Mary Sue Anton
Author, Historian, Speaker
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New Book Release : May 1, 2009


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New Madrid: 

A Mississippi River Town in History and Legend

By Mary Sue Anton


Release date: May 1, 2009


“New Madrid: A Mississippi River Town in History and Legend” focuses on the hearts and minds of a restless population as it moved west into the Mississippi River valley in the 1800s. The river port town of New Madrid, Missouri, strategically located just below the junction of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and destined to be the capital of “New Spain,” was “on the way” for thousands of early Americans. New Madrid’s tales are America’s tales.



About Mary Sue Anton

An alumna of Loretto Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, Mary Sue (Shy) Anton earned a bachelor of arts degree in history at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1989 where she drafted the first UHCLIDIAN style book. She is a freelance writer and wrote for the Houston Chronicle in addition to several other Texas publications. After she co-published “Pioneers of New Madrid, Missouri and Their Descendants” in 1994, Mary Sue conducted workshops on genealogy. Her interest in her hometown history was prompted upon learning that her ancestor, Richard Jones Waters, came to New Madrid in 1789 along with founder George Morgan. She began writing about the history of this Mississippi River town and in 1998, Bay Area Writers League awarded her a first place in its manuscript competition and, in 2002, an honorable mention for her “Civil War Comes to My Hometown.” The State Historical Society of Missouri presented her the Richard S. Brownlee Fund award in 2003. Her book, “New Madrid: A Mississippi River Town in History and Legend,” is forthcoming. Mary Sue was born during the Great Depression on the old Hummel place just north of New Madrid. One of ten children, Mary Sue has numerous family members living in New Madrid. She and her husband, Dr. Arthur Anton, live in Seabrook, Texas and have three grown children and two grandchildren.


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Mary Sue Anton