Lifetimes of Memories: Voices of Barry County

Volume 4

Narrators Include: C. E. Atwell, Wilma (Decocq) Cantwell, R. G. Fisher, Eva (Oxendine) Holder, Opal (Long) Santee, and James Woods
C.E. Atwell shares stories of growing up in Monett during the depression. Born in Monett and a railroad family, relive his memories of the railroad. After a youth full of adventure he later went on to become a successful business man and developer. His interviews were held in the spring of 2007
C. E. Atwell  
Wilma Decoq Cantwell shares accounts of her life as one of then children growing up in rural Barry County. Mrs. Cantwell tells of her marriage to clida Cantwell, their life together raising their family on a large country farm, and of family grounded in their faith. Alghough "retired" to city life, Wilma is still active serving as a "grandma" at God's Little Kingdom. Mrs. Cantwell's interviews were held in the summer of 2006.
Wilma Cantwell  
  R. G. Fisher comes from a long line of Barry County residents. Mr. Fisher tells of growing up in Cassville and recalls several memorable individuals. R. G. and his wife, Louise, owned and operated the popular 'Fisher Courts' located on Highway 112. Mr. Fisher's interviews were conducted in October of 2005.
R. G. Fisher  
Mrs. Holder was born in Newtonia and moved to Butterfield as a young adult. Enjoy her stories of Butterfield at an earlier date. She married Odis Holder a prominent auctioneer. Eva shares pleasant memories of life on the farm and being an auctioneers wife. Her interviews were conducted in the spring of 2007.
Eva Holder  
Opal was born in McDonald county and moved to Barry county in 1940. Mrs. Santee relates stories of growing up on a farm and happy times with family. Opal has held several city and county positions and reminiscences about them. Her interviews took place in the fall of 2005.
Opal Santee  
Mr. Woods were conducted in the fall of 2005. James first came to Barry County with the Civilian Corp. He had a large part in the construction of Roaring River State Park. He later served in the Navy during WW II. After returning from the service he went on to work for the 'Farmer's Exchange' and 'MFA Insurance'. James has also been very active in American Legion, Lion's Club and the Senior Center. Enjoy James' recollections of historic times and places.
James Woods