Walsworth Publishing announces the release of Betty Wasson Singer’s latest book, A Town of Their Own: A Visit to Longwood. This is her fourth illustrated history book about Sedalia-area rural communities and cemeteries.
Located 18 miles north of Sedalia, Longwood once was a bustling community with stores, schools, churches, blacksmiths and a bank. Now a single church and cemetery hold silent sentinel on the rolling countryside.
Through more than 300 photos, Singer recalls the lives of those who made Longwood a thriving civic and cultural center. The 368-page book features features Longwood area schools, churches, and businesses, as well as complete genealogical data (expanded obituaries) about more than 700 persons buried at Longwood Cemetery. It also includes profiles of their family members and friends as well as information about Colorado Cemetery.
Singer is a Singer is a Sedalia native whose ancestor Thomas Wasson and James Ramey, his business partner, paid $83.30 for 40 acres for the purpose of locating the first permanent Seat of Justice of Pettis County at Georgetown in 1836. Her other books about the Sedalia area include Just Like a Visit: A Personal, Historical Stroll Through Mt. Herman Cemetery; Hopes Lie Buried Here: A History of the DeJarnette Cemetery; and Down by Pin Hook: A Visit to the Hopewell Community and Cemetery.
Her books are available at Sedalia Book & Toy and the Katy Depot Store.