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Bronaugh The Town, the Man and his Friends The early history of the town of Bronaugh, Missouri and the man it was named for, by Lyndon N. IrwinBronaugh The Town, the Man and his Friends The early history of the town of Bronaugh, Missouri and the man it was named for, by Lyndon N. Irwin, PhD, 2010. 302 pages, 8.5x11", hardbound book, ISBN 978-1-936091-00-3. This book is meant to be the definitive history on this small Vernon County town, it was carefully researched and contains complete documentation. It contains plenty of stories of the early days before Bronaugh was founded, it's founding in 1886 and continues up to 1910. There are about 50 pages on W. C. Bronaugh, the town's namesake, and his sometimes notorious friends. The hard-bound book is indexed and contains many photographs and ink drawings. Bronaugh is one of the "newer" towns in Vernon County, being founded in 1886. Before the Civil War, post offices at Igo and Zulu were known and churches and one-room schools dotted the prairie. In 1886, the Missouri Pacific railroad made a decision that a new train station between Moundville and Liberal was needed. Within a few months, a new boom-town named Bronaugh had sprung up from the prairie. Those first years were exciting ones. New schools, churches, banks and businesses were constructed along with beautiful homes. Ex-Confederate soldier Warren C. Bronaugh was one of those who owned land that eventually became part of the new town. Mr. Bronaugh was well-known in Confederate circles and spent more than twenty years and much of his fortune trying to gain the release of the famed Cole Younger and his brothers from the Stillwater, Minnesota prison. His good friend was the famous outlaw Frank James. No one knows for sure why the town was named for someone who never lived there.  AD2392-$40.00

MOUNDVILLE, Missouri 1869-1910, by Lyndon Irwin, Ph.D.MOUNDVILLE, Missouri 1869-1910, by Lyndon Irwin, Ph.D., 2005.  8½x11", softbound book, 258 pages, ISBN: 978-0-944619-80-3. indexed with over 890 surnames, includes photos and documents. The book is thoroughly researched and documented with footnotes.  Illustrations by Barbara Jean Marlow Irwin. Dr. Irwin's newest book is a comprehensive look at one of the older towns in Vernon County, which pre-dates the Civil War.  This book, which took over 5 years to research, includes information on schools, churches, coal mines, people, and businesses which all added up to the successes of the town.  Read forgotten stories such as the "Whiskey Wars" and the Murder of Ella Wray, granddaughter of Noah Lafayette Caton.  The town fires and post office robberies are included.  Additionally, there are records from the Moundville Lutheran and Methodist Churches, Cooper College, and the pioneer Moundville Cemetery. AD899-$20.00  Click here for Smashwords Link

Reporting Live: Articles and Letters from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, by Lyndon N. Irwin PH.D., 2008Reporting Live: Articles and Letters from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, by Lyndon N. Irwin Ph.D., 2008. ISBN 978-0-944619-87-2, 5.5x8.5", 194 pages, softbound book, indexed. This book is a compilation of articles written by fair visitors primarily from Western Missouri. Illustrations are included in the book: In late April 1904, newspaper editors started sending reporters to St. Louis to report on the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. A few weeks later, editors were invited for Press Day. Some of those who attended carefully wrote down their observations. In addition, they usually included their impressions about the great fair. To most, it was the trip of a lifetime and the grand palaces on the fairgrounds dazzled them. They were also equally impressed by what they saw on the Pike. They rode the rides, visited the sideshows and tried the food. This qualified them to give advice to readers who might be coming to the fair. Some reporters came back to St. Louis in the summer and fall, continuing to write about their fair experiences. Whether they saw a dancer do the Spanish Fandango, rode completely around the grounds on the Intramural Railroad or saw the largest watermelon from Texas, they wrote about it. This book is a collection of their articles. | Preface AD2191-$15.00 Click here for Smashwords Link

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Lyndon Irwin is an Agriculture Professor at Missouri State University. He is a member of the St. Louis World's Fair Society and a popular speaker on World's Fair topics. His writing about the Fair has been included in documentaries and public television programs. He is also the author or several other earlier literary works including There Will be a Wreck!

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