That was the case October 3 when Victoria Pope Hubbell, Lake Ozark resident and award-winning author, was guest of the First Wednesday Book Club in Versailles to talk about her book.
What could be more attention-getting than the story of a family feud that involves the Ku Klux Klan –– unless it’s a true story that happened near where you live?
That was the case October 3 when Victoria Pope Hubbell, Lake Ozark resident and award-winning author, was guest of the First Wednesday Book Club in Versailles to talk about her book, Blood River Rising. The book deals with a seamy bit of Miller County history in the years before the Osage River was dammed to become the Lake of the Ozarks. A very real feud, a couple of murders, and the Klan all figure into this book, which is all the more riveting because it’s about places and people in this area. Hubbell told the book club members about meeting Hadley Thompson, then an old man, whose family was involved in the feud; talking to others who remembered those days, her newspaper research, and finding corroboration from descendants of the other family involved. As Hadley told her, "The KKK weren't never about race. It were always about power and greed."
The book club meets on the first Wednesday evening of every month at the Morgan County Library, and has been doing so for more than a decade. Members include Marsha Baumgartner, Kat Boyd, Ann Bonatti Brinson, Debbie Hutchinson, Debbie Baumgartner, and Kathy Jones, all of Versailles; Mary Jo Jackson of Stover; and lake residents Beverly Ricker, Barbara Jessee, Betty Copeland, Susan Kelly, and Jackie Splinter.
Hubbell is also the author of A Town on Two Rivers, the history of Osage Beach. Both books are available at Stonecrest Book & Toy in the Stonecrest Shopping Center.