Anna Davidson at the La Belle Star is very helpful. They have archived prior issues going back to the founding of the paper in 1883, but they havenít been well taken care of and several issues are missing. The La Belle Library (Ida May Byers tel. 660-462-3600) has them on microfilm.
For a small town (800 at peak, 600 now) the La Belle Star is an amazing source of history, mostly because of a corps of volunteer columnists from the hamlets all around who report every cup of tea shared and Sunday visitor. E.g., my grandfather had a store at Sharpsburg Corner 1911-1919 and a 95-year old dear still writes a South Sharpsburg column, although neither place still exists. A great little newspaper.
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