Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Let the Library display your WWI Veteran's Photos this Fall

In commemoration of 100 years since the beginning of Armistice Day and the end of World War I November 11, 1918, the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library with community partners plans a series of programs celebrating our veterans for their service to our country.

Organizations participating in some or all of these events include:
  • Poplar Bluff Municipal Library
  • Poplar Bluff Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Poplar Bluff History Museum
  • Veteran’s organizations
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Vietnam Veterans
  • American Legion
  • John J Pershing Veterans Administration Hospital
One of these events includes a photographic display of World War I veterans serving from the counties to which Poplar Bluff Municipal Library provides free library cards. These counties are Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Ripley, Stoddard, and Wayne.

The library is asking for submissions of photos for public display in the library October 1 through November 30, 2018.

Approximately 30-50 photos of these photographs will be placed on a standing display in the library on a first come first served basis. Photos received after meeting the maximum allowable space on the display unit will be placed in a notebook with photos in plastic sleeves and arranged alphabetically. This notebook will be placed in close proximity to the standing display for browsing and viewing.

With the name of the veteran, the library will attempt to find pertinent service related information for each veteran including service and draft records if available. Additionally, names of veterans and photos will be submitted to the website for searching and public viewing and as a resource for genealogy research.

The Library will accept all photos meeting the criteria described below.

Criteria for Submission:
  1. Submission form and photo must be received no later than August 31, 2018.
  2. Mail to or bring by the library:

  3. Sue Crites Szostak OR Shon Griffin
    Poplar Bluff Municipal Library
    318 North Main Street
    Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901

  4. All photos must be a 5x7 copy of the original photo on photo quality paper.
  5. No photocopies will be accepted
  6. No originals. These photos become the property of Poplar Bluff Municipal Library and will become a part of the library’s photo archives.
  7. The veteran must be from Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Ripley, Stoddard, or Wayne County, the counties Poplar Bluff Municipal Library serves with free library cards.
  8. The owner consents that the veteran’s information be submitted to the website.
  9. All photos submitted must include the name of the veteran, the name of the submitter and address and good telephone number written legibly but lightly in pencil on the back of the photo.
The submitter understands there may not be enough room to include all photos on the standing display. However, all photos will be available in the library either on the display stand or in the notebook(s). Photos are accepted on a first come/first served basis for the purposes of display. All overflow photos will be put into a notebook alphabetically by last name and placed near the standing display.


Email: OR
Call: 573-300-4590 OR 573-203-4678

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wheatley Yearbooks - 1954 & 1956 - Now Available

The library is happy to present to you yearbooks from Wheatley School for 1954 and 1956.  These are viewable AND searchable in PDF files, and even better, files can be saved to your computer!

These were digitized after a generous citizen graciously allowed the library to borrow these rare books.  Now we are sharing our good fortune with you, the public.

To see the yearbooks, along with Poplar Bluff and Neelyville yearbooks, follow this link and enjoy!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Poplar Bluff High School and Neelyville Yearbooks Now Available Online!!

The library is happy to present to you Poplar Bluff High School yearbooks ranging 1950-1989 and Neelyville yearbooks covering 1954-1989.  These are viewable AND searchable in PDF files, and even better, files can be saved to your computer!

A big THANK YOU goes out to the Poplar Bluff History Museum to help us fill in missing years of PBHS not owned by the library. Another big THANK YOU to the Neelyville School District for allowing us to borrow the many years we don't own.

We are in the process of getting two years of Wheatley School yearbooks digitized and will post them once the process is complete.  We hope to continue expanding this online collection with additional schools in the future.

To see the yearbooks, follow this link and enjoy!

Friday, March 23, 2018

1967 MO Death Certificates Now Available

It's a new year and Spring has arrived.  Genealogists will soon be out in force scouring overgrown cemeteries, dusting off old courthouse records, and crisscrossing the country for family reunions.

Another rite of Spring in Missouri for genealogists the last several years is the annual release of 50-year-old death certificates.  Naturally, this year is the release of 1967.  Click here to visit the State Archives database.

A bonus awaits those who haven't visited the database recently.  Additional indexing work has been accomplished on the years 1959-1967 making spouse, father, and mother searchable fields!  The wonderful development of these additional access data points will be beneficial to anyone unsure of name spelling (or spelling errors to start with!) or individuals entered with initials.

Happy searching!!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Wheatley School Yearbooks Wanted

Do you, or someone you know, have any copies of Wheatley School yearbooks? 

The library is looking to digitally preserve any copies of these irreplaceable pieces of history for future generations.

Currently, we have two copies on loan to the library, one each of the years 1954 and 1956, for this purpose.

If you would like to assist the library or have any questions, please email Shon Griffin ( or Sue Crites Szostak ( or call 573-686-8639.

The deadline for this temporary loan to the library is February 28, 2018.  We guarantee the physical safety and integrity of your items will not be compromised.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Missouri State Veterinarian Ledger, 1889-1893

Example page from the Missouri State
Veterinarian Ledger, 1889-1893.
The Missouri State Veterinarian Ledger, 1889-1893 contains information on the early practice of veterinary medicine. Occupational details and travel expenses for doctors Paquin, Turner and their associates comprise the ledger. The volume also contains log entries detailing owner, location of visits, animals, nature of diseases, characteristic symptoms, and treatments; quarantine regulations pertaining to the Texas cattle fever outbreaks of 1890, 1892, and 1893; and financial reports submitted by deputy state veterinarians and livestock inspectors.

Learn more about these interesting tidbits of history by visiting the Missouri Digital Heritage website.  The database can be browsed page by page or searched by keyword. 

Contained in the ledger include the following counties:

Audrain County (Mo.)
Buchanan County (Mo.)
Grundy County (Mo.)
Jackson County (Mo.)
Marion County (Mo.)
Oregon County (Mo.)
Pettis County (Mo.)
Saint Louis (Mo.)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Butler County Archives Has Moved!

Yep, this is the right place!
The Butler County Archive has a new home!  Over the winter, the Archive moved from the basement of the old State Bank building across the street into the basement of the courthouse at 100 N. Main St.  The move isn't complete yet.  Approximately 60% of their holdings have made it across the street as of this post.

An example of how the Archive
appear when visiting.
As you can see in the photo to the left, their hours are still 9-3 Tuesdays.  Thankfully, they have heat in the winter and a/c in the summer unlike their previous location where the conditions were reversed!

When preparing for a visit to an archive or library it's always important to be informed of what's available.  The MO State Archives provides a list of which records exist on microfilm and therefore should be available locally.  Use this link to browse what's available:  State Archives - Butler County

Happy researching!