The following selections are podcasts from longer oral history recordings. Transcriptions of some may be found in past issues of the Old Settlers Gazette.

Fourth of July Picnic

Dru Pippin recounts attending the annual Fourth of July picnic with his father, Dr. Bland Pippin, who was an excellent mimic. Dru recorded his memoirs on a reel-to-reel tape recorder in 1975-1976. Sometimes he hits the microphone or leans back, giving uneven sound, but the stories are always good.


5:00 minutes

Building Fort Wood

Jaretta Laughlin and her husband Roy were farming ground along Roubidoux Creek on what became Fort Leonard Wood. She tells about its effect on her family and neighbors. Jaretta was interviewed by student Beth Scott and recorded by Jan and Terry Primas.


12:30 minutes

Fruit Jar Drinkers

Robert Lee Bates grew up in Harmon Valley near Hazleton in Texas County. As a young man, he made and sold moonshine with his father. Mr. Bates was interviewed in 2004 by Jan and Terry Primas when he was 97 years old. Mr. Bates was blind and hard of hearing, but his memory was fine and he sure could tell a story.


11:23 minutes

Uncle Buck's Famous Elixir

Dru Pippin tells of the coming of a traveling medicine show that set up a tent next to the Black Hotel, now known as the Old Stagecoach Stop. There was musical entertainment, ,a chance to ride a bucking donkey for prize money, and offered for sale was the salutary Uncle Buck's Elixir.


4:39 minutes