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Far left: This montage includes just a few of
the historic moments included in "Missouri: An
Illustrated Timeline." The book was timed to
coincide with Missouri's coming Bicentennial in
2021. Left: J.C. Penney is one famous Missourian
who is part of the book. He is shown here with
one of his prize-winning cows raised at his farm
in Hamilton.
photo courtesy State Historical Society of Missouri

readers will love learning about the unheralded Missouri
residents. For example, most Missourians probably have
never heard of Mayme Ousley, who went door to door asking women for their votes just two years after women won
the right to vote. She won the St. James mayoral election
by eight votes, becoming Missouri's first female mayor.
"Of all the places in the state of Missouri I think it surprises people that the first female mayor of a city was in
St. James," John says.
Montgomery City's Charles Leiper also lives on in the
pages of the book. In 1929 he unveiled a drink called
"Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda." Today we know it
as 7Up.
While President Harry Truman is featured in multiple
stories, the book also gives space to another U.S. president
with Missouri ties, Ulysses S. Grant.
Missouri firsts abound in the book. Did
you know the first drive-thru restaurant
opened in Springfield? Or that eighttrack tapes, LEDs and Twitter were all
invented by Missourians? And that the
first Masters golf tournament was won
by a Missouri man?
Great sports teams get their moment in the spotlight in the book. One
story tells about the 1942 Subway Series played between the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Browns, while
the 1985 Royals vs. Cardinals I-70
Series is recalled in another. John
says that entry was the book's most
controversial, with the Cardinals
wanting the emphasis placed on a
certain missed call and the Royals wanting
the focus on their Game 7 blowout.

The book's sports moments include the Stanley Cup
hockey championship by the St. Louis Blues and the Kansas City Chief's Super Bowl victories in 1970 and 2020.
The author doesn't gloss over Missouri's tragedies in
favor of its triumphs. Included are riots in Kansas City, St.
Louis and Ferguson. Floods in 1951 and 1993 share space
with the Civil War burning of Carthage, the Gasconade
River bridge disaster and the Joplin tornado of 2011.
The book's timeline begins with Missouri's quest for
statehood and ends with the upcoming 2021 Missouri
Bicentennial. It leaves the reader feeling proud of the place
we call home, small towns, big rivers, urban centers, historic homes and towering skyscrapers.
"Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline" is the latest book of
its type from St. Louis-based Reedy Press, which specializes in making history readable. With short and easy-to-read
stories, its books have great appeal for a generation more
used to online reading. Yet they offer fascinating
glimpses into topics that will
have readers saying, "I never
knew" over and over again.
Other offerings from Reedy
Press include "The Missouri
Almanac 2018-2019," "Historic Missouri Roadsides" and
"Secret Route 66."
"Missouri: An Illustrated
Timeline" costs $39.95 plus shipping. To order, call Reedy Press
at 866-809-9420 or visit www.
reedypress.com.
John Brown's other books can
be found on his website at www.
missourilegends.com.
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