History

August 7, 1869, was the last time a total solar eclipse was viewed in Missouri.   Lacking photos or written records from Miller County, here are some descriptions of that eclipse: St. Louis …

Just west of Brumley, in the Lake of the Ozarks State Park on Lake Road 42-18, are "the swinging bridges." These two historic suspension bridges are located at the Mill Creek-Grand Glaize confluence. …

Carrie Fendorf made hats and frocks for members of prominent Missouri families after the Civil War, including the wife of Governor McClurg and the family of his rival Governor B. Gratz Brown. Born in …

In 1897, John Simeon Casey and his wife, Martha (Barlow) Casey, bought a lot located on the northeast corner of St. Louis and Main Streets in Iberia. John's ancestors came from Ireland in the 1700's …

What are the odds of having Back to Back Leap Day Babies? John Wesley Martin and Linnie Wyrick, both native Miller Countians, upon marriage in March 1895, moved to Linn Creek in Camden County, …

Ferries played an important role in the development of the county. Many Miller County families in the 1800's either operated or used a ferry. Fording the river was often a hazardous undertaking …

Lead Mining in Miller County [Eye Opener - June 23, 1892] Lead mining began in Miller County before the Civil War and peaked in the 1870's and 1880's. Surnames of men who mined into the …

Fourteen school districts were established by the Miller County Court on February 4, 1840. Harmony School was one of these first public schools. Judge Jenkins lists the following teachers for the …

When the railroad reached Olean in February 1882, David Stepp, contractor and constable, built a hotel. Helenia Victoria Walser from Lohman married James Hobie Currence in 1887. Victoria Currence …

In early 1908, the Iberia Mill and Electric Light Company was organized. On January 20, 1908, Articles of Agreement were drawn up at Iberia by a Board of Directors. They began the old mill and …

David Hawken was a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, born 22 January 1812. Sometime about 1830, he married Susan Wiker/Weiker, born c/1812 in Pennsylvania. For several years they continued to …

   Teens in the 1960s didn’t live much differently than they do today. The teens at the time still loved to hang out with their friends, but they could not hang out nearly as often as …

Prohibition began nationwide in January 1920. Miller County had been a "dry" county for several years. In the 1920s prices for farm products fell. Some turned to making moonshine. The Miller County …

Susan Schott was born in 1892 to German immigrants George and Mary Bausch Schott. The family lived in Franklin Township. Susan's Red Cross uniform is a treasured part of the World War I exhibit at …

Two hundred years ago Joseph Mohr, a priest, and Franz Gruber, a teacher, sang "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht" for the very first time at the St. Nikola Church. To listen to this song and read the …

Dear Santa Claus:   Jack Morris: All I want for Christmas is a truck that you can crank, some blocks, and a drum and a pistol, a train, and that's all.    Charles …

One of Miller County's early pioneers, Robert Enoch Simpson, was born December 23, 1807 in Kentucky. On September 11, 1828, he married Keziah Greenup. In 1834, Robert and Keziah moved to Missouri, …

Two of our early Miller County physicians were immigrants from Germany, Dr. Anton Nixdorf and Dr. Charles Curtman. Dr. Curtman’s full name was Charles Nicholas Cary Phillip Otto Curtman. …

“Ham was our primary food for holidays like Thanksgiving or Easter. I don’t ever remember having turkey for any occasion until I got into that business in my adult years. We had more pork …

November 1919 journal entries from C. B. Wright, the pilot and clerk of the sternwheeler, the Ruth, on the Osage River.   The Ruth was named for Ruth Wells Sone, built at Tuscumbia in 1908, and …

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