From the February archives of the River Hills Traveler:

5 years ago

• If you pass 10-year-old Simon Yemm on the street in his hometown of Marquand, you see an average little boy, full of squirms, fun, and laughs. But meet Simon in an art setting and you will see a completely different side of him. (Becky Englehart)

10 years ago

• The Eleven Point River has long been known for its natural and scenic beauty and an excellent trout fishery. A plentiful food supply helps rainbows grow to hefty sizes in the cold, blue-green waters. Thirty-nine-year-old Shorty Ficken, of Alton, Mo., has spent most of his life on the Eleven Point and knows it very well. He spent 18 years of his early life at Thomasville, near the headwaters of the river. (Bill Cooper)

15 years ago

• There’s nothing like the warm glow of the fireplace in mid-winter to invite a feeling of peacefulness, away from the elements outside, and daydream of warmer days ahead fishing, hiking or floating down your favorite stream. (Kathleen Brotherton)

20 years ago

• Some years the warmest thing about a Missouri winter is cabin fever. Other years, it’s occasional short sleeves, mixed with intermittent ice storms, unseasonable thaws and other unpredictable happenings. But a few things are predictable: I will first have cabin fever before the first warm spell, if one comes at all. Fields and streams will be seldom visited by the hunter and fisherman. (Bill Cooper)

25 years ago

• Deer season came and went and I had no venison to perform my culinary expertise in preparation of stews, chops, steaks, etc. That is until providence and someone’s dented front fender laid a fat “fork horn” to rest along the side of the road one day soon after the season was over. Sailing past it at 55 miles per hour like everyone else, I couldn’t just let it lay there and rot, so I turned around and hoisted the poor thing onto my truck. (Don Rathert)

30 years ago

• I threw back three walleye in December. That is a milestone in my efforts to fish for this elusive Ozark fish. If you’ve been reading the Traveler for several years, you know that I undertook to learn to catch walleye a few years back, and gradually, I’m learning now. When I first started, I must admit, any walleye I caught were mine, all mine. I didn’t even share with the family except maybe a taste. The rest of the tribe had to make do with bass. (Bob Todd)

40 years ago

• A wide variety of improvements are being undertaken this winter at Lake Wappapallo, Mike McClendon, the resident engineer reports. The imports should be of interest to boaters, fishermen, hunters, campers, and others as the range of improvements is that extensive. (Bob Todd)