Sugar Creek Township
This is one of the original municipal townships and was organized in 1829.Its general shape is that of an L, a strip six miles long and two miles wide forming the lower extension of the letter,while a strip four
miles wide and six and a half miles long composes the upper extension. The township contains about thirty-six square miles. It has been much reduced from its original limits, other townships having been formed from it. The narrow strip of the township reaches to the eastern border of the county, while the greater body of land lies six miles west of that boundary.
The "divide" runs through its territory in a north direction, in the eastern central portion of the township. The eastern part, therefore, contributes its waters to the Mississippi river, while the streams of the western part are tributary to the Missouri.
Among the earliest settlers having made their homes in the county before it was originated were Reuben Cornelius, Benjamin Hardin, Mal-com Galbreath and T. N. Galbreath. The latter lived in Prairie township. In 1822, when he first settled there, and even at a much later period, elk, deer, bear, wild turkeys and grouse were abundant for game, while wolves, foxes, wild cats and panthers were numerous. Col. P. P. Ruby, T. P. White, John Hannah, Alexander Jones, John Grimes, Elijah Williams, Patrick Lynch, W. H. Baird and Eli Owens were among the early settlers.
Wild honey proved a profitable crop, and could be found with little labor. In 1823, or 1824, Mr. Whittenburg built a mill in the southeastern part of the county, and Mr. Goggin one within the present corporate limits of Huntsville. These were draught or horse mills, grinding corn alone. Previous to that meal was ground on hand mills or grated on graters prepared for the purpose. Little wheat flour was used, and what was consumed was brought from Old Franklin, more than forty miles distant.
The land is diversified with prairie and timber; comparatively little of it is so broken as to be unfit tor cultivation, and all of it is adapted to grazing.
In the early settlement of the county the native grasses held possession of the soil, and blue grass was unknown. When the lands were enclosed, and the trampling and grazing of stock had killed the native grass, blue grass began to make its appearance; showing that it is an indigenous growth in this soil, and neither cultivation nor grazing will destroy it.
The township settled up slowly, owing, in great part, to its remoteness even from local markets and the want of adequate transportation to foreign marts. The farmers fed their grain and grass to live. stock, and depended upon the "drovers" to purchase their cattle, horses and hogs. After the construction of the North Missouri Railroad, settlements became.more common, and after the close of the Civil War they advanced rapidly. The creeks in this township are numerous, but as the land lies along | the dividing ridge of eastern and western waters, these streams are small. |
The variety of agricultural products is not surpassed by any other country in the world. While there are other lands that may produce one, two or even three crops in larger proportion, there are non that will yield so generous a harvest of such a great variety of productions.
In 1858 a charter was granted to the Chariton and Randolph Railroad
Company, with authority to construct a road from a point in Randolph
County to Brunswick, in Chariton County. It was desirable that this
road should tap the North Missouri road at the most convenient point
for its construction, and what is now Moberly was fixed upon as the
point of departure. The company laid off a town and drove up stakes
marking the lots. The village of Alien, one mile north of where Moberly
now stands. contained several houses, and was the shipping point for
Huntsville and other points west. To induce the abandonment of this
to build the road, or thought their own town better located, and
destined in the future to beat its rival, which then existed only In
name and on maps. From whatever cause, the proposition was rejected
by the majority, and was accepted by only one person, Patrick Lynch,
father of John E. Lynch, president of·the Bank of Moberly and the present
United States marshal for the eastern
district of Missouri, had a small, one-story frame house in Allen, and be-
lieving the Junction would one day be the better point, he placed his domicile
on rollers, took a yoke of oxen, and drew it down to what were then and
still are lots 11 and 12 in block 12, fronting- on dark street, opposite to
the Merchants Hotel, and running east with Reed street to the alley
between dark and Sturgeon.
This was the beginning of Moberly. The land around was a prairie,
without fence or enclosure of any kind, and here "Pat" Lynch lived with
his family, solitary and alone. The Allenites laughed at him, but he stuck
to his contract and stayed. The Civil War put a temporary embargo upon
town building, and Mr. Lynch concluded to profit by his lonely position.
He plowed up the stakes set to mark the lots, and cultivated the land on
the west side of the railroad, where the business houses of Moberly now
stand. Nothing was done toward the further sale of lots by the Chariton
and Randolph Railroad Company, and Lynch continued to occupy the place
and "hold the fort" during the continuance of the war, unmolested by
When business began to revive after the war, the franchises and prop-
erty of the Chariton and Randolph Railroad Company passed into the
hands of the North Missouri Railroad Company, and the project of building
the road and extending it to Kansas City was renewed. At the head of
that company was Isaac M. Sturgeon, of St. Louis, a practical business
man of eminent ability.
Having determined to complete the extension to Kansas City, it seemed
to be certain that a large town would grow up somewhere about midway
between the eastern and western termini of the road. The junction of
the north end with the western branch seemed to offer a good opportunity
to lay out and establish such a place. Moberly was, therefore, resurveyed,
and a sale of lots was advertised to take place on the grounds September
27, 1866. In the first map of the place, issued by the auctioneers, Messrs.
Barlow, Valle & Bush, of St. Louis, machine shop grounds were indicated.
The terms of sale were one-third cash when the deed was ready, one-
third in one year and one-third in two years, with interest at the rate of
six per cent on deferred payments$10 on each lot to be paid at the time
of bidding. The sale was pretty largely attended and lots sold at fair
prices. The lot on which the Merchants' Hotel now stands was sold for
$150, and some other lots brought prices ranging from $85 to $125. The
The original plat of the town embraced four blocks north of Franklin
average price of lots at this sale was between $45 and $50. Before the
sale began, Mr. Sturgeon ordered that lots 11 and 12, in block 12, be
marked off to Patrick Lynch and a deed to them be made, he to pay $1
as recorder's fee. This, as Mr. Sturgeon said, was in consideration of
the fact that Lynch had "held the city during the war without the loss
of a life or a house." Among the purchasers at that sale were William
H. Robinson, 0. F. Chandler, Dr. C. J. Tannehill, Elijah Williams, John
Grimes, Ernest Miller, C. Otto, J. G. Zahn and Patrick Lynch.
Immediately after the sale S. P. Tate began the construction of a
hotel on the southwest corner of dark and Reed streets. The structuie
was a two-story frame. John Grimes also began the building of a hotel
on Sturgeon street, which, being completed -before Tate's, is the first
house ever built in Moberly. Messrs. Chandler, Otto, Robinson, Miller,
McDaniel and other parties followed in rapid succession, and the noise of
hammer and saw was heard everywhere along dark. Reed, Sturgeon and
Adam Given owned a horse mill and sawed the lumber for the first
house erected in Moberly. The house is still standing.
street and bounded on the north by the lands of the railroad company;
five blocks and five half blocks on the west side of the railroad, from
Wightman street on the south-to the railroad lands on the north, and from
Sturgeon street on the east to the alley between dark and Williams streets
on the west; and also fourteen blocks on (.he east side of the. railroad from
Sturgeon to Morley, and from Wightman street to the township road on
the north. At the first sale no lots on the east side of the railroad were dis-
posed of, and the new buildings "were erected on the west side. The first
brick house built in Moberly was a dwelling on the southwest comer of
Coates and Williams streets, erected by Perry McDonald. In the fall of 1867,
another 'sale took place, at which a large number of lots on the east
side were sold, and the work of extending the area of the city began.
This sale also attracted many bidders, as live men had begun to appreciate
the value of the location as a business point.
Since then many additions have been made, and the territory of the
city has been vastly extended, the old limits being gradually filled with
business houses and dwellings, the population steadily advancing, and
the permanency of the location becoming every year more and more as-
sured. The wooden structures at first built gave way to more substantial
brick edifices, the frame hotels and wooden store rooms were superseded
by commodious and solid walls, and the small one-roomed dwellings were
moved to the rear to make room for larger and more imposing buildings.
As a matter of history we record the names of the first dealers in
the leading lines of trade: Dry goods, Tate & Bennett; drugs, 0. F.
Chandler; groceries,Lampton, who was immediately succeeded by Martin
Hewlett; hardware, William Seelen; furniture, H. H. Forcht, and imme-
diately after, J. G. Zahn, both houses being owned by E. H. Petering;
lumber, sash, doors and blinds, H. H. Forcht for E. H. Petering; jewelry,
John H. Kring; livery. White Bros.; clothing. Levy & Krailsheimer; boots
and shoes, L. Brandt; butcher. Henry Overberg; barber, 0. N. Kaare.
Tlie first officers of the town were: Trustees, A. T. Franklin, pres-
ident; Charles Tisue, L. Brandt, Asa Bennett and William Seelen; mar-
shal, Martin Hewlett; justice of the peace, E. Sidner; constable, Charles
Featherston; notary public, W. E. Grimes; postmaster, Charles Tisue,
who was also agent of the Merchants' Union Express Company.
Up to 1873, the year of the great panic, the amount of building and
the increase of business were sufficient to justify the assumption of the
now popular sobriquet of the "Magic City." Mining and oil districts have
sometimes gathered larger populations in shorter time, but they have
not carried with them the evidences of solidity and stability that marked
the growth of Moberly. But the panic placed a temporary check upon
the spirit of speculation and enterprise. It checked, but did not stay the
progress of the towih Even under the most discouraging circumstances the
work of extension was continued, and if there were fewer buildings erected
than in previous years, still the citizens and property holders had unfalter-
ing faith in the future of Moberly, and continued to build as the wants of
the place demanded. Meantime Moberly had grown from a place on paper
to a smart village, from a village to a town, from a town to a city.
On the 6th of June, 1868, the first board of trustees met, chose A. T.
Franklin chairman, and appointed the chairman and C. Tisue to draft by-
laws and ordinances. At a meeting of the board June 14, 1869. a resolu-'
tion was passed offering one of three tracts of land to the North Missouri
Railroad as a site for the location of the machine shops, the ground and
its appurtenances to be exempt from city taxes so long as they were used
for that purpose. These tracts were the Concannon farm, 67 acres,
northwest of town; a portion (60 acres) of the farms of Grimes and
Meals, north of town; a portion (60 acres) of the Hunt and Godfrey farm
south of town. J. D. Werden was appointed agent of the town to confer
with the directors of the railroad.
On the 20th of August the purchasing committee reported that James
Meals offered to sell "near six acres along the West Branch Railroad at
$200 per acre, and the remaining portion north of said strip and deluding
the ground his house is on, extending north to the north line of the land
known as the reservoir land, at $500 per acre." No action was taken by
the board on this liberal proposition, but an election was ordered for
August 31, 1869, to take the sense of the voters as to whether a tract of
100 acres, to cost no^ exceeding $12,000, should be bought for machine shop
purposes. At this election T. B. Porter, B. Y. N. Clarkson and Josiah
Harlan were judges. At a meeting on the 4th of September, A. F. Banker
was appointed a committee of one to close the contract with the railroad
company for the location of the machine shops.
On the 27th of June, 1870, another vote was taken to determine
whether the town would purchase a tract of 104 acres of ground lying
north and west of town for the machine shops. The result of this elec-
tion is not recorded, but it was held to have been unlawful, having been
held on Monday. A new election was ordered for August 2, 1870. The
election showed perfect unanimity on the subject of the purchase, as there
was not a dissenting voice; and at a meeting of the board of trustees on
the 4th of August, twenty bonds of the denomination of $1,000 each were
ordered to be printed.
At a meeting held August 19, 1870, William Seelen was required in
addition to his duties as vice-president of the board, to "hear and try all
cases for the violation of the city ordinances," and on the 7th of October
he was appointed to purchase six street lamps. The bond of the town
collector was fixed at $4,000; but in 1871 it was raised to $10,000, show-
ing a hundred and fifty per cent increase in the revenue within two years.
On the 24th of August, 1871, the president of the board was authorized
to borrow "such a sum of money as he may be able to obtain at 15 per
cent interest for the longest time he can get said money, for the improve-
ment of the streets of Moberly," for which the bonds of the town were to
be issued. On the 13th of November, 1871, the proposition to donate money
to the North Missouri Railroad Company for machine shops was renewed.
On the 21st of March, 1871, the board of trustees accepted the proposi-
tion of Dr. C. J. Tannehill to donate the block which is known as Tanne-
hill Park and on which the public school building now stands, as a public
On the 25th of March, an election was held to determine whether the,
city should purchase and donate to the St. Louis, Kansas City and North-
ern Railroad Company 200 acres of land lying: between the west branch
and the main line, for the erection of machine shops. The election resulted
favorably, the board of trustees proposed to donate this land, also 618
acres one and a half miles west of that tract, and exempt the whole
for twenty years from all city taxes. Another inducement held out- was
that the land thus given contained an inexhaustible bed of coal. Hon.
William A. Hall was appointed the agent of the town to present the propo-
sition. The contract was subsequently made and was ratified by the trus-
tees of Moberly April 2, 1872.
At a meeting of the board on the 3d of April, 1872, W. F. Barrows
was appointed to contract for the lithographing of seventy bonds of the
denominations of (500 each, bearing 10 per cent interest, and amounting
in the aggregate to $35,000, payable in ten years. He was also empowered
to sell these bonds without limitation as to price. At the same 'Jme a
special election was ordered to take place May 10, 1872, to determine
whether the town would purchase 818 acres of land for the car chops.
The election resulted in favor of the purchase by a vote of 299 for, to
4 against it, and bonds to the amount of $27,000 were ordered to be I'ssued.
On the 26th of August, same year, right of way was granted to the Mis-
souri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company to construct their road the
entire length of Moulton street, and across "any other street in said
An election was held February 1, 1873, to ascertain "whether a ma-
jority of the citizens of the town are in favor of having the town of
Moberly incorporated under a special charter by act of the legislature,"
J. T. Young, J. H. Burkholder, H. M. Porter, B. Y. N. Clarkson and T. P.
White having been appointed in the preceding December to draft the char-
ter. Tnis election resulted in favor of the charter, and T. P. White was
appointed to go to Jefferson City in the interest of the town. On the 5th
of March, a legislative delegation visited Moberly and a supper was given
them by the city, which cost $272.
The first election under the charter granted by the legislature was
held April 8, 1873, and resulted as follows: T. P. White, mayor; council-
man at large, C. P. Apgar; councilman: First ward, H. C. Moss; secand
ward. William Seelen; third ward, D H. Fitch and B. R. White. Clerk,
C. B. Rodes. At that election, also, it was decided to fund the debt of the
town, under the general law, by a vote of 509 to 4. The bonds of the city
were ordered by the first council to be of the denomination of $500 each,
to be issued to W. F. Barrows or bearer, payable ten years after date,
redeemable at option of the city after five years, with ten per cent interest
payable semi-annually. The bonds authorized to be issued amounted to
The following is a list of officers of Moberly from the founding of the
town in 1869 until its incorporation in 1873: 1868Board of trustees, A.
T. Franklin, chairman; Charles Tisue, Asa Bennett, Louis Brandt, Wil-
liam Seelin; marshal, S. L. Austin, E. Sidner, Martin Hewlett; clerk, J.
W. Dorser; treasurer, W. E. Grimes; assessor, William Williams, W. S.
Tompkins; collector, Martin Hewlett.
1869Board of trustees, A. T. Franklin, chairman; Charles Tisue,
William Seelen, James True, Elijah Williams; marshal, Martin Hewlett;
clerk, I. B. Porter; treasurer, W. E. Grimes, C. J. Tannehill; assessor,
B. Y. N. Clarkson; collector, Martin Hewlett; street commissioner, M.
Hewlett; assistant marshal, Isaac Jacobs.
1870Board of trustees, A. T. Bunker, chairman; D. W. Brinkerhoff,
I. B. Porter, W. Seelen, A. T. Franklin; marshal, Martin Hewlett, I. W.
Boucher, George W. Dulaney; clerk, Ben T. Porter; attorney, Ben T.
Porter; treasurer, C. J. Tannehill; assessor, James B. Dameron; col-
lector, Isaac Boucher.
1871Board of trustees, B. Y. N. Clarkson, chairman; H. M. Por-
ter, James M. S. Berry, D. S. Forney, James R. True, J. H. Burkholder,
J. M. McQuaid, J. W. Haynes; marshal, George W. Dulaney; clerk, J.
W. Dorser; attorney, Ben Porter; treasurer, Charles Tisue; assessor,
E. Sidener; collector, William W. Porter.
1872Board of trustees, J. B. Freeman, chairman: J. H. Burk-
holder, H. M. Porter, Peter Fox, J. Grimes, E. T. Tuckert, D. B. White,
J. B. Damerson, W. D. Pegram; marshal, J. W, Ragsdale; clerk, J. W.
Dorser; attorney, Ben T. Porter; treasurer, T. P. White; assessor, D.
S. Forney; collector, William W. Porter.
The following is a list of officers of the city of Moberly since its
incorporation in 1873:
1873Mayor, T. P. White; councilmen, C. P. Apgar, at large H.
C. Moss, J. T. Kimbrough, William Seelen, H. Morgan, B. R. White,
D. H. Fitch; marshal, J. W. Ragsdale; clerk, C. B. Rodes; attorney,
B. T. Porter; assessor, J. H. Phillips; collector, J. B. Sherwood; police
judge, W. A. Whitney.
1874Mayor, J. H. Burkholder; councilmen, W. L. Durbin, at large
M R. Burns, H. C. Moss, Terence Clark, H. Morgan, T. B. Patton, G.
Rothwell; marshall, J. V. Baker; clerk, C. W. Oak; attorney, S. S. MCNoughton;
treasurer, E. H. Miller; assessor, W. T. O'Rear; collector
J. B. Sherwood; police judge, J. B. Dameron. ^
1875Mayor, W. L. Durbin; councilmen, C. S. Buck, at large; J. A.|
Scott, W. R. Mealer, William Seelen, Terence Clark, W. T. McCanne,
T. B. Patton; marahall, J. V. Howard; clerk, C. W. Oak; attorney, H. S
Priest; treasurer, E. H. Miller; assessor, W. T. O'Rear; collector, J. B
Sherwood; police judge, J. B. Dameron.
1876Mayor, J. C. Hickerson; councilmen, Terence Clark, W. L.
McCart, at large; J. Campbell, J. A. Scott, Paul Rocke, William Seelen.
W. A. Bothwell, W. T. McCanne; marshall, J. W. Howard; clerk, Wil-
liam Oak; attorney, F. P. Wiley; treasurer, W. L. Young, J. L. Wool-
folk; assessor, W. T. O'Rear; collector, J. B. Sherwood; police judge,
J. D. Werden.
1877Mayor, R. R. Haynes, at large; 0. T. Rouse, John Campbell,
N. F. Haworth, Paul Roche, W. A. Rothwell, N. B. Coates, S. J. Good-
fellow; marshal, J. W. Howard, G. T. Galbreath; clerk, William Oak;
attorney, U. S. Hall; treasurer, J. L. Woolfolk; assessor, M. T. Wil-
liams; collector, J. B. Sherwood; police judge, I. W. Boucher.
1878Mayor, W. T. McCanne; councilmen, W. F. Elliott, at large;
0. T. Rouse, Dr. Thomas Irwin, J. M. Kiely, N. F. Haworth, W. A.
Rothwell, S. J. Goodfellow; marshall, G. T. Galbreath; clerk, Richard
Brooks; attorney, W. J. Hollis; treasurer, A. B. Thompson; assessor,
M. T. Williams; collector, John H. Gravely; police judge, J. S. Wayland.
1879Mayor, J. H. Burkholder; councilmen, C. P. Apgar, at large;
Dr. T. Irwin, A. O'Keefe, Winslow Buck, J. M. Kiely, W. A. Rothwell,
H. Jennings; marshal, G. T. Galbreath; clerk, C. B. Rodes; attorney,
B. T. Hardin; treasurer, A. B. Thompson; assessor, J. D. Bailey; col-
lector, John H. Gravely; police judge, I. W. Boucher.
1880Mayor, G. L. Hassett; councilmen, P. J. Carmody, at large;
A. O'Keefe, Wilson Robertson, Winslow Buck, J. Evans, W. A. Roth-
well, H. Jennings; marshal, J. E. Lynch; clerk, J. B. Lowell; attorney,
B. T. Hardin; treasurer, A. B. Thompson; assessor, F. E. P. Harlan;
collector, B. A. Wilson; police judge, Zach Fisher.
1881Mayor, P. J. Carmody; councilmen, Hiram Jennings, at large;
W. Robertson, J. D. Lipscomb, Winslow Buck, J. T. Evans, E. H. Mix,
W. A,Rothwell, J. H. Mlller; marahal, J. E. Lynch; clerk, C. T. Hunn;
attorney, J. W. Dorser; treasurer, A. B. Thompson; assessor, W. T.
O'Rear; collector, K. A. Wilson; police judge, Zach Fisher.
1882Mayor, P. J. Carmody; councilmen, B. R. White, at large;
J. Q. Mason, J. D. Lipscomb, E. H. Mix, M. A. Hayes, J. H. Miller,
J. T. Williams, William Coyle; marshal, J. E. Lynch; clerk, C. T. Hunn;
attorney, J. W. Dorser; Hiram Jennings; assessor, W. T. O'Rear; col-
lector, I. B. Davis; police judge, Zach Fisher.
1883Mayor, D. S. Forney; councilmen, A. E. Simmons, at large;
J. Q. Mason, W. A. Chisholm, J. E. Camplin, E. H. Mix, M. A. Hayes,
Norris Tuttle, William Coyle; marshal, George Keating; clerk, C. T.
Hunn; attorney, W. B. Sanford; treasurer, C. P. Apgar; assessor, W.
T..O'Rear; collector, J. B. Davis; police judge, D. A. Coates.
1884Mayor, D. S. Forney; councilmen, A. E. Simmons, at large;
W. A. Chisholm, R. C. Murray, H. R. Suppe, M, A. Hayes, Norris Tut-
tle, A. O'Keefe; marshal, George Keating; clerk, V. M. Tedford; attor-
ney, W. P. Cave; treasurer, J. T. O'Neal; assessor, M. V. Greene; col-
lector, C. T. Hunn; police judge, D. A. Coates.
1885Mayor, D. S. Forney; councilmen, A. E. Simmons, at large;
J. Tagart, R. C. Murray, H. R. Suppe, M. A. Hayes, N. Tuttle, A. O'Keefe;
marshal, George Keating; clerk, John Floyd; attorney, W. B. Sanford;
treasurer, J. T. O'Neal; assessor, W. S. Boulward; collector. Jerry Shaw;
police judge, A. J. Featherstone.
1886Mayor, A. B. Thompson; councilmen, H. R. Suppe, at large;
J. Tagart, Robert Little, F. Haley, M. A. Hayes, N. Tuttle, Enoch Des-
kin; marshal, J. E. Lynch; clerk, John Floyd; attorney, W. B. Sanford;
treasurer, George W. Sparks; assessor, C. M. Berry; collector, John
Pierce; police judge, A. J. Featherstone.
1887Mayor, Theodore F. Priest; councilmen, J. Sam Hedges, at
large; R. Little, W. A. Chisholm, W. P. Thompson, Prank Haley, Enoch
Deskin, J. W. Ragsdale; marshal, J. E. Lynch; clerk, J. F. Rucker; at-
torney, William Morrissey, B. T. Hardin; treasurer, George W. Sparks;
assessor, W. S. Boulware; collector, John Pierce, William Oak; police
judge, A. J. Featherstone.
1888Mayor, B. R. Haynes; councilmen, C. P. Campbell, at large;
R. Little, W. A. Chisholm, W. P. Thompson, J. C. Hutton, H. P. Jennings,
J. W. Ragsdale; marshal, J. E. Lynch; clerk, J. F. Rucker; attorney, W. P.
Cave; treasurer, V. M. Tedford; assessor, W. S. Boulware; collector,
James W. Williams; police judge, W. W. McNich.
1889Mayor, R. R. Haynes; councitoien, Tim Freeman, C. P. Wil-
lett, A. T. Franklin, Denis Hogan, H. P. Jennings, N. F. Haworth, C. Adams,
H. 0. Hannah, Louis Cross, J. C. Hutton, W. H. Wilson, F. E. Shuck;
marshal, J. E. Lynch; clerk, J. F. Rucker; attorney, W. P. Cave; treas-
urer, V. M. Tedford; assessor, W. S. Boulware; collector, James M. Wil-
liams; police judge, W. W. McNich.
1890Mayor, R. R. Haynes; councilmen, Tim Freeman, J. S. Chad-
wick, A. T. Franklin, J. W. Ragsdale, H. P. Jennings, N. F. Haworth, D.
W. Wilson, H. 0. Hannah, Louis Cross, C. P. Apgar, W. H. Wilson, A. D.
Terrill; marshall, J. E. Lynch; clerk, J. E. Rucker; attorney, W. P. Cave;
treasurer, V. M. Tedford; assessor, W. S. Boulware; collector, James M.
Williams; police judge, W. W. McNich.
1891Mayor J. W. Ragsdale; councilmen, Tim Freeman, J. S. Chad-
wick, A. T. Franklin, T. 0. Afflick, T. F. Priest, N. F. Haworth, D. W,
Wilson, G. M. Dulany, William Firth, C. P. Apgar, W. H. Wilson, George
P. Shedd; marshall, J. E. Lynch; clerk, J. F. Rucker; attorney. Will A.
Rothwell; treasurer, V. M. Tedford; assessor, Alien D. Terrill; collector,
James M. Williams; police judge, W. W. McNich.
1892Mayor, J. W. Ragsdale; councilmen, Tim Freeman, J. S. Chad-
wick, A. T. Franklin, T. 0. Afflick, T. F. Priest, N. F. Haworth, J. S.
Hedges, G. M. Dulany, J. W. Walden, C. P. Apgar, W. H. Wilson; George
P. Shedd; marshall; J. E. Lynch; clerk, J. E. Rucker, attorney. Will A.
Rothwell; treasurer, V. M. Tedford; assessor, Allen D. Terrill; collector,
James M. Williams; police judge, W. W. McNich.
1893Mayor, J. W. Ragsdale; councilmen, A. B. McCoy, C. A. Settle,
J. B. Hill, W. S. Jones, N. E. Walker, N. F. Haworth, J. S. Hedges,
A. S. Hickerson, Louis Gross, C. P. Apgar, W. D. Bean, George P. Shed;
marshal, J. E. Lynch; clerk, J. F. Rucker; attorney. Will A. Rothwell;
treasurer, V. M. Tedford; collector, M. J. Tedford; police judge, W. W.
1894Mayor, J. H. Babcock; councilmen, A. B. McCoy, J. A. Medley,
J. B. Hill, W. S. Jones, N. E. Walker, N. F. Haworth, J. S. Hedges, A. S.
Hicherson, Louis Gross, C. P. Apgar, W. D. Bean, I. C. Miller; marshal,
J. E. Lynch, William Fox; clerk, A. B. Little; attorney, Will A. Rothwell;
treasurer, V. M. Tedford; assessor, William Oak; collector, M. J. Tedford;
police judge, W. W. McNich.
1895Mayor, W. P. Cave; councilmen, A. B. McCoy, J. A. Medley,
J. B. Hill, J. E. Camplin, N. E. Walker, N. F. Haworth, J. S. Hedges.
J. M. Williams, Louis Gross, C. P. Apgar, W. H. Wilson, I. C. Miller;
marshal, William Fox; clerk, A. B. Little; attorney, Alex H. Waller, J. C.
Williams, J. W. Wight, Jr.; treasurer, John B. Jennings; assessor, F. E.
P. Harlan; collector, M. J. Tedford; police judge, D. Proctor.
1896Mayor, W. P. Cave; councilmen, A. B. McCoy, H. L. Lee, M.
A. Arnett, J. E. Camplin, N. E. Walker, W. W. Babcock, A. S. Hickerson,
J. M. Williams, L. Gross, E. 0. Doyle, W. H. Wilson, I. C. Miller; marshal,
shal, William Fox; clerk, A. B. Little; attorney, J. W, Wight, Jr.; treas-
urer, John B. Jennings; assessor, F. E. P. Harlan; collector, M. J. Ted-
ford; police judge, D. Proctor.
1897Mayor, W. P. Cave; councilmen, A. B. McCoy, H. G. Lee, M.
A. Arnett, J. E. Camplin, N. E. Walker, W. W. Babcock, A. S. Hicherson, "
J .M. Williams, L. Gross, E. 0. Doyle, W. H. Wilson, L C. Miller; marshal,
William Fox; clerk, A. B. Little; attorney, J. W. Wight; treasurer, J. B.
Jennings; assessor, F. E. P. Harlan; collector, M. J. Tedford; police judge,
W. W. McNinch.
1898Mayor, W. P. Cave; councilmen, J. A. Tagart, C. E. Hallibur-
ton, J. J. Jones, J. E. McQuitty, N. F. Haworth, A. C. Dingle, I. C. Miller,
W. F. Moore; marshal, C. L. Quayle; clerk, N. E. Walker; attorney, J. W.
Wight; treasurer, J. B. Jennings; assessor, E. P. Harlan; collector, M.
J. Tedford; police judge, D. Proctor.
1899Mayor, A. H. Waller; councilmen, J. A. Tagart, C. W. Halli-
burton, J. J. Jones, J. E. McQuitty, N. F. Haworth, A. C. Dingle, I. C.
Miller, W. F. Moore; marshal, C. L. Quayle; clerk, L. L. Wayland; attor-
ney, F. T. Woods; treasurer, J. B. Jennings; assessor, F. E. P. Harlan;
collector, William Fox; police judge, D. Proctor.
1900Mayor, A. H. Waller; councilmen, L. S. Gaines, Carter Baker,
J. E. Camplin, F. C. Jacoby, A. C. Dingle, J. M. Williams, L. Weisberg,
L C. Miller; marshal, C. L. Quayle; clerk, L. L. Wayland; attorney, F. T.
Woods; treasurer, J. B. Jennings; assessor, F. E. P. Harlan; collector,
William Fox; police judge, D. Proctor.
1901Mayor, W. P. Cave; councilmen, L. S. Gains, Carter Baker,
J. E. Camplin, F. C. Jacoby, N. F. Haworth, A. C. Dingle, I. C. Miller, W.
F. Moore; marshal, C. L. Quayle; clerk, A. P. Little; attorney, F. T.
Woods; treasurer, J. B. Jennings; assessor, F. E. P. Harlan; collector, L.
L. Wayland; police judge, D. Proctor.
1902Mayor, W. P. Cave; councilmen, John Ward, Dr. Burk, J. E.
Camplin, E. B. Mahan, E. W. Roberts, J. M. Williams, J. W. Faessler,
J. E. Ball; marshal, C. L. Quayle; clerk, A. N. Little; attorney, F. T.
Woods; treasurer, J. B. Jennings; assessor, F. E. P. Harlan; collector,
L. L- Wayland; police judge, D. Proctor.
1903Mayor, A. C. Dingle; councilmen, John Ward, Dr. Burk, J. E.
Camplin, E. B. Mahan, E. W. Roberts, J. M. Williams, J. W. Faessler, J.
E. Ball; marshal, J. Patterson; clerk, R. R. Rothwell; attorney. Oak Hun-
ter; treasurer, J. B. Jennings; assessor, J. C. Bounds; collector, L. L.
Wayland; police judge, S. C. Griswold.
1904Mayor, A. C. Dingle; councilmen, John Ward, Dr. Burk, J. E.
Camplin, E. B. Mahan, E. W. Roberts, J. M. Williams, J. W. Faessler, J. E.
Ball; marshal, J. Patterson; clerk, J. F. Curry; attorney. Oak Hunter;
treasurer, J. B. Jennings; assessor, J. C. Bounds; collector, L. L. Wayland;
police judge, S. C. Griswold.
1905Mayor, A. C. Dingle; councilmen, J. M. Williams, E. B. Mahan,
J. Gowler, W. McGrew, J. E. Ball, E. W. Roberts, Perrine, J. P. Sinnock;
marshal, J. Patterson; clerk, J. F. Curry; attorney, Oak Hunter; treasurer,
J. B. Jennings; assessor, J. C. Bounds; collector, S. C. Griswold; police
judge, B. O'Connell.
1906Mayor, A. C. Dingle; councilmen, J. M. Williams, J. W. Dy-
sart, J. Fowler, W. L. McGrew, Perrine, J. P. Sinnock, W. P. Davis, J.
Ball; marshal, J. Patterson; clerk, J. F. Curry; attorney, Oak Hunter;
treasurer, J. B. Jennings; assessor, J. C. Bounds; collector, S. C. Griswold;
police judge, B. O'Connell.
1907Mayor, R. R. Rothwell; councilmen, L. Gross, J. P. Sinnock,
J. Letter, W. P. Davis, C. B. Dysart, E. A. Willott, J. E. Ball, N. Roe-
buck; marshal, John Hogg; clerk, J. F. Curry; attorney, Elmer Ball;
treasurer, H. J. Lotter; assessor, B. L. Young; collector, W. E. Travis;
police judge, B. O'Connell.
1908Mayor, R. R. Rothwell; councilmen, 0. R. Nise, J. P. Sinnock,
J. H. Lotter, W. P. Davis, I. F. Harlan, E. A. Willott, N. Roebuck, H.
Owens; marshal!. John Hogg; clerk, J. E. Curry; attorney, Elmer Ball;
treasurer, H. J. Letter; assessor, B. L. Young; collector, W. E. Travis;
police judge, B. O'Connell.
1909Mayor, R. R. Rothwell; councilmen, 0. R. Nise, J. J. Patrick,
P. Packwood, W. P. Davis, I. F. Harlan, J. M. Williams, W. McGrew,
Henry Owens; marshal, John Hogg; clerk, J. F. Curry; attorney. Elmer
Ball; treasurer, H. J. Lotter; assessor, B. L. Young; collector, Will Short;
police judge, B. O'Connell.
1910Mayor, R. R. Rothwell; councilmen, 0. R. Nise, J. J. Patrick,
P. Packwood, L. Hunt, I. F. Harian, J. M. Williams, W. McGrew, J. E.
Ball; marshal, John Hogg; clerk, J. F. Curry; attorney, Elmer Ball;
treasurer, H. J., lotter; assessor, B. L. Young; collector. Will Short;
police judge, B. O'ConnelL
1911Mayor, W. P. Cave; councilmen, 0. R. Nise, P. B. Saterlee, C. B.
Dysart, L. Hunt, I. F. Harian, W. S. Turner, W. McGrew, J. E. Ball;
marshal, Al Flemming; clerk, J. F. Curry; attorney, A. B. Chamier;
treasurer, H. J. Lotter; assessor, C. W. Hager; collector, Will Short;
police judge, F. Tedford.
1912Mayor, W. P. Cave; councilmen, F. M. Holtsinger, P. B. Sater-
lee, C. B. Dysart, W. Biggers, I. F. Harian, W. S. Turner, W. Mc-
Grew, J. E. Ball; marshal, Al Flemming; clerk, J. F. Curry; attor-
ney, A. B. Chamier; treasurer, H. J. Letter; assessor, C. W. Hager;
collector. Will Short; police judge, F. Tedford.
1913Mayor, R. R. Rothwell; councilmen, F. M. Holtsinger, C. Baker,
William Biggers, J. Fowler, I. F. Harian, W. S. Turner, W. McGrew. J. E.
Ball; marshal, William Hinton; clerk, J. F. Curry; attorney, A. B. Chamier;
treasurer, H. J. Lotter; assessor, H. Solomon; collector, C. W. Kelly; police
judge, F. Tedford.
1914Mayor, R. R. Rothwell; councilmen, 0. R. Nise, C. Baker,
J. Fowler, William Biggers, W. S. Turner, I. F. Harian, W. MeGrew, .J. E.
Hall; marshal, William Hinton; clerk, J. F. Curry; attorney, A. B.
Chamier; treasurer, H. J. Lotter; assessor, H. Solomon; collector, C. W.
Kelly; police judge, F. Tedford.
1915Mayor, I. F. Harian; councilmen, J. Tomlinson, 0. R. Nise,.
J. Fowler, W. Biggers, W. S. Turner, E. Hutchinson, W. McGrew, W.
Butler; marshal, William Hinton; clerk, J. F. Curry; attorney, W. B.
Stone; treasurer, H. J. Letter; assessor, H. Solomon; collector, C. W.
Kelly; police judge, A. B. Adkisson.
1916Mayor, I. F. Harian; councilmen, J. Tomlinson, 0. B. Nise,
J. Fowler, W. Biggers, W. S. Turner, E. Hutchinson, W. McGrew, War-
ren Butler; marshal, William Hinton; clerk, 3. F. Curry; attorney, W.
B. Stone; treasurer, H. J. Letter; assessor, H. Solomon; collector, C. W.
Kelly; police judge, J. B. Adkisson.
The present city officials of Moberly are: Mayor, James T. Cross;
clerk, William H. Wilson; treasurer, Herman Letter; collector, E. A.
Bowman; attorney, Edmund Burke; police judge, William Haynes; mar-
shal, Melvin Marshall; health commissioner, Dr. Thomas L. Fleming;
engineer, Carl Haynes; street commissioner, James C. Green; chief of
police, Melvin Marshall; chief of fire department, John Crews; assessor,
Ben L. Young; councilmen, first ward, William Hulen, M. F. Kirtley;
second ward, William Biggers, W. B. Davis; third ward, E. P. Hutchin-
son, F. M. Grimes; fourth ward, W. R. Butler, W. P. Vandegrift.
MOBERLY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Prior to 1872 there was no regularly organized public school. Pri-
vate schools were taught from time to time and short terms of public
schools were held. W. Tandy O'Rear and Charles Rodes were among
the passing teachers.
In the year 1872 the first graded public school was organized, the
principal being Prof. Tuck Powell. Among his assistants were N. E.
Walker, G. N. Ratliff and Luther Terrill.
In the summer of 1876 began the erection of "Old Central," which
stood for years at the comer of Johnson and Rollins streets. At the
time of the purchase of the plot of ground for this building there was
a thoroughfare called Phipp's avenue, lying between this ground and
Tannehill Park. This street was formally closed the next year.
The high school was organized in 1877 by Prof. Marion Bigley,
who took charge of the schools as the first superintendent. He reorgan-
ized the old first ward school on the east side, introduced new methods
and was, in fact, the founder of the present school system.
In the fall of 1885 the frame building on East Rolling street was
burned. It was not rebuilt. Instead the other part of the present build-
ing was erected in what was formerly Moss Park, at a cost of $13,200.
West Park was built in 1884, at a cost of $13,000. This building is
located on a prominent hill in northwest Moberly, and is a commanding
In 1893 came South Park, another fine building, which cost $16,000.
On the evening of December 5, 1894, the old Central building burned
to the ground. An issue of bonds was at once voted by the people to
erect a new and up-to-date building on the same ground.
The first commencement of the high school was held in the "Wig-
wam," a big frame building erected on the comer of Reed and Fifth
streets, in the spring of 1880 to accommodate the domocratic state con-
vention. The "Wigwam" seated about 3,000 people and was crowded
to its limits with those attending the exercises.
The graduating class consisted of Will A. Rothwell and Arthur
Grimes. Will Rothwell delivered the valedictory address and Arthur
Grimes the salutary. During the evening Superintendent Biglow was
presented with a handsome heavy gold-headed cane. This was the gift
of the students of the high school, and the presentation speech was
made by Hon. F. P. Wiley. The diplomas were presented to the two
graduates by Dr. W. A. Rothwell, president of the board of education,
assisted by S. C. Mason, secretary. The class of 1916 contained fifty-four
The school facilities were increased in 1913 by the erection of a
modern building in northeast Moberly and the addition of two rooms
each to East and West Park, and later a new $15,000 school for colored
children was erected at the corner of Franklin and Homer streets. In
1916 a bond issue of $100,000 was voted for two additional buildings
and improvements on the old.
Following is a list of those who have served as superintendents:
Marian Biglow, James A. Rice, L. E. Wolfe, W. D. Dodson, W. E. Cole-
man, J. A. Whiteford, J. C. Lilly and E. M. Sipple.
Those who have served as presidents of the board of education: I.
B. Porter, W. T. McCanne, Dr. W. A. Rothwell, W. Simonds, Westley
Humphrey, R. C. Murray, Dabney. Proctor, E. R. Hickerson, W. H. Mor-
ris, F. G. Ferris, J. S. Bowers, A. B. Little and Dr. C. B. Clapp.
DIRECTORS OF THE MOBERLY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM 1871.
Name I B Porter 1871-1873
D. B. White 1872-1874
J . H. Burkholder 1871-1873
J T Kimbrough 1872-1874
E. H. Miller 1872
W. F. Barrows 1873-1874
W. T. McCanne 1873-1880
H. C. Moss 1873-1874
T. P. White 1874
A. Steed 1874-1876
S. C. Mason 1874-1881
W. H. Selby 1874-1885
W. A. Rothwell 1875-1882
W. F. Elliott 1877-1883
Wm. Firth 1878-1879
H. R. Crockett 1879-1881
J. C. Kennedy 1879-1881
W. J. Halleck 1881-1882
James Shaughnessy ______ 1881-1884
W. Buck 1881
W. N. Rutherford 1881
W. J. Hollis -- 1881-1882
W. Simons 1882-1887
Wesley Humphrey - 1882-1884
R.C.Murray -. 1882-1893
U. S. Hall 1882-1888
C. B. Rhodes 1883-1885
J. R. Lowell 1883-1901
C. F. Campbell . 1884-1889
Dabney Procter 1886-1895 :
A. L. Bassett 1886-1899
J. S. Bowers 1888-1915
A. W. Quackenbush ------- 1889
E. R. Hickerson ------- 1890-1896 1
W. S. Wagner -- 1890-1894
W. H. Morriss 1893-1897 1
W. K. Megee - 1894-1897
E. H. Fitzhugh 1895-1896
F. G. Ferris 1896-1902 1
J. Thomas Coates 1897-1913 -
H. V. Estill 1899-1902
Dr. G. 0. Cuppaidge 1901-1904 -
W. L. Eddings 1902-1906
George Manuel ------ 1903-1914
C. H. Nelson . . 1905-1911
A. B. Little 1913-1915
J. H. Davia .- 1913
J. F. McLellan 1914
Dr. C. B. Clapp 1914
Forrest Martin ------- 1914
Robert T. Kingsbury - 1915
A: B. Chamier - 1916
The present board of education is as follows: President, Dr. C. B.
Clapp; secretary, Robert L Kingsbury; superintendent of schools, P. P.
Callaway; secretary to superintendent, Mrs. Carrie Simmons.
In addition to the public schools there are two parochial schools doing
excellent work. The oldest of these is St. Mary's Academy, which is in
charge of Sisters of Loretto. The school was started under the pastorate
of Father McKenny in 1877, with Sister Phillippi as the first Mother Supe-
rior. The building is located at the corner of Ault and Farror streets. At
present Sister Christine is the Mother Superior, and associated with her
are Sisters Josephine, Casimer, Anunciata, Alacoupue, Elvira and Alexis.
Sister Alacoque is the music teacher; the other branches taught are the
eight grammar grades and one year of high school work. The building is
a commodious brick structure, and excellent work is done.
The school in connection with the Immaculate Conception Church was
founded by Father Straubinger, in 1888. This school prepares its pupils
tor high school. It is well attended and has capable teachers.
The free public library building was the gift of Andrew Carnegie.
It was completed in 1904 at a cost of $20,000, and is supported by taxation
and kept open day and evening six days in the week. Mrs. Bessie Lee,
This institution is the culmination of the efforts of the first associa-
tion, formed in 1872, whose president was T. P. White; secretary, William
Through varying fortunes and under different names library organi-
zations have existed from that time to the present. The railway employes
took a leading part. In the fall of 1900 the Wabash Railway Company,
which had been giving its assistance, withdrew its help to give to the new
Y. M. C. A. The Railroad Library Club then faced the problem of sup-
port and for advice turned to G. R. Rothwell, who suggested making
use of the new state law, permitting cities to maintain public libraries by
taxation. This was favorably received and a committee was appointed, con-
sisting of Messrs. Rothwell, Lowell and N. E. Walker, to manage the move-
ment for establishing a public library. The matter was voted on April 2,
1901, and the tax authorized.
The first board of directors under the new law consisted of Gus
Ginther, N. E. Walker, J. A. Whiteford, Dr. J. T. Fry, A. B. Ruby, W. D.
Danley and F. G. Ferris.
Of the Commercial club members who were active in working for the
Carnegie building may be mentioned. President J. R. Lowell, Rolla Roth-
well, Dr. C. B. Clapp, John O'Keefe, L. E. Frost, R. A. Curran, E. B.
Mahan, G. J. Ginther and Harvey Baker.
The present library board: President, A. B, Rubey; secretary, George
H. Robinson; members, P. P. Callaway, Omar Martin, Arthur O'Keefe,
G. P. Eddings, Claude Marshall, J. C. Lilly, Dr. C. K. Button. Librarian,
Bessie S. Lee.
CONTRACT WITH RAILROAD COMPANY.
The following is the contract entered into by and between the in-
habitants of the town of Moberly, Missouri, and the St. Louis, Kansas
City & Northern Railway Company, and locating their main shops at
This contract, made and entered into this ---------- day of April,
A. D., 1872, between "The Inhabitants of the Town of Moberly, Mis-
souri" of the first part, and the St. Louis, Kansas City and Northern
Railway Company, of the second part, witnesseth: That said party
of the first part, for the consideration hereinafter set forth, hereby
binds itself to make a perfect title in fee to the party of the second
part, to the following described lands, situate in the county of Ran-
dolph and state of Missouri, viz.: All of the land now belonging to
said party of the second part within the lines as marked on a plat filed
in the office of the attorney of said party of the second part, marked
"Exhibit A," and designated as the plat here referred to by the signa-
ture of William A. Hall, which said land is north of said town of Moberly
and contiguous thereto, and to the land now held by said party of the
second part and is between the main line and the west branch of said
railway, and also six-hundred and eighteen (618) acres on the west
branch of said railway, as designated on said plat, about one and a
half miles west .of said land first above described, subject to a coal
lease on two hundred acres, on the west part if said land(the rents
and profits of which shall enure to the said party of the second part)
all of which appears on the said plat, and said party of the first part,
in consideration, etc., as aforesaid, further binds itself to pay any and
all taxes that may be levied by the authorities of said town of Moberly,
on the property now owned, and on the property to be conveyed under
this" contract, by said party of the first part to said party of the second
part, for the period of twenty years from and after this date; and
if any other municipal corporation shall be created to cover said lands,
the said party of the first part binds itself nevertheless to pay any and
all town or municipal taxes that may be levied, or assessed by such
municipal corporation so created, on the said property now owned and
which is to be conveyed to said party of the second part, as aforesaid,
for the period of twenty years.
And said party of the first part further binds itself that no roads,
streets or alleys shall be made over, through or across the said lands to
be conveyed by them to the said party of the second part, adjoining said
town without the consent of said company, and that said party of the
first part will have vacated any streets or alleys which may now be
located on said lands, and binds itself that it will forever oppose any
extension of the corporate limits of the said town of Moberly over the
said land to be conveyed by said party of the first to the said party of
the second part, adjoining the said town, and further, that it, the said
party of the first part will not accept any law authorizing any extension
of the corporate limits of said town that will include the property referred
to in this agreement without the consent of the said party of the sec-
ond part, and said party of the first part further binds itself to per-
fect the title in fee to said party of the second part, and deliver pos-
session of the lands adjoining the town as above described in ten days,
except so much as has belonged to a minor heir which shall be per-
fected in forty-five days, and that it will perfect the title to the six
hundred and eighteen acre tract subject to the coal lease in thirty
days, and that it will have vacated the streets and alleys on said land
adjoining town in ninety days. In consideration whereof said party
ot the second part hereby binds itself to said party of the first part
to permanently locate their principal car and machine shops within the
limits of the land adjoining said town of Moberly, to be conveyed by
said party of the first part to the said party of the second part, as
shown by the plat referred to.
In testimony whereof, the said party of the first part has caused
this contract to be signed by the chairman of the board of trustees of
the town of Moberly, and the seal of said corporation to be hereunto
affixed, and the said party of the second part haa caused the same to
be signed by its president, and its corporate seal be hereunto affixed on
the day and year first above written.
B. Y. N. CLAKKSON,
Chairman of Board of Trustees, of the Town of Moberly, Missouri.
In Witness Whereof, I, J. W. Dorser, clerk of the board of trustees,
of said town of Moberly, do hereby affix my name and the corporate
seal of said town of Moberly, at office in said town, this second day
ot April, A. D., 1872.
J. W. DORSER,
St. Louis, Kansas City & Northern Railway Co.
By T. B. BLACKSTONE, President.
JAMES F. HOW, Secretary.
CITIZENS' BOND FOR THE FAITHFUL PERFORMANCE OF SHOPS
Know All Men By These Presents, That we, H. M. Porter, J. H.
Burkholder, T. P. White, M. Jennings, E. H. Miller, 0. F. Chandler,
John T. Young, D. B. White, I. B. Porter, William Firth, N. B. Coates,
S. P. McCormick, Henry Morgan, B. Y. N. Clarkson, William Seelen,
W. D. Pegram, John B. Freeman, Adam Given, S. Jones, B. F. Porter,
J. T. Aldridge, C. Fiser, Erwin Gay, C. W. Dawson, C. Otto, P. H. Nise,
George T. Goldsmith, N. B. Coates, W. F. Bowman, hereby bind our-
selves, our heirs, etc., to the St. Louis, Kansas City & Northern Rail-
way Company in the sum of one hundred thousand dollars, upon the
terms and conditions following, to-wit:
Whereas, The inhabitants of the town of Moberly, in Randolph
County, Missouri, have submitted a proposition to the said railroad com-
pany for the purpose of inducing and assisting said company to locate
on lands donated to said company by said town, adjoining said town
on the north, their principal car and machine shops of said company.
And said town also proposes to and donated to said company, six hun-
dred and eighteen acres on the line of the west branch of said road,
known as the Homer farm.
And Whereas, The said company has duly accepted said proposi-
tion of the said inhabitants of the town of Moberly; now, therefore, if
said inhabitants of the town of Moberly shall furnish to, or cause to be
furnished to, said company, a good and complete title in fee simple to
all of the lands named in said proposition, subject, however, to the coal
lease therein mentioned, then this bond to be void, otherwise to remain
in full force and virtue.
In witness whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our hands and
seals this first day of April, A. D. 1872.
GEO. W. DULANY, M. B. PEGRAM,
J. P. MILLER, ADAM GIVEN,
J. W. BURKHOLDER, S. JONES,
S. P. McCORMICK, B. T. PORTER,
0. F. CHANDLER, JOHN T. ALDRIDGE,
D. B. WHITE, CHAS. TISUE,
I. B. PORTER, ERWIN GAY,
E. H. MILLER, C. W. DAWSON,
H. M. PORTER, CHRISTIAN OTTO,
B. Y. N. CLARKSON, P. H. NISE,
WILLIAM FIRTH, GEO. T. GOLDSMITH,
JOHN T. YOUNG, N. B. COATES,
M. JENNINGS, W. F. BARROWS,
W. P. WHITE, C. FISHER.
J. B. FREEMAN,
Filed for record July 20th, 1889, at 1:00 o'clock p. m.
J. C. SAMUEL,
JNO. N. HAMILTON, Deputy Recorder.
FROM MOBERLY'S FIRST NEWSPAPER.
The Moberly Herald was Moberly's first newspaper, published un
the first day of each month, by W. E. Grimes. The first issue appeared
on Wednesday, March 10, 1869. The following is taken from the sec-
OFFICERS OF THE TOWN.
Trustees: A. T. Franklin, president; Chas. L. Brandt, Asa Bennett,
Wm. Seelen. Marshal, Martin Howlett. Justice of the peace, E. Sidner.
Constable, Chas. Featherston. Notary public, W. E. Grimes. Post-
master, C. Tisue. Merchants' Union Express Agent, C. Tisue.
MOBERLY BUSINESS DIRECTORY.
J. J. & G. W. Jones, Dry Goods, Etc., Coates Street, East of Railroad.
T. P. White, Dry Goods, Clothing-, Etc., Corner dark and Reed Streets.
Mrs. Foose, Milliner, South Side Reed Street. Mrs. E. Werden, Milliner,
North Side Reed Street. Berry & Harmon, Family Groceries, dark
Street. E. H. Miller, Grocery and Bakery, Sturgeon Street. H. Over-
berg, Meat Market, Reed Street. Wm. Seelen, Hardware and Cutlery,
Reed Street. B. Y. N. Clarkson, Reapers, Mowers and Threshers, Reed
Street. Chandler & Adams, Druggists, Corner Reed and dark Streets.
L. Brandt, Boots and Shoes, Corner Reed and Sturgeon Streets. Wm, E.
Grimes, Real Estate, South Side Reed Street. J. D. Werden, Real Estate
and Insurance, Reed Street. I. B. Porter, Attorney at Law, Real Estate
and Insurance Agent, Reed Street. North Missouri Coal & Mining Com-
pany. Sturgeon Street. J. S. Clarkson & Company, Fruit Trees, Hedge
and Shrubbery, Reed Street. E. H. Petering, Lumber, Coates Street.
True & Briggs, Contractors and Builders, dark Street. Joseph Anson,
Carpenter and Builder, Williams Street. W. K. Christian, Resident Den-
tist,Dr. C. Adams, Physician, Corner dark and Reed Streets. Tate's Hotel,
S. P. Tate, Proprietor, Comer dark and Reed Streets. Wm. Teeters,
Restaurant, Reed Street. 0. N. Kaan, Barber and Hair Dresser, Reed
Street. Manlin & Co., Saloon, Southwest Corner Reed and Sturgeon.
Streets. P. McLarney, Moberly Saloon, Sturgeon Street. J. D. Bailey,
Carpenter and Builder, Williams Street. J. H. McQuaid, Lumber Dealer,
Moulton Street, East of Railroad.
NEW FIRMNEW GOODSNEW PRICES.
T. P. White having purchased the stock of goods of Tate & Bennett.
Missouri. He is now purchasing and will bring to thia city the largest
and most complete assortment of Dry Goods, Notions, Hats, Clothing,
Groceries and Queensware.
"THE WAR IS OVER AT LAST."
I have a house and lot in Moberly, Missouri, which I would sell.
Located on Williams street only two blocks from the depot. Lot, fifty
foot front, running back 120 feet. Good fence, cistern, etc. House con-
tains three good rooms, and would rent for about $15.00 per month.
Price, (1,000. Title -perfect.}. D. Bailey.
Two hundred and fifty-six acres of good land, lying two and a half
miles east of Jacksonville, ninety acres in cultivation, balance in timber.
Improvements consist of a double log house, two stories high, stable,
etc., never failing water, saw-mill and carding machine within one mile.
Price"$12.50 per acre.
A farm of 105 acres in Monroe County, lying within three and a half
miles of Middle Grove and about the same distance from Madison. Im-
provements consist of a frame house containing four rooms, stables
moderately good, smokehouses and other out-buildings, good water, a
young orchard of select fruit, seventy acres of farm in cultivation, re-
mainder in pasture and timber. Price, $22.50 per acre.
Twenty-two acres of unimproved prairie land, lying within one-half
mile of Moberly. Price, $40.00 per acre.
A large and commodious hotel in the flourishing town of Renick;
building new, two-story frame, 30x40 feet, with fifteen rooms. Situated
near depot, doing a good business. Price, $2,000.
THE HANNIBAL AND MOBERLY RAILROAD.
Mr. McInally, one of the gentlemanly contractors of the Hannibal
and Moberly Railroad, informs us that at present they are working about
one hundred hands on that part of the road that lies between this place
and Paris, a distance of twenty-four miles, and that the whole line is
being pushed to an early completion. So we may reasonably conclude
that within a year the quiet citizens of Paris will be startled by the shrill
whistle of the locomotive. The iron is already being laid down on the
Naples and Hannibal Railroad, and when finished will fill a gap in the
most important direct line of road across the continent.