

    It seems like Almost Yesterday that Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois experienced an unusually hot and dry summer. The year was 1867 and rainfall remained scarce well into the autumn. Temperatures were high, humidity low, and the landscape turned brown and crunchy. By mid-November, with crop yields low, a higher than usual number of hunters took to the woods and dry wetlands in pursuit of animals that could be used to sustain families through the coming winter. This resulted in an

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    Almost Yesterday: DAR Honors Revolutionary War Soldiers

    Almost Yesterday: DAR Honors Revolutionary War Soldiers

    It seems like almost yesterday that three veterans of the American Revolution were honored with appropriate markers at Old Bethel Cemetery south of Jackson, Missouri. The three patriots participated in the Revolutionary War and between 1797 and 1806 moved to the Jackson area, acquired land, and joined what is now called “Old Bethel Baptist Church.” “Old Bethel” has been restored, the cemetery refurbished, and the site made accessible for interpreting the early history of Southeast Missouri.

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    Almost Yesterday: Ronald Reagan, Honorary Cotton Picker of Southeast Missouri

    Almost Yesterday: Ronald Reagan, Honorary Cotton Picker of Southeast Missouri

    It seems like Almost Yesterday that Ronald Reagan came to Sikeston , Missouri to serve as the speaker at the annual banquet of the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce. The year was 1965 and Reagan had only recently emerged as a national political figure following the 1964 Republican National Convention. Reagan brought his emerging appeal to Southeast Missouri where Republicans were beginning to show strength. Here he argued that high taxes, social programs, and governmental regulations were strangling

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