Author: Dennis Partridge

Winston Missouri Incorporation

A communication was received from Winston by the writer in answer to information asked for, stating that the town of Winston was incorporated in 1875, with a board of trustees composed of the following gentlemen: D. M. Clagett, Joseph Swike, T. J. Jefferies, Henry Koons, and A.J. Kemberling. As the year and some of the names differ from the act of incorporation, the above has been given. The following is of record and seems to have been after the regular act of incorporation, and is dated on August 21, 1877. “Now at this day comes A. J. Kemberling et al, and present their petition, praying the court to incorporate the town of Winston. The court, after examining the same, find the metes and bounds of said town are not given in said petition, therefore the prayer of said petitioners is hereby rejected.” On November 23d, 1876, the following act of incorporation of the town of Winston was passed by the County Court of Daviess county, and as the act repeats a petition of a number of prominent citizens the names of whom are here given. The act of incorporation is as follows:— ” Now at this day comes T. J. Jefferies and twenty-four other citizens of the town of Winston, Daviess county, Missouri, and present a petition praying for the incorporation of the town of Winston, which petition is...

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Washington Missouri Officers

The township, as before stated, was not organized until 1870, and with the exception of justices of the peace and constable, there is no record prior to the year 1872 of township officers. That year the spring election resulted in the choice of the following officers: 1872-N. E. Reed, supervisor; George Yaple, clerk; F. M. McCoy, assessor; Martin G. Scott, collector; Gideon Smith, constable; Peter A. Dowell and Alfred Prindle, justices of the peace. The next year some few changes were made, and the ticket elected was composed of the following named persons: William Adams, supervisor; Samuel Dowell, clerk; Peter C. Dowell, collector; Isaac Goodwin, assessor; E. B. Barker and Peter A. Dowell, justices, and Gideon Smith, constable. 1874–N. E. Reed, trustee; S. H. Dowell, clerk; I. N. Goodwin, assessor; J. H. Knott, collector; Peter A. Dowell and L. M. Thompson, justices. 1875-N. E. Reed, trustee; S. H. Dowell, clerk; Martin G. Scott, assessor; J. H. Knott, collector; Gideon Smith, constable; Peter A. Dowell and L. M. Thompson, justices. 1876 same as 1875. 1877-N. E. Reed, trustee; S. H. Dowell, clerk; Henry Pomfret, assessor; J. H. Knott, collector; Gideon Smith, constable; Peter A. Dowell and L. M. Thompson, justices. The law electing township officers was repealed in 1877. The last law, passed by the General Assembly of the winter of 1880-81, resulted once more in giving the townships the...

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Washington Township, Daviess County, Missouri

Washington township is in the north range and the second from the eastern line of the county. It is six miles square, the size of a congressional township. The general nature of the country is high and rolling, the bottom lands on the Big Muddy and Hickory creeks being of unsurpassed fertility, while the uplands and prairies are composed of a rich sandy loam, with a clay sub-soil, not, however, impervious to water. The timber supply is composed of some of the finest grown in Northern Missouri, and covers nearly if not quite one-half of the township. The trees are large, the oak predominating, with elm, hickory, hard and soft maple, walnut, etc., which will become a source of great wealth to the township if properly husbanded. Washington township is bounded on the north by Harrison county, on the east by Lincoln township, on the south by Grand River and west by Salem township. It is watered on the west and north by Hickory and Big Muddy creeks, and on the southeast by a large branch of the Big Muddy. Besides these there are an innumerable number of springs all over the township. The township has been exclusively settled by farmers and stock-raisers, there being no town or village within its borders. Washington township has not been noted for its rapid growth, having settled slowly, the majority of the...

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Town of Jameson Missouri

In June, 1871, the St. Louis, Chillicothe & Omaha Railroad had been completed as far as where the present town of Jameson is situated. A surveying party from Chillicothe surveyed the town and completed the work on Saturday, June 12, 1871. It is situated on a beautiful eminence, with a magnificent agricultural country surrounding it, consisting of both prairie and woodland with industrious farmers in possession. The town company appointed Benjamin G. Kimball as agent, and they commenced on the following Monday to dispose of town-lots at about $100 per lot. The ground upon which Jameson stands was originally entered by Charles Cravens, October 2, 1854, and a year later the portion joining it by Ark Briggs. The land is known as the east half of the southeast quarter of section thirteen, township sixty of range twenty-eight. At the time of the location of the town, the land was the property of Henry Briggs. His residence, built for a farm house, and where he now lives, was erected in 1868. At the time the survey of the town was completed, the railroad depot was about finished and the stockyards fully so. A public square was laid out with an area of between two and three acres af land, and located just south of the residence of Mr. Briggs. The first building erected was by Herbert D. White, a small...

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Jameson Missouri Township Law and Officials

There had been several changes in the township law, made by the legislature, and for a while they came so often that it was hard to keep track of the procession. The first list of township officers of record, was the election of July 2, 1872, when the following township officers were elected: Supervisor, William Earl Clerk, E. D. Powell Assessor, Charles M. Gray Collector, John A. Martin Constable, R. P. Fuller Justices of the Peace, Henry Ward and James K. Heath There were 223 registered votes in the township. The supervisor law still held for the spring election of 1873, which came off in April, and the following ticket was successful: Supervisor, Henry Ramey Clerk, I. N. Young; Assessor C. M. Gray Collector J. L. Martin Justices, Henry Ward and Henry Dilley Constable, R. P. Fuller 1874 Henry Ramey, trustee; J. M. Young, clerk; C. M. Gray, assessor; and R. R. Christie, collector. 1875 Henry Ramey, trustee; Willis Dilley, clerk; William M. Williams, assessor; R. R. Christie, collector; William Ward, constable; Henry Dilley and Henry Ward, justices. 1876 Henry Ramey, trustee; Henry S. Steward, clerk; E. B. Christie, assessor; John Heath, collector. They declined to hold an election for township officers in 1877. Another Election In 1871 the name of Robert R. Clouster appears as collector for the township, but nothing further of the officers for that year....

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Towns of Jackson Missouri

Jackson township can boast of two villages, not of very great proportions but like all rising towns they believe immensely in their future. They are both on the line of the St. Louis & Omaha Railroad, some five miles apart and of course a great convenience to the farmers and stock-raisers in that vicinity. Lock Springs, situated in the southwest corner of the township, and the county as well, claims a solid population, on a fair count, of fifty. It is a railroad station with a depot building and has the following business houses: Francis M. Burris, druggist Litton & Minnick, groceries, etc. W. T. Minnick, general merchandise James Offield, blacksmith W. T. Minnick, postmaster and railroad agent. Lock Springs is the largest town in Jackson township. Jackson is the second town or village in the township and boasts of a population of thirty, with limited prospects of an increase. It is also a railroad station with a depot and has, besides, three business houses. Frank Hines is proprietor of a drug store; Sebron Sneed deals in general merchandise, ties and lumber; while Robert C. Groves keeps a general store and officially signs his name as postmaster. There is nothing specially to prevent Jackson village from growing, as lands are cheap and the soil productive which surrounds it. The best backbone for a growing village is an energetic and...

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Jameson Town Officials and 1881 Business Directory

Town Officials Officials for 1878 George P. Allen, chairman; A. O. Siple, clerk; William Gillespie, Joseph Long and Henry C. Dusky, trustees; J. F. Hamaker, treasurer; William M. Briggs, attorney; H. B. Hubbard, marshal. Officials for 1879 George P. Allen, chairman; D. C. Threlkeld, clerk; J. H. Stucker, J. D. Feurt and J. H. Albros, trustees; J. W. Long, treasurer and collector; T. A. Gaines, attorney; J. H. Miller, marshal. Officials for 1880 Joseph D. Feurt, chairman; David C. Threlkeld, clerk; J. H. Stucker, Thomas Ingraham and Henry C. Dusky, trustees; C. C. Curvin, treasurer; Thomas A. Gaines, attorney; E. M. Breeden, marshal. Officials for 1881 E. Hubbard, chairman; R. G. Yates, clerk; J. H. Stucker, H. C. Yeater and H. C. Dusky, trustees; C. Pipkin, treasurer and collector; T. A. Gaines, attorney; Henry Briggs, marshal. List Of Business Houses J. F. Hamaker, J. H. Stucker, general merchandise A. Ingraham, grocery A. O. Siple, hardware H. C. Yeater, R. C. Yates, druggists Miss D. E. Kelso, Mrs. S. Huntington, milliners J. B. Irvine & Son, furniture A. O. Siple, harness and blacksmith W. T. Stovall, grain and produce Dusky & Watson, carriage manufacturers William Cavalt, liquor dealer E. Hubbard, I. Chenoweth, hotels E. Sink, W. R. Butler, J. A. Leach, livery W. M. Cavalt, cooper-shop S. T. Howell, C. Pipkin, R. H. Robertson, and J. M. Raley, physicians Thomas...

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Stories of Grand River Missouri

A Chapter Of Accidents One of the saddest cases that happened in this township was the suicide of Mrs. Price, wife of Cyrus Price. She had been complaining for some days and had a deep feeling of despondency, but none thought of such a thing as the violent taking of her own life. She dressed her children and sent them to a neighbor’s house, then went to the woods and climbing up a leaning tree, adjusted the rope to a limb and then tied the other about her neck and jumped off. It was believed from the neck being broken that she died very suddenly. This occurred in the Hamlin neighborhood in the northwest corner of the township. This suicide occurred about 1850. Another terrible affair, this time an accident, the date, however, is not at hand, was the crushing of a son of John Horsley, who was caught between a heavy loaded ox wagon and a tree, every effort was made to move the wagon but failed, and the tree had to be cut to get him out. He was so terribly crushed that he died the next day. It was June 1, 1873, that another accident happened in this township, which ended with fatal results. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Doty started to church and while he was shutting the gate the team started. This scared Mrs. Doty,...

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Societies of Winston Missouri

This order has a fine lodge numbering fifty-one members, and is known as Winston Lodge No. 371. It was organized in the spring of 1877 with twelve charter members, as follows: F. B. H. Brown, William Leeper, Henry Koons, John Kalbfleisch, John T. Shaw, Joseph Swike, M. J. Benson, George W. Zentz, James T. Matchett, B. M. Bickel, W. P. Castor, and William S. Mallory. The charter is dated March 5, 1877. The names of the first officers of Winston Odd Fellows Lodge, are F. B. H. Brown, N. G.; Joseph Swike, V. G.; John T. Shaw, Sec’y; M. J. Benson, Treas. They have a hall of their own, in size 22×40 and neatly furnished. The society is a model one and a credit to the town. Their finances are in a good condition and the lodge is flourishing. Present officers are William S. Mallory, N. G.; David Crall, V. G.; F. B. H. Brown, Sec’y; M. J. Benson, Per. Sec’y; and John Kalbfleisch, Treas. A. F. & A. M. This society is a large and flourishing one, and was for some time located at Victoria, from which place it was removed to Winston in 1879. At present the lodge holds its meetings in the J. M. Handy brick building, but they are at this time building a fine lodge room or hall which will be completed in a...

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Sheridan Missouri Stories

A Sad Accident The neighborhood near New Garden schoolhouse was considerably excited over the finding of the body of Jacob J. Spohn, an old man nearly sixty years of age. He was found drowned in Marrowbone Creek, on Tuesday, June 14, 1870. He had attended to his duties in the morning, and, after eating a light breakfast, took his fishing pole and started for Marrowbone Creek. Not returning to dinner, his family became somewhat alarmed and went in search of him. They found his body floating in the water about a foot below the surface, life apparently having been extinct some hours. His fishing pole was found where he had been fishing. It is supposed that, being subject to fainting spells, he had been attacked by one of them while sitting on the bank, and had fallen forward into the creek. The coroner’s verdict was: “Manner and cause of drowning to jurors unknown.” The fainting was believed to have been the true cause. Another Nearly seven years later, and in the same month, another sad accident happened, and the waters of Marrowbone Creek again proved the winding sheet of another unfortunate. William Reed, while attempting to cross Marrowbone Creek, believing he could ford it, drove in and the team soon found itself beyond its depth. In the struggle to get out, Mr. Reed in trying to help them, it...

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