Complete History of Butler County
of Stoddard County
Records of Stoddard County
Robert Forister's interest in local history goes back to his childhood years when he accompanied his father on hunting trips in ancestral Wayne County and listened to tales of bygone days around the campfire.He attended one-room elementary country schools in Wayne and Butler Counties, Missouri. On his walk to school in Butler, County, he passed by his father's birthplace as well as the homestead of his Civil War veteran great grandfather. Records, which are reflected in his new book, The Complete History of Butler County, Missouri, show that this same great grandfather attended an 1847 subscription school near there.
Robert's subsequent education culminated in a masters degree from the University of Missouri. Now a retired elementary school principal, he lives in Stoddard County with his wife, Joan.
Robert has always had a wide range of hobbies and interests which include historical research and creative writing. From 1971 through the early 1980's his feature column, Smoke Rings, was published in over a hundred weekly newspapers in a dozen central states.