Just for fun, an online gallery...

Here are some things we thought you might like to look at, but which we couldn't categorize (and besides which, we found that large graphics files make the splash page reeeeally sloooow to looooad....). The page includes items of popular and mass-culture as well as folklore and fakelore.

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A fine interior study of a Missouri barn, used by permission of the artist, in exchange for a link to his site:
CLC Photography

copyright (c)2001 Christopher L. Cook, CLC Photography

Some of Our Traditional Arts:

A traditional quilt pattern, the "Missouri Daisy";

Another, called "Old Missouri."

This block is the "Missouri Star"

Printed Missouriana
(the editor has deleted some material likely to be objectionable to large segments of a modern audience) :

Includes accounts of  MFS' founding president, "Mary Alicia Owen: Voodoo Expert and Woman Folklorist" and her sister, "Luella Owen: Dainty Aristocratic Spelunker"


I'm From Missouri (They Had to Show Me),
Hugh McHugh, published by G.W. Dillingham Company, New York, 1904, illustrations by Gordon H. Grant.

The book contains 107 pages, plus a number of excerpts from other books - approximately another 20 pages of ads and so forth on the back.

The Show Me Missouri Song and Joke Book; no date, first decade of 20th c. Seems to be vaudevillian's cheat-sheet, contains early version of "The Hound Dog Song," along with much racist material, and very little besides place-names that's specifically connected with Missouri.

Ever time I go t' town
Th boys 'er kickin' my dog around
Makes no difference if he is a hound
They got t' quit kickin' my dog around

My ole Jim dog, th ole cuss
Just come along and follered us
An' as we drove by ole Johnson's store
A bunch of boys came out th door

Ole Jim, he run behind th box
They pound on him, with a bunch of rocks
"Hey there, that's my dog"
Makes no difference if he is a hound
You gotta quit kickin' my dog around

They tied a tin can to his tail
An' run him around th country jail
That just made us awful sore
Lem he he cussed an' ole Bill swore

Me an' Lem an' old Bill Brown
We lost no time gettin' down
Here comes a man, stompin' the ground
I told him to take Jim down

When ole Jim saw him there
He jumped on him like a bear
He sure did mess up things around
There was rags an' meat an' hair

Makes no difference if he is a hound
You gotta quit kickin' my dog around

From one of MFS' own --

DUKE PAUL OF WUERTTEMBERG ON THE MISSOURI FRONTIER, 1823, 1830 and 1851, Hans von Sachsen-Altenburg. Robert L. Dyer, 1998, Petkitanoui Publications, Booneville, Missouri, first edition, softbound, 264 pages. Selling for $35 on ebay as of 1-26-01!

LIFE IN THE LEATHERWOODS - An Ozark Boyhood Remembered by John Quincy Wolf, illustrations by Wendell E. Hall, published by August House, Little Rock, copyright 1988, softcover, 174 pages. Contents include: Life in the Leatherwoods, On the Banks of the White River, The Abundant Life in a Log Cabin, Fashions for Boys in the Leatherwoods, Dreams and Characters, Wild Life and Weather Lore, Medical Science in the Leatherwoods, Social Life, Big Doings in the Leatherwoods, Steamboating on the Upper White in 1886, An Appraisal. From the back cover "Spelling bees, fist fights on horseback, quail hunts by torchlight, the cunning ways of guinea hens, stealing cream from the springhouse - anecdotes such as these fill this memoir of growing up in the Ozark foothills in the two decades following the Civil War. The author also recounts his early manhood as a steamboat clerk on the upper White River at the end of the century."

Something to sing about!

 A barbershop classic of 1903

Sheet Music from the era of "race" tunes (also known by more objectionable terms).  10” x 14”, words and music by Percy Wenrich. Inside there is a sample two step African rag "Ashy Africa," dedicated “to my friend Mame Brush.” The less offensive words to Just Because I'm From Missouri...

"Talk about Jonas and your hoodoo men, or those who quarrel for love,
I'm worse off than any crazy old hasbeen down below or above.......
Just because I'm from Missouri, everything goes wrong. ....".

"MY MISSOURI HOME" Augmented edition.-Guitar, Banjo and Saxophone. Lyrics and music by LITTLE JACK LITTLE. Published by Donaldson, Douglas & Gumble, Inc. N.Y.City. Copyright 1930.

from 1948

1945 The Missouri Fox Hunters Deluxe Song Folio No. 2 Song Book. Picture on cover and other pictures on the inside of Marty Lickider, Buell Lickider, Andy Hill, Eddie Allen, Larry Lee Lickider and Pvt. Laddie (Happy). Songs: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again, Born To Lose, Down By Missouri River Live and Let Live, There’s A New Moon Over My Shoulder, Rosalita and more

On April 13, 2008, we heard from June Fugman, of Ohio:

Noticed you have pictured "The Missouri Fox Hunters" song folio from 1945, which we have a copy of here at our home in Chagrin Falls, OH.  My Mom and Dad were very good friends with Otis Sumpter, fiddle player with the Missouri Fox Hunters.  [...] My family went to the final show of The Missouri Fox Hunters band at Albion, PA. county fair back in the late 1970's, when all the band members got together for a final reunion performance.  The fans really packed the fairgrounds to see the band play once more.  They did a lot of radio shows and were quite popular in their day!
We were fortunate to have Otis Sumpter come and play at our house for many, many years, as he was a very good friend of my Dad's.  My Mom and Dad also played music and had many late night jam sessions with Otis Sumpter at our house.  A lot of fond memories and good fiddle and guitar music!
Thanks for showing their songbook!  Wondering also, if you have had any other remarks or inquiries about The Missouri Fox Hunters. 


(Here are the lyrics to this swing tune, or you can go to the Lennon Brothers' website and hear it on RealAudio):

She's from Missouri
You'd know it right away...
She's from Missouri
Be careful what you say;
Don't try to fool her
What a fool you'd be --
When she has those eyes that say
"You gotta show me!"
We'll soon be sweethearts
Her glances tell me so
Yet when I ask her
She sighs and tells me "no."

I don't believe her
I'll tell you why
She's from Missouri
And so am I.

We'll soon be sweethearts
Her glances tell me so
Yet when I ask her
She sighs and tells me "no."
But I don't believe her
I'll tell you why
She's from Missouri
And so am I.


My Old Missouri Ma…Paul Lamkoff… 1948


"'Neath The Hills Of Old Missouri" 1902 W&M L.D.Higbee. "Dedicated To The People Of Missouri And Territory Of The Louisana Purchase"


from 1913; words and music by Carroll and MacDonald


"She Was From Missouri," (1904) words & music by Theron Bennett

        "from an original melody procured by John Valentine Eppel;
        revised Edition Arranged for piano by Frederic Knight Logan"
          (c. 1914).

Hush-a-bye, ma baby, slumber-time is coming soon
Rest yo’ head upon ma breast while Mammy hums a tune
The sandman is callin’ where shadows are fallin’,
While the soft breezes sigh as in days long gone by.
’Way down in Missouri where I heard this melody,
When I was a Pick-a-ninny on ma Mammy’s knee
The darkies were hummin,’ Their banjos were strummin’
So sweet and low Strum, strum, strum, strum, strum,
Seems I hear those banjos playin’ once again,
Hum, hum, hum, hum, hum, That same old plaintive strain.
Hear that mournful melody, It just haunts you the whole day long,
And you wander in dreams back to Dixie, it seems,
When you hear that old time song.
Hush-a-bye, ma baby, go to sleep on Mammy’s knee,
Journey back to Dixieland in dreams again with me;
It seems like yo’ Mammy was there once again,
And the darkies were strummin’ that same old refrain.
’Way down in Missouri where I learned this lullaby,
When the stars were blinkin’ and the moon was climbin’ high,
And I hear Mammy Cloe, as in days long ago Singin’ hush-a-bye.

Click here to find out what President Truman really thought about the tune, along with notes on the controversy surrounding its adoption as state song in 1949.

But apparently it had international appeal (note the palm-trees;
the Germans seem to think the place is a little warmer than in fact it is)

From Forster Music Publisher, Inc., in Chicago, copyright transferred in MCMXV

Walkin' To Missouri
Sammy Kaye
Peaked at # 11 in 1952
Words and music by Bob Merrill, 1952

Poor little robin walkin', walkin', WALKIN' TO MISSOURI;
He can't afford to fly.
Got a penny for a Poor little robin, walkin' walkin' WALKIN' TO MISSOURI
Got a teardrop in his eye.

The above is the chorus for the three verses which follow:

1.  I hope my story don't make you cry,
But this birdie flew too high;
He flew from his old Missouri home.
He fell right into the city ways, like dancin' in cabarets,
From party to party he would roam.


2.  He met a birdie who looked so nice,
A real bird of paradise,
Good lookin' but fickle in the heart.
She gave him kisses and gave him sighs,
But oh, how she told him lies,
'Cause she loved another from the start.


3.  His dreams are battered, his feathers bent,
Now he hasn't got a cent;
He feels like his heart is gonna break.
So if he ever walks up to you,
Please throw him a crumb or two,
'Cause you could have made the same mistake.

Sheila Nunn writes:
... I had to write to say THANK YOU so much!  I've been looking for that song for years and years.  I was born in 1955, and my mother used to sing it when I was little.  A line from the chorus got stuck in my head (you know how that happens?) and I couldn't find anyone who'd ever heard of it.  What a gift!

I first heard "Walkin' To Missouri" when I was a very small child in Grand Junction, Colorado (probably around 1957; maybe as early as 1955.)  My mother used to sing it, along with "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, as naptime and bedtime songs for my brother and me.  She was just a little bit unconventional when it came to lullabies.  Where my mother got it, I can't say (she's been dead for 11 years, so I can't very well ask her.)  She was born in 1919 and raised in Paris, TX, by a family that had been moving across the South since before the American Revolution. She had a wonderful voice, and she knew a lot of music from the 30s, 40s and 50s.  I know she sang with a nightclub band in Texas during World War II.  By the time I got around to asking her about this particular song, she couldn't remember anything but the chorus, and couldn't remember where she heard it.  She could have heard it in Texas, I suppose, but (given the date the song hit the radio) it seems more likely that she heard a recording of it in Colorado, since my father owned a record shop there from 1955-1963.  I know from your website that one version was a hit in 1952.  The words she sang were ever so slightly different from the ones written on your website.  For example, she sang "walk, walk, walk, walk, walkin'" instead of "walkin', walkin', walkin'" and she added "'cause" before "he can't afford to fly."  I don't know if she took that from the version she heard, or changed it on her own...You have helped to preserve a particularly important memory for me.

PS  By the way, I located three recordings of this song on CD at djangos.com -- one by Sammy Kaye (Sammy Kaye :  Sammy Kaye Collection, 2001,) one by Tony Brent (1952: A Time To Remember, 20 Original Chart Hits, 1998,) and one by Norman Petty (Original Norman Petty Trio & Ensemble, Vol. 2, 1996.)  I ordered the Norman Petty album, and I'll let you know if the lyrics are different.  They could be -- it's a rockabilly version.

Edith Folta of Simsbury, CT writes:
My parents had this on 78 when I was a kid in the Chicago area (I was born in 1954) and I taped it when they gave away all their old 78's -- now it is a favorite of MY kids!  but they change the lyrics to "he CAN afford to fly (but he doesn't want to)" -- they can't stand to think of  a birdie being that poor!

A nice thing to find the sheet music!

: Missouri You Look Good To Me *DATE: 1930 *COMPOSER: Thomas H. West *PUBLISHER: Thomas H. West, Kansas City, Mo

Missouri Song (1911) COMPOSER: C. Jay Smith PUBLISHER: C. Jay Smith, Kirksville, Mo


Missouri Idylls:
One specimen of Missouri womanhood...


...and a different vision:
This passed for risqué in 1911 (Hart Publishing Co London)

1950s, I'd guess;

Below, an example of WWII "nose-art":


Missouri in the Movies:

Did you see the 1940 Republic film?


...From the uncivil war:


A relic of "the great experiment"

A relic of the semipro hockey team of the 50s:

I was unaware that trophies were manufactured for coonhunting, but here's a Missouri specimen:

Our Contribution to the Culinary Arts:



From the blurb:
"Learn how to hard-boil and peel an egg; learn how to make 40+ pickled egg recipes; learn how to create special effects in egg pickling; learn how to serve the pickled egg. Pickle your eggs and feather your nest with fund raising and gift giving ideas. Go to class with Egg Education 101 and laugh out loud at Ultra-Violet's real life escapades.

You haven't seen a cookbook like this one. Ultra-Violet (a truly liberated woman from Missouri who's been compared to Calamity Jane or Annie Oakley) tells her stories between the hot & spicy, sweet, and pickled eggs with beets recipes. Interspersed throughout the recipe book are little tid-bits of infomration and interesting facts about the State of Missouri. These State facts include information about Jesse James, the Younger Gang, and the Madrid Earthquakes."

Some travel decals -- in case you wanted to tell the world you've been here...but the proportions in the map immediately following suggest the designer hadn't:

Pretty generic -- these people could be looking at the Mississippi or Missouri...or the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or a trainwreck.

How we presented ourselves in 1945:

Which may have been an improvement over 1934:


Missouri as a Marketing Concept:


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