Author Archives: Glenn Čada

Let Us Now Praise Famous Clarksonians – Milo Blecha

Let us now praise famous men, our ancestors of generations past. – Sirach 44:1 I recently spent a few days in a small French village that, like ours, has probably never had more than 1,000 citizens.  Over the centuries the … Continue reading

Posted in 1940s, 1950s | 8 Comments

Are We the Widest?

After seeing the photo of Clarkson’s main street (Pine Street) in a recent post, Olenka Stepanek Folda commented on how WIDE the street is, both now and in her childhood memories. My initial response to her was that I recall … Continue reading

Posted in The 21st Century | 8 Comments

Tea Service in the Saloon

I made a trip to the Village in August and had the opportunity to look around town and country for a couple of days.  Things looked pretty much undisturbed – the festivities of their annual Czech Days celebration had blown … Continue reading

Posted in Businesses | 10 Comments

Sympathy for the (Red) Devil

Proud Clarkson High School alumnus Robert Prazak had an important historical question about our school: 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 … Continue reading

Posted in 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, The 21st Century | 18 Comments

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

Posted in 1930s | 5 Comments


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

Posted in 1910s | 2 Comments