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Ozarks Mountaineer Ceases Publication

By: Sally Kaucher
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012

After more than 60 years, the Ozarks Mountaineer magazine has published its final issue.  Editor Fred Pfister says the magazine started in the early 1950s when many subscribers sought to keep in touch with the Ozarks after leaving the area to find jobs.  Now, he says, the trend has reversed, and over the past decade, the magazine has influenced decisions to move back to the Ozarks…

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Pfister says the content of the Ozarks Mountaineer was largely generated by readers and subscribers, and over the years, he has built close relationships with readers and contributors, despite never meeting many of them face to face.  Pfister says he still has a lot to say about the Ozarks, and plans to compile information for a book. 


K.O. Higgs - 12/27/2012 8:04:34 AM
How sad.... seems all of the really good things are passing away.
Muleshoe Danger Mulnac Ozark Mountain Muleskinner - 12/28/2012 7:30:07 AM
Clay Anderson's Ozark Mountaineer is a legendary magazine with stories that will be remembered for generations to come here in these beautiful,quaint old Ozark Mountains. I wish that it would hang around for another 60 years.Hey Fred, you have done a magnificent job of carrying on the legend of the world famous Ozark Mountaineer to the year of 2013. GOD bless you,good luck and thanks for a job well done. You will be greatly missed by those who love your writing. We remember when the Ozark Mountaineer was located in the old round roof building next to the Kirbyville Post Office. Then Clay Anderson moved it to a nice,new building near the Powersite Silver Creek Road Junction. The building was owned, for a time by the Jehovah Witness People.Losing the Ozark Mountaineer is almost like losing a member of one's own family. I agree with K O Higgs,How sad.... seems all of the really good things are passing away.Thank You Editor Fred Pfister.May the skin off of an old dark gooseberry make an umbrella big enough to cover all your troubles. VAYA CON DIOS- go with GOD and He will go with you.
Sorry - 12/30/2012 6:21:24 AM
I'm sorry to see the magazine gone. It certainly served the Ozarks well. One can't help but wonder where the "quality" of entertainment is heading. The articles in the Mountaineer were always clean and informative, there was never an article that you had to think twice about sharing it with someone else. You can look at the "quality" of entertainment programs on TV stations and see where the future of the business seems to be heading. Thanks for good programs like Downton Abbey. One moment on PBS is worth more than a month of the other stations. Sex and violence seems to be the order of the day. Thanks to people like Clay, Barbara and Fred for always doing what was right for the Ozarks. Dave Rust
dave - 01/03/2013 7:07:26 PM
so sorry to hear the magazine is going away. ive grown up my whole life reading it and im really bummed. Hopefully maybe in the future it can return i hope