This story was originally published in the Boone Country Connection in April, 2003 along with the story, "Remembering Hamburg." I had a delightful visit that day with Les Mades who was born and raised in the town of Hamburg, along Hwy. 94 in St. Charles County. He was one of few remaining survivors who could give a first hand account of life as it was before the residents of Hamburg, Howell and Mechanicsville were displaced by our government's take-over of their land for a munitions plant in WWII. Unfortunately, Les Mades died July 3, 2011 at the age of 91.