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Jack Remembers: All aboard for riverboat cruise to nowhere

By Jack Hackley In the 1992 November election, voters approved gambling on a romantic riverboat that would cruise up and down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Even then, everyone but…

Jack Remembers: Story about supplying the Jameses with fresh horses sounded very familiar

By Jack HackleyOne of my favorite family stories is of my great-grandfather selling horses to the James Gang, which I printed a few weeks ago. Lo and behold, I got…

Jack Remembers: Without a plug sample, how in tarnation can a person tell if a watermelon’s any good?

By Jack Hackley I love a good watermelon, and it is good for you. But where are you going to buy a good watermelon?  I bought an oblong green striped…

Jack Remembers: James bros. knew value of well-bred horses

By Jack Hackley On Dec. 7, 1869, Frank and Jesse James walked in to the Davies County Savings & Loan in Gallatin. One of them asked for change and shot…

Jack Remembers: Better be milk or cream in that sweet treat

By Jack Hartley Something was up.  We were milking early.  It was 1941 and I was 7 years old.  Every once in a while we would milk the cows early…

Jack Remembers: Gold plated or not, Betty was the best friend a guy could have

By Jack Hackley I lost my best friend.  Her name was Betty, and I have bought her breakfast and dinner every day for the past ten years. After I moved…

You can buy my vote, but here’s how it works

By Jack Hackley When I was a kid growing up in Eastern Jackson County, two factions fought over control of the county and all the patronage jobs and other benefits.…

Jack Remembers: Ace mechanic didn’t always finish what he started

By Jack Hackley Forest Smith was one of those guys who could do anything, and do it well. I ran a three-bay Sinclair station with a restaurant that served 3.2-percent…

Jack Remembers: Forest Lee Smith took ‘town character’ to a new level

By Jack Hackley Every town used to have a few characters. The town I’m from, Oak Grove, had more than its share. My favorite was Forest Lee Smith. He was…

Jack Remembers: Throw that bale on a truck and your back might go with itBy

By Jack Hackley I got a lot of comment from people who agreed with an article I swrote that the early combine Gleaner made was the best combine ever built. …