Author Archives: Glenn Čada

Sympathy for the (Red) Devil

Proud Clarkson High School alumnus Robert Prazak had an important historical question: After completely enjoying our 60th class reunion (class of ‘57) I was back here in Bella Vista reading all the letters my classmates had written telling about their … Continue reading

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Party Like It’s 1957!

I didn’t make it to Czech Days this year – circumstances compelled me to make my annual visit to The Village in August instead of the last full weekend of June.  But I heard that it was a good time … Continue reading

Posted in 1950s, Celebrations, The 21st Century | 3 Comments

Merry Christmas from Your Clarkson Merchants

As the days get shorter, and the chill winter winds begin to blow, we bring our recreation indoors – dancing, bowling, card playing, soup suppers, television, and movies.  And we begin our preparations for Christmas. The Christmas Season was a … Continue reading

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With the flu season approaching, I thought it would be worth telling the story of an unusually virulent disease that marched into our town nearly 100 years ago – the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919. (An epidemic is the widespread … Continue reading

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Not Too Big to Fail

The Rise and Fall of the Clarkson State Bank This week’s story concerns a major institution in the Village of Clarkson that flourished and died long before most of us were born – the Clarkson State Bank, one of the … Continue reading

Posted in 1890s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s | 20 Comments

The Sunshine Players of 1954

Recently, Avis Heithoff e-mailed around an interesting photo of a large group of actors on Clarkson’s Opera House stage.  It shows the assembled cast of a play (or apparently, a series of unrelated skits) performed on November 12, 1954 under the … Continue reading

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Beer Joints, Breweries, and a Recipe

Back to our Village’s beer history, but first a few definitions.  One of my smartest readers noted that I was throwing around the terms saloon, tavern, and bar loosely, and she wondered whether there were differences among them?  After doing … Continue reading

Posted in 1890s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Businesses | 16 Comments