I WAS BORN IN 1902 IN Bagnell. In 1910 my father rented half of the Houston farm. The house was a large two story frame building. The foundation of this house can be seen from the rear end of Locwood dock when the lake level is down fifteen feet. Looking directly across the lake at the bluff where the Osage River Channel is, one may see the spot where a ferry boat was. It was owned and operated by farmers. The ferry was held in place by a cable high enough to allow freight boats to move up and down the river.
The farm on the north side of the river was owned by John Cotton, who installed a grist mill which was run by a small upright steam engine. I remember crossing the river on the ferry to have our wheat and corn ground. There was always a row boat, or as we called it a skiff there and the rule of the river folk was "Don't leave the ferry boat and skiff on the same side of the river." From 1911-1918, my father Perry Kehr and his brother Ed owned and operated a general merchandise store and the Bagnell Ferry; also bought railroad ties.