Early days in Cole County, MO, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this 8 1/2" x 11" booklet, compiled from the rare 1889 book: History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri and Missouri, a Guide to the "Show Me" State, a 1930s WPA project. The booklet is printed on 60# paper and has a vinyl sheet protecting the front cover. The 1889 history covers the early development of this area, while the excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glympse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. The WPA excerpt also includes a special section on Jefferson City. Communities in the county mentioned in the booklet include: Jefferson City, Marion, Centre Town (Centertown), Elston, Russellville, St. Thomas, Stringtown, Lohman, Osage City, Osage Bluff, Hickory Hill, Belleville and Taos. The history of this rural county in east central Missouri covers the: Topography and Natural Resources; Aztec or Indian mounds; Indian Occupancy; White Settlers; Land Entries by township with names of early purchasers; Pioneer Marriages with some names; Slavery Days; Transactions of the County Court; Early officials; Circuit Court Proceedings, involving divorces, murders, duels, horsestealing, etc.; Names of Attorneys; Election Results from 1833-88; Mexican War Volunteers of 1846, including the Cole County Dragoons (1846) with names; the Civil War; the State Guard; Home Guards; Names of Civil War soldiers; Regimental Sketches and other notes on the war; Journals and Journalists; Cities and Towns, including business, churches, societies, etc.; Schools; Physicians; Navigation; Railroads; Public Buildings and many other bits of history and trivia.
Cole County, MO
Sources: Cole County Missouri USA / History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri
Authors: Mary L. Geiffs
Original Publication Year: 1889
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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