History

Multiple sources state that he was a Confederate recruiter. The reason he was sent to the southern Cole/northern Miller County area may lie in the events of July 1861. There was a meeting at the end …

July 4th, 1917 - American troops marched through Paris to declare publicly, "Lafayette, we are here!" With the first drawing for the Army draft just weeks away, Miller County families were displaying …

In May 1861, the womenfolk of the families of Hawkins and Robinson, having torn old dresses of vivid colors into proper strips, made of the cloth a National Flag – the first Stars and Stripes …

One hundred years ago Miller County parents were fighting an ongoing battle for an education for their children. Missouri law said a school district had to provide a “colored school” if …

At his parents' club, the Casablanca, on the Bagnell Dam Strip, Gary Graham noticed Bob Nigg carrying a guitar. “Let's see how good you are,” was Gary's challenge. That moment in June …

On Sunday, May 26, 1918, Miller County celebrated Memorial Day with a Farewell Meeting at 11 A.M. for men boarding a Missouri Pacific train in Eldon at noon.   The men were headed for training …

The two story log house constructed by Peter Burton Lupardus in the late 1860's on his land in Equality Township, Miller County, Mo. near Ulman was of the best craftsmanship. Built of hewn logs and …

The Jenkins brothers of Miller County, MO. All were on duty as radiomen at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. They were the sons of Dwight and Lettie (Holloway) Jenkins of near Eugene, MO. Don Bell …

Waiting in France in May 1919 for their much-anticipated trip home, the soldiers wore carnations and wrote letters to their mothers. In his letter Robert Fendorf described what he had seen on a …

Reverend Edward Everett Sullens was born near Brazito, Missouri, in 1865.   He began preaching when he was about 19 years of age.   He was a Circuit Rider preacher.   He married Viola …

On April 12, 1840, ten people met to organize what is now the Hickory Point Baptist Church. However, the church did not organize until December, 1840, because of not having a moderator at the April …

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 …

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