The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Top Stories

June 28, 2013

Missouri Fur Company schedules yard sale complete with period reproductions

WACO, Mo. — There will be a yard sale in Waco on Saturday, but it won’t be your father’s yard sale.

It won’t even be your grandfather’s yard sale.

In fact, you’re going to have to go back a few generations to find a yard sale like it. Call it your great-great-great grandfather’s yard sale.

The Missouri Fur Company, a non-profit living history group with about two dozen members, is holding a yard sale and project day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 160 Main St.

Among items for sale will be reproductions of tools and weapons that fur trappers and mountain men used trapping beaver along the Upper Missouri River or blazing a route for future Oregon-bound pioneers.

Russ Mitchell, president of the group, said there will be some authentic reproduction black powder rifles for sale, and more items that would have been familiar to people living in the Rocky Mountains in the 1830s and 1840s.

“I’ve got probably 30 hand-made knives. I’ve got two or three tomahawks. If the price is right they’re all for sale.

“It’s hard telling what you will find here Saturday morning,” said Mitchell, who will be easy to identify.

“I’ll have my buckskins on,” he said.

“It won’t be your usual glassware yard sale,” added Pat Payne, a Bentonville, Ark., native who is the secretary-treasurer of the group.

The yard sale is a fund raiser for the Missouri Fur Company, which has camps open to the public a couple of times a year, recreating the historic Green River rendezvous, when Mountain men who had been trapping Beaver in the Rocky Mountains would week for weeks to trade their pelts, buy supplies and frolic with their counterparts in Wyoming.

“We dress period correct,” said Payne. “We cook and have cooking utensils period correct.”

Mitchell said there will be a lot of cast iron cookware for sale, too, as well as modern and other miscellaneous items.

 

1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • r071114redoak2.jpg Red Oak II: Lowell Davis’ ‘dream, art, love’ and final resting place

    The collection of buildings would become a town (though he didn’t intend for it to, and it has never been officially recognized either by the U.S. Postal Service or the state of Missouri).

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Anti-landfill group seeks grand jury probe

    As more than 200 people filed into Riverton High School on Sunday to attend an anti-landfill group meeting, many stopped to sign a petition asking the Cherokee County District Court to summon a grand jury to investigate how land was acquired by the city of Galena for a proposed landfill.

    July 27, 2014

  • Money clouds farm fight

    For much of the summer, while the campaign surrounding “right to farm” has been focused on its impact on “small, family farmers,” the bulk of the money pouring into the fight has come from big agriculture interests.

    July 26, 2014

  • r072514schoolhouse3.jpg VIDEO: Full of history, one-room schools focus of preservation by local groups

    The old Kings Prairie school sits on a narrow Barry County farm road, surrounded by quiet fields and farmland.

    July 25, 2014 6 Photos 1 Slideshow

  • 072814_jd anderson.jpg VIDEO: Noel strongman advances on talent show

    The past week has been busier than normal for Noel resident J.D. Anderson. Members of the production crew for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” told him they have shot more footage of him than of other contestants for the next episode. “They said I have the busiest schedule of anyone this week,” Anderson told the Globe in a phone interview Friday. “There’s so many fun things you can do with B-roll as a strongman.”

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • r072314girlgunclub3.jpg Women's league offers practice, social opportunities for gun owners

    The objective for some is to improve their skills for target or competitive shooting, the league's website says. Others, while wanting to improve their skills, also are interested in aspects of self-defense.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • r072414trainwreck2.jpg Train crash a century ago among area’s worst disasters

    Burk Johnson had been threshing wheat near Joplin when his newlywed son and daughter-in-law picked him up and took him to Joplin’s Union Depot to catch the evening train home to Neosho.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • 072614 Faith 2.jpg Rich Brown: McDonald County Children's choir combines music with a gospel ministry

    The McDonald County Children's Choir may entertain a lot of people, but the hope is that it will bless even more through its ministry, according to choir director Amber Nelson.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Appellate court upholds class-action status for Picher residents

    An appellate court upheld a 2013 ruling on Thursday that a class-action lawsuit brought by former residents of Picher, Oklahoma, against a Tulsa-based appraisal firm involved with the buyout of property in the city can proceed.

    July 25, 2014

  • 1717 Marketplace developer faces more federal charges

    The developer of 1717 Marketplace in Joplin has been indicted with more bankruptcy fraud charges, in addition to those leveled against him last year for a series of bank fraud and wire fraud schemes that totaled more than $3.3 million in losses.

    July 25, 2014