Family gifts written legacy to schoolhouse preservation

    Chris Meadows portraying Old Matt at the Shepherd of the Hills play - Photo credit to Randy Pace at Branson Tri-Lakes News

    The family of an influential member in Branson’s history is sharing his own words to help preserve a piece of Ozarks history.

    Author Randy Pace, a descendant of the Meadows family of Taney County, with the help of his cousins have put together a book of stories written by his grandfather, Christopher (Chris) Columbus Meadows. The book sales will benefit the Meadows School house preservation and restoration. The book entitled, “Ozark Life as told by Chris Meadows,” brings the history of the area to life through the eyes of someone who himself is a piece of the fabric of the Ozarks.

    Chris was born October 12, 1908, in a small township north of Branson in Taney County called Bluff, Missouri. His parents were Ruben and Flora Johnson-Meadows. The Meadows family came to Missouri from Kentucky and Tennessee, settling on Bull Creek and establishing the township of Bluff, where Chris stayed until he was 4 years old, according to Pace. Chris attended schools at Pleasant Hill near Forsyth and in Branson at the old Branson School in 1917, where he completed grade school. He then moved to Oak Grove for one year, and finally to Hollister in 1921. Chris married Leta Faye Bowman on Sept. 11, 1933, and they raised two children, Harold “Hal” Meadows and Elizabeth “Bette” Meadows. Leta passed away in 1970 and Chris never remarried.

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