General U.S. Grant to Occupy Waynesville

FAKE Civil War telegraph

General Grant is preparing Union forces and telegraph signal corps to make way into Waynesville, MO., late July. Please advise citizens of their occupation of this area.

On June 30, 2016 a telegraph was released by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, advising area Waynesville residents that General Ulysses S. Grant and his telegraph signal corps are making their way to the Pulaski County, Missouri seat. Unlike Colonel Albert Sigel’s Union forces permanent occupation of Waynesville during the Civil War, the 2016 occupation of Waynesville will only last two days and is part of Old Settlers Day, a living history event, that will feature horesemanship and infantry drill demonstrations, artillery inspections, cavalry drills, and a Civil War battle reenactment. In attendance will be United States President Abraham Lincoln (Lance Mack) and General U.S. Grant, portrayed by Wayne Issleb.

Wayne Issleb as General Grant

Wayne Issleb as General U.S. Grant

Issleb has been portraying Ulysses S. Grant since 2008. While serving as a reenactor in the 36th Wisconsin Civil War Infantry squad he had let his beard grow out and decided to don a bow tie and officer’s slouch hat. His fellow living historians noticed a strong resemblance between Issleb and Grant. In 2010 in a small town in Wisconsin Issleb fully embraced the role of the Union General. Soon after, other living historians joined up with Issleb and “U.S. Grant Field HQ” was born.

Issleb’s extensive knowledge of General Grant brings a unique level of authenticity to his portrayals. Issleb has studied Grant extensively, including 15 years of research and artifact collecting. Issleb owns several items that were once owned by Grant himself- including original writings and a cigar standing ashtray that Grant possessed during his presidency. Not one to rest on his laurels, Issleb is still learning about U.S. Grant. Having walked in Grant’s footsteps in places like Vicksburg, MS. and Galena, IL. brings even more insight of the man himself into Issleb’s portrayals. Issleb has portrayed General Grant for the Sons of Union Veterans and in an upcoming cable network documentary.

During Old Settlers Day attendees will be able to visit troop camps. Issleb describes a typical Union camp as busy place and would have included Cavalry, Infantry, Officer’s Quarters, Artillery, Medical, and sometimes signal corps members.  “U.S. Grant Field HQ” features a period telegraph office, with an operator, for demonstrations. Issleb tells us that although the telegraph was around for 20 years before the Civil War, it was merely considered a novelty. During the war, communication, and the telegraph was key. President Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton ran the war from Washington. The telegraph connected all the armies and allowed coordination. Waynesville’ location on the Wire Road was strategically important, which led to Colonel Albert Sigel being ordered to “Occupy Waynesville” beginning June, 1862. Col. Sigel’s brother, General Franz Sigel, was stationed at nearby Rolla, MO., during the war. Franz Sigel and U.S. Grant became friends during the war, sitting beside each other during the “Grand Review Parade” in Washington shortly after the war. Franz attended Grant’s funeral in 1885.

Wayne Issleb at HQ

Wayne Issleb as General Grant at Field Headquarters

Issleb, always the Grant scholar, also tells us that General Grant’s grandfather, Captain Noah Grant served in the Revolutionary War and fought alongside Waynesville’s namesake, General Anthony Wayne.

Issleb, who is from Kenosha, WI., is looking forward to meeting people at Old Settlers Day in Waynesville. He will be speaking from the bandstand Saturday at 10:30 and will also be found at his Field Headquarters.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of June 13-June 19, 2016

Welcome To The Following Groups:

Vandalia Bus Lines/ St. Matthias Golden Achievers Club- June 13
Crossroads Bank- June 16
Lifestyle Tours- June 17
Remember The Removal Riders-June 17

June 14, 15, 16, & 17- Pick Your Own Blueberries
What: Don’t let a stranger pick your family’s blueberries!
Where: 13018 Highway D, Dixon
When: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 a.m. until Noon, Saturday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $2.85 per pond, call ahead for pre-picked pricing info
Contact: Meyer Tree & Berry Farm– 573.759.7998

June 15 thru 18- Pulaski County Regional Fair
What: County Fair
Where: Saint Robert Community Center, St. Robert
When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday Noon-11:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Regional Fair (Carl Boone)- 816.261.6051

June 17- Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Centennial Event
Where: Laughlin Park, Waynesville
When: 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: National Park Service (Carole Wendler) 505.988.6092

June 17, 18, & 19- PFAA Presents “Gifted”
What: Pulaski Fine Arts Association theater production
Where: Theater On The Square, 312 Historic Route 66, Waynesville
When: Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m. curtain, Sunday Matinee 2:30 p.m. curtain
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (April York)- 573.337.1184

June 18- 11th Annual USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride
What: Organized motorcycle ride to support the USO
Where: Begins at Ozark Harley-Davidson, Ends at Route 66 Freedom Fest, Waynesville
When: Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., kickstands up at Noon
Cost: $15 per motorcycle
Contact: Freedom of Road Riders Local 28– 573.586.7221

18 June USO Ride

June 18- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

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1903 Route 66 Museum, On The Square, Waynesville

June 18- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

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Old Stagecoach Stop, On The Square, Waynesville

June 18- Route 66 Freedom Fest
What: Family friendly street festival
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Route 66 Fest (Audra Berrier)- 573.774.3001

June 18 Freedom Fest

Looking Ahead:

June 21-25 Tri County Fair, Richland
June 24-26 Pulaski County Pride, Waynesville & Saint Robert
June 24 & 25- PFAA Presents “Gifted”, Waynesville
June 25 & 26- Cave State Cruisers 29th Annual Car Show, Waynesville
July 2- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments, Waynesville

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA

Presenting Abraham Lincoln

One score and five years ago bearded Lance Mack shaved off his mustache. When he looked at his shorn upper lip he immediately realized that the face staring back at him wasn’t his anymore- it was the face of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. His first thought was “now what…?”.

At the urging of his wife, Maureen, tall and gangly Mack ventured to Civil War Days at Crossroads Village near Flint, MI. Stovepipe hatless and without a Lincolnesque suit, Mack was greeted by festival-goers with a hearty “Howdy, Abe!”, or a sincere, respectful “Good Afternoon, Mister President”. Union soldier reenactors came to attention and saluted as he approached. The event organizers noticed Mack, who at 6’5″ overtopped the crowd, and asked him to speak. Hearkening back to fifth grade, Mack began speaking, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

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Lance V. Mack, as Abraham Lincoln in Waterloo, IA. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Since then Mack has performed as Abraham Lincoln, complete with hat and suit, at hundreds of events. He speaks in Lincoln’s own words and uses portions of Lincoln’s autobiographical essays, his farewell speech to Springfield, Illinois, his first Inaugural Address, The Gettysburg Address, The Letter to Mrs. Bixby, and the second Inaugural Address. When asked about his personal favorite Lincoln quote, Mack had a tough time narrowing it down to just one, but he did decide on the words that first thrust Lincoln onto the national stage. “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

Test-firing Gatling Gun

Lance V. Mack, as Abraham Lincoln, test fires a Gatling gun. Photo courtesy of Lance V. Mack.

Mack’s journeys as Lincoln have taken him throughout the Midwest, to New York City and Boston, and even to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. One of his favorite events is the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival held annually in Tama, IA.

2016 will mark his first appearance at Old Settlers Day in Waynesville, MO.

To learn more about Lance V. Mack Presents Abraham Lincoln please visit http://lancepresentsabe.com/.

To learn more about events and activities during Old Settlers Day please visit www.facebook.com/events/1668769670079314

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of November 30, 2015-December 6, 2015

December 3- Christmas On The Square
What: Christmas festival with Christmas carolers, live nativity, carriage rides, Christmas music & more!
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Waynesville Downtown Business Association (Pam Seda) 573.774.6910

December 3 Christmas On The Square

December 4-6- T’was The Night Before Christmas
What: Community theater production.
Where: Theater On The Square, 312 Historic Route 66, Waynesville
When: Friday & Saturday curtain at 7:30 p.m., Sunday curtain at 5:30 p.m..
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 & Under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Toni Rowland)- 573.528.4164

Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents "T'was The Night Before Christmas" at Theater On The Square in Waynesville, MO.

Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents “T’was The Night Before Christmas” at Theater On The Square in Waynesville, MO.

December 5- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmer's Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

Pulaski County Farmer’s Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

December 5- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigations start at dusk. Call for exact time.
Cost: $20 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

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December 6- Kiwanis Club of Pulaski County Christmas Parade
What: Christmas Parade along Route 66 in Waynesville
Where: Begins at Waynesville Middle School and travels Historic Route 66 to Downtown Waynesville
When: 2 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Kiwanis Club of Pulaski County (Tim Berrier) 573.774.3001

December 6 Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade

December 6- Holiday In The Park
What: Holiday festival with photos with Santa, holiday music, craft vendors
Where: St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Drive, Saint Robert
When: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: City of Saint Robert Parks & Recreation- 573.451.2625

December 6 Holiday in the Park Flyer 2015

December 6- Christmas On Main Street
What: Christmas festival
Where: Main Street, Crocker
When: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Crocker City Hall- 573.736.5327

Looking Ahead:

December 11- “Holidays from the Heartland”- 399th Army Band, Fort Leonard Wood
December 11 & 12- Journey To Bethlehem, Crocker
December 12- Richland Christmas Parade, Richland
December 12- Lighted Christmas Parade & Christmas In The Park, Dixon
December 18 & 19- Route 66 Basketball Shootout, Waynesville
January 2- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
January 16- Missouri Boat Ride LIVE In Concert, Dixon

Four Festivals That You Will Love In Pulaski County USA!

1. Cow Days- is a September tradition that dates back to the days of the Great Depression when Dixon merchants enticed customers to shop at their stores by rewarding them with a ticket for a free cow giveaway. Cows are still given away at this family friendly street festival- with a cash option. Food, bands, vendors, and people fill the streets during this one of a kind two day festival. It is udderly fantastic!

Learn more about Cow Days at http://www.dixonchamberofcommerce.com/CowDaysIndex

Live music is part of the family friendly fun at Cow Days in Dixon! Image by Van Beydler.

Live music is part of the family friendly fun at Cow Days in Dixon! Image by Van Beydler.

2. Railroad Days- Held each August in Crocker, MO for more than forty years. This tribute to Crocker’s Frisco Railroad heritage has been bringing crowds to downtown Crocker since 1972. A highlight of the festival is the parade. A beloved tradition, the parade is sure to warm your heart and have you clapping and cheering for the participants. Don’t forget to visit the Frisco Depot Museum during this street festival! Chock full of activities for your entire family! Full steam ahead- Railroad Days is sure to be a hit!

Learn more about Railroad Days at www.facebook.com/CrockerCityHall

Frisco Railroad Caboose in Crocker, MO

Crocker celebrates their railroading history every year during Railroad Days!

3. Frogtoberfest- Waynesville’s most unique festival is held each year in October. Celebrating “Frog Rock” (a/k/a W.H. Croaker) this family friendly birthday celebration for Waynesville’s unofficial mascot is guaranteed to generate smiles and laughter!

W.H. Crocker, the inspiration for Frogtoberfest! Photo by Cat Spencer.

W.H. Crocker, the inspiration for Frogtoberfest! Photo by Cat Spencer.

4. Mid-America Freedom Rally– Known far and wide as the mother of all motorcycle rallies in central Missouri! MAFR is three days jack packed with legendary times including amazing bands, vendors, street food, field events, bike shows, and poker runs. Do not miss Sunday’s midnight Rolling Thunder- a goosebump inducing tribute to those who gave all. Bring your bike, your better half, your tent and your cooler- but leave your pets, weapons, and attitudes behind. 18+ to enter.

Learn more about Mid-America Freedom Rally at http://www.midamericafreedomrally.com

Megan Oneal at 2015's Mid-America Freedom Rally. Photo by Dave Campbell of www.bikernet.com. Read Dave's coverage (NSFW) of this event at http://www.bikernet.com/pages/Mid_America_Freedom_Rally.aspx

Megan Oneal at 2015’s Mid-America Freedom Rally. Photo by Dave Campbell of http://www.bikernet.com.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of October 12, 2015-October 18, 2015

Welcome To The Following Groups:
864th Engineer Battalion Alumni Association Reunion
Boy Scouts of America District Camporee

October 14- Kelly Miller Circus
What: America’s One Ring Wonder! Kelly Miller Circus has been entertaining families since 1938!
Where: Roubidoux Park, Waynesville
When: Show times at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m..
Cost: Day of: Adult $16, Child $8, advance ticket discount available
Contact: City of Waynesville-573.774.6171

October 14 CircusOctober 16 & 17- BOSS Haunted House
What: Be afraid…be VERY afraid! Not for the young, squeamish, or weak of heart!
Where: Building 781 (Alabama & Kansas), Fort Leonard Wood
When: 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m..
Cost: $5 per person
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR– 573.596.6913

October 16 Haunted House FLWOctober 16 & 17- The Haunted Hill
What: Mid-Missouri’s most frightening haunted attraction!
Where: 22235 Red Wing Road, Waynesville
When: 8:00 p.m. until Midnight
Cost: $12 per person, Speed Pass available
Contact: www.facebook.com/hauntedhillmissouri

Haunted Hill ResizedOctober 17- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmer's Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

Pulaski County Farmer’s Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

October 17- Crocker Fall Festival
What: 4th annual harvest celebration in Crocker
Where: Downtown Crocker
When: 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m..
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Crocker City Hall– 573.736.5327

October 17 Crocker Fall FestivalOctober 17- Route 66 Oktoberfest
What: Family-friendly Oktoberfest street festival
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Route 66 Fest On The Square (Audra Berrier)573.774.3001

October 17 Oktoberfest poster ResizedOctober 17- WDBA Zombie Run 5K
What: Not your every day 5K! The Walking Dead morphs into The Running Dead as you flee for your life from the Zombie horde in this spirited 5K.
Where: Check in at Odyssey Scuba, 227 Historic 66 East, Waynesville
When: Check in begins at 2:00 p.m.. Race begins at 4:00 p.m..
Cost: Pre-registration $15, Day of $20
Contact: Waynesville Downtown Business Association (Cheryl Keeton) 573.337.2494

October 17 Zombie Run ResizedOctober 17- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigations start at dusk. Call for exact time.
Cost: $25 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot HousePumpkin Patches:

Deep Woods Farm Pumpkin Patch: 573.759.3586
Storie’s Pumpkin Patch: 573.433.4375
Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch: 573.433.6324
Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch: 573.759.9045

Harvest memories in Pulaski County USA this Autumn!

Harvest memories in Pulaski County USA this Fall!

Harvest some memories this Autumn in Pulaski County USA!
Full event/attraction listing at: www.visitpulaskicounty.org/fall2015/

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Events for the week of October 5, 2015-October 11, 2015

October 9 & 10- The Haunted Hill
What: Mid-Missouri’s most frightening haunted attraction!
Where: 22235 Red Wing Road, Waynesville
When: 8:00 p.m. until Midnight
Cost: $12 per person, Speed Pass available
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/hauntedhillmissouri

Mid- Missouri's most frightening haunted attraction is in Pulaski County USA!

Mid- Missouri’s most frightening haunted attraction is in Pulaski County USA!

October 10- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079
www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyMOFarmersMarket

Pulaski County Farmer's Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

Pulaski County Farmer’s Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

October 10- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigations start at dusk. Call for exact time.
Cost: $25 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149
www.facebook.com/ParanormalTalbotHouse

An evening that you won't soon forget!

An evening that you won’t soon forget!

October 10- Ken Mellons & Sammy Sadler LIVE In Concert
What: Two Nashville recording artists in one night at this family friendly venue.
Where: 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m..
Cost: $25 Adults, Kids 12 & Under FREE
Contact: The Barn (Bill Johnson)-573.433.9370
www.thebakerband.com

Two Nashville recording artists in one night at this family-friendly venue!

Two Nashville recording artists in one night at this family-friendly venue!

Pumpkin Patches:

Storie’s Pumpkin Patch- 573.433.4375
Deep Woods Farm Pumpkin Patch- 573.759.3586
Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch- 573-356-0985
Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch- 573-759-9045

Harvest memories in Pulaski County USA this Autumn!

Harvest memories in Pulaski County USA this Fall!

Harvest some memories this Autumn in Pulaski County USA!
Full event/attraction listing at: www.visitpulaskicounty.org/fall2015/

Looking Ahead:

October 14- Kelly Miller Circus
October 16 & 17- The Haunted Hill
October 16 & 17- Boss Haunted House
October 17- Crocker Fall Festival
October 17- Route 66 Oktoberfest
October 17- Zombie Run 5K
October 17- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
October 17 & 18- Storie’s Pumpkin Patch
October 17 & 18- Deep Woods Farm Pumpkin Patch