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ROGERSVILLE, Mo. -- Kum & Go and others recently honored Cody's convenience stores here, much to the relief of residents who feared they would lose a part of their local history when the West Des Moines, Iowa-based retailer acquired Cody's earlier this year, the South County Mail reported.
The first Cody's was built nearby, and named after the unincorporated community it inhabited, which itself was named for William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The fear of losing a piece of history prompted Rogersville native Katy Van O'Linda-Rich to lobby Kum & Go to somehow recognize the Cody name, according to the report.
And recently, officials from Kum & Go and the city of Rogersville, as well as area residents, gathered to hang a plaque recognizing Cody's place in the area's history.
"We love the Rogersville area. Katie was very instrumental in keeping the Cody legacy alive," said Chas Heath, a district supervisor for Kum & Go and a Rogersville resident. "We always try to be involved in our communities. ... This is just a small token so we can show support to the community and the history of the area."
Rogersville Mayor Jack Cole was on hand for the ceremony and was pleased at the recognition. "It's a fast-paced, changing world, and it's nice to be able to reflect on our history and heritage," he said.
According to local tales, "Buffalo Bill" Cody made camp in the general vicinity of the 60 and 125 intersection during a trip through the area.