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Cole Camp and Tightwad, Missouri

Posted by graywacke on January 7, 2016

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-three-or-four days blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landin above.

Landing number 2238; A Landing A Day blog post number 666.

Dan:  Geez.  For the 8th time out of the last 22 landings (since I changed my random lat/long generator), I’ve landed in a state for at least the second time . . . MO.  This bumps my Score up a little, from 1140 to 1144.  If you care what I’m talking about (but have no clue), type Grand Rapids in the search box and check it out. 

Time for my regional landing map:

landing 1

And my local landing map:

landing 2

My streams-only map shows that I landed in the watershed of Ross Creek; on to Cole Camp Creek; on to the Osage River (9th hit):

landing 3a

 

Zooming back, you can see that the Osage discharges to the Missouri (405th hit); which, of course goes on to the MM (876th hit).

landing 3b

 

Time for my Google Earth (GE) space flight in to Central Missouri.  Click HERE, enjoy the trip, and then hit your back button.

GE Street View coverage of my landing isn’t great, with the nearest blue line about a mile and a half away from my landing.  Note that I moved the orange dude a little southeast so he can see something besides just trees:

ge sv landing map

Here’s what the orange dude sees (which is the road one would take if one were visiting my landing spot):

ge sv landing

Moving just a little west, the highway crosses Cole Camp Creek:

ge sv cole camp ck map

And here ‘tis:

ge sv cole camp ck

So, I checked out Warsaw, the largest town near my landing (pop 2,100).  But besides the fact that the town was named for Warsaw, Poland in honor of Tadeusz Kościuszko, the Polish general who was a hero during the American Revolution and who was featured in my Kosciusko Mississippi post from July of 2009, I couldn’t find anything of further general interest for my readers.  (Phew – sorry about that long 52-word, run-on sentence . . .)

Lincoln?  Nada.  So I’m left with Cole Camp and (of course) Tightwad.  I’ll start with Cole Camp.  Wiki lets me know that there was a Civil War battle in Cole Camp.  Here are some Wiki excerpts:

In 1861, as Civil War hostilities were breaking out in earnest, the majority of the inhabitants of Benton County [which includes Warsaw and Cole Camp] were of Southern origin and sentiment; however, the German immigrants [centered in Cole Camp] and their descendants were predominantly pro-Union and anti-slavery. These formed the core of the Benton County Home Guard.

[One can only imagine the tensions in a “border” state like Missouri, where neighbors would turn on neighbors and essentially declare war on each other.]

A rebel force (numbering about 350) was gathering nearby at Warsaw and then marched from Warsaw toward Cole Camp on June 18 to attack the gathering Home Guard. A respected older citizen (and Union sympathizer), John Tyree, had witnessed the preparations of the secessionists and reported it to the officers at Cole Camp. As he returned from reporting this, he was captured by the rebel force. Some of the men recognized him from earlier in the day, surmised what he had done, tied him to a tree and shot him.

Despite Tyree’s warning, the Home Guard’s preparations were inadequate, for their troops were overrun and routed by the advancing rebels.

Home Guard casualties were heavy with at least 34 killed, 60 wounded, and 25 made prisoner. Rebel losses were around 7 killed and 25 wounded.

Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis, in his 1890 book A Short History of the Confederate States of America, claimed that 206 Union soldiers were killed and wounded, and over 100 taken prisoner.

From the town’s website:

The community was to suffer terribly during the remaining four years of war with the terrorism of the bushwhackers and guerrillas, and the armies marching back and forth through the area. This created tensions and hatred that lasted many years after the war ended in what became a divided town and county.

Amazing how time heals all wounds . . .

The German influence in Cole Camp is still strong, as evidenced by the home page of the town’s website:

cc mo

Ready for Tightwad?  Here’s an excerpt from a 2008 Washington Post article by Peter Slevin.  (Total aside:  I wonder if Peter’s parents considered naming him “Kevin?”)

TIGHTWAD, Mo. — When Ellen T. Lindsey picks up the telephone in this flyspeck town, the first question, more often than not, is “Are you a real bank?”

Lindsey, the new manager of the Tightwad Bank, assures the callers that the institution is, indeed, real.

Tightwad Bank may be quirky and unproven, but it is a genuine bank with a real charter and a real vault and a pair of real bankers in charge. For good measure, the business cards say: “Tightwad Bank. Member FDIC.”

“We’re seeking the customers with a sense of humor,” said Donald S. Higdon, 54, who opened Tightwad with his business partner in May after they grew bored with running a sober-sided bank in neighboring Kansas. “We thought the downside was limited, the possibilities were reasonable and the amount of fun was limitless.”

If the concept does not work out — this is the second attempt at making a bank called Tightwad profitable — Higdon jokes that he can turn the place into a drive-through liquor store.

“Everybody just asks where it got the name,” said shopkeeper Mark Huey, 37, whose family owns the Tightwad C Store on a main drag so short that “if there wasn’t a curve in it, you could see both city-limits signs.”

The story told by Huey and everyone else starts with a postman who coveted a watermelon. It was the early 1900s, and the mail carrier, making his rounds, made a deal with the grocer to set it aside until the end of the day. But when he returned, the melon was gone — sold to someone who agreed to pay 50 cents more.

As lore has it, the postman called the grocer a you-know-what, and the name stuck.

That was a 2008 article, but apparently the bank has survived:  here’s the GE Street View shot dated September 2014:

ge sv tightwad bank

I hope the above photo was taken on a Sunday, or else maybe the bank didn’t survive (and note the “:00” on the sign) . . . 

It’s time for a couple of GE Pano shots.  First this by mygrane, taken about 10 miles south of my landing (south of the Osage):

pano mygrane about 10 mi s

And here’s a shot of the Osage, (about 10 mi SE of my landing) by KingJimmy1120:

pano KingJimmy1120

That’ll do it . . .

KS

Greg

 

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