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By Kelly Wilson 23 Nov, 2016

Beginning as a series of 47 abstracts of species published in the Missouri Conservationist from July 1953 to September 1957, “The Wild Mammals of Missouri” has a long, rich history.

Naturalists Charles W. Schwartz and Elizabeth R. Schwartz compiled the text and detailed illustrations from their original fieldwork and observations, as well as several other sources.

The University of Missouri Press released the first edition of the book in 1959 as the third book of the original books published by the press; it was printed in Kansas City. It was jointly published with the Missouri Conservation Commission.

For nearly 60 years this book has been regarded as the definitive guide to the identification of the animals. Charles Schwartz’s technically accurate drawings capture the spirit of his subjects. Many researchers and college classes have used the text.

More than just a taxonomy guide, however, this book also describes the mammalian relationships to each other and to humans and concerns of ecology. Management concepts and economic considerations also varied over this span of half a century.

This book went through six printings before the Schwartz family revised it in 1981. Two other revisions followed, one in 2001, and most recently, the third revised edition appeared in 2016.

Larry R. Gale, director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, wrote this in the 1981 foreword: “During the past 21 years, this scientific yet popular publication by Charles and Elizabeth Schwartz has been widely acclaimed as the definitive work on its subject. The book has been adopted as a standard text by many universities and colleges, and it has become a frequently cited reference for mammal research. Sustained sales over the years prove it is equally popular with nonprofessionals wanting to know more about wild animals.”

Each edition has stayed current with habitats, increased numbers of species, and nomenclature changes through the years. The fields of social communication and behavior added further research to the first revision. The number of mammals in Missouri described in the book has increased from 63 species in 1959 to 72 in 2016.

Even though both of these conservationists have died — Charles in 1991 and Elizabeth in 2013 — they left an invaluable mark in their field. The authors won national and international recognition for their films of the mid-20th century.

“Only this collaboration of wildlife biologist, artist, photographer and writer could have made this book possible,” wrote William E. Towell, director of the Missouri Conservation Commission, in the 1959 foreword. 


The Wild Mammals of Missouri, Third Revised Edition

Charles W. Schwartz and Elizabeth R. Schwartz, Edited by Debby K. Fantz and Victoria L. Jackson

ISBN 978-0-8262-2088-2 | Paperback | 396 pp. | 8.5 x 11

To order call 800-621-2736 or email orders@press.uchicago.edu. 

By Kelly Wilson 23 Nov, 2016

The Mark Twain Chorale will present its 56th annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Parker Theater on the Hannibal-LaGrange University campus at the Roland Fine Arts Center, 2800 Palmyra Road, Hannibal.

There is no admission charge; a freewill donation will be accepted.

Under the direction of Lori Scott, with Janet Ferguson as accompanist, the group will feature a variety of holiday classics. Guest soloists will be Ella Wilburn, vocalist, along with Linda St. Juliana and Andrea Reinwald, flautists. Other guests of the chorale will be the Hannibal String Orchestr  

By Kelly Wilson 23 Nov, 2016

Winners of the Sodalis Nature Preserve art contest were announced in October during grand opening events at the 185-acre park. Winners will have the opportunity in February to accompany U.S. Fish & Wildlife endangered species biologists into the former mines, which are gated to keep out people while still allowing bats to fly in and out.

Winners were as follows:

1. Ages 18 and older, Therese Marie Nolan of Hannibal.  

2. Ages 13 to 17, Kearsten Creason of Hannibal.

3. Ages 12 and younger, Nalei Taeoalii, 10, of Hannibal.

4. Kyliah French, 11, of Hannibal.

The contest was sponsored by Hannibal Parks & Recreation and Hannibal Arts Council, and the winning artwork will be displayed at the new bat and cave exhibit at the Hannibal History Museum, 200 N. Main.

The park property was given to the city of Hannibal this year to preserve endangered bats. It is now Hannibal’s second-largest park. The trailhead is at 819 Ely.  

By Kelly Wilson 23 Nov, 2016

It was a beautiful day for disc golf, but sad, perhaps, for those who remember the man the tourney honored.

The Don Crane Memorial Huck Finn Open, held Nov. 5, drew 63 players to Huckleberry Park.

Before tee-off, a ceremony was held to remember Don Crane Jr., for whom the course is named. The ceremony was attended by Crane’s son, Dylan, and parents, Don Crane Sr. and Donna Crane.  

“It is really great to have his family here. Don was so instrumental in everything that has happened in the disc golf arena in the Tri-State area,” John Shaw of Excitement Disc Golf, the event promoter, said.

The course, which opened 10 years ago, and a recent expansion were designed by Crane, who organized tourneys and taught lessons.

“Don would have loved to see the amount of people supporting the sport he loved. The reason disc golf has become so popular in Hannibal is largely due to him and his enthusiasm,” Aron Lee, assistant director of Hannibal Parks & Recreation, said.

Tournament winners were as follows:

• Open Division: Ryan Anderson of Ottumwa, Iowa, first; Colin Poe, Wappelo, Iowa, second; Derrik Helling, Fort Madison, Iowa, third.

• Grandmasters Division: Eddie Kruse, Fort Madison, Iowa, first; Brad Allen, Wentzville, second; Richard Sheets, Fort Madison, Iowa, third.

• Advanced Women: Debbie Polkinghorne, O’Fallon, first; Bailey Polkinghorne, O’Fallon, second.

• Advanced Masters: Roger Beachy, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, first: Stanley Balke, Eugene, second; Don Moellenbeck, Old Monroe, third.

• Intermediate: Bill Young, Fort Madison, Iowa, first; Brett Mell, St. Louis, second; Mike Urbanc, Peoria, Ill., third.

• Recreational: Dane Jansen, St. Louis, first; Mike LeVart, Wentzville, second; Rodney Schild, Quincy, Ill., third.

• Junior Girls: Virginia Polkinghorne, O’Fallon, first  

By Kelly Wilson 23 Nov, 2016

The Affordable Healthcare Act was created to make it easier and more affordable for Americans to have quality health insurance and increase the focus on preventive care.

Many Americans now are required to have health insurance. If you are uninsured or do not have access to affordable insurance through your job, you can enroll in the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace. It is an online marketplace where you can buy a Qualified Health Plan or Catastrophic coverage from private insurance companies.

Open enrollment in the marketplace started Nov. 1, with health insurance coverage starting Jan. 1. If you’re eligible, the marketplace can help you find affordable coverage. Most people who apply qualify for premium tax credits and other savings based on income. If you already have 2016 Marketplace coverage, you’ll be receiving information about how to keep your coverage for 2017.

Families And Communities Together offers free assistance to consumers with purchasing insurance through Federal Marketplace, healthcare.gov. If you need assistance, call the F.A.C.T. office at 573-221-2285.  

By Kelly Wilson 23 Nov, 2016

Charles Rickey, maintenance supervisor at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, salvaged shutters and windows from the recently renovated Becky Thatcher House to create decorative household organizers, frames and mirrors that are available for sale at the museum gift shop. Rickey was instrumental in the Thatcher House renovation, as well as that of the Clemens justice of the peace office and the Pilaster House.

In all, the museum oversees five historic buildings, two museums and three museum shops:

• Mark Twain Boyhood Home: The house where the Clemens family lived from 1844 to 1853 and inspiration for “Tom Sawyer.”

• The Becky Thatcher House: Home of the Hawkins family. Laura Hawkins provided the model for Becky Thatcher in “Tom Sawyer.”

• John M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office: Building used by Mark Twain’s father while justice of the peace and holding court sessions.

• Grant’s Drug Store or Pilaster House: Home of Dr. Orville Grant; first floor is outfitted as a period drug store.

• Huckleberry Finn House: Re-creation of a house where it is believed the Blankenship family lived; Tom Blankenship was the model for Huck Finn.

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