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Bill Combs and his book "Oregon County Growing Up"  (Hill 'n Holler staff photo)

Bill Combs and his book “Oregon County Growing Up” (Hill ‘n Holler staff photo)

Thayer, Mo. —Author of the book Oregon County Growing Up was in Thayer today signing and selling his books.
Bill Combs was at the Thayer Fun and Friends Center at a book signing and on Saturday he will be in his home town of Alton, Mo., signing at Annie’s Flower Shop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Alton School Complex from 4 to 7 p.m. for homecoming.
Combs, who now lives in Trinidad, Tex., has been published by the Oregon County History Club. His books sell for $15 with proceeds going to the history club.
Oregon County Growing up is a collection of stories about what like to grow up with nine brothers and sisters back then in the ’40’s and ’50’s in the Ozarks. The names of some of his stories include: “Chewing Gum Stuck on Bedposts Overnight,” “Hawg Killing Time in the Fall,” “Saturday Nights Around the Radio,” “Ever Eat Weevils? The Pillsbury Touch” — and “Dad Told Me About Kissing Girls in Oregon County” — You can hear Bill tell that story on YouTube if you click HERE.
The Oregon County History Club is made up of about 25 members and meets on the second Friday of the month at the Country Cottage Restaurant in Thayer.
They are always looking for stories about Oregon County and you can send your stories to the Oregon County History Club, 305 S. Third St., Thayer, MO 65791, or E-mail jennygoog@gmail.com
The club has also published their Oregon County History Book, I which sells for $30. Author Mike Crawford is also working on a book about the Wilderness for publication. It will be an update on his book about Father Hogan and the Wilderness.
Are you a history buff? Well, join with the Oregon County History Club and help them research and help them find the stories of the past that are waiting to be told.
Caroll Lucas
Author Bill Combs signs a book for Thayer resident Beverly Martin. His book “Oregon County Growing Up” is chock full of stories about what it was like to grow up in Oregon County back in the ’40’s and ’50’s. (Hill ’n Holler staff photo)

Author Bill Combs signs a book for Thayer resident Beverly Martin. His book “Oregon County Growing Up” is chock full of stories about what it was like to grow up in Oregon County back in the ’40’s and ’50’s. (Hill ’n Holler staff photo)

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