Friday, February 11, 2022

Copies of Only in Lamar, Missouri can be pre-ordered, publication date is April 11

The publication date for Only in Lamar Missouri: Harry Truman, Wyatt Earp and Legendary Locals is April 11, but for those who want to pre-order a copy, I was surprised to discover a few moments ago that the Amazon page is already live and books are pre-ordered and will be shipped immediately at the publication date.

The book includes chapters on the following Lamar legends:

Harry S. Truman, born in Lamar in 1884

Wyatt Earp, the city's first marshal, and the Earp Family

Gerald Gilkey, the longest serving mayor in Missouri history

Tom O'Sullivan, founder of O'Sullivan Industries

H. C. Chancellor, state representative and the leader of the successful drive to build Barton County Memorial Hospital

Jay Lynch, who murdered the Barton County Sheriff and his son and was later hanged by a vigilante mob, reportedly including some of Lamar's leading citizens.

Richard Chancellor- war hero and city leader

Admiral Freeland Daubin- Lamar High School graduate and commander of the U. S. submarine fleet in the Atlantic during World War II

Admiral Charles Lockwood- Lamar High School graduate and commander of the U. S. submarine fleet in the Pacific during World War II

Admiral Thomas Selby Combs- chief of staff for naval aircraft in the south Pacific during World War II

Dorothy Stratton, first director of the U. S. Women's Coast Guard Auxiliary, attended Lamar High School

Arthur Aull- owner and editor of the Lamar Democrat for 48 years

Madeleine Aull Van Hafften- Aull's daughter who continued the legacy for 24 years following his death

Brother Adams and his mules- They represented Lamar in the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue for President Truman in 1949

The Brotherhood- The Lamar High School football teams coached by Scott Bailey that brought home seven straight state championships (the book includes team photos from each team).

The book can be ordered at this link.

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