Eyes of World
Man's a Man
Son of Father
Long Ago Told
To My Sons
I know Him
BSC no numb.
Hall Photo Co.
Matt's Cabn RP
Matt's Cabn tnt
Matt, Mollie, etc
Uncle Ike RP
Uncle Ike Tint
Bennett Sp. Tint
Bennett Spr RP
1925, Son Father
1925. Brian K
1926, Barb W
1935, When Man
1936, The Mine
1936, Wild Brian
1937, West Gold
1937, Out West
1937, Secret Vly
1959, Shep (TV)
Indiana U. Libr.
E Clampus Vitus
"Shepherd of the Hills Country" Photos
Other Branson Area Photos
While collecting postcards and other photos related to
Harold Bell Wright, I have collected other photos from the Shepherd of the
Hills country near Branson, Missouri, that may interest you.
Click on Pictures to Enlarge
||1. On the reverse of this 8" x 10" glossy photo is
written, "Dickens Store and Post Office in Taney County,
1916. In Harold Bell Wright Country, in Shepherd of the Hills
Country." It is printed on paper that says, "This paper manufactured
by Kodak." The store and post office were built (in 1888) and
operated by John T. Dickenson, who named it after the English poet
Charles Dickens, which also happens to be the first seven letters of
Dickenson's last name.
||2. This 8" x 10" glossy photo has no identification
on front or back, but I got it with the photo above and I was told
this photo was also of Dickens, MO. But Marilyn France, editor of
the White River Valley Historical Society Journal does not think so.
"There was only one Dickens store that I am aware of," she says.
"There was a store in Taney City, on the back road from Dickens to
For those who want to know more, she adds: "The whole
area was Taney City when that [Taney City] post office was
established in 1858 [where Taneyville is now, was called the North
Division] & it discontinued in 1875. [Where Dickens was located
later, in 1897, was called the South Division of Taney City]
The Taneyville post office was established in 1894 and the Dickens
post office was established in 1897."
"John T. Dickenson was the Postmaster in the Taney City store
also - when it ceased to exist. Eglinton Post Office started in 1882
[Jacob Hulett was the Post Master] the exact same place as Taney
City. That discontinued about 1888, but then was re-established for
a short period of time again in 1888 as Taney City, with Elizabeth
Simmons as postmaster. Taneyville post office was established in
When John T. Dickenson was no longer the postmaster at Taney City,
he then built his own store that year - the original Dickens Store
[Photo #1] the same one I sent to you.
The entire history of Taney City/Eglington/Dickens is in the Vol.
45, No. 1 Summer 2006 edition of the White River Valley Historical
||3. Here is a closer look at the sign that says,
"Star Brand Shoes are Better." Across the
bottom is hand-lettered what I take to be the name of the store,
possibly "Garbey Bros." Let me know if you have information. gc
||4. Original store in Dickens and home of John T.
Dickenson. Photo courtesy of Marilyn Stuart France, who adds: "This
original store and home was built in 1888 and the post office was
added in 1897. John T. Dickenson died in 1910. His widow ran the
store, along with her son, Jack Dickenson. The original building
burned in 1930. Another one was built out in front of it and still
stands today .
||5. Sign in this 3-1/2" by 5" photo says, "Post
Office." On back of card is hand-written, "Post Office at
Chadwick, MO., 1916." Chadwick in 23 miles SE of
||6. Shepherd of the Hills Novelty Shop, Reeds Spring,
Missouri. Real Photo postcard. Courtesy of Rodney Faris who
says it shop was owned by his great-uncle Dave Faris.
|The Photos below are
selected from 89 snapshots found in a photo album assembled by a
student at the School of the Ozarks [now the College of the Ozarks]
in 1920 to 1923. I have included the inscriptions as found in the
album. I bought the album in an antique mall in Ozark, Missouri.
|1. Bide-A-Wee, 1923
||2. Tents on Presbyterian Hill, 1923
|3. Presbyterian Hill, 1923
||4. At Branson, 1923
|5. Uncle Ike Postmaster, 1923
||6. Branson Bridge, 1923
| 7. Ready for a Swim, 1923
||8. Mr. Barney Morgan, 1923
|9. The Captain, Branson, August 1923
||10. Branson from Presbyterian Hill. August 1923
|11. Shepherd of the Hills Country. August 1923
||12. Branson Bridge. August 1923
|13. View from Window, Room 28. August 1923
||14. Presbyterian Hill from Branson Bridge.
|15. On Presbyterian Hill. August 1923
||16. Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks. August 1923
| 17. Taken on Way to White River Dam, Summer, 1920.
[Evidently the dam]
||18. Taken on Way to White River Dam, Summer, 1920.
|19. Taken on Way to White River Dam, Summer, 1920.
||20. Taken on Way to White River Dam, Summer, 1920.
|21. Taken on Way to White River Dam, Summer, 1920.
||22. Taken on Way to White River Dam, Summer, 1920.
|23. Taken on Way to White River Dam, Summer, 1920.
||24. Taken on Way to White River Dam, Summer, 1920.
[The Virginia May]
|25. On Presbyterian Hill, Summer, 1920
||26. On Way to Cave, 1920
|27. Shepherd of the Hills Country, 1920
||28. After Going in Cave, 1920
|29. On Presbyterian Hill, Summer, 1920
||30. Uncle Matt's Cabin, Shepherd of the Hills, 1920.
[Old Matt's Cabin]
|31. School of the Ozarks, 1923
||32. View from School of the Ozarks, 1923
| 33. [another view from School of Ozarks, 1923]
||34. On the way to Branson, 1923. [note two box
| 35. On the way to Branson, 1923. [note two box
||36. Girls Dorm, School of the Ozarks, 1923
| 37. View from Presbyterian Hill, 1923. [this is a
||38. On the way to Branson, 1923
| There are an additional 51 photos in
this student's scrapbook. They mostly show students at the School of
the Ozarks. Some show parts of buildings on the campus in 1920. I
can add them if you would like.
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