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

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


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Alpha (Nevada)

Alpha (Nevada) thirteen miles southeast of Trenton, situated on the east bank of Medicine Creek, had a population of 250. It was a business point of some importance and had a good water-mill, four stores, several wagon shops and one hotel. (--Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, p. 222.)

It is located at Section 30, Township 60 N, Range 22 W in Wilson Township. (--New Atlas of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, Map # 15.)

The post-office was discontinued pre 1905. (--General Scheme of Missouri, 1905, Taft, for the use of Railway Mail Clerks, p. 42.)

Mail is now via Laredo; population 10. (--Standard Reference Guide of Missouri, 1974, Rand, McNally & Co. )

There is an Alpha in St. Louis County; no population. (--Standard Reference Guide of Missouri, 1974, Rand, McNally & Co. )

Bluff Grove

Bluff Grove is an early name for Trenton. (--History of Grundy County, p. 31.)

Brimson

Brimson is the youngest town in the county. It owes its existence to the Q. O. & K. C. R. R. which left Edinburg practically off the map. In 1899, the idea was conceived of locating the new town on the railroad to the north and west of Edinburg, far enough away to meet the demands of a fine trade district that was compelled to go perhaps ten miles to a trading point. The original town was platted December 22, 1899 by Porter Thompson and wife...It was named for a railroad official. (--Grundy County, p. 124.)

It s situated at Section 29, Township 62 N, Range 25 W, in Taylor Township. (--Map of Missouri, 1911, Rand, McNally.)

Buck Snort

See Edinburg.

Buttsville

Buttsville was once a place of some importance, but since the building of the railroad its trade had been largely diverted to Spickardsville, the railroad station five miles east. (--Campbell, p. 222.)

It was situated at Section 11, Township 63 N, Range 25 W in Washington Township. (--New Atlas of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, Map # 15.)

It is no longer listed; there is a Butts in Crawford County. (--Rand, McNally 1974.)

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Coblent

Coblent was situated at Section 7, Township 69 N, Range 22 W in Wilson Township. (--New Atlas of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, Map # 15.)

This area is east of Laredo on Highway E.

It is no longer listed.

Coburn

Coburn was in the southwest corner of Jefferson Township. (--Map of Missouri, 1925, Rand, McNally.)

It was situated at Section 29, Township 60 N, Range 25 W on the Rock Island Railroad. (--General Highway Map of Grundy County, issued by The Missouri State Highway Department, 4-1-66. Unless otherwise noted all map locations are from this map.)

It is no longer listed.

Corneau

See Dunlap.

Corneau (or Dunlap)

Corneau or Dunlap, was established in 1881, shortly after the building of the Q. M. & P. Railroad.It is situated in Mission Township about seven miles from Trenton and Galt. Griffin's town of Corneau was established by James T. Griffin September 5, 1881...Its name was changed to Dunlap in 1888. (--Grundy County, p. 124.)

It is situated at Section 4, Township 61 N, Range 23 W on Highway N.

Mail via Trenton; population 47. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Edinburg

Edin burg six miles west of Trenton...was a thriving town of 300 inhabitants, and the seat of Grand River College, established in 1854, under the control of Prof. Jno. P. Vertries...The place contained four stores and one carriage and one wagon maker's shop. (--Campbell, pp. 222, 223.)

Edinburg, once known as "Buck Snort", was at one time larger Trenton and promised to be one of the largest cities in this part of the State. In the pioneer period it was one of the largest settlements in the county, the first settler, Dr. W. P. Thompson, making his home within a few miles of there. When Grand River College flourished, students came to Edinburg from miles around to attend that institution. The town was first located in 1838.

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Isaac J. Harvey built the first store. The original plat was laid out June 15, 1851, by Wm. C. Harvey...In 1881, the town consisted of two hotels, two grocery and dry goods stores, a drug store, a wagon manufacturer, and two blacksmith shops.

The pleasant little town, birth place of General Enoch Crowder, home of Grand River College, is "five miles west of Trenton." (--Grundy County, p. 123.)

It is situated at Section 15, Township 61 N, Range 23 W, in Madison Township on Highway 170 west of Crowder State Park.

The post-office was discontinued pre 1905. (--Taft, p. 42.)

Mail is now via Trenton; population 10. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Embry's

See Hickory Creek.

Gault Station or Galt Post Office

It was situated at Sections 32 & 33, Township 62 N, Range 22 W at the junction of 6 & E on Sullivan County Line.

Gorham

This town was located on the Kansas City extension of the C. M. ST. P. R. R., halfway between Ottumwa, Iowa and Kansas City, MO. It was 12 miles east of Trenton, 8 miles south of Galt, 14 miles east of Browning and 8 miles north of Chillicothe...

Two weeks after the sale, June 21, 1887, the town had one stock of dry goods, groceries, by E. L. Pottle & Company, one stock of hardware by D. W. Farnsworth & Company, one hotel in process of erection by Thomas Moore and a residence by D. W. Farnsworth. (--Grundy County, p. 152.) (It is no longer listed.)

Granville (Grandville)

It was situated at Section 34, Township 62 N, Range 23 W in Liberty Township. (--New Atlas of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, Map # 15.)

Grinnell

Grinnell was a post-office ten miles northeast of Trenton. (--Campbell, p. 223.)

It was situated at Section 27, Township 62N, Range 23 W in Liberty Township. (--New Atlas of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, Map # 15.)

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Grubbtown

Grubbtown was a post-office thirteen miles northwest of Trenton. (--Campbell, p. 223.)

It was situated at Section 28, Township 62 N, Range 25 W in Taylor Township. (--New Atlas of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, Map # 15.)

Grundy City

See Tindall.

Hickory (also known as Hickory Creek)

This little town in Jefferson Township marks one of the early settlements in the southern part of the county. It was first known as Embry's, later Hickory Creek and now shortened to Hickory. It was a point on the Rock Island Railroad and had several general stores, and at one time supported a bank. (--Grundy County, p. 124.)

It is situated at Section 24, Township 69 N, Range 25 W on W south of WW.

Mail via Trenton. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Laredo (elevation 808 feet)

It is situated at Sections 11, 12, 13, 14, Township 60 N, Range 23 W in Wilson Township at the junction of V, M & E.

Lindley

Lindley, on the east bank of Medicine Creek, 12 miles from Trenton, was named in honor of Judge James J. Lindley, of St. Louis. It had four stores, one harness shop, one school-house and one hotel. (--Campbell, p. 223.)

It was situated at Section 6, Township 61 N, Range 22 W in Marion Township, on JJ at the Sullivan County Line.

Lomax's Store

It was the site of the first county seat. "I, James S. Lomax, bind myself to donate to the county eighty acres of land, at Bluff Grove, for the location of said seat of justice."

James S. Lomax
August 5, 1841.

(--Grundy County, pp. 132, 133.)

Murton

Murton was a post-office eight miles southeast of Spickardsville. (--Campbell, p. 223.)

It was situated at Section 33, Township 63 N, Range 23 W in Myres Township. (--New Atlas of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, Map # 15.)

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Elizaville

Elizaville was established by J. B. Sweetman, May 30, 1857, and named for his wife, Eliza. It was near the Lincoln Township Line. (Location is unknown.) (--Grundy County, p. 124.) (It is no longer listed.)

Knightsville

It is mentioned on page 124, History of Grundy County; no other information is available.

Neola

See Tindall.

Nevada

See Alpha.

Oak City

It was situated at Section 1 & 22, Township 63 N, Range 24 W in Franklin Township. See Spickardsville.

Oak River

See Spickard.

Parkerton

Parkerton was located at Section 36, Township 61 N, Range 25 W in Harrison Township southwest of A where it turns north. (--Map of Missouri, 1884, Rand, McNally.)

The post-office was discontinued pre 1905. (--Taft, p. 42.)

Rural Dale

Rural Dale, ten miles east from Trenton, had the only cheese factory in the county. (--Campbell, p. 222.)

It was situated at Section 16, Township 61 N, Range 23 W, in Marion Township. (--New Atlas of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, Map # 15.)

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Shottville (or "Shot")

It was a little community situated seven miles northwest of Trenton. It came into existence in the early fall of 1883, and was located in that country known as the "forks of the river." (--Grundy County, p. 124.)

It was situated at Section 13, Township 62 N, Range 25 W in Harrison Township near Lincoln Township Line. (--Map of Missouri, 1884, Rand, McNally.) (It is no longer listed.)

Spickard (or Spickards)

Shown as such on Map of Missouri, 1925, Rand, McNally.

Spickard, an incorporated town on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, twelve miles north of Trenton, the county seat. It is situated on a bluff overlooking Weldon River. It was known when first settled as Oak River and later named Spickardsville in honor of Captain Spickard. It had a graded school, a few churches, a flouring mill, a saw mill and bank, a weekly newspaper, the <i>Grundy County Gazette</i>, a hotel and about thirty stores and miscellaneous business places. Population (estimated 1899) 800. (--Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, 1901, Conard, Vol. 6, p. 42.)

See Spickardsville.

Spickardsville (elevation 800 feet)

Spickardsville (Oak City) named in honor of Captain Spickard, is a railroad station on the C. R. I. & P. R. R., twelve miles north of Trenton, and is situated on a high bluff east of Weldon River. It had seven stores, one saw-mill, several shops, and a population of about 500. (1874.) (--Campbell, p. 223.)

It is situated at Sections 21 & 22, Township 63 N, Range 24 W at the junction of 65, B & C.

Tindall (elevation 790 feet)

Tindall (Neola) a station on the C. R. I. & P. R. R., six miles north of Trenton, is situated on the east bank of Weldon River. It was named in honor of J. T. Tindall, of the 23d MO. Vol., who fell at Shiloh. (--Campbell, p. 223.)

In the year 1869, a notice appeared in the Trenton paper, that a new town by the name of Grand City would be located five miles north of Trenton on the new Chicago and Southwestern Railroad. On June 8, 1871, the paper carried this:

"We learn that Colonel Shanklin has arrangements on foot for the location of a depot on the C & S. W. R. R., about 6 miles north of Trenton where he proposes to lay off a town to be called Tindall. The location will be on the northwest quarter of Section 21, Township 62, Range 24." (--Grundy County, p. 123.)

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In reading Campbell's Gazetteer, published in 1871, we find that Tindall was also recognized by the name of Neola or Viola...

It was named after Col. J. T. Tindall, hero of the battle of Shiloh. (--Grundy County, p. 124.)

It is located on 65 north of Trenton.

Mail via Trenton. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Trenton (elevation 820 feet)

The first residents of Trenton came in 1834, but it was six years before they succeeded in getting government mail and a recognized post-office. Before this time, Spring Hill, in Livingston County and Hillport in Daviess or Ray County were the nearest post-offices, with Lomax's Store as the general place of delivery. Any person who happened to travel through these places took it upon himself to bring all the mail for the neighborhood and leave it at Lomax's Store.

Thus Trenton's first name was Lomax's Store, and James S. Lomax, the proprietor was the first postmaster. The first post-office was established October 19, 1840 and Lomax officially installed as postmaster at Bluff Grove which was the name given to the new community by the Post Office Department. It kept this name a year and a half before it was changed to Trenton, February 17, 1842. Lomax was still postmaster, and continued to hold this position until October 18, 1845, when he was succeeded by George W. Moberly...(--Grundy County, p. 160.)

It was named for Trenton, N. J. (--Eaton, p. 171.)

Trenton...is situated on the west bank of Grand River on a high rolling bluff that was originally covered with heavy timber. It was settled in 1841 and incorporated in 1857...

There were in the place two flouring-mills, three wagon shops, a grist and woolen mill, a stave and heading factory, two banks, six churches--Christian, Baptist, M. E. Church, M. E. Church South, Presbyterian and Catholic.

There were about 40 stores, three hotels, one grain and agricultural warehouse, a saddler's shop, and three wagon shops, two lumberyards, and two weekly newspapers, the <i>Grundy County Times</i>, by S. L. Harvey and the <i>Trenton Republican</i>, by Wm. Rogers. Population about 3,000. (--Campbell, p. 223.)

It is situated at Section 16, 17, 20 and 21 in Township 61 N, Range 14 W at the junction of 65 & 6.

See, also, Conard, Vol. 6, p. 216.


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