Early days in St. Charles County, MO are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this 154 page booklet, comprised of excerpts from the 1885 "History of St. Charles, Montgomery and Warren Counties, Missouri" and "Missouri, a Guide to the 'Show Me' State", produced in 1941 by the WPA Writer's Program. The 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper, with the front cover protected with a sheet of vinyl. The booklet includes: The Pioneers of the County -- a Narrative by Bernard Guillet, the Chief of the Dakotas; details on Daniel Boone's family and his death and burial; a list of pioneers for each township; and German Immigration; Experiences of the Early Settlers -- Early homes and homelife; Agricultural Implements; Mills and Trading Points; Hunting for Wild Animals and Bee Trees; Wolf scalps for taxes; Memorable Characters; and How King Solomon settled a Missouri argument; Early Records -- The Court of Common Pleas; Organization of the County; uses of the County Courthouse; Physical Features and Development of the County -- Geological Formations; Varieties of Trees; Farm Produce and Statistics; Tax Valuation; Population; Principal County Roads and Railroads; and the Varieties of Game and Fish; War Record -- Details on Indian outbreaks including the Black Hawk War; the Florida War; the Slicker Troubles; the Mexican War; and the Civil War; Political Record -- First Legislators from the county; a Quaint Pro-Slavery Document; a List of Public Officers from about 1818 to 1884; Bench and Bar -- Various legal eagles of the county, including Edward Bates, Rufus Easton, Edward Hempstead, Ezra Hunt, William M. Campbell, Christian Kribbin, and John D. Coalter; Newspapers, Public Schools, Railroads, etc. -- The Missourian, The Cosmos, the St. Charles News and others; School Statistics; the Wabash; the St. Louis, Keokuk and North-Western; and the St. Louis, Hannibal and Keokuk; and California Emigrants. The WPA section takes a 1940s look at the city of St. Charles. Points of interest include the Old State Capitol, St. Charles County Courthouse, the Ludwell Powell home, St. Charles College Building, Sacred Heart Convent, Lindenwood College, Blanchette Park, and St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery.
St Charles County, MO
Sources: History of St. Charles, Montgomery and Warren Counties Missouri / St. Charles County Missouri USA
Authors: Virgil A. Lewis
Original Publication Year: 1885
Original Publisher: National Historical Company
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