The folks in Lawrence County just got the news that the bond issue had passed and they would be building a new courthouse. They were so elated that they built a temporary bandstand in the park so the local band could play “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight.”

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.