A Directory of Towns, Villages, and Hamlets
Past and Present
of Cedar County, Missouri

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


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Akard (later known as Owen's Mill, q.v.)

Akard is a trading-post near the mouth of Bear Creek. It was named for Judge J. M. Akard. It was established at the close of the Civil War, and before Owen's Mill. (--Place Names).

It was three and one-half miles east of Stockton. (--The State of Missouri in 1904, p. 355.)

Akard was also known as Hubbard Mill, Tatum Mill, Crow's Mill, and later was known as Owen's Mill. In 1847 a saw mill and dam were built and later sold to Philip Crow and known as Crow's Mill. The Owen's family bought an interest. After 1867 or 1868, the mill was gone and never replaced. The dam was rebuilt. It was located at southeast corner of northwest quarter of northeast quarter of Section 2, Township 34, Range 26. (--(--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

The post office was established 19 February 1890, with F. M. Owens postmaster. (--Hoff & Abbott.)

Alice

Alice is the name of a store eight miles northwest of Stockton. It was founded about 1870. It was named for a woman in the neighborhood very likely. It was in Box Township. (--Place Names; (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

It was also known as Horse Creek and Mule Creek. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874, Campbell, pp. 127, 128.)

Arnica (later Fincastle, q.v.)

Arnica was named for a spring which people though contained the medicinal properties of arnica. Since 1882, it has been known as Fincastle. (--Place Names).

It was located at Section 32, Township 35 N, Range 25 W, on Highway AA, in Jefferson Township. (--General Highway Map of Cedar County, Issued by the Missouri State Highway Department, 6-1-68. Unless otherwise noted, all map descriptions are from this map. Also, (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

Arnica was the name it was known by locally when the last store was closed. The buildings are completely gone now. The town was laid out in 1882. (--(--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

Baker's Store

Baker's Store is a country store which was named for the owner and has been in operation since 1915. (--Place Names). (Location is unknown.)

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Balm (earlier Cedar Springs, q.v.)

Balm was so named because of the medicinal nature of the water in the vicinity. The site was laid out in 1884 by Thomas Eslinger. It is the same place as Cedar Springs. (--Place Names).

It was located in the northwest part of Cedar Township, Section 2, Township 36, Range 27. (--History of Cedar County, Goodspeed, 1889, p. 421; (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

Bear Creek (also known as Payntersville, q.v.)

This village was named for Bear Creek because it is near that creek. This name was the one favored for the post-office when names were submitted to the Postal Department. Bear Creek, (village) began as a trading-point in the 1850's. (--Jno. Rountree.)

Just after the Civil War, Charles W. Paynter and Jefferson Jackson opened a store there. Soon people began to call the village Payntersville, but the post office still bears the name of Bear Creek. (--Place Names).

Bear Creek is 8 miles east, southeast of Stockton on the Bolivar Road and in 1874, it had 2 general stores and a population of about 40. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874, Campbell, pp. 127, 128.)

It is on Highway 32, at the junction with C. It is located at Section 27, Township 34 N, Range 25 W, Madison Township.

Additional information--(--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

In 1974, there are just a few houses, one church, one store and service station. The post-office has been closed for several years. The Lindley Prairie Cemetery and church are a little over a mile away. (--(--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

Bell's Mill

Bell's Mill was built on Bear Creek in the 1840's, and was named for the builder and operator, a Mr. Bell. It was in Jefferson Township. (--Place Names; (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

Blakeley's Mill

Blakely's Mill was built in the 1840's on Sac River by a Mr. Blakely. (--Place Names). (Location is unknown.)

Benton Township

It was established May 8, 1845; re-established May 25, 1855, and a final re-establishment was effected February 6, 1880. (--History of Cedar County, pp. 390-397.)

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Box Township

Box Township was established May 25, 1835, and was re-established February 6, 1880. (--History of Cedar Co., pp. 390-397.)

It was laid out by the court in 1855. A citizen of the neighborhood, a Mr. Box, dug his coffin out of a big walnut log about 1835. There was so much comment on this rather odd performance that Mr. Box was soon very well known. The township was named for him. (--Place Names).

Bugtussle

Bugtussle is a store established about 1915 east of Arnica. After the name was jokingly applied to the place it came to be used by common consent. (--Place Names).

Bugtussle was located exactly 3.7 miles east of the site of Arnica--at the turn of the road--where the road jogs south. The store was opened somewhere around 1930 and existed probably 15 to 20 years. (--Clayton Abbott.)

Arnica is on Highway AA. Mr. Abbott says the location of Bugtussle is east of AA, 1/8 mile north of the home of Cedil Taylor.

Cane Hill

Cane Hill is a trading-point in the southern part of the county. Tom Dale and his son, Bill, and John W. Rountree, a son-in-law of Dale, opened the first business there in 1868. Tom Dale named the place Cane Hill, because of the abundance of cane produced in the neighborhood. (--Place Names).

Cane Hill, 10 miles south of Stockton, was laid out in 1869. It contained 4 stores and some other industries. (1874). (--Gazetteer of Missouri, pp. 127-128.)

The post-office was discontinued in 1919. Thereafter it was served from Dadeville. (--Missouri Manual, 1919-1920, p. 732.)

Cane Hill, in 1974, has one thriving general store with gas pumps. John Kenney is the owner; he deals in posts, native lumber, fencing, feed and fertilizer. A few houses are close, and the Flint Hill Church and Fullington Cemetery are within two miles. (--(--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

It is located at Section 24, Township 33 N, Range 26 W, on Highway 215.

Caplinger Mill (Sackville, Sacville, earlier William's Mill)

Caplinger or Caplinger's Mill is on the west bank of the Sac River, 7 miles north of Stockton, and 23 miles southeast of Scheel City (Schell City), its nearest railroad station. It was settled in 1849 by Samuel Caplinger, who bought the mills called by his name. These were destroyed and the dam washed away during the Civil War, and in 1866 the property changed hands; the mills being rebuilt by Andrew Masters, are now known (1874) as Master's Mill on Sac River, though the post-office still retains the old name. In 1869, the town was laid off by Chandler, and now has a population of about 40, (1874). (--Gazetteer of Missouri, pp. 128-127.)

Caplinger's Mills, (earlier William's Mill, q.v., later Sacville, q.v.), is a village named for Samuel Caplinger who moved there from Tennessee in 1842 and bought William's Mill on Sac River. It was known for a while as Sacville and the post-officed obtained under that name still remains, (1930).* (--Place Names).

According to the Postal Directory of 1924, there was no post-office by the name of Sacville; however, there is a post-office by the name of Caplinger Mills.

It is located at Section 16, Township 35 N, Range 26 W, on Highway K, north of Stockton.

As of 1974, the post-office has been discontinued as well as the schools which were consolidated with Stockton and all the children are taken by bus to Stockton. Cedar County is divided into two school districts, Stockton and El Dorado Springs. The modern mill later owned by Whinery's was lost in a fire, 20 March 1947, rebuilt 15 April 1948, but was destroyed by a fire again on 25 June 1953, and was never replaced. (--(--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

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Cedar Creek (the stream)

Cedar Creek was so called because of the cedars along its bluffs. It has been known by this name since pioneer days. (--Place Names).

Cedar Mill

John G. Williams from Cole County moved to Cedar County in 1837 and built this mill on Cedar Creek, from which it got its name. (Exact location is unknown).

Cedar Springs (Later Balm, q.v.)

Cedar Springs, established about 1880, was named for Cedar County. (--Place Names).

It is located at Section 22, Township 36 N, Range 27 W, on Highway 54 at the junction of 39 & DD, in Cedar Township.

Additional information: (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Mrs. Hughes says of Cedar Springs: "1974, little left except a service station and store."

Cedar Township

It was established May 8, 1845; re-established May 25, 1855, and a final re-establishment was effected February 6, 1880. (--History of Cedar Co., pp. 390-395.)

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Centerville

Centerville, a trading-point 18 miles northwest of Stockton, was a very early place. It was destroyed during the Civil War and was never rebuilt. No reason for the name is known. (--Place Names).

It was in the southwest part of Box Township. It was laid out in 1857 by Joshua Howell. (--(--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

Claud

Charles E. Eliston put up the store and had the trading-post named for his nephew. (--Place Names).

It was 7 miles northeast of Caplinger Mills, and 9 miles west of Humansville, Polk Co. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

The store is closed now. (--(--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

Clear Spring (also Clair Spring, later Lebeck, q.v.)

Clear (Clair) Spring was an earlier name for Lebeck. It took its name from Clear Creek (so named by the pioneers for the clear waters of the creek). (--Place Names).

It was located at Section 16, Township 36, Cedar Township, Range 27. (--(--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).)

Clintonville

Clintonville was laid out in 1857 by G. B. Adcock. It was named for the neighboring town of Clinton. (--Place Names); Gazetteer of Missouri, pp. 127-128.

It was located at northeast quarter of northwest quarter of Section 34, Township 26, Range 28. The town of El Dorado Springs has extended its development south to include what was Clintonville. All that remains is the Cemetery that has retained the name of Clintonville. It is on Highway 39 at the south edge of town. (1974). (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Coal Hill

It was on an unmarked highway west of Cedar Springs, approximately 3 miles.

It is located at Section 20, Township 36 N, Range 27 W. There is a church called Coal Hill. There was a Coal Hill School, as there used to be a Coal Hill 4-H Club. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

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Cook's Mill

This mill, one mile below the mouth of Horse Creek on a little branch two hundred yards away from Cedar Creek, was named for its builder and owner, a Mr. Cook. (--Place Names).

Cracker Box

Cracker Box is the name of a store which was opened about 1910, and was operated for about ten years. The store was so small that it suggested the name Cracker Box to some local joker, who called it that. (--Place Names). (Exact location is unknown).

Crow's Mill

Crow's Mill was built on Bear Creek in the 1840's or 1850's. It was named for its owner. (--Place Names).

It was also known as Owen's Mill, and was located on southeast corner of northwest quarter of northeast quarter of Section 2, Township 34, Range 26. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Dixon's Store (also Red Hill, q.v.)

Dixon's Store is the name of a country store which was named for its owner. It has been there since 1900. It is called Red Hill, also. (--Place Names). (Exact location is unknown.)

Dunnegan's Mill

Francis Dunnegan, an uncle of T. H. B. Dunnegan of Bolivar, Polk Co., a pioneer, settled near the Sac River in 1856 and built a mill just above the bridge on what is now Highway 32. It was used until about 1880. Nothing is left. (--Places Names; Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Eaton

Eaton, 20 miles northwest of Stockton, was destroyed during the Civil War, and has not been rebuilt. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, pp. 127-128.)

Eaton was in Box Township. (--New Atlas of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, Map # 25.)

It was located at Section 18, Township 36 N, Range 28 W. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Edsall

Edsall was three and one-half miles southwest of Filley, and six and one-half miles northwest of Stockton. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

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There was a post-office here in 1901-1904. (--Missouri Manuals, 1901-02, p. 467; 1903-04, p. 384.)

It was located at Section 4, Township 35, Linn Township, Range 28. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

At a later date (after 1838) John Edsall operated a store at his place about a quarter mile west of Cedar Creek on the main road between Stockton and Filley...His store continued in business long after the turn of the century, and during the later years the Edsall Post-Office was located there. As of 1967 the remnants of some of the old buildings can still be seen. (--Historical Sketches of Cedar Co., Clayton Abbott, Copyright, used by permission, p. 170.)

El Dorado Springs

El Dorado Springs is a rather noted health resort. It was laid out July 20, 1881, by Matt and Peyton Cruse who opened the first business there. The name El Dorado, which means "The Golden" in Spanish, was probably given in honor of one of the other fourteen cities of that name in the United States. (--Place Names).

It is located at Sections 21 & 28, Township 36 N, Range 28 W, on Highways 54, 32 & EE, in Box Township.

Additional information: (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Mrs. Hughes continues: "1974, El Dorado Springs is a growing town with several industries; population of 3300."

Filley

It is 12 miles southeast of El Dorado Springs. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

It is located at Section 31, Township 35 N, Range 27 W, on Highways K & 32.

1974, Filley consists of a few houses along the highway. The Christian Church, store and filling station, empty store buildings and a small house built for Extension and 4-H Club meetings remain. It is in Box Township. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Fincastle (Earlier Arnica, q.v.)

Fincastle, which was at first Arnica, was laid out in 1882 by T. T. Loy and M. Jacobs. No reason for its name is known. (--Place Names; History of Cedar Co., p. 421.)

Forest Grove

It was eight and one-quarter miles southwest of El Dorado Springs. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

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Fremont (earlier Lancaster, q.v.; finally Stockton, q.v.)

Fremont was a new name given to Lancaster in 1847. It was named for General John C. Fremont, the great western explorer. It held the name of Fremont from 1847 to 1857; at that time it was changed to Stockton. (--Place Names).

Fremont was incorporated May 19, 1851...The town was a second time incorporated, under its present name of Stockton, July 28, 1868. (--History of Cedar Co., p. 409.)

Graceland

Graceland was so named from the beautiful country about it. Rural delivery soon closed the post-office which was obtained about 1900. (--Place Names).

It was located at Section 35, Township 35, Range 26, in Washington Township. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Gum Springs

Gum Springs is the name of an old Cumberland Presbyterian Camp-Ground four miles southwest of Stockton. It was named for a family of Gums, local landowners. (--Place Names).

It was located at Section 31, Township 34, Range 26, in Linn Township. Gum Springs had at one time a small store, but no settlement. As of 1974, the near by school house has been abandoned for several years; the church building is being used for a Union Sunday School.There is a well kept cemetery next to the church. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Hamlet (earlier Sexson, q.v.)

Hamlet is the same site as Sexson and was called Hamlet for Charles Hamlet, the owner of the store. It has been under that name but a few years. (--Place Names).

Hartley

Hartley is the name of a store established about 1914, in the southwest part of the county. It was named for Dick Hartley, the owner. (--Place Names).

It was four and one-half miles east of Umber. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

It was located in Madison Township; close to Stockton Lake now. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

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Hartley, later known as Needmore, was a small village located about 8 miles southeast of Stockton, a few miles east of the mouth of Little Sac River. It was located on the southwest corner of northeast quarter of northeast quarter of Section 6, Township 33 N, Range 25 W. (--Historical Sketches of Cedar Co., Clayton Abbott, Copyright, used by permission, p. 170.)

Horse Creek

See Alice. (--Place Names).

Hyattsville (later Olympia, q.v.)

Hyattsville was named for a Mr. Hyatt who first begun business there. It soon took on the name Olympia. (--Place Names).

The store is closed now, as of 1974. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Ivy

W. E. Phipps started a store in this place about 1910 and named it Ivy because of the quantity of ivy growing on the swamp land in the vicinity. (--Place Names).

Ivy was 5 1/2 miles southwest of Caplinger Mills. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

It was located at Section 26, Township 35, Range 27, in Washington Township. Nothing there now. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Ivy was a village and post-office located about a quarter mile east of Cedar Creek, on the road now known as Highway K...In the 1890's, it had about 40 inhabitants; there are not even ruins to mark the spot. (--Historical Sketches of Cedar Co., Clayton Abbott, Copyright, used by permission, p. 170.)

Lebeck (formerly Clair Spring, q.v.)

Lebeck is a trading-point established in 1868 by Noah Graham. It was named for the Lebeck family, who were prominent people and friends of Graham. (--Place Names).

Lebeck (formerly Clair Spring) was 17 miles north, northwest of Stockton. It was settled in 1868 by Noah Graham. It had a population of 30 or 40 and contained 1 steam saw mill, 2 stores, a wagon shop, and a public school building. The nearest railroad station was Schell City, 16 miles distant. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874, pp. 127-128.)

It was located at Section 16, Township 36, Range 27, in Cedar Township. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

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Lebeck has completely disappeared. It was laid out in August 1870, by August Schmidt, and was formerly konwn as Clair Springs. It was once located on the southeast quarter, of northwest half, of Section 16, Township 36 N, Range 27 W, but the site is now under cultivation as agricultural lands. (--Historical Sketches of Cedar Co., Abbott, p. 257, Copyright, used by permission.)

Leila (or Lelia)

Lelia is the name of a store established about 1895. Tradition says that it was named for a woman in the neighborhood. (--Place Names).

It was three and one-half miles southeast of Balm. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

It was located at Section 20, Township 36, Range 27, in Cedar Township. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Linn Township

Linn Township was laid out by the first county court in 1845. It was named for the abundance of linden trees in the region. (--Place Names).

Jaketown (P. O. Mollie q.v.)

Jaketown is the name of the trading-point for the Mollie post-office, and was named for Jake Dixon who owns the store. (--Place Names).

Jerico Springs

In June, 1882, D. G. Stratton bought some land and laid out the town of Jerico Springs, which is noted locally for its medicinal springs. The name Jerico is a combination of the Ancient Jericho with that of the early owner of the townsite, Joseph B. Carico. (--Place Names).

It is four and one-fourth miles south of the former site of Tingsley. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

In 1974, it is a small village of 3 or 4 churches, and a few stores and a funeral home. It is in Benton Township. Several cemeteries are near; Anna Edna, Hall, Brashers, Greenfield. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

It is located at Section 9, Township 33 N, Range 28 W, at the junction of Highways 97 & B.

It was incorporated as a village March 5, 1883...The first general store was opened by James A. Cogle. (--History of Cedar Co., p. 414.)

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Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a name given locally by the residents to a part of Jerico Springs that is cut off from the main village by Jordan Creek. Although Jerusalem has no legal standing, the people of the region know it well and get much amusement from the imaginary Biblical trips from one town to the other. (--Place Names).

Jordan Creek

This is a little stream running through Jerico Springs, dividing Jerico Springs proper (q.v.) on the east from Jerusalem (q.v.) on the west. It was jokingly named from the river in Palestine, as it was near Jericho. (--Place Names).

Kader

Kader was a country store about the time of the Civil War. Julian Osborne, owner of the store, named the place Kader for a friend who later became postmaster. (--Place Names).

It was 8 miles southwest of Stockton. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

It was located at Section 35, Township 34, Range 27, in Linn Township. There is a cemetery about a mile away. Nothing left now. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Kinneytown

Kinneytown was the name of a store on the highway between Stockton and Fair Play. It was established about 1905 and was named for the man who owned it. (--Place Names).

A possible location was on Highway 32.

Lamberton's Store

This trading-point was named for Christopher I. Lamberton, who built the store in 1838. (--Place Names).

Lancaster (later Fremont, q.v.; then Stockton, q.v.)

At a meeting of the court February 11, 1846, it was ordered that the commissioners of the permanent seat of justice lay off the town of Lancaster. It was very likely named for one of the seventeen other Lancasters in the United States. (--Place Names).

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Madison Township

Madison Township was established May 8, 1845, and was re-established February 6, 1880. (--History of Cedar Co., pp. 391-394.)

Malt's Point

Malt's Point was in Washington Township. (--New Atlas of Missouri, Map # 26; Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

No other information is available.

Masters

This is a trading-point in the southeastern part of the county. About 1895, Colonel James Masters, a prominent lawyer of Springfield, made a speech there during a political campaign, and the residents named the place for him. (--Place Names).

It was 3 1/2 miles southeast of Hartley and 6 miles southwest of Fair Play. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

It was located on Highway C, about half-way between Highway 32 and the Dade County line, at Section 10, Township 33 N, Range 25 W. It was near Stockton Lake. (--Highway Map; Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Meadow

This little store in Washington Township was named for the beautiful meadow at the side of the store. (--Place Names).

It was in the western part of the Township. C. E. Buster was a local merchant. It is gone, 1974. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Mollie (Post-office of the trading-point, Jaketown, q.v.)

Mollie was one of the names submitted to the Postal Dempartment by Jake Dixon of Jaketown. It was named for a woman in the family. (--Place Names).

Mollie was 5 1/2 miles west of Dunnegan. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

Mount Enterprise

It was located 10 miles south, southwest of Stockton, and was near the site of White Hare (also spelled Hair), which was entirely destroyed during the Civil War. There was a good public school, and a few other houses. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, pp. 127-128.)

"Nothing there now." (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

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Mount Langdon

This was a trading-point a half mile southwest of Pleasant View, near a mill on Cedar Creek. The origin of the name is unknown. (--Place Names). (Exact location is unknown.)

Mule Creek

See Alice in Benton Township. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, pp. 127-128; Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Needmore

Needmore is the name of a store three miles northeast of Cane Hill. It was established about 1900 and was named by a local joker as a pleasant criticism of the small amount of goods in stock. (--Place Names).

It was located at Section 12, Township 33, Range 26; in Madison Township. A church was located at the above location. Store is closed now; it is in the lake area. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

See Hartley. (--Clayton Abbott.)

Olympia (Earlier Hyattsville, q.v.)

After Hyatt established his store in 1895, he submitted names to the Postal Department and asked for an office. From his list of names the Department selected Olympia, probably from one of the four Olympias in other states. (--Place Names).

It was 4 1/2 miles east of Montevallo. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

It was located at the intersection of Highways 97, E, & CC, at Section 5, Township 34 N, Range 28 W, in Benton Township. (--Highway Map; Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

The store is closed now, as of 1974. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Omer (Earlier Whitehare, Whitehair, q.v.)

There was a post-office here before 1845 when Cedar Co. was formed; it was in Dade County. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

About 1880 Clem Jordan submitted three names for this post-office, and the Postal Department changed the name of Whitehare to Omer, one of the three submitted. The postmaster said that his reason for asking for a change was to get a shorter name for the office. He probably took it from someone in the neighborhood, as Omer is a common Christian name. (--Place Names).

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Omer was 3 miles south of Kader. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

It was located at Section 21, Township 33 N, Range 29 W, on Highway Y, approximately 5 miles west of 39, in the south part of Linn Township. Highway Map; (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

The school building is still there, also one church. The old store building is used for a home. The cemetery is about a half-mile away. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Osiris

Osiris was established in 1900 by J. M. Biddy, who submitted names and got a post-office in 1902. He stated that he wanted a name different from others. He chose the name Osiris from Egyptian Mythology, in which Osiris is the god of light, health and agriculture. (--Place Names).

It is 4 1/2 miles northwest of Jerico Springs. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

A store is still open; operated by Mr. Arch Walker, in 1974. Located at Section 20, Township 34, Range 28. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Owen's Mill (Earlier Akard, q.v.)

Owen's Mill was built about 1870 at Akard, (q.v.). The importance of the mill caused people to cease using the name Akard and call it Owen's Mill for the name of the man who built and operated it. (--Place Names).

Pacetown (Nicknames: Tightwad and Smackout)

Pacetown was named for Ike Pace, who was a minister at Pleasant Ridge. There was a store there from 1904 to 1952. Early owners were Lloyd Barrett and Richard Elliott. Ruby Pracht operated the store from 1928 to 1946. It was 1 mile west of Filley. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes; Clayton Abbott.)

Payntersville (Earlier Bear Creek, q.v.)

Charles W. Paynter and Jefferson Jackson began business here just after the Civil War. The name Bear Creek was soon changed by the people to Payntersville in honor of the popular young merchant, Charles W. Paynter. (--Place Names).

Pepperville (Pacetown, q.v.)

Pepperville is the name given by Ike Pace to the place which the neighbors insisted on calling Pacetown. He said he wanted it to be a "hot place." (--Place Names).

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Pleasant View (Earlier Zinn's Mill, q.v.)

Pleasant View is the name of the trading-point and post-office on the old site of Zinn's Mill. It was named for its location. (--Place Names).

It was located at Section 10, Township 35, Range 27, in Cedar Township, 10 miles north of Stockton. The store of Joseph and E. A. Heas. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Red Hill (Also Dixon's Store, q.v.)

Red Hill was so named from a badly washed red hill between the store and the river near by. It is a nickname for Dixon's Store. (--Place Names). (Exact location is unknown.)

Rowland

Rowland is a little trading-point in the southern part of the county. It was named for R. P. Rowland who got the post-office in about 1908, and still owns the place (1930). (--Place Names).

Rowland was 7 miles south of Stockton. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 355.)

It was located at Section 7, Township 33, Range 26, in Linn Township. As of 1974, the store and school are gone. "The last I knew the church building was still standing." (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Sacville (Later Caplinger Mills, q.v.)

Sacville, now known as Caplinger Mills, was a trading-point on the Sac River. The place was laid out in 1870 by Shadrach Chandler who named it for the Sac River. (--Place Names).

It is located at Sections 16 & 17, Township 35 N, Range 26 W. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Sandridge (later Pacetown, q.v.)

Sandridge is a nickname given to Pacetown before the name was definitively decided upon. It was so called because it was located on a sandy ridge. (--Place Names).

Sexon (Later Hamlet, q.v.)

Sexon is the name of a small trading-point in the eastern part of the county. It was named for Mort Sexon, but is now called Hamlet. (--Place Names).

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Smackout (Pacetown, q.v.)

Smackout is a nickname given to Pacetown before the name was definitely decided upon.

"Plumb out", "Clean out", "Slap dab out", and "Smack-out", with a meaning of "entirely out", of any article are common colloquialisms among Southwest Missouri pioneer settlers. It seems a sound conjecture to account for this name, attached to a very small store, as an application of this colloquialism. (--Place Names).

Stockton (Earlier Lancaster, q.v.; the Fremont, q.v.)

The first settler was Zimri Crabtree who located on the site on account of the fine spring at the foot of the bluff. The first general store was opened in 1846 by Richard Hutson for Tilton & Sanders, of Buffalo, Polk Co...Business was practically suspended during the Civil War...Stockton was made the permanent seat of justice of Cedar Co., February 11, 1846 under the name of Lancaster. In 1847, the name was changed to Fremont, in honor of General Fremont, then popular on account of his Rocky Mountain explorations. In 1856, when he became Republican candidate for President, on petition of the people, the General Assembly changed the name to Stockton, in honor of Commodore Stockton, of the United States Navy, who arrested Fremont during the Mexican War. February 11, 1846, David Hunter as Commissioner platted the town...Shelby made a raid upon the town in 1863, and burned the courthouse. The records had been removed in 1861 by county officials, who were Southern sympathizers; in 1865 they were found in a cave in Arkansas and brought back to the county. In 1867 a new brick courthouse was erected at a cost of $10,000, the money being taken from the school fund... (--Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, 1901, Conard, Vol. 6, pp. 88 & 89.)

Silver Creek

It was in Washington Township. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Taylor's Store (Earlier Williamsburg, q.v.)

Taylor's Store is a small trading-point that takes its name from a Mr. Taylor, who owns the store. (--Place Names).

Tingley

A Mr. Van Wormer established a trading-point in 1897, and named it Tingley in honor of an old citizen, Henry Tingley, who was a Dunkard preacher. (--Place Names). (Location is unknown.)

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Umber

Umber, a store near Cane Hill, was established about 1905 by a Mr. Umber and got its name from him. (--Place Names). (Location is unknown.)

Virgil City

This village is located on the western line of Cedar County, in the southwest corner of Box Township, and extends partially into Vernon County. It is 17 miles from Stockton, northwest. It was laid out in 1869 by James Henderson and Bartlett R. Conyers. Its population is about 300. It contains a hotel, a wagon maker's shop and a general store. The village was incorporated in 1870 with A. Carroll, A. N. Wallace, J. H. Challender, J. R. Oatman and Andrew Arnett as trustees. (--History of Cedar Co., p. 421.)

Virgil City, a very old trading-point on the west line of the county, was laid out in 1866 by B. R. Conyers and Virgil W. Kimball and named for the latter. (--Place Names).

It is located at Section 31, Township 35, Range 28, in Box Township. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Wagoner

John Potts and John Swinn built the first store and got a post-office about 1882. They named the place for C. M. Wagoner, a friend and local land owner. (--Place Names).

It was located at Section 18, Township 34, Range 27. In 1974, the store is closed, the school house is used by 4-H and other people. They still have church in the church building. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

West Eldorado

A point of great interest is the Nine Wonders, a cluster of springs about a mile southwest of El Dorado Springs. A few years ago, these springs were in quite a secluded spot which today (1889) is known as West El Dorado. A syndicate of capitalists took it upon themselves to build a city that would rival El Dorado Springs. They bought up about seven hundred acres of land surrounding what was then known as the Nine Wonders, and laid out a town site, which has not yet been incorporated. They have spared no money or pains to make it an attractive place, building an elegant amphitheater at an expense of $6,000, and fenced and laid out a beautiful park, with gravel walks and flower beds. They have also built a large two-story double-front brick and galvanized iron storehouse with plate glass front and three or four frame houses. This places is a beautiful suburb of El Dorado, and, with the coming of the railroad, which is to have its terminus here, bids fair to soon grown to considerable promise. (--History of Cedar Co., p. 420.)

It is now (1975) a part of El Dorado Springs. (--Personal Observation.)

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Whitehare (Later Omer, q.v.)

When the mother of A. M. Weaver, as a young woman, lived at this place in 1854, the store was owned and operated by a Mr. Whitehare. About 1880 Clem Jordan requested the Postal Department to change the name to Omer. (--Place Names).

It was located at Section 21, Township 33, Range 27, in Linn Township. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).

Williamsburg (Later Taylor's Store, q.v.)

Taylor's Store was named Williamsburg for Jasper Williams, who lived near the store before Taylor bought it. (--Place Names). (Exact location is unknown.)

Williams Mill (Later Caplinger Mills, q.v.; also Sacville, q.v.)

This mill was named for its pioneer owner who had previously bought Cedar Mill. He built this mill on Sac River in 1842 and sold it to Caplinger before the end of the year. (--Place Names).

Willowville

Willowville is a small trading-point established about 1905 in the northern part of the county. It is so named because of the willows growing along the little stream near by. (--Place Names). (Exact location is not known.)

Youngtown

Youngtown is the name of a trading-point established in the early eighteen-nineties. It was named for Bud Young, who owned the place. (--Place Names). (Exact location is unknown.)

Zinn's Mill

Zinn's Mill was named for the founder of the mill built on Cedar Creek in the 1850's. It later became the site of Pleasant View. (--Place Names).

It was located at Section 10, Township 35, Range 27, in Cedar Township. (--Mrs. A. D. Hughes).


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