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Day: January 1, 2019

Legend of Johnnie Keyhole

As a child, I grew up listening to my Grandparents tell me the story of Johnnie Keyhole.  Remember a legend is just a story that is passed down from one generation to the next so this story became the Legend of Johnnie Keyhole. Johnnie Keyhole and his wife lived out from Sledge in the late… Read More ›

Michael Deering

Helena, Arkansas About three years before the Civil War there was a famine so desperate that thousands of the Irish people came to the United States to earn a livelihood.  Among these people was a young man from the north of Ireland named Michael Deering.  He had been educated by the Catholic Church as a… Read More ›

Kelly’s in Helena

If you want a great sandwich or breakfast, stop by Kelly’s restaurant in Helena. Better than fast food places, sandwiches are prepared when you order them. Although not a fancy place, Kelly’s is a welcoming and comfortable one. I had a cheeseburger and fries. Kelly’s is open early for breakfast and serves a variety of… Read More ›

Battle of Brown’s Gin

47th Indiana Volunteers On August 11, 1862 a brief, but deadly battle took place on the the line between Tunica and Coahoma counties in Northwest Mississippi.  Company A of the 47th Indiana Volunteers consisting of forty five men and thirteen cavalry were attacked by an unknown number of Confederates at Brown’s gin. The Union soldiers… Read More ›

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