A Kwanzan Cherry Blossom tree was planted by the Marshfield Public School District outside of Hubble Elementary on Thursday, April 28 at 8:30 AM in remembrance of Principal Leasha DeCamp
Leasha DeCamp
This was the official start of the 2011 Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival.  
The tree will be a reminder of Principal DeCamp when it blossoms with pink blooms each spring.
The Cherry Blossom Festival was honored to receive a special message from
George H.W. & Barbara Bush accepting the star on the
Marshfield Missouri Walk of Fame on behalf of Dorothy Walker Bush

Be sure to click on anything that is
BLUE and underlined - it is a link to more information!!!
(must have Adobe pdf reader to access most of the extra information, you can download it here - Adobe PDF )

Last update 10/15/2011 7:00 PM
The Webster County Historical Society hosted a display
on the telephone in Webster County.  
The exhibit featured telephones beginning in the late 1800's.  
The display also featured a switch board from the Beach community.  

 The Webster County Historical Society is normally open
Monday through Saturday from 1 - 4 PM
Cherry Blossom Tree - Photo Credit - Bill Schroder
Photo Credit: Bill Schroder

Chris Truscott & Ken Hechler at the Hubble Awards Dinner
Ken Hechler & George Cleveland
Ken Hechler & George Cleveland at the Prayer Breakfast on Saturday Morning at the Wedding Chapel

Future Leaders of America Forum:
Catherine Roosevelt, Devon Nixon, Shannon Lanier,
Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, Rett Adams

Friday, April 29, 9:30 AM at CrossBridge Church

Emily Griffeth
Moderator: Emily Griffeth

Griffeth is the Marshfield Mail & South County Mail Editor & General Manager.  Previous experience includes serving as editor of the Cedar County Republican in Stockton, MO; associate editor of the Bolivar Herald-Free Press; and design editor of the Harrison, AR Daily Times and Newton County Times in Jasper, AR.  She is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Walk of Fame Ceremony

2011 Walk of Fame Honorees

Jerry Jones - Owner Dallas Cowboys
Greg Giese - played babies in Gone With the Wind
Donna Douglas - played Elly May Clampett
Hubert Wheeler - Missouri's 1st Education Commissioner
Dorothy Walker Bush - mother of George H.W. Bush
Claude V. Ricketts & Myron Ricketts - Naval Admirals

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Colonel Don Ballard took part in the ceremony.
Also, in attendance was Ambassador George Herbert Walker III, first cousin of President George H. W. Bush (Ambassador to Hungary from 2003-2006)
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Maggie Peterson Mancuso (Charlene Darling of the Andy Griffith Show)
Ella Dickey Literacy Award
Thursday, April 28
4:15 PM

Presented by the Webster County Literacy Council
Free Event

Strafford High School Choir will be singing
Location: CrossBridge Church

Honorees include:
Deborah Dozier Potter, author
Curtis Roosevelt
Annette Dunlap, author
Garst Family
Mary McDonough (Erin Walton from the Walton's television show)
George McGovern, historian, former US Representative, Senator & Democratic presidential nominee
Mary McDonough Mary McDonough played Erin Walton on The Waltons a popular television show.  She has written a book about what she learned while playing the role of Erin.  Click to read more about Mary and her book: Lessons from the Mountain, What I Learned From Erin Walton.
"Erin Walton" Mary McDonough

Literacy Council Honorees
Pictured: Curtis Roosevelt, Annette Dunlap, Garst family representative , Mary McDonough & George McGovern
Curtis Roosevelt, Arnold Schnobrich, Ken Hechler & George McGovern 

1 PM, Thursday, April 28

Location: CrossBridge Church

Special Speaker:  Annette Dunlap Author of 

Frank: The Story of Frances Folsom Cleveland, America's Youngest First Lady

Annette Dunlap

Annette Dunlap has been a North Carolina-based freelance writer for over 30 years.  She has written for a variety of publications, including op-eds for the Charlotte (NC) Observer and The Pilot, in Moore County, NC, human interest and health articles for the Asheboro , NC Courier-Tribune, inspirational magazines and business publications.  Annette began work on “Frank” in 1994, when she was teaching Advertising at St. Andrews College, in Laurinburg, NC.  In 2005, after a hiatus of 10 years, she picked up her research and completed the manuscript. 

 Annette is at work on her second book, scheduled to be published by SUNY Press in 2012.  She holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She and her husband of 30 years live on a farm and raise cattle.  They have four children and two grandchildren.

Alveda King
Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be part of the
Dred & Harriet Scott Reconciliation Forum and will be representing the King family for the Hubble Medal presentation.
Cherry Blossom Tea
English Tea at Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Everyone had a lovely time and the ladies at the Catholic church
did an excellent job hosting the tea in their beautiful new building.
Cherry Blossom Tea

Annual Presidential Family Forum
Presidential Descendents & relatives
Donnie Kendrick, Marie Clinton Bruno, John Truman, Tom Washington, Jarett Adams, Chris Truscott
Richard II & Austin Gatchell, Davis Webb, Bertram Hayes-Davis, Devon Nixon, George Cleveland,
Richard I & Emory Gatchell, Greg Roosevelt, Shannon, Madison, & Chandra Lanier, Catherine Roosevelt, Neita Campbell
Barbara Webb, Maggie Peterson Mancuso, Donna Douglas, Nicholas Inman, Ken Hechler

Held Saturday, April 30, 1:30 PM at Marshfield Assembly of God, 1538 W. Washington
One-Room Schoolhouse Teacher Reunion
Special Speaker: David L. Burton (click for bio)

Thursday, April 28   -   11:30 AM

Cross-Eyed Cricket
(click for menu)
1301 W. Jefferson, 417-468-1303

One-Room Schoolhouse Interesting link:
Driving tour of one room schoolhouses in Texas County, MO
Some of the special things Freda's is cooking up for the
Cherry Blossom Festival this year!!!

Freda's UpTown Cafe Menu

Review on 417 Magazine web-site
The Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival
is honored to have Lynne Jackson &
the Dred & Harriet Scott Reconciliation Forum

Hosted by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation
Location: CrossBridge Church
2:30 PM, Friday, April 29
(click here for Lynne's bio)
Bertram Hayes-Davis & Lynne Jackson
Bertram Hayes-Davis & Lynne Jackson
at the 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival
photo credit: George Cleveland

The Dred Scott Foundation

Read more about efforts to honor Dred & Harriet Scott by a high school in Mehlville:

History teachers raise funds to construct statue in downtown St. Louis

Dred & Harriet Scott
Proposed statue of Dred & Harriet Scott
Jerry Jones Star on the Walk of Fame
Jerry Jones
Jerry Jones & his mother, Arminta Jones

Owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, was presented his 2011 Star on the Walk of Fame at a ceremony held in November due to his unavailability during the Cherry Blossom Festival each year (NFL draft time).  Nicholas Inman and Fay King are shown in the picture to the left with Jerry holding his star and Jerry is seated above with his mother Arminta Jones.
Brig. General Homer Case Medal of Patriotism
will be presented at the
Hubble Dinner
Friday, April 29, 6:30 PM
Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Greg Giese
Greg Giese
Click here for an interview on YouTube with Mr. Giese
Clark Gable & Olivia de Haviland

Cast to portray both newborn babies in Gone With the Wind,
Giese was filmed at just 11 days old.  
He played Melanie's baby son Beau Wilkes and
also Scarlett's baby girl Bonnie Blue Butler.  

Read more about Giese by clicking here...

2011 Hubble Medal

awarded at the Annual Hubble Award Dinner

Dr. Christopher Sullivan - has a practice in Akron, OH and will be receiving the award for his work in preserving American history through his preservation of artifacts associated with Gone with the Wind.  His collection is now in the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum in Georgia.

Lynne Jackson (Dred Scott descendent)  -  lives in St. Louis.  She is the great granddaughter of Harriet & Dred Scott and the founder and president of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation.  She is being honored for her work in continuing the legacy of Dred & Harriet Scott.

Dr. Martin Luther King - The late Dr. King is receiving the Hubble Medal for his work in demonstrating initiative in the Civil Rights Movement.  Dr. King's life work was to see that all men were treated equal in the United States.  His niece, Alveda King of Atlanta, Georgia, will accept the award and will represent the King family.

2011 Cherry Blossom Medalists
Melba Hosmer
Dr. Tommy Macdonnell
Jack Watters
Commemoration of the
Sesquicentennial of the Civil War

Free Public Event

Location: United Methodist Church

Historical speakers, music & dedication of the Honey Locust Tree
(symbolic of the Witness Tree from Gettysburg)

Saturday, April 30, 10:30 AM
Scheduled speakers: Lynne Jackson (great-great granddaughter of Harriet & Dred Scott), Bertram Hayes-Davis (great-great grandson of Jefferson Davis) & Dr. Ken Hechler (long career as a public servant including serving with F.D.R. & Truman)

Click here for a program
Scheduled to attend:
Merrill Eisenhower Atwater (Great-Grandson of Eisenhower)
Curtis Roosevelt (Grandson of Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Tom Washington & family (Washington)

Richard Gatchell & family (Monroe)
Marie Clinton Bruno (Clinton)
Bertram Hayes-Davis & family (Jefferson Davis)
Davis Webb (Jefferson Davis)
Devon Nixon (Nixon)
Greg Roosevelt (Roosevelts)
John Truman (Truman)
Shannon Lanier & Family (Jefferson)
Rett Adams (Adams)
George Cleveland (Grandson of Grover Cleveland)
John, Neita & Jill Campbell (James K. Polk)
Mary Todd Lincoln family
Lynne Jackson (Dred & Harriet Scott)

Donna Douglas (Beverly Hillbillies)
Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Author Showcase & Book Signing
Hosted by the Quill and Ink Club

Historic Marshfield Square

(Check back as more authors will be added as they are confirmed)

Amanda J. Barke  author of A Distant Rumble & The Sleepy Little Sun

Lee Ann Russell photographer & author of How to Write Poetry

Brenda Brinkley author of Albert's Happy Thanksgiving

Susie Macomber author of Into Fear and Back

Jean Stringam author of The Hoarders

Shirley McCann author of A Collection of Mysteries

Ursula Gorman author of Old Acquaintances

Reta Spears-Stewart author of Troubles, Faith and Peace in the Valley: The Red Foley Story

Click here to see more of our author's pictures and read MORE about them & their work

Amanda BarkeSusie MacomberBrenda Brinkley

Curtis Roosevelt

Curtis Roosevelt

Author of Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of my Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor

In the past twenty years writing has become Roosevelt’s occupation (he says, working harder than he ever did in his professional life). He is now recognized by the archivists at the Roosevelt presidential library at Hyde Park as the “family historian”.  (click here for more biographical info.)

Observing the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War:
Celebrating Gone With The Wind's 75th Anniversary
Author Sally Tippett Rains will have a short talk about:
The Civil War Background of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind

There will also be a display of Gone With the Wind memorabilia which will include: First edition Gone With The Wind books, four souvenir Gone With the Wind dolls, Bradford Exchange glass collectors plates, Record Albums, Artwork and more
Cookies and punch served  

Friday, April 29
4 PM
Free Event - CrossBridge Church

English Tea

Hosted by Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Mary Achor

Special Speaker: Author, Mary Achor
"Sleuth: On the Trail of Scalawags
and Heroes"

515 East Washington Street

at 2:30 PM

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2011 State Dinner
Saturday, April 30
Blackberrry Creek Retreat Bed & Breakfast  
Tickets were SOLD OUT

(note: we have started a reservation list for 2012 State Dinner!  Email to get your name on the list)

Blackberry Creek Logo

Special Speaker this year is Merrill Eisenhower Atwater
See Atwater's bio by clicking here.
Cherry Pie Contest & Auction
was a SUCCESS!  Thank you to everyone who participated!

Hubert Wheeler, father of Georgeanne Nixon, was
Missouri's Education Commissioner from 1945 to 1971.
Wheeler grew up at Elkland and graduated from high school in Marshfield, MO

Mrs. Nixon & George Cleveland
MO First Lady Georganne Nixon with Geroge Cleveland by the Cherry Tree she planted at the 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival
Presidential Prayer Breakfast
Speaker:  Donna Douglas
(Elly May Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies)
Donna Douglas & Danny Cheek
Donna Douglas with Danny Cheek at the 2008 Cherry Blossom Festival Sunrise Service

8:45 AM
Whitestone Wedding Chapel
2669 Hwy CC, Marshfield, MO

sponsored by Elkland Independent Methodist Church

Deborah Dozier Potter
Deborah Dozier Potter
author of Let Buster Lead
Curtis Roosevelt & Ken Hechler
Curtis Roosevelt & Ken Hechler
Schedule of Events