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LINN COUNTY,
Missouri

History of Linn County, Missouri
Publ. Kansas City, Mo. by Birdsall & Dean
1882

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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HISTORY OF MISSOURI.

CHAPTER I. - LOUISIANA PURCHASE - Pages 9 - 12
  Brief Historical Sketch
CHAPTER II. - DESCRIPTIVE AND GEOGRAPHICAL - Pages 13 - 18
  Name - Extent - Surface - Rivers - Timber - Climate - Prairies - Soil - Population by Counties
CHAPTER III. - GEOLOGY OF MISSOURI - Pages 18 - 23
  Classification of Rocks - Quanternary Formations - Tertiary - Cretaceous - Carboniferous - Devonian - Silurian- Azoic - Econic Geology - Coal - Iron - Lead - Cooper - Zinc - Building Stone - Marble - Gypsum - Lime - Clay - Paints - Springs -- Water Power
CHAPTER IV. - TITLE AND EARLY SETTLEMENTS - Pages 23 - 28
   
CHAPTER V. - TERRITORIAL ORGANIZATION - Pages 23 - 31
   
CHAPTER VI. - ADMITTED TO THE UNION - Pages 31 - 34
   
CHAPTER VII. - MISSOURI AS A STATE - Pages 35 - 38
   
CHAPTER VIII. - CIVIL WAR IN MISSOURI - Pages 39 - 46
   
CHAPTER IX. - EARLY MILITARY RECORD - Pages 47 - 50
  Black Hawk War - Mormon Difficulties - Florida War - Mexican War.
CHAPTER X. - AGRICULTURAL AND MATERIAL WEALTH - Pages 50 - 54
   
CHAPTER XI. - EDUCATION - Pages 55 - 61
   
CHAPTER XII. - RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS - Pages 62 - 65
   
HISTORY OF ST. LOUIS.

ST. LOUIS. - First Settlement - Arrival of the First Steamboat - Removal of the Capital to Jefferson City - When Incorporated - Population by Decades - First Lighted by Gas - death of one of Her Founders, Pierre Choutau - Cemeteries - Financial Crash - Bondholders and Coupon-clippers - Value of Real and Personal Property - Manufacturers - Criticism....... 66 - 76

HISTORY OF KANSAS CITY.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, - A Sketch - The New Life - Its First Settlement - Steamboat Events from 1840 to 1846 - Mexican War - Santa Fe trade - Railroads - Commercial Advancement - Stock Market - Pork-packing - Elevators and Grain Receipts - Coal Receipts - Buildings - Railroad Changes - Banks - Newspapers - Churches - Secret Societies - Public Schools - Manufacturing Center - Her Position and Trade - Assessed Valuation - Close ..... 77 - 104

HISTORY OF ST. JOSEPH - PARTIALLY TRANSCRIBED

ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI. - Early Settlements - The First Settlement at Blackstone Hills - Robidoux - Biographical sketch - At the Bluffs - Then at Roy's Branch and Blacksnake Hills - 1834 - 1836 - Robidoux's Home - Employes - Servant - Ferry - From 1837 to 1840 - Rival Towns - Wolves.

LAWS OF MISSOURI

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION LAW. - Husband not liable - Rights of Married Women - Hedges Trimmed - Changing School house sites - Marriage License - Purchasing Books by Subscription - Forms of Deeds, Leases and Mortgages - Notes - Orders - Receipts - Valuable Rules - Weights and Measures. ....... 129 - 141

STATISTICS.

POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES - By Races - Increase - Miles of Railroad in United States - Telegraph Lines and Wires - Cotton Crop - Coal Fields - Cereal Production - Presidential Vote from 1789 to 1880 - Dates of Presidents' Births. ........................142 - 145

 
CHAPTER I. - WHEN THE WHITE MAN CAME THE RED MAN LEFT  - pg. 149 - 158 - COMING SOON
  Retrospect - The Home of the Oppressed - Linn County - Bright Jewel - The Indian's Departure - Game - The Dawn of Civilization - Early Settlers - 1820 to 1830 - Indian Mischief - Indian Town - Black Hawk War - The Pendletons - Death of William - William Bowyer as a Hunter - Locust Creek Country, the Happy Hunting-grounds of the Indians - Went to Mill, etc.
CHAPTER II. - WHEN THE WILDERNESS COMMENCED TO BLOSSOM LIKE THE ROSE - pg. 158 - 165 - COMING SOON
  1837 - Influx of Settlers - Their Homes and Trials - The First Mill - Schools - Churches, Preachers, Teachers, and Physicians - Trading Point - Prices of Goods - Barter and Sale - Country Produce - Game, Honey, etc. - Scale of Prices - Life and Incidents - Splitting Rails - Work of Progress - Looking Back - The Past and the Present
CHAPTER III. - FROM PEACE TO WAR'S ALARMS - pg. 165 - 174 - COMPLETED
  1840 to 1850 - Names of Pioneers - Schools - Death of Lewis F. Linn - Mexican War - The Call for Troops - Linn County in the War - Company H., List of Names - The Close of the War - What the Wild Sea Waves Divulged on California's Golden Shore - The Grand Rush - Gold and Silver Lying Around Loose - The Hopes of the Living, Despair of the Dying, and the Bones of the Dead - Linn county Contributes her Quota
CHAPTER IV. - UPWARD AND ONWARD IN MATERIAL PROGRESS - pg.  175 - 185 - COMING SOON
  Rapid Progress - 1840 to 1860 Compared - Increase of Property and the Increase of the Tax Levy - The Set-back by the Civil War - Shaking for a New Deal at the Close of the War - On the up Grade - Repairing Broken Fortunes and Adding to New Ones - 1865 to 1870 - Organizing the Shattered Remains - A Tornado - A Matter of a Few Thousand Dollars on the Delinquent List - New Road Law and How it Worked - Linn County Fair - Its Constitution and List of Officers - Busted - Rodents and Bounty - Money for the Small Boy - Meteoric - Murder of Willie McKinley - Coroner's Verdict - Petition for Pardon - Governor Crittenden's Refusal - His Reasons in Full
CHAPTER V. - OFFICIAL HISTORY OF LINN COUNTY - pg. 185 - 194 - COMING SOON
  What is Was, Is, and now Expected to Be - When organized - Act of Incorporation - Commissioners - Metes and Bounds - Change of boundary Line - First County Court - Time and Place of Meeting - Dividing the County into Townships - The First Tax Levy - Location of the County Seat - Deed of John Holland and Wife - Named after Dr. Linn, U.S. Senator - First Sale of Lots by John D. Grant, Commissioner - First Court-house  -  First Ferry License - Benton Township Organized - Election, etc.
CHAPTER VI. - ELECTIONS THE GLORY OF FREE INSTITUTIONS - pg. 194 - 205 - COMING SOON
  The First Election - The Result - Duncan Township - First Defalcation - Liberty Township - First Money Borrowed by the County - Town Lot Fund - Bridges - Pleasant Hill Township - Defalcation of J. W. Minnis Settled in Full - County Treasurer Makes a Final Settlement and all O.K. - The Year 1842 Ran Behind - Highland County - Its Organization as to Metes and Bounds, but still under Linn County's Municipal Control - Minor Sale of Linneus Town Lots, 1844 - A Transfiguration - The Reorganization of Linn County in 1845, After Sullivan Was Taken Off - Townships and Their Metes and Bounds
CHAPTER VII. - INTENDED AS A TEMPLE OF JUSTICE, THE NEW COURT HOUSE - pg. 205 - 215 - COMING SOON
  That Miserable Structure, the "Log" Court-house - Pride Takes Advance Steps - $4,000 to Assert the New Dignity Assumed by the People - Order for the Building of a New Temple of Justice - Bridges - Receipts and Expenditures - Change of Court-house Superintendents - First Public Administrator - Town and County - court-house Finished, October 16, 1848 - Good Showing - Paying Back Borrowed Money, and the Interest Exceeds the Principal - Railroad Fever - Donation of $200 for the H. & S. J. Survey - The First Primary - The New Jail - Another Donation to the H. and S. J., $500, and Right of Way Granted, Subscription, Etc. - Several Items - Baker Township - Enterprise Township - 1858 to 1860
CHAPTER VIII. - CHAOS BEGAN AND LIGHT DAWNED - pg. 216 - 286 - COMING SOON
  The Opening of the Fratricidal Strife - Action of the County Court - Taxation and Collection - Delinquent Lists - Several Important Items - A Cupola for the Court-house and Five Dollars a Day for the County Court Judges - Clay Township - Bucklin District Township - A Variety of Information - The Location, Plans, and Building of the New Jail - Cost, $8,680.26 - Agricultural Association - The Clarkson Defalcation - Items - Financial - Township Bond Indebtedness - Offer of compromise - Address to the People by the Committee - How it Stands January 1, 1882 - The Tax Levy and Cost and Collection for a Series of Years - Linn County Bonded Debt
CHAPTER IX. - SOIL, CLIMATE, AGRICULTURAL  AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF LINN COUNTY - pg. 237 - 254 - COMING SOON
  Introductory - Central Position - Topography - Streams - Climate - Soil and Productions - Coal - Stone - Fruit-growing - Variety - Berries, Kinds, Etc. - Statistics - Leading Crops - Corn, Oats, Tobacco, and Wheat - The Crops of 1879 - Assessment of 1879, 1880, and 1881 - Number of Horses, Mules, Hogs, Cattle, and Sheep for the Above Years - The Leading Breeds of Stock - Their Choice - Summary
CHAPTER X. - THOSE WHO HELD OFFICE AND SECURED THE EMOLUMENTS - pg. 254 - 270 - COMING SOON
  County Judges, Sheriffs, Clerks, Treasurers, etc. - Senatorial and Congressional Districts - Senators and Representatives - Present Congressmen and the Vote - Judicial Circuit - Judges and Attorneys - The Full List of Patriots Who Served the People, for the Honors and Salaries Attached - History of the Probate Court
CHAPTER XI. - STATE AND COUNTY'S EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES - pg. 270 - 290 - COMING SOON
  Educational - School Law and Section 7103 - Consolidation of State School Funds - Why Education Should be Universal - Linn County's First Move - Sales of the Sixteenth Sections - School Funds - Organized into School Districts - The Funds of Each - State Fund from 1850 to 1860 - Township Fund Distributed from 1854 to 1863 - The Effects of the Civil War - After the Deluge - New Organization of the School Districts, 1866 - School and Swamp Lands - Enumeration - Town Apportionment - The Hannibal and St. Joe and Other Railroads - School Taxes - School History in Detail from 1875 to 1881 - State School Fund - Closing Remarks
CHAPTER XII. - THE IRON HORSE, AND WHAT IT COST LINN COUNTY - pg. 291 - 303 - COMING SOON
  Opening Chorus - The Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad Company - Donations - Subscription of $25,000, and its forfeiture - 69,470 Acres of Linn County Land Given to the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad - About What the Road Cost to Linn County - The Missouri Central, The North Missouri Central and Several Other Changes of Name too Numerous to Mention - Taxation and Assessed Valuation - Subscription to the Central Missouri Branch of the Iowa & St. Joseph Railroad - The History of This Branch, Bonds voted, etc., from Alpha to Omega
CHAPTER XIII - AGRICULTURAL UNITY AND POLITICAL AMALGAMATION - pg. 303 - 318 - COMING SOON
  The Grange - Object and Aims - The First Organization - Rapid Progress - Names and Number of Grangers in the County - Organization County Grange - Constitution - The End - The First Election - Campaign of 1840 - Songs - Presidential Election 1844 - 54-40 or Phight [sic] - Fun and Free Whisky - Whigs and Democrats, local Fights - Linn County Democratic up to the Drake Constitution - Also After Its Repeal - Close Figures - Vote, County, State and Congressional - county Officials 1882
CHAPTER XIV - STATEMENT OF FACTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST - pg. 318 - 329 - COMING SOON
  Poor-farm - Its Cost - Lease and Family of Lease - Sold, Purchased, and Traded - Some Interesting Facts - Swamp Lands, When Selected - Cost of First Sale and Survey - 28,759.99 Acres - By Townships - What it Brought - The Closing Sale - Removal of County Seat a Failure - A Suit for Damages by Linneus against Brookfield Suggested - Vote of 1870 and that of 1880 - No Hope for Brookfield - A $75,000 Court-house - Population of Linn County - Per cent of Gain
CHAPTER XV - WAR AND PEACE - pg. 303 - 400 - COMING SOON
  The Heroes of 1812 - Their Names and Record - The First Deed of Record - A Second Deed - The First Will - The First Administrative Notice - A Record of Forty Years - Events as They Happened from Year to Year - A Chapter for Reference, and a Key to the Contents of the General History of this Work - Distances, etc.
CHAPTER XVI - LINN COUNTY IN THE CIVIL WAR- pg. 341 - 384 - COMING SOON
  After the Presidential Election of 1860 - Election of Delegates to the State Convention - Up to Fort Sumter - After Fort Sumter - First Federal Troops in the County - Capture of Black's Cannon - The First Confederate Troops - Other Military Operations of 1861 - Leading Events of 1862 - The Hand of War is Felt, and it is Hard and Heavy - Organization of the Enrolled Missouri Militia - Leading Events of 1863 - Holtzclaw's Guerrillas - Leading Events of 1864 - A Bounty Offered - Skirmishes in Jackson Township - The Beginning of the End - Just Before the Collapse - The End Comes - Peace - Linn County's Soldiers in the Civil War - The Blue and the Gray - Company F, First Cavalry Missouri State Militia - Federal or Union Soldiers' Record - Confederate Soldiers' Record
CHAPTER XVII - LOCUST CREEK TOWNSHIP - pg. 384 - 402 - COMING SOON
  Topography - Early Settlers - Births, Marriages, and Deaths - Ministers - Schools - Physicians - Spinning and Weaving - Early Incidents - Boundary Lines - Organization under the New Township Law - Township Officers - Some Incidents of the Civil War - Death of Judge Smith and William Pendleton - Raids of Bushwhackers and Excursions of the "Truly Loil" - Opposition to Railroad Tax - Meetings - Nichols Tragedy, and Other Casualties - Churches, etc.  - BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XVIII - CITY OF LINNEUS - pg. 402 - 482 - COMING SOON
  Incorporation - Its founder - Some Reminiscenses [sic] of Early Times - Wolves Make Music that Lulls the Early Settler to Sleep - A Woman's Strength and Devotion - The First Settler of Linneus a Colored Woman - Aunt Dinah's Experience - Metes and Bounds - The First Frame House - The First Native Born - Churches and Schools - First Merchants - Senator Benton's Visit - Lynching of "Tennessee Tom" - The First Railroad Train - Accidents and Crimes - Business Houses - Visit of General Weaver - Lodges, Societies, Churches, and City Officers - BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XIX - BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP - pg. 482 - 486 - COMING SOON
  Topography - Metes and bounds - Its Running Streams and Growth of Timber - Coal Beds - Early Days - Pioneer History and Incidents of Note - Who Settled it and Where They Came From Originally - Part of Yellow Creek and Locust Creek, and Wholly of Jefferson Since 1845 - A Voting Precinct June 5, 1866 - Organized as Brookfield Township July 2, 1866 - Township Officers Under the New Organization Law of 1872 and of 1880 - Population - Assessor's Valuation - Incidents, Accidents and Crimes - BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XX - CITY OF BROOKFIELD - pg. 487 - 498 - COMING SOON
  Its Location - The Scatters - The Usual Remarks About Game, etc. - Who Gave it a Local Habitation and a Name - Boarding Shanties and Several Other Things - Laid Out and How it Grew and Prospered - In 1861 Had Grown to About fifteen Houses and Some Other Buildings - The First Child Born and What Followed - Deaths and Burials - Father Hogan - The First School - Brookfield in the Civil War - Some Facts and Some Rumors Upon Which Facts Were Based - Brookfield Survived - Small-pox Scare - Tragedies Growing out of the Great Strife - The New Era and the Past to be Buried in Oblivion - Churches, Schools, Societies, etc.
CHAPTER XXI - AFTER THE GREAT CIVIL WAR: - pg. 499 - 568 - COMING SOON
  The White Winged Angel Spreads her Mantle of Peace - New Life and a General Upward and Onward Tendency - Incorporation - First Board of Trustees - The First Newspaper - Prairie Fires - Brass Band and a Base Ball Club, Which Shows an Advanced State of Civilization, Combining with Culture and Refinement - Some More Accidents, and how the vote stood for Grant and the "Smiler" - Education - The Measles, Coal, and a New Addition - Items of Interest, Including the Park, Railroad Subscription, Engine-house and City Hall, and the Great Fire of 1872 - Numerous Incidents, Accidents, and a Closing of the City History - BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XXII - JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP - pg. 569 - 582 - COMING SOON
  Soil, Timber, Streams, and Undulating Prairie - Building Stone, Potter's and Brick Clay - Her Rise and Progress - A Genuine Snake Story - Old Settlers - What They Wear and How They Live - The Young Folks' Sunday Nights - Growth - Two Precincts and a Division - Population and its Assessed Valuation - Crimes and Casualties - Garfield memorial Service - Town Organization - Officers, etc.
CHAPTER XXIII - CITY OF LACLEDE - pg.  582 - 633 - COMING SOON
  Its Location - The Beauty of its Surroundings - When Laid Out and by Whom - Advance Progress - Items of Interest - Taking a Rest - The Effects of the Civil War - Incorporation - Metes and Bounds - Indian Visits - City of the Fourth Class - Ward Boundaries - Mayor and Alderman - Out of Debt - County-seat Vote - Business Houses - Church and Civic Societies - The Full History of Holtzclaw's Raid in 1864 . BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XXIV - TOWN AND TOWNSHIP OF BUCKLIN - pg. 633 - 669 - COMPLETED
  Town and Township of Bucklin - When Settled and by Whom - Soil and its Fertility - Material Progress - Valuation - Indian Hunters - Early Incidents of Life, Marriages, Death, etc. - The First School District Organized - Some Incidents in Justices' Courts - Other Settlements and their Early History - A Singular Mistake - Steam Whistle vs. Panther - Railroad Rumpus - Some More of Civil War Incidents - When Township was Organized and Bucklin Township Incorporated - Schools and Churches - Accidents and Crimes - Tornado, September, 1876 - Population of Bucklin - Schools, Churches, and Societies - Its Business Interests - BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XXV - YELLOW CREEK TOWNSHIP - pg. 669 - 694  - PARTIAL
  When Settled - Its metes and Bounds - Topography - Land and Money - Early Settlers and their Trials - Happenings - Agriculture - War Items - Dead Towns - St. Kate, Its Past and Present - Education and Religion - Death of W. H. Elliott, Founder of St. Catharine - Lodges and Societies - Its Present and Business Future - Accidents - BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XXVI - PARSONS CREEK TOWNSHIP - pg.  694 - 739  - PARTIAL
 

Metes and Bounds - Topography - Its Sandstone Rock - Streams and Timber - When and by Whom Settled - Game - What They Sold and Where They Sold it - Progress, Accidents and Crimes - Township Organization and its Officers - West Baltimore - Buttsville and Meadville - When and by Whom Settled - Melange - Incorporation of Meadville - Its First Officers - Schools and Churches - The Meadville Newspaper - Business Houses - Lodges and Societies - BIOGRAPHIES

CHAPTER XXVII - BENTON TOWNSHIP - pg.  739 - 780  - PARTIAL
  Metes and Bounds - Territory Curtailed - Cereals, Stocks and Grapes - Fruits and the Vineyard - Coal, Stone, and Brick Clay - Old Settlers - The First Store - Schools, Churches and Graveyards - Marriages, Births and Deaths - Items of Interest - Wolf Hunts and Election Yarns - Railroad Subscription - Accidents - Valuation and Township Officers - Browning - When Incorporated - The First House and Store - The Town, its Rise and Progress - Schools - Societies and Newspapers - Purdin - What it was and is - Liberal Offers - BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XXVIII - CLAY TOWNSHIP - pg. 781 - 797 - COMING SOON
  Description - Location - Area and Valuation for 1881 - Population - Early Settlement - Breaking Prairie - First Birth, Marriage, and Death - Schools and Churches - Hunting - Early Times - War Scenes - Cyclone and Death - Incidents and Accidents - Eversonville, Its Rise and Progress, Local officers and Business Interests - BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XXIX - ENTERPRISE TOWNSHIP - pg. 797 - 807 - FINISHED 12/7/2014
  Metes and Bounds - Timber and Streams - Area and Valuation - When Organized - Growth of the Baby - The Pioneers - Who They Were and Where They Came From - The Natural Course of Events - Churches and Schools - Ministers, Physicians, and Teachers - Population - Gain - Village of Enterprise - Its Buildings - Cemetery - Business - Accidents and Incidents - BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XXX - BAKER TOWNSHIP - pg.  808 - 820 - COMING SOON
  When Organized - When Divided - Population and Wealth - Area, Streams, woodlands, and Prairies - Settled and Settlers - The March of Events - Christianity and Civilization go Hand in Hand - From 1860 to 1870 - One Slave only - The Champion Economical Man - Township Officers - New Boston, When, Where, and How it Grew and Prospered - "Hell Square Acre" - Current Events - Business BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XXXI - NORTH SALEM TOWNSHIP - pg. 820 - 827 - COMING SOON
  Position and Description - Early Settlements - "The Firsts" - Old Time Politics - During the War - Miscellaneous Incidents - Casualties and Crimes - North Salem Village, its Settlement, etc. - Methodist Church - Post-office in the Township - Official History - County Churches, Presbyterian and United Brethren .
CHAPTER XXXII - JACKSON TOWNSHIP - pg. 827 - 843 - PARTIAL
  Organization and Boundary Lines - Number of Acres and Square Miles - Valuation of Real and Personal Property, 1881 - The Lay of the Land - Half-tilled Farms and Home Surroundings - Stock-raising and Tobacco Culture - When the Chinch-bugs got a Bite - Who Settled it and When, but it Wasn't Dunbar - Several Settlements - Progress - The Professions - Schools and Churches - Cemeteries - War Items - Arnold's Death and Retaliation - Incidents and Accidents - Dead Towns - Township Organization - Township Officers - BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XXXIII - GRANTSVILLE TOWNSHIP - pg. 843 -  865 - COMING SOON
  The Last Organization - Its Metes and Bounds - Early Settlement - Schools, Churches, and Cemeteries - Timber and Streams - Population and Valuation - Square Miles and Acres - Scenes and Incidents - Grantsville Village - Township Officers - Business - BIOGRAPHIES
CHAPTER XXXIV - EARLY HISTORY OF LINN COUNTY BAR - pg. 865- 877  - COMING SOON
  Introductory - Riding the Circuit - Early Resident Lawyers - Additions to the Linn County Bar - The Bar in 1860 and During the War - At the Close of the War - Some Recollections - Early Brookfield Bar - Lawyers at Other Towns - Going Back to Brookfield and Linneus - Younger Members of the Linn County Bar - General Remarks
CHAPTER XXXV - ADDENDA - pg. 878 - 833 - SEE BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX
  Locust Creek BIOGRAPHIES - Bucklin Township - Brookfield Township


PORTRAITS:

Tooey, James - 161
Marks, Abe - 195
Wheeler, R. J. - 263
Whitaker, Thos. - 297
Wilcox, John B. - 331
Willbarger, Spencer A. - 365
Stephens, Geo. W. - 399
Harvey, E. D. - 433
Powers, John - 467
Smith, J. - 500
 

This Volume also includes:  History of Missouri, St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Joseph, Laws of Missouri, and Statistics.

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