People’s Tribune Preparing for the Champ Clark Heritage Festival

James Beauchamp 'Champ' Clark Statue in Bowling Green Missouri

James Beauchamp ‘Champ’ Clark Statue in Bowling Green Missouri

There’s an informative article by The Peoples Tribune’s April M. Fronick ( about the upcoming Champ Clark Heritage Festival (Sept. 8th) celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 1912 U.S. Presidential race that almost had Bowling Green Missouri’s own James Beauchamp ‘Champ’ Clark as the Democratic nominee.

Edged out of the Democratic Convention by eventual President Woodrow Wilson, Champ Clark remained Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919.

Check out April’s article for more information, including the premier of a new two-act play “Almost President” by local play write Brent Engel:

Author Notes Little Has Changed In Politics 100 Years Since Election Of 1912

This fall marks 100 years since the Democratic Convention of 1912 where Bowling Green’s own Champ Clark fell just short of the presidential nomination and, likely, the White House. Most people know that Champ served as Speaker of the House and that he came close to the presidential bid. At this year’s Heritage Festival on Sept. 8, folks will get a better glimpse of history in the two-act play, “Almost President,” written by local author Brent Engel. Read the full article at http://

Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce December Newsletter

Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce December Newsletter Cover

Newsletter Cover

Available as a PDF download now. I’ll be pulling some articles out as separate blog posts soon.

Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce December Newsletter

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History of the Community Chamber…

of Commerce of course… Realizing the importance of having civic organizations which would have the welfare and advancement of Clarksville as its main purpose, a group of local businessmen organized a Merchant Association as a medium for promoting and advertising Clarksville as a desirable trading center in March, 1934.

One of the Merchant Association’s first projects was to give out a coupon for each dollar a customer spent, and on Saturday afternoons, hold a drawing at the corner of Front and Howard for various small prizes, but one prize cow! This came to be known as Cow Day and drew large crowds to town.

In 1935 the Merchants Association helped the government determine the location of the Mississippi River Lock and Dam #24. And by 1938, the Merchants Association had officially become the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.

Over the years, the Chamber has been instrumental in bringing business to Clarksville.

  • Mississippi River Lock and Dam #24
  • Paving Highway 79, and other city streets
  • Building a municipal light plant
  • Organizing a Fire Department

Today’s Community Chamber of Commerce is open to both business and individuals. Anyone and everyone with interest in our community is welcome to join the Chamber. Stop by a monthly meeting and help discuss what you think needs to be going on in the community. They’re held at the Clarksville Visitor Center. Check back here for specific dates.